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Evaluation of My Fashion Film

I decided to evaluate my film using the ‘high five’ method so that I looked at everything individually to get a more detailed look at my film.

Sound/Music
I really like how I incorporated two songs together in my fashion film because I knew I wanted to include a music box effect but that I didm;t necessarily want it to continue throughout my film. I wanted it to just fade in and out at certain points so that the viewer is reminded that the girls are being treated as dolls or puppets by the man. I like how the more dramatic music plays the whole way through the film, with the music box fading in and out at the beginning and also when you see the man walking towards them because it is very subtle, but it lets the audience know that something bad is about to happen. I really like how the music starts off very eery and builds up to get louder, with loud wind/stormy noises. I then like how it kept starting and stopping, making it feel unconnected, as I feel like that would put the viewer more on edge because it’s not obvious what’s going to happen next. I really like how I reflected the editing and character movement on the music so that if there was a harsh beat in the music then I would have a sudden movement or flash in the editing because I think it gives a more professional look and makes it seem more put together and dramatic. I think the overall song sounds very scary, eery and sinister which is exactly what I wanted.

Colour/Light
The lighting is very dark throughout with harsh shadows, giving it a very mysterious and scary atmosphere. I like that not everything in the frame is visible because it incorporates the fear of the unknown, meaning anything could be hiding in the background. I used candles to light up the models and then I used LED lights and a silver reflector as a fill light. I like how cool the fill light was because it looked like moonlight, making it look very natural. I love that the candle light flickered constantly and gave an uneven light because it made it look like her only source of light was threatening to go out, plunging her into darkness. The flickering also kept the clips from looking very still and calm, giving it a more panicked and chaotic, but still eery look. I like that I used candles as a light source because flames and fire represents danger and fear, reflecting the situation the girls are in. My favourite clip, lighting wise, in my film is at 1″29′ where girl 1 is staring into the camera, holding a light up next to her face. There is a dramatic beat in the music when the clip of her first appears with her completely lit up, and then the candle light flickers, plunging her temporarily into darkness. The clips ends with the clip slowly fading into darkness as it sounds like someone is heavily breathing outwards. I think this the lighting and sound in this clip work perfectly together, reflecting what the other is doing.

The Frame
At the beginning of the film there are many closeups used as an introduction because I wanted the girls and the situation to be revealed slowly to get the audience thinking. I kept the camera very still in the majority of the scenes because I felt the model’s wear moving enough anyway and I didn’t want to make it look too over done or fussy. At 0″28′ the camera spins round and round itself and points higher and higher; the spinning also gets faster and faster. I really like how this was reflected in the building of the music, both speed and loudness wise because it helped build the tension and suspense effectively. I used a variety of closeups, mid shots and wide shots to show both detail and the setting. I used closeups to show detail in the models’ faces as I felt the audience would sympathise with them more if they felt could really feel their pain. I also really liked to use closeup shots to show off the models’ makeup looks as this is not only visually appealing but gives the audience another clue that they are in fact the man’s dolls. I used a couple wide shots of girl 3 (hippie) because she stood up, throwing her whole body around so I wanted to show the full effect of it and her styling. I used a lot of overlapping of images to either build up tension or to give it more of a slow motion/dream-like feel  and I also think it gave more variety of shots. I used a lot of slow motion in my film, especially of girl 2 (goth) screaming because I found it emphasised her scream and her painful expression to show her true terror. I found that the use of slow motion also made it easier for the audience to see every detail in that clip. I sped up a lot of my footage to make it look more chaotic and animal-like to show their panic and anxiety through their movement. I think using a variety of speeds in my film gave it much more dimension and made the footage and emotions look more exaggerated.

Sequencing
The film start off very slowly, with very long clips, as it shows closeups of certain props or body parts which builds tension. The music then starts flickering so I used strobing to mimic the very quick starts and stops of the music. I used strobing a couple times though out the film when the music is very fast because it creates a very chaotic and dramatic effect to show the heightened emotions of the trapped girl. When the music gets faster and builds up, I used quicker edits to speed up the pace of the film to represent the girls growing fear. At the end I wanted to shock the audience and leave them asking questions, so I built the tension up with using slower edits and then faster and faster edits until the music hits a strong beat and then mystery man looks to the left sharply. I really like this ending because it gives the impression that he has seen one of the girls and is about to attack, however nothing is made certain so that audience are able to ask questions and make up their own ending.

Mise En Scene
I am really happy with how the makeup turned out because all their eyes look very big and doll-like, with the bold eye lashes and lower bottom lash lines. I really like how they all have similar aspects, like the round cheeks, bold eyes and full lips, but they still all look very individual. I am really happy with how the hair turned out, with the girly girl’s structured curls, the goth’s straight black wig and the hippie’s very relaxed and free hair because they all represented their characters well and looked very different. I am also happy with the styling because they have clearly all been kidnapped at different times of day and they all have very unique styles specific to their stereotypes. I love how girl 2 and 3 really got into their characters and put everything into it, with the exaggerated screaming and dramatic movements; however I found that girl 1 didn’t feel as comfortable in front of the camera and looked slightly awkward and emotionless. If I were to do this film again, I would re-shoot her section with her or use another model to get the acting ability I want. I really like that the film was set in a forest because many people associate this with the ‘deep, dark woods’, making it scary to a wide audience. I like that I included the title at the start of my film because I wanted it to stick in people’s minds when they watched it and I wanted it to be a clue of what the film was about.

My Project Evaluation

I had never filmed anything or edited any footage together before so I was very apprehensive, but excited about this project brief. I looked into many fashion films and films to get inspiration and gain a greater understanding of what was expected from my fashion film. I struggled with understanding how to film so I did research into filming with DSLR cameras and how to film in the dark until I felt confident. I also had trouble with creating my story board because I found it hard to visualise what I wanted the film to look like before I had done any filming experiments and I wasn’t confident with my drawing skills; however once I had chosen the music it helped me to visualise where I wanted certain edits to be and I made gifs so I could visualise the movement and sequencing. When I shot girl 2 I forgot to take the reflector on set so I had to improvise and use a big piece of card board and cover it in tin foil; this made me become a lot more organised, e.g. writing equipment lists, as I didn’t want something like this to happen again! I didn’t realise that the contacts that I bought were meant for one use only so I had to buy more for my continuity assessments. I found it helpful looking at different fashion films because they inspired me to do certain edits, camera angles and lighting set ups. I looked at different theme tunes for horror films to see what I thought would work best to create a spooky, slightly sinister feel to my film. I looked at victorian porcelain dolls and doll-inspired makeup looks for inspiration for my model looks and I incorporated different aspects to create three individual looks. I looked at stereotypes in horror films and the characters in the film The Breakfast Club which inspired me to create the blonde bimbo, the goth and the hippie. I incorporated doll aspects and victorian aspects into each character to show my initial inspiration of victorian porcelain dolls. I showed my models clips from films of the kind of movement and emotion I wanted from them which helped them feel more confident and sure of what they were doing. I am really happy with how unique each of my characters came out and how differently they seem to be reacting to being kidnapped and trapped in a forest. I am so happy with how similar my continuity images look. There are only very subtle differences between them, for example the positioning of the strands of hair in the fringe. To improve my images I would blend foundation all over her chest and arms to even out the skin tone, and I would have spent more time perfecting the black lip line. I brought in some images; however I think I should have brought in more to reference from in my final assessment. The model struggled to get the contacts in so I made sure that I applied them before I did any of her makeup to avoid it smudging or running.

Scott Breckenridge’s Opinion on My Fashion Film

Once I had completed editing most of my fashion film, I decided to email it over to Scott Breckenridge, a film editor, so that he could give me his opinion and any suggestions on how I could improve. I told him that I was considering adding in some music box music in certain sections, but that apart from that I was pretty much finished. I was delighted to find that he emailed back very quickly and he said the following:
“I’ve watched your film several times tonight. I think it’s excellent. The lighting, hair and make up are all really superb and very effective not to mention the editing is really spot on hitting all the music cues and using speed ramps and fast edits to great effect. You’ve got a film with a really great atmosphere. I think the music box idea is a good one as well and I think that will help to establish the dolls theme – you could possibly start with that music and a few abstract shots of the girls before launching into the darker music.
My only suggestions are that you could possibly move the section from 1’17” to 1’28” to after 1’36″as the music seems a little repetitive there and your shot with the candle at 1’28” is very strong.
Do you have any other shots of the Male antagonist? My other suggestion is to make more of that character if you can – in terms of a story element it really moves the story on but it feels over too quickly – perhaps you could cut a few abstract shots in between the shots taken from 1’17” to 1’28” to establish a relationship between the characters. I also think it would be nice to end on a shot of one of the girls – possibly the one with the candle and find a longer end to the music – it just feels like it cuts off quite abruptly at the moment. Anyway, these are only suggestions. I think you should be very happy with what you’ve achieved – push for a high mark on this one!”

I am really happy and excited by his response to my film and it has inspired me and given me the motivation to continue to push this film to make it the best I can! The edit that I sent him is shown below:

Scott agreed with me when I said I wanted to add some music box music to my film and he said he thinks it would work well right at the beginning to establish that they are in fact the man’s dolls. I had never mixed music before so I just kept experimenting and researching until I worked out how to do it. I really like where I put the music box music faintly over the top of when the man starts being properly introduced because it reminds you that he is about to use them as dolls and he has the power and strength to do whatever he wants to them. The music that I included in my fashion film is shown below.

NUTSIE III, 2013. Dramatic Story Telling Music [28 October 2015]. Available from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=onKxANKeasQ

He suggested that the section from 1’17” to 1’28” felt slightly repetitive which I can see as well because the music is very repetitive and I have just continuously used the same girl through and changed the shots in time with the music at every beat. It feels slightly slow and not very emotionally charging so I think I will take his advice and add some shots of the male antagonist in-between some of the clips of girl 3 so that he is introduced sooner. I added in some overlays of the man over the top of some of the girl 3 clips, in time with the building of the music to introduce the character and to break up the repetitive movements. I also sped up some of the clips of girl 3 in a random order to mix up the speeds of the clips to make it look less uniform and I think both these ideas made the section look more diverse and engaging.

Scott suggested making the ending longer and possibly ending with a shot of one of the girls because he thought it ended too abruptly; however this is how I intended the film to end because I wanted to shock the audience when they finally see his face. I feel like if I add more footage of the girls then it will seem like an anti-climax, especially as I haven’t got any footage of the man coming into contact with any of the girls.

He sent me a further email suggesting that I added a title, which many of the fashion films I researched had. I therefore tested out what looked good, for example whether I would have it fade in at the beginning or whether it would flash up more sharply etc. I ended up added it when the second clip starts when the music has three sharp beats, and I made the text “Stolen Dolls” flash up in time with it. I made the first flash of text small with a low opacity, the second one slightly bigger with a higher opacity and then the third time the biggest with the highest opacity to act as a transition.

Analysing my Continuity Assessment

What did you do to prepare?
Before I did my first assessment I practiced the look twice so that I was very confident and comfortable with the look. I wrote a list of all the products, brushes and clothing and hair pieces that I needed for the look so that I didn’t forget everything and had everything I needed. I made sure my makeup and hair kit was clean and all my brushes had been washes to ensure a high standard of hygiene. I made sure I had enough or each product and if not, I made sure to make a note of where I could purchase it from before the assessment. I made sure I informed my model of when I would prefer her to last wash her hair and if I wanted her to wear fake tan or not etc. In my first assessment I took loads of images of the look, from different angles, close ups etc. so that I could refer back to them when recreating the look.

Did you record how much you would need of everything?
I practiced creating the look two times before my assessment so that I would know what base colours to use and how much product I ended up using. If I noticed that I was low on a product or that I used up a lot of a product that I re-purchased that product to ensure that it didn’t run out in my assessment.

Did you have enough makeup/products or did you run out, making it difficult to recreate the look?
After I practiced the look for the first time, I noticed that I was running low on my white supra colour and duo lash glue. I therefore found where I have purchased them from and bought another one of each to ensure that nothing would run out in my assessment. I didn’t run out of any products in my assessment so this did not effect me recreating the look.

Did you have accurate hair and makeup charts detailing how to create the looks?
I was very precise when drawing out my makeup and hair charts to make them look as detailed and accurate as possible; however I do struggle with drawing my hair charts so I made sure I labelled both my hair charts. I also made a step by step guide and equipment list to take with me so that I could follow each stage accurately.

If you or another person had to recreate the look weeks or months from now, would this be possible?
Yes this would be possible because I created detailed makeup and hair charts to follow. I made a detailed step by step guide on how to create the entire look. I made an equipment list so that would know exactly what products to get. They would need to contact my model and contact me to use the costume parts. I took many photos of the look, from closeup to full shots, so they could use that to reference.

Did you take enough images of your work?
Yes, I think I did, because I took close-ups or the eyes and lips and I took head shots from front on and different angles. I took mid shots and full body shots from different angles.

Did you make sure you had the first images to hand when repeating the look for the second time?
I had photos taken from the previous shoot within my step by step guide so that I could see what each stage of the makeup looked like so I didn’t miss anything out. I did have some images of the final look; however if I did it again, I would print them out bigger and print out more so that I could look at the makeup from every possible angle.

Looking at your pictures, what worked and what didn’t?
I am so happy with how similar the original look and the recreated makeup look turned out! I can only really see two differences, with the black lip line being slightly higher on the left cupids bow and it look smoother. The other difference is the positioning of the fringe; they are both very straight and both have small gaps in the middle, however the hairs are pointing in slightly different directions.
I am really happy with how the look came out. I think that the white supra colour along the lower lash line, with the lower fake lashes, makes the model’s eyes look very big, round and doll-like. I like how I didn’t make the look completely black and that I added in the burgundy colour because I think she would have looked very dull and ill looking without any colour to her face. I am so happy with the outfit choice because the corset incorporates the victorian aspect and the tutu incorporates the doll aspect. I think the wig worked very well and made her look a lot more striking. Using a wig was also easier to for continuity because I made sure I looked after the wig very well so it would look the same, instead of relying on my model to keep her hair the same.
Even though I had practiced the look before the assessment, we struggled to get the contacts in in the final assessment. My model said they felt very scratchy and uncomfortable, so we soaked them in new solution and re-applied them at the end and she said they felt a lot more comfortable. I found that whenever I put the wig on, the fringe looked slightly different and longer pieces would get in the way, so I made sure I brought scissors with me to the assessment so I could rectify any pieces that looked out of place. Looking back at the images, I think I would have over drawn my model’s bottom lip slightly because the shadows make it look like I haven’t gone right to the lip line.

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What would you do differently next time? and how could you improve/be better prepared?
If I were to do this look again, I would apply some foundation over any red areas on her body and on her chest to make her look more perfect and doll-like and to make her body match her face texture and colour more accurately. I would also over draw her bottom lip slightly to make her lips look fuller but also because in certain lighting it looked like I hadn’t gone to the edges of her lips. I would also possibly make the blush on her cheeks more rounded and more concentrated on the apples of her cheeks to make her cheeks more of a feature.
I think I could have been better prepared for this assessment by printing out more images of the final look, with more closeups, from the previous shoot so that I could reference them and make every detail exactly the same.

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What have you learned from this experience?
I have learned how important continuity is in film and how it can completely take away how realistic and believable the film is from it’ audience. I have also learnt how to accurately document a look, from makeup to hair to outfit, so that you can recreate it to look as similar as possible to the original look. I have learned how important it is to have photos of the look from every angle and close ups so that you can make every angle exactly the same and so you can pick up on small details that would be visible in film so there are no mistakes. 

Continuity

What is continuity?
Continuity in film is when you make certain aspects in one shot exactly the same in another. For example, if part of a film scene was filmed on one day then when the second part of the scene was filmed on another day, they would have to make sure the weather was the same, the characters looked the same, the props were in the same positions etc. By doing this, then the audience will believe that the shots were filmed at the same time, therefore making it more believable.

Why is it important?
If a film doesn’t have good continuity then the film becomes unbelievable and looks unrealistic. If the continuity of shots is bad then when it comes to editing them all together, some shots may not be usable. This means some shots may have to be re-shot which is a waste of time and money and it may not even be possible.

Who is responsible for continuity?
Everyone who is taking part in the film is in charge of their own continuity within their department; however there is usually an overall script supervisor that documents any changes in the script, makeup or props etc. The script supervisor works very closely with every department to inform them of any changes.

Each department should not reply on the script supervisor for continuity, they should all take responsibility. Examples of some areas of continuity are listed below:
Acting – They need to make sure that if a shot is re-filmed they are acting in exactly the same way. For example, if they picked a glass up with their right hand, then they need to do this in every take.
Makeup – It is their responsibility to be aware of how each character looks at all times. This could be because the actor has gone to lunch and has removed clothing or smudged their makeup. This could also be if a scene is re-shot and they need to have documented how that character looked in that particular scene.
Props – They need to be aware of where everything is positioned in every scene. For example, if a chair is on the right corner in one angle, but on the left in another then it will distract the audience from believing in the scene.
Lighting – They need to make sure that the lighting set up or the weather is the same in each scene. For example, if the weather is sunny in one angle, but raining in another, then it will look very unrealistic!

What issues may hair and makeup artists have that would effect continuity?
Shooting out of sequence – If they are filming out of sequence then the hair and makeup artists need to make each look for each scene documented in order so that they can produce an accurate look for whatever scene is being filmed at that time.
Weather conditions – The weather may change the look, for example if it is very hot and humid then the makeup may start to melt or run, and if it is raining then the hair will get wet and may fall differently to how it is supposed to.
Crew Availability – If a scene is shot months after the original scene was filmed, the makeup artist or hair stylist may not be available and so someone else will have to take their place. This will mean that each look will have to be accurately documented for each character and each scene so the replacement makeup or hair artist will be able to create the right looks.
Not having resources – If a scene is re-filmed months later then the makeup artists and hair stylists would need to have all the equipment and products they did before. For example the makeup artist may have used up or lost a certain lipstick colour, meaning they would either have to quickly repurchased it or try to find a substitute.
Hiring hair pieces or wigs – If a scene is re-filmed months later then the hair pieces would have to be tracked down again. However the hair pieces used may have been hired out to someone else or they may have been lost or ruined.

How to prepare for continuity:
– Analyse the script to see what problems may effect the continuity with regards to makeup and hair.
– Prepare any documentation needed for each look, for example, hair charts, makeup charts, product lists etc.
-Make sure there will be enough products and equipment to last the filming time, taking into account there will be multiple takes.

Maintaining hair/makeup continuity during productions:
– Constantly check each character’s hair and makeup through the takes.
– Make sure that you take appropriate images of each look to use for continuity and notes are taken throughout shoots. The day and scene must be recorded with each look.
– Have any touch up products or materials on you at all times.
– Make sure you are aware of any scripted or unscripted situations that may change the actor’s look and fix it where necessary.
– If any adjustments need to be made when filming, make sure you do this at appropriate times and with the correct etiquette.
– Make sure any makeup and hair changes are approved  by the relevant people so they everyone is aware.

Key skills as a hair and makeup artist:
Attention to detail
 – your work looks very precise and accurate to your customer’s needs.
Technical skills – being able to use a camera and print off images for continuity.
Ability to work as a team – You will always be working as a team so you need to know how to treat everyone and work together effectively.
Ability to work under pressure – You need to be able to make certain deadlines so you don’t waste people’s time and money.
Continuity – You need to be able to document and recreate looks when necessary.
Being organised – You need to be aware of everything you need to do before and during each shoot.

Continuity Examples in Film
I thought it would be fun to find a youtube video that showed some examples where continuity has gone wrong in films.

SCREENRANT, 2015. 10 Continuity Fails In Popular Films [7 December 2015]. Available from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AKKrBGJpvBs

Resources:
COLM07, 2013. What is Continuity and Why is it so important when making films [7 December 2015]. Available from: http://colmomurchu.com/?p=154

Film Ready Hair and Make Up

Make Up
Equipment:
-moisturiser-primer
-concealer
-foundation palette
-white skin base
-loose powder
-buffing brush
-powder puff
-naked basics palette
-eye brow brush
-mascara
-disposable mascara wand
-lip palette
-lip brush
-blush palette
-makeup wipes
-Cape

Step by step:
1. Cleanse and tone skin to clean and add moisture.
2. Apply a moisturising primer and massage it into the skin with fingers.
3. Warm up some concealer on the back of your hand and apply a bit under the eye, patting it gently with fingers. Don’t swipe as will pull on delicate skin and irritate. Go into the corner on the eyes as there is darkness there.
4. Colour match the foundation on the model, don’t change the colour of the skin for this natural look.
5. Mix the foundation with an illuminater or moisturiser to make it less heavy.
6. Only put the foundation on the skin where they need it and buff it into the skin. Apply the foundation with your fingers each time to warm up the product and place it exactly where you want it.
7. Blend the concealer in with the foundation and add it to the eyelid to even out skin tone.
8. Put loose powder onto powder puff and run it into the puff to remove excess. Then press it over the lips.
9. Apply some lip balm on the lips to prep them for the lip stick.
10. Brush eye brows through and add a tiny bit of colour if there are sparse areas.
11. Brush through the eyelashes to remove any product.
12. Avoid using very light eye shadows as it will be obvious. Use a shimmery or matte skin colour on the lid.
13. Use a wet brown eye shadow and press it into the lash line for subtle definition.
14. Apply a light coat of mascara to top and bottom lashes. Stand to the side of the model so that it is less intimidating.
15. Ask model to smile and lightly add some blush to the apples of the cheeks.
16. Add a very natural lips colour.

I am really happy with how the makeup and hair came out. The aim of the makeup look was to make it look as natural as possible. I only added foundation where she needed it to cover redness and other imperfections and blended it in really well with my fingers. I didn’t want to cover up her freckles because I thought her skin would look too perfect and doll-like. I used a tiny bit of concealer under the eyes, making sure to dab it into the skin, and I am happy that it looks very natural and not cakey. I only added a very small amount of powder to set the makeup because I still wanted my model’s natural glow to shine through. I added a small amount of light rose coloured blush to make it look like she was naturally blushing. My model had very thin eyebrows and they were very short, so I extended them slightly with some brown eye shadow. I think the eyebrows look natural, however if you look closely you can see that there is no hair on the outer edge, but I don’t think it’s obvious in these photos and I didn’t want to leave my model with only half eye brows! I added a very light coat of mascara to her eyelashes because I wanted to make her eyes look more defined, but I didn’t want her to obviously be wearing mascara. If I were to do the look again, I would have used brown mascara to make them look more natural, especially as she has blonde hair. For the lips I used a small amount of a natural coloured lipstick and I blended it into the lips well to give the most natural finish possible.

Hair
Equipment:
-Paddle brush
-Tail comb
-Hair grips
-Hair elastics
-Hair spray

Step by Step:
1. Brushed through the hair to get rid of any knots and smooth.
2. Using my pin tail comb, I sectioned off the sides, just above the ear, for the french plaits.
3. Do a french plait on each side, about an inch and a half wide. When you reach the back, continue to plait the hair and secure it with a hair elastic.
4. Back comb the middle section of hair in small strips all the way back to the crown of her head. Use hair spray is you feel it’s necessary.
5. Gather all the hair in the middle section and smooth the top layer of hair. Shape the hair into a quiff shape, trying to make it as even as possible on both sides.
6. Secure the hair at the back with two hair grips.
7. Back comb all the hair at the back and then loosely twist it into a bun. Pull parts of the bun out to make it look bigger.
8. Secure the bun with hair grips.
9. Wrap each plait round the bun and secure then with hair grips. Try to make the elastic as hidden as possible.
10. Remove the hair grips from behind the quiff so they are not visible.


I am really happy with the overall look of the hair. The hair looks very smooth on top of the quiff; however I could have used more hair spray to smooth down the fly aways. I am happy with the height of the quiff, but I could have made it look more even on both sides, as it leans slightly to one side. I am happy with the french plaits because they look neat and even and how the swoop down to meet the bun; however I could have made the line of the french plait straighter to give it a very clean and sharp look. I love how the hair is twisted at the back of the quiff going into the bun because it adds a feminine, elegant feel to the look. Her hair was very thin and quite short so I and to back comb the hair a lot to make her bun look voluminous, however I am really happy with how it turned out. I really like the plaits going into and around the bun because it adds a fun and girly detail to the look.

Gifs from my Film

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I am really happy with how this character came out! I wanted her parts in the film to be very quick and chaotic to show how she is throwing her body around to try to break free from the ropes tying her to the tree. I am really happy with how she really got into the character and wasn’t afraid to throw herself into it! Her facial expressions were exactly how I had imagined them, with the very determined and aggressive look on her face and the glaring eye contact with the camera. Her body movements were very exaggerated and strong, making them look very angular and almost animal-like when sped up! I am really happy with my fashion choices because the loose arms of the dress are thrown around with her arms, exaggerating her dramatic movements. The white feathers in her hair stand out and emphasise how much she is throwing her hair around; I think if I didn’t have the white in her hair, then her hair may have got lost in the moving image. I took many angles of this same movement, with her always looking in the same direction, because I wanted to show what she body movements looked like from different angles, and with and without eye contacts. I also used closeups with this footage to show what her face was expressing. I love the lighting used in these shots because it just lights her up and not too much of her surroundings. I wanted it to be clear that she was in a forest, but I wanted to make it look very dark and empty, to show she is all by herself with no protection because I felt like this added to her vulnerability.

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Josie
These two gifs of girl 1 are very different to the gifs of girl 3 because they are so much more still and slow. I wanted to get a closeup of girl 1 because I wanted to show the detail in her makeup and I also wanted to show her facial expression up close because it was so subtle and a lot less dramatic than the others. I am really happy with how precise and sharp the makeup looks, with the clean white eyeliner, jet black eyelashes and dainty freckles, because it makes her look like a painted doll. She starts by looking at the camera and then looks away as if she is looking for something or has maybe heard something. Her eyes are very wide, like a deer in the headlights, to show she is in shock. I didn’t want this character to be as loud and dramatic as the other two because I wanted to show how people can react to things in very different ways and I liked that there would be some contrast in the pace of the film. In both these clips I used an LED light and a silver reflector to bounce light gently onto her back, to act like moonlight, to show the detail in her hair. I also used a candle to light up her face that the model was holding. I wanted the candle to be in the shot because fire represents fear, danger and burning, possible as he is burning her hope of a normal life away. I am so happy with how the hair looks in the first gif because it is victorian inspired and it is very pretty and detailed to show her youthful and girly side.

My Fashion Film Moodboard

Film Moodboard
This is my mood board to represent my fashion film. I wanted the overall effect of it to be very dark, mysterious and sinister. The very dark background of is of a forest, with very grey lighting to show that I want my location to be in a cold, moonlit forest. I have put a man’s body in the centre carrying a rope, suggesting he will use it to assault the girls with. I didn’t include the man’s face because I don’t want my viewers to associate the man in the film as anyone in particular, but instead imagine him as someone they are personally scared or intimidated by. In the fashion film I want to just show the back of him, and possible his side profile of his face for a dramatic ending; however I don’t want a clear shot of his face as I sometimes think what your own imagination can create is scarier than if you’re given a specific person. In the mood board I put the man in a suit, this may not be the clothing that my mystery man will wear, but I thought a suit  would make him look very important and in control; however I also think it’s slightly unrealistic for a man to wear a full suit deep into a forest. I found images of three girls that fitted my descriptions the best. The girl on the left represents girl 3, the hippie, with the more natural makeup, wavy ginger hair and more boho feel. The girl in the middle represents girl 2, the goth, with the very dark eye makeup, jet black hair and black lips. The girl on the right represents girl 1, the girly girl, with the pink lips and cheeks, bleach blonde hair and youthful, frilly styling. I positioned all these girls above a row of candles because I use candle light as my main light source to light the girls and the candles brought in that warmer feeling. The flames also represent the danger and threat the girls are under as fire symbolises chaos and destruction. There is a lot of screaming and panic from the girls in my film so I represented that with images of three girls hysterically screaming and crying. I made these really faded, to almost look like ghosts, to represent their vulnerability and their invisibility to anyone that could help. I have gone into much more depth with the reasonings why I chose each character and their styling and why I chose the storyline and lighting etc.