Welcome to the blog of Rasam Production's Asa Newmarch (The Cinematographer), charting the evolution of the opening to the new feature film "Test Drive", jointly produced with Sam Pollock (The Director) and Rob Shaw (The Producer). You'll be able to see the final cut on YouTube [will be linked on a future day] as well as various short videos and vod/podcasts right here on this blog! Enjoy, and please feel free to comment/add suggestions!

Wednesday, 26 January 2011

RS - Deconstruction of Silent Hill

Silent Hill (Christopher Gans, 2006)

Budget: $50m
US Box Office: $45m
UK Box Office: £4m
The film is based on the highly sucessful game franchise

  • Starts off with a woman in her pyjamas shouting for Sharon, and makes the audience believe it is her daughter (polysemic)
  • Very dark scene, outside the family house
  • A man appears behind her on a balcony shouting for Sharon too, we expect him to be her dad
  • Woman runs around and finds a teddy bear on the floor and lifts it up to her face to inspect it, we guess it belongs to Sharon, she also shouts for her again and runs off
  • They both continue to run and look for her in the woods and surrounding area
  • Diagetic sound of crickets and insects in the wood
  • The woman runs under a bridge with diagetic sound of cars going past above her
  • Cut shot of the cars wheels above and then a CU of the womans face, she realises the danger above and shouts louder, running once again
  • Camera pans to a cliffs edge in which the woman runs towards and she looks down to a huge chasm, shouting once again to see if she has fallen
  • She finally notices Sharon above her to the side in some kind of trance or possessed. Her eyes are black, it looks as though the devil or some creature is inside her
  • Sharon sees something in the chasm and the camera moves down into it showing some weird CG effects and then moves back to Sharon who has now dropped to the floor in pain, screaming
  • She screams "Silent hill!"
  • The parents finally reach her and hold her in their arms trying to comfort her saying "we are here now" "it will be okay" "you will be fine now" before finally zooming out and "Silent Hill" is on the screen signifying the end of the opening
Techniques we could use from this opening:

  • I think the majority of this film opening is a bit too high budget for us so it would not be easy to replecate some of the major factors within it, like the special effects used in it
  • However the parts before that with the dark scenery and the props to signify a girls toy could be used

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