Wednesday, 3 April 2013

1. In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge formsand conventions of real media products?

The title sequence that we produced we tried to follow as many typical codes and conventionsof a title sequence as possible, however it also challenged some conventionswhich I will explain throughout.
Our title sequence aimed to indicate the genre clearly throughout by including typical props and characters in which you would see in a Crime thriller movie. By us including actors who would star in these genres of movie such as Ray Winstone again shows that we have followed the conventions of atitle sequence.

In our title sequence we included a mix of conceptual and narrative scenes, which shows how we have challenged the typical codes and conventions of a title sequence however they can be seen as a positive as it is constantly changing the atmosphere and scene for the audience which then enables the audience to get a better understanding of what type of men these characters are and also how they go about life. Each of the shots help with this as they tell a story , each shot represents a location of each character and how they are always on the move when living a life like this. The locations are also important because it sets the scene for the audience and shows that the movie will take a place in London. We decided to use significant props such as stacks of money which represents that the men are living a life of corruption and avery fraudulent lifestyle. Significant scenes involving props such as theburning money create an enigma for the audience as they will want to know why all of this money is getting burned and wasted.  However by using the mixof conceptual and narrative scenes could be seen as a negative as it is too confusing as it may not allow the audience to concentrate on the rest of the title sequence as they are too busy trying to work out what is going on. We hoped that by doing this the audience wouldn’t experience this problem and that they could easily work out what the title sequence is about, but from watching the clip repeatedly it is understandable that our clip could come across as confusing because the hospital scene proved to baffle people. The change from London scenes and then to a burning briefcase and then to a hospital can be confusing this would be our only main problem with the title sequence. Nevertheless as a group we felt that by using both conceptual and narrative elements did work and had a positive effect throughout. When we receive final feedback we will then evaluate whether we should rearrange the scenes so thatit comes across more clearer to the audience.

 We also hoped that the lack of dialogue could be made up by the soundtrack which fits perfectly with the style and also the pace of the title sequence. The soundtrack definitely proved to be one of the most successful parts of the title sequence if not the most successful because it links everything together and gives it a beneficial flow. Each tick of the clock on the soundtrack fits very cleverly and has a very distinguishable effect. The soundtrack also creates such suspense during the title sequence and also tension as the tick acts as timer for Anton in which he doesn’t have a lot of time to sort out the problems before they come on top of him. We still followed typical codes and conventions of a title sequence by including a narrative scene at the end in the form of a flashback conversation involving Anton and Luther. The conversation was the last conversation before Luther’s death.

 We also researched into typography as we wanted our titles to fit the genre perfectly we found out that most gangster/crime thriller movies had block capitals for their titles therefore it made sense for us to follow and use a similar font. We wanted our titles to be bold and made sure that they were simple but effective to the audience. Overall The main intentions of our title sequence was to keep the audience engrossed and focused throughout by including affective shots and also by creating enigma's for the audience which will get them thinking about the title sequence throughout.

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