Monday, 9 March 2009

Evaluation Pictures

Saturday, 7 March 2009



The feedback for our rough cut is negative, as it shows no real variety ans has no real depth to it as well as being boring with nothing to it. It represents our initial idea, which is to have teh criminals talking to the screen, and as that happens, there will be a non diegetic voice over it. This narration could not be performes as there was no time before the rough cut deadline. As well as this we wanted to build from simplicity in order to then gain complexity before the final cut deadline the week after.

However, i fell that it dispays our ideas adn intentions clearly. Although it show no good use of the four micro elements, cinematography, sound, mise en scene and editing. But we will be bringing costumes and props, different camera angles and positions, editing transitions and a soundtrack into it later to get it to a good standard for our final piece.


Thursday, 5 March 2009


Tuesday, 3 March 2009




Bussiness as usual. Some people ask me the question, what do i do? And i tell em, its not about the money, the drugs, the violence, oh no my friend, its business as usual. We all like abit of the good life, some moer than others, others more than others. Take Maxi, cross him and you'll be sleeping with the fishes i assure you. He knows people, and his contacts know people. He can pack a punch too.

Monday, 2 March 2009




We have filmed our opening sequence in many different settings. These include Hills road, the posh looking buildings really adding to our sequence visually, as well as by the walkway at Long road. These will give our opening much variety and is important in order for the sequence to flow and maintain the conventions of the crime caper genre. Furthermore, we will be filming one more scene in Linton, the tranquil setting adding to the variety of the usual urban location. 


We have three main characters in this opening, who all conspire together and all important to the story line. There is also another character, whose identity remains identity, as he is the boss in the sequence, and his use of non diegetic sound as a narration tells the audience about the other characters, who all entwine.


Are use of props is very limited. The use of the briefcase is the main focus point and the plot is based around this prop which is of huge importance to the film opening of the crime caper. As well as this a newspaper is used to also hide identity. Furthermore used briefly is a car, a phone, headset and set of keys.


Just black jackets and simple clothing are used for the three main characters, and for the two hidden men standing beside the boss, two suits will be used, giving them status and power. Like props, we have limited the clothing, which outs focus on the main plot. 

Thursday, 26 February 2009

rough cut

Tuesday, 27 January 2009

Company Logo

Monday, 26 January 2009


The Message
Hidden Identity
Daylight Robbery
Midnight Robbery
Dodgy Dealings
Business As Usual
Just Another Job

Friday, 23 January 2009



The Bank Job, similar to Oceans Thirteen, is a crime caper that initializes in maintaining the conventions of a crime caper. This trailer uses micro elements that also support the conventions. These are sound, mise en scene, editing and cinematography and they all play a part in ensuring the satisfaction of the audience, as well as fitting into the crime caper convention.

In the sequence, sound is simply used to set the tone. The constant non-diegetic music helps to achieve this. This is because the non-diegetic sound is on the go, fast and the loud beat helps to catch the audiences attention. This show the audience that the film is action packed and dramatic. Also used is diegetic sound of characters from clips of the film to give you a small briefing and to give the audience an idea of the storyline which is to come in the rest of the crime caper.

The second micro element use in this crime caper is editing. Editing is vital in keeping the opening sequence rolling and to stop the audience losing interest. One way this is done is by quick simple cuts from scene to scene in order to keep the footage flowing. Also used is fade ins and fade outs, which help to show different views on the same conversation, from different points of view, to maintain the audiences excitement. This also shows contrast. In between different scenes, there is sometimes words that come on in a graphic style which sets the mood of the film and gives away indicators of the plot and storyline of the film.

Thirdly, mise en scene is a micro element which enables the audience to understand the plot more easily. Firstly, pictures and plans are shown in the mise en scene, showing the characters complex plans and strategies to break into the bank as well as displaying their elaborate crime. Lots of equipment is also shown to emphasize their desire and the difficulties into getting their rewards, for example big wads of cash are shown. Also, the showing of guns and police cars show the great danger in the jobs that they are planning, leading the audiences reaction to being that of curiosity and concern as well as excitement. Finally the cars which are shown in the opening sequence are snazzy and fast, and it shows a get way, hopefully to maintain the audiences excitement.

Lastly, cinematography is used. Mid shots are shown for showing every normal conversation in the scenes, and over the shoulder shows these conversations from a different point of view. When showing the plans of the elaborate crime, it is low angle shot which is over the shoulder of the woman looking at the plans. The camera stills shows cars flying past the corner, the camera not following this, so it shows that the car is in a high speed chase as it flys past in a blur. This also helps to maintain the audiences excitement and they are therefore interested in watching more. A long shot is usedsimply to give the audience an idea of where the lookout is and what he is looking at. It aslo gives a general view of the location. Another camera shot are close ups, giving the impression that there work is discrete and not for any outsiders to see.

Thursday, 22 January 2009

These images have been chosen because they represent items used in our opening sequence. The computer has significance as it sparks the start of the link of messages between the different people. A message comes up on the computer. The briefcase signifies status as well as the suit. The phone signals misleading plots that are carried out throughout the opening sequence which fits the conventions of a crime caper.

Tuesday, 20 January 2009



The film Oceans Thiteen best relates to our opening sequence which also approaches the crime caper genre. As it relates to the consistence of a group of people conspiring together to commit and elaborate crime, played out in a humorous way, we feel that fits our opener. Also our sequence meets the conventions of a crime caper.

The trailer of the opening sequence of oceans thirten contains micro elements that support the conventions of a crime caper. The four micro elements, cinematography, sound, mise en scene and editing all play a part in maintaining the conventions but also cause humoou and enjoyment to the audience.

The first micro-elemnt which is evident in the opener is sound. There is a variety of diegetic and non-diegetic sound in this sequence. For example, the diegetic dialogue of a man, which is synchronized in with the cinematography, changes to becoming sound over the top of different action. This shows the mans plans and emphasises the pace of it. All the characters have some dialogur in the sequence, therefore giving the audience a taster of whats about to come in the film. The quiet and soft music in the background fits into the genre and is important in giving the sequence a flow to it that would'nt be achieved without. This however, stops when there is dialogue.

Secondly, mise en scene plays an important part in revealing the genre of the sequence. As oceans thirteen portrays the characters as gangsters who aim to succombe to some elaborate crime, the mise en scene represents the characters well. For example, the mise en scene in the sequence usually consists of, being in the location of a casino, gambling chips, money, playing cards and poker tables. This immediately sends out teh message of the attitude of the characters who are completely money minded and also the connotations are that the work they are doing is highly risky. The costume consists mainly of suits, representing them as smart and showing them as having vast amounts of money. Finally, the false disguises mean that it gives the audience an indicator of what is to happen in the rest of the film.

Another micro element is cinematography. The panning of the camera around the city where its set helps to distinguish the location in which the elaborate crime will inevatibly take place. Also, the use of panning takes place to distinguish the casino, in which furthermore, the crime will meet its heights. The mid-shot of several characters enables the audience to see their interaction as characters and how they come together in the film. Close Ups are used frequently in the opening sequence of oceans thirteen, simply, to define objects which arae key to the film, for example, cards and gambling chips aswell as teh dealing of cards.

Finally, editing is the last micro elemnt employed to maintain the conventions of the crime caoer genre. Many transition devices are used to maintain the tempo and excitement of the sequence. Instead of dull and boring straight cuts and black outs, screen wipes are employed, to enable the smooth and quick transition, keeping the audience engaged througout. Another editing device used is various amounts of money that are put above the people in teh casinos heads. This shows their desire for their money and indicates their plan. Obssesion with money is obvious.


For our opening sequence, as a group we have chosen to do the genre crime caper. This genre consists of a group of people who conspire together to commit an elaborate crime, playing out in a humorous way. An example of this genre is the film oceans thirteen and the bank job. We have chosen to do this genre because it portrays the personality of the group and we thought that it would be an interesting genre to approach.

Our plot will be based on a plot similar to oceans thirteen where there will be several different characters with different personalities all playing a vital part in this caper. This will meet the conventions of a crime caper where there will be a women of desire, a man of intelligence, a man with charisma and a man of action.

The opening sequence will consists of what the caper will later entail, usually this will include the initial plot whilst not giving to much away, the main characters will be introduced with there specialty and a plan that the caper will be based on.

The plot will initialize with a character with great intelligence that receives an important message whilst on the computer. The important message will contain details of a bank job where then the intelligent character will contact his counterparts. These counterparts will then meet in a subtle meeting point where they will discuss the plan to stop and take advantage of the bank job details. The plot will be based on these characters carrying out this plan however they will meet resistance when they meet the opposition who are trying to carry out the bank job.

These characters will include:

George the boss

Brad the assistant

Robert the brainz

The main boss in the caper is George who plays the boss. His involvement in the main scene of the sequence is key. The main scene involves the committing of a crime to rob a bank. This includes lots of elaborate planning, many sub plots and misgiving story lines. For example, in the main scene, it starts with a message that is delivered from the boss, and is delivered to many different characters who all are in different places.

Monday, 12 January 2009

Company Names

Stampede Pictures

Company Logos

'DreamWorks' is commonly associated with light hearted family films. They produce films that are famously aimed at children and the family, these films include, the shrek trilogy, toy soldiers and toy story. The company logo represents the Spielberg company, in which he has worldwide recognization and this helps to promote the 'DreamWorks' title.

Nearly all films produced by 'Twisted Pictures' are commonly associated with the genre horror and thriller. The logo is presented at the beginning of the film in which the barb wire twists and tightens around the logo. This could represent what the film will later entail, such as themes of torture and pain. This representation is infamously presented in the 'Saw' movies.

Thursday, 8 January 2009

In order to anaylse the film opening sequence of the recent film Juno, i will be referring to all the micro elements and this would then enable me to establish how they are then used to set up:

  • Characters
  • Theme
  • Narrative/Plot
  • Genre
  • Location
The music chosen for the opening sequences is by well known artist Kimya Dawson. The lyrics tumble along repetitively in a slightly catchy and humorous way. Its a downbeat love song which emphasizes partnerships like ‘if id be a tree you would be my leaves’, this then straight away highlights the key theme within the film(romance, relationships) and helps set up the character of Juno to be lonely and innocent even though they so not make a huge first impression of what they are really like just by walking, however the music makes it out to be like that.

I feel that mise en scene that plays a major and significant part in establishing the tone and genre, as well as the lead character in the film. For example the location of where the film has been set shows that Juno is depicted walking through suburban USA showing in the background of her local area and the quality of life she lives in. The leaves falling from the trees show time passing and establish the time of year being autumn. furthermore, the use of the leaves falling from the trees also relates to the diegetic music in the background.

Slide and push effect have also been introduced to allude to comic books. Cleverly done by the film makers, it shows Juno s character sometimes on the screen being life like and then the other clip is half comical and half natural. In two different shots and this along with her constant presence and dominant framing establish the centrality of her character within the film. Some of the more adventurous camera angles, for example the overhead shot, are pleasing to the eye.

Furthermore, the title sequence has the be the most important function when it comes to film opening sequences which acts as a vehicle for the main credits. In Juno the credits are cleverly used as they are shown to be neatly hand drawn, continuing the comic theme and not unlike a teenagers graphics project or doodling, also the use of the credits being shown on top of the walls which also makes it to be graffiti and this links back to the location of where the film is being allocated. An shaky effect has been used in a slightly organic way for the tittles.

Friday, 28 November 2008