Friday, 9 October 2015

Compare the impact and effectiveness of the trailer and poster of 30 Days of Night

The purpose of both the trailer and poster were designed to publicize the film and make people want to watch the film. The company has used synergy as both posters relate in some way. Both suggest a narrative, as they both have the vampires following them in some way. The poster uses a still image but uses elements from the trailer for example the axe he is holding is in the trailer. The trailer uses more sound to suggest bad things.  

The mise-en-scene is dark giving it a horror movie feel and the colour is de-saturated which suggests the cold and lifelessness of a dead body. The setting looks as if it is on ice and it also looks like it is snowing suggesting that the two characters are cold, vulnerable and the vampires have taken the blood. The snow could suggest that it is difficult to see and vulnerable; the storm clouds in the background suggest that trouble is coming.

The positioning of the two characters in the centre indicates they are the main characters. The man has a beard suggesting he is manly and doesn’t play by the rules as it is formal to have a clean shave; he’s a bit of a maverick cop. He has a sheriff badge on as well which suggests he has power also he is in front of the woman suggesting he is protecting her and she is more vulnerable despite the fact she has a gun. The woman is a stereotypical female victim, young and attractive which makes the audience think she is going to be the weak and vulnerable one. Their facial expressions suggest they are cautious and are nervous or scared of what is in front of them as they are looking in front of them. The fact that they are looking in front makes you think they are coming from the front but you can see that they are behind them and the text says ‘They’re coming…’ making the characters seem trapped and isolated this raises the question: how will they survive? This is the enigma that will attract the audience. The red blood splatter and weapons suggest that the film will be a violent one, and the vampire at the bottom suggests violence as well as his sharp teeth.

The title ’30 days of Night’ suggests there will be 30 days of darkness, vulnerability, coldness and the characters find it harder to see. The text on the red colour makes it look like someone has smeared the blood to write on it. The review of the movie makes people want to see the film as it is rated 4/5 stars by EMPIRE a popular film magazine. The language implies that it is a fast paced violent film to appeal to the typical horror film audience. The preview on Halloween makes it creepier as Halloween is the night of the dead giving it more of a fright factor. Columbia Pictures is a big production company meaning fans of this production company will want to see also Ghost Town Pictures are one of the production teams on here. The website is at the bottom of the poster so you can look up news for the film and to publicize the film and trailer.  

The trailer starts in a state of equilibrium. But the scene is full of things saying something bad will happen such as the dark mise-en-scene and the bad weather outside. The window draws your attention as you expect something to come through as it is extremely dark outside and very quiet. The woman standing in the kitchen looks tense or as if she is upset about something. It cuts to a man sitting on a sofa in the living room looking very tense, then back to the window where the woman I looking upset again this could suggest they have been fighting or something bad has happened as they are also in separate rooms. Something smashes through the window in an attempt to scare the audience. It is silent before the glass smash to give it more of an impact. It then cuts back to the man to show his startled reaction as he stands up quickly. It cuts back to woman being dragged through the window as the man follows her outside, and then to a scene of the man jumping toward where the woman is being dragged to, under the house. It then cuts to a close up of them holding on to each other, the camera then tracks out to the view of the woman, this is to put us on the shoes of the victim to share her emotions, being pulled under to see the man in desperation it then fades to black to suggest death and time passing by.

It cuts to a title card which is de-saturated and the colour pallet is blues and blacks, cold colours; all the warm colours are gone which can suggest cold, darkness or the vampires have drained the blood.

A text card appears saying, ‘They have lived in shadows’ and then it fades to black between the shots and shows two people in a high angle shot as if they are looking down on the village they are also in black suggesting they are the bad guys. The mise-en-scene also suggests they are the bad guys as it is extremely dark. There is no light in the village which can suggest that the village is lifeless or vulnerable and asleep. The shot of a vampire bending over a victim tilts to make it unnerving and another title card shows saying ‘but above the arctic circle’ meaning it will be extremely cold and dark. It then dissolves to a shot of piles of snow and again into a high angle shot of the village where people are walking to make them seem vulnerable; the clouds are low to make it look menacing and are stormy to suggest trouble.

A title card appears saying, ‘Where nights last 30 days.’ This makes it more menacing because the audience know that vampires live at night and gives the background of the movie it then fades to black then fades up into an extreme long shot of a man by himself to suggest he is isolated and the dark mise-en-scene is suggesting that something bad will happen; it then cuts to a shot of a close up of the man and someone behind him who is blurred to make him more menacing. A montage of quick shots follows and a wind and eerie sound thrills the audience. The last shot is a horrifying one of a mouth wide open with sharp teeth and blood. It fades to black then another title card saying, ‘Their time has come again.’ This suggests that this has happened before and that the vampires are coming to attack them. It fades to black to suggest that time has passed.

You then see the hero policeman driving through the arctic and he gets a message saying he is needed at the jail. It cuts to the jail with a man behind jail bars suggesting he is trapped then the shot reverses to the policeman as if he is behind the bars. This is a visual theoretical question: who is trapped? The man in jail or the policeman? The man in jail says ‘Board the windows, try to hide, they’re coming.’ It cuts from him to the policeman each time he says some words and on each cut to his face the camera zooms in bringing the audience a bit closer to his face. You see that his teeth are damaged, deranged and dirty which would make you think of the vampires and if he has a connection in some way. There is a close up of a detective saying ‘Who are they?’ and behind him you see a blurry figure (a vampire) outside through the blinds, the blinds suggest that the detectives are trapped. You can then hear it breathing giving a very eerie atmosphere. There is a montage of lights going out in the town to thrill the audience and make them vulnerable as they can’t see.

A title card says, ‘Based on the ground-breaking graphic novel’ which is a selling point for people who already like the novel and also it is in red to with connotations of blood and violent content of the film.

 There is then another montage of shots of the victims looking scared and hiding; including a boy at the beginning of the montage which will make you have more sympathy as it is a boy by himself and a small boy by himself is a vulnerable target as well as it being in a high long shot signifying he is vulnerable. Similarly, there is a woman screaming help which shows vulnerability. The non-diegetic sound of a steady beating heart gradually grows louder symbolising fear.

A title card contains the name of producer Sam Raimi, this is a selling point for fans of his work, Raimi is a big American movie producer he produced the ‘Evil Dead’ and ‘The Grudge’ This is another selling point as fans of Raimi’s work will be interested. The ‘I’ on his name drips down like blood and because it is in red again it represents blood.

There is then a close up of a bloody vampire mouth to show violence and danger, followed by a edit to a close up of the young female police officer saying vampires don’t exist, which is a cliché and shows that she doesn’t want to believe in them. It cuts to a close up of a vampire’s hand and its nails. The nails are bloody and dirty and overgrown making them more like claws which shows danger and violence.

Music with a steady driving beat starts creating tension, there is then a quick fade to black and up to the man in jail saying ‘It ain’t the weather, its death approaching,’ with him behind bars to represent him being trapped. There is then a fast-paced montage of images of vampires killing/taking people and scared faces of humans to build tension and excitement.

The music starts to crescendo; the text card says ‘how can they be stopped?’ This is a rhetorical question only answered by going to see the film again a selling point for the movie. Another montage of images of destruction follows and one is of the policeman saying ‘we can last the month meaning he is a beacon of hope for the group. ‘When daylight never comes,’ shows that they will be in darkness making them vulnerable.

There is another montage of death and destruction and the music grows quicker and the pace of editing gets to increase excitement and give the audience a rush of adrenaline. There is a crescendo building to the peak of the woman’s scream so her fear has more of an impact on the audience. This builds up to the final scare as the vampire is about to bite and a woman screams. The fade to black to suggests the woman has died. The title then comes on the screen and looks as if it is a blood smear. The billing block and the link to website come up so people can go to the website and follow updates on the film.

In conclusion the trailer is more effective than the poster because the trailer gives more of a sense of story with sound and moving images this gives more of an impact to the audience. The trailer uses a high-pitched crescendo up to the peak of a woman screaming this gives more emphasise on the scare. The poster does have similar aspects such as the website link and similar dark mise-en-scene and iconographic images. Both the poster and trailer will be linked to a larger marketing company which will be based in the websites hub.  




Thursday, 2 April 2015

Extracting an image with photoshop

Original Image
Cropped Image
Quick Selection Tool

Mask Tool
Tick the 'Smart Radius' Box and adjust the slider to add hair back

Final Piece

Thursday, 18 December 2014


How does the opening of CSI: One Hit Wonder attract the audience?

In the CSI episode One Hit Wonder there is a Peeping Tom who is spying on girls and then he sexually assaults a girl in the opening and then starts to rape women later on in the episode.

The audience’s expectations of CSI are similar as all episodes begin in a similar fashion because they use all the typical conventions of the horror/Thriller genre this makes the audience build up their expectations and anticipation of who might be the victim or who will be the killer in the current episode.

In the opening of One Hit Wonder it starts in a high long shot view of Las Vegas to imply that anybody in that area could be a victim then it uses a quick fade to white then to another shot of the city to unnerve the audience. The diegetic sounds are used such as the police sirens to symbolise fear or a threat in the city.

The episode then graphic matches the city to a table with bottles on it this makes the audience think that the city is trapped in a way as the buildings are inside the bottles and this means that the city can be moved at someone’s own will.

Quickly, there is a fade to black and a fade up, this shows you a room with a red towel which represents violence then it shows you a pair of trainers and the single pair means that there is one person in the apartment. This shows that this person is vulnerable and open to an attack. The camera then pans through the rom the director uses this to suggest that someone else is there; the sound is also used to create an eerie atonal sound. The audience would then think that the woman in the apartment is the victim or something will happen.

There is then a dissolve then the camera tracks towards the bed, the angle of the camera is looking down on the women making her look Vulnerable and weak and as if someone is looking down on her, the mise-en-scene adds to the scene because of the darkness in the room making her more vulnerable in the dark because she can’t see, the shot then fades to black implying that it is over.

The shot fades up to a close up of the young women; this is used to make the audience want to see the surroundings as they will be curious to the surroundings because the noises add to this as you can hear the sound of a door unlock and then a patio door or window sliding open. You then see her wake up and she slowly turns her head around, the camera angle is high making her look vulnerable, you can hear a low string sound which suggests that something is there or something is wrong. Then you see her go down the stairs and as she walks down them you see the bars form the shadow of the window this suggests she is trapped, you then see the woman is dressed in her underwear to show that she is sexually attractive, young and vulnerable making her an easy target. You see the door is shut implying that everything is fine and or the person inside has left the apartment.

There is a draught turning over the pages of a magazine this suggests there is an intrusion in the room, she then looks at the fan and the director cuts to a high angle shot through the fan making it seem as if someone is watching her through bars suggesting she is trapped. She then turns to look at the fan switch and there are marks on the switch suggesting that someone has turned the fan on as a crescendo happening as well.

There is then a cut back to the woman in a medium shot in the middle of the frame, this will make her seem alone and vulnerable because no one else is there to help her. The director then cuts to a shot from under the table looking up at her looking at the table then uses a focus pull to the glass which has been spilt and a crescendo builds up toward the glass suggesting someone who is not the women has done this and to build up the tension. There is then cut to her framed next to the door showing her reaction which is scared she shows this by pulling her hands up to her head and gasps.

The director then jump cuts/zooms toward the door handle and as this is happening you can hear screaming in a crescendo as we get closer to the door handle another jump cut happens and special effects shot to go through the woman’s lock to her neighbours key hole and then another special effect shot happens though the neighbours key hole this puts the audience  on edge and continues into her bedroom where a man is harassing her, the man is holding her down on the bed in an unreal blue light then see the man jumping off of the bed and you see his shoe, this makes the audience wonder who the man is as you have evidence to who it might be because of his shoe sole.




Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Clips of the Wilhelm Scream By Scott Wright

The Wilhelm scream is a film and television stock sound effect that has been used in more than 200 movies, beginning in 1951 for the film Distant Drums when in a scene from the film, soldiers are wading through a swamp in the Everglades, and one of them is bitten and dragged underwater by an alligator.. The scream is often used when someone is shot, falls from a great height, or is thrown from an explosion. The sound is named after Private Wilhelm, a character in The Charge at Feather River, a 1953 western in which the character gets shot. The video above has good examples of the Wilhelm scream.

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Sinister - Official Trailer 2012

Sinister is a good example of these edits.


Editing helps construct the narrative. We are so used to editing we barely notice it. Editing is usually ''invisible''. Editing can be used to condense long, boring activities in to quick  bursts of visual information. A simple edit is called a cut it is called this because it cuts to different parts of film getting of bits you don't need. In the assassination scene in North by Northwest from Roger Thornhill getting in the taxi and to the scene where he is looking down from the UN building there are 26 cuts, this is there so you can focus on the reactions of people. The pace of editing can be used to create excitement and tension for example in the shower scene of Psycho when Marion is being stabbed the pace is fast but as she dies the pace gets slower.
Types of editing
  • Dissolve: dissolve is when a scene dissolves into another scene.
  • Fade out/in: fading is when one scene fades to a complete black then another fades in.
  • Wipes: Wiping is where one scene wipes across another scene revealing/ replacing the next one this can happen from any direction
  • Iris:  An iris replaces the last scene by appearing from the centre like an iris of the eye
  • Jump cuts: Jump cuts are when two scenes that feature common elements right after one another so something stays the same but the rest changes. This is used for disorienting or comedy effects.    
The cuts in North by Northwest
The ''Sinister'' trailer is a good example of these editing types.