Welcome to the blog OliRic Production's Richard Mclachlan, charting the evolution of the opening to the new feature film Acts of Repulsion, jointly produced with Oli Preston, click here to view his youtube account. You'll be able to see the final cut on my youtube channel, click here to view my youtube account, as well as various short videos and podcasts right here on this blog! Enjoy, and please feel free to comment/add suggestions!

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

RM - Top 5 Fave Films

1. The Italian Job (Peter Collinson, 1969)c
     Budget: Not given on imdb, however
   reported $3,000,000 on the italian job
   UK box office: Not given.
   US box office: Not given.

This is my favourite film of all time because I love the entire plot, especially how the film ends on a cliff-hanger quite literally. Another reason why this is my favourite film is because some of Michael Caine’s lines are iconic, for example “You’re only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!

The Trailer

2. I Am Legend (Francis Lawrence, 2007)
    Budget: $150,000,000
   UK box office: £25,348,532
   US box office: $256,386,216

I Am Legend is one of my favourite films because of how the mood changes during the film - at the beginning the film it’s quite jumpy keeping the audience on the edge of their seats which then turns into sadness half-way through which finally turns to tragedy. Another reason why this is one of my favourite films is because it stars my favourite actor Will Smith and I think it’s his best piece of work.
3. Hot Fuzz (Edgar Wright, 2007)
    Budget: $16,000,000
   UK box office: £20,792,585
   US box office: $23,618,786

A reason why Hot Fuzz is one of my favourite films is how hilarious it is and some of the scenes are ridiculously funny, for example “The battle of Somerfield”. Another reason why Hot Fuzz is one of my favourite films is that, however many times I watch it during a week I can’t get tired of it.

4. Casino Royale (Martin Campbell, 2006)
    Budget: $150,000,000
   UK box office: £55,287,027
   US box office: $167,445,960

I enjoyed Casino Royale is because it’s just what a Bond film should be ... action packed. Another reason why this film is in my top five films is because of all the Bond films, in my opinion this is the best one that has been made so far.

5. The Spirit (Frank Miller, 2008)
    Budget: Not given on imdb,
   however reported $53,000,000 on
   UK box office: £3,259,898
   US box office: $74,798

A reason why I enjoyed The Spirit is because it’s a super-hero movie like no other; it’s set out like a comic book but for the big and small screen. Another reason why I enjoyed this film is because although it’s set out like a comic book which is seen to be quite childish the plot manages to make it feel more for adults.

Friday, 8 October 2010

RM - My Coursework Task


The mission is to carry out the following brief:
Preliminary exercise: Continuity task involving filming and editing a character opening a door, crossing a room and sitting down in a chair opposite another character, with whom she/he then exchanges a couple of lines of dialogue. This task should demonstrate match on action, shot/reverse shot and the 180-degree rule.
Main task: the titles and opening of a new fiction film, to last a maximum of two minutes.
All video and audio material must be original, produced by the candidate(s), with the exception of music or audio effects from a copyright-free source.

The coursework is worth 50% of the AS (same at A2) and the marking (detailed later) is divided into 3 sections:

The Evaluation:

The evaluation needs to be in mind at all times during the production of the two minute clip, and tasked with answering the following questions:
  • In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products? 
  • How does your media product represent particular social groups?
  • What kind of media institution might distribute your media product and why? 
  • Who would be the audience for your media product? 
  • How did you attract/address your audience? 
  • What have you learnt about technologies from the process of constructing this product? 
  • Looking back at your preliminary task, what do you feel you have learnt in the progression from it to the full product?

When the marker marks my coursework, they will have too write a paragraph for the exam board justifying the marks given. For each section there are key components of the work which the examiner have to assess as being one of the following:
G321 - Simplified Marking Criteria as 1 Sheet