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.

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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.

 

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.

DVD cover editing process

To begin with I had to select a background image which was fitting for the film. In the end I found a picture of a dark field and completely edited it, the only thing that is left of the original image is the grass. The sky is completely custom made, I got a picture of some storm clouds on Google and made them darker with the levels tool (CMD +L). Whilst in the levels tool I adjusted the input levels to make the blacks darker, doing this gave the clouds a deep moody feel. After I had adjusted the levels I then proceeded to use a lightning brush to emphasize that the weather is stormy. Finally I got rid of the original backgrounds sky by selecting the background layer, highlighting the sky with the Polygonal Lasso Tool (L) and then deleting it (CMD + X).

          

The next thing I changed to the background image was adding silhouettes in the background, I did this by downloading custom brushes of the internet and installing them into Photoshop. As you can see in the picture I downloaded several brushes; birds, trees, lightning and castle ruins. After I had positioned my brushes I then edited Ron-Joy’s face because he had a few spots and blemishes. I did this by using the Spot Healing Tool (J).

The next thing I did to the image was add a mist effect. I produced this effect by creating a new layer (CMD+SHIFT+N), selecting the paint bucket tool (G), setting the colour to white and then filling the new layer in. After this I changed the opacity of the layer to 50%, selected a soft brush with a fuzzy style and then erased the areas where Ron-Joy is stood, adjusting the opacity of the brush to make his legs and left arm fade into the mist.


Once I had the picture done I had to then add text and labels. I got the font I used for the title from the internet and installed it into Photoshop. I went into FX and gave the font a drop shadow to help it stand out against the background.

Once the front cover was completed I then went on to designing the back. What I did to begin with was fill it in black and then placed a picture of bar code. After this I then inserted some pictures from the film and cropped them in the shapes you see. I made these shapes by cutting out the images with the Polygonal Lasso Tool (L). The central image however is 2 separate images. What I did was cut out Ron-Joy from a picture that I had already taken with my group. I then got a picture of a library from Google and positioned it as you see above. Afterwards I made a mask layer and used the gradient tool (G) to make the image fade in from the bottom. I went over the image of Ron-Joy separately with a soft eraser.

For the final touches I wrote a synopsis and added in production credits.

Shooting Schedule

Week 1 – 5th May 2012

Outside scenes:

Brief:

We will collect all the equipment and actors we need for the outside scenes and film them. These scenes consist of  the jumping off the wall scene, the running scene, the “grinding” scene and the lighter scene. The These shots should take us 30 minutes.

Equipment needed:

  • Tripod
  • Camera
  • Boompole mic
Props needed:
  • Geek outfit
  • Geek glasses
  • Lighter
  • Inhaler
  • Check list
Actors needed:
  • John-Roy Parrott
  • Jess Lynch
  • Joe Holman
Time schedule:
11:00am – We will collect all equipment needed and get the actors in their outfits, we will then proceed to set up our equipment at the selected location.
11:15am – We will begin to shoot the scenes. We will be taking a wide variety of shots so we have different shots to use when it comes to the editing process.
11:45 – Filming should be finished by this time, if not we will be making final touches with any shots we have missed or if we have come across any continuity issues when we watch the footage back. Once we have finalised everything we will then pack the equipment away.
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Library scenes:

Brief:

We will collect all the equipment and actors we need for the library scenes and film them. These scenes consist of the opening scene, bullying scene, stranger giving Ron-Joy a drink scene and the telekinesis scene.

Equipment needed:

  • Tripod
  • Camera
  • Boompole mic

Props needed:

  • Geek outfit
  • Geek glasses
  • Comic book
  • Chav outfits
  • Check list
  • Bottle
  • Jacket

Actors needed:

  • John-Roy Parrott
  • Sacha Boulton
  • Lora Taylor
  • Sam Shaw

Time schedule:

1:00pm – We will collect all equipment needed and get the actors in their outfits, we will then proceed to set up our equipment at the selected location.

1:20pm – We will begin filming the opening scene which consists of Ron-Joy being bullied and handed a drink by a stranger and the telekinesis scene which will consist of Ron-Joy trying to see if he has telekinesis powers. Just like all our other scenes we will be taking a wide variety of shots for the editing process.

1:40pm – Filming should be finished by this time, if not we will be making final touches with any shots we have missed or if we have come across any continuity issues when we watch the footage back. Once we have finalised everything we will then pack the equipment away.

Classroom scenes (F3.25):

Brief:

We will carry all the equipment we need for the classroom scenes and film them. These scenes consist of Ron-Joy falling out of his chair and him testing to see if he has superhuman strength.

Equipment needed:

  • Tripod
  • Camera
  • Boompole mic

Props needed:

  • Geek outfit
  • Geek glasses
  • Chav outfits
  • Check list
  • chair

Actors needed:

  • John-Roy Parrott
  • Corin Pusey
  • Extras (students)

Time schedule:

1:50pm – In the classroom we are only shooting 2 scenes, they should not take us that long to compete.

Corridor (F Block):

Brief:

We will carry all the equipment we need for the Corridor scene and begin to film. We will shoot one scene of Ron-Joy being bullied.

Equipment needed:

  • Tripod
  • Camera
  • Boompole mic

Props needed:

  • Geek outfit
  • Geek glasses
  • Chav outfits

Actors needed:

  • John-Roy Parrott
  • Corin Pusey
  • Lora Taylor
  • Sacha Boulton

Time schedule:

2:10pm – We will set up equipment at the location.

2:15pm – We will begin to shoot the scene needed, as it is only one scene it should not take us long.

2:25pm – We should have finished all our filming by this time and will pack the equipment away. We will then proceed to log and capture what we have filmed.