Monthly Archives: September 2013

Preliminary Exercise – Shot List

Here are a list of shots in order of how they will be taken for the filming of our groups preliminary exercise.

  1. Over-the-shouldercorridor
  2. Close-upcorridor door
  3. Mid-shotclassroom
  4. Over-the-shoulderclassroom
  5. Point-of-viewclassroom paper
  6. Over-the-shouldershake hands [Match-on-action start]
  7. Wide-shot (including 180° rule) – Sit down
  8. Shot-reverse-shot
  9. Shot-reverse-shot
  10. Shot-reverse-shot
  11. Shot-reverse-shot
  12. Shot-reverse-shot
  13. Shot-reverse-shot
  14. Shot-reverse-shot
  15. Shot-reverse-shot
  16. Shot-reverse-shot
  17. Wide-shot (including 180° rule) –stand up
  18. Over-the-shoulderleaving room

Preliminary Exercise – Storyboard

EDIT: Two of the scenes need going over in black pen so they stand out more and require scanning again, the image file of the storyboard will be uploaded ASAP – 03/10/13

Preliminary Exercise- What we must demonstrate

Within the preliminary exercise, I need to demonstrate 3 things.

  • match on action
  • shot/reverse shot
  • the 180° rule

Match on action

An editing technique in which one shot cuts to another shot showing the action of the character within the first shot.

A brilliant example can be seen here:

Match on action is useful because it means that a whole film does not have to be filmed in one day. The only problem that everything must be set before how it was before the filming continues. For example, an actor must look the same between the camera changes or else the film would not make sense. It would be confusing for an actor to have brown hair and in the next scene they have blonde hair.

As you can see below, this different shots are to make sure there is continuity within the filming, they look like they are taken straight after each other, but in reality they could have been taken on different days/weeks.


Shot Reverse Shot

An editing technique used when characters are looking at objects together or at each other followed by a reverse angle shot of the same situation but from the other half’s perspective.

Another good example can be found here:

Here is a diagram to represent “Shot Reverse Shot”:

Shot reverse shot

The 180° rule

A filming guideline where actors should have the same left-right relationship with each other with filming taking place within a 180° angle.

And finally, here is an example of the 180 rule:

Another diagram which shows this rule can be seen here:


Preliminary Exercise – Script


INT: Office

Character A

*busily shuffling paper around on the desk, looks up as the door opens*

Character A

“Hello, take a seat.”

Character B

  *Whilst shaking hands*

“Okay, thankyou.”

Character A

“So,  first of all I would like to ask… How would you consider yourself a valuable asset to our company?

Character B

“I’m good with mental arithmetic, I have some computer skills and- *Humpty Dumpty ringtone is coming from Character B and interrupts him*

Character A

“Is that Humpty Dumpty??”

Character B

*Gets up from chair and leaves*

Preliminary Exercise


Today In Media Studies, we were given an exercise to try and complete as a small group which would involve our first bit of filming! The exercise was the following:

A continuity task involving filming and editing a character opening a door, crossing a room and sitting down in a chair opposite another character with whom he/she then exchange a few lines of dialogue.

This task must demonstrate:

  • match on action
  • shot/reverse shot
  • the 180° rule

I will be blogging every part of the process of making the film, and today in my group we also managed to work as a group to create a potential script for the situation. For an extra challenge, our teacher told our group that we must use the word “Humpty Dumpty” within our script… Great!

In my next blog, which should be posted soon – I will be including the script!

Rush (Ron Howard, 2013) Review

Rush is a film which  tries to show the true story of Formula One rivals James Hunt and Niki Lauda. The film, set in the 70’s is primarily focused on James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) who appears to be living his life fast and recklessly in an ambitious attempt to be the greatest Formula One racer of all time. Everything seems to be going perfectly for James Hunt before Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl) jumps in as a contestant in the races and really starts to challenge Hunt. It is no suprise, due to the character of Hunt that they become rivals and the story only goes on from there.

As somebody who does not really follow Formula One, nor has ever done in the past, I was not sure that this film would be massively enjoyable. However, despite coming into the cinema to watch it, the film proved me wrong. I felt throughout most of the duration of the film (which is 123 minutes long!) I was captured by the events, which were very interesting.

I also felt that you could really tell the film was set in the 70’s, with some fantastic classics driving around looking pristine, despite their age today. At times, as a member of the audience I felt like I was part of the film and you soon develop a bond between the characters.

Having read up on some more about the film, it is actually quite amazing what they pulled off. The actors were not allowed to drive F1 cars within the filming, so instead for the film, drove F3 cars with F1 body kits put over them in an attempt to decieve the viewers. I guess with a budget of an estimated $38 million this isn’t the most difficult task in the world, but I still found it highly impressive.

Having gone to the cinema to see this film as well, I was provided with the ultimate experience and both the screen and the sound was fantastic. The floor vibrated with the engines roar and this also helped to muffle the sound of the occasional crunch of popcorn nearby. If you want to see this film, I would really recommend going to see it at a cinema whilst you still can, or if you have a good quality home cinema maybe wait till it comes out on DVD/Blu Ray.

I would give this film 9/10.


This is England (Shane Meadows, 2007)

This is England, is a British Social Realism set in the 80’s but made into a film. Shaun, the main character in the film, is a 12 year old school boy and after he faces a tough day at school where he is picked on, a group of youths known simply as “Skinheads” see he is having a hard time and let him into their group.

The Skinheads are used to portray how our society once was in the past, where racism was much worse than it is today. The film really captivates the audience in the way that they are glued to the seat due to the extreme violence, explicit language and the nature of the film. Tension is often high within this film, especially with the introduction of “Combo”, who takes lead role of the Skinheads.

Due to the Skinheads showing how far racism went back in the 80’s, it certainly gives This is England some historical content. Some of our pasts society in these rough areas has been captured within the film and it will now be held there, forever. Shane Meadows, the leading director of This is England created the film in this way as it was based on his previous experiences, but that does not mean to say completely based on true events, and some of it will have been largely exaggerated.

Overall I enjoyed this film, and whilst some of it may have been disturbing in nature, it was also interesting in the way that the 80’s time period was captured. If you have not already seen this film, I would recommend it.