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Our letter to East Coast.

We planned our film opening to be partially set onboard a train. We knew that there were some limitations when it comes to filming in public areas so we went and asked at the train station what the rules were. A lady at the information desk told us that we would need to write a letter to East Coast trains asking for permission to film on one of their vehicles. We posted the letter on Tuesday 22nd March and we are currently awaiting a reply. If we get the go ahead then we’ll get on with that paticular part of the filming asap but if we do not gain permission then we will have to compromise and film the scene in a moving car instead. While we’re waiting for East Coast to reply to get back to us we intend on filming the flash back parts of our opening so we’re not stalled and make use of the time we have.

Location ideas!

This is our location idea for the start of the clip. We will have the camera at the view shown and film a train going through the tunnel, towards the camera with the train sound playing a big part in the scene. We don’t think that the track is a mainline track, which could cause problems and we may need to find a different location for this shot. We like the look of this scene though, it what we had picture when we had our initial idea in mind.

If we can get permission, our next location idea is in Doncaster train station. We will be filming on the platform at first, and then filming on the train.

If we cannot go ahead with this idea then we agreed we would have to alter our plans slightly and film either on a bus or in a car instead. This alteration could ultimately stop our end product from being as affective but we’ll have to improvise and work around the problems if they occur.

This is the street we are thinking about shooting on. We know that the street is easily accessible so that the car we will be using for the ‘drive-by’ scene wont have any problems in gettng there. Also, at night the street looks quite eerie which is the look we are aiming for in this scene.

This is the alley way coming off of the road. We have chosen this for the car to be parked on. When the girl is walking past, we will have the headlights turned on, this will hopefully create a tense atmosphere along with the girls scared expression, as it shows the audience something is going to happen.

Our new idea!

Here is our storyboard which we made in order to plan out our idea.


After we changed our initial idea we decided that a thriller would be an effective and interesting piece to film. We researched some sucessful thriller films then decided to incorporate some of the ingredients that made them so good, for example a voiceover.
Our basic idea starts off with an establishing shot of a passing train, bus or car (we haven’t fully decided which one yet) then the next shot is a medium one of a boy/girl sat on a train on their own, leaning against the window next to them looking depressed. The non-diegetic music is solemn and clearly the mood is straight away emotional. We want to incorporate a voiceover during this part. We decided we should either have a newsreader speaking about the tragedy or the girl/boys voice giving hints as to why he’s so upset. We see a tear roll down the boy/girls face as titles start to fade on and off the bottom of the screen. We see a newspaper on the table (something we will have to make ourselves) hinting at what the film is about. The camera zooms in slowly to reveal the boy/girls emotions to a greater extent. The next thing we see is a medium shot of a flashback to when them and their partner were happy together, they’re messing about on the sofa enjoying each others company. The camera then sharply cuts back to the boy/girl sat on the train but this time the camera is viewing them from the side and is an extreme close up of his face in order to make the idea of tears more prominent. Then the camera cuts sharply to a long shot of another flashback where the couple are walking home from a party, tipsy and merry when a speedy car approaches. Dramatic non-diegetic music begins to play and then the camera cuts to a close up of both their horrified faces. The screen then goes black and we hear a gunshot. The audience then automatically presume that some tragic has happened. The camera then cuts back to the boy/girl sat on the train and the view pans down to where we can see them feel for the gun that’s in their pocket. Our opening will end here.