Practical Production Evaluation For "Insidious".

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Practical Production Evaluation For “Insidious”

By Ajay Clare

For my practical production I worked in a group of three to produce a film opening for a thriller entitled ‘Insidious’.  We chose this title because the denotations for insidious are sinister, dangerous, subtle and menacing; which all relate to the story of our film.  The two other people in my group were Talha Mall and Amrik Sekhon.  We were influenced greatly by many thriller openings we studied before undertaking our production such as ‘Blade’, and ‘The Blair Witch Project’, but there were still certain aspects of the production, which we could have improved.

During the practical production, each member of the group was responsible for different things.  For the acting we decided to cast Talha as the murderer in our film.  For the victim we decided to bring in someone from outside the group called Deyar Yasin, who was responsible for playing the female victim of our film.  Both Amrik and I did the camera work.  We used Amrik’s Mini-DV camera to do the filming and his house for the location of our film.  The editing was done completely by me due to the fact that I already had experience with the equipment as I have the software at home.  I also compiled the soundtrack, as this was a part of the editing.  All three members of our group and Deyar decided on the story line for our production.  We went through as many as 20 different story lines on paper but when we got to our location we always improvised and tweaked it more to make it the best we could.  This production did teach me a lot about working in a group, and Media as a whole and I have gained a lot of experience in this area, which I am grateful because directing films is a career path which I am gearing towards.

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One of the things that we wanted to do was create something unique, therefore one of the most important things I felt to do in our production was to create memorable shots, which had a lot of thought behind them.  The filming took almost 2 weeks for the outside shots, but when thick snow fell, we all agreed to film the outside shots again, as the snow created an amazing mise-en-scene.  The opening shot after the credits (and nearly all the other shots) was set up by me, as I took on the role of directing the film.  The ...

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