Film Trailer Evaluation

How does my finished trailer compare to my original ideas?:

To begin with our original ideas were very different to what our final trailer turned out to be like, but we changed the original idea from aliens to super heros at the start because we knew that some of the effects we wanted couldn’t be achieved and would have made the trailer look very cheap and awful. Our original ideas for a super hero film match our final product pretty well, we managed to stick to the storyboard we made apart from one shot where Ron-Joy takes a breath from his inhaler, we didn’t have an inhaler on us at the time so we improvised and changed the scene slightly so that Ron-Joy runs into a lamp post after being distracted instead.

What where our strengths?:

I would say the strengths for our trailer would be the structure because the storyline is clear. Another strength would be that the trailer fits the theme very well, when some of my peers reviewed it they all laughed at parts that where supposed to be funny. Another strong point would be that we managed to capture all the footage in a day, except for one shot which was only a few seconds long and took us barely any time to re-shoot.

What where our weaknesses?:

To begin with I would say that one of our weaknesses would be the lack of shots and one shot in particular was framed bad, the scene where the stranger gives Ron-Joy the magical drink the stranger is out of frame and has been cut off. Another weakness would be the fact that we didn’t stick to our shooting script that well, and for some scenes it was starting to rain so we had to rush them. Another weakness would be the voice over, the first copy of it wasn’t done as a group and we didn’t have anyone who had a deep voice so we had to use my voice and change the pitch, additionally my voice lacked enthusiasm.

What shot types were used?:

To begin with we used an establishing shot of Ron-Joy reading a comic book in the library, this lets the viewer know where that scene is set. We also used several close up shots to show Ron-Joys emotions and actions, such as where he falls to the floor after being bullied and where he has his drink stolen. One shot in particular that I really like is the close up shot at the end of Ron-Joy’s glasses on the floor, and Ron-Joy is blurred out in the background searching for them.

What transitions have been used?:

I chose not to use any flashy effects in my trailer because it wouldn’t have suited the theme and would have made it unfitting to what genre we was aiming for. I did however use quite a few fades at the start that went with the music and built some sort of suspense up until the freeze frame where the whole mood of the film changes.

Pace:

To begin with the pace of the music and trailer is quite slow and dramatic, but when it gets to the freeze frame the whole mood changes. Towards the end of the film the pace of trailer and music speed up, with jump cuts made on the beat.

Length:

The length of my trailer is around about a minute and a half which is a pretty decent length because if it was too long the viewers would have been bored, and if it was too short the story wouldn’t be clear and the viewers wouldn’t understand what is going on.

What would I have done differently?:

If I was to make the trailer again I would firstly get a wider variety of shots to work with and secondly I would retake that shot of the stranger and frame it properly.

Group feedback:

We were put into groups to get feedback from our peers, the feedback I got was mostly positive. People were saying how the trailer fits the genres we chose really well. They were also saying how the freeze frame I used added comedic value to my trailer.

Someone said that the voice over could have been improved because it lacked enthusiasm and it didn’t sound serious enough.

Someone said that the pace of the trailer fitted the music well and they also liked the jump cuts I used at the end, along with the way the title fades in.

Creating my film trailer

One of the effects I use quite a bit at the beginning of my trailer is fades, to add a fade I turned on the levels by clicking the levels button in the bottom left hand corner. Next I selected the pen tool (P) and made points on selected clip, and to make the fade I simply dragged on of the points down. I also used this method to make audio fade in and out.

Another edit I made to my trailer was a freeze frame, to achieve this I double clicked on a the desired clip to bring it up in the view. I then scanned through the clip to find the frame I wish to freeze and once I had found it I pressed shift + N to create the freeze frame. Afterwards I dragged the freeze frame from the viewer to the timeline and positioned it where I wanted it.

In some parts of my trailer I added text, I did this by clicking on the text button below the viewer. I was also able to position the text in the canvas and further adjust it in the viewer.

           

Some of the text I used in the trailer required animating, in the screenshot above I am adding a scale increase animation to the film title at the end. I achieved this effect by opening up the text in the viewer, clicking on the motion tab and setting different scale sizes at different frames.

I slowed down 1 or 2 clips in my trailer, in the above screenshot I am slowing down the “bump and grind”  scene. I achieved this effect by pressing CMD + J to bring up the change speed window and then reduced the speed to 50%.

Movie poster evaluation

Compared to original draft:

My original ideas for my poster were going to have similarities with the DVD cover. As you can see I have managed to stick to this with the fonts I have used. However I have chosen to use a much more simplistic background. The background is inspired by the movie poster for kick-ass.

Strengths:

I would say that my finished poster has a lot of strong points and came out better than my DVD cover because the air brushing on the poster has had more time put into it. As I have stuck to the same font that I used for the DVD cover it suits the theme very well. Just like the DVD cover the poster has a professional layout. The colours for the poster are much more bold and stand out more compared to the DVD cover.

Weaknesses:

The only weakness I could pick up on the poster was the clothing that the models have on, some of it is branded, for example Corins coat.

What would I have done differently?:

If I was to do the poster again I would personally change the background, it looks fine as it is but I would like to have something that helps show what the film is about because the current background is pretty simple and doesn’t hint towards anything.

Peer comments:

When I had completed my movie poster I went around the class and asked my peers for their opinions on my finished work. Just like my DVD cover there were a lot of positive comments. People said that the composition looked professional and picked up on all the hard work I put into airbrushing the edges of the characters.

Movie poster editing process

To begin with I started with making the background. I did this by making the background layer black, and creating a new layer (CMD+SHIFT+N) over it which was white. I then selected the gradient tool and changed it’s settings to transparent stripes and the shape of it to circular and made the circle pattern.

Still on designing the background I created a mask layer for the layer with the circle pattern on and then selected the gradient tool with it being set to “linear gradient”. Doing this gave it a gradual fade to black at the bottom.

Next I imported some pictures of characters from the film which I had already cut out using the polygonal losso tool (L).

After I had imported the characters I made a black box at the bottom of the image with the shape tool (U), as I did this I moved the layer for this box above the character’s layers to hide the character’s legs.

I created a vector mask for the black box layer and used the linear gradient tool to make the top half of the box fade into the rest of the image. The reason for making this box is to help the text I use stand out.

With the image complete I then proceeded to add text to the poster. I used the same fonts on the poster that I used on the DVD cover.

When the poster was complete I flattened the image and went around the edges using the polygonal lasso tool and clone stamp to hide any remaining white pixels which show that the image has been cut out.

 

Voice over commentary script

Intro:

The film I am going to be reviewing is Pulp Fiction.

Genre is the word used to categorise a piece of writing, music or film. Codes and conventions are used to help the viewer, reader or listener define what genre that piece of writing, music or film falls under. An example would be blood in a horror film, blood is a convention for horror films.

Pulp fiction’s genres are crime / thriller, with these genres the codes and conventions the audience should expect to see are crime, violence and strong language.

The first picture you see is a dictionary description of the word ‘Pulp’, this gives the viewer a quick insight into what the film is about. On top of this there is no music at all, this creates a mood that makes the viewer question what the film is about because their is no set music to help define the movie.

Shortly after you can hear a motor bike, this gives the viewer a vague idea of where the film could be set, without using any images.

After this you see an establishing shot with 2 characters from the film, they are sat at a table in a diner / restaurant, the use of this establishing shot shows the viewer where the film is set. Both of the characters are in casual clothes and have scruffy hair which shows that the characters are not from an upper class but are however working class people.

The first few lines contain swearing, this tells the viewer that the film could cover some strong themes which fall under the 18 certificate. The use of profane language is a convention for crime films. The female character makes a remark on how the other character sounds like a duck and starts making duck noises, this shows the viewer that this character could be a nut case. Shortly after the characters stop talking there is a close up shot of a waitress asking if they want any more coffee, this confirms to the viewer that they are sat in a restaurant.

After this the male character talks about robbing banks and the risks involved, this shows that the film is going to include crime which is good because crime is an obvious code for crime based films.

The male character then complains about how there are too many foreigners and uses the word ‘gook’ which is a racial slur directly aimed at Koreans. Racism is convention of crime films, this and the repeated talk about robbing banks and shops shows the viewer that this films genre is crime. If the codes in a film were completely different to what is normally included in that genre then the film would fall under a completely different category.

The 2 characters then proceed to talk about killing people which again suggests that people are going to be killed in this film. Murder is yet another convention of crime films.

Shortly after there is a wide shot of the  2 characters drawing their guns and they start to rob the restaurant, this scene is adrenaline rushed which is a convention for thriller films.

A narrative structure is the way in which a story unfolds. Pulp Fiction’s narrative structure is a Multi-strand structure because the film follows the view from different characters as the story unfolds. Each of these different views are titled to show the viewer that the story is being shown from another characters point of view. This narrative structure forces the viewer to think a lot to figure out what the main storyline is about.

DVD cover evaluation

Compared to original draft:

My finished product is pretty similar to my original ideas because the images I have used are similar to my original ideas, my original intentions were to have Ron-Joy in a stance flexing which I have used on the back of the DVD. The composition of my final product is also similar to my original ideas, everything is positioned the way I intended.

Strengths:

I would say that my finished product has loads of strong points to it, which have made it fit the theme fairly well. The font used for the title fits the super hero theme pretty well, and it stands out and grabs your attention. The composition of the cover as a whole and the logos are to a professional standard, which I’m really pleased with. The colours used are mostly dark, I did this to help key things stand out like the title font and images of Ron-Joy. The images of Ron-Joy have been airbrushed with tools in Photoshop such as the spot healing for any blemishes on his face and a combination of  there fine edge tool with the clone stamp tool to tidy up the edges.

Weaknesses:

In contrast to the strengths of my DVD cover there is only 1 weakness I can spot, I would say that the background image I used would look better on a horror movie DVD cover.

What would I have done differently?:

If I was to make the DVD cover again I would change the background image to something that fits the theme better, such as a school courtyard. I would also change the font I used for the synopsis.

Peer comments:

When I had fully completed my DVD cover I went around the class and asked for peoples opinions on what I had produced. A lot of the comments I got back were positive, with people saying how my DVD cover has a professional composition and that the fonts and images used suit the theme very well.