Live Action Game Trailer – Slender

Scenario

You have been asked to create a trailer for a film based computer style game this can be for the Rockstar game – L.A Noire, as a default choice.

Or you can pick a different game, however, it must be set within a contemporary (the present/UK based) setting for logistical reasons.

  • Working in small production groups of 3 (maximum of 4). Plan, shoot and edit a film trailer.
  • The trailer will be between 1:30 minute and 2 minutes long, works within the Action/Thriller (or chosen) genre – suspense driven narrative where you are not quite sure of the outcome.
  • The final film trailer should be made using Professional pre-production techniques. It must use live action and can include only up to 20 seconds of in-game-graphics.
  • You can use a green screen, 3D and animation if required, but be mindful of the time-scale, avoid doing anything too ambitious.
  • As an individual demonstrate your specific role in the production, you must include all planning/ pre-production, filming, final edit involvement. This can be evidenced in your Sketchbooks and Blogs.

Task 1

Development

Individually: You each need to come up with 2 ideas/narratives for the Film. This can be evidenced by a synopsis/plot with clear narrative development, main characters and visual design in detail. These need to be added to your Blog

In class you will present your two concepts to your group, each group then needs to choose a concept to take forward and develop. Your tutor needs to witness this process.

Your discussion will be filmed for Internal and External Verification

This provides evidence for [P2, M2, D2]

Narrative 1

People have disappeared from the woodland area. John, a local cameraman, decides to enter the uncharted area to record and document his findings.

Narrative 2

John travels into the local woodland in search of his brother who disappeared recently. Throughout his journey, he unravels the truth about his brother’s disappearance and much more. The further he walks, the more twisted the story becomes.

Film Props

  • White Morph Mask
  • Fake Blood
  • Video Camera
  • Flash Light

Camera Angles

  • 1st person
  • 3rd person
  • Close

Task 2

As a group, you need to make a powerpoint and present chosen concept to the executive producers. The purpose of this presentation is to “sell” your idea and get approval from the Executive Producers. In your presentation you need to include:

  1. Your synopsis fleshed out and narrative fully explained
  2. Each of your roles on the trailer (Director/Camera Operator, Production Manager, Art Director, Sound-Engineer, Editor. You will all be involved with the edit.
  3. Main Characters
  4. HOW you intend making this trailer:
  • Locations
  • Actors
  • Props
  • Equipment
  • SFX

Your Pitch will be filmed for external and internal verification

This provides evidence for [P2, M2, D2]

Narrative

John travels into the local woodland in search of his brother who disappeared recently. Throughout his journey, he unravels the truth about his brother’s disappearance and much more. The further he walks, the more twisted the story becomes.

Roles

Josh: Camera Operator, Actor, Co-Director, Editor (Colour Grader) and Animation Designer.

Ben: Actor, Director, Editor and Sound Engineer.

Louis: Camera Operator, Prop Designer and Paperwork Manager

Jordan: Actor

Main Characters

Josh: John

Ben: Slender

Jordan: Dead Guy

Locations

Ham Common

Props

Torch, Phone, Mask, Suit and Papers (Drawings)

Equipment

Canon DSLR 70D Camera, Stand, Stabiliser, MAC/ PC (Editing Software).

SFX

Combining two pieces of audio to create a soundtrack.


Task 3

Your Individual Roles need to be finalised and each member of the crew needs to write up a detailed list of their responsibilities on this production (You may want to do a little extra research into your role )

You will need to produce the following pre-production: (Group and Individual)

  • Detailed Storyboards
  • Production schedule ( including contingency planning)
  • Script
  • Art Design (mise en scene)
  • Costume planning for each character
  • Prop planning
  • Lighting planning
  • Location recces
  • Equipment research and booking
  • Detailed Health and safety for each location and edit
  • Call sheets for each filming day

Storyboards

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Script

Josh Walks into the Woods (Ham Common).

Notices a piece of paper nailed to the tree.

After he takes the note off, the camera cuts to black

Slender is then revealed as the camera pans to the right

Art Design

Drawings were created using graphite pencil on A4 paper. Louis used direct observation to create accurate images from Slender; eight notes the character has to collect in order to escape.

Costume Planning

A suit and a morph-mask were purchased to accurately portray “Slender” thus, providing an immersive atmosphere and experience.

Prop Planning

A Torch, Morph-Mask, Suit and Phone were used throughout the production of “Slender”. We brainstormed various items to help aid the immersive experience and storyline.

Lighting Planning

We filmed during the day, with bright light in the woods. Using technical skills learnt through YouTube tutorials, Josh, colour graded the footage to alter the surroundings, as if it were at night. Appropriate lighting was necessary as it had to depict a harsh and cold night.

Location Recce’s

Screen Shot 2018-03-08 at 13.21.55

 

Equipment Research

  • Canon DSLR 70D
  • Stabiliser
  • Stand
  • MAC
  • Adobe Suite

Health and Safety

 

Call Sheets

Screen Shot 2018-03-08 at 13.20.56


Task 4

You will need to keep a production log in which you track your progress and role in this production. You should include photographs showing evidence of your planning, filming and editing.

(Most of your individual grades will be achieved through this log)


Task 5

As a group, you will film your drama using appropriate lighting, sound and filming techniques. Make sure that all your memory cards are looked after.

You individual roles on the filming days are very important and you will be graded on your professional conduct and input during filming. You need to log and save your footage each day after filming. You need to check that you have not missed anything out and that everything is well shot, audio is good. If a reshoot needs to be planned, do it quickly. Reshooting is encouraged if the quality of the film will be affected.


Task 6

Correct paperwork as evidence of your filming and edit planning must be added to your production blog.

This will include Full shot Log and a description of the editing process in your production diary.

Your rushes must be saved as evidence of experimentation and modification

The entire team needs to be involved in the editing process, you each will need to describe your role and contribution to the post-production process. Use screen grabs of the process with annotation in your production log.

Your tutor will complete an individual observation report for each student to evidence your role and input.

(AS A GROUP) create a finished short film sequence exported at 1280 x 720, exported as QT movie. The film should be present in a professional way and be longer than 1:30 seconds long. The film can use After Effects for post-production, use Audition for audio editing and maybe in Premier. Upload to Youtube/Vimeo

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