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Filmmaking: Fri March 26 2021

We were able to get more audio clips of sounds that we needed like notification sounds and a phone ringing. The other group did some more test shots for the rough cut of the film.

English Reading Update

I have finished “1984” 

I think the entire theme of the book could be an interesting topic to write an essay about since it may connect to the actual world.  The date that the book was written can also be used as it was written in 1948. This could reveal some of the thought processes of the world back then.

Starting “How to Win Friends and Influence People”

Author: Dale Carnegie

As all the other books I have read for this school year have been works of fiction, I am starting this book as it is non-fiction; not in a traditional sense, however, as it is a self-help book and not a traditional “knowledge” book.  I want to see how I may be able to write an essay on a non-fiction book as there is no plot to analyze.

Filmmaking: Wednesday, March 23, 2021

In filmmaking today, we went around the school to gain inspiration and locate sounds that can be used in our horror film. We check the recording studio upstairs and then went to find other sounds. Some sounds that could be used in our film are notifications, beeps, and whirring sounds. We found out where we could get those sounds from, such as the beeps can come from the ID card scanner on the computer charger lock, the whirring sounds can come from water dispensers and we can get static sounds from computers.

English Reading Update

March 23th, 2021

Title: 1984

Author: George Orwell

Pages: 113

The book 1984 sets a realistic setting and expresses the fear of the future with a dystopian setting that isn’t too far-fetched. If I choose to write my essay on this book, I could talk about the contexts surrounding the book and how it links to the real world. For example, maybe how its central theme of total control by one party has stayed relevant through the years.  Most likely, if I was going to write my essay on this book, it will focus on  1984’s social and political themes.

Final 5 Shots Film

Here is my final film:

 

Timed, In-Class Essay Reflection

Something that was hard during the in-class essay was trying to name specific literary techniques. I didn’t know the exact names of the technique so, sometimes, I just described it. As we didn’t have too much time, I made spelling mistakes in my essay. I’m pretty sure one of them was spelling “personal” as “personnal”. This was because I didn’t have time and rushed a bit. Also, since we had to use pens, when I made a spelling mistake and realized, I couldn’t just go back and change it as I would have to scribble out the entire sentence and that would have wasted too much time. Something I think I did alright on was connecting my points together, for example, I sort of used a central theme of children in the essay. Next time, I wish to double space, this is because if I make a grammatical or spelling mistake, I can write the correction underneath and just cross out the wrong word. Single spacing gives no room for error and if you do try to fix something, it starts looking very messy. I think I should practice and learn how to proofread during writing, this is so that I can fix things before I finish the entire sentence and therefore have to rewrite it which takes up space and time.

Storyboard

My Storyboard:

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Script

“Although often associated with boring work and essays, let’s not forget that writing is still a hobby. It’s one of the better ways for people to communicate and vent out their frustrations. Each genre is like a whole new world.  Writing gives those who are too scared to speak a platform, a voice. Writing calms me down, as long as it’s for fun.”

Is It Successful

Success Criteria Reason My Critique of “Lights Out” My Critique of “Tuck Me In”
Have characters that are likeable and realistic, make them worth caring about. The characters don’t need to be super developed; they just need to be recognizable and different from others. Maybe one defining trait. The character in lights out is quite relatable and comedic. People normally care more about characters who are relatable. For example, in this short film, when she gets scared, she hides in the blanket, something most people would do in that situation. She is also comic relief as shown in the part where she duct tapes the light switch. Since the movie is only a minute long, there wasn’t such characterization apart from the man being a father. This, however, makes us sympathetic towards him. He has a child, so we care about what happens to him.
Have an actual storyline, not just a situation. An actual story line will get and keep people watching invested. Situations followed by other situations have no flow and can quickly put viewers off. The film “Lights Out” does have a storyline following one character and the “demon” stalking her. It isn’t unfocused. This mini film doesn’t really have a story line, it’s just one supernatural situation.
Get from the situation to a story as quickly as possible. It’s important to introduce the situation and get to the actual story as quickly as possible as there is no time to develop the characters or to develop an elaborate backstory. The film got to the central plot pretty quickly. It showed off the setting of a house, the main character and then started to reveal the plot. It didn’t waste time telling a backstory on why the demon is stalking her. The film gets to the supernatural occurrence at around 0:30. This is quick, but the film is only a minute long. However, they didn’t waste time developing a backstory.
Have multiple different camera angles. Multiple different camera angles create more varied and interesting scenes which the viewer would want. If your film is filled with just wide shots it gets boring and if your film is filled with only close ups, nothing is new and quickly will also get boring. There were multiple shot types in this film, including point of view shots, close ups. There were also shots angled downwards which added variety. This film has different shot types, from close-ups to point of view shots. It kept the film feeling fresh and new.
Don’t have too much exposition where it’s just a lot of dialogue. Max 1 min of exposition. There is not enough time to have around 2 minutes of exposition. Horror movies tend to have more action than dialogue and if you have to much exposition, there won’t be enough time for the build-up and action. No exposition at all, no explanation of why the demon came to be and why it is following the main character. This film gets straight to the action and that was especially important considering that this film only had a run time of 2 mins. There wasn’t any exposition wasting time. The film used dialogue which isn’t a bad thing. There was only a simple set up in the form of “check under the bed.” This allowed the film to still have enough time to build up suspense.
An ending that’s interesting, as in don’t tie up all loose ends, up to interpretation. Not a “happily ever after.” A clear-cut conclusion sometimes isn’t very interesting. Many films have done the “happily ever after” trope and it’ll get boring. Having an open ending encourages discussion which is good. The ending isn’t a happily ever after and is quite vague. It doesn’t explicitly show the woman being killed by is hinted at. This ending is up to the audience’s interpretation. The ending is quite vague, but that isn’t a bad thing. If the film revealed which one the kids were fake, it would have less impact. It’s up to the audience to interpretate and theorize which Alex(the kid’s name) is fake.
Use of sound to amplify the effect of scenes, such as to create tension and suspense. Without the right sound, your film won’t have an impact. Sound can be used to create suspense which is helpful to add. Sound can also help with building up a climax and during a jumpscare. This film uses sound to build up suspense with the creaks and to amplify the jumpscares. It also uses silence to build suspense with only the quiet buzzing of a lamp. This creates unease in the audience. The music at the start already is mystery which creates an uneasy atmosphere. During the part where the dad looks under the bed, the creepy music comes back. This is a good use of sound because it creates a feeling of “what’s going to happen” when the music comes on.
Having a buildup to the climax. Not just a scare out of nowhere. Random scares spread throughout the film won’t be very effective. Yes, it may catch someone off guard once, but a build-up will be more effective and will be more satisfying. At the start of the film, there was a random scare that wasn’t really effective but after that, the final scare when we see the demons face is built up with sound and suspense. It was satisfying to see the final payoff after all the suspense. The film had a small build-up towards the big reveal, one line of dialogue. Unlike “Lights Out” this film didn’t use too much time setting up and creating suspense, most likely due to time constraints. The scare is still effective but with a bit more suspense and unease could be better.
A jumpscare, almost every horror film has one of these. A jumpscare is a key element of horror, jumpscares can be used as the final big payoff. The film has 2 jumpscares, one at the start to give us a view at the figure on the monster and one at the end as the big payoff. The first jumpscare was sudden but not very effective because the monster was quite far away. The second one however, was effective as an ending. There wasn’t really a jumpscare in this film, unless you count the reveal of a second Alex. That “jumpscare” however, wasn’t really scary.
Use of lighting to set the mood and atmosphere, specifically a dark and moody one. Mood and atmosphere are very important in horror films, they allow viewers to immerse themselves in the film which will benefit all other aspects. The film sets the mood and atmosphere with an establishing shot of the house. The house being surrounded by darkness sets a dark atmosphere. Light also plays a big role in the film. When the lights are on, the main character and we are supposed to feel safe and when the lights are off, we feel vulnerable. This really creates a sense of immersion. This film uses lighting to set the mood. When the setting was brighter, it seemed safer, for example when talking to Alex. When the lighting was dark, it seem more dangerous, for example when searching under the bed.

 

English 9 Reading #4

Sorry, it’s been a long time since I’ve updated my blog.

Feb 4th, 2021

Finished: Ready Player One

The book was enjoyable but not sure if I’m would have enough to do an essay on it. The theme of people hiding from “reality” using virtual reality was interesting though.

Currently on: 1984

Author: George Orwell

This book has an interesting premise with it being set in a dystopian future.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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