1. Looking back your preliminary task, what do you feel you have learnt in the progression
from it to the full product?
How did my Preliminary Task introduce me with conceptual and technical knowledge to embark on my Thriller Production?
Looking back on my Preliminary Task I
learnt a-lot of information on the 180
Degree what contributed to helping me
further on in the progression towards
the completion of my main task. I learnt
how in order to not cause confusion for
the audience the 180 degree rule must
be maintained. This involves only
positioning the camera only on one of
the 180 degree sides of the characters
you are filming, when two or more
characters are filmed together. Although
I learnt that sometimes this is
intentionally broken to cause confusion.
The 180 Degree Rule
During the filming of my preliminary task
I also learnt how to use Match On Action.
This is where the action in one shot
follows on to match the action in the
next. This helps the audience to see the
film as having a smooth sense of
continuity between shots, making the
action run smoother. We used this
particular technique in our preliminary
task, in an character opens a door and
then the door slams against a Bin. This
helped to create a sense of smoothness
and continuity between shots.
Another thing which I learnt in my
Preliminary task was hot to use shot
reverse shot in my preliminary film to
create a sense of tension between
characters. Initially this was used in our
preliminary task. From then to the
progression to our full product I learnt
how this technique in particularly
important to the Thriller genre as a
whole. On a wider level I have learnt
how to use it in a more serious
situation to create anticipation and
tension to then ensure our full product
was using typical thriller conventions.
Match on Action Shot reverse Shot
2. How did I used Camera angles, Lighting and Movement?
• In my preliminary task I learnt how to use Camera angles for
particular effect. For example high angle to show vulnerability
and low angle to show power and authority. We used these
throughout our preliminary task to show the power struggle
between the two characters in the argument. We also learnt
how to use close ups in order to create a sense of tension and
show the characters emotions. Here are some examples in
Working within the Generic Conventions for my
Preliminary to the Main task (The Thriller film) and
How I worked to a specific Brief and Deadline and
reinforced Generic Conventions.
Using the generic conventions is extremely important in order for our
audience to recognize the genre of film we are producing and to
meet the brief. The preliminary task gave us the chance to try and
test out using some generic conventions, such a close ups and shot
reverse shot to create tension between characters. The preliminary
task also gave us the chance to prepare us for sticking to an deadline
when editing our footage. Giving us a sense of how it would be for
our full product. It allowed us to get to terms with how to use the
editing software adobe premiere and how to achieve certain effects
and transitions which was really helpful. In the preliminary task we
had to work to achieve the specific brief set which was an argument
between 2 characters. It allowed us to understand how briefs and
deadlines should be met and how to time ourselves wisely with the
amount of time we should take for filming and editing in order to not
miss this deadline.
From my preliminary task to the full product I have built on the initial knowledge that the
Preliminary task helped me firstly understand. I then went onto through the use of case
Studies of Thriller movies and the research of Thriller Conventions to then understand and
Learn how techniques such as the 180 degree rule may be broken to cause confusion, how
Match on action is used and particularly shot reverse shot in order to create tension for the
Audience. One of the main aims of Thriller films.
We didn’t use lighting particularly for effect in our preliminary
task, Instead using effects such as Black and White in terms of
the color and the effects this has. For example creating the
sense of a colder more hostile environment. In terms of
movement we learnt how to take tracking shots (then carried
on to use in the full product).
In conclusion the Preliminary task helped me understand the basic ideas of the effects that certain camera angles will create
The importance in the movement of camera and lighting. From this to the full product I then went on to learn how I could use
Lighting to create the effect of chiaroscuro lighting. Another example of how I progressed within this area to the full product
Would be that I went on to learn how close ups are a particularly important convention of Thriller films through my case studies.
In terms of what I learnt about Generic Conventions and deadlines, I progressed in this sense through my use of person research
And case studies and learnt how to manage my time better by using more free periods at sixth form in the editing room than I did
In my preliminary. The knowledge from my preliminary helped to set me up to make my full product very successfully overall from
The information I learnt whilst doing it to then how I built on it to help me progress further.
3. Make up/props/costumes Slimming down over ambitious planning and
Negotiating skills in our teams.
Sound and adding titles
Evaluating Audience feedback
During the editing process of the beginning
Of our Thriller film we gave out a questionaire
To 10 people fitting our target audience age
Of 15=19 and asked for their feedback. Evaluating
The feedback was a important skill that we learnt
During the process of our final product rather than
Our preliminary. Ask discussed in Question 5, this
Was so we could address and attract our target
Audience. Therefore making our Final Product to
The best quality and standard to do this.
For the final product we also had to learn how
To add sound to our Thriller opening. We did not
Use this in our preliminary so it was new to us as
A group but we found it fairly straight forward . We
Also had to learn how to add titles which we did not
Use in our preliminary so that we could make sure
Our product conformed to generic conventions of
Thriller films as they are commonly used.
In both our preliminary and final thriller
Product we used an everyday themed costume, in our
Thriller to present it as a ‘Gritty Thriller’ and in our
Preliminary as the locations was set at a sixth-form. In
Terms of costume for our final production we had to manage
Our costumes more for continuity of our costumes as we
Were filming on more than one occasion.
In our preliminary slimming down on
Over ambitious planning was not a problem
But with our final product it was something we had
To negotiate as a group. Our first idea was very
Over-ambitious involving a murder scene, we decided
To keep the plot more simple as rather than giving
The audience a murder scene we will be intriguing
Them more by drawing them in with a cliff hanger.
Negotiating skills in our team was also a major part
Of the final product rather than the preliminary as in
The preliminary we were grasping who was good
At particular parts of the production and editing.
By The final product we decided that Finn and Hammad
Would make the soundtrack, We would all feature and
Film the production and edit in pairs as this worked most