Tuesday, 31 January 2012

As I said earlier, we are having to film more footage, because we do not have enough as it is. This is for a few reasons.

  • A lot of the stuff we originally planned on doing wasn't actually included, because when we filmed it/looked back on it, it looked absolutely pants and we just couldn't use it. Some of the lighting was too dark, and we had a massive blunder with a couple of clips, in which we had the sound from the TV coming through. Also, in some of our clips, the framing looked good on the storyboard, but when we filmed it, it looked wrong. This meant (this appears to be my favourite phrase) that we had a lot of footage on the camera/in our heads, but when we looked at usable/good footage, there wasn't as much as we thought there was. 
  • I (at least) have no idea of space/time. Spacial awareness and knowing how long things are going to take are not good for me. The space one didn't really have an impact on our filming, but the time did. We thought it was going to last longer than it did, basically, because we only wanted the ritual and the death in the opening scene, but they did not take long at all. To avoid this happening again with our next clip, we should probably film everything lots of times so that we don't have the same problem of having unusable clips. There is dialogue in this scene, but we can remove lines and it will still make sense, to keep in with the time limit, but we can keep it in if we need the time.
  • We didn't consider the possibility that we wouldn't have enough, and so didn't prepare by having more footage than we'd need. On the camera, there is a load of recordings, but as I said in bullet 1), a lot of them we didn't use. We thought that we'd filmed more than we needed, but it turns out we didn't.
After we realised this, we remembered that we had had an idea of something that could come after. We had this idea waaaaaaay before we started filming, but we thought we'd have enough footage, and so we didn't consider even storyboarding it. Because of this idea, we didn't panic too much. We just edited together what we had (and got angered by FCP and the Mac because it kept dropping frames), and then decided to go to the blue room and practise what we needed to do, so that we would be ready to film ASAP.

We think the blue room should be a good location, because it's quite small, and it's soundproof, meaning that it's good if you want to talk and not be heard. The smallness of the room shows that the characters do not want to be overheard, which is what we were going for. Pictures shall arise soon!

Being ill frees up way too much free time.
I have done so many blog posts today.
I regret nothing.


Revolver films distributed Chatroom.
DreamWorks distributed Anchorman.

Chatroom Marketing
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(This powerpoint has been used before, I'm just recycling it. I'm not gonna lie, the fact that it has 345 views and 1 download excites me)

Also, Chatroom has a Twitter that I failed to mention in there: @ChatroomMovie.
And if you Facebook Chatroom, a page comes up.



So today, we did editing in class, and then we decided to stay for two hours after to edit some more. We put all our clips onto the timeline on FCP, and played around a bit with the transitions. We're uncertain as to whether we're going to use the fade in/fade out transition between ritual and death scenes, or whether we're just going to leave it as a cut. There's not much to do with that now, we just need to record the voice over and lay that down as well (it sounds like we're going to start rapping or something). Overall, editing was a great success today! We did discover, however, that we do not have enough footage! Our ritual/death scenes are barely a minute long, so we have realised that we need to film more. We've worked all that out, and practised what we're going to do. Hopefully, we'll be filming that on Thursday. I've done a story board for it (with my award winning art), as I've been home for hours and not been able to do much else.

Sunday, 29 January 2012

I always go on about how I hate Macs, but today Windows has failed me. We did some filming today, and we made some clips to put into a video diary type thing, but I can't put them together because I have a netbook which can't handle a simple program to put clips together.

So I suppose I don't hate Windows, I just hate my netbook.

But anyway, we filmed today and it was great.

Thursday, 26 January 2012

If you click this link, you may or may not win a free unicorn.


(It's our YouTube channel)

(... There's no unicorn)

The Production and Distribution of Anchorman.

Anchorman is a 2004 film, written by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay. It was directed by McKay, and stars Ferrell. It is a comedy, which takes a look at 1970s culture, in paritcular the format of the news and the role of men/women. Although the film is set in San Diego, the film is primarly shot in Los Angeles, Glendale and Long Beach, as they are in the studio zone (which I presume means they have studios in them), and San Diego is not. There are a few establishing shots of San Diego in the film, but they are anachronistic and show buildings that wouldn't have been there in the 1970s. It was filmed in 2003. Its budget was $26 000 000. The production company was DreamWorks.

Not gonna lie, I'm lazy and couldn't be bothered to type out all the people involved in production, so I have made a visual and graphic masterpiece to illustrate my point.
I should do IT or graphics or some subject like that.

Anchorman was released on July 9, 2004 in 3,091 theaters and grossed $28.4 million in its opening weekend. It went on to gross $85,288,303 in North America and $5,285,885 in the rest of the world for a worldwide total of $90,574,188, well above its $26 million budget. In the UK, it didn't do as well. In its opening weekend, it grossed £555,864 and overall grossed £1,465,538. Its weekend gross (I have no idea what this is btw) is £555,864 in 291 screens.

IMDb has failed me and won't tell me how it was distributed in the UK, but in the US, it was distributed theatrically by DreamWorks (it actually took me a while to realease it meant into cinemas, and it wasn't just a dramatic distribution...). DreamWorks also distributed in the US on VHS (I have no idea why, nobody owns a VHS anymore [I mean, I do, but that's besides the point]) and DVD. The film was released in 8 countries (there are 7 on the website, but they didn't include England and I'm pretty sure it was released there if it got a UK gross...), including the US, Argentina, The Netherlands, Germany and some other places.

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Our failed efforts at editing.

Today, divine intervention stepped in and prevented us from successfully editing. We haven't yet finished filming another part of our coursework, which is quite integral to our piece, so we couldn't do much on the editing front. So, we decided to design our logo, so that we could at least put that in. We looked for a font, but the fonts on Fireworks are rubbish, and the font generator we tried to use wouldn't work because I hate Macs and apparently the feeling is mutual. Then, we managed to go to the library and found a good pair of moose antlers we could use for the logo (so today wasn't completely a flop, I guess...), but we still couldn't find a font, because life is tragic and full of woe. Then, we thought 'ah, we'll do this bit at home, it's do-able at home', so we decided to maybe start putting together some of our more ridiculous clips for a blooper reel, but once again, divine intervention stepped in and Ralph died (Ralph is our camera, if you didn't know). It was a scary time, I tell you no lies. We thought our baby had died. He wouldn't work for so long, because he was stuck in purgatory (I thought I'd make this dramatic, so you can feel the emotions we felt during this difficult time) between USB mode and camera mode, but then Jess gave him new life and he lived! Scary times, but we got through it, and Marsha still has her skinny, ginger, Scottish husband. But by the time all of these calamities had ended, it was 10:30 and there was no time for editing anything. 

But at least Ralph is alright.

The Production/Distribution Of Chatroom.

Chatroom was shot in early 2010, at Shepperton Studios in Surrey. Some of the scenes were filmed on-location, in Camden, London Zoo (which I think is in, or near, Camden...), Charing Cross Station, Ealing, Regent's Canal, Staines (Surrey), Wimbledon and Primrose Hill. [This is completely irrelevant but I just discovered if you type in 'the production of Chatroom' into Google, my pre-production issues slideshare is on the first page of results, Google famous~]. There were many people involved in the production of Chatroom and, as we speak, I'm trying to find a magnifying glass to find out who they are (the text on the back of the DVD is so ridiculously tiny, and IMDb want me to pay them money to find out). There are about a billion producers and co-producers on this film (even though three are credited on the DVD case): Maya Amsellem, Katherine Butler, Hannah Farrell, Mark Folingo, Sharon Harel, Laura Hasting-Smith, Andrew Litvin, Alison Owen, Tania Reichert-Facilides, Eve Schoukroun, Faye Ward and Paul Trijbits. Why they have so many, I do not know. It seems like a waste to me. Casting was done by Nina Gold. The director of photography was Benoit Delhomme, and the editing was by Masahiro Hirakubo. There are tons more people involved in the production, so instead of listing them all, I will post a link here (I discovered I was clicking the wrong button on IMDb, technical genius I am): http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1319704/fullcredits

Distribution was done by many different companies worldwide, but the UK distributor was Revolver Films, in conjunction with West End Films (West End Films did the world wide distribution). Revolver, who were acquired in September 2010, were given funding of £200 000 by the UK Film Council to distribute the film. It was released on 22nd December, 2010. Revolver (according to Wikipedia, which of course makes it accurate) planned to do a special online marketing campaign for the film. They did do a "take-over" of a few websites, and Facebook pages and Twitters were made for the official film. The film was premiered initially in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival. The DVD was released by Revolver Films in 2011.

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Ruby Film Productions

Ruby Film and Television, founded in 1999 by Alison Owen in London, is the company that produced Chatroom. Seven producers work with Ruby as their sole job: Paul Trijbits, Alison Owens, Faye Ward, Hannah Farrell, Jenny Frayn, Helen Gregory and Sophie Vickers. They are based in London (Lloyd Baker Street, which I read incorrectly as Baker Street and the Sherlock Holmes/Gerry Rafferty parts of my brain exploded). Their films/TV series have won 22 awards, including the Emmy Awards for Temple Grandin (2011). A full list of all their awards can be found here. They started out as a film company, making Rat in 2000, but branched out a year later to make Is Harry On The Boat?

The company does not use the same directors; each film has a different one, although in more than one case (Love And Hate/Love And Other Disasters/Fishtank) the writer has also directed the film. They've made some lower budget films, and some quite well known (The Other Boleyn Girl/Tamara Drew/Jane Eyre). They also tend to do a lot of films based on other works (Chatroom/Tamara Drewe/Brick Lane/Jane Eyre etc.)

They don't seem to have one type of film they do more than others; they do romantic comedies, dramas, comedies, thrillers and horrors.