Week 6: Peer Evaluation

Declan’s “Introduction to Editing” work for this week is very good as he has taken screen grabs and explained them all on the process of setting up an edit. His “Working Practices” work is very detailed and has a clear differentiation between positive and negative points by him bolding the negatives. For the “Introduction to Narrative” work he has done a good list of all the different techniques that can be used to tell a story in a movie and has then done a good analysis of 2 scenes and analysed them using the techniques. Declan has put in a lot of effort for his “Research Project” and even done a survey for others to answer to get to the answer for his question; he has researched into online debates that talk about his question and done a suitable conclusion.

– George Bradley

Week 6: Peer Evaluation

Week 5: Peer Evaluation

Declan has done good work this week going into a lot of explanation in his work. For the Introduction to Audio work he has written up and explained what each polar pattern does thoroughly. For the Sound and Meaning work he has gone into a phenomenal amount of detail about the scene he has chosen and explained it very well. The How to Become a Sound Engineer piece is very detailed and descriptive and gives a good explanation of what a sound engineer does and how to become one.

– George Bradley

Week 5: Peer Evaluation

Week 7: Representation in the Media: Unit 4

In this post I am going to look into the ways that different groups of people are portrayed in film and also look into positive representations of some of these groups.

 

How people are portrayed in the media:

  • Stereotypes
  • Positive or negative

Hegemony

Hegemonic principle

Examples of positive representations of different groups in film.

Race – Jurassic World, East Enders, Coronation street, Skins, The Avengers

Sexual orientation – Skins, Coronation street, Emmerdale, Brooklyn nine nine, Glee

Disability – Breaking Bad, Glee, Bad Education, Covert Affairs

Age – Glee, Taken, RED

Brooklyn-Nine-Nine

In Brooklyn nine nine the Captain of the team is both gay and black, this shows a positive representation of both race and sexual orientation. A big racial stereotype is that black people tend to be the bad guy which isn’t true and isn’t the case in this programme as he is in the Captain of a police station.

 

Forrest-Gump

In Forrest Gump (1994) there is a debate whether Tom Hanks’s character Forrest Gump actually has a disability, however he is said to be slow as he has a lower than average IQ. His disability doesn’t effect the story apart from making his character silly as the genre of a film is comedy. Overall it is a positive representation as it shows that he is a nice person and it doesn’t make a difference whether he has a disability or not by not making it clear.

aaron twd

In the programme The Walking Dead there is a character called Aaron who is gay, it has no relevance to the story and isn’t revealed until a while after the character is introduced. It shows a good representation of them as no one is offended by this or discriminating him for it.

 

This work was interesting because as a class we found it surprisingly difficult to find a positive representation of minorities such as race, disability etc. but once I found a few it was clear there are a lot of examples. 

 

 

 

 

Week 7: Representation in the Media: Unit 4

Week 7: My Career Timeline: Unit 3

For this post I am going to write a rough timeline of where I want to end up and how I would proceed to get there after I finish the current Film and TV course I am attending at Canterbury College.

 

After College –

An Internship/Apprenticeship – http://www.indeed.co.uk/cmp/Radium-Audio-Ltd/jobs/Video-Editor-Animation-Intern-352a53a63219408f?q=Video+Editing+Internship This is so I can continue to learn while earning money in a profession I am interested in.

Freelance – After that I would look into Freelance work so that I can still continue to learn anything to make me better with the software I am working with.

Full time/Self employed – Move onto something with a more frequent income.

 

It’s interesting to look into the paths I could take in the future.

 

 

 

 

 

Week 7: My Career Timeline: Unit 3

Week 6: Research Project: Unit 2

In this post I am going to research a question I have thought of by using many different research methods and find out the results.

 

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/9V26VFN

This is a survey that I created to be answered based on my question, ‘Do stereotypes ruin film and television’. General stereotypes of people are used quite a lot in Film and TV but is it ruining it?

There is a lot of stereotypes towards people however for this question I am going to focus on the most commonly used ones which are racial, gender and sexual orientation.

I also ask about peoples age, gender and occupation in the survey, this is because it could effect they’re opinion. If they are older they might have been brought up in a different way to someone who is younger, also depending on the occupation of this person they could have better knowledge of stereotypes and the people there aimed at.

Out of everyone who answered the survey the majority said they didn’t mind stereotypes in films. One response had a really good point, they said ‘You don’t need so much background on some characters if you can form an opinion about them by their appearance and behaviour. And it can also be handy as a plot twist when the character surprises you by being or acting differently to how you interpreted them.’

An example of this is the film ‘The Usual Suspects’, the main character has a disability which we as viewers decode at the beginning of the film as him being weak or at a disadvantage. However it turns out that is what the character was trying to do the whole time, he actually is the villain that everyone is worried about but no one expects someone with a physical disability to be bad which is stereotyping.

 

http://www.debate.org/opinions/is-stereotyping-wrong

This website is where people of any race, gender etc. can post they’re opinions and debate about them. The majority of people are saying stereotyping is wrong but there are some good reasons on both sides. An example of a good point on why stereotyping is good is that we use it to recognise who we would fit in with and most likely have similar interests with.

Some stereotypes are apparently ‘good’, however many people disagree with this. An example of a stereotype that is widely used in film is that ‘all Asians are smart’ although it is a positive message it is not necessarily good as it sets the bar unrealistically high and they are expected to be smart and if they aren’t then it might make them feel bad about themselves.

 

Overall I found based on my research that it all depends on the genre of film, some genres you can get away with it as using a mild stereotype accentuates the character but some for example a true drama would be offensive which ruins the whole film.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week 6: Research Project: Unit 2

Week 6: Introduction to Narrative: Unit 4

For this blog I am going to choose scenes from films and explain how they use certain techniques to tell the story.

The techniques that some may use are below:

Narrative – The Story/How it is told (conveys meaning) =

  • Semiology (props, locations, body language)
  • Genre (expectations)
  • Mise-en-scene
  • Technology (lighting, camera work, audio, special effects)
  • Narrative techniques (voiceover, idents)
  • Narrative techniques (Structures) = Open narrative: finished on cliff hanger, Closed narrative: finished with the end, Single stranded: one main story, multi stranded: lots of stories, Realistic: feels normal, non-realistic: everything else, linear: chronological a-b-c, non-linear: not in order c-b-a, flashbacks

– The Usual Suspects (1995)

This is the ending scene from The Usual Suspects, it has an amazing plot twist where the character we believed to be the victim actually turns out to be villain we were looking for the whole time. The use of Semiology incredibly clever, the main character Rodger ‘Verbal’ Kint is believed to have a physical disability throughout the whole film. All the other characters refer to him as the cripple and this shows he is powerless and not feared. But it begins to click that he is the villain all along once he is released from custody then begins to stretch and walk away perfectly. Another thing that adds to this is the voiceover, it a police officer thinking over everything that Roger told him and realizing that all it was lies.

 

 

– Pulp Fiction (1994)

This scene is from Pulp Fiction it uses both the structure multi stranded and the use of flash forward. During this scene the character Butch kills another main character in the story who is Vince, however they show this in the middle of the film and we continue to see Vince throughout the rest of the film. This is because there are two sub stories within the main story, one that follows Butch and one that follows Vince and his partner Jules. During this scene we are following Butch so this explains why we continue to see Vince after his death as we then switch to his story.

 

There are reasons the film is made the way they are an I found this interesting to research, I feel that I have a better understanding of all the techniques such as voice overs and how to use them for my own productions in the future.

Week 6: Introduction to Narrative: Unit 4

Week 6: Introduction to Editing: Unit 1

This is a link to a word document with a step by step of what I had to do on Avid and explanations of each part.

 

introduction-to-editing

 

I found that editing the actual footage is a simple task once you understand what you are doing and what every button does. There is also a lot you can experiment with and I have covered hardly anything yet.

Week 6: Introduction to Editing: Unit 1