Friday, 25 September 2009
Sunday, 28 June 2009
- OI! DENSE OR WHAT?! - take any example/aspect of audience theory (you watched the ad with the gorilla drumming; according to the hypodermic syringe model you rushed straight out and bought a gorilla suit/Phil Collins' Greatest Hits CD, right?) and illustrate it in any way you see fit. Fortunately, as an active audience member, I was completely unaffected by the potent ideological messages encoded in the cult classic Leningrad Cowboys Go America, viewing it simply for my own uses and gratifications. You can try this exercise, or look at some overviews (mediaknowall, mediaed, northallertoncoll), or download this fairly comprehensive overview.
- THIS IS YORKSHIRE - ee by gum...could be a short documentary, a series of vox pops (asking for views/definitions of Yorkshire or some aspect of it), a tribute to Last of the Summer Wine (about to be resurrected once again, yay!), a quest for Amos Brailey's whiskers, a drama centred on aspects of the stereotype (a parsimonious superhero with magical flatcap?), a recorded walk and talk along any of the many picturesque routes hereabouts, an historical re-enactment, Richard Curtisland re-imagined as Yorkshire...
- MEDI(AN)ATION - the world has rarely seen a happier, smilier bunch than the Media Studies cohort, and I just know some of you would like to reflect on what the subject is all about, what you've learned, what weird and wonderful things have been produced by yourselves and others (and what's about to be produced; like the AC/DC album, you could do the proverbial Fly on the Wall doc), what's surprised you, where it's going to take you, how it's changed the way you look at things, what you'd like to learn more about, and/or riff on some aspect of Media that you're particularly influenced by/a fan of
Tuesday, 23 June 2009
This web-page (here as a Word doc) shows you how.
Friday, 19 June 2009
Having honed your Photoshop skills with practice on the RDogs posters, and any other additional doctored posters you may have tweaked to star in, its time now to give your own film the poster treatment, perhaps taking inspiration from the legendary poster pictured above. Ahem.
You can tackle this two ways: a set of 'teaser' posters or a main promotional poster. Teaser posters are centred on the concept of narrative enigma: they aim to arouse interest in a film in the weeks or months before release without giving too much away. Often this might mean a single image - featuring one of the stars - plus one or more of: a tagline/quote from the movie/release date/website URL.
A main poster will typically feature some combination of: image/s from the film; a 'billing block' (the very small-print details of cast/crew you always see on a DVD cover); star/director/producer (according to who has highest profile, eg producer Michael Bay often takes billing above stars in his action movies) names; title; tagline (a clever, short phrase/sentence); reviews; company and technical logos...
I've compiled two guides to this - a simple visual guide to measurements and a more detailed breakdown of what to include in posters, sleeves etc. There's also an article on the art of posters (and you'll have seen many books of film poster art for about a fiver in bookshops I'm sure) - click here to see all 3 docs.
Thursday, 18 June 2009
For those of you who are less familiar with this, just shout out anytime this is going too fast.
STEP 1: OPEN THE PROGRAMME!
Look for the lovely yellow flower:
If you don't see the icon on the toolbar along the bottom of the screen, go through Finder/Applications and look for Adobe Photoshop Elements 2.0.
STEP 2: SETTINGS FOR NEW DOCUMENT
Congrats for getting this far! Click on 'new file' (and hit cancel if asked to register the programme; OK for any other error message). From the options you can see below you'll typically want to select A4 from Preset Sizes; 300 dpi for Resolution (if for printing off; 72 dpi if for web only); transparent from Contents, and RGB from Mode. DON'T CLICK OK AT THIS STAGE!!!!
Try changing the Resolution to 72 dpi - what difference does this make?
Now, switch the settings for Height & Width (to make this a landscape doc instead of portrait): so make Width 297.01mm and Height 209.97mm.
Wunderbahr. Now, give the new doc a name: RDogsYourName.
STEP 4: OPEN & FREE TRANSFORM A R DOGS PIC
Save the image at http://imagecache5.art.com/p/LRG/8/893/9FTJ000Z/reservoir-dogs--lets-go-to-work.jpg
You'll now see a small version of this on top of your A4 document. We need to first of all bring this into our A4 document then enlarge it:
Check that the move tool is highlighted on the toolbar (top left of the screen - see pic below). Click within the RDogs image, hold the mouse button, drag into the empty part of the A4 document ... and let go.
The image now appears much smaller - Photoshop shows it how it is: a low-resolu
Now repeat the process but this time hold in the shift key until AFTER you let go of the mouse, then hit return. Everything should now be in proportion.
Holding in Shift ensures that the original proportions are maintained no matter how wobbly you are with the mouse!
STEP 6: STRIKE A POSE
You're going to transpose pics of yourself and other willing volunteers onto this classic image (and can then go on to do the same for any film poster of your choice), so will need to take a few snaps to use, and then upload these to your folder on the Lacie. Just before you do, I'll show you
Save the image at http://i781.photobucket.com/albums/yy93/DBigs/Dracoola.jpg and open it up through Photoshop. I'll quickly run you through the main options - The Magic Wand, Lasso and Rubber tools - for removing Christopher Lee's head from the backdrop, then you can have a go with this, and then your pics of yourself and each other.
You can always use this guide (with accompanying images) if you want to go back over this later. There is a nice guide here, which you can download as a single pdf file. (You can find plenty more by googling 'photoshop elements 2.0 tutorials')
STEP 7: HOW TO GET A HEAD IN THE FILM BIZ
Thats been a swift run-through (if my psychic ability has worked), but lets see if you can now produce something as all round wonderful and glamorous as the example you're about to see (and which I'm definitely not uploading!)...
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- a personalized RDogs poster
- personalize any other poster of your choice - you can use the same cropped head-shots you used for 1
- poster/s for your coursework film (as with Lucy/Lauren/Kristie's effort which I'll now hold up...)
- a sleeve for your new Collector's Edition DVD, listing all the splendid extras it features
- a jewel box sleeve/cover for the OST CD of your coursework film, where you've thjought out which additional tracks would have featured in the remaining 88+ mins of your film (don't everybody use Napalm Death* though!)
* I see N.Death remain a by-word for weirdness: check out the name-check in the 2nd + 3rd last paragraphs of this June 2009 review!
Tuesday, 16 June 2009
- the Collector's Edition DVD (sleeves, posters, reviews etc) to be burned onto DVD and screened/displayed at the end of next week (Fri 26th periods 1+2 for 12A; Weds 24th period 1 + Fri 26th P3 for 12C)
- aim to explore the 3 short film options at the start of the week beginning Mon 29th - and screen the completed films on the last 2 days of lessons (Thurs 16th + Fri 17th)
I'll post soon on the 3 film options, but we'll discuss these in more detail in 2 weeks time before signing each of you up to one of these 3 film projects - for now focus on the Collector's Edition DVD, featuring some or all of:
- DVD sleeve
- CD OST sleeve
- teaser trailer
- teaser/main poster/s
- radio/TV review
- magazine interview with yourselves as 'emerging young filmmakers'
- audio commentary
- [+ Photoshopped version of an existing film poster, where you might be replacing the head of Quentin Tarantino, Hugh Grant or Rene Zellwegger, for example]
THE CONCEPT: You're being interviewed for a feature on emerging new filmmakers - the handy part being its you doing the interviewing... There are 15 questions (which you can rephrase) to choose from - if working in a group, between all 3 of you all 15 should be answered, but it would be fine to tackle 5 Qs each to do this. The questions are:
§ Is it still possible to be creative in this post-modern world? [try this article...]
§ What tips would you give a young, aspiring film-maker?
§ How do you intend to ensure your film gets seen? [ie marketing, secure distribution]
§ Who was your film aimed at?
§ What can you tell us about the production process, including your planning?
§ What are the major influences on this work? Is it a genre film?
§ What was your budget?
§ What equipment/hardware did you use, how was this; anything you’d have liked to use?!
§ Is there any truth in the rumours of a big-budget re-make? Who’s involved, and how did this happen? [linked to poster featuring stars - obviously you're using your imagination here!]
§ Any plans for a sequel?
§ Were you satisfied with the screenplay? Was the narrative successful?
§ Talk to us about your editing choices/style, and the soundtrack.
§ Do you think your film deserved the praise/criticism it got for its representations of…?
§ Looking at this film, what are your feelings on the BBFC rating system? Did you suffer any cuts at the hands of the BBFC? [again, use your imagination...]
§ Any views on the widely-held belief that films and other media are responsible for many of our social problems? How do you think your film will have affected the audience? [cite some audience theory/ies here: hypodermic syringe theory]This needs to be presented as a magazine feature, including images of the filmmaker/s and screenshots of the film itself.
Monday, 15 June 2009
As you'll see when 20-odd folk start to play film clips, anyone not using headphones will be, quite literally, a bit of a headache - please remember to bring headphones with you to class
The concept for this is simple enough: each pair will in effect produce 4 reviews; each negatively reviews their own work and also praises to the skies the genius that is their partner's work (this must be somebody from another group/production!!!)
For today you will begin looking at the respective film openings, jotting down some impressions/points you can later turn into a review thats both insightful and entertaining...
You can do this either as part of a radio show or of a TV show, perhaps using Film 2009 and Mark Kermode's efforts on the Simon May Show as points of reference - look up http://www.bbc.co.uk/fivelive/entertainment/kermode.shtml if you're unfamiliar with the bequiffed one's award-winning style (of reviewing). You can have a crack at a jingle or two/title sequence if you wish...
- new teaser poster/s
- an individual audio commentary
- a DVD and CD OST cover
- teaser trailer/s
- a glowing review of someone else's production and a scathing review of your own, as a feature within a radio or TV show
- a magazine interview with ... yourself, as part of a special of emerging new filmmakers
- and finally, as they say on News at Ten, been part of a new group producing at least 1 short film from a choice of 3... (more on this later)
You should also have put any files you wish to keep into a folder as instructed in the handout