Thursday, 12 March 2009



For our crime caper

Monday, 9 March 2009

Evaluation lesson 1.

1. In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products?

2. How does your media product represent particular social groups?
similar representational issues. Compare and contrast.]]]

Screenshot from Trainspotting.

Both of these key characters have similar representational values, for example getting kicks out of steeling, and breaking the law could be related to our crime caper.Each screen shot identifies the social group ,which are similar kind of people, being yobs and possibly a lower social class that cannot afford buying the goods they steal.
Kicks from naughty things
identifying this social group as yobs
lower social class staling. The use of ensemble cast in the two productions.
They look similar in the way they are dressed both wearing scruffy, non formal,
causal clothes.They have the same determined look to escape.The role they play is different in context you don't now who's the antagonist in each situation.Representation of young people
both in groups/gangs up to no good.Each group is familiar with each other in the way of interaction like nicknames and how they are.

3.What kind of a media institution might distribute your media product and why? (Notes By JJ)

The film "Snatch" has a similar style to that of our own, featuring a starter scene of them robbing a bank. The media institution that distributed that production was Columbia Tristar and their logo looks like this:

Now compared to our logo, quite clearly this has had proffesionals go at it, instead of us having a go in photoshop. But even so we can compare our logo'a to the type of films distributed by them. I have seen this production copanies logo come up in many films i've seen, which shows they have a braod range of films they could produce. Here are just a few examples of other films they have worked with more recently:
Hellboy (2004) ...
Secret Window (2004) ...
50 First Dates (2004) ...
Hitch (2005/I) ... Are We There Yet? (2005)

So these would be an ideal ditributor for our film, as they are experianced and do a large amount of films that have become quite popular. Also they have had experience with crime caper movies and sponsering them, like "snatch" and they would be an ideal popular experiences distributor to choose.
Another distibutor could be: Miramax Films (US)PolyGram Filmed Entertainment (worldwide) who worked together to ditribute the film "Trainspotting" who'sogo looks like this :

For the same reason again, with having experience in diributing these kind of films, and they are better known in the US, which is a huge market.
I'm pretty sure our production would be low budget, but it all depended on if we had a bigger budget to spend or not. Obviousy with the distributor handing out this money we had to pay it back on the big screen, so maybe a smaller budget film would be better. Trainspotting's budget was: £3,500,000 and im pretty sure we wouldnt be going over this with a production like ours. As the films are similar with just a different area of crime, their's being drugs ours apples. Our film really would be released in the same way, maybe with a bit more of an all star cast to ring up to these distributors standards.


Friday, 6 March 2009

Final Stills, Sam


Thursday, 5 March 2009

Our Plan Of Action

Our plan of action is to get editing, make the freeze frames better. Extend our sound, and get rid of unwanted footage shorten it down and get well cut. Also we need to add in titles which we had done but lost due to the imac crashing.
We think we are working well in to the marking criteria, and when we have finished our editing and chopping up shots, we will be working at a middle/high level three.

Feedback From Screening

Mise En Scene: Casual dressing relates to audience.
Editing: Good pace change during it, Possible cut out JJ's freeze frame/change it. Maybe use some filters
Generic conventions: Crime caper supposed to show scrumping, and theres only one apple. It is funny and very well done.
Camerawork: the stills that have been placed on the footage is good helps to focus on the character more. good variety of camera shots. Juddery camera work cut faces sometimes ruins smooth camera flow.
Sound: Sound is good fits the caper well. Extend it.

Predicted mark: Level 3 or 4

Monday, 2 March 2009

still shots effect test

Extremely Rough Cut.

Thursday, 26 February 2009

The Location + Filming

Well, at our first attempt on filming for our opening, we had a stroke of hard luck and a hint of bad organization which left us with a camera with next to no battery life. And we were only able to get two shots.
Also we found the location misfitting for our piece and have decided to move it to folbourn where this is an actual orchard which id open for the public to wark through. It is doubtful there will be any good apples on the trees, but we can improvise here, and all shall be well.

Friday, 13 February 2009

Final Font!

Thursday, 12 February 2009

Fonts; Expanded

Call Sheet.

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One more idea, not a great one

just another theme song idea. sam

Monday, 9 February 2009

Location! 2

Location! 1


Ribston "Lightning" Pippin:
Dark green jumper,
Grey ripped jeans
Old shoes
Messy Hair

Pink lady:
Black hoody
Gingham shirt
blue jeans
brown boots
Stone jacket

The Golden Delicious:
Grey jeans
Messy hair

Green Tshirt
Black hoody
Blue jeans
Grey shoes
Pink Hat

Props, Costume, location.


Seeing that our film opening involves the stealing of apples our film with feature apples at some point.

We will have a bag that will hold the apple we have scrumped.

This will help us grab higher apples in the trees.


these are some images of stereotypical burglar/army clothes.

these are stereotypical higher class crime costumes.

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Sunday, 8 February 2009

quick note, sam

this weather better hurry up and get good, and soon

Thursday, 5 February 2009

Evaluation questions

he following questions must be answered in your evaluation PowerPoint:

1. In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products?
2. How does your media product represent particular social groups?
3. What kind of media institution might distribute your media product and why?
4. Who would be the audience for your media product?
5. How did you attract/address your audience?
6. What have you learnt about technologies from the process of constructing the product?
7. Looking back to your preliminary task, what do you feel that you have learnt in the progression from it to the full product?

Film location

Alice and JJ Discussion:

sam and tom failed so we have sat and cried and

that we need to film on a reasonably bright weekend, so maybe filming should be postponed till the snow goes away. Also we need to find a day when we are all free. We will film in some apple orchards in Bottisham this location will be big enough for us for us to film the chase scenes. We also have access to actors i we need.
We need to ask permission to use the orchard and we plan to do that sometime this week. We do know that it is apple season as we have researched this, and even if it is not sunny day we can manipulate the shot types on final cut.

*sam here, just like to say that i TRIED to get to Media, i really did!
and i agree with everything said.

that's all

Wednesday, 4 February 2009


i have an idea

i know its not exactly apple season, which is a problem we are sure to hit during filming, but from my point of view we only really need two shots of apples on trees (the beginning and end of our opening).

i just remembered i know a guy with a very idealistic apple tree in his garden, that ALWAYS seems to have apples. he lives locally and it's pretty perfect.

so, that problem could be solved!
if not, some store bought apples and double-sided tape should do.
any other shots will be fast and can easily be made plausible with a few strategically taped apples.
i want to make this whole film now :/ my heads buzzing with ideas like wasps around a fallen granny smith

Sunday, 1 February 2009

tranquil apple song, sam

this one isn't quite what i'm looking for, but it's just an idea, if i can't remember that song thats right on the tip of my tongue.

i know it's morning something :/


Friday, 30 January 2009

Script-Characters names?

Golden Delicious - Tom
Pink Lady - Alice
Ribston Pippin - Sam
Zestar - JJ

these are also names of apples!

Here is our animatic, with stereotypical crime caper soundtrack!

hey it's Sam here, i just thought i'd give our valued readers a run down of this here animatic. the first scene is an apple, a very still shot, with some kind of tranquil music, (i'm sure we will add another post discussing this), then it would be snatched away very quickly and the music will start (i think we've decided on Long Arms by Esser). then all the other frames drawn until the second still apple shot are where we have the different characters introduced. the second apple is then snatched away revealing the films title, "scrump" underneath. another quick idea, we could maybe then have the ensemble cast walking away happily, a job well done, but that could give the idea of a finished film, which we don't want. just an idea.

hope that helps

Thursday, 29 January 2009

Title ideas

Stig of the Scrump
the Big Scrump
The Big Apple
The Apple Nickers
Scrumpty Dumpty
Scrump Pie
Scrump School Musical
Scrumpy Face
Wallies Master Scrump
Lumpy Scrumpy
Juicy Goosey
A Film About Scrumping
The Scrumpinator
Scrump de Bump
Do The Scrump
The Joys of Scrumping with a spade
Scrumpers inc

After thinking of many titles, we decided to go for a simple, yet effective, title: SCRUMP

Some ideas for the opening scene!

We were thinking of taking the idea from train spotting, and having some people running from an orchard after scrumping or maybe caught in the act. We were thinking of maybe hiving some kind of old decrepit farmer who keeps turning up with the runners. It also may have the camera stop[ping over each individual and giving them a synopsis of their roles and nicknames in the clan, or whatever its called. This is a typical caper style and should make the genre obvious, we would have an sub serious soundtrack to go along with the chase scene with maybe some diagetic sounds of panting and feet on the ground, or anything like this. We were thinking also of having some classical music for the first few shots of the orchard then comeing in with the main soundtrack when the chase starts.

Monday, 26 January 2009

Influential films

The way these films open are infuential on the way our ensemble crime caper will open.




Music Ideas, from Sam

Esser - Long Arms

Excuse the video.

The Boy Least Likely To - Be Gentle With Me

Polytechnic - PEP

Teacher feedback

The blog is looking brilliant and the mood board really communicates your mise en scene. I'd like to see some more clips of other films that influence your idea and a discussion of what specific elements influence you.
Do this and we could be looking at a blog of the week nomination!


Sunday, 25 January 2009

JJ's Ideas!

Sams idea of the stereo typical caper opening was one i was thinking of myself, as its easily identifyable as a caper.
But also i was thinking maybe close up's of teens walking down a sreet in slow motion, the "leader" throwing an aple in the air and catching it, then zooming into their faces, and giving their names and part in the gang. An establishing shot could be used too.

Also i was thinking of a chase scene, including an old farmer who keeps reapearing everywhere the scrumper runs, to add comedic style. For example he starts at the farm and the farmer calls from the window so the scrumper runs to get into his car and the farmers in the seat next to him ect.

Lastly i thought about it coming in on a town centre area with a stall that the scrumpers sell their apples at, and a woman aproaches and says they look just like the ones from her back garden, and an unsure seller embarks on some sort of comedic argument with the woman (this we'd have to develop) and it would end in a chase scene or something along those lines.

Rather vaque ideas i know, but they can be developed when one is decided on.

Saturday, 24 January 2009

Sam's Ideas!

Number 1!

Interrigation room, police questioning a young lad about a seemingly very serious crime, then we find out the crime is scrumping. White text will come in over blank black screens, very serious music.

Number 2!

Group of teens running, apparently being chased, from a "scrump". Pauses on each characters faces, with information, stereotypical crime caper style.

Number 3!

Stop motion animation based around apples.

Friday, 23 January 2009

Mood board

Thursday, 22 January 2009


scrump (third-person singular simple present scrumps, present participle scrumping, simple past and past participle scrumped)

1. To steal fruit, especially apples, from a garden or orchard.
* 1994, Edward Bond, Edward Bond Letters: Vol 1, page 180

(we've all seen trees, and arent Adam and Eve condemned for having gone scrumping?;
Orchard View, Hilltop Orchards, Richmond, MA Pictures, Images and Photos

This could be an idea for a crime caper? maybe.


Monday, 19 January 2009

Alices Opening Analysis

Donnie Darko

The opening of Donnie Darko begins with credits in a contrasting Gothic white writing laid on a dark gloomy black background.Accompanied by these credits is the sound of thunder rumbling, which sets an uneasy and unsettling sensation/mood on the audience.This already hints to the genre of the movie, obviously no comedy.A dark shadowy establishing shot sets the scene of mountains which leads to the road,making the audience ask questions where does this road lead to, and slowly making the audience more involved.The Camera then focus' on a main shot slowly zooming towards the person on the floor in the middle of the road.The shots are naturalistic,staying with the slow theme unfolding slowly more details and more questions.A point of view gives the feeling of haziness and wonder that maybe this person feels waking up in the middle of the road,almost as if still dreaming.

...Ongoing not finished yet

JJ's opening analysis

Unfortunately I wasn't able to get the video here as embed text was disables, but you can watch the opener here. It's the first two minutes of the video.

To start with the film productions logo is put up with non diagetic sound of sirens, so we already have an idea what the film will be about. This scene starts with an establishing shot of Sergeant Nicolas angel walking down a corridor, which looks like a very formal building. Of course as he's walking we don't know he's a sargeant, we discover this when hes right by the camera. So there's almost a sense of tension as the diagetic sound of his footsteps are the only thing to be heard.
Whilst this is happening more companies who were in associate with producing the film flash up at the bottom of the screen.
Then when Nicolas angel gets to the camera, there is an extreme closeup of his badge, and the non diagetic sound of a narrator comes in telling us about the sergeant, and his background. This voice continues through out the opening scene, and following each narration is a clip. Another non diagetic sound track cuts in under the narration as well to give of he feeling of the crime caper, as the music isnt exactly serious with big band instruments, playing small licks. And the mismatch between the action and the track gives of the comedic value of the opening.
As the scene continues on diagetic sound is added in, like the pen clicking for when he's done his exams, and this is to help the watcher get the feel of what he's doin or has achieved. A sound easy to relate to.
Through out the opener there are following pan shots and tracking shots of the sergeant as he makes his way through the police station, the diagetic and mise en scene give us a feel here of the surroundings, the mise en scene being the location in a big posh building with office props around, and of course people occupying them.
The shots of the action are very quickly edited and have fast transitions to give off the energetic feel and to get the audience to relate to the upbeat lifestyle of an officer, it has point of view shots from the sergeants prospective to show the audience, how upbeat the job is and fast paced.
It uses different length shots throughout also, switching quickly between distances, again to relate to the upbeat and fast pace atmosphere.

This opener gives us a feel of the upbeat life the officers have, but also the comical side, with the diagetic voice, and the sound track. Maybe a technique we could use if we were to make a crime caper.

Opening Scene Analysis.

to watch the movie opening i am analysing click the link.

The opening sequence starts with the logos of the production companies (Warner bros. and legendary pictures) and the creators of the batman comics/franchise (DC Comics) all of which are blue to follow the colour scheme of the film. It then follows into a small scene which feature the screen completely covered in blue flame(again to follow the films colour scheme), the flames rise towards the audience a black figure appears which looks like a batman which introduces the film in a minimalist but affective way. The film then starts with the camera panning towards a building that holds 2 of the jokers henchmen that blow one of the windows so that they can zip wire to the top of the building across from them. Both of these henchmen feature "joker" masks this is yet another simple yet affective way to introduce something within this film but in this case its used to show that whatever these henchmen are doing its something to do with the joker this also leaves them unidentifiable so when they all kill each other during the bank robbery you cant link a face to the man being killed so its as if the masks dehumanises them and you then dont mind that they're being killed.

Tom Turpie.

Sin City Opening Analysis

The opening scene of the thriller/detective noir film Sin City is very simple, but the beautiful effects make it seem so smooth and give it a very stylish feel. A man comes up behind a woman and seduces her, then kills/assassinates her. Everything is in black and white apart from the woman's red dress and lipstick, and for one brief moment her green eyes. This style carries on throughout the whole film.

The sound in this scene is very subtle, but adds to the film noir feel. There is some soft ambient jazz playing, very romantic music, almost sexual, and very little background noise. The sound of the gunshot is loud enough to make audiences jump, but still quiet enough to realise it was a silenced pistol. The non-diagetic voice over of the man jumps to diagetic conversation so quickly that it seems he could've almost been saying the voice over out loud behind her. It reverts back to a voice-over as the woman dies.

The mise-en-scene is, to put it simply, black and white. This is all it needs to be the give the film its character. The lighting is natural but dark, as are all the props.

The costume is very simple and bland, all apart from the woman's red dress and lipstick that set her apart from everything else in the scene. This makes you realise that she is special in some way.

The zoom out at the end of the sequence is good, because it happens straight after the man kills the woman. This action leaves the audience stunned, and thinking that everything is not as it seems. Thus zooming out and showing the whole city would leave audiences thinking that this idea applies to the whole city, the whole movie.

By Sam

Logo Analysis

Warner Brothers is a traditional Logo.It comes across as simple and not to intruding,yet it is one of the most accomplished companies. The colours give connotations of simplicity and purity ,it is not to dramatic.The gold outstanding, traditional WB ,reflects their entertainment business, classic.The pure sky and gold writing reminds the audience of the golden gates in the sky, taking you to new wonders, gives what this logo contains, many things it could open up to, just like the company explores many genres.However, the logo comes across as quite a family logo.As the logo is Warner Brothers a family name and company itself.The tune is like a short twinkle it is not to bold and extreme, keeps simple and tranquil.Overall the logo is short, it is a glimpse, maybe a reminder to the audience.

By Alice


Our Logo,

its a simple yet memorable logo that will leave a lasting impact on the viewers mind with the use of the sound bytes. the use of the sound bytes is also a way for the logo to link in with the film it has produced as it can use sounds that are featured in the film.

Sunday, 18 January 2009

Analysis of production company logo.

This is a simple yet affective idea much like many other production company logos. This leaves you knowing who has produced the program/film you are about to watch without your mind focusing on it to much. The use of the childs voice is also quite affective as this contrasts with the dark logo and also adds a almost humorous side to it.

Tom Turpie


Ok so this logo obviously belongs to new line cinema, and it is quite simple, being just a box with some ladder looking objects flying around and finally connecting to the box. And by that point we know it relates to a film real, so even though the logo is simple I think its quite widely recognised, and when it comes down to it the more simple the logo the more easily recognised the film company become, as the logo is easy to remember. I think we’ve interpreted this into out logo, by keeping it quite simple its easily remembered


Information on each genre.

1. A supernatural thriller with a strong female lead.

Info: Thriller is a broad genre of literature, film, television, and gaming that includes numerous and often overlapping sub-genres. Thrillers are characterized by fast pacing, frequent action, and resourceful heroes who must thwart the plans of more-powerful and better-equipped villains. Literary devices such as suspense, red herrings and cliffhangers are used extensively.

Related Films: Resident Evil (though this is thought of as a horror it contains a strong female lead), The Silence of the Lambs, The Bourne Identity.

2. A British social realist drama.

Info: Social realism in films is representative of real life, with all its difficulties. The stories and people portrayed are everyday characters, usually from working class backgrounds. Typically, films within the social realist canon are gritty, urban dramas about the struggle to survive the daily grind.

Related Films: This is England, The Full Monty

3. An adventure story for younger audiences.

Info: Adventure films are usually exciting stories, with new experiences or exotic locales, very similar to or often paired with the action film genre. They can include traditional swashbucklers, serialized films, and historical spectacles (similar to the epics film genre), searches or expeditions for lost continents, "jungle" and "desert" epics, treasure hunts, disaster films, or searches for the unknown.

Related Films: The Goonies, Flight of the navigator, Indiana Jones

4. A teenage romantic comedy.

Info: A teenage romantic comedy is a romantic comedy targeted at teenagers and young adults in which the plot is based upon the special interests of teenagers, such as coming of age, first love, rebellion, conflict with parents, teen angst and alienation. Often these normally serious subject matters are presented in a glossy, stereotyped or trivialized way. Films in this genre are often set in high schools, or contain characters that are of high school age. Sexual themes are also common, as are nudity and crude forms of humour.

Related Films: American Pie, Superbad.

5. A crime caper with an ensemble cast.

Info: A Crime Caper is a film that has an intricate plot woven around a group of people trying to steal something. Versions with dominant or prominent comic elements. Typically, there are many plot twists, and film focuses on the characters' attempts to formulate a plan, carry it out, and escape with the goods. There is often a nemesis who must be thwarted: either a figure of authority or a former partner who turned on the group or one of its members.

Related Films: Oceans 11, Snatch, Reservoir Dogs.

Tom Turpie.

Genre choices for film opening.

our group will need to choose one of the following summaries as the basis for our opening sequence:

1. A supernatural thriller with a strong female lead.
2. A British social realist drama.
3. An adventure story for younger audiences.
4. A teenage romantic comedy.
5. A crime caper with an ensemble cast.

Opening sequence conventions.

Typically, an opening sequence will contain:

* Details of cast and crew.
* The film's title.
* An introduction to character or character type.
* Indication of place.
* Indication of historical period.
* Information regarding mood and tone.
* Introduction to signature theme tune.
* Information about genre.
* Questions that the viewer finds intriguing.
* Patterns and types of editing that will be echoed in the remainder of the film.
* Mise en scene and cinematography that will be echoed or elaborated upon later in the film.

Friday, 28 November 2008