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.