Final Decisions

Welcome to my final decision post. The reason why I have made this post is so that it can show everyone the different aspects of media that are put into filming for example we have the setting, costume, lighting and many more. The whole point of this is so that we are able to realise what needs to be put into the first edition of the film. The benefit of using the final decision post is that you can see what fits your movie and what doesn’t fit your movie. If something does not seem right then you will be able to move it and change/add corrections to your work so that it is completely done and finalised for filming. Whilst making this post, I was able to highlight and identify many mistakes that could have possibly made my movie go wrong. An example would be the lighting, I did not realise that most of my lighting is low key hence when I covered the topic of lighting, I made sure that I used less high key lighting and more low key lighting.

Costumes – The characters in my movie opening are going to be a child, dinosaur and family members. This means that the costumes my characters dress into are going to have to be realistic because they will need to prove to the audience that this is a serious horror movie instead of a comedy horror. For the child, I am going to get a white dress that will be ripped into pieces, this will show neglect, abuse and harsh living to the audience because in will reflect what the character is experiencing. Also in order to emphasise the abusive side of things, I am going to get fake blood and add a small amount onto the clothes of the child so that the audience become touched by what the child is going through. Another thing I am going to do is add make up which show bruises on the child because they will cause the audience to feel despondent towards the child. However, for my character who is the main protagonist, I have selected him to wear a realistic outfit, this outfit is a dinosaur costume. the reason why I have chose a dinosaur costume is because the character who is the antagonist (little girl), watches a programme that she enjoys and builds a friendship with a dinosaur who she makes her friend and this dinosaur helps save her from the abuse that her family give her. The dinosaur costume will be a full body outfit so that their will be no need for make up, this will help me with my small budget. the clothes that the rest of the family wear, they will all be wearing normal clothes that are clean and nice, this will prove to the audience that the younger child who is the antagonist, this will show that she is truly being neglected and is an unwanted member in the family due to some reason we may later discover in the movie opening. – The typical setting for a horror movie is a place where it is dark because darkness is stereo-typically assumed to be apart of horror, it is basically what the audience expects to witness. The darkness also creates tension and adds fear into the movie which is effective for the horror genre because it is what we need to give our audience as a movie creator. Saying all of this, I have decided to keep my lighting dark in the movie. This will add to the mystery and build up of suspense in specific scenes. The most kind of lighting I am going to use is low key lighting. The camera angles and shot will most likely be eye level or lower to the ground. The purpose of this is that it sets the tone, mood and creates a dangerous association with enigma through shadows and dull shades. This will be highly effective when the protagonist in my movie opening attacks the other characters in the scene because the way that the deaths occur, they will seem to be horrific and emphasised by the camera angles and shots. I also may use high key lighting in some parts of the clip however, in them parts, the build up of horror is not going to be in the scene and this will solely be parts where the characters reflect on themselves and do activities that are not related to the horror genre. Another type of lighting I am going to include is top lighting. The effect of top lighting is that it is used to create effect by making it look as if the character has a chance of hope to escape their troubles that they are experiencing. Top lighting is shown by lighting at the top where the surrounding below is all darkness. This will be good for my antagonist because it will show hope for her when she is being abused by her family and then the hope will be the presence of the antagonist. Furthermore, I am also going to use under lighting because it shows light that contrasts with darkness on a certain object causing it to look more bold. This helps build up suspense during the movie and could be used when the camera is focused on the protagonist, in this image below, we can see that this images creates fear and tension and this is often used in horror movies because it is highly effective. Lastly I am also going to use low key + high key lighting combined because it will create a dark but light atmosphere. This is often pictured in movies with scenes of meeting and when people are in buildings that are isolated where the atmosphere is highly intense. This creates effect because it builds suspense in the movie, causing the audience to look forward to the next part of the movie. Along with the combination of high key and low key lighting, I am going to use back lighting because it is used to build up suspense and does not show parts of the set which keeps the audience guessing and entertained.

SOUND, EFFECTS & MUSIC – The sound and music is crucial for my horror movie because it is going to kick start the build up of suspense in the scene. It will purposely add extra emphasis to what ever is happening. An example of this would be the music i want to use, the music I am going to use is called  “ES_ Scary nursery”, this is a sound that I am going to use in the movie opening. The sound I have used is found on the website called “The Epidemic Sound Player”, this is a free copy right website that allows me to download useful sound effects and music so that I can better my movie opening. The purpose of me adding in the music example was that it changed the whole scene and added even more horrific effects into the scene. It also made the audience feel fear before witnessing what was about to happen. This was excellent because the purpose of a horror genre is that it aims to create a sense of fear, panic, stress, and regret for the audience. These are often unsettling and rely on scaring the audience through a demonstration of their worst fears and nightmares that they wouldn’t usually come across other than in a movie such as a horror one.

When I add my music into the scene, it will be very unsettling for the audience and will keep them guessing for the worst to happen, this is because I am going to focus the music onto the antagonist who is an innocent child that is watching a television programme. The camera will focus on the child whilst the room is dark and the child is watching a television screen with the music playing, it will be added into the editing so it is classed as non digetic sound. The music that I am going to use is very high pitched, this means that it will also cause shock and will add to dramatic scenes especially the one where the camera focuses purely on the child (antagonist). Also for sound effects, I am going to add very high pitched sound effects to create little frights for the audience to scare them at scary parts of the movie because this will build up suspense and will make the audience unexpectedly jump at certain parts of the movie. The sound effects will be found on copy right free websites to avoid copy right regulations, I will need to find them and add ones that fit in the clip perfectly.

Movies that can relate to scary sounds and memorable sounds are “jaws” and “Scream”. This is because when there is danger present in the movie “jaws”, their would be a high pitched sound made to alert the audience. The effect of this is that is causes more simulation to the action and content of the movie. Furthermore, the movie “Scream” also does this through a high pitched noise, this happens only when the murderer is going to kill someone by lifting his large knife high in the air. Both noises are non digetic, they are well remembered by the audience and add many effects that the audience will always remember from the movie. They make everything within the scene memorable and realistic. For example in a horror their are lots of high pitched noises to scare the audience and the purpose of the sound is to basically add to the simulation of the genre of the text.

To conclude, the purpose of final decisions was to mainly help me with finding some mistakes and errors which I could change, however, I actually found this post to be beneficial in the sens that it allowed me to look into things which would be essential in my horror movie opening and also allows us to be certain that the things we use such as props, they are actually attainable and easy to get a hold off. This has also allowed me to realise that some of the aspects of media which goes into film is actually harder to achieve hence I need to be realistic and basic. An example would be using props such as fake dolls that are made from silicone that we see in horror movies. Instead I would have to use an actual human because my movie opening is being done by myself and not a company with an extensive budget of millions.


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2000 – Scream: (Wes Craven)

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