Sunday, 19 December 2010
Official Websites (Blogs)
Again to try and add a sense of realism to our project and also take advantage of Blogger's free exhibition we created two websites (blogs); firstly for our production company "Vertigo Cinema" and secondly for our actual film "A Bat In The Belfry".
Warp Films" official website. We wanted our blogs to be as useful and realistic as possible so looking at existing websites and blogs was clearly essential in setting up our own.
Our blog was set up with sections such as "News", "Who Are We?", "Featured", "Releases", and "Links". We planned to do more sections but clearly with time retraints and blogger itselfs restraints, this wasn't possible. Like with Warp's website, we created a banner for our blog to instantly grab the viewer's attention.
We also looked at the official blog of GK films, the company behind both "The Tourist" starring Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp, and Colin Farrell's latest film "London Boulevard". In comparison to their blog, our blog is actually very realistic for a smaller production company. The sections included on their blog, were virtually the same as what we included ourselves.
The inspiration for "A Bat In The Belfry" was the website for Warp's "Four Lions" and also Hammer Horror's "Let Me In". These websites all offer information on the film but importantly, they offer something extra for fans. Including a trailer is essential, and often top of the page, so that's the way we did our blog. We included sections on "News", "Synopsis", "Links", "Production company" as well as extras "Gallery", "Cast and Crew", and "Bonus Footage (outtakes)". These all realistic inclusions and were on both websites mentioned above. Again we wanted to look at smaller existing film's rather than blockbusters, as this was more realistic for our target market. The Making of Memento book told me how often websites included some sort of strange game to engage viewers such as on Memento's website, an idea also seen on The Blair Witch Project's website, to create a hype and sense of realism about the film. Unfortunately we are not skilled enough to do this, but if it had been possible, it would have been ideal for our film. Considering the restraints of Blogger and our own skills though, we are happy with our production blog and think it has been successful in terms of our intentions for it. We now have over 100 views of our trailer, and we feel part of this is down to our production company and film blogs.
You can click here for Vertigo Cinema's blog or click here for A Bat In The Belfry's blog. The blog's can also be reached underneath this blog's title (UP THERE ^^^^^)