Sunday, 20 March 2011

Audience Feedback

Click this link for a video showing our peers feedback.

Some other comments I've received about the opening since screening to others are below.
'I thought that the part where he got beaten up looked like a dream, so a bit confusing but otherwise it was a good opening!' - George, 20.
'The music was edited really well with the video, the part when he put the headphones in was brilliant'. Nikki, 17.
' The animation was cheesy and I was confused by the whole thing' Bobby, 19.

Friday, 18 March 2011

What have you leant about technologies from the process of constructing this product?

During the process of making the product Conflict I learnt a lot about different technologies in both the production and post production processes.
Firstly, I learnt how to use a flipcam with and without a tripod for our continuity sequence. They were useful because of how compact and easy to use they were but shots were quite difficult to steady without a tripod. When filming the actual film opening I found it easier to get a steady shot with the Sony HD camera rather than a flipcam. The only hindrance of the Sony is that it would probably be unsafe to take it to the areas we originally wanted to film in because of it's attractiveness to thieves.
After filming, I watched tutorials on how to use Adobe After Effects and this helped with creating the company information at the beginning of the sequence. I also learnt how to use Adobe Final Cut Pro which was useful but in the end we decided to edit on a different format that one of the group members were very confident in as it would produce a higher quality end product. 

Looking back at your preliminary task, what do you feel you have learnt in the progression from it to the full product?

Who would be the audience for your product?

Thursday, 17 March 2011

What kind of media institution might distribute your media product and why?

How does your product represent particular social groups?

Our product 'Conflict' is an urban drama set in South London so the social groups are represented in a certain way. It is too easy to label every teenager from urban areas with the same label which is given by the media, usually 'hoodies' or 'yobs'. It's dangerous to stick to negative stereotypes and only focus on what older generations and different social groups think they know. Although the opening shows the protagonist to be a gang member who is constantly involved in gang culture and warfare, the rest of the plot sets out to go deeper to understand the reasons for this and also convey how people can change in the future. The social group represented in the opening are gang members of similar ages (16-19) with a majority being male. This typical set up of gang members  is a simple way to let the audience know the genre and key ideas of the film within 2 minutes. This is important because of the risk that viewers will get bored out of confusion and not be engaged for the rest of the film.