Setting Up The Camera Part 2

11) You should then unclip the little compartment on top of the camera and slide the end of the sound connector in the top.

12) Then slide the other part of the sound connector into the top of the camera.

13) Make this tight by using the wheel underneath where the microphone plugs in.

14) Then open up the tripod and make it to the size you want it by opening the clips and sliding the legs out.

15) Attach the camera to the top by pushing the plate onto the top of the tripod.

16) Plug in the microphone cable into input one and check that the sound is working with headphones.

17) Then put the microphone into place and tighten to make sure it will stay put.

18) Next you need to make sure the camera is level by checking the spirit level.

19) To do this you should unscrew under the camera and move the camera so that it is level.

20) When it is level the spirit level will be in the middle of the red circle.

21) The camera is all set up!

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Setting Up The Camera

To set up the camera ready to film there is a number of things you have to do.

1) First you have to attach the battery to the back of the camera by sliding it in until it clicks into place.

2) Next we have to put the tape into the camera.

3) At the bottom of the camera you have to flick the switch to open where the tape goes.

4) Then the part where the tape goes will pop out if the battery is on correctly.

5) Next you have to insert the tape the correct way into this compartment.

6) Gently push the side next to the tape until it clicks into place.

7) The tape will then automatically go into the camera once the side is in place.

8) Next you need to push the part we opened earlier back into place so that it clicks.

9) Then you need to attach the part where the camera attaches to the tripod. To do this you need to match up the pins with the two holes at the bottom of the camera.

10) Next you need to make sure it is tight on the camera, to tighten it you should use the silver screw and twist it to tighten it.

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Two Short Horror Film Analysis

Film One –

The first short horror film I am going to analyse is called After Dark and is a short horror film that was created by A2 media students. It is about a young man who misses his girlfriend, who has died.


Film Two –

The second short horror film I will be analysing is in a found footage style and again was created by A2 media students.

Target Audience Profiling

Our short film will be a horror film and will be aimed at people between 18-23 years old. The film could be aimed at both male and female but we are concentrating more at aiming it at males. Their current film taste genres are things like sci-fi, thriller and other horror films for example The Woman in Black, Paranormal Activity and The Possession. This genre is popular as some horror films can be created on a low budget like Paranormal Activity; this has a good effect as it makes the film seem more realistic and shows that we could also create a film on a low budget. Their audience type according to Young and Rubicam would be Reformers as their consumer preferences are that they don’t have many branded products and just tend to buy items from the high street. I would say that they do visit the cinema but not very often and they do tend to buy DVDs more than they visit the cinema. Finally on their socioeconomic profile their profession is on a low to mid income which would be around the C2 to D area. I think that they would like our film as we want to make it as realistic as possible and my film will also be created on a low budget. It will also be like someone is filming it to create a realistic feel and also connect with the audience.

Generic Conventions of a Horror Film

In modern horror a lot of the shots used in the film are usually dark and eerie to create the scary and creepy mood. By using shots with little light it adds to build up the tension in the film and to set the scene. This also adds to the audience becoming more involved with the film as the light enhances their emotions and feelings by creating a scary atmosphere. Some horror films use light with a blue tint to again create a creepy atmosphere. In our shorts film we will use some shots that are dark with little light to mimic this generic convention of a horror film so that our audience feel more involved in the film. We will also use a few shots with the blue light so that it creates the effect of night or moon light.

Screaming and Shouting
Also in modern horror films there is lots of screaming and shouting when something scary or thrilling happens. This also adds to the audience becoming more involved with the film as the screaming and shouting ads to scaring the audience because at times it happens when the audience will least expect it. Our short horror film will feature lots of screaming and shouting as we want to show our characters being frightened and nervous.

Most horror films are set in places where the victims are by themselves or have little around them, for example ‘The Woman in Black’. This helps to build up tension in horror films as if and when something happens to the actor they will be all alone. I think this also adds to connect the audience more as they become more involved with the person being all alone, it helps to set the scene and create the eerie mood of a modern day horror. We are going to set our short film so that our characters will be alone and so we will be following this generic convention of a modern horror.

Sound and Effects
We will also represent the genre of horror in our short film by the sound and effects. A lot of horror films do not include much non-diegetic sound so that it makes it easier for the audience to be more involved with the film. It helps to make the film seem more real by mainly using diegetic sound but by using non-diegetic sound as well it helps to build up the tension and creates a more thrilling and scary horror film.

Finally a main part of modern horror is the way shadows are used during the films. Most modern films use shadows to involve the audience more and add to the horror film mood. By using shadows it makes the film dark and also creates realism as we do think we see shadows. To create a more thrilling horror film we will use lots of shadows to relate to the psychological side of horror which will also lead to the audience relating to the film.

First Meeting

In our first production meeting we decided on who to have in the group, in my group I have Emily and Imogen. After deciding on our group we then started to plan what we wanted to make our 5 minute film about. We all discussed ideas and then decided that we all wanted our film to have a horror genre. With horror there are many different themes we could have from ghosts, to zombies and psychological horror. We started to discuss some ideas to what we would like in our film before finally settling on a horror film which has zombies and ghosts in it as this gives us lots of ways how we can edit our film. After we all had agreed on our main idea for our film we decided to sort out the jobs within our production. My jobs are:

  • ·         Cast and Crew lists – this means creating lists with responsibilities and contact details and the cast must sign the permission forms.
  • ·         Props and costumes – this involves taking photos, draw concept sketches and provide links to things we have bought.
  • ·         Camera Shots – this is the main shots for our film. I will do the majority of the filming but my group will also film parts.

For our script my whole group will help create this and we will all help create the storyboard but we will section it so it doesn’t take as long. The Location Reece, Casting Adverts and Sound Brief will be done by Emily. The Budget, Risk Assessments and the Director of our film will all be done by Imogen.