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Final video improved

Over the Easter holidays our group were not confident we were reaching a level 4 so we decided to change some parts to make it better.  The aspects we had to improve on which included sorting out the orders of the titles and also when the names of our group appeared on-screen they had to be on two separate lines.

These were little chances but had to be made to insure our group to get the best possible mark.

Feedback for final edit.

Our group decided to make another survey on survey monkey and we asked our audience what they think of our final draft.

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Most of our think that our media product should be of an age rating of above 15 making our decision of giving it the certificate of a 15 the right decision.

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100 percent of our audience feel that our final edit is better than all our other drafts showing that we have done a good job with every draft, improving aspects of each edit to make them as good as possible and our audience noticed this.

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Most of our audience felt that the conventions we meet of a horror thriller was mainly the music. They felt it was eerie and suspenseful which the atmosphere we were trying to create. Other members of  the audience liked the mise en scene such as the weapons used and the injures on the victim to give a more realistic feel. Furthermore other audience members liked the fast cut editing which w mainly used to present the panic of the victim.

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Almost every one of our audience thought that our media product reflected the genre, for the 15% who didn’t maybe we could have added more elements of a horror thriller genre for example who could have added blood on the tress or more gore to get them on board with being convinced that our media project is a horror thriller.

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Most of our audience felt that the editing was improved from our previously drafts and also the audio was improved, especially the noise at the end when the villain hits the victim over the head with hammer. We changed the noise to a ringing noise which was much more effective than the last noise we had at that scene.

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Most of our audience said they couldn’t see any continuity errors but a few members of our audience could see a couple. For example you can see my bag in one of the shots in the background and you can also see the feet of our producer walking in the background. In the future we would make sure that these continuity errors are edited out. Another audience member say that the camera work at the being was blur at the beginning, this wasn’t done by mistake, we wanted to show the victim waking up from being unconscious that’s why the camera was blurry.

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Our audience felt that the camera work was the strongest element of our media product, I am proud of this as was the DOP and worked hard on my camera work and i happy see it payed of seeing the audience’s reaction.

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Our audience said that our weakness was the mise en scene, In my opinion I would say it was the editing  however our audience said it was the mise en scene so it is something we would have improved if we got the chance to do it again.

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Most of our audience though the font was appropriate which is good to see as we took time to decide what our font should look like.

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Some audience members said that we could have added more sounds effects, for example some more birds noises to add a more realistic feel in the wood location.  Another audience members said that we could have improved the edit a bit more as they noticed some clips being repeated but i feel this looks effective as you the audience can see the terror on the victim’s face.

Typical order of titles vs our titles

This is a typical way of how a thriller film orders its titles.

  1. Name of the studio distributing the film.
  2. Name of the production company responsible for making the film.
  3. A (producers name) production.
  4. A film by (directors name).
  5. Staring… (actors names).
  6. Film title.
  7. Featured casting members.
  8. Casting by.
  9. Music, composer & original score.
  10. Production designer.
  11. Make up, costume & visual effects.

This how our title sequence compares.


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The way we have ordered our titles is stereotypical of a thriller film.

Audio, typography and props used in the final edit.

The audio we used in our final edit was from a website called Purple Planet and the track we used was called “sea of doom” which was a very typical horror thriller track. The video below gave us ideas of what made a good horror thriller soundtrack.


Another audio we used were sounds of birds to give of the creepy, lonely location of the wood.

Below are images of the edit of where we have used the audio.

The typography changed for the main title “Restrained” but it didn’t change for the titles for the job roles. I’m very happy with our titles, they look effective and reinforce the thriller genre to our audience. Screen Shot 2017-03-20 at 14.14.20

The props we used were a mixture of blunt tools that the villain would use when brutally murdering the victim. These included a hammer, some screwdrivers and a bunch of nails. The fact that these weapons aren’t high-tech and expensive weapons only make the villain seem more sinister as these are house hold objects. Screen Shot 2017-03-23 at 14.42.00

Another prop we used was a missing poster which we made ourselves. This makes the title sequence look more realistic and believable. It shows that this situation is a police investigation and not an out of the blue disappearance making the title sequence appear more sinister.  Screen Shot 2017-03-23 at 14.56.58

draft 4 – final edit

We decided to do one final edit of our media product. We have added a better more effective title for the title ‘Restrained’ and we have also added a ringing sound at the end which gives the audience the indications that the victim has been hit and is dead.

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This is the new title we have edited in. It looks much more edgy than our last title and applies more to a thriller horror genre. It feels more sinister and gives of a dark, twisted atmosphere. The image above is the improved title and the image below is the previously one that has been used in the other drafts.

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Other difference with the third and fourth edit is that the third edit is 2 minutes 8 seconds and the fourth edit is 2 minutes 10 seconds, mainly that 2 seconds added in is just for the title at the end to add emphasis on the audience.

Third draft

This is our third draft for our title sequence. This will probably be the draft we show for are finished piece unless we want to make any last-minute changes for a draft four.

The edit is more tight and it flows the most smoothly out of all our drafts.

With this edit I am confidence we can achieve a level three and maybe even break into a level four which would reflect how much effort everyone in our group has worked on this task.

The difference between our second edit and third edit is that our third edit is 2 minutes 9 seconds and the second draft was 2 minutes 13 seconds. The edit feels more smooth and we got rid of a few shots that didn’t fit the way that the title sequence flowed. For example one of the shots we got rid off was the panning shot we use when the victim is following the way the villain is walking with her head. We got rid of this shot because the camera work was shaky and the shot looked unprofessional. To make up for this shot we added a few shots of close-ups of the victims face which was cut at a fast pace to reinforce the victim panic.

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This is our second edit of our title sequence. We have done the aspects we needed to improve such as adding the titles in, tighten up the editing and make it over 2 minutes.

We have done all these things but still have received feedback on how we could improve the title sequence.

We need to get rid of some shots and include more shorter shots, some shots are still far to long and we need to shorten them and also we need add more titles in including me ( the DOP) and also the editor Izzy .

We should have these improvements done by next week ready to upload our third draft.



The difference between our first edit and second edit is that we have a prdouction comapny title at the beginning. This makes our second edit look more professional and look like a proper title sequence. Above is an image of how our first draft starts and below is a image of how our second draft starts.

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Furthermore our first edit was 1 minute 49 seconds and our second edit was 2 minutes 13 seconds. This shows we have meat the time boundary and is the length of a proper title sequence.

First draft and feedback.

This is our first draft for our thriller title sequence. Right now we don’t have any titles for it but will for the really thing due in March. The location is different to what we said  it would be in the planning documents and we are debating whether to re film in a different locations.



This is the feedback we got back from our first draft, the feedback was mainly positive praising the shots, mise en scene and acting.

Were we could improve is with the sound of when the villain hits the victim with the hammer, it sounded un realistic and most of our audience laughed at that bit which is not the impression we want to give to them. We are going to change the sound of this and are also going to tighten the edit up because there are some shots which are far to long and it also needs to be two minutes long.

Things we need to do for next re shot:

. Maybe re locate

. Add titles in

. Change sound of victim getting hit by the hammer.

. Make it two minutes long.

Here are some behind the scenes pictures.

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