Mini-evaluation: What has your role been in the filming process and what did you do differently in the first and second draft? Sound: 1st draft: A low pitched scream was used, however, it contrasted with the main characters voice and looked as if it didn’t suit. Although I tried to manipulate the sound, it still wasn’t perfect. The sound of the voice on the tape was also high pitched and didn’t come across a scary. Although the dialogue may have been, the sound didn’t suit it much. What I did differently: A new modified high pitched scream was used and it suited the main character more as whilst he was being dragged away the scream begins to decrease. Despite this, I still feel that it needs to be improved so I shall manipulate it more for the third draft. I added a subtle crow sound effect for when the friends are talking about the tape. It sounds natural but acts as a warning that something bad is about to happen. If it isn’t pointed out the audience will hardly notice it as they will be so embedded into the plot. Better dialogue in the beginning was used to explain the plot about the characters going to a Halloween party thus making sense as to why they go out. After the wallet had dropped and a transition was added to change the scene, I added an eerie sound effect to act as dramatic irony as it highlights the main character forgot his wallet and consequently will have to return back, but the sound highlights this will be a dangerous move and indicates something bad will take place when he does come back. The ending combines a neck click and the beginning of the tape. This was done to highlight the second character is going to fall as a victim and the cycle is happening all over again. What stayed the same and why: In the second scene where the main character is walking home, the lyrics say the word ‘dead or alive, even if I die tonight’. This was kept because it acts as irony for when he does die in the end. As well as this, the artist is British allowing there to be more of a link for representation for the audience as they would listen to this type of music. Mis-en-scene: 1st draft: Costume was important, and I believed having the antagonist remain anonymous would be effective as it would allow the make up to take all the attention. Using a cape with a hood allowed the face to be covered with the rest of the outfit being black. This is helpful as the antagonist blends in with the background and lowkey lighting. Make up was focused on creating a realistic mask like effect with blood to give the feeling of gore. This is important as it will be the only visible feature on the antagonist. Therefore, it must be vibrant and something which makes the audience feel disgusted whilst looking at it to help bring fear. A red top was worn on the main character to also act as irony to imply that he will inevitably meet his death. In the 2nd draft this all remained the same, as they all proved to work well. However, one difference was that the characters changed their clothes due to weather conditions proving difficult to record in, whilst they were wearing thin clothes. The settings all remained the same too, due to working
well. As well as this using a pumpkin was changed due to recording in different months. Some of the planning for mis-en-scene was easy to plan due to the plot being clear, for example we knew we wanted the main character to die, therefore by making him wear a red shirt it acted as irony. One thing that was difficult was lighting, as in my opinion you could barely see what was going on, on screen. We wanted to create the idea of mystery, however, the group all had different opinions on lighting, but I personally believe it should have been slightly brighter in order for the audience to understand what’s happening on screen without feeling confused. How do you plan to make changes to the final draft of your film? Sound: -The scream will have to be improved to instill fear and make the storyline come across as more realistic- this will be done either recording a new scream, manipulating the sound to suit the characters voice or get a recording off YouTube to match the scene. -I will research more sounds to add it into the movie. I believe the soundtrack doesn’t heighten tension and therefore doesn’t follow conventions. I need to add in more eerie music to create a fearful atmosphere whereby the characters feel worried to even look at the screen.
Published on Mar 14, 2018