Monday, 13 May 2013

What have you learned from your audience feedback?

The results of the open questionnaires were a good opportunity for me to understand from an outside perspective what the good and bad qualities of the trailer are. 
One of the things that was clear through the questionnaire results was the negative aspects of the acting quality in the film. 

There were a few comments on the scenes with the mother character because of it not fitting with the structure and fluent rhythm of the trailer. 

However, there were some really good comments about the sound and quality of some shots in trailer. The impact it had upon how scary the trailer is was made clear to the audience, which was one of my main goals when working out the technical codes in the planning stages. 

The majority of the audience responses in the open questionnaire was positive about the project and agreed that they would recommend the film to others and would go see it if it were in cinemas. This was useful as a review because some of these responses were from people who do not particularly enjoy horror as a film genre. 

Results of Closed Questionnaire

The results of the closed questionnaire showed positive feedback, which was very impressive but I was content with the honesty in peoples answers, stating that some of them did not like some of the aspects of the trailer. For example, the results showed that 3/5 people responded stating the quality of the footage was the least effective. This was a good chance for me to evaluate that there were some aspects of the trailer that weren't as effective as intended.


This a print screen of the event we made on a social networking site in order to gain an audience for our media screening. We felt this would be appropriate because it was a good way to contact a wide range of people who would be interested in media products and also to gain some peer reviews of our work. 

Open Questionnaire For Trailer Screening

In order to gain audience feedback, we were assigned to produce an open and closed questionnaire. These are the questionnaires that I produced and distributed to my audience.

I thought it would be appropriate to produce both forms of questionnaire in order to gain both quantitative and qualitative data.

Closed Questionnaire For Trailer Screening

Closed Questionnaire

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

How effective is the combination of your main product and ancillary tasks?

Thursday, 2 May 2013


·         Nightmare

·         Waking up scared

·         Underpass, walking along

·         Mother dialogue

·         Looking at photographs

·         Killer is following her and as soon as she turns and gets a glimpse of him, there is a flash and he disappears

·         Mother dialogue

·         Open door to reveal mask on the door step

·         Protagonist kneels down and picks up the mask

·         Mother dialogue

·         Girl being chased down alleyway

·         Walking down tunnel

·         Look at the camera

·         Girl strangles mother and is then restrained

·         Running through the woods

·         Title

·         Girl walks toward camera wearing the mask

·         Credits

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Production Schedule

This week, my group and I intend to film two scenes from the plan this week in order to edit them into the already edited 40 seconds of footage. This will take place on Wednesday 13th March and Friday 15th March.
Scene Plans and Ideas

Scene 3 plan:

Location: Field

Concept: girl is to walk through the field barefoot, covered in blood and clothes ragged, expression vacant and face pale with dark circles and cuts

Shots: close up of face, feet, medium shot from the front and back of her,

Scene 4 plan:

Location: underpass

Concept: girl is to be walking through the tunnel

Shots:  camera is to follow her from behind to make it look like something is behind her

Scene 5 plan:

Location: bed

Concept: girl is screaming, very short clip

Shots: zooming close up

Scene 6 plan:

Location: Office

Concept: protagonist is being interview by her therapist, things get heated and she throws a fit and storms out

Shots: over the shoulder shot of both characters, close up of girl talking about dream

Scene 7 plan:

Location: kitchen

Concept: protagonist is arguing with her mother then the image changes to the killer but you audience can’t see him properly; therefore the girl goes to attack her mother.

Shots: over the shoulder shot, medium shot, shoulder shot

Scene 8 plan:

Location: field

Concept: sitting shaking and crying in the corner with tears in her eyes and then starts seeing flashing images

Shots: close up and extreme close up


End scene plan:

Location: hallway

Concept: girl is backed into a corner in the hallway and the killer is finally revealed in the trailer




Friday, 15 February 2013

Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Image of Shots in Our 30 Second Footage
Horror Trailer Update

On Friday 1st February, we showed 30 seconds of our footage to our teacher, which recieved very positive feedback. In that 30 seconds, we inserted tracks we had found that would fit the tone of the trailer, with sound effects creating a dark atmosphere. Along with that, the effects on the visual footage were created to add variation to the piece and text to indicate the outline of the narrative.
Original Image                                                                                  Edited Image
During the editing stages of my first ancillary task, my teacher and I debated whether the images for the poster should be larger and more closed in. Therefore I am deciding on which image to use as my final design.

Practice Shots for Ancillary Task 2: Magazine Cover

Monday, 4 February 2013

Production Schedule 4th – 8th February 2013


Monday – No work for media on this day because all students involved in the group are in lessons.


·        Photographs for ancillary tasks will be taken during the morning periods to be edited onto our magazine covers

·        A scene will be able to be filmed if there is enough time on that morning

Wednesday – Reece will be in lessons, Ryan will be working on I.T and I will try to edit my ancillary task and update my blog.

Thursday – Lessons during the morning periods for all students and the afternoon media lesson is focused on the discussion of British film.

Friday – We intend to all work through filming some key scenes in our trailer and manage to edit that footage into the final project if possible.

Thursday, 24 January 2013

Filming Update

This has been a difficult week for filming because there have been some severe weather conditions, therefore we have been unable to film anymore footage because our locations are outdoors and it is unsafe to carry equipment through the snow.

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Production Schedule 1

Monday: Intention was to film, but unfortunately the weather has ruined our opportunity because the location was an outside scene, therefore this has to be re-scheduled.

Tuesday: If possible, we would like to be able to edit the footage that we have so far.

Wednesday: Ryan and Reece have an ICT exam, whereas I will be trying to edit more footage during my morning free periods.

Thursday: There will nothing that can be done today as we are all in lessons.

Friday: Ryan and Reece have an ICT exam and I have an English exam but more editing will be done afterwards until home study.


Thursday, 10 January 2013


Director/Actress/Track Editor: Sarah Watson

Producer/Actor/Editor: Ryan Willis

Executive Producer/Camerman: Reece Beveridge

These are the roles of everyone within our group. We maintain and establish the jobs that are necessary to drive this project to the deadline, with use of electronic technology like cameras, tripods, steady-cams and using the MAC computers to edit the footage with iMovie, Photoshop for images and Logic for the sound tracks and sound effects.

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Horror Trailer Track 2

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Horror Trailer Track 1

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Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Plan for Scene 2: Photograph

Narrative: the scene fades in from the blank screen after the end of scene 1. Jamie is looking through some old photo albums, when she comes across an old photograph that shows her grandmother as child, with the killer discreetly visible in the background standing in the window. Upon realizing this, she calls her father into the room, who looks at the photo, then crumples it up and storms out of the room.
The reason there is no speech in this scene is because I think it will clutter the trailer, when my intention is to avoid it from being too cluttered and for the audience to focus on the main aspects of the story line.

  • ·         extreme close up of the photograph to show the killer
  • ·         low angled shot of her looking at the photograph
  • ·         medium shot of the mother when asked a question
  • ·         high angled shot of Jamie
  • ·         over the shoulder shot of her

  • ·         daytime lighting
  • ·         possibly in either the kitchen or the living area

Monday, 7 January 2013


My locations for this project are largely based around a domestic environment considering the trailer looks at the changes in a particular persons life. Therefore, the final locations that I have planned are:


  • Bedroom - this room will give good outlook to the scenes that include the main protagonist dreaming considering the room is rather dark.
  • Bedroom 2 - this room is appropriate for the use of showing a casual and comfortable scene, for example looking through the photographs to locate the killers origin.
  • Tunnel Alleyway - this will be a good location to use because it is in a confined space and when filming at night, it can be useful as creating a fear factor for the trailer. I think that there will be many shots used here because it can be used in a variety of ways.
Despite it being a home environment, the intention is to isolate the character from many of the comforting aspects of life, making her look alone and creating anticipation for the killer.