Here is my final film!
I am very pleased with the outcome and I feel like all of my hard work has definitely paid off!
Here is my final film!
I am very pleased with the outcome and I feel like all of my hard work has definitely paid off!
Here is my final poster!
After two weeks of editing, I have finally finished my review!
To make my review look as realistic as possible, I followed the format of a pre-existing empire article for The World’s End. I chose this review as it was one of the longer ones as was my review, and the layout looked simple to follow. It also had room for a lot of writing which meant that I could cover my film in great detail, just as Empire magazine does.
I started the review with the picture as this required the least amount of work but also takes up the most space, meaning that I would be able to work around it. I chose to use a screenshot from my film that showed Andy working in the garden, without giving away too much of the plot before reading the review. I then went on to add more of the structural elements, such as the arrows and bar at the top of the page. I chose to add in the more structural features before adding in the writing so I knew how much space I had to fit my writing into.
Once I’d added in the main bits, I started writing the little introduction part that is featured in all Empire articles, basically explaining who is in the film and a brief synopsis of what it’s about. This is to give people a taster for the review so they can decide whether or not they’d like to read it. To make sure the colours are the same as those used in the official magazine, I used the ink tool on Pixelmator to select the colour from that section on the picture of the magazine I had uploaded, and then selected for the writing to be that colour. I also added in the ‘look closer’ section. There were no shapes like this on the software, so I had to create my own using a rectangle and a triangle, then grouping the shapes together. I
I wanted to make sure I had chosen the exact font, or the closest I could get to it, to make sure my review looked as authentic as possible. I typed the name of the film into DaFont, a free font download website, and scrolled through the Sans Serif fonts. I then came across one that looked quite similar to the one used in Empire called Bebas Neue, so I downloaded this and installed it into the Mac. However, the font didn’t initially show up in Pixelmator, so I had to quit the software and turn it back on again. Fortunately this worked so I was able to add this font into my poster.
I used this font for the ‘IN CINEMAS’ in the arrow at the top of the review as I felt it looked quite similar.
I then continued to add in the rest of the blocks, arrows and the writing at the bottom of the page using the two fonts I had researched. To create the arrow to be the right size, I needed to press the ‘make editable’ button, as it was too long when the arrow at the bottom of the page was shorter and fatter.
The writing at the bottom of the page saying ‘over 14,000 reviews online’ was really difficult to find as the number 4 was dropped below the writing. After spending a lot of time trying to find this font, I decided to choose a font that looked similar in all other aspects as I simply couldn’t find one with the lowered 4. I used a font called Dream Orphans as it had the gothic text style that replicated the font in Empire. Then, in Pixelmator, I was able to change the size and position of the number 4, making it look realistically like the magazine.
Once I had put in all the shapes and the basic writing in place, I then went onto finding the right font for the body of the review. I found many fonts but none that were exactly alike. Then, when adding the font into Pixelmator from WordPress, I realised that the font used in WordPress, called Georgia, was perfect and looked very similar. I then put each section of the review into different sections so it fit in the available space. I made sure to leave a big enough gap between the middle two rows of text, so that there was space for the fold if it were a real two page spread. I then lined them all up so that they looked neat and orderly.
I created the ‘verdict’ section using the Dream Orphans font for the title and the Steelfish font for the writing as I felt that it looked quite similar. Then I added in the stars using the pre-set shapes in Pixelmator.
I’m really pleased with the final out come of my review, and I feel that through closely following the format of the Empire magazine gave me a clear view of what to create.
I was a little concerned that my poster was starting to look a little dull once I’d added all of the titles and awards etc, so I wanted to change the settings of the photograph so that it stood out a little more.
First I played around with the ‘curves’ of the photo, altering what colours should be made more or less intense. I quite like the effect of this and makes it look very dramatic, which would be found frequently on thriller genre posters. However, I feel that it makes Andy look a little faint in the background. The cabbage leaves also looks very blue and unnatural.
The exposure determines how light or dark a picture will appear. Although the exposure of the poster has only been enhanced a little, I think it looks quite a bit better. Still, the green of the cabbage looks unnatural.
Increasing the brightness and contrast has also helped to lift the look of poster and to make it stand out a bit. I will need to make a new layer for the leaves as their colour looks very unnatural, and by making a new layer I will be able to change the settings of the photograph without changing the colours of the leaves.
I then messed about with the tones and colours in the poster a little more to reduce to blueness of the leaves. I am very pleased with how the colouring has turned out. However, I still felt like my poster was missing something. When I started initially thinking about my poster, I thought I could include a faded image of the wife in the background to ensure that all of the main characters were visible. So, that’s just what I did. I took a photo of Helen just on my phone, and downloaded it onto the computer.
I then cut around the image using the highlighter button to remove the background of the picture.
I then just altered the opacity of the image so it was more faint, thus creating the ghostly image on my poster.
I then added a few more logos to the bottom of my poster, such as the national lottery symbol as they fund several shot films, and also a drawing of a wave to represent the logo of the production company ‘Open Water Pictures’.
And now, my poster is complete!
To finish off my film, I just needed to add in the final scene. I did this by importing the footage the same as I did earlier. I put the shots in, following the shot list I’d wrote before my second day of filming. The first few parts of this scene went in quite nicely and was in keeping with the dramatic tone of the film, and I was really pleased how I’d overlapped the wife’s speech with the action of Andy getting out of the car. I also liked the sequence of him walking through the house, and I feel with a bit of refinement it could look quite effective. My biggest issue was with the argument, and it became clear that I hadn’t filmed enough full conversations (the same issue as my first day of filming) and struggled with making it continuous. I tried to create some sound bridges with the dialogue to make my film look more intricate, but again I will need to spend more time making sure it runs smoothly. I haven’t put in any music yet but I think this will help with the tension of the final scene. Here’s my rough cut of the final scene added onto the main part of my film:
Here is my plan for the magazine review:
The first section of the review
Released: Out now
Director: Chloe Walker
Cast: Andrew Curwen, Helen Curwen, Mike Roberts, Eileen Roberts
Running time: 5 mins.
Plot: Known and adored by all, Andy (Curwen) tends to his allotment on a regular basis taking great care and pride in his land. Initially he appears to be a kind and friendly man, but, after a day of his allotment being trespassed on and abused, something begins to seem amiss in his endearing façade.
Paragraph 1 – background to the director and possibly their filmmaking history.
Drawn to the murderous temptations of the human mind, Chloe Walker is anchored firmly back in the thriller genre with her newest release, Green Fingers. After entering the comedy scene with Breaking Bath earlier this summer, Walker is back to filming in the style of her debut, Mummy’s Girl. After the plot difference between her two releases, nobody was sure what to expect next – sci-fi, action, romance? It was a settling surprise to see Walker filming in the same style that once came as a success to her.
Paragraph 2 – a brief stylistic analysis of the film.
The beauty of the natural setting of Green Fingers lends itself to the drama of the opening sequence, from then it gradually goes down hill. The film follows Andy (Andrew Curwen) on what may appear to be a typical day at the allotment. The sun is shining, neighbours are happily pottering around, and Andy is presumed to be seen as a friendly addition to this patch of land. However, the mood subtly turns when he reacts sourly to, at best, mildly irritating occurrences. Sparked by the reveal of a finger, we are then sharply and unexpectedly whisked to a quaint cottage where a row between Andy and his wife (Helen Curwen) sets foot. In true Walker style, a brutal and possibly unnecessary act of violence follows in pursuit. The acting during in this scene does something in way of compensation for the lack of tension built before the final blow, and both actors do well to channel the amount of rage and upset in just two minutes, that would be necessary for that kind of ending to follow.
Paragraph 3 – detailed description of the start of the film
The story begins with a beautiful shot within the setting of the allotment, complete with lens flares and uplifting music. The start is really something quite beautiful, creating a dramatic yet joyous tone to the film. From this point, the film cinematography of the film looks positive, giving high hopes for what to follow. Walker’s use of camera angles is something to acknowledge, and what some may see as dull, our main character isn’t fully shown in the film for what seems to be a fairly long time. She made great use of the setting available and utilised it to create the serene feel of what a film based on a garden may lend itself to. Andy is the only one on camera for this point of time, we see him digging and pottering about his land, with close ups of the soil which, in hindsight, discretely suggest towards what is hidden under there. Andy is then shown to be filling up his watering can and, slowly, making his way towards the bottom of his garden.
Paragraph 4- the middle part of my film
Watering his (very beautifully filmed) cabbages, a woman (Eileen Roberts) approaches. A very abrupt conversation follows, which was presumably aimed to show the friendliness and lovability of our main character, and does nothing for the development of the plot. Perhaps a longer and more cheerful chat would have done the job and suited the scenic start to the film. She leaves, he continues watering, until a gentleman (Mike Roberts) walks up to and stands on the allotment. Andy rushed up to him and threatens him. The actors in this part are exceptional and the anger that Andy feels can be shared at home. What lets this scene down is the continuity of it. There is a broken and disjointed feel that doesn’t suit the tone that has been set. The film then dissolves, a rare technique, to hours later during the same day. Andy is sat on a camping chair, reading a gardening magazine with a hot drink. The peace is restored. The close up of his hands reveals a wedding ring, which is seemingly unexpected since there has been no mention of a partner throughout the duration of the film. Andy then stands up, grabs some conveniently places bulbs and buries them. Queue the dramatic lens flare, the woman seen earlier walks up, with a dog, to where he had buried the bulbs. Andy quickly scurries away. The pace of the film then begins to pick up as the dog finds something buried in the soil (credit to the dogs on screen performance). Andy rushed back over and shoos them away, leans over and reveals the secret hidden beneath the soil; a finger.
Paragraph 5 – final scene of the film
His wife is heard on the phone, exposing the difficulties behind their relationship, which is particularly helpful since it’s very unclear what’s happening at this point. With Helen’s voice still being heard, Andy parks up and walks into the house with no ‘hello’s’ and ‘how are you’s’. The hostility of this marriage is clear as soon as they are face to face. His wife cuts straight to the arguing, desperate to know where her husband has been so late at night. Andy is harsh, sparing no empathy for his once beloved; the tension rises. It must be noted, however, the contrast between the bright and cheery beginning of the film with the dark and aggressive ending; perhaps symbolising how Andy’s life has altered for the better since ‘removing’ his lover from the equation. The two argue, resulting in his wife walking away. Realistically, unprovoked Andy reaches for the fire tools and swings for her, the film ends. The ending is vague at best. The chronology is completely off, leaving a sense of confusion that cannot be compared to a justifiable mystery; just plain confusion.
Paragraph 6 -an overall, evaluative summary
Green Fingers begins on an incredibly high note, with beautiful cinematography that could be compared to only a Malick film. It is well filmed but slow, picking up only just before the climax, then slowly dissipating until a final Walker’esque act of unprovoked violence at the end.
Paragraph 7- short and snappy explanation into the main successes of my film
The actors were highly enthused, and overall their characters were played well with particular note to Andrew’s very successful debut. If not for the disjointed editing this film could have been a real success.
My review is around 900 words long which will be plenty to fill an A3 page review, and will give me room to remove anything is its too long.