Sunday, 13 October 2013

Warner Bros. Film Studio Tour Evaluation

    On Monday 7th October the sixth form media classes went to the Warner Bros. Studio Tour of Harry Potter in Watford. We went there to be introduced in to movie marketing and to learn a lot about the making of movies, special effects, technology and the whole process of preparation before even beginning to attempt shooting films.
    Before we started the studio tour we had a brief speech from a member of staff and she told us a little bit about the movie poster releases in different countries and how iconic Harry Potter has become all over the world. We then went in to a cinema screen and there was a presentation given on the things the cast and crew of Harry Potter did before the movie premiers and release dates to ensure that everyone was talking about it. After that we began the tour, where we could experience the great hall and look at all the props, costumes, settings and everything that was included in the whole collection of films. We all had a lesson given by a member of staff working at the studios, the year 12 lesson was on movie marketing.
    The lesson started off with a short introduction of the Harry Potter films, and we had to order the film posters using the progress of the editing, shot types, body language and lighting to help us. We also had to guess what film tag lines were from and learnt that they are important in creating success for the film and for it to be as well known as it can be. Another thing we did was describe what we thought a film would be like just from the movie poster and see if it was clear or not. The man talked us through a few things about film making and all the behind the scenes people, he used as an example a rock, that there was one person to design the rock, another to make it, a person to paint it, someone else to take the rock to where it needed to go and one person to put it back if it was moved. I found that quite surprising because everyone forgets about the people who bring the whole film together.
    Ten highlights from the Harty Potter studio tour was seeing the cupboard under the stairs as that's where we first got an experience of what Harry's life was like living with the Dursleys. Being sat in the cinema watching a documentary given by Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint then seeing the cinema screen go up and behind it were the doors to the great hall. The gates to Hogwarts were a massive surprise and it gave me an insight in to how big they actually were and put it into perspective. I also enjoyed seeing different rooms such as the common room, the boys dormitory  and Dumbledores office. The wands that were used for the films I found fascinating because it is completely different to seeing them in the films. The costumes were interesting to see and it was interesting to learn different things about the individual characters such as Hagrid that the actor was a 6"10 rugby player that wore a body suit and heels in his boots to become a half giant. Also that Snape's costume wasn't black but a very dark blue for it to show up much darker on camera. Walking down Diagon Alley was quite weird because it looks very different on the films compared to in the sound stage. Finally I enjoyed the lesson givipen by the man because he was hyper and interesting to listen to and I didn't get bored or lose focus.
    To conclude I feel that I have learned a lot from the trip to the Warner Bros. Studios and it was a good way to learn about films and marketing because it was different to a normal lesson in school. It was fascinating and interesting to see everything there and I feel I have gained many new things that will contribute to the course as I can now appreciate all the hard work that has gone in to the films and how hard I will need to work to get my media a level.


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