How did you attract/address your audience?
For feedback for my media thriller opening, I decided to give out 2 questionnaires to one boy and also one girl so they could watch and then give me feedback on my opening. Both of them were of the white british ethnicity.
Questionnaire 1 - Sam Kirkham Male
1) Was the film easy to understand the narrative?
Secondly, he also points out the significant sound increase from the start of the film to the end showings of the opening which in his words 'makes me know that something will happen as the music get ever so slightly louder'
12) Rate the overall production
Sam said that he would rate my thriller opening a 9 out of 10 because he could see how hard I worked on it to make it look as professional and tension building as I could.
Questionnaire 2 - Hollie Female
1) Was the film easy to understand?
From understanding the opening, Hollie gave a 3 out of 5. She said the only thing that was confusing her was that she couldn't work out why the girl was ripping this poster of a wall.
According to her she said that the rest of the narrative was understandable after this, it just why she was ripping it down.
After a couple more viewings of the opening she finally realised that she was running away from the 'Missing' on the poster and also at the end of the film. Perhaps the font on the poster wasn't big enough but once she saw it she couldn't believe how she could understand it first time around.
2) Did the sequence hold you attention?
Coincedentily, this may relate to 'The killing' as the lead who is a female character named Sarah Lund.
3) How do you rate the camera work and editing?
She rated the camera work and editing as a 5 out of a possible 5 which I was absolutly thrilled by. after spending so much of my time working on it to get it right I am ecstatic that people are noticing it and thinking it works in my production. The reason for her high mark was due to the fact that the different transitions made it look like a proper opening to a film. She also said the use of the camera was used well as their wa a variety of different types of shots which kept her attention to the film.
4) How do you rate the standard of Mise - En - Scene?
This was given a 3 out of 5 for the use of mise-en-scene. She liked some shots, for example the shot above where the light just seems to bounce off her but some she wasn't as keen on such as the poster being found by the girl in the machine; ironically Sam also said this so if this was attracting audience then may not have been noticed. Other than that she said she couldn't find anything else wrong which I thought was good to hear but not being able to see something is understandably a 3 out of 5.
5) Is the production clearly the opening to a thriller film?
Hollie gave 4 out of 5 for this question. The reason being because of the titles which was the same as Sam so i'm happy in that regard. She also said the way sound built up showed her something was going to happen and it did with the cliffhanger. She did however say I could have put 'Edited by Dean Morgan' but from advise from our courses, i'm glad I didn't even if she thought it may have improved it.
6) Would the opening inspire you to watch the rest of the film?
Hollie said it would inspire her to watch on due to the simple reason that because of the female lead, it could relate more to her and to a female audience as well.
7) Can you suggest anything that could improve the appeal?
She said No which I was extremely pleased with.
8) Were there any aspects that you found offensive?
She said no.
9) Was there any part you found confusing or hard to understand?
She said that the ripping of the poster was confusing but because I've mentioned that above I won't talk about that. Other than this she said 'it was fine apart from that' which again was really pleasing to her.
10) What is the best feature/features of the production?
Hollie said there were 5 main features which caught her eye.
Action - There was always something happening so you cannot take your eyes away from what is being shown.
Performance - 'Both of the characters in the film, especially the female, performed excellently and her facial expressions were great and made it look as though it was a real life situation.'
Editing - She said the fade to blacks were fantastic because the seperated the scenes well and created suspence.
Soundtrack - Hollie said for this and asked me 'Where did you find this soundtrack?! It sounds absolutly brilliant and I can imagine in a real film!' As you can imagine I was over the moon because other audience may also think this if they heard it.
12) Rate the overall production
Hollie told me she would rate my film an impressive 9 out of 10 because she could imagine she this opening in a cinema.