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Evaluation: Question Seven

Looking back at your preliminary task(the continuity editing task). what do you feel you have learnt in the progression from it to the full product?

Camra Work
When i first started media, our first task was to create a preliminary task. Back then, i did not really know how to use a camera at all, and after much experimenting, i began getting used to the controls. When i began filming, i became much more confident. When we started to film Amsetten, we changed the type of camera we used. We began to use a SD card rather than having to capture the footage which i found much easier.

It is very evident from our preliminary task to our film opening that we all as a group developed the range of skills we used when filming, for example, we felt more confident to use a lot of shots to edit together to add pace to the clip rather than just filming in one shot everything we wanted to happen in the scene. In the preliminary task, i felt like we were just starting to experiment with shot reverse shot, however i feel like we use that a lot in Amstetten, and it looks more professional.

We also chose to take all of our shots at least five times, so when it came to editing, we would have more clips to work with to find the best footage. This is something that we learnt from our preliminary task as we were finding it hard to work with what we had.

Because we chose to film lots of short shots rather than long scenes with the camera in the same place, it made editing them together a lot harder. Back in our preliminary task, we found ourselves not having much editing to do at all, so i definitely feel that my editing skills have massively improved. the minimal editing in our preliminary task did put us at a disadvantage because we weren't as clued up for Amstetten, however i feel that we did well to make Amstetten look as good as it is. Although our preliminary task wasn't  as edited, this did make us more motivated to improve our skills to make Amstetten as good as we can.

Because our preliminary task didn't have any music, we felt like we could really experiment with this as we wanted to see how much we could improve Amstetten compared with our Preliminary task. Because our preliminary task didn't include music, we now feel that looking back, we could of made it so much more interesting with music. This inspired us to make Amstetten have music and be a much better sequence.

More Time
When we started our preliminary task, we spent too much time planning, and we didn't leave much time to film and edit. Because of this mistake, we learnt well and we tried to keep a lot of time for editing and other filming we may need to do. This worked well as we did have to re shoot a lot of our footage as we didn't feel it was as good as we could get it.

180 degree rule
When we first started our Preliminary task, we found we had very basic knowledge of the 180 degree rule, and we kept having to check if we were doing it correctly. However from the first task, we learnt more about what we needed to do, and towards the end, it became second nature to remember it.

Overall Development
Overall, i feel that i have progressed in every aspect, especially in the camera work seeing as our first task was very basic when it came to shooting in the scenes in a various different angles like we included in Amstetten.

From our film opening and our preliminary task, i feel like i have a much more broarder knowledge of film production, and i look forward to using my new talents in our A2 Media project.

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Evaluation: Question Three

As our media product is an independent Art House film,
an institution that would distribute it would have most likely
already worked with independent film producers.
Although, this would depend on where our product
would be distributed to.
It’s the type of product that, if it did well at a film 
festival, it would do well theatrically. But otherwise, 
we don’t feel that it would do particularly well in 
large cinema complexes. It would probably be more 
successful if it were to be shown on a terrestrial 
television channel; most probably Channel 4 or ITV. 
In this instance, a suitable distributor would be 
Optimum Release. Optimum have previously 
released indie films that are similar in theme to 
our film opening. They could also be a good 
distributor for our film if it was released solely 
onto home entertainment platforms. 
Another distributer which may be interested in our 
film would be Wild Bunch international sales. 
Wild Bunch are well known for their international 
sales and aim to distribute a broad artistically 
diverse selection of international cinema. This 
would be convenient to us because our film is 
based on an Austrian event. Also, Wild Bunch 
are known for distributing challenging and 
controversial films to film festivals. This would 
be ideal because the subject of our film is very sensitive. 
We also considered that Pathe might be a good 
candidate to distribute our film. They have a major 
presence in the UK film industry and not only 
distribute films but also produce them. This vertical 
integration gives them an advantage. Pathe may find 
our film too controversial compared to existing films 
they have distributed. Their film credits include 
Slumdog Millionaire and 127 hours. Both of these 
films are independent which shows that Pathe are 
interested in distributing this style.

Evaluation: Question Two

How does your media product represent particular social groups?

As our primary character in this film is a young girl who has been mistreated, we went out to research different characters who have also been mistreated. We found a few cases of child abuse, however because Elisabeth is a very vulnrable and withdrawn, it was hard to find a character like this. After much researching into existing characters like Elisabeth, we came up with two good examples.
Whitney and her step father Tony.
Our first good character similarity is Whitney Dean from Eastenders. Her story line is that her step father lead her to believe they had a relationship, and he sexually abused her. This fitted very well with our character as we needed a vulnerable character who has a history of being abused, and we felt that Witney was perfect.
On the left is a still of Whitney Dean, and on the right is a screenshot of Elisabeth.
 When we started investigating further about this character, we found that in more ways than we hoped, she was like Elisabeth. In the screenshots above, it captures a very similar scene where both characters are very much in the shadows and very similar expressions on their faces. Emotionally, both characters have both been through abuse from their fathers which makes our link even stronger. Although Elisabeth is in old clothing due to the nature of our film opening, we still felt that Witney was a good link even though she is in modern clothes. Witney also has a feisty attitude unlike our character, but with similar experiences, they seem to fit well.
On the left, there is a screenshot from a Barnardo's advert, and on the right, there is young Elisabeth.
 For this character, we came across an advert for Barnardo's charity which aims to prevent child prostitution. Although our character is not a child prostitute, we still felt that the principle of being forced to have sex by old men shows the link. In this particular shot, we see an old man reaching out to touch the young girl. This shot is very similar to our Elisabeth shot in the way that we only see the old mans hand so it emplies abuse. The other stong link is that we dressed Elisabeth in young girls clothes to represent innocence, and because the other little girl has pink tights on, it also represents vulnerability. Both young girls are about to be abused, and this makes our link very strong.
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