Beauty and the Beast – Film Review

I thoroughly enjoyed this re-make of the traditional Disney film, and even with a few added scenes and songs it was very true to the original. I loved the human live acting with animation of iconic characters such as the Beast, Lumiere and Clockswoth – it fascinated me how real they can make characters look with CGI.

This video compares the trailer to the original and re-make of this film and shows the similarities reinforcing how true the remake is to the original Disney film.

It includes multiple iconic actors and actresses such as Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Josh Gad, Emma Thompson, Ian McKellen and Ewan McGregor which made it even more popular as the public could see how successful it was by casting multiple iconic celebrities. I thought every character acted amazingly especially Luke Evans playing Gaston as he was very true to the original character and played him very well.

Multiple low angles were used to portray characters such as Gaston and the Beast as powerful and domineering however on the contrary high angles were used to portray Belle and other characters to make them appear inferior and weak in position to their surroundings and other characters. The lighting changes throughout depending on the scene as it sets the atmosphere to be dark and eerie or  bright and cheerful. It followed the Tzvetan Todorov theory of narrative, just like a typical Disney film. I would give this a 8 out of 10.

Second edit – feedback

We decided to create an online survey to gain feedback from our classmates, who are our IMG_1109target audience. We thought by creating a survey we would find out specific ways to improve our title sequence, through open and closed questions. This is what we found out:

My group were very happy when we received positive feedback from this survey especially from question 2 as it portrays that we have worked hard to  improve out final task and as we proceed we are improving and absorbing any necessary feedback .

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We were really happy with the result of this question as it the target market we were hoping to appeal to, such as young adults of the age 15-20 age.

These questions are significant as they allowed us to hear from other people what areas we developed on and to see if those areas had improved. From this we can conclude they have seen a drastic improvement on audio which is what we specifically chose to focus on from previous responses and creating a tighter edit, which group 2 have successfully achieved.

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We established that from 87% of the responses said it did, that we didn’t need to change much in order for it to fit into the horror sub-genre of thriller and that we represented it accurately

.I felt as if this question was the most important as if it represented continuity errors, it would not look professional which is a crucial element to our task. However the majority of the responses say we have not which is positive and significant to hear at this point during this process.

We can conclude that we have improved from our previous edits and we hope to as we continue as we create more edits to distinguish the best possible outcome for our final title sequence.

First edit – feedback

We thought the best way to gain critical feedback from our title sequence was to ask the people who are most likely to watch it. This is our classmates as they are the audience we are aiming it at due to our previous survey and finding out our target market. In this process this is the first of many screenings we will show our target audience as the more we do, the more effective feedback we will get, which means more we can improve on to appeal to our viewers.

From this feedback we have concluded we need to improve on our editing and ensuring our edit is tighter and delete certain shots and ensure that some shots aren’t as long to create more suspense and to follow the common conventions of a title sequence. We also need to delete some shots and not give away too much of the information.

Order of titles

The typical credit order in an opening title sequence is a follows:

  1. Name of the studio distributing the film.
  2. Name of the production company responsible for making the film.
  3. A (producers name) production.
  4. A film by (directors name).
  5. Starring… (actors names).
  6. Film title.
  7. Featured casting members.
  8. Casting by.
  9. Music, composer & original score.
  10. Production designer.
  11. Make up, costume & visual effects.

I researched this as this is something important and crucial to make a title sequence professional, due to this my group will take this into consideration when editing our titles into our final task.