On this post is the video evaluation for our film opening, AGENT ZERO.
On this post is the video evaluation for our film opening, AGENT ZERO.
Below is a re-upload of our group’s film opening, which is now in HD. However, the original blog post of the film opening can be found here.
Embedded below, are clips that didn’t make the final cut of AGENT ZERO.
Attached below is our group’s audience feedback video, which reflects on the opinions of people who have viewed our production.
During the interview process, 10 questions were asked to the interviewees, these were:
1. What were your first impressions of the production?
2. Could you understand the plot from what you saw?
3. What were the differences in the characters?
4. Did you think the location was suitable?
5. Did you think the location set the scene well?
6. Did the costumes suit the genre of the film?
7. Was the background music suitable for the opening?
8. Will the opening persuade you to watch the rest of the film?
9. List the parts of the opening you enjoyed the most.
10. What would you improve?
A scan of the real sheet we used during the interviews is situated below.
Thanks to the people who participated in the audience feedback and voiced their opinions.
Below is a Powerpoint documenting the evaluation of our group’s final product.
After months of filming, editing, deliberating and mutually agreeing, we have finally concluded the production of our film opening – ‘AGENT ZERO’. Above is the opening, which is available for viewing now.
The production derives from hard research of our desired genres, spy and action. By having two genres, we had to make a hybrid which still represented the qualities of both spy and action films. Once we researched and performed pre-production, we were ready to emulate our imagination into a proper production.
Elaborating on the research I mentioned, we had to perform several tasks which all helped pave the way for us to be ready to film our own production. For example we as a group had to create a mood board of our selected genre, which in a visual form, divulged into the key ingredients which made the genre what it was.
Another key part of our pre-production was the Codes and Conventions of Film Openings, and The Other Guys – Opening Analysis pieces. With these pieces heavily related to film openings, it gave a massive understanding to us of what to expect when we produce our own opening.
Moving onto the synopsis of the opening, the protagonist (played by Jordan Harrison) ‘Agent Zero’ is in the pursuit of a deadly villain, ‘Python’. The opening starts with an establishing shot of what is to be believed as Python’s compound. One of Python’s guards (Daniel Faithful) is leaning against an intermodal container, smoking a cigarette whilst on guard duty. The scene is followed by a shot of footsteps walking, which suggests Agent Zero is pursuing this guard to kill him. The guard’s lapse of concentration leaves him to be a victim of Zero’s wrath, resulting in his neck being snapped and instantly killing him. At this point, Agent Zero believes he has dealt with all the obstacles leading to the compound and is close to finally meeting his enemy, but all is not as what it seems.
Agent Zero’s burden of suffering from OCD leads to him pausing his pursuit for a short time, and having to apply hand sanitizer to calm his urge of being clean. Zero then pulls out a tracking device, seeing if any more people are nearby. He then proceeds forward sceptically, unaware of what may happen as he enters the unknown.
Another guard is spotted in the distance, which leaves Zero confident he can deal with him providing he maintains his stealth. However, in a major turn of events, Agent Zero is somewhat grabbed vigorously from behind – leading to a big set back. The scene fades out, implying he is restrained and things aren’t going as planned.
The scene fades back in, this time showing Agent Zero restrained against a wall with his hands and mouth tied up. Irony hits him hard, as his intention to capture Python turns into him being captured – evidently showing how dangerous Python is. Agent Zero perseveres in trying to break free, but he is unsuccessful in doing so. His attention is caught by a bright light, which turns out to be a screen exclaiming he is under high surveillance and rigged with explosives. Python’s loud voice reads out the text, and finishes with him confidently claiming Agent Zero cannot escape. This immediate set back results in Zero angrily looking at the camera, followed by the movie’s title appearing in a surprising climax.
Our Group’s Mood Board – http://mediablogs.keshacademy.com/liamasmedia/2012/10/29/mood-board/
Codes and Conventions of Film Openings – http://mediablogs.keshacademy.com/liamasmedia/2012/10/08/codes-and-conventions-of-film-openings/
The Other Guys – Opening Analysis – http://mediablogs.keshacademy.com/liamasmedia/2012/10/17/the-other-guys-opening-analysis/
500 Word Treatment – http://mediablogs.keshacademy.com/liamasmedia/2012/11/13/500-word-treatment/
Intermodal Container – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intermodal_container
Attached above, is the animatic of our film opening. An animatic is an animated representation of a type of media, predominantly video. Animatics help create a simple yet understandable perspective on how the media shapes out and what it consists of. Camera shots and angles are crucial in the animatic as it has to be as similar as possible, so when creating the animatic you have to put those things into consideration.
When conferring with the group, we envisaged an image of how our film opening would pan out. Once finally agreeing how it would appear, the drawing was left for me as we mutually agreed I could do the best drawing of the scenes. I then put pen to paper and sketched our plan, putting camera shots and angles into consideration plus the 180 degree rule. Pictured below are our animatic storyboard shots how they appear when compiled together.
The synopsis of the film opening is clearly evident, showing a good understanding of what is happening. The scene starts with an establishing shot of the setting, and then pans up onto what turns out to be the enemy, smoking a cigarette. The enemy then drops the cigarette on the floor, and doubts it by stamping on it. This scene is followed by the camera tracking cautious footsteps, implying the spy is introduced into the scene. The spy slowly approaches the enemy, then incapacitates him followed by hiding his body. The OCD aspect is apparent too, as the spy is seen wiping himself clean from the exchange he had with the enemy. The spy then overlooks two enemies, after detecting them with his proximity sensor. He manages to kill them both with his pistol, and slowly approaches the compound. A voice from the left of the spy is spontaneously heard, leaving the spy bemused as to what is happening. A major black-out occurs, implying the climax and showing the title of the film – ‘AGENT ZERO’.
Attached above is our group’s preliminary task, which was to create a short video using various camera angles and shots.
Our video is about a student (Jordan Harrison) who is eager to alert his friend (Reise Orbell) of news he was surprised about. Jordan decides to call Reise via mobile phone and asks him to come to the room, and Reise does so.
Upon arrival, Reise takes a seat beside Jordan, and is bitterly disappointed after realising all he was wanted for was to be told about a news article. Reise shortly after, storms out the room as he believes his time was wasted.
To start on the task’s preliminary aspects, our video does contain a shot/reverse shot. This is an edition of spatial editing, and is a technique where one character is shown gazing at another character (most likely off-screen, but can still be on-screen) and then the other character is shown looking back. Our shot/reverse shot is pictured below.
Another aspect we used on the preliminary, was the 180 degree rule. The rule comes into play when there is an imaginary line situated in a scene. It is something of a border, which cannot be crossed during a scene but only to imply disorientation. Not crossing the line with the camera helps do the opposite – orientate the viewer to what is happening and who is in the scene. If you was to flip our scene to a bird’s eye view, the line would be on the computer desk, which is never crossed during the scenes. The circles represent the characters, the red line is the border and the rectangle is the desk.
Elaborating on our preliminary’s camera shots and angles, we have used a good variety. We have added close-ups with eye levels, medium shots and long shots. Some of the camera shots we used are compiled together below.
There are many sound effects, one being the firearm gunshots for example. Other sound effects are the groans from people being killed, explosions, and device bleeps.
The costumes in the production are mostly low-key, these being a black assault outfit (black jacket, trousers and headgear) for the agent, and low-key attire for the villains.
The production, in terms of props, consist of firearms, knives and gadgets. All are integral in the combat parts of the production.
Lastly – the lighting in the productions consists of low-key for the stealth scenes, but a little amount of high-key too.