Alfred Hitchcock (also known as “The Master of Suspense”) was an incredibly successful English filmmaker who helped shape the filmmaking industry through his creative ideas on suspense and horror. He is well known from his works Psycho, The Birds, Frenzy, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Number 13, and many more. Hitchcock is known for shooting scenes from a person’s gaze so that the viewers were more drawn in to the film.
Space: depth and framing can create a illusion of importance of a character (1:23)
Shapes: triangles, circles, and squares can be found in anything (1:36)
Circles: “feel safer and inclusive” (1:48)
Squares: “creat limited space” (1:52)
Triangles: “aggresive…have an apex” (1:59)
Lines: can represent differnt types of emotion and importance of characters (2:59)
“Blocking tells us what the characters are really up to, what they really mean” (4:17)
Ways of Thinking (Creativity, Innovation, Critical Thinking, Problem Solving)
As director, I developed critical thinking, problem solving, creative, and innovative skills throughout this project. I had to make decisions when it came to time and complexity of the project that resulted in problem solving and critical thinking. I was creative and innovative when deciding how I wanted certain scenes to be shot and how I wanted the overall story to flow.
Ways of Working (Communication & Collaboration)
Our team did a great job of communicating and collaborating throughout this project. We all put forth ideas for the film and made compromises to create the best finished product we could. We also did a great job of communicating when we ran into obstacles and even collaborated over the break to get our film completed.
Tools for Working (Info & Media Literacy)
Our team used Trello, Google Drive, and WeVideo to collaborate with one another and stay organized.
Ways of Living in the World (Life & Career)
This production session helped me develop life and career skills such as collaboration, time management, communication, and organization. These are all things that will help me in the future because they aide the burden of working in a team and help things flow smoothly.
Reactions to the Final Version
“The training montage was a cliche but I really liked how you had a funny twist. It was something I hadn’t seen in a while.”
Self-Evaluation of Final Version
Simple- our film was condensed down to it’s very core. Originally, when we put all our clips in, the film was 2:30. We ended up cutting it down to only 1:15 and keeping the bare minimum. Our story was simple and easy for viewers to follow along with.
Unexpected- the end of our film was unexpected (when Josie was lying on the ground after Windsor won) and left the viewers surprised.
Emotional- our film made viewers laugh and had humorous bits that added to the story.
What I Learned and Problems I Solved
This production session helped me learn a lot about blocking and the importance of camera angles in relation to the subjects. We spent a lot of time blocking Josie and Windsor to represent the underlying emotions of the scene; like when we had the camera below Josie to represent her characters superiority in the moment. I also learned more about the importance of decision making in correspondence to time management. There was a lot of unexpected decisions to be made and as director I had to make some important decisions in the moment because we didn’t have much time. These skills will definitely help me in the future wether that be with other films or teamwork in general. Our biggest moment of problem solving was definitely cutting down the film from 2:30 to 1:15. We had to work on the film over the break so that it would be ready and short enough for presenting when we came back to school.