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This is a screenshot from premiere documenting the progress I made between making the storyboard and making it look like it would in the film.

Animatic from Jack O’Connell on Vimeo.


Evaluation question 6

Evaluation question 6 from Jack O’Connell on Vimeo.

6 .What have you learnt about technologies from the process of constructing this product?

“During the process of constructing my product I have learnt about how you can invert audio and video using Adobe Premiere Pro to make a certain part of the product more appropriate for the genre. I have learnt how to properly do a time lapse, this is something that I wanted to do right from the off as I thought that it would make for a very interesting feature for my product but I wasn’t quite sure how to do it. I researched it, found out how to do it, filmed it and then shortened the images down to about a frame duration each then put them together. I have also learnt more about continuity and how video and audio have to be synched up perfectly as if they are not the product does not look very professional which is obviously the undesired result.”

This is the thumbnail to the video I used to help me with time lapses

Evaluation question 5

Evaluation question 5 from Jack O’Connell on Vimeo.

How did you attract/address your audience?

“I attracted my audience by first making a memorable and impressive ident, with the ink falling into water with the name of my studio: Inkdrop appearing behind the ink. This caught the eye of a few people in my target audience demographic, with them enjoying the ident and them going on to say that they would like to see the final project based on my ident. With the research of what people enjoy and expect to see in thrillers I went on from there. In the end I did not actually show a gun in my product but I demonstrated that one was present with the gunshot sound effect and so still took what people expected to see in thrillers and put it into my product.”

Example of use of a gun in a thriller (Se7en) which is similar to my film opening. By alluding to the use of a gun, I have appealed to the archetypal view of thrillers, which often include weapons of some sort and death which is also suggested through the use of the gunshot and shown in the flashback sequence.

Evaluation question 4

Evaluaton question 4 from Jack O’Connell on Vimeo.

Who would be the audience for your media product?

“Looking at the age range on my target audience survey I am aiming my product at older adolescents and young adults as I think that the nature of the piece is inappropriate for audiences much younger, with themes of violence, death and threat. I also do not think the product would appeal as much to audiences much older than the target audience as it is not by any means a traditional film and the violence may shock older viewers. Being in the demographic of the target audience myself I chose themes I enjoyed in other films and questioned other people around the same age on what they thought of them [The themes] and expanded my product from there.”


age demographic

The fact that my target audience was around the same age as me made the further research much easier as I researched the aspects of thrillers I like and upon further surveying of whether other people enjoyed these aspects and expected to see them in thrillers made the process much quicker.

Film Opening

Final product from Jack O’Connell on Vimeo.

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I used Premiere Pro to put together the video and audio. Between the first draft and this final product I decided to omit part of the flashback scene as on a review of the draft I felt it was unnecessary and although I made the product to be mysterious and confusing as many thrillers do, I thought that didn’t add to the piece and ultimately looked rather silly. I also added in the time lapse of the sunrise as I’d wanted to do it beforehand but wasn’t entirely sure how to, when I took out part of the flashback scene I knew I had to fill that gap with something and so decided too use that. I also refilmed some of the shots from the first draft as the camera had been shaky and the shots didn’t look professional. At the time of filming the first draft I only had access to a monopod and therefore was not able to get the perfect shots  wanted so I knew from then I would definitely refilm them, and in the final product I used a tripod for better stability. In the first draft I also used a different actor to the one I have used in my final film, for the first draft I used my little brother, who in my opinion looked too young for the character I was creating. In the final product I had to use a friend who coincidentally has the same name so I didn’t need to edit out one name and put in another.