Posted by: alexhoggett | November 1, 2011

Re-Sitting AS Coursework

Following a meeting with my teacher, I have decided to re-do my AS coursework, as it was not as good as it could be. By re-doing it I could achieve a much higher overall grade as it was the coursework that made my grade go down. Therefore, I will be adding to my previous posts in order to improve my blog.

Posted by: alexhoggett | May 4, 2011

Final Cut – ‘Missing’

Posted by: alexhoggett | May 4, 2011

Rough Cut Feedback

Posted by: alexhoggett | May 4, 2011

Rough Cut – ‘Missing’

Posted by: alexhoggett | May 4, 2011

Shooting Experience

After deciding on the logistics of what we needed for the filming, we then had to consider when we would actually film, and at what times. We had to consider what time/day we could all go to the house we were filming at.

During the shooting experience at Alex’s house everything went well and we thought we had got all the shots that we had wanted. We faced a major problem after uploading our footage the first time to begin the editing process, the shots were all too dark and slightly blurry and so we had to re-record the whole film again in order to get the shots we wanted, without the blur and darkness.

After this was re-recorded we were much happier with our shots, as they were no longer blurry and they were generally much more clear. Fortunately, we never had a problem with props or anything else concerned with our film, as we had planned carefully and so nothing else could go wrong.

Posted by: alexhoggett | March 10, 2011

Soundtrack Research

We need to do some research into what different soundtracks are used in thrillers. This is because when we make our thriller opening sequence, we will be using a soundtrack at the beginning as this will make it much more professional and it will also create an effective mise en scene for the viewer. The soundtrack will create a mise en scene that denotes fear into the audience’s minds which will create suspense and tension as the action begins.

Why are soundtracks used?

Soundtracks are used to create atmosphere or a mood within a scene which is generally used to create a greater impact action within the scene and signify its importance.

Saw Soundtrack

The first clip that we analysed was ‘Saw’, this was a upbeat soundtrack and used many musical instruments and elements.There are no lyrics to tell us what is going on which adds to the mysterious element of the piece, and makes us use our own imagery and imagination to connect with the scene.

Throughout the duration of the soundtrack there was one particular repetitive sound used in the background. It gives the impression of flowing blood and the heart beat which relates to the film. Relating the music to the film is a great way to get the required affect.

Nearing the end of the music the volume increases which symbolises happenings are going on and creates enigmas as we do not know what is going on. This piece could symbolise people running or could symbolise an action thriller, as this mise en scene is created by the upbeat element.

Halloween Soundtrack

The first thing which I noticed was the ticking sound I could hear in the background. It continued throughout the piece and got more intense as it went on. This could represent time ticking forward or maybe even backward.

The texture builds up during some parts of the piece which symbolises action which are taking place. It is very repetitive so this could represent that the actions going on in the film are repetitive also. The repetitive ticking sound and piano in the background creates the eerie atmosphere and overall mise en scene.

There is also a heart beat arranged in the soundtrack which symbolises human life’s which could make the thriller even more chilling as we know a human life could be at stake.

Linking Storyboard and Soundtrack Research

All of the effects of the soundtracks from the two I researched help towards the efficiency the pieces to becoming a successful thrillers. So it is key for us to have good, effective soundtracks to compliment the scene.

The idea of having no lyrics in our opening sequence we feel is a good one. So our soundtrack will consist of any lyrics.

The start of the sequence will have slow and dark music, giving a mysterious effect, as we don’t know who the person is, that is watching Tom. This music will continue as the scene goes on. Until Tom goes into his flashback/dream, where the no non-diegetic sound will be used, only diegetic sound such as the Tom’s brother packing his clothes in his bag and zipping the bag up. Once the flashback has come to an end, the music from the start will come back on; however it will be more intense and faster pace. And as the sequence to an end, the opening of the door shot, it will once again become just non-diegetic sound, just the door creeking opening, bringing emphasis to the event.

Posted by: alexhoggett | March 10, 2011

Costume, Props, Setting and Mise en Scene


Male 1 – The first male actor (protagonist lying on the sofa) will be wearing very casual clothing, jeans and a t-shirt will be appropriate as he is a stereotypical teenager.

Male 2 – The second male actor (antagonist looking through the window) will be wearing joggers and a t-shirt, a more scruffy look compared to the first actor. He’s t-shirt may even be ripped or stained.


– A mobile phone: a main prop in the film, the protagonist tries to use it but then finds out that there is no battery in it.

– A backpack: Used in the flashback showing the brother packing his bag.

– 2 different family photographs in photo frames: Used to show how the brother has gone missing as first photo has all 4 family members, but second photo only has 3.

– Newspaper: Used in the flashback to emphasise the point of the brother going missing.


The whole of our opening scene will be in a house. We generally relate our houses as being a ‘safe’ place but our opening gives a twist on this idea and will completely go against that idea. This will be easy to film as we can use either one of our houses and so do not need to worry about not being able to film at a location, as we can film at pretty much anytime in our houses.

Mise En Scene

All the filming we do will be in the living room of our house. We will just use the natural lighting coming through the windows to light the room as it gives more of an early morning feel to the scene, which is what we want. The mise en scene in the living room will be a sofa with the man sleeping on it, a mobile phone, a tv (turned off), some side tables and the photos.

Posted by: alexhoggett | March 9, 2011

Risk Assessment and Logistics

Risk Assessment


Here is a list of who’s doing what, some of the locations/landmarks we plan to film, and a list of props, people and equipment.

Camera Operator – Alex Hoggett

Cinematographer – Charlie Simpson and Alex Hoggett

Assistant Camera Operator – Charlie Simpson

Actor/Actress – TBC

Editor – Alex Hoggett

Director of Sound – Alex Hoggett and Charlie Simpson

People: In order for everything to run smoothly, the people needed at filming will be;
– Alex Hoggett,
– Charlie Simpson,
– two male actors (yet to be confirmed),

Equipment: The equipment we will need in order to film successfully is;
– two handheld video cameras,
– three batteries for the cameras (one as a back-up),
– one tripod stand.

Props: The props we will need for the filming are;
– a mobile phone,
– a backpack,
– 2 different family photographs in photo frames,
– newspaper

– Alex’s house

Posted by: alexhoggett | March 9, 2011

Animatic Storyboard

Posted by: alexhoggett | March 2, 2011

Focus Group

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