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.