Tuesday, 15 April 2014

To Do list



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Mr S

Sound Effects

Our sound effects include - Crowd noises, people speaking, traffic, sirens and light switches.

Film Poster

Main Film Set/Location

For a large chunk of the scenes we didn't to base it in a log cabin. It was a good location as the inside (Mise-En-Scene) was ideal, and well suited to nature of the film, it also had adequate lighting - and since we spent a reasonable amount of time in there it was warm too.
This is not our actual filming location, however it is an accurate representation of the basic location we used. Quite possibly the deciding factor for choosing this location was that it was free, again with small-no budget we needed to take advantage of what we would get hold of, and luckily it was available on the days of shooting.

Camera Stabilisers

Again, we used two different types of camera stabilisers for the film - A dolly, and a tripod We used the tripod for the stationary scenes, which mainly scenes that included tilt shots, pans or zooms.
I liked the tripod we used because it was a recently new model, meaning it was lighter, more versatile and was set-up easily, perfect for the type of film we were making as traveling was a big part of it all. The dolly:
The dolly was used for the scenes which involved us having to track a character or ones that were of panoramic nature. I didn't particularly like this dolly as it had a defect with one of its wheels, meaning i had to do a lot of compensating for it when moving as it caused the tripod to shake and move in odd directions - ultimately causing us to reshoot scenes multiple times because of this.

Lighting - Extended Breakdown

For the lighting in our film, due to a restricted budget, we had to make do with what we had freely available. We originally intended for more scenes in our film to require additional lighting, however due to certain problems we encountered, this was not possible and therefore we cut down the scenes needed. When we did use lighting we used these two lights:
A caged studio light - we used this as a source of continuous light, it provided the set with ample amounts of light which allowed our characters to be well light without it being totally obvious onscreen The second light was:
This "light sensor" light was used to add the flash effect in our prison convict scene, it provided the perfected effect and came free, something i know aren't always parallels in film making.

Equipment Breakdown

Firstly, the camera The film was shot on a Canon 600D SLR
The advantage of using this camera of other cameras is that its more versatile, more "beginner friendly" and has a really good high quality picture. It can also be fitted in with a lot of the accessories we used, e.g Dolly's, Tripods, and studio lights.

Thursday, 10 April 2014


The majority of the film did run smoothly. Props, costumes and locations all came together nicely when needed and resulted in a good quality shoot on the three filming dates.

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Character Profiles

Hitman - Very secretive, a person who keeps himself to himself, straight forward & of course has a dark mind Wealthy Man - Determined on seeking revenge and will not stop at anything until the job is done. Hard working and self-motivated with a mind for business and profit. Target - Wreckless, a lair, jobless and a cheat; without a care for anyone but himself, however his misfortune lands him in trouble, but he cannot disprove the allegations with his past..

Confirmed Filming dates

For definite, we will now be shooting on Monday 3rd. With confirmed locations being isolated woods, urban streets & from within a car.

How the camera will be used

We will use the camera on automatic setting, as i think this will be easiest, however as shown in the mock-up scene footage some manual focus will be used as we change the depth of field. This creates a nice effect on screen and makes a good transition between cuts.

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Interesting Site

A website, dedicated to the Tarantino film making style - lists all his trademark film shots & some examples from his films

Tarentino Trademarks

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Proposed Equipment

Obvious equipment that will be needed is a camera and tripod, the camera to be used is a D-SLR as it has good video capabilities and is a nice, portable piece of gear.
The tripod will be used for steady shots and is small + compact, again making it easily portable.
Other equipment will be improvised,  a suggested homemade dolly track is a possibility as it would give a nice perspective instead of a conventional tracking shot.
A boom mic will be used but only for dialogue scenes rather than for the entirety of the film.

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Mock-up Scenes

Interesting Shooting Technique - Defocus Aberration

In optics, defocus is the aberration in which an image is simply out of focus. This aberration is familiar to anyone who has used a camera, videocamera, microscope, telescope, or binoculars. Optically, defocus refers to a translation along the optical axis away from the plane or surface of best focus. In general, defocus reduces the sharpness and contrast of the image - Wikipedia

Thriller/Gangster Scenes

This is one of my favourite Thriller/Gangster scenes. The budget and technical advantages that the filming of The Sweeney has over any film i could possibly shoot is massive. The camera shots and editing in the duration of this scene is quite achievable, and would prove very nice if i could pull the shots off

Music Choices - Fitting Genres

An idea that immediately sprang to mind was the soundtrack from the film The Sweeney, now obviously the project cannot include copyrighted material, however the ambience created via The Sweeney's soundtrack is ideal for the type of film we are shooting. The film holds inspiration which is key for developing my own soundtrack as the genre of The Sweeney almost fits perfectly the type of film i'm trying to shoot.

Proposed Shooting Locations

After a brief discussion, some unconfirmed shooting locations were made. Isolation was key for a genre film like this, and as such the edge of a woodland seemed ideal as good quality, undisturbed scenes could be shot.

The film is based predominantly at night, which agin is a convention of a thriller/crime film. Various urban areas will be used but mainly un-pedestrianised areas will be essential in maintaining the continuity.

Monday, 3 February 2014


Character names are yet unconfirmed, however a script is put together and names will be decided at a later date.


Michael - I've got the keys for your job (Throws keys to Salih) Don't get caught

Salih - Yeah alright sweet boss, no problem

-Next Scene-

Salih - (Calling Michael on phone) I think i've found him boss, you still want me to go ahead with it?

Michael - (Not in shot) Yeah, do it.

-Next Scene-

Salih finds Sean

Sean - Oh shit its you, (Begins running)

Salih - (Catches up with Sean) Michael wants me to give you something

-Fight occurs-

That is the initial script (subject to changes and improvements) for the first scene.

Dialogue & Acting

Dialogue is without question an essential part of film, its used to convey everything, however sometimes scenes without dialogue have most impact if shot correctly. With this in mind, my film scene will have part dialogue, part no narrative.

Convincing acting is a crucial element in the continuity of a film, this is why careful planning must be used in order to gain maximum marks.

Film Testing

With some light attempts at shooting some mock up scenes of our film, this was purely to see the logistics of how the scenes may pan out when it comes to the final shoot.
Its clear to see that daytime is probably best for the initial scenes as lighting would not be an issue; however a night scene maybe required and the conventions of gangster scenes contain night shots.
The test footage will be uploaded shortly.