Today I’m posting my first blog entry for my media coursework. In this lesson, we learnt about how the AS Media coursework is constructed and how the marks are spread throughout it. The first thing we had to do, was form a team of four people. In these teams, we will be working together to produce our coursework.
The members of my team are; William Stoner, Krzysztof Banul, Nicola Okezie and myself, Phoebe Humphries.
This blog will be focussing on the research, planning of my preliminary task and the main task. The main task is to create a film title opening sequence, that will last around two minutes. The preliminary task will be a continuity piece, that short clip has to include the 180-degree rule, match on action and shot reverse shot. We have already started discussing what our responsibilities could be in this task, I could be in charge of the lighting and the set/props, but we would all equally help and spread out the work during our tasks.
I look forward to completing our preliminary work and I’m eager to see what our team can create together.
Today we started our looking at our preliminary task in further detail, the task is to create a continuity piece that should last at least 60 seconds. Below is an image of the exact brief and everything we need to include in our piece.
Below is a PowerPoint I created looking at the different shots we will need to use for this task and a definition for each one.
The Do’s and Don’ts of the task.
- Must include everything in the brief e.g. the different shots, opening the door, the dialogue.
- Nothing set/based in a College.
- Avoid using anything graphic e.g. guns, knives, drugs or swearing.
- Try and make it create an intense atmosphere, when watching it.
- Acting must be of a good quality.
- Can’t be a cliché.
Now I know what I have to include in my preliminary task and what I should avoid doing, I can set off and start researching into continuity. I will look into the nature of continuity editing, the history of continuity and finally the different devices and shots that help to create the perfect seamless continuity edit.
Links to the clips used in my PowerPoint:
180-Degree Rule example
Match on Action example
Shot/Reverse shot example
Below is a good example of continuity editing in the film Silence of the Lambs.
Continuity shots from the clip:
-Match on action 4:10
–Shot reverse shot 1:13
–Establishing shot 2:07
For the preliminary task, it is important to be able to create continuity in our piece, as it would take longer to produce and breaks the immersion the audience has whilst watching.
Whilst researching the history of continuity editing, I created a timeline to show major key events that changed the way films were created.
Click on the photo below, to be taken to my timeline:
Shot reverse shot + Eyeline Match
Match on action
Video Example of Match Cut
180 Degree Rule
For our task we needed a few sentences of dialogue, so the group brainstormed ideas of what would be discussed during the scenes. I took notes during this meeting so I could put all of our ideas together and create the script.
Here are the original notes and a photo of the meeting:
Then after getting these notes, I researched how scripts are formatted and followed the basic guide. I put where the scene was located, what was happening, the cuts, who the actors are, and what the actors were saying.
Here is the final copy of the script: