Monday, 12 December 2011

'Comic Book Movie Opening - Production Ideas

We will be filming at two locations. One will be Bournemouth as it would be great to do some establishing shots for the opening. And the second Ringwood because there will be a Cafe we could film outside of and may be less busy in Ringwood.

Scarlett (Power is Fire) will be played by Jessica Young, Flo (Power is Water) will be played by Zoe Chapple and Autumn (Power is Earth) will be played by Effie Robinson.

It has not been decided which characters would be wearing what type of clothing, but we had a few ideas to show their lifestyle (e.g Class) - Unemployed ----> Casual Wear   - Normal ----> Normal wear but fashionable - Successful ----> Smart wear (Business clothing for women)

We only quickly wrote down Props we would most likely need on set when filming so the Actors could interact with or use.  - Mobile Phones
                                - Glasses (One Character)
                                - Handbags/ Shopping Bags
                                - Coffee Cups (Take Out)

'Comic-Book Movie' Opening - Planning: Initial Idea

We have gone into the Planning stage of our opening now and came up with already a great idea. The group had decided that our opening would show three women waling to a cafe at separate times and using their (super)powers while doing something relevant.

The main idea for our opening:
"Three Women start their daily lives as normal (making breakfast, watching TV, etc.) and we see each of them use their powers on normal day-to-day stuff. Then they all walk to a cafe and meet up after a long time".

Our Idea in 140 characters:
"Three Women start their daily lives using their powers. We follow them on their walk to meet each other after many years of being apart."

Thursday, 8 December 2011

'Comic-Book Movies' - Why do people watch them?

I think what certain Comic-Book Movies do to attract an audience is all down to the narrative of the movie from the trailer seen or clips and so on. Also, most of these movie are obviously based on Comic-Book characters and what the movie industry does is bring them to life which really makes fans of certain superheros and comics happy and wanting to go and watch it.

Because this is an opening what we are really trying to achieve is a good opening that will really want the audience to keep wanting more and be pulled into the narrative/action/etc. An Example could be the opening of 'The Dark Knight' (2008) which really was a brilliant opening and got the audience loving this film and an audience staying to continue to watch this movie because they are so interested in the narrative introduced to them in the opening

A main aspect of a 'Comic-Book Movie' is the protagonist of the film. It entirely depends on what superpower do they have?  Their background. Setting. All of that really boosts fans of these type of movies to see them.

Monday, 5 December 2011

Research into Comic-Book Movies: Characters & Costume

When coming to represent the character (protagonist) of the film opening, you need the audience needs to understand this characters status compared to their Super-Hero identity. For Example: the character of Bruce Wayne (Left) is known to be rich and also, the clothes he wears are very 1st class and neat, showing his reputation and so on. The character of Peter Parker (Right) also represents his character through the clothes he wears, big coat and huge spectacles really do show the characters personality. Another way of showing the characters personality is through the acting, so to enable this we would need to find a good actor(s). All of us should consider these points and the fact they wear more 'descreet' clothes when not fighting crime.

Research into Comic-Book Movies: Narrative

After watching many Comic-Book Movies for research into the narrative aspect of an opening, many film openings just either have titles and also, footage of the origin story of the protaginist with titles and no dialogue (which works very surprisingly well).

Watchmen (2009)
The main narrative in this movie opening is the murder of a retired Superhero and creates the enigma for the films story. The opening is really effective as the killer is not revealed and grabs the audiences attention as it is a vey good opening.

Friday, 2 December 2011

Research into Comic-Book Movies: Logos and Posters

After watching a variety of Comic-Book movies, I have noticed in the film and on posters the logo is a very important aspect. Creating a new logo for a certain character like "Spider-Man" or "Kick-Ass" needs to be bold and recognisable.

This certain font is bold and bright, it stands out to people and probably is known to audiences who have seen this movie.

When a film is in the making of distribution, posters and advertisments would be put around citys and any shops. Sometimes there would be a teaser poster and an official poster released afterwards (nearer release).

Teaser Poster: This poster teases audiences who may see this in Cinema lobby's and also the text used states "IMAX" which tells audiences this film will also be released in Imax. There is no title for the film but the logo as seen on this poster represents a certain Comic-Book superhero which people would recognise.
 (Poster: The Dark Knight Rises)

File:Captain America The First Avenger poster.jpg

Official Poster: This poster gets straight to the point. Explosians and fire, guns and weapons are all in this poster telling audiences this is action packed. Also, the title for the film is in bold silver text and for people who know the superhero, they would recognise this character. Loads of characters are also represented on the poster, showing this films period (WW2).
 (Poster: Captain America: The First Avenger)