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Our Film: Preproduction

Monday (3/22)

On Monday, we planned our story and created our synopsis. Also, we tested the scene where the character turns around and sees their friend but the second time he turns around he becomes scared. In addition, we tried to see if the video that Dahun and Harry made could fit into our story, but in the end, we decided to emit the video.

Summary / Synopsis 

Two friends, Dahun and Harry, enter a boardgame club and realize there are no teachers or students. Despite this fact, they still continue to search for a boardgame. Finally, they find a boardgame that they have never seen before and begin to play it. After Harry asks the boardgame some miscellaneous questions such as “when will I get a girlfriend.” The boardgame answers and Harry becomes shocked by this fact. Then he asks the boardgame if there are any ghosts in the room; the boardgame answers yes. Dahun becomes scared and runs away from the room. Suddenly, weird things begin to happen around Harry when he is alone in the room which causes him to run out of the room as well. During his runaway someone pats his shoulder, he realizes it is Dahun. When his shoulder is tapped again it turns out that it is the monster!!!!!!!!AhHHHhHHHh.

Test Film #1 (The shoulder turn) 

Test Film

Wednesday (3/24)

Today, we tried to sketch out a plan of how to create the opening to our film so that it is intriguing and creates a mood of suspense. Also, we tested out some shots we think we would implement in our film, we used a special device to film these shots. Some of the shots include OTS, ECU, CU, WS, and more.

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Friday (3/26)

Today we will test out the same shots we did on Wednesday as well as some extra shots if we have time. Practice taking the beginning of the film. Work on the storyboard. Today we will be certified for the stabilizer.

What I actually did today: We tested out a new shot that will help us film our introduction. In addition, as I was helping Emily with her film I learned that an ideal aperture would be around 5, ISO to be around 800, and the white balance at around 3800K.



Wednesday (4/7)

In this class, we will film the hardest part which is the part where Harry runs away and Dahun taps him on the shoulder. During the break, we will make the monster! We plan to film this video in the film room.


Friday (4/9)

Today we finished the beat sheet document and took some practice shots.



5 Shot Movie FINAL


Creating the Script


Two friends end up sleeping through an after school study session and as they attempt to get out of the school they realize someone is chasing them.



In an empty classroom, two friends, Ari and Grey, realize they have stayed in a longer than they should have. Ari looks at her phone but all of a sudden it begins to malfunction and make a screeching loud with a monster face shown on the screen. She drops the phone in shock and tells Grey that they need to get out of the school. Before the Grey could answer, they hear a banging on one of the doors. They behind to stack anything they could find against the door until they the banging disappears. Then suddenly a different door forcefully opens leaving them terrified. After a few seconds, Ari signals to Grey that they need to get out of the classroom and they begin to step slowly towards the open door.  Then when they reach the open door they see nothing out of the ordinary and proceeds to exit the room. As they go out into the hallway, the door shuts behind them and they proceeds to run across the hallway. As they run they hear footsteps getting closer and closer towards them. When Ari gets closer to the exit of school, she trips and looks back and realizes her friend disappeared. Ari gets up and continues to run away until something grabs onto her shoulder. A monster looking thing is shown at the end and the story is left as a cliffhanger.


The protagonist, a high school student named Ari, is one of the top students in her school and priorities her studies leaving her constantly tried. She is also quite assertive and she likes to solve problems in the most logical and quickest way. In addition, she is quite independent so she tends not to ask others for help or collaborate well with her peers.

The antagonist in this story is the “monster” in which the girls are being stalked and chased by. The monster’s appearance only shows up twice and is shown to scare the viewers therefore the monster does not have a definite personality.

Ari’s friend Grey is an extra that disappears at the end of the film. Unlike Ari, she does not find studying a priority through since she has been having trouble with improving her grades she asks Ari. She enjoys collaborating with her peers; she usually listens and follows instead of leading a conversation or idea.


Is It Successful?

Success Criteria

  1. Get from the situation to a story as quickly as possible
  2. The ending should leave the viewer with an uneasy feeling or a cliffhanger
  3. The change of location (more specifically sudden location changes) help increase tension
  4. The right sounds are implemented at the right time to create suspense
  5. A calm mood to a sudden change can create something scary
  6. Changes in speed should be implemented to create an uneasy feeling or suspense
  7. The viewer should feel empathy towards the character
  8. Using unique camera angles to create a specific mood
  9. The film should not consist of that many dialogue as silence/peace creates a calm mood and make something sudden even scarier
  10. Using unique lighting angles to create a specific mood or scene


  1. It is important to introduce the situation (characters and location) and towards the story (plot) fast because there is nearly no time to develop the characters or create a detailed backstory.
  2. The ending is important as it is how a lasting impression is left on the viewer. If the viewer does feel either uneasy or wanting more then, it is a sign that the film was able to scare the viewer.
  3. It is important to change locations to keep the viewer interested and to feel the suspense of an important event arising such as a jump-scare for example.
  4. It is important to implement sounds in the right places to maximize the impact of the action, for example, a jumpscare should almost always have a loud, sudden sound.
  5. It is important to utilize a calm scenery and change into a sudden motion because if a film is only fills with a scary atmosphere then it will become boring.
  6. It is important to change speed and transitions throughout a story because it creates variety making the viewer more intrigued and invested in the film.
  7. It is important for the viewer to have the ability to connect to the character’s emotions because it emphasizes how scary the scene is.
  8. It is important to use unique camera angles to create a specific mood because certain camera angles make a scene seem scarier than it actually is.
  9. It is important to not include much dialogue and to create silence/peace instead because too much talking can distract the viewer from the story or a specific scene.
  10. It is important to use unique lighting angles to create an atmosphere that is unfamiliar to unsettle the viewer.

For Lights Out

  1. The lights out film is successful in getting from the situation to a story fast as from the beginning the character turns off the lights and finds out soon that something is off leading to the plot.
  2. This film definitely achieved this criteria as the ending of the film left the viewer with a cliffhanger as the monster chasing the character is still alive right next to her.
  3. This film does have one major location change which is from the living room hallway to the character’s bedroom. This change does increase tension as it occurs when the character is in danger and the speed is faster.
  4. The film was successful in using the right sounds to create suspense. This is because without the sounds, the viewer would not have known that the monster was still around outside the bedroom. In addition, the sounds in the jumpscare contrast with the other sounds that are more silent and mellowed out which makes the act even scarier.
  5. The film was able to use a false sense of victory to reveal something scary. For example, at the end of the film, it seems as though the monster is gone as the character seems to feel relaxed but as she turns the monster appears right there which was unexpected given the calm scene that came before.
  6. The film was successful in changing speed throughout the story to create an uneasy feeling. An example of this is at the start where the character continually flicked the lights off and on for a long period of time which built suspense towards the jumpscare.
  7. Though the film could not develop the character as such, the viewer could visually see how scared the character was through her expressions.
  8. The film did not explore that many unique camera angles such as a bird’s eye view or a tilt shot but instead used shots that were more general such as wide and point of view shots.
  9. The film was successful in not using any dialogue, and being able to achieve two main jumpscares as the silence leaves the viewer have an eery feeling.
  10. The main key that the film used was lighting to reveal the monster in a scary way. The first way this was achieved was through the light switch and the next was when the monster turned off the lights. The film was successful in using the darkness as a symbol of danger as light was symbolized as safety.

The Jigsaw

  1. Instead of getting to the situation fast, the short film had a long introduction of setting up the location. Throughout the film, the situation or problem was not that apparent but it was implied when the store owner was acting strange therefore the situation did start around the middle of the film.
  2. The ending of this film did leave the viewer with a cliffhanger as the character turns around to reveal another character attempting to break into the house as implied by the sound effects used.
  3. There are several location changes in the film as the character goes from the outdoor market, store, car, and house. Each location change is significant to carry on the meaning of the story but it did not really induce or increase tension in each transition.
  4. Sounds are used efficiently in the film as it corresponded with telling the story and increasing suspense. For example, when the character was solving the puzzle, the increasing sound of the clock ticking signaled that something was out of the ordinary and that an important scene is coming up.
  5. The film efficiently uses a seemingly normal situation turn into a scary ending. They did this by showcasing the character doing normal things such as going to the store, driving and solving a puzzle which gives out a calm mood but when the last puzzle is places the mood changes drastically into an unexpected and scary scene.
  6. The film does use some changes in speed to create an uneasy feeling such as when the character was doing the puzzle, this scene was long to give the viewer a false sense of safety. Again, this type of speed was used when the character puts the last puzzle as the speed was slowed down to create suspense.
  7. The film did not really showcase much of the characters emotions as two thirds of the film seemed to be normal with the character fairly with calm. At the end of the film though, it is clearly shown that the character is truly scared of what is behind him.
  8. The film did explore various camera angles such as over the shoulder, closeups, wide shots, bird eye views, and more to create specific moods. An example of this was when they used a camera angle of only the clock to create tension.
  9. The film was successful in using dialogue and silence parts in certain scenes of convey the certain moods. For example, the puzzle scene again was a silent which was essential because it brung out the sound of the clock ticking which created suspense towards the arrival of the “monster.”
  10. The film did not really use unique lighting angles to create a mood but it did use lighting to make the monster in the end look scary showing only their head.


In my spare time I enjoy creating and making art. I tend to gravitate towards 3-D art such as cardboard or clay but I also enjoy painting. Mixing different colors and blending them together is so satisfying and it helps me through the stressful days. Art helps me find peace with myself as well as the world, sort of like meditation in a way. I hope to improve my techniques with every stroke and to continue to develop my own style. When I do finish any piece of artwork, it’s a nice feeling, having something that you can keep and be proud of for forever. My name is Sunni and I enjoy painting.

The Horror Film

The Horror Genre
A short film should include one major concept or theme, one relationship or conflict and a resolution or plot twist for the end. As for horror, some camera angles that are used in horror films are wide shot taken from far away from the subject to showcase the isolation of the character which gives off an unsettling mood. Also, the dutch tilt is used often too as it creates an imbalance in the film. The dark voyeur farming technique is also commonly used to initiate a subject that is being stalked or hunting by another creature. As for the lighting, it is suggested that underexposing is effective as it leaves areas of the frame in the shadows, this called obscuring through lighting, making a more mysterious feeling. This can be achieved through shooting through objects or elements. Another type of lighting technique filmers use is called distorting through light where uplighting, silhouette, and prominent shadows can distort a subjects features so that they can not be seen clearly. Sounds that these horror films use include horror chords or chords that are out of tune, increasing rhythm, dynamics such as sudden loud sounds, and foley sounds were they mix two different sounds together to add more color to the other all sound.

According to the website filmsite, should be designed to scare, create panic, captivate, and entertain the viewer all at the same time. In addition, key elements a horror film should include are the characters, fear, emotions, storyline, and a killer ending that feels a lasting impression on the viewer.


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Horror In Context
All over the world different places have different cultures in which one people may find one a certain film scary as another would not. For example, a person that follows a religion compared to a person who does not may find a horror film about religion scarier because they would be more knowledgeable about the topic. Some examples of famous religious films are, The Devils (1971), The Exorcist (1973), and The Omen (1976). Another example would be horror films about world issues such as poverty, a famous film example of the social pyramid would be Parasite (2016). As for my upbringing and cultures, since we currently live in a a world where an infectious disease is spreading around, films that encompass ideas like this, for example, a zombie apocalypse would increasing become scarier for our generation. Another example could be about my cultural background of being Korean and so horror films that are about my culture would seem scary too as I connect to the content of it more.


Inspiration for my Film
For my film I would like to explore camera shots such as first starting off as a wide shot but then getting closer and closer to a close up with an increasing rhythm to build tension in my story. In addition, a dark atmosphere and an inclosed area (my house and rooms) for the setting would also be idea to suspenseful mood throughout the story. Filming at night may also be a good idea to enhance the mood of fright and fear. Manipulating the a light source may also help with creating tension or making an emphasis one a certain subject. To ensure emotional impact I will attempt to make the viewer have a close relationship with the character in the film about their feelings and intentions by perhaps using closeups in front of the character.


First Shot: ECU of hands – My hands will be squeezing out paint from the paint tube onto a palette. The background should be slightly out of focus and the focus should be on my hands.

Second Shot: ECU of face- My face is looking down as it is my eyes will be looking down on my painting. The background here as well should be slightly out of focus.

Third Shot: WS – My body will bring the materials from one table to another table. Everything in the shot should be in focus.

Fourth Shot: OTS – The canvas the subject is painting will be shown over the shoulder. The shoulder should be slightly blurred out.

Fifth Shot: SWS – First the back of my body is shown then as I walk away the canvas will be shown. Everything should be in focus.

My Story Part 3

The 5th Shot of the 5-Shot Sequence 

For the 5th interesting shot, I plan to do a single wide shot

frame shoulder height shot of the back of my body painting on a canvas then me walking away from the canvas revealing the painting. For the aperture, since I want everything to be in focus, I plan to use 4. For the focus lens length I will use 25mm lens. Then for the white balance, I will also start with a 3200 white balance then adjust up when needed.

My Story Part 2

Shutter-speed: 1/50th

Extreme Close Up of Hands

I will film my hands picking a set of brushes or squeezing out paint from the paint tube. I will make sure my hands are in focus and I will try to keep the background out of focus. I will use an aperture of 2.8. I will use a 25mm lens. I will start to use a white balance of around 3200 then go up to adjust.

Extreme Close Up on Face

For the second shot, I will film my face. I will make sure that my face is in focus. I should have a focused and calm expression on my face. I will use an aperture of 2.8. I will use a 25mm lens. I will use a white balance of 3200 then go up to adjust.

Medium Shot 

For the third shot. I will film myself bringing the materials to another room or to a table. I will make sure everything in the screen is fairly in focus. I will use an aperture of 5.6. I will use a 25mm lens. I will start to use a white balance of around 3200 then go up to adjust.

Over the Shoulder / Insert POV

For the fourth shot I will show a canvas that I will be painting on. I will make sure the canvas is on focus while my shoulder is blurred out. I will use an aperture of 4. I will use a 25mm lens. I will start to use a white balance of around 3200 then go up to adjust.

My Story Part 1


My idea is to film a story of my hobby of painting art. In the film, I will video tape myself drawing a piece of art work then painting it in. I hope to convey feelings of calmness and peacefulness as drawing art makes us feel that way. As I paint, the colors will blend in together giving off a cheerful aura as the colors will be bright. Perhaps movements such as brushing the paint against a canvas will give a visual appeal to the viewer, and a sense of some action. Hopefully all of these ideas will join together to create these messages of exciting yet relaxing at the same time.

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