Section 5: Film Reviews

5.1 

Please post a short film review of approximately 250 – 500 words in length. You are welcome to upload or make use of the framework provided in Rupert’s class. 

‘Wasp’ (2003) explores the story of a typical working class white British woman, showing what her daily life is like. The character Zoe is then shown to find another character attractive, leaving her children alone to go and talk to him, and the two agree on having a date together. As the story is linear and takes place over one day. Later that night, as she cannot leave her children alone at home, she takes them to the pub with her and leaves them outside, abandoning them once more. She hadn’t told her date about having four young children, which leads to surprise when he sees her with them later that night.

The film includes a lot of dialogue; at the start, she is mainly speaking to her children, however toward the end, she is speaking more to her date, although he also abandons her, as he hardly speaks to her on their date, isolating her. There is also some background music throughout the film, especially during the pub scene and just before the credits, perhaps to emphasise the connection the mother and her children have, as they sing together numerous times throughout the film. The director Andrea Arnold also includes many close ups, especially of the mother Zoe and her new boyfriend.

‘Wasp’ shows what reality is like for British people in working class areas, showing how they have to balance social life with family and may find it hard due to their difficulty financial circumstances.

 

5.2 

Please post a review of a feature film production of your choice (British or World cinema). Make sure to comment on the narrative structure, as well as sound, camera, lighting and editing choices.

David Fincher’s ‘The Social Network’ tells the story of Mark Zuckerberg’s creation of Facebook during his time at Harvard. The story is not linear, as it regularly goes to the future when Zuckerberg is being sued by the Winklevoss twins and Eduardo Severin.

The lighting in the film is generally almost always quite dark, with a blue-green hue. This may have been done to show how the relationships Zuckerberg has are quite cold, and includes a hint of jealousy – both of him being jealous of Eduardo’s popularity and Eduardo’s jealousy of him working with others and abandoning him.

Aaron Sorkin’s dialogue is fast paced and witty, showing how Zuckerberg is thinking at a million miles per second. The first scene is riddled with misunderstandings between him and his then-girlfriend just before she breaks up with him; he changes the subject of the conversation at lightning speed while she is still stuck on the previous topic due to his fast paced nature.

Zuckerberg is almost always in the far corner of the shot, perhaps to show how disconnected he is from everyone.

‘The Social Network’ is an addictive film based loosely on real-life events, making it much more enthralling. The direction shows the characters’ personalities and feelings effectively, with the dialogue interconnecting perfectly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Section 4: Technical Skills

4.1 

What are the resources required for your film production (think about equipment, props, actors, location etc) 

 

Equipment:

  • Camera
  • Lens
  • Monitor
  • Light bulb (hanging from ceiling)
  • Smoke machine

Props:

  • Table
  • 2 Chairs
  • Hat
  • Cigarette
  • Ashtray

Actors:

  • Ben Cawley – Investigator
  • Owen Frost – Suspect

 

4.2 

What is your key role and what are the skills and equipment required to fulfil it?

 My key role is director, and the skills needed to fulfil this role is to communicate well with others in the crew to get ideas across clearly. I also need to make sure that the crew understand what it is I want them to be doing to get the best possible result. I also need to understand how the equipment on the day of the shoot work so that I can give suggestions and tell the crew my ideas better so they can understand. 

 

What is your supporting role and what are the skills and equipment required to fulfil it?

My supporting role on one the films is behind the scenes videographer. The skills I need for this role are to make sure I get appropriate shots and videos of the filmmaking process for the film, and to get shots of most, if not all, parts of the making of the film so that there is more choice when it comes to editing it.

 

4.3 

How do you feel you performed your roles on set? What were your strengths and what were any challenges you faced? 

 The Worst Kind of People: 

As director, I had to communicate with everyone on set and tell them what I wanted to happen, according to the assistant director’s schedule. The tutors said that my strengths were collaborating with the director of photography on a regular basis, which I agree with, as we both agreed on shots and the lighting. The challenges were that I regularly cut too early, meaning when it came to editing, it wasn’t particularly easy when finding different angles for reaction shots.

Spaghetti/Good Food: 

On this shoot, my role was behind the scenes videographer. At first, the challenge was getting used to using the camera, as I had never used this particular type of DSLR. However, I was soon able to use it without any difficulties and achieved some shots that I am happy with.

 

 

How do you think your skills and knowledge developed in this role? Give examples 

The Worst Kind of People: 

I learnt that, as director, you need to co-operate with other departments and communicate with them in order to get your ideas across. Additionally, I learnt how a shoot day works and how shots are set up.

 

4.5 

Following completion of the Film Academy, please give examples of film production skills that you would like to develop. Did you have any particular strengths or weaknesses on the course? 

Section 3: Working Relationships

3.1 

Why is teamwork important when working on a film production?

 

Teamwork when working on a film production is important, because it helps the movie get made, as everyone in all the different departments knows what has been done, what is being done at the moment, and what needs to be done afterwards. This allows the production to advance and move forward, making sure everything is happening on time, as time is money, and there is no space for any waste.

 

How did you develop good working relationships with your crew members? Give examples

 During the production of ‘The Worst Kind of People’, I was constantly in collaboration with the director of photography, making sure we got the shots we wanted and we communicated this to the other crew members, especially the camera operator.

I was also communicating regularly with the first assistant director, to let her know whether we were going for a rehearsal or a take, so that the rest of the crew knew what was happening.

Were there any problems you needed to overcome? Give examples

Toward the end of the shoot, airplanes were flying above the studio, and so we had to wait for them all to pass. This took a very long time, and we were very near to the deadline of our shoot before we managed to achieve the final shot of the film.

3.2 

What qualities are needed to work well with others on a film production?

In order to work well with others on a film production, everyone must communicate with each other so that problems are overcome as soon as they arise, so as to not waste time.

As well as this, another quality is having a work ethic, as filming can take a very long time, and this can make sure that things get done, even if you are tired. Therefore, filming can end of schedule.

Finally, another quality is organisation, as this allows everyone on the crew to have an understanding of what needs to be done on the day, and gives everyone an idea of how long everything will take.

Section 2: Professional Development

2.1 

Please upload or summarise the crew test you did with Rupert

1st AD – Scheduling the film, breaking down the script, making a shot list

Boom Op – Holding the boom mic, recording the atmosphere, make sure the boom isn’t in the shot

D.O.P. – Cinematography, lighting scene and choosing the shot

Production Manager – Budgeting and finance, overseeing finance

Editor – Editing film together according to the script

Director – Overseeing all creative aspects of the production

Script Supervisor – Makes notes about shots and director’s comments, continuity, write time codes, close with clapper loader

Camera Op – Operating/using the camera

 

2.2

 Describe the structure and interrelationships of the production department. You can use a diagram or similar if you wish 

The director and D.O.P. work together closely and collaborate in order to compromise on shots they want for the film, and the D.O.P. then works with the lighting and camera crew to achieve the shots. All departments need guidance from the director, and the 1st AD makes sure things are going according to plan, and that every department knows what they are doing. The departments all also work together so that they know what they are each doing.

 

2.3 

Describe at least 2 potentional progression routes into the film industry (e.g. university, apprenticeships, entry level work, film festivals etc)

 

 

What do you plan to do when the academy is finished?

 

 

Briefly describe the job of one of your tutors, and what they have done in their career

 

 

 

2.4 

What is the wider creative media sector? (think about music, costume, advertising, animation, theatre, games etc)

The wider creative media sector is a section in the media industry which is involved in the music, theatre and games industries, for example. They are involved in creating visuals for music videos, for instance, as well as gaming visuals, amongst other things.

 

Explain how film production connects to the wider creative media sector

The internet plays a big part in linking film production and the wider creative media sector, as there is a very large target group. For example, crowd funding is an inclusive and easy way to earn money for all sorts of projects, as people can gain an audience who support them and their ventures, meaning they can help them succeed in their goals.

***you might find the following link helpful for completing this section:

http://creativeskillset.org/creative_industries 

Section 1: Film Industries

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1.1

What is it like working in the film industry?

The film industry is fast paced and therefore you have to be quick on your feet and make sure everything happens according to the schedule. This can make things stressful, but if everything is done according to schedule, then things will go smoothly.

Furthermore, it is about teamwork, especially in this fast paces environment. Different departments of the crew must collaborate in order to diffuse the stress and create something everyone will be proud of, once the film is completed. Working in the film industry is hard work, and you have to have thick skin in order to make it through, otherwise people will walk all over you unless you have a backbone and stick to what you want, and this can help you succeed.

Give 10 examples of qualities you need to work in the film industry

  1. Communication
  2. Decisiveness
  3. Problem solving
  4. Handle pressure well
  5. Creative
  6. Patient
  7. Open-minded
  8. Quick on your feet
  9. Good listener
  10. Understand the technology

***The links below may help if you need more info after your masterclass with Rupert:

Useful for job roles and progression as well as information about the industry
http://creativeskillset.org/creative_industries/film/about_the_industry

Good introduction to working in the industry
https://www.reed.co.uk/career-advice/how-to-get-a-job-in-the-film-industry/

Further articles:
10 commandments of film making

Seven arts of working in film
Essential personal traits of filmmakers
Top 10 qualities of a great filmmaker

1.2 

Why is time management important in the film industry? 

 

If things do not happen on time and go over the schedule, then there will be problems because the entire schedule will need shifting. If shooting on location, then the location manager would have to ask for permission for extra time shooting, which might not be allowed. Therefore, time management is important in the film industry because otherwise, it would be very difficult to finish the film.

Give at least 4 examples of good time management skills

  1. Decision making
  2. Problem solving
  3. Teamwork
  4. Strategic thinking

***please upload the call sheets for your two shoots, and any other production documentation (schedules etc)

BFI Academy CALLSHEET Spaghetti 29 OctBFI Academy CALLSHEET Worst Kind Oct 28BFI Academy Risk Assessment WORST KIND 28 OctBFI Academy Risk Assessment SPAGHETTI 29 OctCopy of SPAGHETTI by MACY TRIEU-DINGLE[4]Role Allocations Worst KindRole Allocations SpaghettiTHE WORST KIND OF PEOPLE – Gokul Ajith[2]

 

 

 

 

1.3 

Describe the key aspects of health and safety when working on film productions 

 

It’s important to look where you’re going, as there are a lot of heavy and expensive equipment around which will be very hard to replace.

If in a rush, people might not look where they’re going properly or will miss a hazard, and therefore might trip over equipment and injure themselves, so it’s important to move things out of the way and put them where they belong, or just push them aside away from everyone.

Describe at least 3 health and safety considerations for your own film

  1. The surroundings may be dark, so it is important to have adequate lighting so everyone can see their surroundings and won’t injure themselves.
  2. If everyone is in a rush, it’s important and safe to put certain equipment in a different place so that no one will get injured if they don’t see it.
  3. Certain equipment may be heavy, such as the camera, and people should be careful when lifting them and if they find it difficult, they should ask for help from others.

***please upload the risk assessment for your primary shoot

1.4 & 1.5 

***please summarise or upload the copyright information you learned in your first editing class with Tom

Why does copyright law exist?

 

To protect individuals’ original work from being copied/stolen without their consent.

What kind of work is covered by copyright?

  •  Literary (e.g. lyrics, manuscripts, articles)
  • Dramatic (e.g. plays)
  • Artistic (e.g. photography)
  • Film

What might happen if you were to use copyrighted material in your film?

 

If copyrighted material is used, you may be sent to court and have to pay a fine of up to £50,000, or serve jail time in some serious cases.

How can you make sure not to infringe copyright law in your film?

 

In order to not infringe copyright law, you must make sure that you have properly licensed the material and have permission from anyone directly involved in the making of the copyrighted material.

How has copyright law affected your film production?

 

Copyright law has not affected my film production, as we have used only our own original content for the entire production.

***You might also find the following links useful to complete this section:

http://copyrightuser.org/filmmaker/ 

https://www.copyrightservice.co.uk/copyright/p01_uk_copyright_law