Friday, 20 March 2009

Preliminary Task

Tuesday, 10 March 2009

Feedback from R1-16

-We really liked the opening logo, the music fit well and it looked professional. Although the font could have been a bit bigger because it was hard to read.
-We thought that the distinguishing of groups was good and helped show the genre.
-The CCTV effect was really interesting and added a multidimention.
-Some of the shots went on for a while and were a bit boring with just walking.

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Feedback from R1-17

- We preferred the old sound track, when you ran round the corner towards the other group of boys as you ran to the beat.
- Like the pan.
- Good cctv footage, clever how it zooms and is in black and white.

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FeedBack from R1 15

Logo is impressive
Music is good it creates a good atmosphere and builds tension
The CCTV camera shot from high really works
Could of possibly worked on the titles a bit more :)



Music was fairly good in the piece and worked well.
Costumes were good and looked like football hooligans.
Prop of the bottle being thrown is good and looks realistic.
Good effect for CCTV.
Maybe needed some better acting as some are smiling a lot.

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Friday, 6 March 2009

Final Piece


Group photo - end of filming


Tuesday, 3 March 2009

Video Criteria

Holding a shot steady, where appropriate.
Framing a shot, including & excluding elements as appropriate.
Using a variety of appropriate shot distances.
Shooting material appropriate to the task set.
Selecting mise en scene including colour, lighting, objects & setting.
Editing so that meaning is apparent to the viewer.
Using titles appropriately.

Response to feedback

The first thing we are going to do is sort the music out.
We did have a soundtrack but it didn't really fit in with the action so were having to make a new one.
Another thing we will do is try and make the action look smoother, it's a bit jumpy at the moment so hopefully after a bit of editing it will look better.
We are also thinking about having a voice over at the end but this hasn't been confirmed yet.
We need to finish off our titles as well.


We recieved feedback off of everyone in the group & this is what we were told.

Mise en scene - 
Realistic, trying to represent classical ghetto scene.
Costumes are like normal football firm costumes. Stereotypical.
Location pretty good.

Camerawork - 
Successful establishing and angle shots.
Would be good to have the time and date on the CCTV footage.
Is the street name supposed supposed to be blurry?
Good point of view shots, fast moving, suits genre.

Editing -
Elements of CCTV is very good.

Sound -
Fast & energetic which represents fight scene.
Good music but a bit jumpy.

Generic -
British Social Realist Drama

Friday, 27 February 2009

Rough Cut

Thursday, 26 February 2009

The opening scene of Green street is brilliant, it gives you an idea of what to expect and also a feel for the characters, you find out who the main football firm that the film will be looking at is and who the top person is in the firm.

The non-digetic music used in the background during the opening fight scene works extremely well as it gives a fast beat and makes the veiwers heart beat more as the fighting is taking place, The beat gets more faster as the fighting goes on which also gives a great effect. Over the non-digetic music you can still hear punches, smashes and peoples voices this is good becuase you feel like its more realistic hearing these real life noices.

The camera work used is mainly over the shoulder shots, it flicks to each firm as they are giving each other abuse, there are also mid-shots with the camera showing the top person in the middle of the shot, this shows his status among his group.

Alex barratt

BBFC film age rating for our film

'15' – Suitable only for 15 years and over

No-one younger than 15 may see a ‘15’ film in a cinema. No-one younger than 15 may rent or buy a ‘15’ rated video or DVD.


No theme is prohibited, provided the treatment is appropriate to 15 year olds.


There may be frequent use of strong language (eg 'fuck'). But the strongest terms (eg 'cunt') will be acceptable only where justified by the context. Continued aggressive use of the strongest language is unlikely to be acceptable.


Nudity may be allowed in a sexual context but without strong detail. There are no constraints on nudity in a non-sexual or educational context.


Sexual activity may be portrayed but without strong detail. There may be strong verbal references to sexual behaviour.


Violence may be strong but may not dwell on the infliction of pain or injury. Scenes of sexual violence must be discreet and brief.

Imitable techniques

Dangerous techniques (eg combat, hanging, suicide and self-harming) should not dwell on imitable detail. Easily accessible weapons should not be glamorised.


Strong threat and menace are permitted. The strongest gory images are unlikely to be acceptable.


Drug taking may be shown but the film as a whole must not promote or encourage drug misuse.

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Tuesday, 24 February 2009

Revised animatic

This is a revised animatic, this has are revised music in and we have added movement to the pictures.



I've been doing a little bit of research on the titles of other british social realist drama's.
What i've found is that they are fairly basic but effective, green street & football factory had black backgrounds with white writing. Football factory also had flashes of fighting and bright colours.
Below is the opening part of football factory which will show you what i mean.


Plan for Thursday 26th

On Thursday 26th of February our group will film the opening scene for our project.
We will get people from college at lunch to go down to Rutherford road and film the scenes that we have already planned.
People who we have aranged coming down are:
Liam Healy
Robbie French
George Lunn
Dion Jones
Andy Jones
Dan Stewart
Jordan Davis-Doige
John Kendle
Tom Norton
Richard Bragg
Elliot Hard
Ben Yeomans
Mike Cooper
George Gaskin
Charlie Littlefair
Brett Mcphee
Josh Freeman
Karl Osbourne

Tuesday, 10 February 2009

New deadline dates

9-13th February - Work on roughcut

14-22th February - HALF TERM

24-27th February - Roughcut Deadline on 27th February

2-6th March - Final deadline on 6th March

Description of the story line

It starts off with camera filming a group of lads only showing there feet, the group of lads walk towards the camera, the camera then pans up to there faces and shows them walking down the road, they will be wearing the football hooligan style clothes and walk like football hooligans do, there is then a freeze frame on that firms main character and comes up with a name for him, the firm then walk passed the camera, the group then meet up with the other part of there firm are then on camera shaking each others hands.

They then see a spy from the rival firm, he then runs back to his group to tell them that the other firm are coming, there is then a freeze frame of there firm leader, there is then a over the shoulder shot of the other firm coming towards them, then in the style of cctv watching they will be filmed from above as they shout abuse at each other, the two firms then run at each other and as there about to meet the title of the film comes up, this makes the viewer want to watch on to see the fights that will take place in the film.      alex barratt

Thursday, 29 January 2009

Film Analysis - Green Street by Will

Green Street is a British social realist drama based on hooliganism. It is all about the football hooliganism in England. In the film an American college student joins the West Ham Football Firm (The Green Street Elite) which is run by his brother-in-law. Through out the film they end up in fights with other football firms. Their biggest enemy is The Millwall's Bushwackers as the leader ,Tommy Hatcher, son died in a fight against Green Street Elite.


Tuesday, 27 January 2009

Screenshot analysis on Green Street fight scene

The shot type used here is a mid-shot, this is a good shot to use as it incorporates all the characters after the fight scene. The clothes these football hooligans are wearing are smart/casual, football hooligans originally started wearing this type of clothing during the 80s, this is so the police don't spot them as easily, examples of designer makes hat the hooligans wear are, stone island, Henri Lyord, Lacoste, Ralph Lauren etc.

The shot used here is a long shot, this shows more characters at once, and also can show the viewer the surroundings.

The shot shown here is a close up, This can show facial expressions, so for the type of thing we are doing it could show the anger or the pain on a characters face.

This shot here is another mid shot of 2 people fighting.
This is an example of a low angle shot, this type of shot shows that these people are vulnerable and are perhaps about to be attacked by some people, this does happen in the film at this point.

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Teacher Feedback

Your blog is already looking much better than your last group blog and there is evidence of significant improvement in your work. Your blog than analyses the sequence from Green Street in detail will enhance your blog, you also need to include an analysis of an opening sequence by all group members, there is currently only one.
Josh, Alex and Will all need to write up a full analysis of an opening sequence. You also need to give a fuller explanation of your idea, a detailed shot list will help with this.
Great work so far, well done.


Project information and deadlines

Coursework Assignment: Title and Details
  • Opening title sequence
  • Evaluative writing
Percentage of final exam marks allocated to the coursework: 50% of AS

Interim Deadlines:
Practical - Rough cut - end of W/C 9th February
Writing - 9am 9th March to Moodle

Final deadlines:
Practical - Final cut - end 1st lesson W/C 2nd March
Writing - 9am 16th March to Moodle

Arrangements for handling in the coursework:
Practical - left on machines
Writing - to Moodle

Consequences of missing the deadline:
Interim marks will be taken

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Mise en scene list

Location - rutherford road/porson road
Setting - the small pathway that con
nects rutherford road/porson road

Costumes - casual wear to give the impression that hooligans are everyday people

Lighting - natural because we will be filming outside

logo analysis

We looked at different logos made by film producers here are some that we looked at.

This is the universal film logo. In this logo the music builds up into a verse with a beat in between. it lasts 21 seconds.

This logo is the Warner Bros logo. the music gets louder. It lasts 14 seconds.

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Friday, 23 January 2009

Analysis on fight scene.

This is a fight scene at a train station from Green Street Hooligans. It is a good example of a hooliganism fight scene in a British Social Realist Drama. It shows them building up before the fight with verbal aggression then turns into physical violence. There are shots which looks like its from CCTV which we hope to incorporate in our sequence

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Green Street Hooligans

Unjustly expelled from Harvard when a stash of cocaine is found in his possession, Matt (Elijah Wood) moves to London to live with his sister and her husband Steve (Marc Warren.) He is quickly introduced to Steve's chirpy, cock-sure younger brother Pete (Charlie Hunnam.) Initially, Pete is reluctant to get acquainted with Matt and allow him to tread around the capital city with him because he may be seen by others as an 'outsider', but after a heavy drinking session with him and his mates he quickly changes his opinion of him. On the way back from a football match, Matt is viciously accosted by a gang of Birmingham City thugs, until Pete and his friends step in and save him. It is from here that Matt learns the truth about Pete and his friends- they are football hooligans, operating the GSE (Green Street Elite) 'firm.' Initially afraid of the violence, Matt soon ends up becoming as desensitized to it as his new found friends- but as events roll on, suspicion, shocking revelations and unsettled scores combine to a devastating climax where London's most fierce football rivals- Millwall and West Ham United- are set to go head to head.

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Mood Board

This is our mood board which shows what types of things are going to be in our scene. such as the freeze frames when indtroducing characters, football related, fights and cctv style shot to make it look for realistic.

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Thursday, 22 January 2009

Analysis of opening scene in The Football Factory

The opening scene of The Football Factory (Nick Love, 2004) is ideal for this type of film. It gives you a very strong idea of what to expect in the rest of the film. You also get an idea about who the main characters are and what sort of attitude they have.

I think one of the main things which makes the opening sequence so good is the non-diegetic music. This is key to this type of scene as it builds up suspense and keeps you focused. The pace of the music increases as the scene goes on and then all of a sudden it stops. Some kind of beat then comes in which gets louder and louder until the fight breaks out. I think the sound stops so you are able to hear the punches and kind of get the feeling that your there. There are also changes in the volume of the music. Another thing I noticed is the use of dialogue overlay; this is when the main character Bill (Frank Harper) is talking to the younger ones.

The camerawork is made up mainly of establishing shots. This is important because it gives you an idea about the lighting, location and costumes. The lighting is natural because it’s filmed outside. The location is in and around some kind of town or city. The costumes consist of a coat/jacket, jeans/tracksuit bottoms and a pair of trainers. This is quite important in the film because now you understand what a typical football hooligan wears. There are also a few shot reverse shot’s, the most obvious one is probably when the woman is shouting at the men when they’re fighting. I think most of the shots are hand-held. The reason behind this is because of how the camera moves with the characters; again it tries to give you a sense of what it’s like to be there.

There are two types of editing in the opening scene. These are parallel editing and the use of slow motion. Parallel editing is used because there are three groups of men all walking at the same time. This gives you a sense of anxiety and makes you wonder where their all going. Slow motion is used when the woman passing by shouts at the men fighting and then Tommy (Danny Dyer) gets punched. They use this to show the character’s reaction to the woman, it also seems as if he’s debating stopping what he’s doing.

I think the technique used by Nick Love in the opening sequence is perfect for this film. I feel this way because it gets you into the thick of things straight away which is important for a film of this genre. In films like this it’s hard to make the fighting seem realistic but because of the way it’s filmed it does. Having an action packed opening makes you want to watch more and is a real pleaser for the audience. There isn’t actually any written information about the film in the opening scene but because of the way it unfolds I think it’s better not to have any.

Jake Crick

The Football Factory

The Football Factory is more than just a study of the English obsession with football violence, its about men looking for armies to join, wars to fight and places to belong. A forgotten culture of Anglo Saxon males fed up with being told they're not good enough and using thier fists as a drug they describe as being more potent than sex and drugs put together. Shot in documentery style with the energy and vibrancy of handheld, The Football Factory is frightingly real yet full of painful humour as the four characters extreme thoughts and actions unfold before us.

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Group Photo

This is our group

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Our idea is to do a British Social Realist Drama. Our ideas have come from films such as The Football Factory and Green Street. We are planning to introduce the characters with freeze frames as mentioned in our last post. We will have two groups of males who meet up for a group fight scene. We will edit it so that non-diegetic music is playing while the groups are arguing and fighting. anger will be shown by close ups on the faces. In Green Street there is a scene like this with music, we will also have slow motion parts to show anger on peoples faces.

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Tuesday, 20 January 2009

Influences of openings

We have decided that we are going to use the effect of (freeze frame) during are opening sequence, we feel this is a good way to introduce the characters and fits in well for the style we are going for.

Friday, 16 January 2009


Jake Crick
Alex Barratt
Josh White
William Wise

This is our logo for our film opening.

Friday, 28 November 2008