Hi, I'm an AS Media student, and this blog contains research into the different aspects of film and media, specializing in the Slasher genre. The research has all been put towards the development of my coursework production 'Camp Ivy', which I co-produced with Poppy and Millie. Our coursework has been influenced by the rural locations and mise-en-scene in Friday the 13th and Eden Lake.

Friday, 1 March 2013

PP - Camp Ivy Rough Cut 1

This is our first rough cut of our film Camp Ivy. By making this rough cut we have found it easier to establish which part of its don't work and what we could change to make it look more effective. Also from doing this we saw which parts of our production worked well and knew what we definitely want to keep in our final production.

From making this rough cut we saw that our narrative lacked anchorage, and a lot of what happens isn't clear, and may cause the audience some confusion. An example of this is when the chase scene starts. The final girl is in a wooded area but it isn't very clear as to why she starts running. We wanted it to come across that she noticed she was being stalked, but this didn't come across very strongly.

We also thought that due to the acting not being very strong we thought there was an unnecessary amount of speech, that makes the production come across more amateur. An example of this is when they are talking about their friend Mikey who died there the previous year. We intend to get shots of the friends putting flowers on a grave or somewhere at the camp to try and signify his death that way and this will hopefully improve our opening.

The inside of the buildings looked very derelict and looked quite effective. However, we probably didn't use the building to their full potential and should have used them for a flashback of how Mikey died or involved more of the chase involving the buildings, as they were one of the main reasons for us choosing this location.

Overall, doing this rough cut has helped us get an overall impression of how we want our production to eventually look and helped us decide what worked and what didn't. We plan to upload this initial rough cut to social networking sites. By doing this we will get feedback from our target audience and see if they agree on the same areas that need to be improved and if they have any other problems or queries about it that we have not yet noticed.

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