And So We Begin!

Today was the first day of filming for the horror trailer: Forest Of The Unknown

We began by filming the forest scene with our actor Callum Henn. He was a brilliant actor and I think he did a brilliant job when making the scene look eerie and scary. All of the clips have been done and they are all ready to be edited together. Once we return back to school we will need to record the school scenes because we could do it during the half term period but we really want the atmosphere to be a realistic as possible and so the students will provide this.

Final Cut Pro will be the piece of software that we will be collating and editing all of the images together to make sure that the transitions are smooth and the film clip as well.

I will keep you posted with further developments in the coming days.

Production Planning & Filming

And so as the time for filming because ever closer I have take some time to quickly let you know about what I am currently thinking of and currently planning before the start of this week. Me and Sam have been in constant contact and we have agree to do the filming on Tuesday/Wednesday and this will be the scene in the woods/forest. We either be filming on both days to make sure that we get the clips to the best we can and to get the best visually appealing trailer to the audience. But also we have planned these because the weather may take a turn for worse, but hopefully not, but this is just a precautionary measure that we will have implemented.

On the day(s) of recording I will be recording a Location video, and posting it onto my YouTube channel with a link on here as well, which will give the audience a behind scenes glimpse of the location of our main part of the trailer as well as sowing you the props that will be making an appearance throughout the trailer.

Sunday/Monday will be a day of finalising ideas and contacting all of the members that are a part of this production about the final arrangements but I will also be blogging/uploading a post with final shot lists and camera angles and the final round up before filming will begin. Can’t wait for this to begin!

Whilst the filming is going underway, the preparation and the planning for the ancillary work will begin as well. We will have the correct equipment to make sure that the pictures have the best resolution and are the closest to real film posters that are out there at the moment.

Overall I can’t wait for the production to start because I think that this is going to be a really good trailer and I really wants this to be successful and I am excited for it to begin. Not only this but everything else is being planned such as the website and the poster (ancillary) and then it will finally be brought together for the Forest Of The Unknown!



This is the planning for the photoshoot that is going to used with our print/ancilliary work. I will be explaining the boxes in more detail below because I feel that the boxes aren’t big enough to fully explain.

For the first box I haven’t actually filled this in and I am now going to talk about why I haven’t done this. The reason for not doing this is because me and Sam have decided that for our poster we are going to just have the hand in shot and one of our chosen props either on the ground or stuck into the ground. The denotation of this is that the victim has been invloved with the antagonist but we want to give the connotation that they don’t know who was attacked and how. So in a way the villain is in there but it is only the prop and that will be in full view of the audience.

With regards to the location box we have decided to use the background of a forest. This is because we want to get the same sort of effect as with the poster for Friday The 13th. That poster denotates the villian of the film but also gives the movies the sense of power and fright that we want to go for as well. Connotations of the colour scheme is something that we are going to make sure that we get correct as well. This is because the colours red and black and very significant and common throughout most ancilliary pieces of work of r horror films and we want to represent the same sort of ideas as well.

For the camera angles I want to make sure that we use the low angle shot for the poster work. The reason behind this is that this camera angle connotes power, strength and makes victims look vulnerable to weapons or antagonists. The framing is going to be, on some steps, using the rule of third technique. The prop will be in the foreground of the and the hand of the victim in the middle ground and then the viewing of the isolated area in the background to fully display the location and the setting of the rest of the trailer.

The lighting used for the poster will be that I want to make the colours as dark as possible because the connotations of dark, dingy places gives the full impression of the severity of that particular film. However emphasise will also want to be on the hand of the victim to let them know of some possibility of it being marginally safe. The same lighting hade been used on the poster for Friday The 13th and this is what I want the outcome to be.

Research Aims

Research Aims

What we need to know?

Do the audience like horror as a whole, or are more interested in supernatural horror or slasher horror. We will also need to know whether or not they watch horror films regularly and if they watch them because they truly enjoy watching them or because they like the odd horror film here and there.


The possible psychographics would be people that are in the income scale of D plus. This is because they will have the money to go and spend at watching the film at the cinema. Furthermore we will have to target the film at people 18 years plus. This I because when looking at most films, the characters include young adults because they are seen as more energetic but also, especially the females, they are seen as more vulnerable to danger. From our research on the internet we have found that the 43% people like to watch horror based films are in the C2 category.


We are now going to talk about the demographics that will need to be identified for this trailer. This includes the population, which involves males/females. We have found a graph on the Internet, which states what percentage of males, and females like to watch horror-based films. The graph states that females <35 are more interested in watching horror films (44%) compared to males of the same age bracket (36%)

Gathering the respondents:

To gather the respondents for the target audience we decided that we are going to gather the research via a survey either online or a hard copy. We will ask the audience questions that are in relation to the horror genre as a whole. These will include what films within the horror genre they like. It will also ask how often they watch horror films.

Character Profiles

Two characters are going to be the main focus for this trailer; they are going to be attempting to escape the main villain of this trailer.

Our actors are:

  • Benjamin Haines
  • Callum Henn

Ben Haines – This actor is going to be playing one of the victims for the villain within this trailer. He fits the role perfectly because he is between the 15 – 18 age brackets. This is what we need because this is the sort of age that is stereotyped with watching these films but are also seem to be the most commonly used characters in most horror films. Furthermore Ben is also a Drama student at The Regis School and this will be a great skill being brought to the production team of this Media Project.


Callum Henn


Benjamin Haines

Callum Henn – The second actor for this trailer is Callum Henn. Like Ben, he is also within the stereotypical age range that I am targeting at the same time as well. Now even though he doesn’t take drama as a subject he is a very close friend of Ben’s and I believe that because of their close friendship they will be able to produce the perfect partnership and be a brilliant duo for this trailer. These characters will be able to fully get into depth within their characters and I feel that the emotion will be strong if something out of the ordinary was to happy then they will feel extremely upset about this possibility.

Location – Film Set

For the location of the trailer/poster we have deicided to record our footage in Hotham Park. We chose this particular area of Bognor Regis because the surrounding area is well populated with trees and other useful locations/mise-en-scene.

This is because mixed in with the dark skies will be a good location because we can also add the effects of snapping of sticks and the tense atmosphere will make this is a good location. Furthermore I also liked one of the entrance to the park because it had an eerie atmosphere about it. This type of setting is a stereotypical location for horror films and this is why we have chosen this setting.


For the park as a whole there are varies location is which we could record the scenes for our film trailer because of the vast areas of greenery that are available for us in Hotham Park. the vast size of out chosen location can be seen below. As a filming location, I feel that this is very well suited to our needs, because it has a number of different locations that will be perfect for us.

birds eye view

To conclude this is the best location for this film because not only is this a stereotypical location for horror films but it also has an eerie feel and it could be classed as a very secluded/isolated location where help is going to be near impossible. This is the location that me and Sam have decided to use and we will start to record the different scenes in the next 3 – 4 weeks.

As the clocks will soon be going forward this means that the earlier and earlier it gets the darker it will ultimately get and this is going to be a great advantage for us. This is because it means we will have more time to film and also it means that we will be given more chances to get the production to the best that we can.

Another location is obviously The Regis School. This is where the scenes before and after the forest scene will take place. We have decided to use this location because we want the trailer to be as realistic as possible but not only this but most horror trailers/movies are involved with children/students. Also the actual atmosphere of the The Regis School is very calm and we think that this will be the best scene for the dialogue scene.

regis school