Tuesday, 13 December 2011

What we did today 13.12.11

Today we began editing our screenplay, we rewrote our treatments and we listened to some of ReeceA's music who will be the composer doing the music for our film. We have asked Reece to produce some music for us and asked his permission to use some of his already available music

Audience Research Reflection

Overall I think our audience research went well, our focus group was focused and alert and interested in our questions and even more so in replying to them, the only place I felt we didn't get a so good reply on was the internet survey's as they were unmanageable and some people relied in a manner that was inappropriate and not useful to us in our research. As well as this I think we could have put our survey's together better as some people didn't understand the layout of our questions properly and so struggled to answer some of them.
I also think we should have pushed more for survey's to be filled in before the lesson as we ended up using two hours we could've used for further work getting survey's filled, also most of those survey's were mostly filled by adults which isn't entirely a help to us.

At the moment we are editing our screenplay, changing somethings and adding some more humour; we are working quite well as a team at the moment though now and again one of us lags behind and we have to pick them up again and get them to rejoin us in working. This is not only their fault but our fault as well I think as sometimes we can get so caught up in what were doing we forget to think about what we have left for everyone else to do. This will be something we will work on.

Action Comedy Treatment Re-Write

Hall Monitor

A original screen-play by Andrew Bryan, Olivia Barry, Chris Adegoke and Daniel Wright.


The Production Company BiggerBoat Productions presents a 12A aimed Action-Comedy film that tells the tale of a British school that has decided to run a Hall monitor program, their hall monitor Alex is an anal busy-body who takes his job far too seriously, he and his side-kick a lower grader (who is only in it for the grade-points and thinks his boss is a moron) must stop the imminent sabotage of the school Prom.
   As the story unfolds it is discovered that it is Alex's love interest that has committed the attempted sabotage in order to get him to notice her. Through the stopping of the sabotage of the prom our lead finally gets the respect he craves and recognition he feels he has worked for but also realises what an idiot he has been and that their is more to life than being a hall monitor.

The film will be like MallCop, meets HotFuzz

Our key focus is to make a funny laugh-a minute comedy that entertains and draws in the audiences, it will be open for all audiences from 12 upwards and so will be a 12A, this will give us more room than a PG rating to make jokes suitable for older audiences.

The feedback we got from our focus group was to not make is family orientated but just younger teen upwards film and so to raise the rating so that we could add in better humour than just slap-stick alone. We also were told to give the love-interest a bigger role overall in the film so that the audience can know who she is before the end reveal.

Thursday, 8 December 2011

Survey Results Graphs

We used the website Survey Monkey to collect these results and will ulitmately collate them with the rest of our findings to gain an idea of what changes we will make to our idea.

From this graph we can see that most of the people answering our survey are teenagers, this suggests that we should aim our film at that that kind of audience base. On refelection I think we should used a better age range for measurment as 11-20 is too wide.  

From this graph we can see that the largest percentage of people replying o our survey were male so this suggests we should aim our film more at a male audience.

Their age and this graphs suggest that those answering our survey are still in education, this means they will have little disposable income as they will not be working but may get allowance so could still see our film in cinemas. The lack of disposable income for expensive cinema tickets might suggest that our film would do better in DVD sales as they are cheaper and can be bought as gifts.

From this graph we can see that our surveyees most enjoy the genres of horror and science-fiction, due to that fact that our film is neither of these we may have to find a way to work some factors of those things into our film. Luckily a high majority of people also said the7 liked comedy. 

Many surveyess said what they most liked about their genres was enjoying laughter, escaping reality and good effects so we'll have to find a way to encompass all of these things in our opening two-mintues/film.

Many people said they found out about new films from the internet this suggest that we should advertise through the internet, this is a good thing as our opening two minutes will be posted their anyway.

Most people also said they visited the cinema with family, this works well with our initial idea of making the film family friendly we will  need to maike sure we aim some of our humour to adults.

Many said they enjoyed foreign films with subtitles, this tells us that they are open to more exotic cinema and are possibly more cultured, this will give us more freedom with our humour than if we were just aiming it at people who are a little more narrow minded.

Most people said they enjoyed watching films, wathcing televison and rading novels, the fact that they enjoy reading novels suggest that they may like complex plots and well developed characters- this we will have to take into account when structuring and writing our plot and script. Also the fact that they like watching films and television tells us that they will have a pretty good understanding of what to expect from our film- whether they realise they do or not- and so we will have to find someway to surprise them.

Many of the films our audience had seen recently were comedy films, young adults films or acton films, this sits us in quite good stead as our film is a collection of these things.

Overall I think this survey has been good in assuring us of some things that we all ready knew and in that we are largly going in the right direction but also informing us of some things that we will need to change like making our plot more complex etc. However I think if I were to do this survey again I would try and make it more relevant to our actual film in the hopes we could get some more refined information from it.

Focus group invite Time changes

We have made changes to the time the focus group will meet at my home that time has gone from seven in the evening to three in the evening as this is an easier time for everyone to meet and people have made changes in their schedules to fit it in so their is less need for it to be so late. The interviewers will now be Daniel, Andrew, Chris and I, and the interviewees Ryan, Andy, Lesley, Robert and Gabriel.

Interview Questions and Answers

These are the questions and answers that we got in our interview with two people (they answered together) upon telling them our idea:

1. After hearing our idea, do you think it fits the genre we are asking for, and why?

Ans:  More aimed at a PG or 12 than a 'All' (family film)

2. What aspect, if any, would you like to change?

 Ans: Suitable for the genre, careful for toilet humour, language and innuendos, slapstick element should be included, vertical tutoring (school should be in classes of grade not year)

3. Is this a film you would particularly like to see?

Ans: Yes, if the trailer was good

4. What do you think about the setting of the film?

Ans:  Good setting

5. Do you think this idea would only appeal to the younger part of the family audience?

Ans:  Yes.

These answers will be eventually compiled with our questionnaire results and focus group results to give us an overall idea of what changes we will need to make to our final film idea.

From these results we will begin to  consider changing the target audience of our film.

Thursday, 1 December 2011

Summary of our Research: Focus group questions+Interview Questions

These are the core questions we have decided to ask our focus group, of course more questions will grow naturally as we gain new insight into their thoughts and new points of view so we have tried to keep our main questions brief.

  1. What do you think of the overall idea, is it original or have you seen it done before?
  2. What do you think could be improved with the idea? Are there any concepts that you don't think would work or need improving?
  3. Is this what you would expect of a film of this genre?
  4. What sort of things would you expect to see in terms of costumes, props, set etc.?
  5. Would you go out of your way to see the film?
  6. Do you think our opening sequence would draw in the audience well?

These are the questions Chris will use when interviewing others outside of our focus group, he has decided to take this as his responsibility as I wrote and sent the letters and am in charge of organising the focus group and Andrew wrote the questions for the focus group so it is Chris's responsibility to cover this aspect of the research.
Before he would ask these questions he would inform the interviewee of our idea and opening sequence.

  1.  After hearing our idea, do you think it fits the genre we are aiming for, how and if not why?
  2.  Do you think the angle of having a girl doing something desperate to be noticed by a guy is a scenario that is expected? 
  3. What aspect if any would you change if you had the chance?
  4. Is this a film you would particularly like to view?
  5. What do think about the setting of the film?
  6. Is this idea would only appeal to the younger part of the family audience?
  7. Do you feel that the opening two minutes that we discussed would engage your interest?

Focus Group Invite Letter

Here is a copy of the invite letter I have sent round through email to the necessary recipients so as to invite them to join is for our research focus group.