Shaheb Miah 12King’s 15.05.13
Evaluation for Trailer (Twisted Identity) I have nearly come to an end towards finishing my first year for AS Media studies, which I have learnt a lot in the process related to film making, editing and the whole film industry. The reason why I say this is because before I started media, I completely knew nothing about film making whatsoever. I believe I did pretty well in my first preliminary task in which I was required to produce a short film that consist a person opening a door and having dialogue with someone at a desk whilst seated on a chair. For my next task, which I will be explaining in depth is my trailer related to Gritty British Realism. This is the state or quality of being British, or of embodying British characteristics. This is also used to refer to that which binds and distinguishes the British people and forms the basis of their identity or simply to explain expressions of British Culture. This is numerous things such as habitats, behaviours or symbols that have a common familiar quality readily identifiable with the United Kingdom. So how exactly can you identify when a film is British? One way is to see if you can see if a film is made with British money and another way is to see if the films are using a British cast/crew. Therefore I know that Anuvahood is British film as I can clearly see that there is British money in the film, also the main character of the film is Adam Deacon, who is a well-‐known famous British actor. For my trailer I have decided to make the plot about a young teenage boy called Jamal who is living in the streets of London who desperately tries to get money the legal way. The way Jamal goes about this is simply trying to apply for jobs, going to interviews. However after being rejected, Jamal then realises that the only way he can make money is to sell drugs in the cold streets of London. The reason why I have decided to make my trailer about this particular plot is because this is very similar to what happens in Britain today of teenage boys who cannot get a job and then leads to illegal drug use. When making this trailer I had access to a lot of equipment such as tripods, guns, vehicles, drugs, etc. Having access to all of these resources made it a lot easier to film my trailer to its highest possible standards. The health and safety problems that I faced when making my trailer was ensuring that I had the camera strap strapped around my wrist at all times as when filming it can be easily dropped, which can lead to cameras braking as they are very fragile. The actors that that I casted in my trailer were easy to get hold of as they all studied in my sixth form, this made it extremely easy in managing them on what to do when certain specific scenes was needed to be filmed. When deciding actors for my film I needed to ensure that they suited the right part but not only have good acting skills, but to believe the persons role in my trailer. The costumes that I decided for each young teenager dealing drugs is to wear the normal hood look. This is something like jeans trainers and a hoodie as people who committee crimes tend to wear hoodies as it hides their identity. As my trailer includes Jamal going on a job interview I needed to ensure that both males in interview were wearing appropriate clothing.
Shaheb Miah 12King’s 15.05.13
I have filmed in various different locations for my trailer to create a more belief of the British realism. This is skateboard parks with graffiti, alley ways, parks and iconic landmarks. Due to the fact the genre of the trailer is British Culture it is vital that some scenes are in tower blocks and estates just to make it clear that you are filming a British film. The preparation for my trailer was very helpful when organizing the way I was going to produce my short film as it gave me clear construct idea of how I was going to produce my trailer. The first piece towards my trailer was to make my storyboard including: all the camera shots I am going to use, transitions, and mainly the whole plot of the film. At first when filming my scenes for my film, the storyboard became very useful as it made me very organize on how I was going to film my scenes with the appropriate camera shots. My film trailer had health and safety precautions to make such as when I was filming my trailer I needed to ensure that everyone who was filming did not get hurt. For example the scene where I’m using a car I needed to make sure the car was well driven at all times to prevent any accidents that could occur. As I was planning my trailer I had to produce, I needed to keep reminding myself that the genre of the trailer needed to be Gritty British Realism so I needed to always base all my scenes to this particular genre. The way I did this was to involve guns, drugs, British cars and young youths throughout my trailer. I presented my trailer to my class to get feedback and what they thought I could change about my trailer and what they liked. My teacher, Mr Esagio said that the background music in my trailer was too loud; therefore the voice over being played over the trailer was not very clear as I would have wanted to be. Other than that everyone else seemed to enjoy my trailer a lot as they said they could not take their eye off the screen the whole time it was being played. Compared to my preliminary film I can see massive improvements as my first film was not as half as interesting as my trailer is. The reason this is because I have a better understanding on how to use the software Final Cut Pro as when I was editing my first film I was not too keen on using the software as it was my first time using it ever and it took me some time to get the hang of it. The only thing that kind of got to me was how limited Final Cut Pro is in effects, sounds and transitions. I would of liked it more if I could get access to a more advanced software for future film making as it would make my work more professional.