Man with a Movie Camera

At the start of watching this movie, I didn’t really understand what was going on. I got very confused and very tired watching it. However, when I watched it with my group I understood that it was a silent black and white documentary taken in Russia: Soviet Union but even with this knowledge it was still confusing due to it not having a storyline it was just a continuous desynchronised narrative.
I enjoyed the idea that there were no certain characters it was just a timelapse of everyday people, following one person doing what his does everyday. The background music was what kept the movie interesting as they used it to climax some moments which gave the audience a feel that something exciting was going to happen.
However my group and I agreed that a modern day audience would not enjoy watching the documentary as it has no speaking or any colour so it would not catch the eye of a modern audience as it is not modernised enough for them.
Overall I felt the movie was interesting but it did not catch my eye of recommendation as I felt it was too long for one person to just film their everyday life with other people.

Modelling Activity

What I do well: I feel my strengths are focusing on the practical and understanding the theory of all the concepts.

Improvement: To improve myself to become a better student at university I feel I need to focus on asking questions so I fully understand what we have to be doing for each tasks. I also need to become more confident in myself and believe I can actually do the tasks and do well in them as I am capable of getting high marks, however, I just dont believe in myself that it can actually happen.

Taken 2

Task 1
The audience; people who liked to feel panicked (moral panic). This allows a sense of entertainment for the audience as they can become connected to the film. I feel the age for Taken 2 is 16+. However anyone can watch this film to understand what is going on however film 4 focus on young adults in their adverts mainly boys this is probably because the film is very masculine due to the fast edit cuts of fighting scenes.
The effects; the audience might feel a sense of false hope. Not being protected causing them to moral panic. They can be easily manipulated to believe muslims are bad, making the audience a passive audience.

What my group think:
We all believe this film is targeted at a male audience due to all the fast pace edits and the high intensity of music allowing the movie to keep the excitement and energy. Using moral panic causes the audience to feel unsafe. For a male audience this is exciting as it allows them to feel masculine giving them self-esteem. We feel the age range is 18+.
The difference between what my group thought and what the film actually is, is the fact that it is a much younger audience 12A and it is targeted at everyone.

Task 2
Geordie Shore, I watch it online. People have to find it, its well known for a younger audience as it posts adverts on social media. I consider myself as a target audience. The message of the TV show is to go out and have fun. Jersey Shore is a remix of Geordie Shore its exactly the same content. They post on Facebook and Instagram to keep the audience young.

Task 3
Hypodermic Model:
Pros; Studies include large numbers of participants
Cons; Too simplistic

Pros; They answer 3 questions for the audience
Cons; Too simplistic

Encoding – Decoding:
Pros; premises
Cons; provider based

Worksheet 3

Task 1

The Godfather: Crime – the characters seemed high profile gangsters from the way they are dressed, there is a lot of violence involved, it makes you feel like it is more based on the Mafia, who are known for money, drugs, greed and corruption.

From Dusk till Dawn: Horror/Comedy – They have the typical conventions of Horror with vampires, they are playing with conventions as they are playing with stereotypes with using comedy.

Man of Steel: Action/Fantasy – The film is more cinematic compared to any other action film, the use of fantasy shows it is following the comic books.

Up: Comedy/family film – It is a family film because of the different sections in the film, for example older people want to retire and have some quiet time whereas children love balloons and adventure.

Gravity: Thriller/ sci-fi –

Task 2

My favorite genre of film is a Romance. This is because I love happy endings and I enjoy watching the characters fall in love, it makes me believe one day I will have a romance like Noah and Ally from The Notebook. A romantic film brings my emotions out and allows me to fall in love with the characters and fall in love with the idea that true love is real.

Task 3

Western: cowboys/natural lighting/horse and cart/shoot outs/guns/male dominance/two shots/sound.

Structured Reality TV: talking directly to the camera/stage lighting/relationships/drama/gossiping/fashion statements/airbrushed.

Saturday Night Entertainment Show: lighting/camera movement/interactive live audience/judge panels/presenter/celebrity guests/stage/live band/tasks.

Task 4

The news conventions are easy to understand so that the audience can understand what they are trying to report so every camera angle/voice over/lighting context is used to help the audience to follow the news story. I do not think there will be any change in the mainstream news or its material as the news knows what works best so they will keep to the easiest possible recording especially if it means more viewers. I feel like BBC NEWS and SKY NEWS are already doing these conventions.

Task 5

Journey to the end of coal

This documentary challenges traditional documentary conventions because it doesn’t follow the normal linear affect, they have changed there documentary to make it more appealing to the audience which allows a wider audience whereas if it was a traditional documentary they would have the same audience not a mass audience. This documentary follows very similar techniques however it is developed to become more interesting.

Seven Stories

The Seven Stories are known as also the Seven Basic Plots;

Overcoming the Monster

Rags to Riches

The Quest

Voyage and Return





All of these have different meanings to allow the plot to thicken and become more interesting.