Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Presentation feedback

Presentation  Feedback

After presenting our film plot to the class we have decided to make a few changes to our production. This is mainly the mise en scene aspects. 

  • Mask- In order to make our film more unique, we have decided to change the idea of a hockey mask. We want our killer to have his own style. So we shall do some research on a good mask to use.
  • Dialogue- After discussing with Alec, we have thought on using less dialogue within the film with maybe voice over to create effect. 
  • Location-  Me and Alec shall discuss our location further to see if there will be any changes. 

The Hunt Presentation

Monday, 24 February 2014

Evaluation Of First Filming Session

Evaluation of First Filming Session

After our first filming session, Alec and I felt that we learnt a lot. I have decided to use this post to note down what went well and what we could have done better. This shall prepare us for our next filming schedule. 

WWW (What Went Well)

  • We managed to use a lot of camera angles and techniques to emphasize what we were trying to show. 
  • Alec and I worked well together and managed to communicate well and share ideas.
  • Our location worked well for us and helped us to fit in the thriller conventions.
  • We felt as though our actors performed well.

EBI (Even Better If)

  • More script preparation 
  • More scenes shot 
  • Loudness of dialogue 

Thursday, 20 February 2014


Another View Of Location



Me and Alec decided to travel up to our location to take some pictures for research. We are happy with our location and we feel that it will work in well with our filming.

Final Casting List

Final Casting List

Here is the final list of cast for our film. We feel as if these are the right people for the characters they are playing:

Detective 1- Tom Edwards

Detective 2- Luke Watson

Victim- Sacha Hedington

The Killer-  Alec Jetha 

Character Bio

Character Bio 

Within our film 'The Hunt' we have a villain. Because of this I have decided to make a character bio so that we can understand him more.


Our killer shall wear a hockey mask. This is to hide his identity and to emphasize the fear into his victims. Within our film he shall be responsible for the death of a young teenager. He shall be played by Alec.


The killer is intelligent within our film, this is because he is capable of getting away with his crimes. In this case, he is trying to get away from two detectives. Our killer is also very evil as he has no reason for his killings.

Company Logos

Company Logos

20th Century Fox

Paramount Pictures

Lions Gate


Film 4 

Camera Angle Preparation

Camera Angle Preparation

For mine and Alec's film opening, we need to make sure that we know how to get the best shots to emphasise the feelings and emotions within the story. To do this, I have decided to use this post to research camera angles/shots and the rules that go with them.

The 180 Degree Rule

This shot can be used to show two characters or objects. It's an invisible line that acts as an axis to connect characters within the shot. The camera must stay on one side of the axis for every shot in the scene other wise it could confuse the audience. If the camera passes the line it is called 'jumping the line'.

Rule Of Thirds

The rule of thirds is a concept in which the frame of a shot is divided into nine imaginary sections. This shot is not always necessary but it is a rule which can be useful to convey conversations. An example of the rule of thirds can be seen with a 'people shot', the main line of interest is going through the eyes which is approximately 1/3 of the way down the frame.

Match On Action

This is an editing technique for continuity in which one shot cuts to another shot portraying action. The action carrying creates a visual bridge which draws the viewers attention away from slight cutting or continuity issues.

Shot Reverse Shot

This technique is often used in conversations or when a character looks at an object. It is often shot from behind a characters shoulder which is then followed by a reverse angle shot. This shot links to the 180 degree rule, it shows continuity and does not confuse the audiences sense of location or characters within the shot.

Inspiration For Thriller- The Silence of the Lambs

Inspiration For Thriller- The Silence of the Lambs

The Silence of the Lambs is a 1991 American thriller film that blends elements of horror and crime genres. The film is directed by Jonathan Demme and stars Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins and Scott Glenn. The film is based on Thomas Harris's 1988 novel of the same name. The film was released February 14th 1991 and grossed $272 million worldwide against its $19 million budget.

Inspiration For Thriller - Se7en

Inspiration For Thriller - Se7en

Se7en is a 1995 American detective-psychological film written by Andrew Kevin Walker and directed by David Fincher. The film stars Brad Pitt, Morgan Freeman and Gwyneth Paltrow. This film genre is the same as mine and Alec's so it had an important influence on us. The film was released September 22nd, 1995 and grossing $327 million box office internationally.

Inspiration For Thriller Opening - Inception

Inspiration For Thriller Opening- Inception

For mine and Alec's thriller I needed inspiration for ideas. This post will be used to show how I have gained inspiration from some famous films of different genres.

Inception (2010)

Inception is a British-American science fiction heist thriller directed by Christopher Nolan. The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon Livett and Tom Hardy. The soundtrack within the film is composed by Hanz Zimmer, the soundtracks within the film help to influence the audience and show the dangers within the film. This is what me and Alec must try to achieve within our film. The film had a budget of $160 million and made over $825 million.

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

The Importance Of Film Trailers

The Importance Of Film Trailers

Film trailers are a vital addition to a production within the film industry. This is because of many reasons:

- A trailer is the main attraction to get the public to watch the film. If there is no trailer people from the public are not going to have enough access to the film. 

-  Films will try to make the trailer look the film look attractive to watch. This means that productions will try to include the best/most interesting parts to attract an audience. 

-If the trailer is poor or boring people are not going to want to watch the production. This shows the importance of an important film trailer. 

-Trailers will link to the film and show off the genre.

Film Opening Script Template

Film Opening Script Template

Detective 1:Frank Harris
Detective 2 (partner):Isaac Rogers
Killer:Masked man (unnamed)
Victim:Tim Robbins

(shot opens with the main title, The Hunt. Then fades to dead body while titles appear, detectives start to talk and it cuts to the two detectives standing over the body)

D1: What  time was it called in?
D2: Around 6 am, man walking his dog saw his body laying by the river side.
D1: The body looks no older than 18, you got ID on the victim?
D2: His name,Tim Robbins 17 years old, attended Woodsbury secondary school and lives with his parents Jane and Ben Robbins just down the road from here
D1: Have his parents been informed?
D2: Yeah they said they last saw at around 8pm last night, he stormed out after an argument
D1: Right ok, we'll speak to them later. (short pause detective looks at body)
D1: He's got multiple stab wounds on his back, there are finger marks below his chin. (cuts to next scene where victim is walking walking through the woods

D1: Victim was likely to be alone in the woods, killer followed him, grabbed him from behind by the neck and stabbed him multiple times, from the tracks it looks like the killer then dragged the body and left it here ( All is a voice over while a flashback of the killing occurs)

(cuts back to the detectives)
D2: Ok well I need to head back to the station and file a report you coming ?
D1: Nah I see you there later, I've got a couple of jobs need doing home
D2: Ok Frank I'll see you later
(scene cuts to the killer looking at the two detectives, then as the detectives are walking the killer watches them in the background)

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Shooting Schedule

Shooting Schedule

- Sunday 16th February: Look over locations to make sure they are in good condition. Make any changes if needed. 

- The cast shall consist of myself, Alec and two other students. 

- We shall be shooting in the early hours of the day. This is because it maximizes the time we have to shoot and it fits in with the narrative of our story. 

- The shooting shall consist of the week of half term (Monday 17th February- Friday 22nd February) 

- Any extra additions to the film or changes shall be filmed after half term. 

- Editing shall be done as soon as possible after we are happy with the shots. 

Music Choice For Film Opening

Music Choice For Film Opening

As mine and Alec's film opening is of the thriller genre, we need music that will suit the genre. However, for copyright reasons we will have to find a way to reach the rules. I have decided to do some research on music in the thriller genre to help me and to give us ideas.

We shall have a very eerie and dark opening, this means that our music must match this feeling to emphasise the drama to the audience. The track could be very slow and silent to show the tension, in addition to this, the music could be very distorted to match the panic with our P.O.V shots.


For the more dramatic and fast paced scenes within our filming, we will have to use a fast paced soundtrack to match the mise en scene. However, this soundtrack must match the feeling of a dark narrative to fit the story and to make it dramatic for the audience.

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Analysis Of The work of design companies

Analysis Of The Work of Design Companies

For our film opening, we will need to design and create our film title sequence and use design techniques to look creative. To help us do this, I have decided to do some research on design companies and designers. 

344 Design

344 Design is a Los Angeles based design firm specializing in work for creatively ambitious clients. The firm is headed by Art Director Stephan G. Butcher. He is the author of books 100 days of monsters, All Access and You Deserve a Medal. He has created designs for Sting and The New York Times. He has also designed film titles for director Tarsem Singh, with films such as The Fall, Immortals and Mirror Mirror. 

Alma Mater

Alma Mater is a Hollywood based visual studio working in design and animation. The studio was founded in 2012, it specializes in commercials, broadcast design and main titles for television and film. Head designer, Brian Mah, has worked on commercial for pepsi, coca cola and American Express. In terms of film, he has worked for Universal, Disney and Paramount.  


Founded in 2008, Aparato is a motion design and animation studio based in Uruguay. It has worked for companies such as coca cola, Amex, Moviestar and Nestle. They have also worked on horror film Evil Dead.