Audience Research Results

After sending to questionnaire to both 15 Female and 15 male people, from a wide range of ag we received these results, the answers are the top 4/5 most popular answers we received. These results will help us make informed decisions in our writing process.

What superhero films have you enjoyed in the past?
-          Iron Man
-          X-men
-          Hulk
-          Fantastic 4
-          Spiderman

What characteristics would you like the superhero to have?
-          Sensitive
-          Putting others first
-          Fiery attitude
-          Can be obnoxious

What would appeal to you in a superhero film?
-          Action effects
-          Good storyline
-          Action filled.
-          Interesting superpowers.
-          Their alter- ego/ lifestyle must be interesting.
-          Lead characters must be relatable

Male or female lead character?
-          Male x17
-          Female x13

What super powers would you want the character/s to have?
-          Speed/ flight
-          Something realistic – could happen/ not over the top
-          Subtle/ hidden
-          Gives them status power
-          Something they need responsibility for

In an opening to the film what would you like to see? Action? Introduction of characters?
-          Characters introduced
-          Something prominent to the storyline
-          Something that grabs your attention
-          Mystery


Initial Ideas

The initial idea for our film opening is below:

Three women start their daily lives, you see them leaving for work and going about their walk to work etc. However, whilst on the way to their location, you see that they are not normal everyday people as you see them using their superpowers, these powers are going to be the elements: fire, water and earth. All three women arrive at the same location, there is serious tension between the three, this concludes the opening.

Titles will be placed at the points that they use their powers.


Why do people watch Comic Book Movies?

Why do people actualy enjoy going to see comic book movies?

I think that often people will look up to the lead charecters a lot, because of the powers that they have and how they use it, for example captain america is an icon of the american nation, he is the protecter and also 'the avenenger' of the nation. So they will look up to him as a hero. This is also common in other charecters such as the green lantern and Professor X becuase they use their powers for the good of the nation or of the world, they choose to use them for good as well, so people respect them for it.

Also as their alter egos, people may relate to them, for example the green lantern was just a normal guy, untill he gained his powers through the ring, for this reason, the audience will be able to relate to the charecter, or may feel sorry for them because of the struggles and stress which the charecters gain, as they gain more responsibitly of being a hero.

Because the characters are in a way, two different people, they will gain either double the respect or double the hate from the viewers, depending on how they choose to use their powers.

This is key to how a character is portrayed, and how the story will be layed out for the rest of the movie.



Often in the narrartives in the openings of superhero movies we find out about the origin story or how the superhero gains their powers. This is obviously a pivotal point for a superhero movie, as the whole film is likely to revolving around them as the hero. This will be interesting for both a fan of the movie and will also create understanding for somone who is new to the series.

For this reason quite a lot of the narratives of these films are quite charecterer based. For example, where Peter Parker gains his powers is revolved around him as a charecter, in his 'normal' everyday life. We see him and what he does in his normal life, as a photographer,

I think that this is something that we should definately focus on in the opening, as it is something that will be able to achieve well.

Average Ratings

Average rating

For Spiderman 2, a well-known superhero movie, received these votes from Imdb. From these votes, first of all you can see that the film has received over 100,000 more votes from males, compared to females.

Males | 127, 785 Average Rating 7.6
Females | 37, 144 Average Rating 7.4

Also you can see how the average rating from the males is also higher than the females, this could show where in the audience these kind of films are most popular.

This is again shown through films such as batman, again showing the popularity from males more than females, both through the amount of votes and also through the rating, which always appears to be higher from males.

Males | 269,956 Average Rating 8.3
Females | 37, 144 Average Rating 8.1

Again this is shown, through the recent superhero movie, watchmen.

Males | 144, 038 Average Rating 7.7
Females | 16, 579 Average Rating 7.3



Logos and colours are fundamental to identifying a superhero and are a main part of these kind of movies, for example Iron Man obviously has an Iron tinted logo and armour, as they all link together.

This is seen by the pictures above, the logo takes on a similar set of colours to his suit and also link to the name 'IRON Man' 

Another example of this is The Green Lantern, who's logo, suit and name all link together. This seems to be a trend throughout most superhero movies. So  this is something we must carefully consider when creating our logo/identity for our opening.


Characters/ Costumes

Costume is obviously a big part of the movie when it comes to superheroes, however most superheroes also have an 'alter ego', for example Batman is also Bruce Wayne in the comics and movies.

As it is unlikely for us to be able to create the amazing costumes that they have in super hero movies nowadays, I think it may be more appropriate to look at 'the hidden' life or the alter life the the heroes live.

This is Peter Parker from the spiderman movies, this is the kind of dress wear that he has on when he is out taking photos and being spiderman. 

As you can see, as most superheroes like to blend in, he is wearing just normal everyday clothes. However, he is still wearing fairly smart clothes, but nothing too flashy. He looks nothing like a super hero guy would, he almost looks 'geeky' especially with the hair and the glasses.

This shows that we can still use everyday clothes in a superhero movie, especially if we stick to their 'secret' side of the story.

This is shown again through alter egos, for example Bruce Wayne who is Batman, Tony Stark who is Iron Man for example, they often wear suits but sometimes they do dress down, especially when they are not 'in their super hero status'. This is somthing we should definitely consider when creating our opening scenes.


Zathura Opening: Conventions


Zathura is a 2005 super hero movie. This opening uses live action shots and mixes them with 'animated' shots, giving it a comic book feel. It feels like quite an older film with the old drawing being seen in the shots.

This opening is slightly different to most super hero intros, in the way that it is switching between live action and the use of animation. This gives it a very 'retro' feel, back to when drawn comic books we're very popular. It also sets the theme and the time for the beginning of the movie.

A lot of effects have been added to the titles, so they appear to be part of the film shots them self. For example, letters of text will appear to be knocked out of the way by mechanics in the shot, also lettering is super imposed to make it look as if it is written on the pinball machine used. The font used looks very dramatic and looks like something you would see in an old comic or TV show. This looks appropriate and fits in well. 

 We also see a lot of shots of the planets, spaceships and stars, these are all something that we relate to a sci - fi movie, which re - enforces it as a super hero/ sci fi movie. As they are normally set in a distant planet or universe.

Scenes, like in this title card, reflect the genre with the bright colours, the font and colours used for the title and how the people have been positioned and how they are standing, for example, the stance that the spacemen are standing, is only how a super hero would stand.

This is effective becuase it immediately lets the audience know what the genre is. It is also quick and fast moving, so will keep the audience intriged, especialy with the use of a lot of close ups, so they can't see what else is going on around them.


Ironman Opening: Conventions

This is  a short clip from the film Iron Man two, which is a well known comic book which has been converted into TV shows, animated films and more recently these live action movies. This a clip from near the beginning of the movie, where it really starts out, this is the first time we see Iron man, in the second movie. This uses a lot of the common conventions of superhero/action movies, which I will outline below. The nine frames below are the shot I think are the most important in this two minute clip.

This is the first shot that we see. The lighting and colour is fairly low key, the colour is also dark. This creates a fairly mysterious start with the audience intrigued already, especially as the camera has been placed behind and we cannot see his face. The camera is fairly close up and Iron Man has been placed in the left hand 
side off center in the frame, this lets the audience easily recognise the character and they are satisfied to see him, as well as him being positioned which is also a common code used in the rule of thirds, this will keep them feeling in control. However as it is from behind they will want to see the front, to see if there has been any changes since the first movie, as this is the sequel. The framing is fairly tight, not letting the audience know what is happening apart from what they can see.

This is soon after the first shot, where the camera follows Iron Man by jumping out of the plane with him, this shows how we are going to be following the action closely in this movie, as Iron Man shoots close past the camera, fireworks and city lights are in the background which help to compose the shot and help the lighting, however it is mainly the hero which is light up, by the lights on his suit and the rocket propulsion that he is using, this makes him stand out in the scene and immediately identifies him as the character with 'the power'. This is one continuous shot which switches between both close and long shots, as he flies around. This gives it a lot of pace, which keeps the action going. 

This long shot of IM and the city landscape really gives the sense of how high up you are, this adds to the 'thrill of the shot' and also the tension of being so high up. This has been created not only by the height, but by the wide long shot, and how IM has been placed so far away, which adds to how small he appears against the city. However he still stays well light, so that he is the center of what the audience is focusing on. This could connote how brave and daring he is as a superhero.

This shot is straight after where IM whips back around to the camera, which kicks back into the action once again. The shot is very close and we get to see the vibrant colours and blur as he passes the camera. This adds to the danger and the tension, but as the camera was not hit, this adds to IM's skill and abilities.

This shot is the first shot we see inside the expo complex, this is where we realise where he is really going. The long shot has been placed in the crowd to show how popular the character is and also makes the stage background look much more vibrant, with the contrast. The lighting from the fireworks and the on stage lights really create a vibrant and glossy feel to this shot, showing the wealth and popularity that this hero has. This is a common code used in superhero films, so the audience will look up to the character because of these traits.

The use of the 'fans' and the women being put in the frame clearly. This has been used straight away, to connote that the super hero has all the attention of the women and all the fans. This has been done, by positioning the camera in a medium/long shot, so that you can see a lot of people, but not everyone, so you know that there are more people outside of the frame. Not everything is seen.

This shot places IM in the middle of the frame, and shows the American flag behind him, this implies how patriotic the hero is and how he is devoted to protecting his country. He has also been placed and positioned in the frame, to make it look like he is balancing the power he has, but he is obviously using it for good. The light from the scene is well light, from the screen behind him and also from his eyes and chest, which give a cool effect to the frame's composition.

This extreme close up of the armour on IM's foot, really give a sense of how intricate his creation is. This implies how smart and creative he is as a person, behind the superhero and the face of the amour. You can also see how glossy and shiny the amour is by the lighting and close up, showing how expensive the equipment must be, but also the scratches and scars from the battles he must have been through are also apparent.


Wall-E Opening Scene Analysis


Wall-E Opening Scene

Shot list:

  • Long/wide shot | Of stars/space
  • Long/Wide shot | Of Galaxy
  • Long/Wide shot | Of Planets/star
  • Long/Wide shot | Of galaxy
  • Long/Wide shot | Of Nebula
  • Long/Wide shot | Of Sun
  • Pans down | To shot of rubbish covered earth
  • Camera moves /zooms | Into planet
  • Series of Long/ flying shots | Of rubbish covered earth
  • Series of Bird's eye view shots | Of earth, above a city

There are no characters which are shown in the opening scene of Wall-E, however, there is actually also no speech in the first 30 minutes of this movie, this could be because the the images of the devastation on earth are enough without any 'intense' dialogue needed. This also connotes how empty and deserted the planet is, by not showing the character of Wall-E.

The location is made very apparent during this opening sequence of this movie, nearly all of the the shots are establishing shot, for example the 'typical' shots of the galaxy, stars etc. that you normally see in a sci - fi movie, this re-enforces the genre of the movie in the first few seconds of the movie. You can also see the huge size of the location through the bird's eye shots near the end, where you are looking down from on high.

How is this reflect the genre?
Both of these aspects reflect the genre of sci - fi in a way, however they move away from the 'stereo typical' sci - fi. For example the shots that we see of the planets, the stars and the galaxies are all something that we relate to a sci - fi movie, as they are normally set in a distant planet or universe or where the people of earth are visiting far planets.

However you normally expect to see a 'clean' and 'cold' feel to a sci fi movie, with cold blue and white colours. You will also be able to see everything and feel as if you, as the viewer are 'in control' and know what is going on. Nevertheless, in this opening scene a lot of brown colours and it is quite misty and dirty, so you cannot quite see what is going on, it feels quite mysterious.

How is it appropriate?
It is appropriate because the makers of the movie have made it so that the viewer will be able to relate the movie to the genre easily, however they have put a different twist on what you see in a stereo typical sci fi, by using a different feel to the shots, in certain places. They have also done this by NOT using action/thriller sci fi music, which you normally hear in this kind of movie, but a song from a 1960's Rom com has been used instead, this could be to echo how the earth used to be. It also shows a contrast between the ruined earth, and all the hope that comes through the lyrics of the song.

How have titles been used?
Not many titles have been used during the opening sequence, only two appear, firstly'Walt Disney Pictures Presents' appears on the screen, followed by 'A PIXAR Animation Studios film'.

How is this effective?
Not using a lot of titles works really effectively, as it shows very few but effective titles. The fact that it shows who the film has been made and produced by, Disney and Pixar. Will let the audience know quickly that is is very likely to be a well produced movie, because of the brilliant reputation that the two companies both have.


Editing Premliminary Task

Below is my edit, in Adobe Premiere Pro, I have annotated what I have done during the edit:


Re- Filming: Scheduled for 30th & 3rd

Unfortunately due to a member of our group quiting from the subject, we will have to tweak the script and shooting script and ask Joe to come from another group to fill the role instead of Jess.

However, we will be able to film the parts of the film in the corridor with Ash, today (Friday).

The shots below will be filmed today.

EXT Establishing shot of building
5 Seconds
English Block
INT Panning shot of Ashley walking in character
5 Seconds
English Block
INT Point of view walking through character
5 Seconds
English Block
INT Over the shoulder shot, looking at lockers
4 seconds
English Block
INT In locker shot looking out at Ashley
4 Seconds
English Block
INT High angle shot/tracking of Ashley
4 seconds
English Block
INT Mid shot of Ashley Opening Door
5 seconds
English Block


Filming to Start Monday

Now we have completely finished the planning of the task, tommorow (Monday) we will start filming during the double lesson.

Production roles as follows:
Ash - Acting
Jess - Acting
Harry - Camera
Pete - Directing/Sound

Hopefully we can get most - if not all filming completed, as it is only a short sequence.

Photos of the filming in progress will be posted on Tuesday.

Below is a few examples of the sound effects and music we may put on during the edit, but these are not final, just some research.


Preliminary Task

Pre - Production
Ideas + Shot List

The initial idea for our first exercise is a meeting between Ash and Jess, Ash will drop off a case of money, to 'pay off' Jess for her keeping quiet about something he has done, he is really worried about the drop off, this will be made known through the shots and sound of the film. The film will currently be shot in the English block, unless no rooms are avaliable, then it may be changed.

A list of the shots is below:




EXT Establishing shot of building

5 Seconds

English Block

INT Panning shot of Ashley walking in character

5 Seconds

English Block

INT Point of view walking through character

5 Seconds

English Block

INT Over the shoulder shot, looking at lockers

4 seconds

English Block

INT In locker shot looking out at Ashley

4 Seconds

English Block

INT High angle shot/tracking of Ashley

4 seconds

English Block

INT Mid shot of Ashley Opening Door

5 seconds

English Block

INT Match on action through door, high angle (from ceiling corner)

5 seconds

English Block

INT POV shot of Jess as Ash walks in

6 Seconds

English Block

INT Over the Shoulder shot of Ash

3 Seconds

English Block

INT Over the shoulder of Jess

3 seconds

English Block

INT Move camera back as Ash starts talking

8 seconds

English Block

INT Low angle shot of Jess Talking

8 seconds

English Block

INT Arc shot as Jess/Ash exchange more dialog

10 seconds

English Block

INT High angle/two shot as Ashley slides case over to Jess and she opens it

7 seconds

English Block

INT Pan and quick zoom into Ashley as he speaks

5 seconds

English Block

INT Tilt down / close up as Jess replies

5 seconds

English Block

  INT low, long shot  as Jess stands up and leaves the room

5 seconds

English Block

INT Zoom out as Ash is relieved that she has gone

4 seconds

English Block

 INT Pan shot as door closes

3 seconds

English Block

After this was completed, Jess worked on the storyboard. This is where the shot list has been turned into a drawn/cartoon version of how each shot will look, underneath each shot is a breif description of what will happen in the shot. Below are some photos of the completed storyboard, this along with the shot list will be used when we film to help us create an accurate production.