This week is the beginning of learning outcome 1.1, understanding the requirements of the extended project. This is including understanding the industry and where our work would fit into. Also, understand your audience and the equipment you would be using for your project.
The film industry is a very large and complex thing, there are many, many, subcategories. There are two major categories, mainstream and independent, these are the separation of films such as a short student film which would be instantly put into an independent category whereas a film made by Disney would be mainstream because of their large audience. This is the large divide in the filmmaking industry. The mainstream is the work made or produced by the large production companies such as Disney, Pixar and DreamWorks. They are all classes as mainstream because something they make appeals to the Mainstream audience, the billion pound audience. Whereas the independent sector is for smaller projects and production companies it would be for students and small film crews trying to make a name and make their way to the mainstream audience. In these two huge categories, it again is divided by genre, sub-genre, specific details to each and every piece. My work fits into a small little sub-genre of a psychological thriller mixed with a fairytale. My work will have a fairly small audience because it is somewhat of an experimental piece because i have found very few ideas similar to mine however it will be and interesting concept. My work again is in the independent sector of the industry because i am a film student who wants to create however i have only just begun creating my work. The type of company to produce my work would be a small independent film production company who likes my idea of a psychological thriller and wants to take it on board an example o these are http://www.whitelanternfilm.co.uk/. This company is a small production company has made a small psychological thriller and would be willing to take on my project. my work would be distributed on o0nline streaming services as they would be easier to access for me and i am able to upload my work there with ease and hopefully many people watch it because of it. My work would be regulated by the companies of where i upload my work to such as youtube, they will regulate my video. However, i will still refer to the BBFC website to get an understanding of where my work would most likely get places and what restrictions there are. My work would go to the niche audience because yes it is categorised by the psychological thriller however, this again would be filtered again because of the mixed in elements of the fairytale that again minimises the audience more.
- Canon Camera 500D- To film my production
- VELBON EF-41 Tripod- to hold the camera whilst filming.
- LED Light – to light the scene if needed.
- Shotgun Mic- to record audio.
- Zoom Mic (large) to record audio.
- XLR cable- to connect the shotgun mic and zoom mic.
- Script- for the actors to go over before their scene.
- Storyboard- to refer to whilst filming making sure we have the correct shots.
- Costumes- for the actors to wear.
- Chalk- to write on the slate.
- Slate- to sync audio.
- Makeup- for the actors.
- Props- for the filming.
- Computer – to have editing software on and be able to edit and upload my work.
- AVID editing software- to edit on because I have been taught to edit on AVID.
- Microsoft office- so I am able to have documents for research amongst other things.
- Headphones- to listen to the audio.
- Stabiliser- for some of the shots having a fairly stable shot.
- Printer- to print research and other work.
My Audience Members:
I believe my audience members would be between the ages of 16-25 because of the nature of the project its common that these ages will be interested in this genre. the gender isn’t specific because its a mixture of things and its loved by both sexes so there cant be any controversy.
I believe my audience are people who love psychological thrillers, but are also interested in the concept of mixing in a much loved fairy tale and have a darker look on its disneyfied story.
To be a director there are no formal qualification requirements, however there are numerous courses on the art of directing and filmmaking such as: BA (Hons) Film and Moving Image Production, institution: Norwich University of the Arts, BA (Hons) Film, institution: University of Falmouth and UAL Level 3 Film and Television Extended Diploma, institution: Canterbury College. Even though you don’t need any formal qualifications you need to be up to date with the new film techniques and equipment, as well as being able to cooperate with actors. There are many skills needed for this position for example having a creative vision and being able to portray that, you need to be a strong and confident leader and need to be able to communicate with others. You will need a large amount of experience this can be achieved by writing a screenplay, directing a short play or armature play also having experience from being a runner as well, as you have more knowledge of the set and you work with so many people on the set. There are many personal attribute which would be needed for this job, you need to be able to remain calm when under huge amounts of pressure, pay attention to detail, have great self-belief and you need to be determined to succeed and these attributes will help massively for your career.
Tim burton is a much loved director because of his weird yet wonderful films, burton spent his childhood as a recluse, drawing cartoons, and watching old movies. When he was in ninth grade his artistic skills were recognized by a local garbage company, he won first place in a competition. After graduating high school, he attended the California Institute of the Arts. His first job like many other students was as an animator for Disney. His early film career was fueled by an unlikely good luck. But it’s his skill and originality that has kept him at the top. His first film was Vincent (1982), an animated short about a boy who wanted to be Vincent Price, it won him many awards. He then made Frankenweenie (1984), his first live action film.
Directors work closely with many people in production, such as the producer, director of cinematography, lighting engineer, director of sound, the scriptwriters, storyboard artist and the actors this happens throughout pre-production and production, at times depending on the producer the director may be includ3ed in the editing process.
How to become a Foley engineer?
to become a foley engineer you first need to become a sound engineer because a foley engineer is a specialist, which is a progression from a sound engineer. so to become a sound engineer you firstly need to get some experience of sorts you need to go out there to a theater or somewhere to say that you’ve had that experience or you can be there to help out, being able to put that down on your cv is good as it can attract future employers and it can help if you want to go to university. You could also get an apprenticeship or an internship which again helps build experience and your knowledge base. Then there is also the option to go to university that gives you the options of connections, experience, skills and knowledge which can then lead onto freelance work and over time you will improve and eventually get the skills and sometime’s it’s by chance you become a foley engineer.
A famous sound designer:
Mark A. Mangini:
Born in the suburbs of Boston, dropped out 0of college at 19, to move to Los Angeles to pursue a career in film. His first job was as a cartoon sound editor. Followed by a 25 year run as the owner and operator of a successful post-production sound company. He has worked on films such as Raiders of the Lost Ark, Gremlins, Die Hard, Star Trek, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Fifth Element, The Green Mile, Warrior and Jack the Giant Slayer, he is currently the governor of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences representing the Sound Branch.
Univeristy courses related to sound.
This course is at the university of the arts London, the course is about the creative use of sound both as an independent and supportive medium. You gain creative technological and theoretical knowledge. I’d say this is a good course because it is sourced by the sam organisation as our current course and it gives a hands on approach getting you involved more and making more of a progress in this particular department, and it is more specific to this subject so if you want to pursue a career in this subject, this course looks on that and it also means you should get the right experience and the right connections.
Here are 2 courses i found i think the bachelor’s degree would be better because it is of a higher status. In this course, they put you on the production line you get a lot of experience in the field of sound.
How to become a cameraman?
Firstly to become a cameraman you have to follow the same routes as if you were going to become a sound or lighting engineer, you have to go university possibly to do a photography degree because you learn more about framing and the actual camera instead of doing a general film course. you could also go and do an internship or and apprenticeship, they all can lead to you going to become a camera assistant. A camera assistant is an important job because they are very active and make sure the cameras battery is going to last for the next shoot, they also make sure the right camera is on set. This then can lead on to becoming a camera operator/cameraman. To be a camera man you have to be creative because you have to imagine the set how it’s going to how you are going to work the camera. This then can lead to becoming a Cinematographer/ Director of cinematography, which basically you imagine where to place the cameras and how it’s going to be recorded and how long it will be imagined, you work with the other directors of sound and lighting to get the angles and locations perfect.
This theory indicates that the Director is the “author” of the production. They say this because he chooses his teams and when they do that it tends to be the same. Its also how each and every director has their “mark” it’s something that can relate the film to that specific director it’s how to make the film different and unique. It is basically is the fact that the Director is the “author” and has a say in everything and how the film is made and portrayed to the audience, they have full control.
Copyright protects your work and stops others from using it without your permission.
You get copyright protection automatically – you don’t have to apply or pay a fee. There isn’t a register of copyright works in the UK.
You automatically get copyright protection when you create:
- original literary, dramatic, musical and artistic work, including illustration and photography
- original non-literary written work, such as software, web content and databases
- sound and music recordings
- film and television recordings
- the layout of published editions of written, dramatic and musical works