Monday, 16 December 2013

Comparing Italian Job opening scenes

Comparing the two Italian job sequences, 1969 & 2003. Gives a couple similarities but a greater amount of differences. In my opinion I personally think that the more modern and sooner trailer the 2003 Italian job, is the better one. this can be backed up by several points, one of the points being that a greater amount of modern technology is used so therefore; improved graphics, greater technology, faster screens etc. Another reason is that the 2003 Italian job trailer is an animation, so it is a lot more harder to produce, the 1969 is a normal trailer, which is quite simple with a dull song and a camera shot of inside the car for more than half of the trailer, so it is quite boring and does not attract the audiences attention.

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

The Italian Job 2003 opening scene

This is the opening scene to the re-make of the original Italian Job. I have chosen this to take inspiration of how my opening scene will look. In my opinion this opening scene has only a couple negatives and overall is a very positive first approach to the film.

The positives being are that the opening scene is an animation, so it is a lot harder then normal filming, and by the final product it is clearly shown that the animation has been done very well, even the animations move as the music kicks in, implies that the producer has spent time on making it perfect. The credits are very clear to the audience and is also up for a considerable amount of time, so the audience does not have to rush to read. I also like the way that they have not forgotten about the car theme of the film and they have used the mini to take part in the animation. Sound effects are also used to identify the car.

The only negative points that I will have about this opening scene would be the music, I think it doesn't give off the action genre of the movie, and I also think that the animation could have included a bit more detail to the theme of the film.

The Italian Job 1969 opening scene

This is the Italian Job 1969 opening scene, this is from the original Italian Job movie. I have chosen this opening scene to take inspiration from because it relates to my opening scene in numerous ways; I would want my opening scene to be an action genre and involve cars for an entertaining approach. I have researched upon this opening scene and analysed it.

Like all opening scenes I have found negatives and positives throughout this opening scene. But worryingly I have found a greater amount of negatives then positives, but the reason I would look at it in this approach will be because we are in the 20th century and this opening scene was back in the 1969's so the reason for the negatives will be the lack of modern technology.

The positives for this opening scene would be the scene is very appealing because it is in the mountains and the camera only focuses on one vehicle/character. I like the way the opening starts off with the camera movements and the input of the car's engine noise which gives the audience the genre of the film, being cars. the camera then moves into the car, following the road and the car's engine noise becomes louder.

The reason why I have said that there was a greater amount of negatives then positives is because the camera stays stationary inside the car, which is good up to a certain point but starts to ease off and gets a bit dull and boring for the audience, there is no action to follow. Also the credits are not very visible with the mixture of colour and the background does not let the audience focus on one thing. The music was very calm and does not fit in with the whole genre of the movie, if a more entertaining choice of music was picked then it would keep the audience entertained but the stationary of the camera and the calm music bores the audience.

I would like to take inspiration of the opening scene by taking away the positives and upgrading the negatives and making sure I do not make the same mistakes in my own opening scene.

The Italian Job 1969 vs The Italian Job 2003

The original Italian Job has a completely different cast and filming technique compared to the re-make. The original Italian Job is the first make of the film so they will get heads up on coming up with the idea. But, the re-make of it has been upgraded to better quality graphics, a greater support for main characters and updated Mini's.

The original Italian Job has received a rating of 7.3/10 and the re-make has 6.9/10. So straight away the original has gained a step further then the re-make as the rating for it is a considerable amount higher.

Looking at all the feedback that both of the films have had gives an end result that the original Italian Job was better then the re-make.

The reason why I have compared the two films is that I would like to use one of the two films as inspiration for my own, but as an end result I will use both and use good factors of each film and apply the same for mine.

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Paramount Pictures

Paramount pictures Corporation is a film and television production/distribution studio, consistently ranked as one of the largest film studios. It has distributed various commercially successful film series, such as: Shrek, Transformers, Mission Impossible, Indiana Jones, Star Trek, Jackass, Beverly Hills Cop, Crocodile Dundee, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda, Paranormal Activity, G.I. Joe, and Friday the 13th.

I wanted to look at Paramount pictures because the company inspires me with their car-based action movie: The Italian Job. I looked at this film because it involves cars and action which relates to the story line I wanted to produce. So this film is a good way to compare to the Fast & Furious films, that way I can look at a number of techniques throughout both films.

Top five directors for action movies

1. Michael Bay

2. John McTiernan

3. Tony Scott

4. James Cameron

5. Steven Spielberg

The reason why I have looked at my favourite top five action directors is that I wanted to inspire myself into creating a film along the lines of their techniques. In my opinion these top five directors have created spectacular movies such as: Die Hard, Aliens, Man On Fire, Saving Private Ryan and Transformers. If I produce an action movie then I will look into these directors to see how they had produced their films and use the same techniques for mine.


Cinematic Techniques

      Breakdown of a couple filming techniques -

  • Cinematography
  • Mise-En-Scene
  • Lighting Technique
  • Editing
     Cinematography - 
  • Close-up
  • Medium shot
  • Wide shot
     Camera angles are used to communicate with characters, meaning and emotions. 

     Mise-En-Scene - 
     Five elements to Mise-En-Scene
  • Settings & props
  • Costume, Hair & Make Up
  • Facial Expressions & Body Language
  • Lighting & Colour
  • Positing Of Characters
      Lighting technique - 

      Lighting is the usage of light to re-create the feeling of the character and set the mood for the shot.


Monday, 9 December 2013

Universal Studios

I would want to look at Universal Studios for inspiration. This is because Universal Studios have produced all six Fast & Furious films. Fast & Furious films pay a huge part in what I want to create myself, the films define action as well as involving all the entertaining modified cars and a street racing theme. The reason I would want to have a look at the Fast & furious films is that it has been produced very well, this point being backed up by the huge amount of support the film has gained for itself. In my point of view Fast & Furious is the best street race film and also one of the best films I have seen.

Universal Studious have done an amazing job creating the Fast & Furious film so therefore I would like to take inspiration and look into depth how the film was created and the key factors to making it into a superb film. As well as creating this film, Universal Studios have also created a number of other great films which I can also take inspiration from.

Film company logo's

I have researched film company logo's to take inspiration and start to think about a rough copy of what my film logo will look like. The film logo's that I have chosen, most of them haven't got much colour so I would want to have my logo in a bit of colour so it catches the audiences eye. This mood board of logo's will give me a rough idea of what my logo will look like.

Music in opening scene

The song used in this opening scene is 2 Chainz Feat Wiz Khalifa - We Own It. The significance of different genres of music is that it will relate to the film and if the film is an action genre then a different type of song will fit in. For example; if a film was a comedy genre then action type of music is not going to be used because the whole theme is to make the audience laugh and that wont work.

The type of music used for this opening scene relates to the film because the lyrics and the instrumental links well with actions of the film. the music relates to the films genre and relates to the cars. The music will also decide if it catches the audiences attention, if the song is lively then it will succeed but if it isn't then it will bore the audience. If the music does not relate to the opening scene then it does not make the  opening scene itself look good, therefore will bring down the whole film because the audience will not want to watch the rest of the film.

Mise en scène of an action scene

The first set is on a one way road, the camera then zooms into the characters face; identifying facial expressions. The characters facial expressions show that he is concentrating on the coach that was shown at the start. The costume has not been shown in this scene, only the top half which looks like a plain black t shirt. The significance of this can be that the character is not financially high, as the top half looks plain and simple. The camera then moves to the next character, the characters facial expressions show that she is happy, she's got a smile on her face meaning something good is about to happen. The characters costume is covered by the shade and her arm so we cannot see it. The setting is still at the same destination. The lighting implies that it is still in the morning/afternoon. The colour of the three cars are all black, this can be significant as they could all be from the same crew. The cars look like their in good condition implying that they pay attention to their cars, which relates to the films genre. The camera then moves onto the the final car, where their are two characters, their costume is a bit more visible to the audience. Their actions look like they are arguing, speaking in a different language can be significant not to tell the audience what they are talking about. As the car starts to approach the coach, the first characters emotions change to getting happier, starting to smile. His head turns to look at the other car, it then makes the other character swerve to the side, so they are communicating through actions. The camera then moves into the coach, showing all emotions of people looking out the window to see what it was except one character that understood who it was and the emotions changed from sad to happy understanding he was going to get out.