Looking at the Mark Scheme for our production pieces

Within our lesson today we as a class looked at the mark scheme process that we needed to use in order to look at how our piece will be marked.

For a level 4 4-60 marks, which the standard mark, for our piece requires certain elements in order to gain the nest possible mark.

for this type of level the requirements are factors such as

  • Using steady shots
  • framing the shots
  • variety of shot differences
  • Shooting material
  • Mise – en scene
  • editing apparent to viewing
  • Using varied transitions
  • Using sound and images
  • Using appropriate titles – fonts that flow with the music

the evaluation process has

  • 20 marks
  • 20 marks


  • 60 marks
  • which in total totals to 100 marks

Final work on Film Noir production piece

Within this lesson we started to finish off our film noir project, by creating a menus screen and placing it onto a final DVD which will finalise the whole project. Within our lessons we have also started work on our evlauation piece that has constantly been having various pieces of information added to it every media lesson while we have been in the Mac room.

When our group had finished putting tha last pieces together placing it onto the DVD had a few obstacles which we had to overcome. One of them being that we had difficulty placing it onto the DVD one of the factors that we had to do was to place the film on a memory stick before placing it onot the main Mac computer to put it onto a DVD. However, after we had placed it onto a DVD we had to get copyright permission to be able to use the song’s that we had placed within our piece. As well as this we had to place the production pieve then onto a DVD when we ad believed that we had been gioven permission to use the song. The one problem that we had to overcome was the screen ratio was out of proportion which cut off part of our production piece which we had to disregard. After we had solved this problem we were then able to place it onto the DVD which was then complete.

Placing our film production on a DVD

Within this lesson our group went up to the Mac suite and started to add the finishing touches to our piece. Once this was complete we started the process of placing our production on a DVD, by using the Mac software to transfer the piece onto the DVD. One of the first processes that we carried out was getting the piece to work on a certain software programme which would help to ensure a successful transaction. Once we believed that it was complete we placed the finished copy onto a memory stick which was then able to be placed into one of the main Mac suite computers. Here we placed it onto a specialied programme which eventually place the copy onto the DVD.

Audio editing stage

In the last lesson on Friday 25th March our group finished editing in the audio on top of the footage and we went through the whole production to check for any errors. We made sure all the sound effects were in time and made any changes to the music that we felt was needed to be made. The final stage of completing our production was to burn it onto a DVD

The next stage that was important was the editing of your last remaining scenes, since the completing element of our office scene, our gorup was able to start with the editing making sure that every single detail was placed in chronological order.

After uploading our footage our group had to start to change the colour scheme, ensuring that the black and white, saturation and brightness was at the right level that suited the type of theme that we wanted to create. In between the murder scene and the office scene our film noir opens with a typical film noir title sequence. Our opening sequence followed the same type of layout of the hit Film Noir film of Heat (1995). This layout is very simple and basic just seeing the appearance of the of the title and credits which appear slowly as music plays softly within the background. The image below reflects the type of imagery that our title sequence uses:

As a group we all decided to use this same layout for your opening title sequence with soft jazz music playing in the background as the credits gradually appear and disappear. The music that was used within our title sequence was non-copyrighted and free for public use. the below image shows an exmaple of what our title sequence opening looks like:

The type of font that we used for our title sequence is ‘AR BONNIE’. our group believed that this type of font fitted the critera of a film noir convention reflecting the 1930’s film genre. Some of the other fonts that we considered using are listed below:

FF Matinee
FF Golden gate initials
Balboa shaded condensed
Buffalo Joe

As we used copywrited music within our piece some one which being the heat theme tune, it was advised that we sent an email of enquiry to the company asking for consent to use the theme tune within our piece. Below shows a picture of the email that we sent:

The email followed the lines of:

To who it may concern,

W are a media group from the UK currently studying Film Noir films. Within our current piece that we have filmed we would like to request permission to use one of the song ‘Heat Theme’ used from the film ‘Heat’. This would be greatly appreciated if we could have you permission to be able to use the song within our piece. It would be grateful if we could hear from you soon to hear your verdict

Yours Faithfully

final Editing Process

In the past few lessons our group has been editing the last few scenes of our film noir filming process, we spent time uploading the footage and placing them all together with the film credits to create a full introduction.

After uploading the full footage we then started to change the colour of the filming by saturating the image to create a darker feel to the atmosphere creating a typical film noir setting, which is the effect that our group wanted. after the saturation process we then had to think about music effects and how the right mood of music would fit to the atmospheric encounter with the stalker scene. as well as creating the saturation and music feel to the scenes we also needed to consider the voice-over work that the camera did not pick up when filming. This would then need to be recorded and placed into the correct position of the filming process.

This process of saturation was also used on the office scene, which our group uploaded the other day onto the imovie program. We also needed to consider again the voice-over work as the recorded voices had a slight echoed effect which made it difficult to hear the actors voices within the filming.

Second Filming Office Scene

Today we started to film the office scene with the two detective characters Jim and Detective Spade, we mananged to find a small office within the school to film our scene.

This is the entrance to the office that we used, it seemed suitable as it was small just like a detective’s office. It had the blinds which was an advantage for our group as this was a key feature that we wanted within our scene. The image below shows the outside entrance towards the office, frim this angle you can have a POV shot of Jim as he enters the office for the first time.


From the above pictures we changed the office table from a bare table with just a phone, to a table with scraps of paper and abandoned folders to show how the Detective Spade has not been in business for a long time. We also firstly used a newspaper article which can be seen within the above picture on the table.

These pictures show Jim walking up the stairs towards the office, from the angle of the camera we can see that it focuses on the characters feet as it watches him walking up the stairs. The anle of following his feet then cuts out the other obstacles around that we dont need within the scene.

This shot shows the camera angle following the character all the way up to the door which leads into the main office area, the low camera angle is still following his feet until it reaches the door before it moves up his body. It follows the character all the way up to this door, the camera then moves up the the private sign at the top of the door to indicate to the audience that this is going to be of some importance.


The camera then films the other side of the door, following the character in through the door towards the office area. The character waits for a while before taking the steps towards the enterance of the office doorway.

 The next camera angle shows Jim’s hand swtich on the light switch

After the hand was seen on the switch, Jim’s body emerges into the full frame of the camera lense for the audience to see the characters

The other main character known as Detective Spade is seen within his head down, his face covered away from the camera signifying his refusal from society. The blinds behind him are seen to be shut creating the feeling that he is shutting himself away from the world.

This picture just shows a close up of his emotion of how he feels, due to his frustration through the violent clutching of his hat. His face is still placed down towards the table as he doesn’t want to face the character Jim as he feels slight embarrasment of the fact that he is no longer a professional detective.

The character Jim is seen at the blinds, pushing them to one side as he looks out the window while still talking to Detective Spade

Once the blinds had been opened Detective Spade is seen tpo have his head placed further down towards the table which shows his shock to the extreme bright light that is being projected through the windows.

First Editing Process

Today our group started to edit our film pieces for the first time, as well as designing our title sequence as well to fit it all together. We imported our filming scenes and started to play around with the iMovie software, but trimming and starting to add music to the scenes that seemed appropiate.

The process involved picking out the best filming scenes from the selection that we had filmed over the half term holiday, it then involved importing then and placing the best scenes together in a set order where the scenes finally seemed to flow in a correct order.  Next we changed the colour of the filmimg to it changed from a colour film to a black and white screen filming, which is the effect that we wanted if we were going to follow the conventions of film noir. We played around with the settings on the software by changing the lighting within th scene to make the stalkers face look darker when under his hat, which was an effect that we were looking for.

After this was completed which took a few attempts, the next process was to add in the music. Within the scene, where we see the female victim knock off the stalkers hat to reveal his true idenity we have suspense music as she starts to run away down the alley towards the exit.

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