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Hannah Cox The Silent Call
Hannah Cox
The Silent Call

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Using conventions from real media products: When researching into the codes and conventions of short films,

Using conventions from real media products:

When researching into the codes and conventions of short films, I realised that they include a small number of characters.

(See blog post on Wednesday, 4 July 2012:

‘Codes and conventions of short films’) For example, in the short films I watched

such as ‘The Girl with the Yellow Stockings’ and ‘Lifeline’ they only had 1-2 characters. This was because it allows the audience and characters to connect better in a short space of time. Hence, this argues my media product uses typical conventions from

real short films as I included 2 characters which talked, and 2 characters which didn't, hence, making the connection easier

between audience and characters. However, because I used more than two characters, it could be argued my short film is challenging the forms and conventions of short films. ‘The Silent Call’ could be reflecting a mainstream feature film as I have included smaller characters which is typically shown in larger films through ‘extras’. However, the fact my film largely focuses

and connects with only one character argues it follows conventions from short

films.

Furthermore, my short film also includes a twist: a typical convention found in short films. When researching the codes and

conventions of short films, most

of my research said that

short films must contain a twist as this keeps the audience

entertained in a short space of time. The twist portrayed in my short film is conveyed through the rewind. When the

protagonist see’s the body and is presumed guilty by the runner, a rewind occurs allowing the audience to see a different turn

of events . This also allows the protagonist to not typical convention.

witness the body alone nor witness the near car accident. I know this is a

Twist resulted in alternative scenes: 1:58 where he did see the car and 4:00 where he
Twist resulted in alternative
scenes: 1:58 where he did see the
car and 4:00 where he didn’t see
the car. The call also made me
late of time resulting in him not
seeing the body: 5:09.

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of a short film because during my research I watched numerous a short films, largely containing
of a short film because during my research I watched numerous a short films, largely containing
of a short film because during my research I watched numerous a short films, largely containing
of a short film because during my research I watched numerous a short films, largely containing
 

of a short film because during my research I watched numerous a short films, largely containing twists. In ‘Bengini’ a twist

occurs when a man grows a baby like formation on his arm. In ‘The Black Hole’ there is also a twist when a man finds a large

paper with a black hole on the front which has a secret portal he can use to get inside vaults. Similar to the characters in ‘Bengini’ and ‘The Black Hole’, my protagonist finds the body, (finds the twist like the baby and the black hole) hence arguing my short film uses typical conventions of short films from real media products.

My short film also uses creativity: another typical code and convention of short films. In most of my research I found out that the majority of short films use alternative and creative storylines, completely different from mainstream films. The message behind short films is usually direct and personal, presented in a random and unusual style. In ‘Bengini’ the tone and storyline of the film differs hugely from mainstream feature films and my short film has a similar tone and style. For example, in my

short film I used no music, just the sound from the action created in the shots. Compared to mainstream feature films, music is used to create atmosphere. In contrast to, ‘The Silent Call’ and other short films such as ‘Bengini’ and ‘Blik’, atmosphere is created by the emotions presented in each shot.

Using real media conventions: Keeping the protagonist centred in the opening shots allows audience to establish
Using real media conventions:
Keeping the protagonist centred
in the opening shots allows
audience to establish the main
character as centralising
suggests significance.

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Developing conventions of real media products: One way I have developed real media products is through
 

Developing conventions of real media products:

 

One way I have developed real media products is through the narrative. Upon my research into narrative and structure (see blog post Friday 22 nd June: Narrative and story research) I understood the different types of narratives that can be portrayed. My short film uses a linear narrative as it has a beginning (introduction to characters and story) a middle (events happen- story builds) and an end. However, in the middle of my narrative I use elements of a circular narrative as the rewind allows the story to go back in time. Hence, this argues my short film develops conventions of real media products as I have developed traditional narratives.

I also wanted to develop meaning behind the text, similar to ‘LoveField’. I wanted to portray this through the protagonist and present his life as simple as possible, thus contrasting against the fact he meets a mysterious body lying in a field. I tried to convey this through many shots and this argues I have developed real media conventions:

By having the glass of water, the phone and the note pad, it conveys a very

By having the glass of water, the phone and the note pad, it conveys a very structured lifestyle. The fact he

By having the glass of water, the phone and the note pad, it conveys a very

writes that he is going on a walk also suggests the

protagonist

is very peaceful and calm, again

contrasting against the scenes with the mysterious body.

Furthermore, by shooting the shot in a high angle, it In addition to this, the slanted

Furthermore, by shooting the shot in a high angle, it

In addition to this, the slanted angle of this shot suggests unfamiliarity as most of the shots have been stable

reveals most of the room and the protagonist. Hence, the fact he retrieves the iPod suggests this is a normal

and straight. Hence this argues the

task as his facial expressions are plain and simple.

protagonist is faced with a problem:

something unknown to him.

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Challenging forms of real media products: One aspect I have challenged conventions of short films is
Challenging forms of real media products: One aspect I have challenged conventions of short films is

Challenging forms of real media products:

One aspect I have challenged conventions

of short films is the titles. Most short films tend to introduce the title of the film over footage, perhaps due to the short space of time to develop the narrative. In my short film however, I have used a modern

approach to introducing my film by having a black screen with white text. This typically reflects a mainstream film, hence arguing that my film does challenge forms of real media products.

Short films: ‘LoveField’ and ‘Benigni’
Short films: ‘LoveField’ and ‘Benigni’

Hence, as we can see, the difference between these four examples show that short films have titles behind footage whereas mainstream films

‘Psycho’ and ‘Black Swan’
‘Psycho’ and ‘Black Swan’

such as ‘Psycho’ and ‘Black Swan’ have black screen titles. The reason I

chose these two films is because I believe my short films calls into the

genre of thriller/crime- the genre of both ‘Psycho’ and ‘Black Swan’. This

such as ‘Psycho’ and ‘Black Swan’ have black screen titles. The reason I chose these two

argues I am challenging typical

conventions of real

media products.

Nevertheless, ‘The Black Hole’ begins it titles behind a black screen to

transition into live action.

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