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Task / TitleOutcomeCategoryOliAnna IsabelleHeatherFernTomLydiaGeorgeJanisHayganOwenCharlotteDarraghJacobSasha
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Set up the reflective JournalGoogle Site Started. Main pages created. Job definitions. Published. Linked put in this document.naThe reflection on the journal posts / task is really important! What is the point of the task? How does it help you understand film? Don't turn this white unless you've done something about it!Please try and define the five roles. What do you think these creative roles entail? One or two sentences per role maximum.An editor is more than just fixing mistakes - which I hope you'll discover during the course. You should be responding to feedback.Please turn cells white, when you hae done the task associated with it.How is a screenwriter different to a playwrite?Please define the editor role.In editor, I think you're thinking about the script before it goes to filmig. A film editor starts works once the film is shot.Good definitions. You're right about the fancy word for cameraman, but there are other aspects your need to reflect on.Good definitions. You need to start thinking of them as creative people. What creative decisions do they make?I'm glad you're adding images. I'm hoping that your journal will develop as a showcase for your work and those front pages will have lots of content and be beautifully designed.Please try and define the five roles. What do you think these creative roles entail? One or two sentences per role maximum.I love the inspiration page - but don't copy and paste loads of awards. Why are they such great movies?
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1My Favorite Film.Slide of favorite film (2017) with comments on why you enjoyed it. Reflection on whether your enjoyment is linked to one or more of the macro features of film.Exploring FilmIn what way(s) does your enjoyment of the film link to the macro concepts? Remember to turn the cell white when you have posted. In what way(s) does your enjoyment of the film link to the macro concepts?In what way(s) does your enjoyment of the film link to the macro concepts?In what way(s) does your enjoyment of the film link to the macro concepts?In what way(s) does your enjoyment of the film link to the macro concepts?In what way(s) does your enjoyment of the film link to the macro concepts?Good reflection. I'm interested in that breaking of the 4th wall. Does this change your engagement with a character and film? Do we read DP differently throughout?In what way(s) does your enjoyment of the film link to the macro concepts?Really good thinking in terms of the narrative structure. It's also a homage to classic buddy cop movies like Point Break.I need permission to see the document. Can you change my share permissions on the file?How does your enjoyment of the movie link to the macro features. Was it the genre you enjoyed? Was it the reperesentation of the characters? Was it the narrative surprises. Please add a comment after the slideshow.I'm interested to see if you can link your enjoyment of the film to the macro approaches.So for you it's the visuals of the film? Also you're point about singing along - are you a fan of the musical genre more broadly?
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2Genre Poster.Image of your genre poster. Reflection on how far the poster reflects the film elements listed in the repertoire of elements document.Exploring FilmWell done for working through the generic features of the film.Really good description of the generic features. So it has many similarities to the classic superheo move (Superman) but reflects the sexist issues women face?I need permission to view the file. Make sure you create a folder which I have access to an put the page content in there.I need permission to see the document. Can you change my share permissions on the file?I need permission to see the document. Can you change my share permissions on the file?This is really good analysis and shows a good appreciation of genre. I still need 50-100 words of reflection. Just think about this question, 'How important is genre for audiences and film-makers'?You've got to say what genre the film is, otherwise how can you say it is typical or not...?Some very good points about HF. So what genre is it? A parody? If so you're looking at how far it follows the rules of parody. Or if's a cop buddy movie how far are those conventions followed and how far are they subverted?The characters seem young for a slasher genre. Is this also a buddy movie, a coming of age movie? How does it look and sound like a horror and I presume that is reasonably typcial.Hmm, bit limited tbh. Ao your enjoyment of the text is about representation of the hero character and the reversal of the typical male role? Try to use academic language to describe the film. It will help you get a greater degree of insight too.To what degree do you think it is conventional of the genre. What does it have in common with other Sci Fi movies?Please include an analysis of the generic features. To what degree does it fit the monster slasher movie?
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3Representing OfeliaA link to your screencastify recording on how Ofelia is represented at your key moment in her narrative. Add a link to your essay.Exploring FilmWell done for putting the essay in the post. You need to give me permission to see the slideshow / commentary. It must be in a folder, which I have permission to access.You're picking up on the detail well and discussing the contrast very well. How do these two contrasting mise-en-scene reflect the ultimate theme (message) of the film. Please add to your reflection after the presentation.Please to the following. Introduce the task, insert the (shared) video. Reflect on the purpose of the exercise and how it will help you in the future.You're picking up on the detail well and discussing the contrast very well. How dos these two contrasting mise-en-scene reflect the ultimate theme (message) of the film. Please add to your reflection after the presentation.I need permission to see the document. Can you change my share permissions on the file?Listen through our discussion again. Listen to how we take the example (from mise-en-scene) to the next level. The 'So what...?' question. How does this link? Shame we lost 1/2 of the presentation...Your screencastify can be shared via YouTube and then embedded intoyour site. Looks much better. You make some good points about the age of the setting, but you can't just say this equals magic. There are other elements of mise-en-scene design which suggest magic - such as???So what about the costume (condition) she's clean when she goes in, comes out clean...so what? This presentation is full of description of examples, but there is no real analysis. What meaning is made? How are the audience reading this sequence beyond feeling 'disgust? Please write 50-100 words after the presentation, which analyses the sequence. So what about the costume (condition) she's clean when she goes in, comes out clean...so what? This presentation is full of description of examples, but there is no real analysis. What meaning is made? How are the audience reading this sequence beyond feeling 'disgust? Please write 50-100 words after the presentation, which analyses the sequence. Listen through our discussion again. Listen to how we take the example (from mise-en-scene) to the next level. The 'So what...?' question. How does this link? Shame we lost 1/2 of the presentation...Love the point about the blood being sacrificial. To what degree does diobedience and sacrifice for a central part of the theme in the narrative? Also the deaths of the antogonist and protagonist are very differently represented. Do we have narrative satisfaction?Your screencastify can be shared via YouTube and then embedded into your site. Looks much better. You make some good points about the age of the setting, but you can't just say this equals magic. There are other elements of mise-en-scene design which suggest magic - such as???The comment on the post needs to be more general. Introduce the content and reflect on the function of the exercise, what have you learned? Really good observation and analysis of the characters and their relationship. To go to the next level you need to think about why these characters are being represented in this way, how does it serve the rest of the narrative?
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4Narrative AnalysisNarrative subpage - including chronological poster, reflections on Rec/Play & Pans Labyrinth analysis slidesExploring FilmYou've done well to develop the characters and structure - although you do need to think about using terms in the structure section (linear). Your page on themes is basic - it's all about good / bad people. What do you understand about themes.This is good - but a thought for you. To what degree do you think narrative can reflect the themes of a film? Think of the conflicts how the conflict is revealed.Don't use terms like 'good guy', you need more academic lanuage from now on. You theme, 'Just how cruel life is,' is simplistic it's about innocence and corruption, it's about disobeying fascism!The slide show is not the one on narrative - it's the one we did on contexts.OK. I think you should rotate the image if possible. Also in 100-150 words, what do you understand by narrative analysis? I can't see it in the RJI think that point about, '...managing narrative..' is very well made. I think you should list those manageable parts and what they mean. Good presentation -glad I finally got to see it. Why a parallel narrative that only comes togather at the end?
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5Pan's Labyrinth Context Research.Full slide show of the research we did into the context surrounding Pans.Exploring FilmWhy is this sort of context research so important in understanding Pans and films more broadly?Reflection please. Why is this sort of context research so important in understanding Pans and films more broadly?Why is this sort of context research so important in understanding Pans and films more broadly?What's interesting in a period piece like Pans is the question. Is it a film about the period or about now or about both?Why is this sort of context research so important in understanding Pans and films more broadly? Remember reflect on the purpose of the task.Why is this sort of context research so important in understanding Pans and films more broadly? Remember reflect on the purpose of the task.Why is this sort of context research so important in understanding Pans and films more broadly? Remember reflect on the purpose of the task. ------How much should i write? About 50 words. What is the point of context research?It's a bit limited wouldn't you say? A label and a slideshow. No reflection at all. Reflection is when you learn.Why is context so important when studying a film?Why is context so important when studying a film?
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6Basic Composition & movements slide showSlideshow of you fav and least fav framing and movement. Later video of you shots labelled with compositional features.CinematographyExcellent observation in slide 1 about 'leading lines'. Really brilliant! I like the canted on slide 2 - the rest if a bit dull though, I agree.Really good examples and reflection - well done!OK, but what meaning is made in the ELS of Jacob? Be specific!I really like your cinematography page - except your definition of Low Key at the bottom - look at this again.Agreed on the wide of the SFC. Yeah, you're rolling the wrong way.Top point about filling the frame with your subject! Next it's about lighting and focus. Also, you're right, smooth movement is important.OK, but I like the low angle on the 'out of bounds sign' make is more daunting and forbidding.
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7Pan's Labyrinth Final Essay FeedbackEmbed / Link Essay. Reflect on feedback and set targets for next time.Exploring FilmIt's about reflection. You must think about what you have done. What went well and even better if. You need to be specific about your advice to yourself - what will you do different next time.An excellent page on Pan's Labyrinth. I like how you have kept all the content on one page.This is simplistic reflection on your essay and will not help you learn! Read the essay again and my feedback - what did you miss and what specifically are you going to do next time. Come to drop in if you don't know and talk to me!Excellent reflection and targets at the end of your essay!
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8Basic CinematographyThe YouTube video of your basic framing and movement. Reflect on the quality of your footage and the meaning(s) that are implied in four of your favourite shots.CinematographyI thought that this video needed several clips named, not just two. Please add more examples to the reel. Requires some reflection. Also, in the wrong section.Great point aout lines in the frame. This is called leading lines and expert cinematographers use it to lead the audience's eye to the subject / point of interest. Good link to the Fincher video - moving with a character is a real skill - floating even harder.Really good shots. So the meaning ican be underlined and reinforced by the framing and movement.You don't quite get to CU on the last shot - stops at MSNot basic camera, it's cinematography. Also you must have a brief 50 word reflection on the process and outcome. This is important for when you put your coursework submission togather.Excellent post. I am super impressed with the additional research and evidence. That is the hall mark of a top grade student! Really brilliant!Really good reflection. I'm less into the zoom and more into the dolly out from Anna - gives her more of a sense of her isolation and lonliness.The shot at 0.44 is not a MLS! When you're panning, try and keep the subject's lead space consistent. Great roll, although Luca is falling up hill!An excellent reflection on the shots - what they imply / suggest and what you still have to learn. What will you do different net time you film?Well done a great post, lots of detail and reflection. Well done!Good reflection. Holding a shot steady is important, but I think your movement shots do still convery meaning and have impact. When we film for real, we are going to use a tripod and lock the shots down for composition .The camera is so wobbly - how will you fix this next time? Also remember to reflect; how can the camera help help communicate ideas & meaning?The camera is your paint brush! You are shaping the shot in terms of composition and framing. Help enormously to commincate meaning in any film / video! Well done!Please create some heading for each of the tasks - it looks pretty yuk at the moment! Needs reflection - what did you learn? How can the camera contribute to meaning?
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9The ExchangeThe YouTube video of your 'The Exchange' sequence. Reflection on filming to edit and tools in Premiere, which can help make meaning.EditingWhy couldn't you hear the audio? Important in this scene. Finally, what is the purpose of continuity editing in terms of the narrative (moving the story onward)?Really good reflection on the final product. This means that you've got to shoot numerous times and discussing what you want with your actors and cinematographers is essential.We should resist looking for continuity errors - there are loads if you look closely enough. What's important is the control of space, time and audience focus that editing allows. Well done. Can you summarise the skills you learnt about shooting to edit underneath the post? Hmm a bit limited tbh. What have you learnt about the nature of continuity editing?Great entry. If you enjoy editing, you might enjoy this video (link). If you watch it and take something new from it, embed it into this post and summarise.I agree with your good shot / bad shot. However what have you leant about the art of editing? If you're keen to learn more - watch this video. If it engages you embed it and summarise your three key findings on the art of editing.What works especially about your action match of Izzie coming through the door, is that she is framed on the same side (left) in both; this helps smooth the action, so she doesn't jump in the screen.Good point about the delivery of dialogue - you need gaps to cut around. What is the point of editing? Control of time & space. It's to connectives in film language: - and, so, however, meawhile, earlier, later...A really weak reflection! You need to do better than this! What did you learn about filming to edit and how does continuity editing create sense is a film? Your not an A level film student! You're not really reflecting on continuity editing. Remember editing is like the connectives in film such as; so, then, and, meanwhile... Please add a bit to the reflection on editing and also proof read for grammar.You're right, it is awful. Why? Also what skills were you learning in terms of filming to edit and editing itself. If you were to do it again, what would you do differently?Really good definition of the role of the editor. What did you learn about continuity editing and using Premiere when you made the exchange?Slightingly change the term 'action shot' it's a 'match on action' and is great for seemly ffeling editing and also is about cause and effect. A brilliant reflection, well done indeed! Don't you need a reaction shot as the final shot? Complete the story. What was the point of the exercise? What did you learn? What would you do different next time? How should you film to edit? What function does editing have in the sense of film?
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10Foley SoundYouTube video of your foley soud exercise. Reflection on the importance of diegetic / foley sound to add a sense of place and atmophere.Sound DesignerGood reflection, although you need to change the word 'themes'. What does this word mean in terms of the whole film? Why is it the wrong word here?Great reflection on the need to record a variety of sounds. Next time I teach it, I am going to make sure students are watching the video when recording. Also in your mix I think you needed something down in the cellar - heighten the anticipation and move the story on - or down.Could you put in an image of your mix in Audition. Also, reflect on the importance of foley in creating a sense of place, atmosphere and also moving the story forward.I really like the way the breathing becomes more intense as your character goes to the door. Really good work, well done!Do you think you go the levels and tone right? Especially of the footsteps? Love the sound stab at the end by the way, did you make that yourself?Do you think the dog in the background reduces the sense of isolation or does it help the transition to inside where a more deadly animal awaits? Also, perhaps a character (audience) reaction to the monster sound would have heightened tension. Great work!Torch is perfect! Needs a sound from the cellar to develop the scene. To what degree does Foley sound develop a story and create atmosphere. Add one sentence at the end of the post.A really great journal entry George. Well done. You are reflective extremely effectively and have put in some great additional resources and ideas. Remember this is your journal and is a place where you can really reflect on film language (micro).Where are the visuals in the video? Really excellent reflection though - I especially like your point about silence. Just like shadow is important in the image, silence is important in the sound.I'm really pleased you identify the significance of sound for atmosphere, however what about moving the story forward. Can sound introduce new events / characters? Also put in a screenshot of your final multitrack edit.I really like the build up of the tense drone sound - is that from the world of the film? If not it's a sound effect, not Foley. Also the foley is a bit too quiet at the beginning.A really good page, but I really need to see your editing too. Could you create this as a subpage and make sure there is a page dedicated to your work and your reflection on the outcome and process?I think watching the video whilst recording is essential! Your point about dead air is also well made - you will always have an ambient sound layer. So apart from being 'crisp' how can foley be used to create atmosphere and introduce narrative events?I like it, especially the indrawn breathe before the music comes in. I think though by having the muffled dance music at the beginning, you somewhat lose the audio gag. It's funnier if it's unexpected. Remember film is about building expectations and then subverting those.
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11LightingYouTube video of the lighting states we set up in class. Each state should be identified using correct terminology. Reflect on the impact lighting can have (100-150 words)CinematographyGood work. You've got some goot detail in the titles in terms of the lighting setup and the impact it has. You have exported about 2 minutes of black after your footage - watch out for that.Well done. An excellent section on lighting and colour. Remember shadow is equally important in film and creating shadows and pools of light are harder than we first expect.Can you use headings to break up the page. Also, remember, the newest thing at the top, not the bottom. Excellent the eyes are a window to the soul!Great - not sure about the friendlt character - the low key gives him an edge. The shot with flags is great - the little dot of light in her eyes gives the character intensity and slight mischievousness. In the intro, could you list or mention filters and flags.Really good development on brightness, contrast and hue. We can always adjust these in the edit.Last shot is the best. Fern looks anxious and the lighting focus on her eyes really helps this. Well done another great post!A really excellent post on lighting, lots of extra detail. Film is simply painting with light - so lighting is an essential component of cinematography.A really great description and reflection on the impact of lighting. You also use technical terms very well in the video. Could you include some extra research on lighting and tidy it up a bit? Otherwise great!I think you need to use headings to split up the page into sections. It's a bit unstructured at the moment and this will cause you problems later.Good reflection on lighting. I know what you mean by the individuality of reception (you see envy I see illness...). However there is still a common set of codes which we agree on, a language we have all collectively learnt.I think the HP sequence is slightly overlit / exposed (delibarately). Do you see the grain / noise when there is not enough light? Also excellent point about eyes being crucial to acting in the video. Another excellent post - well done.Stop with the 'emits'. Too functional and impersonal. Go for a broader range of analytical vocab. A really excellent post. I'm so impressed you're reflecting on the process as well as the outcome. This will be really helpful for the future.
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12The Dark Knight - Genre AnalysisLink to our analysis of the repertoire of elements in Superhero movies. Bullet points of similarities / differences in The Dark Knight.Needs a 50 word reflection.Really good - although Gotham (New York) can't really be describes as 'industrial'. It is however a corrupt and corrupting place.Really pleased you picked up on the colour pallette, usually primary colours are associated with superhero films. A clear filmic technique which is being subverted in this SH movie.Good work. Also remember the colour palette, super heros are usually primary coloured films. Nolan's BM was much darker and low key than previous and redefined the look of the genre as well as challenging the morality of the superhero character.I think there are a few more similarities you could identify.Really good work on the genre of the film. Remember, this is how all genre analysis work. Genre is an act of 'similarity and difference' Altman.Hi George I can't see the document. PLease make sure that everything that needs to go in the RJ has to be in a folder you have shared with me. Great reflection though!Well done Janis, a great post. Really pleased with your analysis of the Batman's humanity and the flaws this brings with it.Again you head subheadings to break this up and introduce content. Well done with your reflection on the degree to which TDK fits this generic model. However I can't see the similarlities from the differences.Not a methodist actor, a method actor (lol). So Dent is the fallen hero - the hero that Gotham needs - not a superhero with extraordinary power (to intimidate) but a normal, brave and decent person! What does his fall say about humanity?I think the moral ambiguity makes it atypical of the genre. Superhero movies have been increasingly dark but it was TDK which really redefined the genre.So the really interesting thing is the moral ambiguity? The characters are conflicted, are dark, are lost. Very unlike a superhero who is usually so certain! Is the theme so binary good / evil? The power of this development of the genre is that the hero is frankly not all that heroic and is morally ambiguous! Does he mentally scar the Joker? The document is not shared with me.
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13The Dark Knight Narrative AnalysisSlideshow narrative analysis of The Dark Knight. Reflection on how far the narrative cycle is completed (100-150 words)Exploring FilmVery good - it doesn't fit. Also whilst Dent's reputation is preserved, he did fall, he was corrupted. A tragedy if ever I saw one.I think BM's negative character development is fascinating in this film. Does this make it unsatifying in terms of the narrative?Finish the point! What is Batman - really? You had that realisation and then don't tell me!Two villains at the end? Why does BM take the blame for murdering Dent? Why is that the hero which Gotham needs as opposed to the DK?Good, the narrative is not completed, his ressurection is limited and tragic in many ways.Do you feel dissatisfied with this narrative? I wish we had time to study BM TDKR to look at the redemtption of the hero.Need permission to see document. Also create a sub menu item for Dark KnightThe slide needs editing quite a lot - doesn't make much sense! Also similarites and difference in the DK compared to other superhero movies.Good reflection on the narrative. You were also supposed to describe all of the characters by their narrative function.The slideshow is empty of your analysis of the narrative. Also could you use subheadings on a page with lots of content in?Do the last slide on characters too please. ---- i dont have acces to the slideOK, but reflect on the narrative structure. How does the narrative shape of the film add to the feeling of dissatisfaction. The sense of incompletion. We need a sequel...Reflect on how far TDK follows the pattern. Is the cirlce complete? Nope, not in lots of ways. Batman may have saved Gotham from The Joker and Dent (not Harvey) but he is vilified, hunted and outcast. He has lost! Not very satisfying for the audience wouln't you say?
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14The Ultimate Villain (The Joker)Lessons from the screenplay video on the ultimate antagonist. Five bullet point summary.Exploring FilmReally good summary of the video, well done.Well done, great use of quotes. I am increasingly drawn to this YouTube channel on screenwriting.I resist the idea that the joker is inhuman. We stuggle to understand him. He seems motiveless, chaos personified. He doesn't act on normal villainous motives - money & power. Do you think that their relationship of opposites reflects the themes of the film?It's also about the choices that The Joker forces Batman into. The key to a good narrative is pressure caused by conflict and difficult choices.Excellent explanation of Joker's villainous nature in DKReally good development of how The Joker's characters fits that ultimate antagonist label.I'm not sure about your analysis that the mystery surrounding characters has been reverse. We are always narratively positioned with BM, we know everything about him and both films. We only seek the 1989 Joker being 'created' through BM's eyes.Really pleased you're mentioning character development in the narrative at least implicitly. Make it explict, use the terms we learnt to describe narrative.Super impressive - well done for developing the point in the video and exploring the film!Updated, also the blog says 3-5 bullet points so I have added the greatest points of the video which I could expand upon in detail.You're so right about character development. A great story / film is one in which a character has to grow, to change. The change is due to the pressures put upon him or her as well as his or her ephipany.Well done, a really outstanding post. Takes the video essay's ideas, develops and exemplifies. Exceptional!
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15Batman context and critical reception.Link to the article and Crash Course video. Summaries and reflection.Exploring FilmPlease give a subtitle to this post. Your summary of the materials is a little superficial.Well done Anna. A really excellent summary and some useful links from the video to the film.Does BM 'thrive' on chaos? He needs it to justify his actions and exsitence. Indeed he needs The Joker. He also sets himself as a supreme vigilante - no rules for BM.The Crash Course video + findings needs to be next to the article + your findings.I am delighted to see you engaging with the politics in Batman. You do need the article next to this, although I think your summary is fine for both.Good reflection. I don't think that Batman is entirely right or left wing. I think this is too simplistic a solution. However look up the term 'zeitgeist' on see if you can use it in the post.A sound summary of the key ideas in the article and video essay.Love the note to self and, I could not agree more. Base your understanding on evidence and what can be proved! Do you think the article is fair in its criticism of BM & Bush. He is ultimately a decent and noble man.Please turn these white when you've done the task - helps me a lot.What are the references to 9/11? It was more about America's reponse to 9/11. What do we need to do to combat a new type of enemy. What do you mean click on the white? That's the worst link I have ever not seen!Well done for typing up your notes from the video. In the final analysis do you like and sympathise with BM or do you dislike and condemn his behaviour?Suppose to include a summary of the two resources.The summary of the crash course video is about specific histroical events / bill and policies that seem to be reflected in and by BM.I think the film asks the question of wether it is possible to be moral in such uncertain times.
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16Textual Analysis in The Dark KnightEmbed the clip you analysed and your typed up notes on TEAS. 200-250 word reflection on the representation of The Joker.Exploring FilmAfter the documents. I would like to read 200-250 words on how this scene fits in the whole film and how perhaps The Joker is a new sort of villain - beyond comprehension, beyond reason...Good, although we learn a bit more about the Joker from this sequence. He is a master planner, ruthless, secretive, not afraid of the mob. Develop your 250 words a little more please.The cotume is only significant because it's 'memorable'? Really? Nothing else about the nature of the villain who wears it? If it was just about being eye catching & memorable, give him a red top hat! Come on Fern! Someone designed that costume to reflect the nature of The Joker and what he stands for! Your significance is too literal and you're not thinking about layers of meaning.You need to complete a 200-250 word summary of how the Joker is being represented.Your comment in the significance boxes at the end are much more interesting than your 250 word summary. This scene, more than any shows Batman's impotence when dealing with The Joker. It's the crisis for Batman, followed by the crisis for Wayne - Rachel's death! Also BM is prepared to take it to the extreme - further than Gordon is prepared to.Thanks for creating Dark Knight section - needs all the content relating to that film in there.Well done. You need to embed the two documents we prepared in class. I think also you still need to use more terms (perhaps you did in those docs). For example a two shot or a group shot for the mobsters, a low angle MCU pushing to CU on Joker as the scene progresses, illustrating his mastery over the situation.Where is the camera notes, can only see the mise-en-scene. Also, remember you need to focus on the scene - what does the mise-en-scene and cinematography tell us about him in that particualr scene.I like that you're thinking about 'winning the scene'. Have a watch of this video about just that in David Finchers movies.Really good analysis and observation. So the camera pushes in when the bombs don't go off? So what? Don't forget your 250 words to sum up the micro in the scene and how that contributes to the overall impact of the character, reveals the theme, develops the conflict...Are you convinced with Dent's fall? I always felt it slightly implausible, too far too quickly. Really needed more time in the narrative... D: I believe that Dent's fall was at the perfect time, the Joker rightly capitalized on his collapsing mental state and simultaenously pushed him even further to the edge whilst setting up the scenario with the gun in order to finally corrupt Dent by showing him there are other ways to achieve his goalsNot sure if the pencil means versatile. It is funny and sickening at the same time. I like your observation about the quick tilt down/up which follows the pencil. What impact does this have on the audience and how they read the event?You've embedded the wrong worksheet into this post. I think the grenade in his mouth is grim, but it is also funny. In fact I think there is a grim humour in everything the joker does.
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17Superhero Analysis Embedded superhero slideshow, a clip of your superhero and a 50 word reflection on how that scene reveals their heroic features and/or their human flaws.Exploring FilmHow does this scene reflect his heroic qualities? Not just, what does he do!So Captain America stands for what? The ultimate patriot? A defender? Try and link this to a big ideas about what heroes stand for.His love for Lois perhaps subverts his messianic status...? He is tortured by love.OK, so it shows his endurance and fighting skill. What does he stand for though? Justice? Patriotism? Truth? The scene is too generically superhero.Well done, I'm so glad you referenced the mythological source of Wolverine. OK, so why go for the Monaco Grand Prix scene - how does this illustrate his heroic character?I'm glad you note the comic potential of a character who doesn't understand our behaviours and attitudes. I think this is also the power of WW, she challenges sexist values.Don't be flippant in your analysis. I mean 'he's a big bear that can demolish a city...'. :) He is uncontrollable rage - an interesting trait to build a superhero around wouldn't you say?OK, so what does Superman stand for in the heroic mythology of now compared to 1980?Why that sequence from SM? Is it about the love torn angst of teen relationships? All superheroes have flaws, it what makes them interesting.Interesting that we admire the hulk, but other characters / monsters who can't controll themselves (were wolves / Jekyll & Hyde for example) are frightening.What dominant ideologies are being explored and exposed in WW? Needs some reflection.I like the sequence, but can't believe you haven't discussed the obvious romance in the scene. This is Batman's achilles heel, his love for Lois and how impossible their relationship is.
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18Final Batman EssayYour textual analysis essay on the final scene of the film. Summary of feedback. Targets for improvement.Exploring FilmExcellent reflection and targets for next time!Brilliant reflection on your learning in the essay - very well done!Your so right about the terms. Use them and it prompts you to think about key concepts / approaches. Improves your analysis too.Good targets for next time.Really great reflection on your development and what next. Well done!In Dark Knight section please. Remember to include summary of FB & targets for next essay.Great reflection on your learning. Well done!Need to summarise the feedback and set targets for improvement next time.Great and I'm glad you can see the improvements from Pans. However you need to list 3-5 bullet points of what to do different / better next time.Well done, good reflection. Make sure you follow it up next essay.Agreed about your point of developing some points about narrative.Well done.Agreed, it's links to the whole film in terms of narrative, genre and context which get the best marks.
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19Theory and practice of editing3-5 bullet point summary for each of the two videos on Editing: The Kuleshov Effect & How does an Editor Think & Feel.EditingNeed Kuleshov effect video summarised in bullet points - v imp for continuity.Great point about the soul of cinema. Excellent development from the slideshow! Excellent - Eisenstein said that it was the collision of two shots A&B, which creates the meaning.What about the need to give an emotion time? So the audience infer the meaning from the collision of two shots. Good point about editing and emotion. Give it time! A bit simplistic about editing speed - ref Empire Strikes back & Ant man. The edit build along with character's efforts.What does emotionally contiguous mean? The key is the cut makes the meaning. Eyeline match and reaction shots are really important in creating a relationship between the characters.Really good summary - please embed the videos too. Helpful as an aide memoire for your notes & if you submit editing as part of your film reel.Really good list of ideas about editing. Ultimately it's about the meaning made by the collision of two shots.Can you break up the page with subheading / division lines to delinate the different tasks. The extension stuff on Birdman is great, what does hiding the cuts achieve?So the meaning is constructed / assumed by the audience? Also, what about the importance of giving emotions time to play out?Good point about the time needed for an emotion to develop. Edits don't 'bounce back and forth' they cut between. Spell check this post please. I think rather than the punctuation, 'the connective' is a better analogy.Really good summaries of the videos.
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20Editing Textual AnalysisLink to Hot Fuzz sequence. Embed analysis notes.EditingPLease update your absurd definiton of an editor's job. No link to sequence.Remember the montage is slightly too long and over the top. Comedy comes from the edit.Well done for including the Every Frame video on Wright & visual comedy.Wouldn't use the term 'teleport'. It simply 'cuts to', unless it's Star Trek of course, then teleport is fine! Otherwise good notes.Link in sequence.The extended montage is also comic, it's so overdone as to point to the trope within action / cop movies. Great reflection though. Don't you think the montage is some what rediculously (comedically) over done. Parody of the action cop trope or preparing for battle.
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21Sound Textual AnalysisLink to Return of the Jedi sequence. Embed analysis notes.SoundNo link to video.Excellent use of musical terminology to descibe the orchestration. Vader's breathing connotes that he is half man half machine!Need to add the analysis of the music. How does it reflect the mood, Luke's internal conflict, the decisions that are made.Can't see the clip or document under sound tab!Also, rebels are associated with youth and nature. In what ways is the emperor winning in this battle, when he's not doing any fighting? What do you mean 'unholy innocence'? A point about how impressively clear the sound is, is not analysis; ditch this. Remember also that the leitmotif follows the the narrative action (who is winning) and also the internal conflict in Luke.Need access to document. Remember all your stuff for the RJ need to go in a public folder, or at least a folder shared with me.Exellent practical notes on sound. Well done for doing this extra research. Don't forget this advice to yourself when you go on shoot!The sound content is under the wrong tab - you've put it under editing. Otherwise a really excellent set of notes on the sequence.Good point about organs - no wonder Dracula plays one. Also, remember the leitmotif also signifies the personal challenges and temptations Luke experiences.
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22Your sound recordings.An interview using Lavalier Mic & Shotgun MicsSound
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22Advanced CinematographyA montage of all your techniques, named with possible impacts. a 3-5 step How To for each technique, this should be informed by research.CinematographyWell done on technique. What about the status it gives the character?Great focus pull. White balance is important and if you forget it, can throw all your colours off. Also aperture / ISO.really great leading lines and lighting in the frame.Love the one of Darragh walking into focus. Really good. I would use that sort of thing in a desert shoot to encode heat haze.Only one technique. Should be four. Two for lens and two for framing!You don't let Darragh arrive before cutting; great technique though allowing character to walk into focus. Suspense is an understatement for trombone, it's a 'Oh my God!' moment! See Jaws! Frame within frame is about focus and also about spying / claustrobophia.Attempt two is excellent. What was different between 1&2? Glasses are fab too, distorts the focus in the frame, literally; what ideas could you communicate with this technique?Get the camera on a TRIPOD!!!!All the shots are pretty good, especially for a first attempt. The reflection here is no good! I don't want to know it was hard. I want to know what you must do different next time to make them better. What kit do you need?Great reel. Well done! Remember to think about impact. What implied meaning might these shots encode? How does framing add impact, power, significance? You should think in depth & contrast when filming or taking photos.Loved it! Why didn't you let Haygan play it out? His reaction and lunge towards the door were perfectly delivered and you cut too early.... OWEN! The focus pull was great, why didn't you let H walk into focus?Need permission for document.Good on focus pull with leading lines - Janis is a bit small in the frame for the frame within frame shot. He's the focus so fill the frame (within the frame).I still think they need a bit of work. You're starting to use the techniques, but should be more bold / cinematic. Watch Toby's and Haygan's reel. See the differences?
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23Textual Analysis Editing or SoundYour textual analysis essay, chosen sequence, summary of feedback and targets for improvement.Sound or EditingA bit of reflection from you too. How can you get even better?The target of ref male voice choir is not the point! You must listen and comment on the type of instrument (voice or otherwise). Why that instrument, key, pitch, tempo...?I think often the key learning is around terms. Use them and you have your examples. Examples lead to analysis.What do you mean by 'active words'? Agreed use a thesaurus!Great reflection on the essay, well done!Excellent reflection. Describing music is hard! It takes practice and a sense of musical elements that you should describe.Your targets need to be specific. Use precise terms - always.Really clear and precise targets for next time.Also use terms - lots of terms to explain lots of examples!Good reflection on feedback. It's often about terms and then spotting the detail in the examples and thinking why that cut from that shot to that?
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24Montage StoryboardA scanned copy of your montage. A comment on the value and usefulness of this pre-production planning tool.Screen WritingStoryboarding also allows a group of people to visualise. An image tells a 1,000 words. Also it's the blueprint for all heads of dept.It's the bible for the shoot. All the heads of department will work from the storyboard as well as other planning sketches / designs / models.The heading seems to be in the wrong place. Good variety of shots in SB.That is really good reflection! Well done!Need permission - again! Sort this folder out! Storyboarding is called 'pre visualisation' why is this important before production (filming)?Needs a little better sense of framing and movement.Did you follow the SB in the montage?Really good storyboard, lots of variety. Was it a useful planning and filming document? Excellent extension to use of a storyboard.
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25Montage SequenceThe montage sequence. A reflection on the process and outcome, 4-6 bullet points (what went well, even better if)EditingNot bad - linked the tracking. Possibly too much going on a montage falling in love could have been the whole sequence (forget arriving at school). Reflect pleaseRepetition is important in a montage - well done!Was on Erin's accountNot enough sense that it's a school & she's going to lessons. How could you establish that?Good use of the pile of paper. I think you need a little more repetition to show progress - the water going down slowly, the essay being ripped out again and again.Need to see him writing earlier! Nice return to shots of water and bin to show progression & time passing.Competitive essay writing. Loved it. Great transition using dark hair. Nice sense of time progressing using timer. Angles are also really strong - good use of cinematography and well deveoped sense of conflict.Not enough sense that it's a school & she's going to lessons. How could you establish that?I quite like the montage. The writing was a bit long and who was Isabelle supposed to be and where did you go. The foley of the clock was good - but needed establishing sooner.Competitive essay writing. Loved it. Great transition using dark hair. Nice sense of time progressing using timer. Angles are also really strong - good use of cinematography and well deveoped sense of conflict.Not bad - linked the tracking. Possibly too much going on a montage falling in love could have been the whole sequence (forget arriving at school). Reflect pleaseRepetition is important in a montage - well done! Not in editing section.Needs music. Hard to read otherwise. Not sure now Haygan is feeling. Need to see him writing too and failing. Also establish it's an essay.Good use of the pile of paper. I think you need a little more repetition to show progress - the water going down slowly, the essay being ripped out again and again.What's Erin's & Izzie's character? What Janis? You need to establish what's happening. You've got the sense of boredom, but more from the performances and sound that the edit.
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26Stolen - My First ScreenplayA page of screenwriting embedded along side the Lessons from...video (3 lessons summarised)Screen WritingGive them names and a sense of appearance. Will develop your conflict and characters.Your characters need names and a bit of decription. Mise-en-scene is important in developing character.Brilliant description of characters dress and action. Two really interesting characters!Needs names & better description of characters. Nice sense of tension though. Needs names & better description of characters. Use metaphor and simile for sense of visual.Good - like the description of Tommy - the theft is suitably subtle - are there no visual hints for audience. Often we like to know before characters.You've got a clear vision of events shot by shot. However in a screenplay you need to describe the characters - how does their appearance communicate ideas about their personality / intentions?Really good sense of motive and also characterisatio evident through action. What about appearance / costume - this can also illuminate character.I think the problem is that I can't see the characters. Describing their appearance and actions are key to characters - use figurative language. Add to reflection please.Great character description and sense of relationship. Well done! Like the last line too - good funnelling.I think the problem is that I can't see the characters. Describing their appearance and actions are important - names would help too. Add to reflection please.Can't see the characters - well done for giving them names, but description of mise-en-scene and performance notes are really helpful in establshing a sense of character.Excellent introduction of characters using mise-en-scene and camera. Really visual - well done!
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27StolenLink to the film. Any planning documents you developed. A description of your role. Reflection on the process and outcome.Depending on your role(s)Why the zoom to the cupboard as final shot? Means nothing. Some good use of camera and editing. Sound is also nice although footsteps too echoey. Brilliant reflectionGreat framing on phone, establishes it's there and then gone. Door closing could have been earlier. Great framing on phone, establishes it's there and then gone. Door closing could have been earlier. Need to cut back to J's reaction after headbutt. The shot reverse shot is good and you're right about the range of shots & importance of CU's. Lighting / camera settings are a problem though v noisy footage. Need foley on headbutt. Love the distant scream - good sound editing there.Why the zoom to the cupboard as final shot. Some good use of camera and editing. Sound is also nice although footsteps too echoey. It's under screenwritting, in the post Stolen, My First Screenplay.Great framing on phone, establishes it's there and then gone. Door closing could have been earlier. How did you find the role as director? Is there anything you found difficult or rewarding in the role?Need to cut back to J's reaction after headbutt. The shot reverse shot is good and you're right about the range of shots & importance of CU's. Lighting / camera settings are a problem though v noisy footage. Need foley on headbutt. Love the distant scream - good sound editing there.Great framing on phone, establishes it's there and then gone. Door closing could have been earlier. Could you have foreshadowed the theft? Audience know before characters is a common technique for 'tension'.Need to cut back to J's reaction after headbutt. The shot reverse shot is good and you're right about the range of shots & importance of CU's. Lighting / camera settings are a problem though v noisy footage. Need foley on headbutt. Love the distant scream - good sound editing there.Need to cut back to J's reaction after headbutt. The shot reverse shot is good and you're right about the range of shots & importance of CU's. Lighting / camera settings are a problem though v noisy footage. Need foley on headbutt. Love the distant scream - good sound editing there. Also really great reflection - well done!Why the zoom to the cupboard as final shot. Some good use of camera and editing. Sound is also nice although footsteps too echoey.
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28Horror GenreOuter Darkness Film & Genre Analysis document Exploring Film Form: HorrorMany horrors have twists and a sudden reveal. This is no exception.Good comments on lighting. Bit too specific about story. Although women are often victims and heroes.Excellent analysis of the conventional features of the genre!Good notes on generic features in horror.A game with horrific penalties!
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29Horror NarrativeUpload your narrative analysis of the horror film to your reflective journal along with a trailer for the film you studiedExploring Film Form: HorrorMust say I disagree with King - I think she plays it really well opposite Nicholson's festering insanity.What does 'Get Out' suggest about the nature of the monster - who is the monster and what does this say about society?Don't you think the message in Snow White is also about corrupt age and innocent youth? Superb analysis of both films!Good analysis - well done.Good point about evil and beauty. In Get Out, what is the message in regard to the monster?Well done for copying my slideshows in - it's a great aide memoire.I think do not steal is a bit obvious. Psycho is about the monster in the human psyche.Would you say Amityville is a typical horror narrative? Is the ghost (house) a typical haunted house?
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30Representation of Orlok & Eli.Images of both vampires. The class slideshow on the representation of the characters in the 8 key scenes.Exploring Film Form: HorrorNeed permissionGreat layout in RJ!Nice layout in RJ
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31Horror Micro Analysis Cinematography & Sound Analysis Link to Suckablood. Your analysis videos embedded from YouTube. Reflection on what went well and even better if.Exploring Film Form: HorrorThink about Suckablood in your edit.Like the sense of trespass - I think it's a ped down, otherwise excellent use of terms.Pan down? Pan down? Check your terms - otherwise really good!Pan down??? Mostly really good use of terms - except 'pan down'...The music is also often about forshadowing.A couple of misused terms (pan down?) zoom in to animals, it's it just a cut to BCU? What do you mean by intense music? Discuss tone, tempo and instrumentation. Also what about dialogue?The importance of sound is not to be underestimated!Brilliant analysis of the micro features and extremely well spotted in terms of detail from the text.Low ANGLE shot. Don't think it's a violin - too deep it's a cello I think. Even so, great use of precise detail from the film - good work.Video essay is edited too fast. You have got to give the audience time to read! Also got to proof your title slide - lots of typos! Reflection please!Your description of cinematography needs work. Just to say Low Angle on mum is limited. Must be tighter with your use of terminology to describe features.Pan down? Pan down? Check your terms - otherwise really good!Well timed essay and some great examples. You need to develop your use of camera terms - it's really important you start using that technical vocabulary more consistently.
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32Research for comparative study.Class slide show with details from sources. Library research : Harvard reference + quote(s) you found.Exploring Film Form: HorrorReally good additional research and quotes!Really good additional research and quotes!Good reflection on the need to reference.Really good additional research and quotes!
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33Your video essay materials.Essay plan including scenes used (TEAS structure). List of sources & quotes to be used. Script.Exploring Film Form: HorrorLove the way you have used screenplay format - great materialsCan't find this in the horror section.Need permission.Permission?Script needed a bit more development.
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34Comparative EssayYour video essayExploring Film Form: HorrorThis needs to be done. It's part of the assessment for progression to year 13!Excellent use of quotation and especially in LTROI you are using micro features to explore the representation, which is excellent. You reference some elements of mise-en-scene in N, but I think you could have done more with camera and editing, especially the cinematography and how that echoes the themes in the film.Really good use of sources, which are mentions. I was particularly pleased when you used captions to reinforce the quote. I was also impressed with your comment on the framing and lines used in GE. You do this well in Nosferatu. I think you could have a done a little more with this in LTROI. Well done a really good video essay.Is it in your RJ? Really detailed analysis in terms of context. Impressed you blended the class element of Orlok with post war austerity and sense of elite not caring. Also really pleased you made some comments about editing and sound - this is where a lot of the meaning is impied and highlighted. You could have quoted a little more - the one quote you do use needs context and also more tightly linking to the film. Extremely well done Fern - didn't feel like 9 minutes when I was watching.Really good essay - really impressed with your close attention to micro in the films and within GE more broadly. I think you could have used research eveidence a bit more fully - I was glad to see one quote, but really you needed a few more to show where you got this excellent understanding. Excellent edit and a really good range of materials from the films and more widely. Really good start with some specific examples from Nosferatu. Please resubmit.Good conclusions and a solid consideration of context for both films. You also do well to focus on some of the micro elements. What about the chiaroscuro lighting and it's lasting influence on horror?Extremely well done. I really like the really precise analysis of earlier Vampire. Also excellent clarity in terms of the representation reflecting the fear at the time. For next time: I think it was a bit unbalanced; I wanted more on Eli and especially her relationship with Oskar - how is her innocence and their childish romance representative of the xenephobia felt in Sweden? Show you quotes on screen. Also the quality of the final video is a bit poor - why is that?Excellent - I am delighted with your brilliant close attention to the narrative and the representation of the respective vampires within it. I would have liked a little more reference to other micro - you mention the shot types on the vampires and lighting, as well as mise-en-scene, however a bit more on editing and sound would really nailed this as a top grade piece. Also caption you quotes and thanks for the 'wiseman' cameo.Excellent points about the theme of the outsider and xenephobia and how this is reflected in the moustrous character of the vampires. I was also pleased to hear you making specific points about micro features and how those echoe the themes. The sound is terrible because you had your phone next to the mic - also you're cropping images too agressively and losing quality. Finally where is the evidence of the research? I must see quotes from research it really damaged your mark if you don't! Gladd you picked this up yourself in the reflection.A really good analysis. Close link to micro and comparison towards the end especially and you're right about it being cinema of the 'messed up'.Extremely good video essay. Exxcellent use of quotation, close attention to the music and cinematography. Excellent engagement with the contrasting representations. Outstanding work. Good reflection on your use of micro - it's essential in any film essay that you do this.
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35Redefine Film Production RolesExplain your developing understanding of the 5 key roles of film production. Must be in terms of the tasks which they undertake.NAStill a bit limited.Needs a bit more development and detail. I like the new definitions, but what about their creativity? Where does that come from?I like the new definitions, but what about their creativity? Where does that come from?
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36Horror ScreenplayScreenplay for the opening 2-3 minutes of your horror film.ScreewritingGood script. Wrong CategoryCan't find it. In horror sectionNeed PermissionCan't find it. Check Category
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Reflections on your screenplaySummary of peer feedback from read through.How far have you met your creative intentions to create a horror screenplay with influences of German Expressionism?horror sectionHow far have you met your creative intentions to create a horror screenplay with influences of German Expressionism?Bit limited. What devices have you used in the look of the film to suggest German Expressionism?Excellent reflection. Camera, editing and acting is implied in the screenplay and not a literal dialogue / instructions to other parties.Can't find it. Check Category
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37Developing the ScreenplayThe extended step outline. The moodboard. A redrafted script. Feedback and reflections from the pitch.ScreenwritingPlease highlight changes made in draft 2. Good level of detail. Wrong Category. Is the script in horror section? If so did you update the document? Remember there should be two versions of the script, a before an this is after collaboration with the director.Can't find it. Check CategoryNot clear which is which. Highlight changed / additions please.Highlight the changes you have made. Is it important it's Tuesday?Can't find it. Check Category
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38The StoryboardIntroduce the function of a storyboard in pre production between director and cinematographer.Directing / CInematographyCan't find it.Can't find it stillCan't find it. Check Category
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39The shotlist and production meeting agendaExplain the purpose of these documents for the cinematograherCinematographyDirectingCan't find it stillCan't find it. Check Category. It's at the bottom
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41The rehearsalPhotos of you in reheasal with your actors and in the chalked out limits of your set.Directing cinematographyCan't find it stillIncomplete
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40Your Creative Intentions for The Horror Sequence (pre shoot).A recap of your learning so far in the production roles. How your ideas have developed about the role. Targets for the shoot.Exploring filmDirectingCan't find it stillReally good reflection. Well done!Can't find it. Check Category
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41Reflection on the shoot.What did you wish you had differently in pre production and on the shoot?Exploring filmWhat did you learn about directing on a shoot?Can't find it stillRip Fern's Film Career :'(Really specific areas for improvement. Well done
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