Music – Research into genres

Considering our genre for our title sequence is thriller, more specifically psychological thriller. The genre of music we use has to create atmosphere, tension and a build up to keep the audience in a grip whilst watching and leaving them wanting to see more.

For the music, it was decided that Nicola would be in charge of finding something that would fit, as I had to do the tasks of story-boarding, filming and editing… basically everything else.

Here are three options that Nicola found that we both listened to together:

Analysis of the first track is that the usage of piano and other slow and eerie instruments creates tension and the lower notes played makes it have a general build up, it would be good for certain thriller films. But I thought that the piano just felt too ‘happy’ in places and when played along with our piece it felt out of place and stale. It didn’t fit the theme we were creating for our title sequence.

Out of the three this was my least favourite, it didn’t have or create the correct feeling for our piece, it was too strong and would go well with a action thriller film, it was excellent for creating atmosphere, but for us, its just the wrong type of atmosphere.

Here was my favorite option for our piece as it fitted perfectly with our title sequence and had a strong deep sound under it, so it brings this power to our piece since it will be entirely score based. 

Order of Titles – Typography

The typography that we would be using in our title would have to portray our theme of thriller and create a good atmosphere. So to start the search for fonts, I went online to a free font creator/downloader and started looking through the pages and themes of fonts and inserted the title ‘Bloody White Rose’ to have some idea of what it might look like.

(http://www.1001fonts.com/Movie-fonts.html?page=2&items=10)

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From the above screenshot I made the choice of which ones did and didn’t work. Willy Wonka, Matrix, Matrix Code and UnderWorld didn’t work as they didn’t express a thriller look. On the other hand, Casper, Deanna and CSNPWDT NFI did portray this feeling due to the dripping, bold font with oddly placed letters in each word. This gave each of them a more daring and freaky vibe, which our piece was looking for. 

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Here is a sample of what our final font choice would look like in our title sequence. It is more sophisticated than other fonts but still has that long, bold creepy look. I really like the fact that the letters are misplaced and not in a straight line in the top font. This will be used for the main title ‘Bloody White Rose.’

The bottom font example will be used for cast/crew and any other times, as its more simple but if I increased the spacing between the letters, it would create a creepy, modern and high quality look.

Order of Titles: Research

For our main task, we need needed to make sure the titles of the cast and crew are in the correct order. For this, I did research on websites like YouTube to watch actual film opening titles and watching the order that it appears. One that I used as my main reference is the Stargate (1994) film:

The titles that I have to create are above the line titles, which refer to being seen at the start of the film, unlike below the line titles which is at the end of the film, where the majority of peoples credits are. 

Here is the list I have created for the order of the titles that I will use in my main task:

After Effect – Titles: Nicobe Studios

The original plan was to use this logo that I created in after effects, add in a fade in/out transition and that would be it. But, due to the fact this website was free for only the smallest logos, when using after effects I realised that this logo was way too small for the frame and when I tried to increase the size, it would become pixelated. 

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Therefore, I had to make the executive decision to cut this logo from our title sequence and start again in the idea and creation of the Nicobe Studios logo.

Here is a tutorial that I watched to create the new logo that I wanted:

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Firstly, I had to start getting the shape prepared and to do this, I created a shape using the add shape tool, then made sure my composition was at the beginning, selected the duration tool, which looks like a little stop watch. Then I selected the size and placement of the square at the start, which is there not being one.

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Then I go to the end of the piece and move the square to how I want it to be in the end. This then creates two places in my piece that After Effects makes sure to transition to. I then did the same with the text, but had to animate it first, by left clicking the text and selecting this function. I then animated the area I wished it to be, and the made it so it dropped down into the rectangle.

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After this, I moved the two places on my piece around until I got them where I wanted the effects to take place, and how long it would take them. Here you can see the first set of dots being the square and the others the text being pulled down.

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Finally, the last effects I do is make sure that all of the pieces in the composition fade out at the end, as this creates a more professional look. I did this by doing the following steps but used the opacity tool instead of the position.

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Rough Cut

Very rough cut, only had 6 hours to produce this. Its not 2 minutes long. Its edited in the wrong order. The score is not correct. The video has weird lines over some shots, due to not delacing. But I did what I had in the little time I was given.

Post Production – Day 2

Day 2 Post Production –  Today I started to experiment with double exposure within our piece by using roses. I also started adding more and more of the clips that we did to make our piece longer. 

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I layered everything on different levels so it was easier to edit and know what needed to be changed or edited. I also followed this by making each segment have different labels e.g. colours. So later on I could move everything around.

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Here I am rendering what I have done, so I can preview it in real time with no lag. 

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Just adding in more clips trying to make it longer and cool effects. e.g. the roses/files and roses in general. This is how far I have come, need to change the order of the clips next and make it 2 minutes long.

Logo Design: NICOBE STUDIOS

For our title sequence we needed a logo and a studio name, we originally were going to go with BurningFlowers Productions, but we felt this was a bit too long and didn’t represent us creators and what we do as a team. 

Therefore we joined our names together to form Nicobe, we did brainstorm some other ideas such as Phocola, Nicoebla and Nioecobela. We went with Nicobe as its easy to pronounce and looks nice. 

NICOBE STUDIOS is the official title, as it sounds nice and is unique to other companies. 

To create our logo we used a website called http://www.logaster.com

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I typed in the name of our studio into the website and I had to select what type of logo theme I wanted. Originally I went with entertainment but later on swapped to Audio/Video as that showed closer options to what we needed.

I selected one of the logos and then edited it to suit what I wanted. To do this I had over 1909 pages of images to look through, and went with a clapboard as that is a good theme considering we are creating a title sequence. 

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When creating the final logo, it came with many different options to pick from after downloading all the files. Three of which were transparent, then the other three were grey background, black and brown background. But we went with the first transparent one to use for our title sequence.

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Here is what logaster gives you after downloading your logo, all these files, for free, in different formats to use. 

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Here is the final logo. I went for this smooth modern font with little triangles on the side as its very simple but still gets across character of the studio. Using brown instead of black as its much lighter and gentler when looking at it.