Tuesday, 30 November 2010


Preliminary exercise: Continuity task involving filming and editing a character opening a door, crossing a room and sitting down in a chair opposite another character, with whom she/he then exchanges a couple of lines of dialogue. This task should demonstrate match on action, shot/reverse shot and the 180-degree rule.

Match On Action:
match cut is any cut that emphasizes spatio-temporal continuity.It is a cut in film editing from one scene to another in which the two camera shots' compositional elements match, helping to establish a strong continuity of action – and linking two ideas with a metaphor

Shot / Reverse:
Shot reverse shot (or shot/countershot) is a film technique where one character is shown looking at another character (often off-screen), and then the other character is shown looking back at the first character. Since the characters are shown facing in opposite directions, the viewer assumes that they are looking at each other.

The 180 Degree Rule: 
The 180° rule is a basic guideline in film making that states that two characters (or other elements) in the same scene should always have the same left/right relationship to each other. If the camera passes over the imaginary axis connecting the two subjects, it is called crossing the line. The new shot, from the opposite side, is known as a reverse angle.

Monday, 29 November 2010

Film: Love Actually (Richard Curtis,2003)
Budget: £30,000,000                                     
Box Office Takings: $59,365,105(US) £36,238,777(UK)
IMDB Rating: 7.9/10

Production Companies:

Studio Canal
Working Title

Deconstruction: (Opening : 2:00)

Emotional scenes, with emotive music - non-diegetic
Music is long string notes, the music starts before anything appears on the screen, which brings out narrative enigma.
Voice over from one of the main characters (Hugh Grant)
No Diegetic sound
Colour exposure signifying fantasy/dream world.
Slow motion montage of reunions.
White text signifies seriousness, turns to red, shows love.
The words "love actually" appears on screen then this disappears just to say "Love"
Sans Serif font, gives anchorage that it is a light hearted rom com.
More romantic than comedy

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Lessons From My Microdrama

Shooting and editing my first Micro- Drama has taught  me many things to bare in mind when creating another piece of media footage.

Firstly i will plan more in advance when going out to shoot the footage, thinking accurately about the shot types i use, how many shots there are and what effect they have on the film, like using dutch angles to create the view that something isn't quite right.
Also think more about the amount of shots we need, in our production 'Day After Day' we found that we lacked shots an definatley done with more.

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

My 5 Fave Films

The Shawshank Redemption PosterThe Shawshank Redemption

The Shawshank Redemption is one of the highest rated films ever made, made in 1994, directed by Frank Darabont and based on a story written by famous film writer Stephen King.
The  film was released in the UK in Febuary of 1995 an took  £2.34 million in the UK box office.


Step Brothers

Step Brothers (2008) directed by Adam Mckay, and written and starred by Will Ferrel .
The UK box office figure was £1.68 million.

I like this film because it got me in stiches, has some great gags, very simple comedy which would appeal to a younger audience rather than adults, and Will Ferrel is my favourite actor.

Top Gun

Top Gun, has it all action, romance and even tragedy, and manages to pull them off, a thoroughly great film with great action scenes and storylines.. can't say i'm a fan of the volley ball scene though!

It took a whopping $8,193,052 in its first weekend and was released in the year 1986.

The Bourne Ultimatum

Matt Damon returns as the trained assassin Jason Bourne for the latest showdown in The Bourne Ultimatum. In the follow-up to 2002's The Bourne Identity and 2004's The Bourne Supremacy-the smash hits that have earned over $500 million at the global box office-acclaimed director Paul Greengrass (United 93, The Bourne Supremacy) joins returning cast members Julia Stiles and Joan Allen and new additions David Strathairn, Paddy Considine and Edgar Ramirez. 

All he wanted was to disappear. Instead, Jason Bourne is now hunted by the people who made him what he is. Having lost his memory and the one person he loved, he is undeterred by the barrage of bullets and a new generation of highly-trained killers. Bourne has only one objective: to go back to the beginning and find out who he was. 
Now, in the new chapter of this espionage series, Bourne will hunt down his past in order to find a future. He must travel from Moscow, Paris and London to Tangier and New York City as he continues his quest to find the real Jason Bourne-all the while trying to outmaneuver the scores of cops, federal officers and Interpol agents with him in their crosshairs

Slumdog Millionaire

The story of how impoverished Indian teen Jamal Malik became a contestant on the Hindi version of "Who Wants to be A Millionaire?" -- an endeavor made without prize money in mind, rather, an effort to prove his love for his friend Latika, who is an ardent fan of the show.

Monday, 11 October 2010

My Coursework Task

Your mission is to carry out the following brief:

Preliminary exercise: Continuity task involving filming and editing a character opening a door, crossing a room and sitting down in a chair opposite another character, with whom she/he then exchanges a couple of lines of dialogue. This task should demonstrate match on action, shot/reverse shot and the 180-degree rule.
Main task: the titles and opening of a new fiction film, to last a maximum of two minutes.
All video and audio material must be original, produced by the candidate(s), with the exception of music or audio effects from a copyright-free source.

The coursework is worth 50% of the AS (same at A2) and the marking (detailed later) is divided into 3 sections:


Your work is marked partially on my observations of your approach and level of organisation, but fundamentally its a DVD and your blog that are marked.


Even before you start shooting (let alone planning) your production, you need to keep this final stage in mind. If you start (b)logging notes on this now it will save you a lot of stress as the final deadline (in May!) approaches. You are tasked with answering these questions (see below for details on how this is marked):

  • In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products? 
  • How does your media product represent particular social groups?
  • What kind of media institution might distribute your media product and why? 
  • Who would be the audience for your media product? 
  • How did you attract/address your audience? 
  • What have you learnt about technologies from the process of constructing this product? 
  • Looking back at your preliminary task, what do you feel you have learnt in the progression from it to the full product?


When I'm being marked, a paragraph will be written explaining the mark i got. These are the grades that i could achieve.

G321 - Simplified Marking Criteria as 1 Sheet