Archive | October 2013

Trailer 3 – The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

The third film I have decided to analyse is a Horror genre film, ‘The Texas Chainsaw Massacre’. Music played on is quite slow and is contrast to the tone of the clip being played with the people being quite happy and the music being slow and less upbeat. The tone of the music quickly changes and reflects the clip being displayed which is fear and it speeds up keeping the viewer on the edge of their seat. The chainshaw is displayed and is a key object in this film as it is part of the film title it symbolizes fear , scare and death. A montage of clips which all quickly fade out follows of scenes of fear be displayed only revealing enough to give the viewer a high awareness of danger. It’s left on suspense as well to encourage the viewer to watch the movie when it is released.


Trailer 2 – Rocky Balboa

The second film I have decided to analyse is a sport genre film, ‘Rocky Balboa’
Whilst introducing the studios involved with the film a voice over is displayed on top ‘It isn’t about how hard you hit, it’s about how hard you can get hit’. This represents the tone of the film linked to boxing and resilience. Action based high tempo music is used next to help introduce two amazing boxers. Close up on one of the males face after journalists predict a Rocky Balboa victory, the purpose of this is to closely see his facial expression. The music drops in tempo but then quickly increases in tempo soon after. Later in the trailer a montage technique is used to show a short sequence of clips of the boxer training and preparing for the fight. This clip ends the viewer on suspense with the fight cutting out midway through to also help persuade the viewer to watch the film when it is fully released.

Trailer 1 – Fast and Furious 5

I have 3 genres in mind to base my 5 minute film around.

The first trailer I have decided to analyse is an action genre film, ‘Fast and Furious 5’. It starts off setting the location with a bird’s eye view shot of the ‘Christ Redeemer’ therefore as the viewer we automatically know it’s set in Brazil. Nervy music sets an anxious, mysterious tone perhaps to build up tension. Throughout the Trailer shows a series of clips of action with gun violence, car chases and getaways. The high pace action on show is reflected the music being played in the background it is high tempo music. The trailer ends with a getaway with the cops and cuts out and displays ‘Coming Soon’ the purpose of this is to create suspense for the viewer so that it helps persuade the viewer to watch it when the movie is actually fully released.

Film Idea’s

Here are 5 possible film idea’s I have thought of to use when producing my actual film.

Idea 1:
It will start off as character one being told I’m not good enough for the school football team and from then on it shows character one preparing to get back in to the team involving the character going to the gym and practicing until I character ready enough to get back into the team and ends up getting into the team with a man of the match performance.

Idea 2:
Based in the woods and shows a murder take place, the next day the area is shut off due to police investigation but character one take things into his own hands by finding some evidence left behind and then discovering who the killer is. Character one takes the heroic role by capturing the killer (character two) and then takes him to the police station for a reward.

Idea 3:
A documentary style presented film in which it shows the life of everyday encounters of character one including his life at school with his friends and teacher of his subjects. Also including his home-life of what character one gets up two and what character one does one the weekend comes around.

Idea 4:
After character one receives a threat in school on a piece of paper found in his bag ‘you’re next’. Character one proceeds in his everyday school life being cautious and anxious. Constantly looking behind and round each corner for wait awaits him. After character one finishes his after school club he then leaves the school premises to go home but doesn’t go so smoothly when walking his is stalked and killed. His killer isn’t to be seen anywhere and is still on the run.

Idea 5:
Based in the school and character one takes up the role of being the teachers pet and the undercover snitch. One day his plan backfires on him as his notes are left behind and is soon found out. His classmates have a plan in store for him. At the end of one his lessons character one is dragged to the toilet and is given a ‘swirly’. After this dramatic experience he changes his ways and is no longer a snitch.

Narrative Theory Applied

Claude Levi Strauss:
His research has been adapted by media theorists to reveal underlying themes and symbolic oppositions in media texts. In our film there are different themes with the good being the studying student and the bad being the bully. Also places of setting represent different themes with the study room being a peaceful place in contrast to the bike shed which represents where the victim is going to be bullied.

Bulgarian literacy theorist suggests most narratives start with a state of equilibrium in which life is ‘normal’ and protagonists happy. This state of normality is disrupted by an outside force, which has to fight against in order to return to the state of the equilibrium. This model can be applied to my film in which the equilibrium is a normal school day for Ben who is studying, disequilibrium occurs when Ben becomes a victim of bullying when his lunch money and homework is stolen by a bully. The new equilibrium is after Ben lives his future school life every day in fear and scare due to the bullying which took place.

Vladmir Propp:
He was a Russian critic and literary theorist and he analysed over 100 Russian fairy tales in the 1920s. He explored the characters in different fairy tales and examined their roles and functions. In my film there are two main characters in contrast to Propps 7. Ben being the focused school student is the victim and there is Curtis as the school bully. Although there is not 7 types of characters in my film there are clear characters roles can be easily classified.

Was a French Semiologist. Suggested that narrative works with 5 different codes of themes represented in a narrative which can be displayed in Items. This model can be applied to our film as the main item with significance is the money when it was taken from the student to the bully. As it has high value it can represent power.

What is Narrative Theory?

Narrative is the way in which a story is told both fictional and non-fictional media texts.

Vladimir Propp – He was a Russian Critic and literary theorist. He said it was possible to classify the characters and their actions into clearly defined roles and functions. He discovered seven different types of characters involved with films. The Villain (who struggles against the hero), The Donor (prepares the hero or gives the hero some magical object), The Helper (Assists the hero throughout), The Princess and Father (The Two characters in which the hero tries to please), The Dispatcher (character who makes the lack known and sends the hero off), The Hero or victim/seeker Hero (reacts to the donor, weds the princess) and lastly the False Hero (takes credit for the hero’s actions or tries to marry the princess).

Todorov – He was a Bulgarian literary theorist. Suggests 3 stages of equilibrium in narratives. The first equilibrium is normal in which life is normal and nothing strange. The second is dis-equilibrium in which the state of normality is disrupted and the third is the outcome to restore the normality of the first equilibrium which then is the new one. This stage could be positive or negative.

Barthes – French semiologist, he suggests that narrative works with five different codes which activate the reader to make sense of it. The five codes he discovered were Action, Enigma, Symbolic, Semic and Cultural.

Claude Levi-Strauss – Social Anthropologist. He examined how stories unconsciously reflect the values, beliefs and myths of the culture. This expressed in Binary Opposition. A conflict between two qualities or terms, for example woodland area can represent fear and scare but on the other hand in a house can represent security and safety.