10 Things That Would Happen Without Frogs

I found a very interesting article when researching topics for my short film documentary. I came across an article by TopTenz called ’10 Things That Would Happen In A World Without Frogs’. I found the article highly interesting and I am currently conducting more research into the topic of frog decline as possible issue to explore in my short film.

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Superhuman Iceman: Poster

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This documentary is about Wim Hof, a man who does not appear to feel cold. He runs through snow in his underwear and swims in ice water un-effected. The poster is very simple however it is extraordinarily eye-grabbing. The image of Hof in water resting his arms on ice is not something that people would see everyday. Consequently, the audience would be immediately inquisitive as to how he is doing that.

The title is in a very generic black and white colour. However, the general dullness of the colours in the picture means that the black is easy to read over the grey sky, but also further highlights the white writing ‘ICEMAN’. The white represents the cold

The Death of Bees Explained

 

I found this short film about bees very interesting not only for the information that it gave me, but also to explore the animated area of documentaries. The film has a narrator, which I am currently intending to include in my film. His voice is quite firm but charismatic. This is effective at keeping the audience engaged while not being too patronizing and ensuring the viewers understand the severity of the situation.

Furthermore, the film is eyeopening from the start, with the opening line: ‘Human society is extremely complex and fragile.’ This is to somewhat belittle the audience so that they can better comprehend how much we rely on bees. With the mindset that humans aren’t invincible, they will be more open to listening to ways in which human society can be protected.

The film is packed full of facts, figures and statistics. This is also highly effective at engaging an audience as many will believe any fact that they hear. Consequently it makes the piece more believable and gives the viewer a specific piece of information that they can take away and share with friends.

Film Noir

Film Noir emerged at the end of the Second World War and was primarily influenced by German film directors, one key director being Fritz Lang who was famous for using very harsh and dramatic lighting effects. As well as this iconic lighting style, it was also very popular for its inclusion of a femme fatale. This seductive and powerful female presence in film was favoured by lots of women who had to take up the male roles in society when they went off to war, so through the use of a femme fatale, their strength was reflected back to them in film.

Characteristics of film noir:

  • Urban setting
  • Guns
  • Low-key lighting
  • Cigarettes
  • Reflections
  • Femme Fatale
  • Shadows
  • Low Camera Angles
  • Detective

 

Some of the most famous Film Noirs:

  • 1958 Touch of Evil by Orson Welles
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  • 1944 Double Indemnity by Billy Wilder
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  • 1946 The Big Sleep by Howard Hawks
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One of the most famous cinematographers in Film Noir: John Alton

Some of Alton’s most famous shots:

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  • 1948 He Walked The Nightfn2
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Personally, I do not feel that Film Noir is a genre of its own. This is because Film Noirs can be any genre, such as crime, thriller, action… Consequently I feel as though Film Noir is a style that can be laid down on top of a number of existing genres, and from this a small group of films from each genre can be categorized into the Film Noir group.

 

 

The 11th Hour

 

Before exploring short documentaries, I watched The 11th Hour to explore some of the possible features of an environmental documentary. I found this documentary very hard-hitting and raw when exploring the detrimental effects of climate change. I personally feel that this is the most effective way of conveying your point to an audience. If everything is portrayed to be just marginally bad, then the audience will not be concerned and will not think about what they have watched once it has finished. The only issue with a brutally honest documentary style is that viewers might choose not to engage in it as humans naturally have selective exposure, and therefore can avoid the media that will make them feel worried and concerned if they so wish.

The title ‘The 11th Hour’ immediately conveys the urgency of the issues raised in the film, with relation to the phrase meaning at the last possible moment. Furthermore, one of the most operative lines of the trailer reads ‘not only is it the 11th hour, its 11:59’. This is successful at instantly highlighting how dire the environmental situation is.

Short Film Brief

The brief for the short film:

‘A short film in its entirety, lasting approximately five minutes, which may be live action or animated or a combination of both, together with two of the following three options:

  • a poster for the film
  • a radio trailer for the film
  • a film magazine review page featuring the film.’

At the moment this is the brief that I am most interested in. I have a general interest in film and want to work in the industry in the future, so I am viewing this as practice for work in the future. There are so many different routes that one could go down when creating a film; fictional or factual, real life or animation, narrative or experimental.

Below is a short film that I really like called Most Shocking Second a Day:

Below is short film created by another student studying A-level media:

 

The two films have taken very different approaches but they both work in their own individual ways. The first film takes an abstract approach at telling a story, emphasizing the concept of only including what is really important in order for the story to make sense. The student short film takes a more traditional approach and relies heavily on narration and dialogue to keep the story fluid.

Advert Brief

The brief for an advertisement:

‘An advertising package for a new product or service, to include two TV advertisements,
together with two of the following three options:

  • a radio advertisement
  • a TV programme sponsorship sequence
  • a web pop-up.’

I am not immediately drawn to this brief as I personally feel that making an effective advert that is neither corny nor boring would be an extraordinary challenge. Below is an advert that I find quite effective. The subject matter is something that most people can relate to and it is filmed over a range of situations to decrease predictability.

The Bound For Glory advert by Virgin Trains:

Below is the advert of another student taking A-Level media:

 

Both adverts are generally for a varied audience as you can never know for sure who will be watching certain channels. The student’s advert took a more serious approach with facts and statistics, a very static filming style and a black&white filter. In contrast the Virgin Trains advert has a bright colour grade and a lot of movement in the shots. Both are engaging but evidently for very different reasons.