Thursday, 29 March 2012


These are the audience feedback forms for our title sequence 'The Iron Curtain'. The feedback will be very useful to assist us in editing our title sequence. Mainly for scenes which may need to be taken out or sounds which may need to be added or taken away.

Monday, 5 March 2012

Final Evaluation

In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products?
For our media product we use forms and conventions from real media products, we did this to see what our and the audiences reactions where. This allowed seeing what was popular and unpopular with the audience, which helped us see what people who are interested in them films would like to see in the future. As we were looking at a psychological war-thriller we had certain conventions, which would be beneficial, if we used them such as, mystery, violence, spies, time setting and death. The title sequence we made as a group consists of all of these that we continually improved on once we learnt more about our film. Our first idea was to use actual archive footage from a speech by John F. Kennedy; we believe after watch other historical film base in the last 100 years, this would involve footage which everyone knew about for example films based in the second world war would show the prosecution and execution of Jews. We believed the would give the audience a feel for the film.             

How does your media product represent particular social groups?
Our media product represents several different social groups for different reasons. As the film is based around America and Russia during the Cold War (1950/60s), we decided to make it as unbiased or patriotic to one nation as possible. This allowed us to create mystery and a more intelligent approach to making our title sequence; also it didn't isolate a social group. As are film is based in the Cold War it is difficult to aim at a modern social group. Perhaps middle class families, people interested in the cold war or just want a film that makes you think.

What kind of media institution might distribute your media product and why?
Looking at the budget we planned for our media product. As we planned a budget of $80 million we believe the best distributers would be Universal Pictures, We looked intensely into which studio would be able to fund our media project and how many big budget films they make, also the genre of film was important because we wanted production company which has made films similarly to ours. This lead to Universal Studios. 

 Who would be the audience for your media product?
For our media product we were looking between the ages of 15-35 years old males who are interested with this genre of film. I think one of our biggest selling points is that it based around the cold war, which has been very successful in profit and awards. As a group we wanted to aim our film to a wide audience so we thought that making the film unbiased to both American and Russian would lead to more people going to watch our film.

How did you attract/address your audience?
To attract/address our audience we used star power and an enticing story, which other films like this are very popular but with mystery to give a new feel to the genre. We look at star power and the first name, which came to mind, was Leonardo DiCaprio, as he is one of the biggest stars today we thought it would guarantee a fan base audience. We also thought of Colin Hanks because of his farther being Tom Hanks. By picking these stars we hope it could bring a new audience to films based during the Cold War.    

What have you learnt about technologies from the process of constructing this product?
From constructing this product I have learnt a lot about technologies and how to use programs such as Final Cut to a reasonably high standard, once learnt I can understand why this is a better program for making a title sequence the iMovie whilst in the past I would have found difficult to use Final Cut I think it is much easier to get the best from our title sequence by using this. Also an important part of our title sequence typography, it took us many websites to find the perfect font for our film but with short cuts it made the process much easier.  

Looking back at your preliminary task, what do you feel you have learnt in the progression from it to the full product?
Looking back on our preliminary task I believe as a group we have significantly improved on our skills on making a title sequence as a team. I think at first there were some issues on communication but was dealt with quickly, as we started to plan dates on filming and the preparations before hand we were able to get the most from our title sequence. I think this was one of the most important things as everyone knew what they had to do and when the deadline for which we set. One thing in which we struggled with was other commitments but we adapted to the changes and continued. Also the locations had to be changed several times which made filming longer then necessary. Overall I think everyone had a role to play in making the title sequence which lead in my opinion, a successful title sequence.      

Sunday, 4 March 2012


We have decided to change the location to a church, this is because it gives a timeless effect with will help us as its based between 1950/60s. We had to call several churches before one allowed us to film in their church. As a group we had to set times and dates where we were all available and edit our storyboards.

Our Production Company Issues

At first, our production company was going to be called 'Star Productions' which we decided at the beginning of this project but, after consulting within the group and outside the group I thought we may need to change the name to relate more with the genre of film we are making.

This was the original logo.
This is what I recommended.

I thought this was more suitable as I creates a sense on mystery and the word Nocturnal meaning: Nocturnality is an animal behaviour characterized by activity during the night and sleeping during the day. The common adjective is "nocturnal".

Location In Shots

Saturday, 18 February 2012

Journal-Filming Test Footage

On the 16th January we started to begin filming for our title sequence. We started by using a corridor in our school, this was because our first idea was to use a office area. This is a piece of our footage.

After we looked over all the footage we thought it would be necessary to re-film, perhaps look at our cinematography and the location. We are looking for a 1950/60s look which is quite hard to do with a school so we may have to consider changing our location to somewhere timeless.