Titles for your opening - Needs to be embedded by 7th February

At the moment many of your storyboards do not include titles.  Please can you put these in.

Each person in your group also needs to complete 15 titles in live type and put these into a movie.

The title design should be based upon your idea for the film opening.  They need to link to genre/themes and how you want the audience to feel. 

After you have completed these - complete a reflection that answers the following questions:

  • What fonts did you consider - why did you finally decide on your font?
  • Size of titles - were there any names/roles that you gave extra importance by altering their size?
  • What colour choices did you make - why?
  • What animations did you consider 
  • What made you choose the animation for your title sequence?

Please can you also get feedback from your group on your title design.  




Storyboard - due Friday 24th January 

I expect that every group by Friday - should have a storyboard.  A storyboard is a visual representation of what we will see when we watch your film opening.

Storyboards are used as they allow you to see what your idea will look like, before you film it.  Storyboards allow you to plan out your shots/framing/movement - so that when you do film you know what you will film. They should make you realise that every shot counts.  You can use your what will I see what will I hear - to help you draw your storyboard.  This may just be your first storyboard idea - you may do more in the next two weeks.

This can be drawn, done on photoshop or a drawing app or could be photographic stills and found images.

Everyone will also use storyboard that - which is a cloud based application which allows you to design storyboards and embed them on your blog.  If also allows you to upload images that you have created.  I have purchased this for the media students.  The beauty of this app wll be that if your storyboard changes due to group discussion or feedback from your teacher, you will easily be able to make additions/changes and reembed it to your blog.

Everyone should register today and work out how to use it:

Click on this link which will take you to the page which has the instructions about how to sign up and log in to storyboard that.

For future reference - the 'storyboard that' page is on the navigation bar next to your portfolio timelines.


Health and Safety Advice from OCR 

Please be aware when planning your opening of the following guidelines.

Please do not plan to make music videos or trailers that show drug use, are highly sexualised, use gratuitous swearing or violence. 

All groups will be asked to meet with teachers to go through Health and Safety checks.

This is what OCR state:

Centres are reminded that materials studied on a GCE or GCSE Media Studies or Film Studies course
should be age appropriate for the students taking the course, with due consideration given to the maturity of
the students on the course.
When selecting study materials or giving advice on practical production ideas, centres need to apply
common sense and demonstrate appropriate judgement whilst also taking into account current health and
safety regulations and relevant child protection laws to ensure that a due level of care is shown to their
In recent series there have been some examples of production work that have caused concern, and in some
cases, been referred back to the exam board by moderators and then back to the centres themselves as
‘inappropriate material’ via OCR’s Child Protection Officer. Rather than list examples of offensive or
inappropriate material here, it is important to state that teachers need to ‘supervise’ and ultimately be
responsible for artefacts that are sent to the exam board. On occasion examination responses have also
been referred back to the exam board and then back to the centres where it is clear that candidates are
expressing opinions that have not been taught and are clearly inappropriate for public examinations.
Centres should have a robust health and safety policy in place ensure that students are both aware of it and
that they adhere to it. For example, students need to be aware whose permission they need to film in private
and public places, and they need to be aware of the dangers and risks that filming can pose to themselves
and to members of the public. Awareness of the law, application of common sense and consideration for
others are ll vital - including taking into consideration how a finished artefact may be interpreted by other
centres, parents or the general public if it is eventually made available via the web or other means.
Written permission should be obtained by centres from those individuals whose pictures are taken or
appear on film via a Model Release Form. If work is also to be published on the web, then centres should
ensure that they have asked models for all appropriate permissions on their release forms. Bearing in mind
that any material published on the web can never be reliably removed, centres should always adopt the
latest principles of best practice when publishing online – including the basic Department for Education
advice not to link an image to the name of a school student.
Centres and candidates are expected to comply to the guidelines given above at all times when working on


Complete - 3 Alternative opening ideas for your synopsis idea - due 14th January

Read your synopsis 

Close your eyes

Imagine your narrative and characters

Imagine any narrative themes in your story 

Imagine you are telling your story to the audience and you want them to continue watching

Now imagine three different openings for your narrative - write them out as What Will I see/What will I hear.

Evaluate which is the best.

Share your ideas with your group and comment on each other's idea.


Overview of planning tasks 

I am posting this so that you can see the extent and depth of your planning tasks.  Hopefully this will make you see how important it is to keep up with the work set.

This is not a comprehensive list - however you should have most of the following on your BLOG by the time you start filming.

  •  Synopsis of the film 
  • Three ways that the film could open 
  • Which is the most effective and achievable - why?  
  1. Storycannon for the film opening 
  2. What will I see/What will I hear write up
  3. Storyboard for the film opening -
  4. Filming Schedule - based on the storyboard
  5. Screenplay/shooting script
  6. Location ideas - and reflections on how you can access these locations 
  7. Health and Safety check - this must be ok'd by your teacher 
  8. Props/Sets/Costumes 
  9. Lighting ideas
  10. Framing/Focus - ideas and test shoots
  11. Actor ideas - with test head shots or short films  - why have they been chosen?
  12. Ideas for typography for the titles - these need to be considered in the planning stage not as an add on at the end.
  13. Ideas for sound and music - these need to be considered in the planning stage not as an add on at the end.
  14. Minutes of planning meetings/reflections on stages in the production

Overview of the extent of your research into film openings

This is worth 20 marks - however excellent research and planning will have a huge impact on your final production and your evaluation.  Below is some ideas for your planning and research.  You should aim to have all of these elements - however your planning and research should also reflect your own creative process and journey.  This is not a prescriptive list.


You need to research film openings - I would choose at least six but up to 15 and do short analyses of them.  Make sure that you highlight why you have chosen them.  You need to look closely at the following:

Titles - pace - what is listed and when - when does the title of the film appear

Use of sound - music/sound bridge/diegetic sound - how is this used to connote genre/themes/characterisation/setting/potential narrative 

Range of shots - camera movements - remember these are not random.  The opening shots of a film are highly significant - they must be selected for maximum impact.  Along with the sound and editing they will give the film its visual style.  REALLY LOOK CLOSELY at the film openings that you analyse - how do they engage the audience?

Editing - pre credit sequence/ title overlay/titles then opening of film/montage editing? All are valid responses - try to choose films that bring you into the world of the film in different ways.

Remember it is better to do a greater number of short analyses that make you think of ideas for your own work and produce a creative response, than a couple of highly detailed analyses which have no impact on your own film work.

Make each analysis a separate blog entry.  


Cinema and Audience research 

Research: Renoir Curzon, Vue Westfield and Odeon Camden


How many screens do they each have?

What films are they showing?

How much are the tickets and what different ticketing options are there?

What offers/deals do they have?

Do they have any special events?

Do they have bars/cafes?

Where are they located and what impact might this have on the audiences? (type of audiences, what else could they do before or after seeing a film?)

Anything else interesting that they have/sell/promote? What kind of ‘cinema experience’ does it offer?


What you should have on your blog by Friday 15th November

  1. Planning for your preliminary task
  2. PowerPoint analysis of a film title sequence - needs to be uploaded to slide share or done on prezzi
  3. Preliminary task on youtube - embeded in your blog
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