Order Of Titles

Typical order of titles

  1. Studio company  that distributes your film.
  2. Production company.
  3. In association with.
  4. Directors name.
  5. Movie actors.
  6. The film title.
  7. Assistant editor.
  8. Editor.
  9. Director of photography.
  10. Producer.
  11. Directed by.

 

We challenged the typical codes and conventions of a typical film and put the producer and director of photography in front of the editor. This is atypical of a thriller film however the order of the titles does work.

 

Was reviewing thriller movies and opening title sequences useful?

In my opinion I think that reviewing 1o thriller movies and reviewing 10 opening title sequences was very useful in the sense of it helped me and our group decide a sub genre and the plot of the film and helped me understand the codes and conventions of a thriller film.

I think that reviewing 10 thriller movies was very useful for me as it helped me understand what makes a good thriller movie and what makes a bad thriller movie. it helped me understand about the cliches in a thriller movie. Now I think i am good at pointing out bad things about thriller movies and hopefully we wont put any of those in our opening title sequence. I reviewed a wide range of thriller films to help me get a wider range of understanding in all the thriller sub-genres this helped me and my group decide on the best thriller sub genre to make a opening title sequence.

I think that reviewing 10 thriller opening title sequences was very useful in understanding the codes and conventions of a thriller opening sequence. I found out alot about thriller titles and the sound and visuals. I explored every aspect closely and this helped our group come up with a opening title sequence therefore was very useful.

Our Groups Progression

So far i am really enjoying working in our group and i think we have come a really long way in terms of progression since we started our continuity task. We are alll working really well together and we have not argued and we all listen to each others ideas and take them into consideration when coming up with a idea. We have all done more reasech into the job roles that were given to us and you can definitely tell from our first task to our main task how much our group has come.

All of our group are really enjoying the roles we have been given and have improved on doing our jobs a lot since we first started media as we have a deeper understanding of what each job role should do.

Izzy is a really good director as  the director controls a film’s artistic and dramatic aspects, and visualizes the script while guiding the technical crew and actors in the fulfillment of that vision. Izzy is doing a great job of this as she is helping us come up with ideas and deciding the final idea.

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Serena is the Director Of Photography (DOP) and she is doing a really good job as this role as DOP’S are the chief over the camera crews working on a film, television production or other live action piece and is responsible for making artistic and technical decisions related to the image. Serena is doing a great job and the camera angles and the mix of shots she uses are amazing and help the sequences look really good.

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Georgia is the producer and again is doing an amazing job producers shape the idea into a viable film, raise the money, hire the director, choose the cast, oversee production and post-production and find locations and props to film with. She has done all of these and has found us lots of locations and actors to help us film our tasks.

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I am the editor and think i have progressed in my understanding and practical use of editing. film editing is the art, technique, and practice of assembling shots into a coherent sequence. The job of an editor is not simply to mechanically put pieces of a film together, cut off film slates, or edit dialogue scenes. I think i am now a good editor as i understand how to use editing software’s effectively and efficiently and think I have progressed in my understanding a lot since the first task. I know when to apply certain transitions and understand how long a clip should be.

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I am really enjoying working in this group as we are very creative and work very well as a team.

 

Codes and Conventions of a Crime Thriller

For our opening title sequence we have chosen to pick the genre crime thriller. Here are some of the things we had to take into account when creating the opening title sequence:

Codes

  • lots of close ups of the characters to show their emotions and feelings.
  • Long shots to help establish the location as well as establish what the characters are doing.
  • Body language is used to show how the character is feeling.
  • Fast paced music to create suspense.
  • Dark lighting to help create suspense.
  • don’t give much of the story away near the start.
Conventions
  • Immoral.
  • Self-destructive.
  • Rivalry with other criminals.
  • Enigmas.
  • Investigation.
  •  Antagonist in danger.
  • Fast Pace.
  • Complex Narrative.

In our opening title sequence we have included lots of these codes and conventions. These will all help to make our opening title sequence seem like it is a crime thriller.

Colour Grading

Colour is so important because, like lighting, it affects a mood and feel of a piece, and therefore how we interpret the final image. If you aren’t applying any colour grading to either your photographs or film, you are potentially missing a vital part of the process of finalising your image. Colour grading can be one of the most impactful tweaks you can make to your work once it’s been shot. It has the potential to elevate a good image to great, or a great image to outstanding. Without colour grading most pictures or films are motionless and boring.

What is  colour grading?

Colour grading is the process of altering and enhancing the colour of a film, video image, or still image either electronically, photo-chemically or digitally. Colour grading encompasses both colour correction and the generation of artistic colour effects.

Example of colour grading

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The image below has been color corrected to help make the image seem less motionless.

Feedback from our first draft opening title sequence

We all got told that we have to finish our first draft of our opening title sequence by the 3rd of February. On this day we were told that we were going to have the first screening of our title sequences and then after we would get feedback on what the class thought of this,   what the teacher thought of this in hopes that this would help us improve  our title sequence. We had to create a way of getting feedback from our class so we decided to create a survey for the class to fill out. In the survey we asked questions like is the monologue to long and does the typography fit with the sequence. The feedback that we got from the class was very successful and was mainly positive.

This is the rough draft that we have created which still needs improvements and the feedback that we have gotten will help improve our opening sequence.

Below is the survey we carried out.

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From this we learned that should keep the monologue as everybody thinks its suitable for the opening sequence however we can make it slightly shorter.

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From this we know to keep our production comapny name at the beginning of our sequence.

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From this we have learned to keep the acting the same and keep the actor.

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This question was very useful as we now know we need to change the font into more a scratchy font that is a darker shade of red.

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We learned to keep the monologue the same length however we are going to make it slightly shorter.

We also got feedback from our teacher explaining what she likes about our opening sequence, feedback on what we can improve on. Overall the feedback was mainly positive and our rough draft got into the level 3 region which i think is a B grade. Our teacher gave us feedback that will help us improve for the next cuts and we have takedn all her feedback in. down below is all the improvements that we need to do:

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We have taken all the factors that we need to improve into account and we are currently working on improving our opening title sequence.

Typography in thriller films

Typography is crucial in films as many films lose there viewers within the first 60 seconds of the film and the typography used in the film is very important to catching the audiences attention. The titles are designed to portray the films genre and if they get this wrong the audience will get a wrong idea of what they are watching. Normally the first thing that you will remember is the titles and the typography is very important aspect of this.

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The typography in the film Se7en by David Fincher is white on a black background, this helps the letters look more striking and bold which helps them stand out so the audience will clearly be able to see the titles of the film. The titles are in a large font and are in capital letters this also helps the titles stand out. The footage used overlaps creating an ere feel to the movie. The titles are also shaking which again gives of an uneasy feeling to the audience. The letters seem to be broken apart which creates a sense of tension to the thriller film titles. The colour white signifies innocence, peace and purity. The colour black signifies death, evil and fear. these two colours are very opposite signifying different characters in the film. The text appears very grainy which makes the titles spooky.

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The typography used in inception is in the colour red which helps stand out from the rest. the title is very striking and stands out from the background that is placed behind the typography. the colour of the text is red and red symbolised death and hate, therefore from just looking at this poster the audience will have a slight guess to is going to be involved in the film. The words are in capital letters so that they stand out and draw the audience to the title of the film which in some aspects is the most important thing.

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The colour of the text is red therefore signifying death, blood, hate and war. This links into the plot of the film. To continue the text looks like blood which adds a sense of horror and a ere feeling. the text is on a black background, This helps the text stand out therefore drawing the attention of the audience to the text. The titles seem to be shaking giving an uneasy effect. the lines across the text help to make the text blurred therefore giving a ere effect. Again the text is all in capital letters and this helps the titles stand out. the font used hits the nail on the head in this film, some people may say fonts speak louder than words in films.