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On completion of this unit the student should be able to construct media representations in two or more media forms and compare these representations that are produced by the application of different media technologies.
In Outcome One, students learnt the language of media representations and how representations are constructed for an audience and purpose. Now it is time to put it to good use.
In previous classes, students have dissected a number of conventional film trailers. In particular, students were asked to analyse common ‘codes’ have been used to convey the narrative. Most film trailers will follow a simple set of patterns (or conventions), implementing written, technical and symbolic codes to appeal to a certain audience. A war/action genre, for example, will have certain codes that audiences are familiar with – action sequences, epic sound-tracks, etc. All of these work in combination to tell a short story and entice the viewer to see the movie.
As an introduction to Outcome 2 (Technologies of Representation), students will learn the fundamental process of creating a film product. Students will work individually through a series of production phases to create a film trailer and accompanying print advertisement.
Key Knowledge & Skills;
- The nature and use of media technologies, materials and application in two or more media forms.
- ways in which codes and conventions are used to express ideas and meaning
Filmmaking can often be a lengthy process which is often broken up into three main production phases;
- Pre-production: Planning phase
- Production: Filming the product
- Post-production: Editing, distributing and marketing the film
Download ‘Introduction to Outcome Two’ Powerpoint Presentation: 12th March
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Based on your understanding of film techniques, trailer conventions and the production process, you are to individually shoot and edit a film trailer.
Think of a dull, boring, monotonous activity an shoot it like an action movie! Edit the footage to create a conventional movie trailer complete with titles (written codes), music, company logos and a billing block.
Consider the following;
- Waking up late to get to school
- Making breakfast
- Doing you homework / studying for an examination
- Washing the dishes
- Brushing your teeth
Combine these actions with clever use of production elements like camera techniques, editing and sound to create a drama and excitement in your movie!
Sample Media Product:
This student has used a range of technical codes that are typical of an action genre. In this case, he has considered sound (intensity builds as the film draws to a conclusion), camera techniques (mixture of shot lengths and movements to add to the drama and excitement) and editing (a montage of shots to create an immersive sequence in a short period of time).
Consider some of these techniques when creating your own action sequence;
CREDIT: Brett Lamb (www.lessonbucket.com)
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The pre-production phase is a time for students to plan and prepare for their production. In this instance, students will need to submit two pre-production documents BEFORE filming begins.
Analyse ONE of the action sequences from the list/links below. Answer the following:
In the sequence you have studied, explain how Paul Greengrass (director) engages the audience. Your response should make reference to, where appropriate, camera techniques, sound (including dialogue and music) and editing.
Refer to your text-book to enhance your understanding of production elements.
The first step in the pre-production process involves developing a synopsis (50-100 words) that succinctly outlines the following information about your film;
- key plot-points
Consider the following questions when deciding on a film idea:
- Is it achievable, given time, location and resources available?
- Is the idea clear and engaging?
A storyboard is a graphic organizer in the form of illustrations or images displayed in sequence for the purpose of pre-visualizing a motion picture, animation, motion graphic or interactive media sequence.
Students are expected to storyboard their iea as part of the pre-production folio. These can be hand-drawn, or digitally produced.
Templates are available for download:
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Before the production phase begins, students will undertake a short-term exercise to develop a basic understanding of the possibilities and limitations of production equipment and applications.
The pre-production exercise will be performed in the final classes of Term One and will NOT form part of the assessment. See this as a time to practice before the big game!
Need help? Download the clips and soundtracks below. Explore different ways to edit them using Adobe Premier Pro.
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After planning your idea in the form of a ‘pre-production’ folio, you are now ready to enter into the production stage. The production stage involves filming all the sequences/scenes that you need to make the final trailer. Students should refer to the documentation in the pre-production folio during this phase.
Students will have approximately 3 weeks (including holidays) to film the required scenes/sequences.
Download Trailer Clips
Click the link to download a .ZIP folder containing several trailer clips. You can insert these into your own production to make your trailer look more authentic.
Download Action Sound Clips
Good quality music and sound effects can be hard to come by. Some web-sites may offer a limited selection of royalty free sounds, although, in most cases, you will need to pay a small fee. AudioJungle is one such site that offers a great selection of high quality music tracks for a small price. Alternatively, you can download the following tracks in the link (right).
Ryan Connolly from Film Riot explains how to make an effective and engaging movie trailer: