The Team

We are Flatline Films and we are currently in the process of producing our debut film 'Roadside'.

Director - George Gamble

Producer - Roam Hamilton

Cinematographer - Harry Knight

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Sunday, 30 January 2011

HK: Filming Preperations

After a bitterly cold day of filming with all the cast and crew we managed to get some brilliant footage and all in all the day went really well for Flatline Films, we arrived at location at around half 4 today, Sunday the 30st of January.



Photo By George Gamble

A lot of preparation went into today's filming we had to prepare the fake blood for our killers shirt, the ingredients for our grim, yet convincing formula were: Liquid Glucose, Flour, Red Food Colouring and of course everyone's favourite some old 
Tomato Ketchup, though these products pulled of local supermarkets shelves worked brilliantly and looked like they were fresh of any Hollywood blockbusters make up department.

Also, we had to make sure our gorgeous scream queen Megan Claydon was looking tip top for our filming so she spent a good twenty minutes applying the make up looking great for her first big acting break!

GG - Final piece of filming

Tonight we finished off our filming for our production. Overall  we are happy with what we have done, although it was hard getting some of the shots i think we have done well. Our male actor, James Crowther, did an excellent job playing the protagonist and our female actress, Megan Claydon, also did an amazing job of playing the 'scream queen.'



We managed to get all the shots we wanted, plus a few extra that we thought of when we were up there.       In all we have done 15 minutes of filming, which we need to cut down to 2 minutes worth.

We liked how our protagonist was dressed. We though he looked very scary and threatening. We were pleased that he looked like the man from 'The Strangers' because that is were we got our idea from for him.

We are all very happy with our footage taken tonight and look forward to editing it all down.

RH - Final night of filming

On set with cast and crew
Tonight we were filming our car scenes in the countryside. We felt the filming went extremely well. There was a lot to organise before we headed up to our location such as; our knife, fake blood, mask, camera and transport. We got to our location and it was a bit light so we planned and got everything set up whilst we waited for the light to fade slightly.

Our first shot was of 'Casey' getting in her car. We shot this from two different angles. Our second shot involved myself in the boot of a car shooting 'Casey' drive up the road. This shot was very interesting as it enabled us to have a shot moving which was brilliant. This shot took us up the road to where the car crash occurs.
Preparing for our final shot

After this we had several shots inside the car and outside. We get several angles of our killer standing in the road wearing a blood stained shirt and holding a bloody blade. The car approaches the killer and then swerves off. We had to get round the fact that our actress doesn't drive so with clever camera shots we got round this problem.
Our Killer!

 To sum up it was a fantastic night of filming and we got plenty of coverage, there is a lot of material to work with when it comes to editing and we believe the soundtrack idea we have will go very well with the footage taken.

ALL - Mask feedback

GG & RH - Mask finished!


We planned to make a mask that resembled the one that the character 'Scarecrow' wore in Batman. We originally planned to make the mask in hessian however we were unable to find this material, so in the end we made it in black velvet.


George's Mum kindly agreed terms to make this mask for us. We thought this would be ideal as she is a textiles master. She had an image to work with and followed this design. We are delighted with the final outcome. When we decided to test our masks impact on audiences it went quite well. What we did was we wore the mask around the local, we knocked on house doors wearing the mask and studied the peoples reactions.


We've looked at using the mask with and without string around the neck. We came to the conclusion that the rope around the neck would look better.

ALL - Vodcast, day of filming

ALL - Making blood


In our production we need to create blood. The blood will be used to stain the killers shirt to give him a menacing look and to signify that he has just killed somebody prior to this. We will also have blood dripping of the killers knife. Finally we will need blood to apply to our 'Scream Queens' face (Casey).

A link to a page for making fake blood

GG - Filming at night


Because we are filming our production at night this caused a few problems. We found that it gets dark very quickly, meaning we don't have lots of time to film. We found that we have around 1 hour in all. We overcame this problem by filming on different nights of the week but at the same time. This makes it look like it is all one night on camera, although we have split up when we filmed the footage.
Another problem that we found was the natural light. It was originally hard to see what was going on when we filmed outside, especially seeming as we were in the county side with no artificial light available. We overcame this problem by filming early giving us more natural light time. We found that filming around 4 30pm was the right time for us. We also found that when editing, we can increase and decrease the light on screen.

Saturday, 29 January 2011

RH - Coverage

Last night when we were filming we took some shots we didn't plan to take because we want to give ourselves as much footage as possible to play around with. We shot our scenes from several angles. As the cinematographer I was working the camera last night, whilst George Gamble our Director was in control of what our actors were doing and controlling everything. It worked very well last night and we took some fantastic footage.

Friday, 28 January 2011

RH - Learning from our filming experiances

We can learn from numerous things to apply to when we film on Sunday. We were very prepared however one thing that we realised today was that it gets dark very quickly, today it wasn't a problem but on Sunday we won't have the benefit of lights from the house. So we do need to have slightly better time management. Also we need to make sure that our cast and not just us producing the film know exactly what they are doing. I personally think that Sunday's filming will be better for us filming our initial shots today.

RH - First night of Filming

Tonight we filmed our opening scenes of 'Roadside'. We had a late change in location which proved to be a good choice as the new location was very appropriate and worked well. Our actors performed very well. It was a fun night and now we can link the shots that we did today to the ones we will take on Sunday. We made clear and concise descions, and it was a stress free experiance.

GG - Filming our first few shots


We decided to film our opening few shots in an old and large house. With the house having an old feeling about it we believe this would signify a feeling of unsettlement to our film. The feeling that maybe the house is haunted. 


Our first few shots were taken from outside the house, signifying the feeling that someone is watching. We chose to film as the light was going to signify night was to come. We believe that when watching a film darkness always makes you feel more uncomfortable and less safe. We also took some shots with branches hanging over the lens of the camera to make you think that the person 'watching' is trying to hide from them. 


Our next set of shots were done inside. It was of the 'couple' coming down the stairs after just having a romantic evening to themselves. You can tell this by the male only wearing a dressing gown
We then have a match on action shot of the male opening the door for her. He then kisses her on the cheek and they say there goodbyes. With only few words exchanged it leaves the viewer guessing of what they have been up to.

RH - Wes Craven

For almost thirty years, 'Craven has been scaring mainsteam audiences and has been responsible for creating a number of familiar horror icons'. Craven first directed 'Last house on the left' (1972) this film about rapist murderers is still banned in the UK.

His most recognised films are; 'A Nightmare on Elm Street' (1984) and 'Scream' (1996). In 1984 he created the serial slayer character of 'Freddy Kruegar', its timing and success sparked sequels to be made. This character is well regarded as one of the most famous killers. Scream was realesed in 1996 and this film provided a base for all post modern horror films to be based on.

Craven is described as "A modern master of horror". His films usually have an air of differance about them that has proven influencial on his peers.

A link to Amazon where you can buy 'The Pocket Essentaial Horror Films' book

Source -  'Pocket Essential Horrr Films' book (Michelle Le Blanc and Colin Odell)

RH - Continuity Errors

Today is our first day of filming.We will also shoot on Sunday, this raises the problem of continutiy errors. It is essential that there are no costume changes or a differant hair style etc. 'Harry Knight' our producer imparticularly  will be looking out for these errors. http://harrytheknight.blogspot.com/

Luckily we will be filming on a differant location on Sunday which will mean the main focus will be on the character's apperances. As well as this the weather will be a contributing factor, although we cannot control the elements we have to film at the same time or slightly later on Sunday, because it would look poor if it got lighter.

GG - Feedback on our Initial Ident idea

We asked 10 people what their opinions were of our company Ident.
      The things they think we need to change are:

  • The music didn't fit the genre.
  • The name confused them.
  • The music ended to early. 
  • It was too short.
After taking all this into account we have now made a new company Ident which has been improved. We have changed the sound and increased the length of it. We will show it to the same 10 people again and re-ask for their opinions on it.

HK - Initial Ident Idea

GG - 'Horror Zone' research


When looking at the book 'Horror Zonewe gathered research for our ideas for our production. 
There are similarities between aspects of Carpenter's horror and Bava's terror-thrillers: the use of a prowling or stalking camera, voyeuristic camera position, fluid camera movement.    Conrich [ed.] (2010) Horror Zone. C9, p.177.


This will help us when filming our production. It has given us ideas on different shots we can use and different ways of filming

GG - Reason for using a knife


The killers' weapon of choice, in Halloween, remained relatively focused - a large knife.        Conrich [ed.] (2010) Horror Zone. C9, p.177.
Horror Zone - Amazon book


We used the film Halloween to help us decided on what weapon of choice to use. We believe that this is one of the best slasher films around. The knife is used in most horror/slasher films, we gathered this from analysing deconstructing films.

GG - Change in the Story


 We have been discussing what changes we can make to our production to improve it. So far we have changed the following ideas:

  • The opening set of shots.
  • How we are going to introduce our credits. 
  • What clothing the villain will wear.
  • How the 'scream queen' will be dragged from the car.
  • How our film will finish.
     We still have things a couple of things to discuss as a group.

RH - Character Names

Our character name will be 'Casey' and 'Sam' we are providing intertextuality by choosing these names, with 'Casey' being the name of the 'Scream Queen' in 'Scream' and 'Sam' being the first name of 'Dr. Sam Loomis' in 'Halloween'. 'Wes Craven' was famous for using intertexuality in his films.

RH - Vehicle Choice

In our production a big part of the opening is going to involve a car. The car will belong to our 'Scream Queen' who is a teenager, because of this the car cannot be an expensive Mercedes, therefore the car we will be using is a purple VW polo. This signifies that it is a feminine car and not to expensive so it fits in with the teenage stereotype. 

Thursday, 27 January 2011

RH - What I've learned so far

So far in my research and planning I have learned a lot more about the key conventions to do with the Slasher genre. I've looked at several openings and I now feel that I have a strong understanding which will help me when it comes to making the production. After watching 'Scream' this has gave me a more thorough understanding on 'Scream Queens' and Drew Barrymore playing 'Casey' is a prime example.

Also in the majority of openings that I have looked at the opening scene is shot in a house. This has influenced our production because we will use a common shot as our opening shot in our film. The camera will pan down from a tree and then show an establishing shot of the house.

The main convention of the killer in slashers films is that he is either an ordinary person who suffered a great trauma and is now looking for revenge by going on a killing streak. Or they are a psychopath. All slasher killers are masked and if they are unmasked it is usually left up until the final scene. The killers are known for 'the quick kill' they are not signified as torturers.

The weapon killers use is always some kind of a blade, usually a 'knife'. However you see other weapons used such as; axes, chain-saws and swords etc. The most famous 'quick kill' would be in 'Psycho' when 'Norman Bates' kills 'Marion Crane' in the famous masterpiece that is the shower scene.

In our production we will have a car crash and our 'Scream Queen' will be taken by our killer we can take key influences from 'Halloween' when 'Michael Myers' jumps on the roof of the car, or in the 'Cherry Falls' opening when the two teens sat in their car kissing get lured out and murdered.

A link to a page on 'Slasher' films Past, Present, Future

GG - A group discussion


A problem that we had to overcome as a group was deciding on the opening couple of shots to our film. Both me and Roam had ideas that we wanted to use so we discussed them both. Then, we asked other people out of our work group on there opinions of the idea. We felt that by doing this it would help us decide on which opening to use.
Roams idea was to have more shots indoors. He wanted to give more anchorage to the idea that the couple had just had sex. We would have achieved this by showing shots of them both getting dressed etc... A disadvantage to this idea was that we are limited to only 2 minutes of filming. With a lot more to film as well we thought that fitting it all in would have been a tough challenge. 
George's idea was that we have a couple of long shots of the house signifying someones watching them both. We would then go to a close up of them both outside the front door of the house. The male would be wearing a dressage gown to help anchor the idea they had just had sex. They would then kiss each other on the cheek and she would go and get in the car. The disadvantage to this idea is that there is not much anchorage used to show that they had just had sex, making the viewer wonder why the 'scream queen' is about to be murdered. 
After a long discussion and speaking with others we decided to go with George's idea. We believe that with not much time to film we don't want to be rushed at the core of our production. When the 'victim' meets the 'protagonist.'

ALL - A group discussion with Audience feedback

GG - How to introduce our credits


We discussed the idea of how to introduce our credits at the start of our production. We decided that we are going to have them all before the first shot of footage. This is because we don't want it to look to much like a film trailer when it is an opening to a film. 

Our initial idea was to use cut away shots to black screens to show our credits during the film shots. Ie shot, credit, shot, credit. But when discussing, the audience feedback was that it would be to much like a trailer. We have now decided to just have them all at the start, with a heart beat at the start of each changing credit.

RH - Creative disagreement

George Gamble (Director) and I (Roam Hamilton, Cinematographer) had two different opening sequence ideas, this sparked a disagreement however we are pleased about this because it shows we are adapting our ideas all the time. We will get audience feedback on our ideas and then make a decision on which way to go. Finally I think we will shoot both of our ideas as this gives us coverage and provides us an alternative opening to play around with, this also gives us the opportunity to get the best out of both ideas, this will make things easier when it comes to editing.

RH - Soundtrack for opening credits

For our opening credits we will use a soundtrack with a heartbeat pounding away, we will also incorporate a heart monitor in this. This provides anchorage that it is a slasher and makes it very clear right from the beginning. We have got our influence from 'Scream', in this they have a heavy pounding soundtrack of a heartbeat and this drums into the audiences head that it is of the slasher genre.

RH - Madhouse opening (William Butler, 2004)

In the opening to 'Madhouse' we see a lot gore. There are short takes as people who look like they are dead.  The denote from the title that the setting is in a mental hospital, the camera shot is a long shot looking down a long dark hallway, however we get flashes of light as the blooded people get closer to the camera. We get an ECU of somebodies brain, this is strong gore on screen.

This is a link to the IMDb page of 'Madhouse'

We can't take to much from this section of the opening as it doesn't link in to what we are doing in our production. However later in the opening two men are chasing a boy through the wood who exited from the building, he comes to a road and car headlights illuminate on him. We can use this in our production as our 'Scream Queen' will be driving before looking up from her phone to see a masked man in her headlights before swerving and crashing. When he pulls over, dust rises. In our production we need to steam to rise from the bonit we will have to use hot water to help add special effects to our car crash.

HK - Deconstruction:American Werewolf in London, John Landis (1981)

Release Date: 21 August 1981 (USA)
Budget: $10m
Opening Weekend box office: $3,786,512 

The setting is in the hillside, looks very isolated and alone, bitter and cold. This could reflect the characters personalities or the themes of the film.


The Production company that this film is produced by is called 'Lycanthrope Productions' This is an example of subtextuality as Lycanthrope is latin for Werewolf.


The titles appear in a San Serif font which is manly used in horror films, as appose to a serif font which is used in more light hearted films such as rom coms and childrens films.
There is a long shot of a car driving through the remote areas with its headlights on, this shot is similar to shots we have used for our production 'Roadside' which is set in a similar location to the opening of this film.
As the car stops the music stops, this helps to build tension.


The music 'Blue Moon' can be linked to a werewolf film as everyone knows the connection between Werewolfs and moons so the choice of track has been specifically chosen for this film.
Use of mise en scene has been used with the driver of the truck is dressed in somewhat stereo typical farmer clothes, tweed, wellys and a hat.


Finally use of match on action has been used as the 2 men walk towards the village as darkness falls.

Wednesday, 26 January 2011

RH - Christmas Evil opening (Lewis Jackson, 1980) aka 'You Better Watch Out'

In the opening of this film we get a extreme long shot of a house. We can denote that it is Christmas Eve because of the writing at the bottom of the shot, the date is also signified by the lights on the house. There is voice over whilst the shot slowly pans upwards to bring the full moon into the shot.

What we can learn from this as, there camera shakes and is not still, we will make sure that we don't make this mistake. There are also no opening credits or idents which we will include. However like our production our first shot is an establishing shot of a house, we will pan down from a tree, unlike this opening where they have panned up to capture the full moon.

This is a link to the IMDb page of 'Christmas Evil'

Also in this opening the child comes downstairs only to see 'Santa Clause' and his mother together, 'Santa Clause' was on his knees grazing her leg, this signifies that they will have sex as she is wearing a silk red dressing gown and some lingerie underneath, this costume is very 'sexual' the colour red is significant for two reasons; 1) The colour red signifies love. 2) Red is a colour that you would associate with Christmas.

We can take inspiration from this scene as we need to signify that our two characters have just had sex, the costume worn by the women gave this impression straight away, as did the male behaviour to her. They used an ECU on her thigh, in this shot we saw the mans hand on her thigh and this also showed her lingerie. I think we could use an ECU in our production as it adds suspense and provides a different shot type.

GG - Deconstruction of 'Hell Night' (Tom DeSimone, 1981)

This is a link to the IMDb page for 'Hell Night'

  • The opening of this film is a girl screaming, it is an extreme close up of her mouth. This gives the viewer an idea that bad is to come and foreshadows the bad events to come. 
  • There is then a long shot of people at a party. The camera gradually moves past a set of people out side with no cut away shots, its is all one continuos shot.
  • There is diegetic music being played at the party. But you get the impression it could be Non diegetic sound because as the camera travels further away the volume of the music stays the same. 
  • As the camera moves credits come onto the screen. They are in a red font with could help signify blood and evil.
  • It takes 1.38 minutes before the first cut away shot. 
  • It takes 2.30 minutes before we get any dialogue.

RH - Costumes

The costume our 'Scream Queen' will be wearing is going to be an ensemble of a short skirt and a small top that emphasises her cleavage. She will get into her clothes after first appearing in less clothes to signify that she has just had sex.

The costume of the boyfriend of our 'Scream Queen' will be jeans and a t-shirt. He will be laying on a bed shirtless and only at the end of the scene will he put on his shirt. The reason for this choice is that it once again signifies he has just had sex will the girl. We have decided to use jeans instead of other bottoms because it's not smart nor is it too casual (shorts), it also signifies he is working class.

Finally our killer will be wearing a dressing gown (not fully decided) along with his cloth mask. We are thinking that he will wear this dressing gown, they did this in 'Psycho' with the character 'Norman Bates' to an extent however our very killer is very different. Also something we could incorporate by using a dressing gown is that within the scene that will be shot in the house we could have the dressing gown hanging on the door. This would make the audience think that the killer is the girls boyfriend, providing a twist. This could contribute to the drama in the opening.

RH - Audience feedback on coursework idea

Since telling several people of our film idea we have got mixed feedback. When asking people of what they thought about the idea within the target audience. We got promising feedback saying it is an interesting idea and if we can create what we say we want to it will be an extremly successful production. This was feedback from a 17 year old male. When we asked other males they said it seemed like it would be scary.

We also got feedback from an older age group to see if this production would appeal to them. The feedback that we got is that this film would appeal to an older generation however this was only for the male audience as the older female feedback was slightly negative saying that they wouldn't want to watch this which is what we reletively expected. Surprisingly the teenage female audience feedback was mixed as 5/10 people said they would enjoy to watch that, we were pleased with this as we didn't expect this to appeal to many females.

GG - Soundtrack



Our soundtrack in our production is very important. Everyone film needs both Non-dieetic and Diegeticsounds. Without sound in a film there is no tension and the viewers get bored. The soundtrack is key when making and finishing our Film.

A link to a page on Soundtracks:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soundtrack

Examples of films that use soundtracks which we have looked at:
  • Halloween
  • Cherry Falls
  • Hell Night
When looking at these three films we watched them both with sound and without. This helped us see the importance of sounds in a film. We then took notes on the instruments used and the tempo of the sounds to help with our production. 

When making and deciding on what soundtracks to use in or production we have to look at three different things:
  1. It has to be our own made music because of copyright. 
  2. It has to fit the genre.
  3. It has to follow the actioning. 
After looking at these problems we have come up with ideas on how to get past them...
  1. We will use the software Garageband on the imacs to create our sounds and music. This is completely legal because it is our own music. The software is easy to use and we can fit it to our production how we want. 
  2. Because we have what control over what sounds to use we can make the sounds fit well. we can decided on what instruments etc.. we want to use.
  3. This will be a challenge but one as a group we believe we will be able to overcome. We will make the soundtracks after we have filmed our 'rough cut' because then we can make the sounds fit the motions a lot easier. 
Because our film is a horror/slasher we will use mainly 'string' sounds. A slow tempo at first but then building up to get the viewers heart's beating and create a nervous and tense feeling. 

RH - Locations

The first f our location is a house in a rural area of the countryside. It will be a secluded setting, to signify danger. We will shoot from outside and inside the house. There will be tall trees nearby to give a spooky feeling much like the setting in the opening to 'Scream'.

Another location will be on a country road going over a spooky moor. This is where the car crash and killing will occur, we have chosen these locations carefully as we have thought about the background and the elements that will contribute to the shots such as; wind, natural light and wildlife.

HK - Deconstruction: Jennifers Body


Jennifers Body, Karyn Kusamn 2009
Published by HK
Budget: $16m
Box Office: Us 16.2m
                    Uk 1.2m


Starts with an extreme long shot establishing the location, blue tint has been used to add a scary and spooky effect and make it feel like something is not quite right.
The mise on scene in the establishing shot includes a tire swing, this signifies that children are present. 


The shot gradually gets closer like its through someone who's walkings eyes, this is what's known as a Point Of View shot. P.O.V
                                  
The first shot of a character is a boy picking a scab, this shows flesh ad gore, this could be a signifier of the nudity and the gore to come later in the film.


Another point of view shot is used looking into the window and now it has really come apparent that there is someone watching and looking inside the house, this point of view shot into the window is very similar to that in the opening scene of the revolutionary slasher 'Halloween'.

RH - Production Schedule

Our production schedule is as follows; We will film on Friday and Sunday.

Friday: We will film at approximately 5pm, this is because it has to be dark but light enough for the footage to be quality. On this day we will shoot all the footage at the house at the beginning of the production.

Sunday: We will film the reminder of our scenes today. This is the footage that will be set in the countryside. Once again we shall be filming at a similar time around 5pm.

This is our confirmed production schedule and we intend t stick to this timetable.

GG - The Final Girl



  The final girl in a slasher film refers to the last woman or girl alive to confront the killer. A few examples of films where the final girl has appeared could be Friday the 13thA Nightmare on Elm StreetThe Texas Chain Saw Massacre and Halloween. 

The final girl is typically sexually unavailable orvirginal. Because our production is only the opening of a film we don't see if there is a 'final girl' at the end of our production. But we have set the opening up so it can easily lead to there being one. 

In our production the final girl that plans to be there at the end will be 'Megan Claydon.'She is meant to be a typical Scream Queen who is getting punished by the protagonist after a night in with her boyfriend. 

RH - The Slasher Genre

The slasher genre is a sub-genre of the Horror film genre, this usually involves a psychotic killer stalking and killing a sequence of victims in a graphic manner. The murder weapon is often a bladed weapon such as; a knife, an axe and a chainsaw etc.

This is a link to a page on Slasher films

The first film that can be recognised as a slasher is 'Thirteen Women' (1932), however despite this being the first it was by not the most important.  'Peeping Tom' was released in (1960) and three months after that Alfred Hitchcock released 'Psycho' this was the first 'true' slasher film and is highly regarded as 'the mother of all slashers'. The famous shower scene was described as a masterpiece with a stalking camera technique as well as a chilling soundtrack. A knife wielding mentally disturbed killer was portrayed including a twist at the end of the film.

This is a link to the IMDb page of 'Psycho'

Many films came after 'Psycho' but nobody could replicate Hitchcock's masterpiece until the huge success of John Carpenter's 'Halloween' in 1978. This is the film that made slasher big! There were countless remakes of this film, and it was 'Halloween' that sparked a long succession of holiday related slashers. Such as; Friday the 13th, April Fool's day, Christmas Evil, New Year's Evil, My Bloody Valentine etc. 'Halloween' created many codes and conventions that are now used in slasher films today.

This is a link to the IMDb page of 'Halloween'

The most recent popular slasher films were the 'SAW' series, in this they created new gruesome ways of people getting killed.

Many characters that are famous for their killer roles are; Leatherface, Freddy Krueger, Michael Myers, Jigsaw and Norman Bates.

From all these films we can take many codes and conventions and apply them to our production.

Tuesday, 25 January 2011

HK - Inspirations


Costume:

We put a lot of thought into what mask we wanted for our child to wear, our biggest inspiration for our choice was the film 'The Strangers' the mask's and costumes they wear are very simple and give a very chilling feel, by combining the mask but the characters still wearing normal civilian clothes.



Also another inspiration is from the film, 'Batman Begins', is the character 'Scarecrow' who has very similar mask to those characters from the strangers.
Both of the characters wearing the masks are the bad guys in the films and the scaryness of them straight away signifys horror. Both of these would be very simple to and cost effeciant to make so could be very easily re created into our coursework piece.


 
  
Casting Inspirations:

For casting for our girl we are looking  for a conventional character that is known as a 'scream queen'
The term "scream queen" is more specifically used to refer to the "attractive young damsels-in-distress" characters that have appeared in a number of films in the horror genre.
One of the prime examples of a scream queen would be the actor Drew Barrymore playing Casey in the 1996 slasher Scream.
Scream Queens are always, young usually attractive females that are represented as
sexually active.

RH - Lighting in our film


The major issue within our production will be lighting. This is a problem as when we film it must be dark however it can't be too dark as the footage must be visable. The way we intent to get around this is by, firstly filming just as the sun is going down so we get some natural light whilst it being dark enough to keep to conventions of the genre. It has to be dark to create a threatening feeling. Secondly we will use non-natural light to provide illumination for some of our shots in the country side. Because our setting is in the countryside we will not have many street lamps, so we will rely on the car headlights as well as a lantern the killer shall be carrying. Overall I believe we can work around this problem and if anything use it to our advantage to give an eary, chilling feel.
A link to a website about the art of lighting in film

RH - Target Audience


Are target audience is from ages 15-24, predominately male. We expect to get a bbfc rating of 15.  The reason for this target audience is that 15 + will be able to watch this film in the cinema. We have opened this up to the mid-twenties as it will be a sophisticated Slasher film with a plot. Our main target audience will be males as females don't tend to engage with this genre, with the Rom-com genre being more popular.

A link to a website which in detail explains the bbfc rating of '15'

Sexual content will not be shown in detail but we will signify that two people have had sex by the lack of clothes worn. The reason our production will not be branded with an 18 rating is because we do not discriminated or promote drugs in anyway. We also will not include sexual violence.

Language. We don't intend to use persistent abusive language but it will include some strong language which is why it will gain a 15 bbfc rating.

Violence, we will not include any imitable violence. We shall only include the act of murder. By doing this we will not impose the feeling of suffering, as that would be regarded as torcher. Within our film we will not cross the boundaries of strong gore. Because of the lack of funding and special effects difficult to create we will not show strong gore on screen, but leave it to the audiences imagination which can be more powerful.

RH - Cast finalised

Published by RH

Today we have finalised our cast!

We have snapped up the stunning Megan Claydon cast as our 'Scream Queen'. The character name is still to be decided but we are delighted to have her on board and we believe she is perfect for the role. She appears very similar to 'Casey' from 'Scream' and this is why we have cast her as she represents the key conventions of a 'Scream Queen' in the Slasher genre.


We have cast the young popular star in James Crowther as our killer. We have decided to make this decision based on the fact that he is a strong threatening character. He will also play the 'Screen Queens' boyfriend, this is a twist that is scripted later in the plot however in our opening the killers identity will be left as a narrative enigma.

GG - A deconstruction of '5ive Girls' (Warren. P. Sonoda, 2006)


5ive Girls
Budget: $3M

A link to the IMDb page for '5ive Girls'
  • Starts with an extreme long establishing Shot of an old building with a high fence around its perimeter. This could signify that the building is either trying to keep people on or keep them out. 
  • We can denote that it is a religious building because we get a close up of a girl holding Rosemary Beed's which connotes religion.
  • The school girl in a school is the equilibrium.
  • A soft piece of non-diegetic music is used to help create suspense. Piano and soft strings. 
  • A cross falls off the wall and breaks. Foreshadowing bad events are to come. 
  • The lighting becomes dark signifying bad is to come, the non-diegetic music speeds up creating tension. 
  • Not much dialog is used but a lot of Mise-en-scene is used. 
  • An extreme close up of the girl touching the priest's hand has polysemic meaning that she could have sinned. 
  • An extreme close up of her eyes shows fire in them which could signify evil. 
  • There is a lot of shot variation used to create a feel of un-certainty and to make it more interesting.
  • Lots of use's of cut away shots.

GG - A deconstruction of 'Halloween' (John Carpenter, 1978)


Box Office Takings

Budget: $320,000 (estimated) 

Gross: $47,000,000 (USA)

  • At the start we see '1.58 minutes' worth of credits. It is in orange writing with a black background which helps signify the genre horror, also signifying evil and sadness. Non diegetic music is used to help build up the tension, this gets the viewers heart beat pumping with nerves. We could use this in our production when we are building up to a significant scene in our film. We then see the camera gradually move towards the pumpkin, going from a long shot to an extreme close-up finally traveling through the eye of the pumpkin. This helps provide anchorage for the film title of 'Halloween.'