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Media Coursework- Final Film Trailer

Published April 20, 2012 by Shanice Butler A2 Media Studies

Here is a link to my video on my YouTube Channel > http://youtu.be/Db4UAHhghDM

Despite my problems with the available editing software, I have finally been able to produce something that I am pleased with because I was able to use Premier Pro well, making use of the many video transitions and effects so that the whole piece flowed and that the timing fitted with the dramatic music I decided to use. The overall process was difficult yet I learnt a good range of things related to premier pro such as how I could reflect the fantasy genre and the narrative. Since the beginning I feel the coursework also developed my personal skills and I can now produce a piece of filming and then edit it confidently.

BBFC and MPAA

Published April 16, 2012 by Shanice Butler A2 Media Studies

At the beginning of my film trailer I have included the green rating screen. These are the type of things that can increase the status of a film trailer and show that it is professional.  The BBFC ( British Board of Film Classification) and MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America) are both classification companies. Depending on the country the film has been made in, there will be one of these two names that would  appear before a film trailer. In order to have the right ratings and understand what both of these mean, I have completed a bit of  research on this so I can gain the right knowledge and make a decision on what film raiting I should use for my final products.

The British categories are:

U

Universal – Suitable for all

It is impossible to predict what might upset any particular child. But a ‘U’ film should be suitable for audiences aged four years and over. ‘U’ films should be set within a positive moral framework and should offer reassuring counterbalances to any violence, threat or horror. If a work is particularly suitable for a pre-school child to view alone, this will be indicated in the Consumer Advice

PG

Parental Guidence- General viewing, but some scenes may be unsuitable for young children

Unaccompanied children of any age may watch. A ‘PG’ film should not disturb a child aged around eight or older. However, parents are advised to consider whether the content may upset younger or more sensitive children.

12 / 12a 

Suitable for 12 years and over

Exactly the same criteria are used to classify works at ‘12A’ and ‘12’. These categories are awarded where the material is suitable, in general, only for those aged 12 and over. Works classified at these categories may upset children under 12 or contain material which many parents will find unsuitable for them.

The ‘12A’ category exists only for cinema films. No one younger than 12 may see a ‘12A’ film in a cinema unless accompanied by an adult, and films classified ‘12A’ are not recommended for a child below 12. An adult may take a younger child if, in their judgement, the film is suitable for that particular child. In such circumstances, responsibility for allowing a child under 12 to view lies with the accompanying adult.

The ‘12’ category exists only for video works. No one younger than 12 may rent or buy a ‘12’ rated video work

15

Suitable only for 15 years or over

No-one younger than 15 may see a ‘15’ film in a cinema. No-one younger than 15 may rent or buy a ‘15’ rated video work.

18

Suitable only for adults

No-one younger than 18 may see an ‘18’ film in a cinema. No-one younger than 18 may rent or buy an ‘18’ rated video work

The American ratings are:

G

 General Audiences. All Ages Admitted.

 A G-rated motion picture contains nothing in theme, language, nudity, sex, violence or other matters that, in the view of the Rating Board, would offend parents whose younger children view the motion picture. The G rating is not a “certificate of approval,” nor does it signify a “children’s” motion picture. Some snippets of language may go beyond polite conversation but they are common everyday expressions. No stronger words are present in G-rated motion pictures. Depictions of violence are minimal. No nudity, sex scenes or drug use are present in the motion picture.

PG

Parental Guidance Suggested. Some Material May Not Be Suitable For Children.

 A PG-rated motion picture should be investigated by parents before they let their younger children attend. The PG rating indicates, in the view of the Rating Board, that parents may consider some material unsuitable for their children, and parents should make that decision. The more mature themes in some PG-rated motion pictures may call for parental guidance. There may be some profanity and some depictions of violence or brief nudity. But these elements are not deemed so intense as to require that parents be strongly cautioned beyond the suggestion of parental guidance. There is no drug use content in a PG-rated motion picture.

PG-13

Parents Strongly Cautioned. Some Material May Be Inappropriate For Children Under 13.

A PG-13 rating is a sterner warning by the Rating Board to parents to determine whether their children under age 13 should view the motion picture, as some material might not be suited for them. A PG-13 motion picture may go beyond the PG rating in theme, violence, nudity, sensuality, language, adult activities or other elements, but does not reach the restricted R category.

R

Restricted. Children Under 17 Require Accompanying Parent or Adult Guardian.

 An R-rated motion picture, in the view of the Rating Board, contains some adult material. An R-rated motion picture may include adult themes, adult activity, hard language, intense or persistent violence, sexually-oriented nudity, drug abuse or other elements, so that parents are counseled to take this rating very seriously. Children under 17 are not allowed to attend R-rated motion pictures unaccompanied by a parent or adult guardian

NC-17

No One 17 and Under Admitted.

 An NC-17 rated motion picture is one that, in the view of the Rating Board, most parents would consider patently too adult for their children 17 and under. No children will be admitted. An NC-17 rating can be based on violence, sex, aberrational behavior, drug abuse or any other element that most parents would consider too strong and therefore off-limits for viewing by their children

 

Sources: http://www.mpaa.org/ratings/what-each-rating-means

http://www.bbfc.co.uk/

Media Coursework- Film Trailer Draft

Published March 16, 2012 by Shanice Butler A2 Media Studies

Here is my first draft of my Film Trailer. Unfortunately their is no sound apart from a sound clip of which I downloaded from a website called http://www. freesound.org. It enables you to use a range of different sound effects to help create your trailer such as foot steps in leaves and wind. I received some of my inspiration from the existing trailer above and was hoping to use parts of the soundtrack once I had manage to overcome my sound problem. Hopefully for the final piece I will be able to do this. Overall I believe that I had made quite a good start and kept up the pace by cutting and shortening the clips.

Media Coursework- Film Poster Final Draft

Published February 7, 2012 by Shanice Butler A2 Media Studies

After deciding to add and alter a few things on my Film Poster, here is the final draft and hopefully will be the final copy of one of the supporting pieces. I have encountered another problem that I may to resolve which is the  ‘Legend of the Autumn Stone’ title, because it is white and it blends in at the end with the background. I have experimented with different colours that I believe will go with the colour scheme but then I thought It would look mismatched and busy which might spoil it. I have also found a better font which also reflects the fantasy genre. I prefer this one to the font in the previous draft as it was far too curly and is similar to the main title. I also like how it suits the nature theme of the poster where I think it relates to the trees and the jagged shapes that I have incorporated such as the leaves that glide around the page.

One of the most important things of a film poster is to make sure it contains a lot of colour and a good key image because that is what gives the first impression of a film. If people are attracted to what they see, it will increase the amount of hype and a bigger and wider audience will want to see it.

To make the main character seem more powerful and controlling over the audience, I have added some bright white glows around her using a brush and clicked on to it a few times to make it brighter. The information that you usually see on a film poster are actors and a director so I added more text and moved it further to the bottom so it didn’t, like the title blend in with the white on the other characters clothing. Now my poster is completed, I noticed that on my film trailer draft I have included the date the film will be released in 2012 but on my poster it says November 2011. So that all my products are consistant I have had to change the date my film will come out in cinemas on the poster and while I was doing this I decided to change the font  for the text because I felt that it brought more of the genre onto it and delicate where as it was prevously quite bold which I think is also key in attracting an audience.

Media Coursework- Magazine cover Final Draft

Published February 7, 2012 by Shanice Butler A2 Media Studies

This is the final draft magazine cover I have designed to promote my film. I have made sure that I have kept to my intended colour scheme and to protect copy righted images, have taken my own original pictures of my character. Whilst I was creating my magazine cover, I realised the consistancy of the theme through my pieces was going to be hard to follow since it is set in woodland and the colours are quite bright. However I decided to incorporate a pattern that I made on Illustration that used the same colours. The developments I have made since my last draft was I added more of the stars so that it flows round the title like the leaves on the poster. I also after noticing that some covers do this I have a line under each article to seperate them. I really like at the moment the headline above the masthead because I used a tool where I draw a line and I can then type on to it. I didn’t want to include too much on to the cover as it will look far too busy and will spoil the main image.

Magazine in Production