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Production log

Cuthbert Mayne presents


Starring Jonathan Witchell

This is a production log of my film opening. This is the first shot of my opening where, it scrolls down a comic book giving a glimpse of the story line and title. This is using the ken burns effect on I movie. I used this as it creates mystery and is similar to other superhero films such as spiderman. I also used a title on here, ‘A superhero production’ I used this title to imply to the audience that is a superhero film so they know. I then added Another title I added was Cuthbert Mayne presents, i did this on a black back ground with the fade in and out transition.

It then faded out to this picture of the church, it gives you a glimpse of where the hero is, this creates enigma. It in a comic book styled cartoon as well to emphasise this effect.

It fades back in to another title. This is the title which mentions the main actor. ‘Jonathan Witchell’

It then again fades out to another cartoon which I created by doing a screen shot of this image and placing it in photo shop. I then applied cut out and poster edges to get this effect.

Then with the cross dissolve transition it went to a shot of present day. This is of my hero watching,it is a long shot and he has his back facing towards the camera with a hat on covering his face to suggest the verisimilitude. He has dark clothing to show the mysterious aspect of this.

It then again fades into the title, where it mentions another actor who participated in the film as a villain. ‘Mark Witchell’ It fades out again.

Another  shot i have used of my character is a medium shot where he is placed evenly in the middle of the composition of the camera. I have also done it in black and white to show enigma again. He is still watching.

A cross dissolve transition to another part of the comic strip occurs, you can see that it is giving away part of the story line that we have seen. This is a comic which I made on comic life this included speech bubbles and caption boxes. However I made the pictures on Photoshop and placed them into comic life.

This is the last title of the film opening which says my name for making the film. It also fades in and out using the transition on I movie.

Another comic book styled picture which I made on Photoshop has been placed into I movie. It is the first close up shot which is a low angle shot to connote his authority and being superior.

The cross dissolve transition has been used again to merge these pictures together.

This is the last shot of him looking over the ‘city’. You still cannot see his face.

It then flashes back, to do this I used the wash out transition. This was bright and implied a flash back, it then went to a shot of him running. This is in colour which indicates a change of time as the other scene was in black and white.

He is running from a thief. I got many long shots of this. These shots were very fast cuts to emphasise the action taking place.

Here is another shot of him behind running

Here is where I got a match on action shot of him from behind running to jump of a wall.

I then cut the shot just before he jumped of and got a low angle shot of him jumping of. I slowed this shot down to imply the action shot which is taking place

They both carry of running, I carried on increasing the types of shots, tis ranged from long shots to close-ups.

They then run through a gate where another match on action shot takes place. As they are running through it cuts on the shot.

It then cuts to this comic book to give you a small glimpse and preview of what happens next.

I long two shot of both of them occurs as you can now see that the thief has pinned the victim up against the wall.

This shot is of the thief saying something, he is supposed to look angry and aggressive.

It cuts to the other side where you see the victims expression of fear. This follows the 180% rule and shot reverse shot to keep the continuity of the film.

Here is a close up of the victims face to show his head turning to look at something.

You now see with this extreme close up that he is picking up a stone from the side. This implies he is going to hit the thief round the head.

A shot of the thief lifting his fist to punch happens. It is a fast shot.

This ‘pow’ I made on Photoshop and then placed it into I movie, by doing this after the punch it suggests that he is being punched although the actual action did not take place.

The next shot is of him on the floor, this again is a comic picture of him. This was also done on Photoshop with cut out and the poster edge application. There is also a caption box in the corner which says ‘some time later’ This indicates the thief has gone and he has been passed out on the floor for some time.

A cross dissolve transition does the change from cartoon to real life, it shows him awaking. He also then picks up the stone.

A close up of this stone implies that it is special.

You then see him put it in his pocket.

With this comic strip it scrolls down to the bottom of the comic using the ken burns effect on I movie. You then see that it says flashing back to present day.

It cuts to this shot of him back in present day. this is the first time you can see his face, he is walking forward with his head done. He looks powerful and is taking up most of the composition. The camera is slightly tilted up at a low angle suggesting his authority. The color has also changed back to black and white increasing the mystery and crime aspect of the story line. It then finishes with the title that comes up saying invincible. This was made on comic life and photo shop. I made it bright and bold to stand out. I got this idea from other comic book styles, it helped influence me to make mine this way.

Production of music

I used garage band to create my music. I wanted to make the music for my film very dramatic, superior and heroric. I found what superhero music was like my listening to superman, spiderman or kickass.

The score begins with a orchestral drum kit. This was with the stormy C, they sounded like marching drums and they are most commonly used when watching an authrity fugure for instance within the army. I then began to add music on  top. I used a violin score which was fast and powerful. Many superhero themed films use stringed instruments such as spiderman to give a heroic theme. This was desire A stringed instrument.

There is a sting as the title begins to appear this is with the desire F drum kit, it is sharp and loud to imply an importance.

The score then quietens and only the orcheastral kit plays whilst the voice over begins. This is so you can focus on what he is saying. This is non diagetic and gives the impression that it is the man standind their who is talking.

As it changes from present to past with a flash back, their is a sound bridge this is with the triangle. It implys their is a change. The score them changes alot as they are chasing each other. I added ambient sounds of traffic and footsteps to help create the engima.

I used the upbeat funk drums, this was much faster to connote the action taking place. There is a edgy rock base guitar also. This score sounds exciting and emphasises on the action taking place.

As this person jumps of the wall the score stops, it is to imply what is going on around him and foucus all the viewers attention on his. As he begins running the guitar starts also and then eventually the drums, it builds up again until it has the original score from when they started running.

As they run through the gates the score changes once again and changes to a much tenser and serious score. There is capital A violins being used, with a slow drum beat. As the ‘Pow’ happens their it uses a sting of symbols being used. There is another ambient sound effect of a police car passing. This suggests their is crime in the area.

As he is lying on the floor the violins begin again, it implys he is hurt and connotes that the audience should feel sympathetic for this victim.

The drums slowly begin again and the voice over.  It cuts back to present day and the drums are playing, the desire E violins score happens again as he is walking towards the camera, it indicates that this is the heros sound motif as it happens at the beggining and the end.

A sting happens right at the end as it cuts to the end title. The voice overs voice also changes to make it sound more heroic. This sound effect was done with the vocal reflection.


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