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- In what ways does your Media Product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products?
- How effective is the combination of my Main Product and Ancillary Texts & What I have learned form Audience Feedback
In what ways does your Media Product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products?
Our Media Product succeeds at both challenging as well as conforming to the conventions of a real media product.
This is shown in a number of ways that will be specified in a number of categories.
The Plot: Our Plot in a number of ways follows conventions of other Media Products a example being a number of
the plot devices used to keep the story going forward with a classic example being the person who over hears only the parts negative about them which cause excess conflict throughout the rest of the feature and is only there for more stakes in the film and sadly our film is not free of this generic contrivance that saturates a number of dramas today showing that Maisie Bloor and I possess a varied and deep knowledge of the conventions of dramas.
A plot device that we used that in a number of ways follows he conventions of real Media Product was the idea of the main character missing there biological parents and being looked after by another, this is such a common convention due to its ability to easily produce empathy for a character without much effort which we also do but not only is ours a key thematic element in the film as well as key device to move the plot along but such a convention is done in a way that it is a fresh new perspective on a old idea that not only illustrate our ability to idea key plot devices that commonly permeates dramas but also is able to get such device and make them break such conventions to provide the audience with fresh new take on a generic Plot Device.
Themes: Our Media Products unique selling point is the unusual idea it tries to question throughout the movie about foster care and the strength of family outside of biological connection and in that way is very subversive in comparison to other dramas of similar one of the closest examples I could think back to is Tracy Beaker the Movie which in itself is quite obscure which truly shows the way we’ve challenged the conventions of modern narratives themes.
When it came to the thematic elements in our product we use key items in a symbolic manner to reflect on certain desires and actions of the characters throughout the movie, an obvious example would be the motif of the cards that is used twice throughout the film,once to show her moving from her neglectful father and again to show that her father is distant and not there another thematic element is the use of image from the past such as Sam with her father and the drawing of the park she seems to be obsessed with which both show her being nostalgic and romanticizing the past but then looks to improving her future and this is shown with the photo of her and Max her foster parent at the end of the feature this technique is not a new one and has not being limited to drama, its a convention of a plethora of films due to its effective implementation.
To a certain extent we also took a risk that made the movie less simple but allowed for the idea of different audiences getting different feelings from the neglectful father this is because it would have been simple to have made the father the epitome of evil and show him being cruel to Sam by the actions he does but we instead went for a different approach that we feel is more true to life as well as more effective thematically as we decide for Sams father to be as mysterious as possible not even giving him a name and the only time you see him is in a low quality photograph.
This shifts the attention to not what he has don’t bad but instead his absence of doing good which is more believable and more human which leads to my second point of trying to make him as morally vague as possible while still allowing Max to see that this man is not a fit father and that Sam should move on without him, this not only raises questions on the flaws of foster systems as well as potentially single parents but also doesn’t solely demonize the father and instead shows him as a human with pros and cons which depending on the audience will be thought of differently.
Cinematography and Soundtrack: throughout our Production we tried to produce a varied amount of different techniques when it came to how we shot the film, deciding when to do quick edits to throw a multitude of messages at the audience as well as when to draw out a shot to allow the audience to focus on a key scene, this variety of directing styles means that we both conform and subvert the conventions of the dramatic movie.
Our soundtrack in mainly ways follows the conventional dramatic soundtrack with piano ballads galore permeating the film at all times but like a number of other movies we use certain songs twice to reflect on specific moments showing that we understand the conventions.
In Conclusion we were able to identify a variety of conventions in our movie and conformed to many while subverting others in relation to
what we felt would properly service the movie and do it justice.
How effective is the combination of my Main Product and Ancillary Texts & What I have learned form Audience Feedback
Movie: There were aspects of the Film that I thought were effective in allowing us to produce a compotent and compelling dramatic feature the first was our cast that went through a somewhat difficult and confusing selection process but one that allowed us to find capable actors that could sufficiently translate the emotions and desires of our characters.
The stand out in our cast was that of Max Robinson who succeeded not only in translating the emotions and themes of a scene but also in adding upon them in ways he felt his character could/would act an example being when he decided that rather than simple losing the game to Sam that instead he would purposefully lose to let Sam feel happy, these extra details make the character more human and thus more relatable rather than him inorganically follow exactly everything he was told to do in an unnatural and stilted way.
Neihm also was effective in many of the more dramatic scenes which made it a lot easier when producing the film though she was not without her mistakes and faults (an example being when we slowly zoom out from her she at time broke
character and thus we had to edit such mistakes out) she is able to give adequate performance overall that sells many of the more sad scenes.
Another aspect of Neihm that sold her performance was her more timid and shy aesthetic that made her seem even more sad in scenes of peril or sadness, this was a result of audience feedback where people had critiqued our original choice of Leo Davis (who subsequently became one of the bullies) due to his less sheepish nature which in the end helped improve the movie.
The Bullies in our Film (played by Leo Davis and Irene Sindriena) were the main acting issue in our film with both delivery and script being at fault with the dialogue for the characters being painfully cheesy at time and the Bullies sounding more like villains than actual teenagers with further issue on how they didn’t look threatening.
These issues were fed back to us after production had concluded meaning that the scenes or actor could not be intervened with remotely.
The supporting role of the teacher and Foster Worker were effectively played for there two scenes with no complaints and the father wasn’t actually played my anyone in the film which made production easier as well as heightening the theme of neglect further.
The direction of the film was effective in illustrating clearly and effectively how the audience is meant to feel and what they are meant to focus on in a particular scene which coupled with the editing and timing worked well throughout the movie.
However a criticism I have is that there are scene in the film that are either rushed or glanced over which I would’ve preferred if they were allowed to slowly develop, examples include the establishing shot, the bullying scenes, her reflecting on the past as well as getting over her father and the Roberts Park scene as well but some were unable to be re shot and also quite simply we had time constraints that didn’t allow for a long more patient movie due to it being a short film.
The shots in the film were effective and almost always showed the audience what the scene intended to show the audience with notable example with a focus pull, POV shot and a dolly shot that her the highlights.
The Editing for the most part was quick which could be to the Products benefit and detriment with some scenes not being effectively paced.
Thematic Elements in the film gave the film a sense of identity that made it stick out as well as successfully illustrating the feeling of desire for affection and nostalgia that the main character required.
Poster: The Poster is effective in a number of ways in successfully marketing our Product and mimicking the conventions of a real poster to make it look unique.
The best quality of the poster is how it successfully reflects the idea and key conflict behind our movie in a simple design with her in the center of the image with either father figure on either side for her to choose with the added shading on the father to leave him shrouded in mystery and to also reflect the neglect hes caused to Sam also the back ground of Roberts Park shows a key location which the movie is centered around for a long time.
Some of the critiques we got back are as follows, that the top text of the quotes as well as the bottom credit text could have been more interesting as well as the title being more smoothed out.
The editing on the Sams head could have been more well done as there are issues in her skin tone.
The aspect of the height of Sam in comparison to the men and the balance of the background and for ground could have been neater.
Movie Magazine Review Page: When designing the Magazine I heavily based it upon that of Empire Magazine in terms of layout and used generic convention that apply to most Movie Magazine Reviews with the larger photo of a scene with the main cast, star rating, pull quotes ect.
I used a blue, white and black colour pallete throughout the film to give it a sense of style and used to specific fonts throughout the review.
I also wrote in a style similar to that of a writer with more over the top pull quoty moments to make it more authentic.
The tight layout of the Review made it look more authentic and kept the Review more streamlined.
Critiques we had of the Movie Magazine Review Page were that there was a lack of variety of Photos on the page that made it less interesting as well as a number of punctuation errors.
The image was both too dark and not sharp due to it being from a video.
In Conclusion although there were improvements that could have been done to the Main Product and Ancillary Texts overall the Products succeed at there intended purpose in an effective way.
Our Second Screening went very and was well recieved by our audience, those chose to watch and review our movie were randomly selected and thus has no biases (excluding Neihm our lead actor)
My partner Maisie Bloor designed a overall rough sketch of our decided concept
This is the initial script that was written by Maisie Bloor and critiqued by Thomas Medhurst to be what we want for our film.
The cards we originally had in mind was unavailable for the times we specified for the shoot, because of this we had to get some new props that werent required from a website.
When we were preparing for the photo to be taken had to think a multitude of factors when deciding how the photo was going to look such who our father was going to be and how he were going to look (what he were going to wear) as this was going to reflect on how we depict our father and how we want the audience to see him, because of this we decided that we were going to give our father tracky bottoms and a jacket to give the idea of the character being young, immature and potentially irresponsible but also trying not to make the father a very objectively bad character which is why we made a decision to leave the character out for most of the movie and making the character very ambiguous.
We decided that the character would be shown happy holding the child as to provide nuance to the morality of the character as he clearly loved the child but is always dismissed and this allows for the internal conflict of Sam to be replicated by the audience.
We utilised the Polaroid printer in my possession to produce an authentic prop that may have been used around when the picture would have been taken giving the movie a more believable setting and adding to the mise en scene.
We have had a number of issues when taking our photograph the most prevalent was the hail and because of this we had to move the photo location to account for the excessive weather also it made logical sense that the hail was not in the photo as a father would bring the child out in such conditions.
We also moved from the initial location as there were a crowd of people taking shelter under the bandstand which was not beneficial as the people may have not have wanted to be part of the photo but also those other people could have distracted from the key figure.
When planning the photograph we decided that we were going to use a prop baby instead of a real one as the was more practical for the tight schedule, it was more easily transportable and the picture was only going to be in the film for one scene.
When planning the shot we had to keep in mind that we needed the audience to believe the child he was carrying was real and so we had to get rid of any tell-tale signs that the baby was a prop because of this we wrapped the prop in a blanket with only the face being present not only that but also the polaroid picture gives the face a less focused look which allows for the prop to not be noticing.
The model in our photo
We decided to use different cards in the end because the original ones were not viable due to the fact that they would have taken longer to be delivered than the time we needed them for.
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The schedule was originally planned via us deciding the dates that we were able to commit to but due to changes in the work/school life we had plan rather quickly and write a new schedule in our notes
Directors- Maisie Bloor and Thomas Medhurst we will both be in charge of overseeing the creative aspect of the motion picture e.g. directing actors, constructing shots, choosing locations suitable for film, choosing content of films soundtrack and technical detail.
Writer- Maisie Bloor and Thomas Medhurst Maisie Bloor will be creating the script and will be responsible for changes while Thomas will oversee it and finalise it.
Producer- Maisie Bloor and Thomas Medhurst Maisie will be in charge of hiring the personnel for our movie while Thomas will assist her and review her options Maisie and Thomas will both work on producing the physical copy and distributing it.
Production Manager- Thomas Medhurst and Maisie Bloor Thomas will be in charge of keeping and maintaining the quality of the filming equipment while Maisie will schedule the movie times.
Location Scouting and Managing- Thomas Medhurst and Maisie Bloor Thomas and Maisie will be scouting certain locations relevant to certain scenes in the movie and furthermore will manage their own locations
Editing and Music Director- Thomas Medhurst and Maisie Bloor
Maisie and Thomas will be taking turns in the editing process will the other supervises, Thomas will be selecting the appropriate music for the soundtrack.