Seperation City (Movie Poster Analysis)


In this film poster for “Separation City, in to’ we see that it establishes romance, we see this as both the heart and a couple kissing is displayed. Focusing on the other symbols within the poster we see that the love heart which is shattered signifies a broken romance (heart-break). We see two hands underneath the love heart one female who is holding the heart and the other male who is holding the needle to the love heart bursting the love heart causing it to look shattered into pieces. The hands signify that there is some kind of portrayal which will happen with the happily married couple.

The text underneath the main title of the movie reads ‘it only takes one prick’ from this context we are then lead to believe that a character/characters come to disturb the relationship.

We know that the couple is happily married from the colour of the dress (white) and the man wearing the suit (black) along with the passionate wedding kiss after the vows. The poster signifies happily married/kissing couple on the left side to go into heartbreak on the right side. The location setting is on a mountain near the sea which is bright/sunny representing that the location is peaceful


Deliverance (Critical Analysis)



In the first part of the opening sequence, we are shown two men playing the banjo one from the city and the other from the countryside having a ‘duelling battle’ this music sets the tone for what lies ahead for these men.

The trip that the mean take is extremely dangerous out within the wilderness. The men in this movie show a lot of masculinity in regards to the appearance of smoking a pipe/cigar showing who is the boss of the town. Men are portrayed to do extremely dangerous things as during the start we see them racing each other in their cars and once in the wilderness going down the stream with an extreme tide.

We see one of the men during hunting in the wilderness showing mercy and guilt when trying to hunt a deer, showing less of his masculinity and power. The group then get split up and two of the characters are faced with other hikers who are dangerous and armed, he threatens one of the men to make pig noises as he is raped wit his friend watching. The other men from their group, find them but quietly sneak behind as the other friend tied to the tree is about to get attacked they shot him with the other one of the nasty hikers running away in fear. and the other dead. The group are then panicking and wondering what to do with the dead body, which then questions their superiority as they are faced with a murder and start panicking as these men have not committed crimes like this and have only ever wildlife hunted.

I overall for the nature of this movie, do not think that 12 is a suitable rating due to the violence/gore and sexual scenes which young children may find upsetting. I’d personally rate this movie 15/18 for its content

Week 4 – 17th February to 24th February

During Week 4, I worked on developing my ideas for my production title for motion graphics and composition for my production opening title for my graded unit.

I have also been working on my ‘show-reel’ developing my idea and sourcing out appropriate locations within Glasgow which I wanted to cover.

I am still researching my idea. I’m also trying to get another day in motion for filming interviews within the college.

In HND Spaces for our Village Project we went out and filmed the final scene which went successfully, we captured 2 interviews and some good cut-away as well as filming Dale McLean Presenting and talking about ‘The Spur Hotel  ‘ and businesses as well as the history of the Cumbernauld Village. I worked on the necessary paperwork needed for clearance. I feel if we properly were organised then we could’ve got more interviews perhaps in the town and with the community members, however, we managed to get enough footage to fit the 5-minute brief we were given.


13th February to 18th February 2017 (Week 3)

Graded Unit, I submitted my re-submission of my report on 17th. I realised from my re-submission that I underestimated myself and didn’t research and note properly when submitting my essay, leaving it to last minute which meant I missed out most the key elements in some sections of the report. I have however learnt from this to always note, always read over and make sure that I cover the critique by paying attention and putting time towards my project.

I have come to the end of my research for my show-reel and I am now focusing on gathering footage through March and April and finding the appropriate locations to film, what I had in mind was Glasgow City Centre covering several locations such as the West End, George Square.

I currently have only one piece of footage from Dec shot from i59 for my documentary, I need to organise days within March to film at MegaBytes as well as collect interviews from people around the college as well as cut-aways of a time-lapse of the store and people playing video games.

I have come to a decision on what I’d like my opening title sequence to be like from research on YouTube, I have prepared a short storyboard on what I’d like it to be like which I wanted to cover visual elements such as still photographs by making them move. My production name has been finalised ‘HLK Studios’.

Critical Analysis, I looked at posters of movie films and picked out visual and design elements and how it implements the genre. I picked ‘Separation City’ where you will find the review on my ‘review’ page. I also looked at The Good, The Bad and The Ugly” were shot by shot, I wrote down what shots had been used and what feeling that they shot demonstrated and make you feel.



6th February to 13th February 2017 (Week 2)

Throughout Week 2,  from researching show-reels I came up with a basis of an idea of what I’d like to cover in my documentary, for my documentary I wanted to cover human emotion/lifestyles of both the older generation to now. I have covered the soundtrack in which I want to use which is “Mondo Cozmo – Hold on To Me” which lyrical captures the essence of labour of love between friend which lyrically for me blends in well with the elements in what I want to capture, however, have yet to gain permission to use it within my project, my plan two stage of a soundtrack would be asking Nikki from HND Sound Production to use one of her composed and completed soundtracks from her SoundCloud.

Video Production 2: Making a Video Program, my team went to film at the Cumbernauld Library after we took a recce and gathered research on The Village from the museum provided in the library. My team had gone to film the museum and presenter introduction wise I stayed in class and filled out all the necessary research and paperwork as during Week 1 there was only two of us out the team present.

Composition and Motion Graphics, we looked at the tutorial of Sunny Day which required me to great a moving composition of clouds moving within a background of a sunny day. I felt this task was easier the previous class in Week 1, I understood how to composition and how to keyframe properly during this class but felt that I could’ve worked at a faster pace.

Law and The Communication Industries, we looked at deformation defence and what libel and slander meant and wrote up research in preparation for our LO1 assignment.

We looked at cases which contained:

  • Criminal offences
  • Personal morality
  • Ridicule
  • Finance
  • Professions and trades

January 30th to 3rd February 2017 (Week 1)

Throughout Week 1, I compiled together my show-reel research which involved me in looking at show-reels on media sites such as YouTube, Vimeo, etc.  I picked two clips to research one was a show-reel and the other was a short film trailer, throughout these clips I carefully analysed the use of colour correction, focus, shot angles, lighting, text, SFX and soundtrack.

Throughout researching these show-reels it gave me an insight and broader idea of what I want to element into my show-reel by making it as professional as possible to be able to submit and showcase my work to universities, jobs and film festivals.

As well as complying together research for my show-reel, we started our second-semester classes this week were we looked at the outcome for semiotics looking at the technical aspects of cinematography for ‘Critical Analysis’.  Before we broke up for the winter break, we looked at the movie ‘Deliverance’ and critiqued it on its technical aspects and the message that it delivered.

In law and communication, I learned about what deformation meant and looking into a public profile case which I choose to look into  the case of “Gordon Ramsey and “Fake Kitchen Nightmares” throughout this class I learned the 5 essentials that are needed to pursue  in a deformation case which are:

  • Communication
  • Falsity
  • Statement
  • Defamatory
  • About the pursuer

For Compositing and Motion Graphics, I  looked and research into production titles, from this I  then had to complete a small opening title for a production from Andrea’s Tutorial. I struggled at the start of this exercise on how to keyframe but Andrea’s had guided me and showed me how to do it.




Adam Dodd People Cinematography

Adam Dodd when focusing on subjects uses MS making sure that he complies with the rule of thirds within the frame, his shots are clearly focused and colour corrected. He films a sunset, where people are running on sand, getting this shot right he would need to make sure that his colour temperature was set correctly and that any over exposure was levelled down. He uses a variety of different shoots such as close-ups on the runner, WS showing him at the door scared with his torch at the start of the show-reel.  The lighting from his work is lit correctly to the subject both during day/night-time, he has coloured corrected (during editing) and white-balanced correctly to subjects which may/could’ve been over-exposed.

He uses a pull in the shot when showing the scientist mixing an experiment which then cuts to a nice close-up of the experiment in his hand.

The sunset scene used a WS showing the sunset and the runners coming out of the beach sea, it then quickly cuts to a nice close-up of their legs showing them running.

His main subject within his cinematography is people, it is made clear in the show reel as throughout the show-reel there are snippets of movies but it also focuses on fashion, sport, gardening, working, home-lifestyle, science, tourism.

His title is kept basic and centred displaying his name at the start after one clip of his movie, to showing us his name, profession as well as contact details at the end of the show-reel.  There was only one element of Special FX used and that was showing the rugby player and his name at 1:15.

I overall felt that the show-reel flowed nicely in regards to showing the different snippets of what people do, but felt it hard to follow his other stuff like his movies as I felt that it was kind of subject to when he was showing people’s day to day work/lifestyle.

Wentworth Prison (Channel 5 Trailer)

Wentworth Prison (Channel 5 Trailer) The Wentworth Trailer displays a lot of the camera work used within the programme. 0:06 we see Bea Smith in frame of the rule of thirds, it then cuts to a close-up showing her walking with handcuffs on her arms, the lighting in this setting is very dark, given the impression that the atmosphere of the overall prison isn’t going to be easy and that dark times lie ahead. The majority of clips are well lit but coloured to a blue/teal colour. 0:15 shows us all the different elements within a prison including an MS of the CCTV,  Right MS of one of the Yards using the rule of thirds as well as the Wentworth Correctional Centre displayed using the same rule of thirds and MS expect on the left-hand site instead which makes the edit flow nicely. There are several close-ups of the characters faces within this trailer as well as tracking shots with and without a title up showing the characters walking.  When Bea is getting sedated they showing us her point of view shot of her seeing the officers at a tilt angle. There are also MS of the characters when showing a group of prisoners or focusing on the one subject and where they are at for example showing Bea in the slot which is away from the Prisoner Cells and isn’t as nice as the normal prison cell.There are pull-out shows of the character shown, before displaying the clips of the scenes as well as using the tilt.


Talk to Me (2006) Documentary


Talk to Me is a short documentary on Mark Craig, were in 1985  he bought an answering machine in which he kept every recording for 20 years.

The conversations recorded via Sound FX is a collection of family, friends and antiquates of a collection of conversations from them all.  Through the conversation they used visuals of photographs of the people who spoke on the documentary. For this shot by Ken Morse they used rostroom camera which is used for a moving platform for artwork and is used to animate a picture. The rostroom camera moves on a lower platform in which the article being filmed is placed above on a column to show the photos. You can then take it to an editing software to put visual effects over it which is featured in this documentary using text. They used a lot of pans and zooms in photos.

They also used soundtracks to decade of the voice-mails and  the relation to the subject.

Queen of Versaille

The Queen of Versaille by Lauren Greenfield (2012) by Lauren Greenfieldqueen-of-versailles-web-banner

The opening sequence provided of their mega-mansion. We are then introduced to both Jackie & David each with their own different backgrounds of different room within the house. David was sitting on a ‘golden chair’ in what looks like a living room, this shown that he was ‘The Boss’ and the king in his house in his all mighty throne. You also saw in the background from his chair several expensive ornaments showing that he and the family are very wealthy. Jackie’s was somewhat different with a posh soft chair with footrest with her Pomeranian dog on her lap behind her was a bed which displayed loads of pillows and expensive ornaments.

They then show us the house-maid on how she lives with her tiny wage from the family, and that she hasn’t seen her son in years.

The middle and ending, however, takes a different turn where we see that David and Jackie have to sell there un-completed Versaille mansion and their private jets, etc to pay back to the bankers.

The documentary then goes on displaying photos and archive footage from both their lives before all their riches as kids and young adults with a dialogue of both David and Jackie talking about their lives. The archive footage uses medium shots of Jackie as Miss America and of the cheque displayed, this was where Jackie had met David.

There was the use of wide angle shots to display the size of the mansion. They used a pan up and down hand-held when Jackie is talking about her previous pets and how she has a pet commentary from them with their own stones near the house. They also used this shoot to show Jackie when she is talking about shoes. They shots within the Westgate Hotel varied from medium shots of the rooms to close-ups of the leaflets and reception area of them handing a Disney ticket and of logo such as the Rolls Royce car. They tend to use a lot of medium shots when displaying Jackie and David home life when interviewing the kids and the house maid as well as them displaying the house. They show us a pan during the conference at Westgate Hotel. The majority of the documentary was handle-held and amateur, some shaky and one of the first shots showed it trying to focus on the subject. They used orchestra and harp type music throughout the documentary, which portrays posh. The lighting was very basic, I didn’t feel that the interviews had three-point lighting.

I overall thought that the subject was interesting but the camera work was  amateur.

The King of Kong


“The King of Kong is a documentary on two amid retro gamers both competing against the Guinness World Book  record for most points on the world famous Donkey Kong video arcade game.” – (2007) directed by Seth Gordon

The subject matter of this documentary is ‘gaming’ which talks about gaming now to retro gaming and follows the existing world champion (Billy Mitchell) to a newcomer (Steve Weibe). The duration of the documentary lasts for 1hr 19 minutes. The show us their story by going there home and following them around on their competitions, the documentary took a total of 300 hours to make. We see that Billy Michell is determined to keep his high score title, but we are shown more of Steve Weibe during the documentary and watching him train for the big moment, showing us his family life.

We are railroaded in to thinking that Billy Mitchell is the BAD guy and Steve Weibe is the GOOD guy. The show this to us by playing Steve Weibe piano music for his sequences and using music such as for Billy Michell which gives us the element that he is the bad guy.

They used licensed tracks such as ‘The Best’ by Joe Esposito and ‘Eye of The Tiger’ by Survivor to represent victory and championship. The use other non-licensed audio such as Steve Wiebe’s piano music which he does in his spare time. They used frequent Foley of noises from arcade games, including a bit of Foley from steve’s own piano music playing wise he’s playing his arcade games. The archive footage at the start uses ‘funny’ like music by ‘   ‘ when showing both Billy Mitchell making out as the superior one of arcade gaming

The editors of the documentary used archive footage to start the documentary off with pictures of young arcade championship players for the states of Billy Mitchell and Steven Sander. Through the first part of the documentary, it shows interviews from  Steven Sanders who is now a businessman and shown in his clip of him in an office & board room after his arcade life. Steve is shown as the family man with his kids and wife and a school teacher, but the strain it has on his family as he is so focused on becoming the Guinness World Champion. Billy is shown behind working as a boss in a restaurant as we see if near the fryers and in an office, he is more focused on keeping his title and staying the boss.

The cinematography used a range of shots. They used an MS with three point lighting for Steven Sanders scene at the start showing how the business looks like with books and him wearing a suit, whereas Billy Mitchell was set up behind a kitchen, wearing a red blouse and an American tie and then switches to a messy office. They used fades over certain clips, they also used a lot of close- up, medium shots which were very shaky and some were not well lit – the background was also at times distracting which made it hard to focus.

They used graphics such as spreadsheet chart showing the Donkey Kong ranking of Billy Mitchell high score, at the end they also feature a chart where it shows the newest high score from August 3rd, 2006  made by Steve Weibe as during the end we were lead to believe that he didn’t get the high score but that he’d keep trying playing in his garage . They also use arrow lines when Steve is explaining the technique to use to pass each level of donkey con.

I overall think it is an interesting documentary, but very poorly filmed and sequenced as I felt that it only focused on one subject more than the other at times. It was also very shaky at points when handheld.


Touching The Void




“Touching The Void is a documentary on two adventurous alpine style mountain climbers, telling their story played over a re-enactment  of their events of survival within the mountains.” – directed by Kevin McDonald (2003) a sports/drama.

The main focus of the story is Jo, as we get a bit more into the documentary we see Simon who has to choose between dying with his partner or letting his partner go. Jo is however very much alive after the fall, but it’s a matter of survival for Jo trying to get back to down the mountain on his own without his partner.

The editors of the documentary made sure that there was continuity within the documentary by switching between the real life survivors to the re-enactment of them telling the story. Through switching of the telling the story, we see the emotion from the real life survivors as they begin to tell the story.

They used light white Arial font text over ES of the mountains to establish the days of the story. The cinematography used a range of shots mainly point of view shots and wide scale shots to bring an element of suspense, showing use how high they are both on the mountain, it also showed how small they were, and how big the mountain was.  They used a range of low angle shots and high angle shots, one being near the start where he is chipping away at the ice the camera is positioned at a high angle. Then we get a low angle shot which is positioned showing his full body climbing the mountain, there various elements of this throughout the documentary. Near the end of the documentary, when Jo is trying to get out from the ice to the land surface we see a POV shot of him looking down below him. There are various close-ups and extreme close-ups throughout the re-enactment of the documentary showing the emotions of both climbers.

The interview shots were nicely scaled to fit in MS showing their head and shoulders using one camera angle. They used 3 point lighting in the interviews, with a curtain background. Each was different, one had a golden type backdrop  from Simon and the other is blue for Jo,

The audio used varied from dialogue voice-over of the climbers telling their side to switch between the actors doing the re-enactment talking to each other. They used a lot of Foley for the sound of the ice, snow, sound of dripping water, blizzard wind, chipping at rock/ice. One song within the documentary is copyrighted during the end ‘The Mirror’ by