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Design, plan, testing and final product for SOUND DESIGN.

Clip chosen: Falling Down intro. 4 minutes 45 seconds.






Dissertation planning :-


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The definition of adaptation in the film and media is a large part of keeping the film business alive, during my disseration i will be explaining how adaptation from novels to screen is  large key.

Basing my research on fairy tale adaptation I will be looking into the adaptations of a classic fairy tale: Cinderella, Cinderella being one of the earliest written fairy tales based in 1634 Since it first was uncovered back then, there has been over 40 adaptations to screen from that one simple story; not counting the different novel adaptation involved.

from a technical aspect, adaptation is alot more difficult than expected, when taking an idea from a novel it will take a team at least 1-2 years to plan the story and see if it’ll actually work.

I will be using fairy tales as a basis for my research as in the industry there is over 200 fairy tale adaptations to screen, weather it be film or a television series.

during my video area I will be showing you the difference between each adaptation

Adaptation, In the media business adaptation is an important part of film making in some cases, Especially when they revisit a fairy tale.
I researched different adaptations and settled on one being cinderella due to the vast amount of adaptations  out.

I found there are multiple fairy tale adaptations out there and concentrating on the important parts that they keep in films.
I believe it is important for people to understand adaptation as that is where the strongest points in film making come from.

My video will include scenes from many different adaptations of cinderella, along side the original written story based on cinderella;



In my dissertation I’ll be discussing if amendments to original literature make more profit at the box office.
I’ll be concentrating on ‘Cinderella’. The questions I would like to answer will include ‘What was the difference between the first ever on screen production of Cinderella to the up most recent version’
I will be basing my research on how each version is different and how that affects the profit for the box office, looking into 1950s first release of Cinderella as an animation to the latest 2015 release of live action Cinderella. In between I shall be looking into how a company has used the story of Cinderella and changed it to their own and if this has increased the profit included in creating the film.
In my dissertation piece I will include a self conducted vote of which cinderella the public have found more ‘entertaining’, I will then place which had more profit in the box office to which the public found more entertaining and what the difference is.

I have chosen to do this subject as it is widely used in the film industry where they have taken story books and created box office hits.
For my video piece involved in my dissertation I will be showing two different live action cinderella stories, one that had a low profit and one that had a high profit and explaining how they both included the original story.
I will be mainly focussing on the success of adaptation and how it has created a wide range of open doors for the industry and the profit they have gained.

internet sites:
Cinderella 2015. Imdb

Cinderella animation; 1950. wikipedia.

Movie budgets, high and low. 2014.

a review on cinderella live action.


A list of retold cinderella stories. from 1990 onwards.

a 1997 retold story based on cinderella

How to make a profitable film, 2003.

authors don’t always profit with film deals. march 05, 2008. by Josh Getlin.


Cinderella 1950

Cinderella 2015

A Cinderella Story 2004.


Research methodology –
Literature review/survey is non-existent…this will need work –
Literature Review needs substantial expansion –



Unit 63 -Task 2: Originate and develop a script idea.


Blue Umbrella is a short film in the production company “Pixar animation studios” and “Walt Disney Pictures”

Following Syd Fields paradigm, Which most screenplays follow (as below) This is the Narrative structure of “blue umbrella”

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Screen Writing tech

Pixar: Pigeons – 2014 short film

Also following syd fields paradigm this is the narrative structure of “pigeons”

Screen Writing tech



As we were given the task of writing, directing and producing our own film, I wanted to think of a number of different ideas to use for this project. We were all tasked of making a film of what we wanted. We could make any story and any genre. I liked this because we hadn’t been given a previous project where we had so much freedom to make a film. As we were given the choice to pick our won genre, I decided to plan and make a horror short film. Horror Is probably my favorite genre and this was my chance to do something I wanted to do.

Although Horror is my favorite genre, I felt that a lot of Horror films were predictable. The reason I thought this was because horror films today seem to rely on ‘jumpy’ scenes to scare the viewer. I wanted to make something different and make the viewer feel uncomfortable with what there watching but I wanted to build up the tension rather than throw it at the viewer all at once. Although it will challenging building up that kind of tension in a short film, I feel that it can be achieved and have an effect on the viewer.

I decided to base my story off an old horror story, the story is- “The last man on Earth sat alone in a room. There was a knock on the door…”.  The reason I chose this story was because I felt I could create the tension I wanted for this story. This story is the basic plot of the film ‘I Am Legend’. Except in that film, Will Smith’s character is against a world of zombies and he is humanity’s last chance to save them. For my story I wanted to completely focus on the one character who is alone in the world. I want to express how lonely and desperate he is in the situation that he’s in. He wants to give up on life but for some reason, he decides to keep going. I want to make the ‘knock on the door’ unexpected for my character and the viewers as well. In my film I what to show his emotional stages as he goes through everything that’s happened to him. I might put in some flash backs to show what he did in his life before to add more of a dramatic feel to it. As the story goes on he accepts what has happened and he tries to survive on his own. Once he has truly convinced himself he is the last man on earth, he notices little things that suggest he’s not alone. Such as an item which has been moved in his ‘den’. With these little suggestions, it builds up the tension. He keeps having to remind himself that he is completely alone and he thinks its all in his head. Once he establishes this, there’s a knock on his door. He’s clearly both shocked and scared about this. He hesitates and doesn’t know whether he should open the door.


I could change the ending to a more “thrilling” sort of area:

He hesitates after hearing the knock and is unsure whether its really happening or not. He has mixed emotions and slowly walks towards the door, he could have voiceovers in his mind about whats going on, he ‘s think of the pro and cons of the situation while he’s walking towards the door. There’s another knock, this one much louder and more frightening. He looks terrified now but still has the urge to know who or what is knocking on the door. He opens the door and there’s a blinding light and he shields his eyes. The light slowly fades and gets dimmer. He opens his eyes, he shows true fear and what he’s seeing or he could have a sense of relieve on his face.

I would like to film this in urban areas. I like the idea of filming this in isolated buildings. I want to base the surroundings from the tv show ‘The Walking Dead’. Although I couldn’t make the outdoor scenes like they did on the show, I can certainly film in some hallways and make them look isolated. I can also film some dark scenes in the college studio as that would have a nice effect.
My current actor has been growing out his hair and beard for a “rustic” and alone sort of feel.


Assessment Task 3; Digital Editing Practices and Technology

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During Post Production there are many things to do, Such as creating an EDL (edit decision list) which comes in two different views, many would bunch together the footage and lay it out in a separate bin so they which footage to use for example:

new york footage

And may also use coloured labels to create an easier choice.

To edit a MPEG file you would need to convert it to either an MP4 or rather a quick time as many MPEG formats during editing wont work to the best of its standards, some people say mpegs come out “wiggly”

Many productions still use a digital workflow for it being easier.

There are two ways of doing post-production. One is the old way, the film way. Shoot film and edit or splice film on film editing equipment. There are few filmmakers who edit this way today.

If there was no Post, Pre and Production the editing process would be a mess and most finished edits wouldn’t even make sense, an EDL would look abit like this:



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On Premier pro the editing timeline would look abit like this depending on the style you have chosen.

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