Friday, 26 March 2010

This is our finished film trailer that we have made over the weeks. Our film trailer is called Possessed as someone gets possessed in our film.

Thursday, 25 March 2010

Ideas From Other Films

We have reveiwed a few of other horror film trailers and we looked at diffrent ones from each other and having to look at these film trailers they have given us some ideas to put into our film trailer. One of our ideas was to do a hand held view, we all agreed to this and we got the idea from paranormal activity as it was classed as one of the most scariest films. We also wanted to use a narrators voice throughtout the film trailer just like SAW IV but then we realized that the music would over power the voice or that the audience would concentrate more on the voice than the music. We then settled by using red writing in between shots because it builds up until it starts to get scary. We decided to use some of the scariest parts of the film in the film trailer to get people to think it's scary and that there will be more scarier parts of the film.

Wednesday, 24 March 2010

Brief Description On The Film

The film trailer is about 5 boys going into an abandoned school and they find a camera which they then use throughout the film. One of the 5 turn possessed but no one knows why and how he does but he tries to hunt down the rest of them and they die one by one but will anyone survive or will they be saved?

Max -
Leader of the group and best friends with Gerald. Confident and like to explore.
Sam - The hard man of the group also likes exploring and is very full of himself. He loves both himself and a challenge.
Lewis - Smart and interlectual. He is also very cautious.
Jimmy - Stupid and falls into any trap, doesn't care about anything and he doesn't think about the consequence.
Gerald - He is possessed by a demon and starts to run shockingly satanic firstly with his personality and then his physical appearance.

2 Office swivell chairs with wheels
Clothers Per person
Hazard sign

Empty room
Empty room
Split corridor

Music rock
Loud scream

Good And Bad Things That Happened While Making The Film Trailer

  • While filming a friend helped us with filming and was then a prop of a dead person which made the film better.
  • We lost our original storyboard before we started to start filming so we had to make a new one and we changed a few things and I thought it was better.


  • One of the group members didn't bring in there clothes for the filming.
  • One of the group members had to go early because of family problems.
  • We lost our original storyboard before we started to film so we had to do the stroyboard again.
  • We chose a song but the part of the song we wanted wouldn't fit as the actually film was to long so we chose to use anorher music.

Thursday, 7 January 2010


Week 1 - The first week we was asked to choose what type of product we wanted to produce and we chose to do a film trailer as this would be fun acting the film trailer out and learning how to edit (cutting, sound, etc.). We chose to do a horror theme as this would be easier to act out and as Paranormal Activity had just came out at the time and gave us ideas.

Week 2 - The second week we researched other existing film trailers to get ideas from them, we researched 'Paranormal Activity' and 'Saw 6'.

Week 3 - On week 3 we planned what the trailer will be like: zombie, phycopath, experiment gone wrong, ghost, vampire, but we chose to do a demon, like paranormal activity.
We planned most of the details of the horror. We planned how we will record the trailer, hand held or tripod, we chose to use the hand held. Using it hand held would be much easier to film and menuver as you do not have to set up a tripod every scene. The bad thing about using a hand held camera is that the film would be shakey and not steady.

Week 4 - Week 4 and we started doing the storyboard to our film trailer. We also named what the film trailer will be called, we decided on 'Possessed', as in our film someone will be possessed into a demon.

Week 5 - We started to choose the dates and times for the filming of the film trailer and seein what props or clothing we would need for the date and also we had to book the camera.

Week 6 - On week 6 we started our filming after school, this took us a couple of days to do as one person from our group had to leave early on the date we chose.

Week 7 - Week 7 we started to edit the film by choosing the parts that we were going to use for the trailer. After choosing the parts of film we needed we then put them in order.

Week 8 - We then chose the music/sound we were to put into the film trailer and added it in the correct place. This took a long time as we had to experiment with diffrent sound.

Week 9 - This is the last week as all we needed to do was put in some narrator writing and change a few things to make it what it is now.

Key Conventions

  • Making the audience interested by creating suspense.
  • Use short clips to create some suspense and tension.
  • The trailer needs something really scary at the very end.
  • Use a flash of a scary scene zoomed in, lasting only a second.
  • Use creepy voices to explain information rather than writing.
  • Music is very important in film trailers something very slow, monotonous or droning works well.
  • Use natural phobias that people are familiar with.
  • The element of surprise.

Wednesday, 6 January 2010

Paranormal Activity

Paranormal Activity

This is paranormal activity, this was released in 2009. This film is a horror which is presented like a documentry which makes it more believable as if it really happened and you were there. The film trailer uses a cut between the film and audience which shows the audience's reaction of the film to show how scary it is.

Narrative - About a girl, (katie) that is being haunted by a demon ever since she was little. Katie is now a adult and has a boyfriend (micah) that she is living with because of the demon is haunting her and making her life a misery. Her boyfriend decides to catch the 'paranormal activity' on camara and in the end her boyfriend dies trying to protect katie.After the young, couple moves into what seems like a typical suburban “starter” tract house, they become increasingly disturbed by a presence that a demon but is certainly most active in the middle of the night.

Starring - Katie Featherston, Micah Sloat, Mark Fredrichs, Amber Armstrong and Ashley Palmer.

Target audience - 18 to 30 year olds.

Music/sounds - Starts of with muted drum thats like a heart beat, this stops when the movie is about to start. This sounds makes it sound like something bad it about to happen, makes the audience feel tensel. A sound of a spirit swooping pass the camara. Floor boards creak as if someone it sneaking about. These sounds makes the audience feel theres a spirit that it in the same room as them. A loud bang (with reactions of load screaming of fear from the audience). Shocks the audience as they don't know it is going to happen, makes them jump. All thses sounds are very powerful and fritghtens the audience.

Camara angle/shot types - The camara is hand held throughout the whole trailer. There are a numerous camara angles, it starts off by showing the audience then it shows the film, this is done repeatedly throughout. This is a good affect as you get to see the audiences reactions to the film. The camara shots are long when showing the film but when the camara shows the audience it is a close-shot, this shows the audiences faces and shows them being scared.

Written Text - There are only written text at the beginning and the end of the trailer. The writting at the beginning of the trailer explains a bit about the film trailer its self. The next shot has white writing at the bottem left corner which tells you the date the first screening was, the 1st screening is the film trailer. The end of the film trailer it says 'one of the most scariest movies of all time' this persuades the viewer to watch it so they can say the have watched the most scariest movie ever and to see if they can handle it. It has more similar writing trying to persuade you to watch it.

Friday, 23 October 2009

Target Audience

The target audience is the most important for market research as it is the audience thats buys your product. For my film trailer the target audience would be for 18-40 year olds. We have specifically chosen this age group as these ages are most likely to enjoy the adrenaline rush and the feeling of being scared caused by watching a horror film. The audience will also need to appreciate supernatural horror.

Wednesday, 14 October 2009

Three basic types of horror films

There are three different types of horror, Supernatural, Scientific, Naturalistic.

Supernatural - The supernatural is what we most often think of as a true Horror movie this usually includes supernatural monsters such as vampires, werewolves, demons, ghosts and zombies. These are creatures of legend and come from thousands of years of human psychic response to the mysteries of the earth.

Scientific - The scientific horror film is where we find the mad scientist(s) creating or discovering something outside of nature; something that will be lost from human control and run riot before being overpowered (usually) by the army, and the world is restored to peace and harmony. The monsters featured in this type of film are often new creations, things we've never imagined or seen elsewhere.

Naturalstic - The naturalistic horror films feature monsters which our daily news is often reporting.The monster can also be an animal, such as a bear or a reptile (usually grown to above-average size), or even a group of beasts (ants, bees, spiders, dogs).

Wednesday, 7 October 2009

Analysis of existing products

Saw 6 (VI)

I have looked at saw VI trailer to analys it so see how if we can use some of the same techniques as this trailer has.

Denotation - The meaning of the trailer is a sycopath playing games with people that have taking life for granted and he decides to change them using games, if they win the game they survive.

Connotation - The story behind the story is to not take life for granted otherwise you will pay the consiquence.

Narrative - On April 29, Lions Gate released a brief synopsis of the plot. Details revealed include confirming Agent Peter Strahm's death and Lieutenant Mark Hoffman continuing Jigsaw's work. The FBI is reportedly on Hoffman's trail. This forces him to set up another game. Jigsaw's overall scheme will also be finally understood. The last revealed trap, a "Steam Room," has yet to be expanded on by the producers, but it is said to be a multi-level trap. Recent screens also show Hoffman viewing Strahm's crushed corpse as well as setting up the "Rack" trap from Saw.

Starring - Jigsaw / John Kramer - Tobin Bell
Mark Hoffman - Costas Mandylor
Jill Tuck - Betsy Russell
Dan Erickson - Mark Rolston
William Easton - Peter Outerbridge
Amanda Young - Shawnee Smith
Pamela Jenkins - Samantha Lemole
Debbie - Caroline Cave
Harold - George Newbern
Dave - Darius McCrary
Tara -
Shauna Macdonald
Brent - Devon Bostick
Simone -
Tanedra Howard
Emily -
Larissa Gomes
Allen - Shawn Ahmed
Shelby - Karen Cliche
nurse - Elis Elle Downs
Aaron - James Gilbert
Jane - Jon Mack
Dr Heffner - James Van Patten
Gena - Melanie Scrofano

Musics/sounds - At the start there is a loud sound of a flickering light with a high violin note played then jigsaw starts speaking and then there is a ladie shouting to let her go. Jigsaw speaks throughout the trailer then a narratar starts speaking during the end. The high violin note plays when writing comes up. aat the end there is a fast beat while the shots change very quickly.