Tuesday, 21 October 2014

The Wilhelm scream sound effect

The Wilhelm scream is a film and television stock sound effect that has been used in more than 200 movies, beginning in 1951 for the film Distant Drums. The Wilhelm scream originates from a scene from the film, soldiers are wading through a swamp and one of them is bitten and dragged underwater by an alligator.

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

without editing everything you watched would be boring, repetitive and way too long.
editing helps construct the narrative, we are so used to editing we barely even recognize it. editing can be used to condense long, boring activities into quick bursts of visual information. The simplest edits is the "cut" - in old fashioned films together filmmaking, when the editor put films together they would put the best bits one after another
In the assassination North by North west between Roger Thornhill getting out of the taxi and looking out the window out at the United Nations Building the are 26 cuts and most frequent during the conversation to see the reactions on the actors faces. .
The pace of the editing can be used to create excitement and tension for example in the shower scene of psycho and when Marion dies the pace goes down as if her life is leaving her.
apart from the cuts, there are some more visual interesting transitions:
dissolve- one scene dissolves into another, overlapping for a moment
  • fade in/fade out- one scene fades out to black completely, then the other fades in.
  • wipes- one scene wipes across the screen, revealing or replacing the next one. this can happen in any direction
  • iris- the next scene replaces the last by appearing from the centre like the iris of an eye
  • jump clouds- two scenes that feature a common element right after one another, so something stys the same but the rest changes this is used for disorienting or comedy affects

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Basic camera shots


extreme close up
close up
medium close up
medium shot
medium long shot
long shot
extreme long shot

Tuesday, 23 September 2014


Everything that's on the frame; the lighting, the costume the actors wear, their facial expression etc.
low lighting and darkness suggests they aren't safe in a source of light which in this scene is the fire, instead the dark seems to isolate them and show that they are vulnerable as the couple sit unincluded from the group and out of the way. The fire giving out light suggests the rest of the group are out of danger, however the couple are videoed as they move further away and into the darkness out at sea.
the sound before the girl gets into the water starts of loud with music playing
but as she moves away the sounds all become natural such as the waves of the se and their foot steps