Tuesday, 27 December 2011


Slumdog Millionaire

What category of British film is it and why?It is directed by Danny Boyle who is English which is English involvement. The film was written by Simon Beaufoy who is also English, however the film was co directed by Loveleen Tandan who is an Indian film director and so the film is not fully English as it as some outside involvement.

Find and analyse and explain how the film was marketed in terms of trailers, posters, billboards, media interviews. When were they released and how?
As they developed their marketing launch plan Pathé focused on digital marketing as an effective and highly accountable route to build awareness of the film with the public. They appointed digital media agency Tug to work with them to raise awareness of the film in the UK while also targeting niche audiences such as Indian movie goers and Danny Boyle enthusiasts. To support their above the line advertising Pathé developed a suite of online marketing collateral. These included a viral application, a widget and a trailer focused micro site for Tug to work with.
They put banners on Google so when clicked on, a trailer was played.

Sunday, 11 December 2011

Digital Screen Network.

Digital cinema refers to the use of digital technology to distribute and project motion pictures. A movie can be distributed via hard drives, optical disks (such as DVDs and Blu-ray Discs) or satellite and projected using a digital projector instead of a conventional film projector. Digital cinema is distinct from high-definition television and, in particular, is not dependent on using television or high-definition video standards, aspect ratios, or frame rates. Digital projectors capable of 2K resolution began deploying in 2005, and since 2006, the pace has accelerated (2K refers to images with 2,048 pixels of horizontal resolution).

Granted this is not a lot of info, but surprisingly there isnt a lot of info on this subject.

Which I could find anyway. :)

Cinema listings for twilight- breaking dawn at odeon cinema hatfield.


Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Information about Slumdog Millionaire

Slumdog Millionaire
Slumdog Millionaire is a 2008 British epic romantic drama adventure film directed by Danny Boyle, written by Simon Beaufoy, and co-directed in India by Loveleen Tandan. It is an adaptation of the novel Q & A (2005) by Indian author and diplomat Vikas Swarup. The film is set and filmed in India; the film tells the story of Jamal Malik, a young man from the Dharavi slums of Mumbai who appears on the Indian version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? He exceeds people's expectations, so people suspect that he was cheating.
Slumdog Millionaire had a nationwide grand release in the United Kingdom on 9 January 2009 and in the United States on 12 November 2008. It premiered in Mumbai on 22 January 2009.
Slumdog Millionaire was nominated for 10 Academy Awards in 2009 and won eight, the most for any film of 2008, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay. It also won seven BAFTA Awards (including Best Film), five Critics' Choice Awards, and four Golden Globes. The film was dubbed in Hindi for Indian release as Slumdog Crorepati and also in Tamil as Naanum Kodieswaran.
Screenwriter Simon Beaufoy wrote Slumdog Millionaire based on the Boeke Prize-winning and Commonwealth Writers' Prize-nominated novel Q & A by Vikas Swarup. To hone the script, Beaufoy made three research trips to India and interviewed street children, finding himself impressed with their attitudes. The screenwriter said of his goal for the script: "I wanted to get (across) the sense of this huge amount of fun, laughter, chat, and sense of community that is in these slums. What you pick up on is this mass of energy."
By the summer of 2006, British production companies Celador Films and Film4 Productions invited director Danny Boyle to read the script of Slumdog Millionaire. Boyle hesitated, since he was not interested in making a film about Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? This was produced by Celador. Then Boyle learned that the screenwriter was Beaufoy, who had written The Full Monty (1997), one of the director's favourite British films, and decided to revisit the script. Boyle was impressed by how Beaufoy wove the multiple storylines from Swarup's book into one narrative, and the director decided to commit to the project. The film was projected to cost US$15 million, so Celador sought a U.S. distributor to share costs. Fox Searchlight Pictures made an initial offer that was reportedly in the $2 million range, but Warner Independent Pictures made a $5 million offer to win rights to the picture.
Its budget was 15 million dollars. The idea came from a book as previously mentioned.

Monday, 21 November 2011


Just done my essay question, took roughly 35 minutes, not too bad me thinks considering i lost my notes. Well done Aim.

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Jacob, Ben and My film

Appleby Street
The location is set near a forest on Appleby Street. There are a lot of fields and there is a bunker which is a perfect location for our genre which is horror.
It is only 2-3 minutes long and so we had to leave it where the story could be carried on, the handheld camera is showing the event from his point of view. In the beginning Ben and Jacob go to Aimee’s house and knock on her door. The next time the camera is turned on they are walking to toward the fields discussing the party which will be at the bunker. The camera is turned on again and they are walking through the fields talking more about the party. Jacob then stops to pee while Aimee and Ben walk on. Jacob looks around with the camera still, hearing weird rustling noises, and then he hears Aimee scream. He then jogs in that direction and keeps looking behind. He then discovers Ben dead on the floor, he then hears Aimee scream again and carries on running, he trips over and hurts his ankle and then discovered that it was actually Aimee he tripped over, and she too is also dead. He then gets up and hobbles towards the bunker hoping there will be people there. Jacob then trips again and so the camera is on its side, then we see a mysterious figure walking towards the Jacob, the camera keeps turning itself on and off so each time the figure is closer and closer until it kneels down, Jacob is stabbed then we see the mysterious figure walk off, and carry the dead bodies with police sirens in the background.
Obviously the clothes are likely to get ruined so we are going to be wearing things we don’t mind throwing away. We will also be wearing lightly coloured clothes to see where we are injured.
We will be only using torches for light as it looks as realistic as possible.
We will not be using music over the top because then it wouldn’t be as realistic.

Sunday, 13 November 2011

Revision Guide

Shot reverse shot, mid shot, long shot, close up, extreme close up, zolly, snoricam, zooming, steadicam, location context, over shoulder shot, full shot, birds eye view, crane, weather shot, oblique ange, low angle, two shot, eye level shot, tilt, medium close up, panning, wide shot, point of view, hand held, focus, shot framing, position.

Rapid cutting, pace, jump cuts, tension intercutting, final shot, eyeline match, action match, rule of thirds, dissolve,fade, cut away, 180 degree rule.

Diagetic, non-diagetic, dialogue, volume, pace, instrumentation.

Costume, lighting, make up, colour, dominant colour, symbolism, props, proxemics, setting, production, body movement, actors.

My collage

In my collage I wanted to show me, but without giving to much away. I though a good start would be music. Music is a huge part of my life, my whole family love music, although I do not play an instrument or anything music is still a huge part, my family often have heated debates on who listens to the best music as we are all very passionate. I included pictures of artists and groups who I listen to mainly but there are many I have not covered. I included pictures of; Amy Winehouse, The Arctic Monkeys, Biffy Clyro, Kings of Leon, Kaiser Chiefs, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Pendulum, Cage The Elephant, The Kooks, Mumford and Sons, Radiohead and Coldplay.
The next thing I thought would show me as a person, was the countries I loved, London obviously was on there as I live in England. Sydney Australia, Queenstown New Zealand and Pathos Cyprus are all places I love.
I also included pictures of my family. My family are a massive part of my life and I am very similar to them all. I included a picture of my mum and my younger brother, my mum at the age I am now, a picture of me and my dad when I was younger and a picture of my mum and dad shortly after they got married.
I also included a picture of my bedroom as I think it can tell a lot about a person, it is very organised but childish at the same time. I love the colour pink and have lots of keep sake memories, for example the teddies on my bed and collectable fairies around my room from various countries I have visited.
In my collage I had a section for my aspirations on this I had a picture of my boss where I teach children how to swim and a picture of a teacher as that is what I want to do later in life.
The final section included my hobbies which show pictures of people body boarding, someone swimming and a person cliff diving. I love water sports and that is a big part of my life.

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Media homework on film thingyyy.

Who’s idea was the film?Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street is a 2007
What are the issues with the genre of the film?
Where did the idea come from?The idea came from a previous play by
Awards and nominations.Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street received four
Reviews.On the DVD Reviews section, EW's Chris Nashawaty gave the film an A-minus, stating, "Depp's soaring voice makes you wonder what other tricks he's been hiding... Watching Depp's barber wield his razors... it's hard not to be reminded of

Golden Globe nominations for the January 2008 65th Golden Globe Awards, winning two.Edward Scissorhands frantically shaping hedges into animal topiaries 18 years ago... and all of the twisted beauty we would've missed out on had [Burton and Depp] never met."

The issues with this film is that it is gruesome and some viewers may find it offensive.
black comedy horror musical film directed by Tim Burton.Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler in 1979.Johnny Depp as Benjamin Barker/Sweeney Todd Helena Bonham Carter as Mrs. Lovett Alan Rickman as Judge Turpin Jamie Campbell Bower as Anthony Hope Jayne Wisener as Johanna barker Ed Sanders as Toby Ragg Laura Michelle Kelly as Lucy Barker Timothy Spall as Beadle Bamford Sacha Baron Cohen as Adolfo Pirelli/Davy Collins

Noam Chomsky


Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Ferdinand de Saussure

Ferdinand de Saussure was born on 26 November 1857 in Geneva, Switzerland, and died at age 55. He was a 19th century philosopher and was one of the founding fathers of semiotics. His concept of the sign/signifier/signified/referent forms the core of the field.
Saussure once said ‘It is... possible to conceive of a science which studies the role of signs as part of social life. It would form part of social psychology, and hence of general psychology. We shall call it semiology. It would investigate the nature of signs and the laws governing them. Since it does not yet exist, one cannot say for certain that it will exist. But it has a right to exist, a place ready for it in advance. Linguistics is only one branch of this general science. The laws which semiology will discover will be laws applicable in linguistics, and linguistics will thus be assigned to a clearly defined place in the field of human knowledge.’ This translated basically means that he thought that linguistics was not the only concept of scientific theories; he said that he didn’t know if it existed but he was going to find out.
Semiotics began to become a major approach to cultural studies in the late 1960s, partly as a result of the work of Roland Barthes. Saussure's term, 'semiology' is sometimes used to refer to the Saussurean tradition, whilst 'semiotics' sometimes refers to the Peircean tradition, but that nowadays the term 'semiotics' is more likely to be used as an umbrella term to embrace the whole field. Saussure argued that 'nothing is more appropriate than the study of languages to bring out the nature of the semiological problem'. Semiotics draws heavily on linguistic concepts, partly because of the influence of Saussure and because linguistics is a more established discipline than the study of other sign systems.
Saussure says that with the word H-O-R-S-E, the concept of "horse" is what is signified, the referent is what kicks you. The "real" thing is therefore external to the sign, whereas the signified is a part of it.
Media homework :)

Thursday, 15 September 2011


Had media today. My groups 2 minute video is going to be... Amazing.

Saturday, 10 September 2011


As weekends go, ive had work and then school work, clearly peaking, on to english homework now, might do some media later.


Have had a lot of trouble trying to set this thing up. Had to make a new email adress and everything. Lets hope this one works.