Friday, 25 April 2014

Evalutation Question 1

Company Logo Designs

Here are a few hand drawn logo designs that i have produced which i could use for our opening sequence.

Original Script before edit

This is the script we wrote before filming, it is the original one which we filmed from, however when it comes to editing our film some bits may have to be cut out as it may be too long. By using a lot of dialogue and content it gives us a bigger variety of choice of what bits we cut out if and when we need too.

Skylers monologue takes us most of the dialogue which we intend to use as a form of narration and have it playing the whole way through the other sections of acting.


Here is our original storyboard from our final idea, we have made it basic so that we will be able to add or change bits about it whilst filming when we will be able to see what would look the most effective.

Storyboard (below)


Car Used -> Audi A1 (MK13)

Point -> The reason as to why we decided to use this car is that it is a modern, easily distinguishable car and due to it being an Audi, it will appeal to most audiences today. By having a highly rated car included within our film sequence, it will draw more peoples attention to watching our piece and in result of this, the success of our project will be greater.

Other Props Used - > Watches

Point ->  The reason as to why we decided that our characters would all wear we chose to wear popular branded watches was again to do with the aesthetically pleasing factor of our piece. By wearing popular, high quality watches, it is again going to compliment the overall aesthetics and higher the calibre of the film sequence itself, again resulting in higher viewing demand.

Below are some examples of high quality branding being used in big films...

Bad Boys 2 - Ferrari being used.

Above, some renowned actors wearing designer watches.

A shot taken from the film 'Takers', with the two high quality cars in the rear section of the shot and also the use of a super bike. 

How inspiration was took.. 
Inspiration was taken from examples such as the above, as the films that are usually successful in the media industry will consist of the highest quality props, in order that the audience recognise the film as a 'prestige' standard. This is the idea that us, as a group, was going for when deciding to include the Audi A1 and the use of a more presentable look with the suits and watches

Tuesday, 22 April 2014


Our Editing has hit a brick wall..
We are having trouble with our timings of the sound corresponding with the video its-self, Along the timeline it say +1 and -3 etc. on each clip.

We have had to speak a technician but our film can't progress until it has been fixed.

Friday, 4 April 2014

Planning Video


Here is a video of my group discussing our ideas and coming up with ways we could put them together effectively prior to filming.

Monday, 31 March 2014

Shooting Schedule

I have scanned on our shooting schedule that we used when producing our film. We think that by having one it will make our process more effecient and give us a clear idea of what we should be doing at each timing so that we can get our film done as quickly as possible.

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Shooting Script

What is the Shooting Script? 

The shooting script itself is a more elaborate and precise version of the screenplay. It isn't actually composed by the screenwriter, as common sense would predict. The shooting script is written by the Director, alongside his Cinematographer, whilst they discuss and plan their ideas for shots and desires for the movie.


The screenplay shouldn't consist of many directions, as it is an advertisement product.
However, the shooting script is more directional, as it is composed by the Director.

Components of a Shooting Script.
- Broken into Shots.
- Precise Terminology (Cinematography)
...e.g. (Close Up, Dolly-In) 
- Divided into Dates

Above is an example shooting script.

Another purpose of a Shooting Script is to benefit the whole crew and production teams organisation, giving them a precise idea of what is going to happen and when.

Tuesday, 25 March 2014


This is a logo in which we have designed for our production company, the letters DCL stand simply for our names Dom, Curtis & Lydia. We have chosen this  as our final logo as we felt that this design was the most professional idea, and would best suit its chosen purpose respectively. The clever overlap of the letters is a unique feature and will be easily recognisable for the audience. This logo could also be shown at the beginning of our film opening to aware the audience who the production company were that created the film, thus boosting its public awareness. If the film was successful then it would bring positive response upon the company and would increase its reputation.

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Make up

For our opening sequence we intended on using make up for our characters to enhance their look for camera. Because none of us had much knowledge on how to effectively put make up on men, we started to plan what we would use by watching some videos on youtube of how other people had done it.
We found this video which we found very informative:

This helped us when coming to do make up for Skylers shots as it meant we could use lighting directly on him without the risk of shine from his face, however our one problem with our make up was that the actor playing 'Mr. Dwayne' was black, this made it hard for us when using make up. In professional works, research told us that some make up artists use make up on black people to lighten the skin for filming, however some use it to define facial features.


Today we came up with the name for our opening sequence, We have chosen to name it 'behind time' because whenever the officers go to find skyler they are always too late and he gets away with the crime he commits. As the title is only two words it is short and memorable and we think it will work effectively would work effectively for when we pitch our film.

Saturday, 22 March 2014

Final Cast

Final Cast


Actor: Harley Francis

Age: 18-20

What he does?  The main character of our opening sequence who kidnaps michelles son and provides the ultimatum to the two detectives who have been searching to catch him two times before.
Officer Tenpenny

Actor: Dom Grimshaw

Age: 30

What he does? Works alongside Mr.Dwayne to try and catch Skyler from committing any more crimes.

Mr Dwayne

Actor: Curtis Grant

Age: 30

What he does?  An american officer who travels to London once hearing that Skyler the criminal he had searched years to find has been located. Works alongside  Officer Tenpenny to put an end to the mysterious character Skyler.

Friday, 21 March 2014


 the only two props we used in our piece was a cigarette and a car, everything else that we used was in already owned by the actors in my opening sequence.

We used only a few pieces of filming equipment:
We used a Camera, a Tripod, and a mac with final cut express on it for editing our film.


This is the script of the diologue in our opening sequence:

The monologue by Skyler is played throughout the whole opening sequence, when Officer Tenpenny and Dwayne are shown on cameras, skylers voice is used as a narrative technique throughout.

 Skyler: Hello.. Mr Dwayne, Officer Tenpenny, I hope you had a lovely flight, you're probably wondering why i brought to the beautiful city of London right?.. well it just grew on me, you know when it grows? like an additcion,like a drug, like cocaine.
Then it got me thinking, how can i.. SKYLER... draw in a man like you.. OH.. her son. Ladies and gentleman, please give a warm welcome for the young, Spencer Porter. If you want your michelle to see her sweet sweet spencer again you'll do what i say..
You already know how my dice rolls dwayne? (            ) or i'll put a bullet to his fucking head.
Theres one more thing Dwayne.. Its really been playing on my mind, What more powerful,dangerous, the gun or the thought, the gun takes the opportunity, but the thought pulls the triller.
Now, If you're thinking about tracking this video, you're mistaken dwayne because this was filmed 72 hours ago.. so once again Dwayne, YOU'RE BEHIND TIME.

 (SplitScreen)Dwayne: Officer Tenpennys here to get me now, i'll report back in an hour.
 Officer Tenpennys: Get in, hurry up, quick get in.
 Officers Tenpenny: Ok man cut to the chase, have you got any updates on this punk skyler huh?      Dwayne: It michelle.. Michelle?
 Officer Tenpenny: What does this punk want?

Word Pitch

       Word Pitch 

With no alibi but for fun, can this troubled man run away from his crimes once more, this time through the streets of London. 


Budget of our Opening sequence

Our opening sequence had no budget as we did not need to spend any money as we did not travel anywhere far, we did not use any other props other than what we already owned, and all our costumes were clothed our actors already owned.

Tuesday, 18 March 2014


A treatment is a short,broad description of a movie or script idea that covers key details pertaining to the story and the potential production. Touching on the genre, target audience and a description of the main characters within the product.


Wednesday, 12 March 2014


Tuesday 11th March
First day of filming..

We have organised to start filming our opening sequence today after school;

It will be planned fully at dom's house with all cast present: Lydia, Dom, Curtis and Harley.

We will film at Hayes Station, around Hayes highstreet and Dom Grimshaws house.

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Crew and Cast Selection

Harley Francis.

FBI officers: 
Lydia Hayward and Curtis Grant and Dom Grimshaw.

Extra Cast/Crew:
Callum Grimshaw
Tom Ayton

Camera Man:
Lydia Hayward, Curtis Grant, Dom Grimshaw
This will be alternated between everyone in our group when they are not staring in the opening sequence.

Lydia Hayward, Curtis Grant, Dom Grimshaw
The editing will be done together as a group so that we can all add our input into what we want the final product to look like.

Monday, 24 February 2014

Proposed Location


For our opening sequence we have chosen our location as Hayes, this is because they have a station there and the high street is near to Dom's house where we will be filming skylers monologue.

Here is a picture of the station we used to film Dwayne meeting officer Tenpenny for the first time and they begin to discuss the whereabouts of Skyler.

Here is the hughstreet as a whole, this is where the two officers drive off to start driving to the city which is where Skyler has been located:

Location Recee


To the Left: An image of a recce checklist which directors take with them when visiting the location that they may chose to film in, they may use one of these because it helps them to see whether or not the location has the key things that they are looking for. 


When casting film producers usually advertise the roles and positions that are available, actors then audition for roles and informed at a later date whether they have made a role. They do this by posting a cast sheet, an example of a professional one is displayed below.


This is our casting sheet for the people who will be acting in my opening sequence:

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

End of Research


My group have now finished researching for our opening sequence and are ready to begin planning for what we want our plot to be. Researching has been extremely helpful because it has provided inspiration for story lines and the style in which we want our sequence to look. By researching into genres and conventions it has given us an in depth detail of what each one contains and has allowed us to chose one which we think can portray well and either stick to or break the conventions of how they are usually made.
By looking at opening sequences like 'The wolf of wall street' it has given us a strong starting point to which we can develop thoroughly and put our twist on the style in which we have found we liked.


Sunday, 16 February 2014

Final idea

We have revisited my mood board and from this deviated our final idea storyboard, this is what we believe our plot will look like when our opening sequence is made.

Thursday, 13 February 2014

Mood Board

Idea mood board

This is a mood board that i have started to create, over the time of our production i will add to this mood board including our location ideas for each section, and then add a post on mise en scene, actors i plan on including into our opening sequence, and costume. So it is a clear visual aid of what i plan to include. By adding to this it helps me portray my ideas and help to link them all together.

Initial Idea

Initial Ideas Story Board

We Spent our lesson discussing idea's for our opening sequence. We like the idea of doing a psychological thriller as it gives us the opportunity to use a variety of camera shots effectively. This is a basic flow chart of the storyline for our first idea:

Thursday, 30 January 2014

Genre Conventions

Here i have put together some research i have done on different conventions for each genre, i have done this so i have a better understanding on each one individually before me and my group come to a conclusion on what genre we want our opening sequence to be.

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

What i Learnt

What I learnt

Within this clip of my preliminary task  demonstrated within the task my own understanding of camera rules; rule of thirds, match on action editing, reverse reverse shot and the film followed the 180 degree rule. 

Rule of Thirds: compostion rule of thumb in photography 

Match on action editing: Coming closer to a certain object say a door. So you watch the hand go towards the door and then closely it matches the hand on the door so you watch the person go through.

Reverse reverse shot: I learnt how to do have a conversation between two people without making the conversation look fake and unrealistic. So therefore a reverse reverse shot shows one character and the answer from the other character.

180 degree rule: Finally I learnt that it is important to show the whole 180 degrees of the room or location you are filming within because otherwise the film would be confusing for viewers and unbelieveable. 

Sunday, 5 January 2014


i have found some examples of eerie songs which i like and would consider using when making my opening sequence. I think that it is important to add in music because it is a method of building up suspense before the thriller film begins.

Music in films from previous post.

Further more from my last post i have decided to look into them films more and see what type of sound and music is used in the opening sequence for them in order to see whether there are any conventions which i could chose to follow or even break to differ my thriller from the rest.

Shutter island.
First there is the paramount company logo, which instead of the normal background music it has, it's been adapted so that it fits into the style of the film, played in the background is an eerie and tense piece of music. This continues with long deep notes whilst the directors are shown. When the name of the film comes up, the  volume noticeably increase. However similarly to Awake the actors in the film are not shown in the opening sequence. 

Once again there is slow, tense and piercing music in the background as the opening sequence begins. However in awake, there is written narration to set the scene which is showed whilst the music is playing. Just like in the opening sequence to Seven lightening appears when the company logo shows, this could be away of creating fear within the audience as it could make them jump.

The only difference in this opening sequence to the other two that i looked that, is the director has chose to show the actors names playing the main characters at the start of the film. Other than this, the opening sticks to convention by playing deep music in order to create an eerie and creepy feel for the audience before the film even begins.

Thriller Conventions

By researching into some different films under the thriller genre it began to make some conventions within the genre clear, when looking at the cover image for the film the colour scheme and images used for the film are all very similar. When looking at those above we can clearly see that the colour schemes all relate around black white blue orange and red. This could be because blue is thought as a colour which represents sadness,and red and orange represents danger, Therefore from first glance of the cover the audience would immediately have hints that the film is the thriller genre and what time of emotions may be shown in the film. Another thing that is clear is that the front cover seems to usually have a close up on the face of who we assume will be the main character in the film, Some also show a hint of what the film could be about for eg. in the hunger games cover we see Jennifer Lawrence who we therefore assume to be the main character, and then in her hand she is holding a bow and arrow which suggests fighting is involved.

This has helped me with ideas for my opening sequence because i think that when the titles are shown they should be put in the colours used above as they are clearly conventional with thrillers, it also has given me ideas for camera shots as they use many close ups, which i could do when it comes to making my title sequence.