Sunday, 16 October 2011


This was Tom and I pitching our film to the rest of the class. We talked about various things such as our storyboard and the ideas behind our film. We then showed a sample scene to the audience in return we were given feedback on the film as well as questions to be answered about the film. Feedback consisted of making sure we done a sound check to see weather the mic was working. Along side this we also was told to involve the actors more often and show more reaction shots and to focus less on the playing of the snooker game. All of the issues raised will be taken on board so that our final outcome will be successful. Its not all doom and gloom though as we had positive reactions to the clip. These were that they liked the plot of our film, the different shots used within and also suggested even without dialogue the film did speak for itself and the audience did understand where we were coming from.

List of props

  • Camera (Sony HD)
  • Tripod
  • Lights
  • Costume (Suit Trousers with white shirt plus tie)
  • Pool and Snooker balls
  • Pool and Snooker Cues

Saturday, 15 October 2011

Sample scene

This is the sample scene of our film and it was shown to the rest of the class so that we could get some feedback on it. These were shown in the pitch. Although making our sample scene was great fun, there were some things which went wrong along the way. For example: we didn't have any on screen sound or dialogue due to our mic not working as it wasn't tested before using it. This problem was covered  by using sound from garage band playing over our scene which gave the film an up tempo feel to it. However, this must be addressed and fix when creating the final film.

Actors contract


Friday, 14 October 2011

Garage Band Experiments

Our Garage Band music for sample scene by user4290811

When creating our short sample scene there was an opportunity to practise using garage band as show above. This is a music software which allows you to create and edit new types of sounds/music which are uniquely created. We found that this was very good practise for when it came to the creation of our final piece. Getting used to this software was key as we will have to re visit it to create music, sounds or sound effects for the film. This software will also help us to create our film trailer to a high quality.

Thursday, 13 October 2011

Story board

When me and my partner agreed on what we were going to be filming we then put together a story board. This included things such as what shots we are doing them, why we are doing them and what is happening withing the shot. After we created this story board we then pitched the story board around the class to see what feed back we were able to gather in order to improve the features of our film. Feed back included things such as: to make sure the story line is very clear, to include what type of shots we are using in the story board and also to make sure the scene is well lit clearly highlighting the key aspects of the certain scene. These problems were discussed by myself and my partner and then we took all of those into consideration when continuing further with the project. We will capitalise on the feedback given and use them to enhance our film and create the best possible project in our certain genre.

Props used

The above is what got so that we were able to shoot. These were available when we went to the place that we wanted to shoot at. This meant that we could save money in order to purchase other essential props. I feel that being able to use these props for no cost was very helpful because then it enabled us to use costs for stuff such as costume. This also allowed us to have money for emergence purposes in case something was to go wrong during the course of production.  

Group Meeting before the photo shoot

Me and Tom met up a couple of days before our first photo shoot, here we decided on a time and place for all of our actors to meet with a prop list list for both us and them.

Me and Tom:
  • Camera
  • lights
  • Tripod
  • Spare Costumes
  • Pool and Snooker Balls
  • Cue
  • Suit Trousers (Black)
  • Tie (preferably black and skinny)

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

To do list

  1. Complete our digital story board ready for filming
  2. get actors together and text them all the details
  3. collect camera and equipment ready to film
  4. Call the destination asking permission to film (pool hall)
  5. Meet and film scenes required
  6. Edit scenes
  7. Receive feedback then edit or re-film of necessary


We created two mood boards during our preparation, we looked at all the things that we thought would inspire us and help us produce some ideas for our final film, first of all looking at images from other films and also images from the time era that we are aiming at. We used these as inspiration to help us make sure we can get our costume and scenery as accurate as possible.

We then looked at film posters as inspiration, looking at films that we felt complimented our genre, and would give us ideas about what our film poster could incorporate. Giving us such ideas of the black and white effects, suggesting the time era that we are aiming for.


Monday, 10 October 2011

Development of Film ideas

This page is where my first ideas of the film where being thought of. As I thought of the ideas I would write them down on paper so when it came to reviewing my ideas I had many ideas to chose from. This was a successful technique to use because I was able to get my ideas down on paper in a time line type of design. This would also enable others to look at my ideas and follow them in order with a clear view of what I am aiming for.

Initial ideas

This page is the first stage of my thought proses where I was getting the basic ideas down on paper. This included looking at genres, camera, theme, setting and characters. During the thinking proses I would also do some research on existing films which fit the style of my film which is film noir set back in the 1900's.

Saturday, 8 October 2011

First group meeting

This was our first team meeting, so during this first meeting, me and Tom sat down and talked about rough idea about what we would consider doing, and then started brainstorming some of our notes, with sub headings such as Genre, so we could come up with lots of story lines and initial ideas about what our project will be on.

Monday, 3 October 2011

6 Shot analysis

Reading a Short Film

This piece is where I chose an existing short film which was in the same genre of my film. I was analysing different shots within the film so that i was able to see all the different features used in the film. A variety of long shots, close ups and low/high angle shots were used to portray different meanings such as power etc. Analysing this different films enable me to see what are very successful shots and which work way to portray various meanings within on angle of shooting. Once this technique is mastered then shooting a film will be easier as you know what to expect from experience of being part of some form of audience for other films.

Sunday, 2 October 2011


This page is where I began to propose my film as I started to have a rough idea as to what I was aiming to produce. I worked on the proposal with my work partner. This was so we were able to get both of our ideas into the film but still have our own separate opinions which can benefit the film a lot.


The treatment was split in half between me and Tom so that we could share work load between us. The whole idea of a proposal is to give the audience a chance to see what we intend on doing for our project. This would be explaining the setting of the film, the characters, the costume costs and our plan of shooting. This is very important and it will allow the audience to see the concept of the film and what the meaning is behind them. When creating this I intended on making it easy to read for both the audience and us so that when coming back to it we are following a setting and certain layout.