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This little message is just to say hi and welcome, If you haven't already read the about me section on this page, I would suggest you go and take a look. That section will tell you some basic information about myself and will tell you the reasoning for this blog. If you like, please stick around and feel free to take a glance around this page. If you like what you see, please feel free to follow and keep up to date with the latest ideas I have for my project.
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Josh Tills

Sunday, 29 January 2012

Similar Products to Runaway Boy

Similar Products to Runaway Boy
Here are some products which I feel are the same genre which have an opening which I find interesting and intriguing. I would like to produce an opening like any of these or a mixture of all three.
A suburban family is torn apart when fourteen-year-old Annie (Liana Liberato) meets her first boyfriend online. After months of communicating via online chat and phone, Annie discovers her friend (Chris Henry Coffey) is not who he originally claimed to be. Shocked into disbelief, her parents (Clive Owen and Catherine Keener) are shattered by their daughter's actions and struggle to support her as she comes to terms with what has happened to her once innocent life.
The opening of the film “Trust” begins with a black screen when some white text appears saying, “Volleygirl13 has joined the chat.” The scene then immediately changes to a close up of a teenage girl with headphones in, wearing what appears to be a tracksuit, where the young girl is partaking in sport. Judging from this, it is clear to see that the film revolves around volleyball, the film is questioning the big current affair of social networking sites. The sequence then cuts to a close up shot of the young girl cutting up some fruit. This implies that this girl is in training for maybe a volleyball game, or a tournament, or even some tryouts. After this some more text appears, again from volleygirl13, this time saying, “Hey guys I’m back!” This time the text is pink, to back up the innocence and purity of a young volleyball fan. In the background while this is happening, the young girl is making some sort of smoothie, further implying that the girl is in training.  Some more text appears after this, however this time; it is from “chRLeeCA” saying: “Hey u! When do tryouts start?” this here finally proves that the young girl is training for volleyball tryouts. Volleygirl13 then replies saying: “Couple hours… AHHHH!” however we still do not know if volleygirl13 is the young girl in the background making a smoothie. Some more people then join into the conversation, with “sallyspiker” adding: “Kick ass! Don’t forget to stretch!” All of this conversation implies that the Internet is a harmless place with a good community where nothing bad happens. chRLeeCA then adds to the conversation again saying: “show coach ur best shape of anyone on team!”  After this, the conversation is interrupted by BigMike saying: “Come over to my place, I’ll help you stretch ...” This indicates one of the main concerns for people everywhere regarding social networking sites and the internet in general. This could possibly introduce the topic and conventions for this film. A few seconds after this and two white lines reading: Volleygirl13 has PERMANENTLY BLOCKED messages from BigMike. This however shows the audience that the internet can be a safe place in spite of those who abuse it, if those who use are responsible. The conversation ends with chRLeeCA wishing Volleygirl13 “Good luck! :)” This shot in the background shows the girl who was making a smoothie drink going for a run. The sequence then fades to back and the titles come fade into the blackness, the music slowly fades out.
The Fighter
The Fighter, is a drama about boxer "Irish" Micky Ward's unlikely road to the world light welterweight title. His Rocky-like rise was shepherded by half-brother Dicky, a boxer-turned-trainer on the verge of being KO'd by drugs and crime.
The fighter starts with a black screen, immediately the audience can hear some kind of scraping noise but are not introduced to what object is making the noise. As the scraping persists a title fades into the shot reading “Based on a true story.” The title fades away and the audience is left with blackness again for around 2 seconds. Then the images fades onto the screen. The first shot is of a run down, poor american high street. The camera tilts down to the floor where the audience are introduced to the object making the scraping noise. The object is a rake being pushed along a broken, pot hole filled road. The camera then stays still and we see a man walk into the shot as from behind the camera. This is man pushing the rake.The man is well built and sweaty. We then see fists coming into and out of the shot as if throwing fake punches at the man pushing the rake. The style of which the punches are thrown simulate that of a boxer. This therefore introduces the topic of the film. Judging from what has already been introduced, it is imaginable that the film is about an up and coming boxer from the slums of America, using the ideology of the american dream to get there. As the punches continue to be thrown the sweaty man pushing the rake becomes aggravated and looks round to the camera, saying to the man throwing the punches “come on” “Dickie, I said come on, you gotta help me finish this”, however the punches continue to be throw into and out of the shot. Getting annoyed, the man throws the rake to the rake and says “COME ON!” taking on a boxing style stance. The camera moves round sticking to the 180 degree rule, to reveal the other man who was previously throwing the punches. The sweaty man who was pushing the rake throws an upper cut, but does the other man. However he does not hit him on purpose, this reveals to the audience that these people are friends and are just mucking around. The other man who has just been “hit” with an uppercut throws a right handed swing and the sweaty male falls to ground. The camera again moves round to reveal camera and camera crew filming this as well. The man who “knocked down the sweaty male known as Dickie then says “They’re making a movie about me and my comeback and my brother. The Fighters are BACK!” he says lifting up his brothers hand in a winning style. Music starts and the camera moves back down a road at an incredibly fast speed and the title “The Fighter” fades onto the moving the camera shot. The camera goes so far down the road that the people who the audience were only 2 seconds ago listening to, are now dots.
Dear John
While John is on leave in his hometown, he finds Savannah, a college student visiting the town. Although love was unexpected, it doesn't mean they didn't find it. With the knowledge of John having to leave for the army, their love still lives, until his re-signs on due to the 9/11 attack. Troubles invade and their love put on hold. One cannot bear it anymore; can the other?
The opening starts straight away of soldier lying on the ground with his eyes closed, with another soldier crouching over him trying to move him and wake him. Just as the soldier moves him to a seated position a monologue starts. The monologue goes: "There's something I want to tell you. After I got shot... you want to know the very first thing that entered my mind? Before I blacked out? Coins. I'm 8 years old again, on a tour of the US Mint. I'm listening to a guy explain how coins are made: how they're punched out of sheet metal, how they're rimmed and beveled, how they are stamped and cleaned. And how each and every batch of coins are personally examined... just in case any of them slip through with the slightest imperfections. That's what popped into my head. I am a coin in the United States Army. I was minted in the year 1980. I've been punched from sheet metal. I've been stamped and cleaned, and my ridges have been rimmed and beveled. And now I have two small holes in me; I'm no longer in perfect condition. So there's something else I want to tell you - right before everything went black, you want to know the very last thing that entered my mind? You." At the start of the monologue it the soldier who is shot being moved into a seated position. Then once the person says “I’m eight years old again” the shot cuts to an eight year old boy looking at coins falling. Then as he explains how coins are made, the shot mimic this. One he explains how “i am just a coin in the united states army” the shot cuts to his point of view as he is seated looking at someone saying something to him which he can;t make out. The shot then cuts to a close up of his eyes, and as he describes the comparisons between him and a coin, the shots alternate between a close up of his eyes to the coins being made. The shot then cranes down looking vertically at him lying on the ground covered in blood. As it zooms in the shots fades out of focus and fades to black, just as he ends the monologue.
These are a few products which are of the same genre as the film I would like to produce. I would like to aim for something that is a mixture of all three. Where the opening starts by having landscape shots of different areas and objects to start the film, like Trust. With a lot of speech throughout the opening like in Dear John, and an ending to the opening like in The Fighter, where it goes out quickly and the title fades into the shot.

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Film Institutions and Distributors

Film Institutions and Distributors
Warner Bro’s
Harry, Albert, Sam and Jack Wonskolaser founded warner Bro’s on The 4th April 1923, however this was only when the company was formally founded, Warner Brothers Pictures, Incorporated actually stems back from the Pittsburgh-based Duquesne Amusement & Supply Company, founded in 1904. Warner Brothers have, over the years been very successful, priding themselves time and time again as the best institution and distributor of film, creating some of the highest grossing movies ever and series/sagas ever, like the Harry Potter series (the highest grossing film series of all time, Harry Potter also last year, with its release of ‘Harry Potter and Deathly Hallows – Part 2’, brought Warner Bros. its highest grossing movie ever. The first movie however for Warner Bros. was ‘Where the North Begins’, produced and distributed in 1923. The star of this film was a dog-named Rin Tin Tin who was hired for $1000 per week. Some films that Warner Bro’s have produced are Gran Turino, which had a budget of $33 million. The Bucket List, which had a budget of $45 million. I Am Legend and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button which both had budget of approximately $150 million. These are just a few examples of films and budgets from Warner Bro’s who produce many, many films per year.
20th Century Fox
The Fox Film Corporation was formed in 1915 by the theatre chain pioneer William Fox, who formed Fox Film Corporation by merging two companies he had established in 1913: Greater New York Film Rental, a distribution firm, which was part of the Independents; and Fox (or Box, depending on the source) Office Attractions Company, a production company. This merging of a distribution company and a production company was an early example of vertical integration. Only a year before, the latter company had distributed Winsor McCay's groundbreaking cartoon Gertie the Dinosaur. Some examples of films 20th Century Fox have produced with the approximate budget are as listed: The Beach which had a budget of $50 million, Cast Away which had a budget of $90 million, I,Robot which had a budget of $120 million, and Water for Elephants which had a budget of $30 million. The also are just a few examples of films and budgets from 20th Century Fox who produce many, many films a year.
Revolver Entertainment
Revolver Entertainment is a marketing-lead, all rights film distribution company. Founded in 1997, the company has operations in both London and Los Angeles. Most notably, Revolver has released Gela Babluani's French noir thriller 13 Tzameti, Werner Herzog's award-winning documentary Grizzly Man, London urban drama Kidulthood, and the Sundance Film Festival and Venice Film Festival award winner A Guide to Recognising Your Saints starring Robert Downey Jr and Channing Tatum, the follow-up to Ray Lawrence's award-winning Lantana; Jindabyne, the crime thriller  Tell No One based on the best-seller by Harlan Coben, and the documentary Taking Liberties which looks at how current government policies have severely affected our civil liberties, along with the controversial documentary Zoo which screened at the Sundance Film Festival. Recent successes include the action thriller Shank, graffiti artist Banksy's debut feature Exit Through the Gift Shop, which showed in competition at the Berlin Film Festival 2010, the documentary Robsessed, about teen idol Robert Pattinson and comedian David Baddiel's The Infidel. Revolver is known for its promotional stunts, including their attempt to break the world record for a zombie gathering in Leicester Square to promote The Zombie Diaries, superimposing the faces of political leaders onto Kidulthood billboards in London, offering a trip to Amsterdam and a free bag of marijuana as a prize at the release of gonzo comedy, The Wackness, and promoting the DVD release of Dead Man Running starring Danny Dyer by dropping hundreds of customised £5, £10 and £50 on crowds in London and Manchester. Revolver also rented a public space off Portobello Road for Banksy to create a "pop-up" poster to tie into the marketing campaign of 'Exit Through The Gift Shop. Relvoler entertainment films are usually distributed by Magnolia Home entertainment. Some examples of films and budgets distributed by revolver entertainment are: Kidulthood which had a budget of £600,000, The Zombie Diaries which had a budget of £500,000, Dead Man Running which had a budget of £5 million, and Sket which had a budget of £1 million. These are a few examples of films and budgets from a fast growing, up and coming film distributor.
Momentum Pictures
 Momentum Pictures in a film institution founded in 2000 which is growing in popularity very quickly and in only 12 years, has had some major releases and some big, important news. Unlike other film distributors and institutions, Momentum Pictures does not have a lot of information readily available, unless willing to pay for a subscription to IMDbPro. However what information is readily available is that the company is owned by Alliance films and is based in London. Momentum Pictures is one of the leading independent motion picture distributors in the UK and Ireland and releases approximately 20 theatrical films per year. Some examples of films which Momentum pictures have distributed include: The Kings Speech, which had a budget of $15 million, The Fighter, which had a budget of $25 million, Defiance, which had a budget of $32 million, and Never Back Down, which had a budget of $20 million.
After looking at all of these four film institution and distribution companies. I think that the two institutions that would best suit my film would be either Warner Bros’s or Momentum Pictures. I think that these two would be the best choices because they have produced many films which match a drama genre, which is the same genre as my film. I feel however that out of these two institutions, Warner Bro’s would be the better choice as Warner Bro’s have a much higher reputation than Momentum Pictures and also Warner Bro’s has synergy with all other types of companies to give my film a lot more opportunities. This institution would link to my film as it has distributed many other films which fit to the same category as mine.

Monday, 16 January 2012

Pre - Liminary Task - Behind the scenes footage

The link below will take you to a video of all the extra footage I filmed for the pre - liminary task. It gives a different perspective from just watching the pre lim task and shows you first hand all of the work and planning that went into the task. I have more bloopers so if I have time, I may make a montage of bloopers. Much love, Peace!

P.S: If the link does not work, go to one of the other links posted earlier, for example the second vlog, and look at other uploads. This link should work though

The second vlog - The Pre - Liminary Task

The second blog to go hand in hand with the pre liminary task. Enjoy!

The Pre - Liminary Task

This guys, is the Pre - Liminary Task, check it out, enjoy!

Pre-Liminary Task - Shooting Schedule

Here is the shooting schedule for the pre-liminary task.
P.S: Apologies for the delay in uploading the shooting schedule. There was a technical fault in converting the file onto my computer and then trying to upload the file to The Actual pre-liminary task will be up later, as well as the blog and behind the scenes footage.

Thursday, 5 January 2012

Pre-Liminary Task - Storyboard

here are a series of pictures of my storyboard (I know the drawing isn't the best). It gives an in-depth outline of the preliminary task and if you can see from the size of the image, explains not only the shot, but the editing process of the cuts and fade to at the end.