FMP Research Feedback

These Feedback sheets give me an impression of what people think about my FMP. It gives me an idea of where I need to improve and what I did well in the project.

FMP Research Feedback

FMP Bibliography

Laser Beam Sound Effect:

“Laser Beam Effect Test”. YouTube. N.p., 2017. Web. 5 June 2017.

Building Collapse Sound Effect:

“Sound Effect – Explosion Building Crash”. YouTube. N.p., 2017. Web. 5 June 2017.

Monster Roar Sound Effect:

“Monster Roar – Sound Effect”. YouTube. N.p., 2017. Web. 5 June 2017.

Old movie intro countdown:

“Old Movie Intro (HD)”. YouTube. N.p., 2017. Web. 5 June 2017.

“Dracula (1931) Official Trailer #1 – Bela Lugosi Movie”. YouTube. N.p., 2017. Web. 12 June 2017.

“Gorgo Trailer”. YouTube. N.p., 2017. Web. 12 June 2017.

“Godzilla 1954 Trailer”. YouTube. N.p., 2017. Web. 12 June 2017.

“The Monster That Challenged World Trailer”. YouTube. N.p., 2017. Web. 12 June 2017.

“Attack Of The Crab Monsters Trailer”. YouTube. N.p., 2017. Web. 12 June 2017.

“The Monolith Monsters | Trailer | 1957”. YouTube. N.p., 2017. Web. 12 June 2017.

“The Creeping Terror (1964) Trailer”. YouTube. N.p., 2017. Web. 12 June 2017.

YouTube. (2017). How to make lasers in After Effects CS6. [online] Available at: [Accessed 21 Jun. 2017].

YouTube. (2017). 27 End Title. [online] Available at: [Accessed 21 Jun. 2017].

YouTube. (2017). Main Title – The Monster That Challenged the World (Ost) [1957]. [online] Available at: [Accessed 21 Jun. 2017].

FMP Bibliography

FMP Evaluation

My proposal was for a parody trailer of Hollywood B-movies from the 50’s, specifically the Monster movie genre, that became popular after Godzilla’s success. The trailer would feature a lot of tropes common with movies at the time, for instance, having a screaming lady be the start of the trailer, font styles reminiscent in some way of the main theme of the movies. And of course, linking the disaster to Nuclear Radiation in an attempt to attach a moral to the story, or make it seem like it has depth. I also wanted to recreate the look of these trailers, so everything is black and white, there is a damaged film overlay on the video, I used aforementioned fonts and cheap practical effects to make it look like it was made on a low budget and pushed out the door to compete with larger film franchises.

I felt that my proposal was quite ambitious. For my idea to work I would have to learn how to use several programs which I had little or no experience in. Some of these programs were not used at the college either, which meant that it was up to me to teach myself how to use them, which meant if something went wrong, it could have been crippling for the project.


For research I looked into various B-movie trailers, seeing what themes they have in common and what filming styles are popular throughout each movie. I did a lot of secondary research for this project, looking at trailers, reviews (both written and video) in order to find out how to best emulate the style that I wanted for my video. However due to the nature of the project that I was doing, it was difficult to do Primary Research, as many of the actors who starred in these films have passed away or faded into obscurity and have no way of being contacted, this meant that I was basically only able to do Secondary research as there was no-one left to talk about their experiences on set of one of these productions, which I think is a great shame as it would have been a great opportunity to find out more about how the films were made and would have helped me greatly when it came to filming my own movie.

While I think that the sources that I selected were interesting, I think they were somewhat limited by their nature, I would have loved to have been able to speak to someone who worked on a B movie or find restored footage of one, to better make out some of the footage, as now-a-days it’s quite hard to make out what’s on the camera, due to damaged film and just the overall bad quality that cameras could record at during that time period.

As I developed my ideas I began to focus my references down, while at first I would look at a range of B-movies from various genres and times to find ones that better represented the final product that I wanted to produce. So I went from looking at trailers for things like Dracula and The Swarm, to more relevant films, such as The Monster that Challenged the World and Gorgo. These newer more relevant references helped me focus on what type of film I wanted to create. I think however, my film would have been better if I had been able to get some Primary Research, I feel that knowing more about how the films were made behind the scenes would have greatly improved my own.


I had quite a few grand ideas when I first proposed my idea, I wanted to use After Effects a lot more than I ended up doing, I had to scale back on After effects because as the deadline approached I found myself having more and more issues with it, that was hindering the development of my film. I also developed how much I utilized the cat, as during recording he was somewhat un-cooperative when it came to knocking down the buildings, this meant that I had to use the majority of the trailer time having the characters react to the monster while showing it sparingly, this ended up working in my favour however as it actually ended up emulating those old movie trailers more accurately. I also had to trim the video a bit as the music track wasn’t quite as long as I needed, so I had to find areas to trim a bit of unnecessary footage in order to make sure the video fit the length of the music track.

My work ended up stalling for a while when the Pre-Production was suddenly dropped on us, this meant that I ended up with a lot less time to film and edit that I had initially anticipated. This was bad time management on my part as I was caught off guard by the sudden addition to my work load and ended up panicking a bit, so my progress slowed and harmed the production of the film. None the less, I was able to complete my film on time and submit it, though I wish I had had the extra time to go over the film and fix any faults that may have been present in the final version I ended up submitting.


For my project I did a lot of research into various B-Movie trailers, this was to give me an idea of what kind of things I’d need to emulate in my own film. The links that I found the most useful were to trailers such as ‘The Monster that Challenged the World’ and ‘Gorgo’ which were monster movies similar to the one I wanted to parody. I also looked at trailers for films like Dracula, and while they did share similarities in style, they weren’t quite as focused as I wanted. It was a different genre to the one I wanted to recreate.

While I didn’t ask any proper film-makers what they thought of my project. I did receive a lot of support from my classmates, who seemed very interested in the movie I was going to make, despite them not knowing much about it which helped my confidence in the project.

As I developed my ideas I began to focus my research so that it was more related to what I was hoping to create. Changing the focus of my research to better reflect the project I wanted to create, helped to identify what tropes were common with the genre and what styles they used when filming. Narrowing down my research helped me create a better image in my head of what my FMP should look like, so as I worked on my FMP more I looked at more B-movie trailers, narrowing down the style of trailers that I looked at until I was only looking at the most relevant for my project. This meant that while early on in the research stage I would have looked at films like Dracula, later on after I had focused my research to the most relevant results. I would only be looking at Monster movie trailers such as the one for Gorgo

If you look at other people’s work before starting your own then it gives you the inspiration that you need to start a project. For instance, the inspiration for my FMP first came to me when I was working on the Vox Pop project, I had based my Vox Pop around the B-movie genre. Looking into B-movies while researching the genre gave me the idea to create my own and that thought stayed with my until the FMP, where I realized that it was totally possible to make a trailer for one, so I set about planning it.


When it comes down to Problem solving. I did encounter a few issues, some of which I have briefly mentioned in previous parts of this evaluation. When it came to the Pre-Production, the main issue that I faced was a lack of understanding what some of the technical language used and some of the questions it asked, which had gone largely unexplained. This meant that I panicked a little when faced with something I didn’t know how to solve. I solved this issue by speaking with my teachers and fellow classmates so that I could figure out what the questions on the paper meant.

During Production I wasn’t as troubled as I had been during the Pre-Production and Planning phase however I still encountered a few issues here and there. For instance, when I was filming with the cardboard city. The wind was constantly blowing down the buildings, meaning they constantly had to be reset and so the City never really had a consistent look to it. To solve this problem, I used Blu tack and tape to secure the buildings down, while keeping them loose enough for the Cat to knock down on his rampage. Another issue I had was that when recording my actors reading their lines, there was occasionally background noise or the actor made a mistake which meant we had to reshoot the scene. It wasn’t too much of a hassle as the scenes were short so we didn’t have to waste too long, but it did end up wasting a bit of time that I would have liked for a bit of additional editing time.

When we started editing I did have a few issues. I find Premiere Pro CC to be slightly less intuitive than CS6, I don’t think the User Interface in CC is as good, I think it’s a bit more confusing especially when it comes to the placement of Keyframes, which I remember being very easy to do in CS6, however in CC it isn’t quite as easy. These issues were easily solved. An issue I had more problems with was the green-screen, while it mostly worked, there were some areas where the green-screen became visible and I’d have to use another Key to get rid of these blotches of green. I couldn’t use the Key too much however, otherwise the actors would start disappearing. So I had to balance the amount of green and keeping the actors visible as best as I could. This meant that in places throughout the video, there are splotches that appear on the screen where I wasn’t able to totally get rid of the green. Luckily, thanks to the style of my film and a damaged film overlay over it, it usually just makes it seem like the film is even more damaged, this is because the Green isn’t distinguishable as the entire film is in Black and White.


This project has developed my skills in After Effects, as I had to use the program a few times to create a scene present in my film. Before I didn’t have a great idea of how After Effects worked, having only used it once previously, however thanks to this project I have learned more about it, and am now able to create basic video effects. Such as a Bolt of Lightning launching out of someone’s fingers.


Learning about After Effects was quite interesting, I actually found it a lot easier to use than I had expected. Which means that if I’m required to use it again in the future, I’ll be more confident in my ability to use it. This project also taught me how to use the Green-screen. Which I used extensively during the project. It actually turned out to be easier to use than I had anticipated, as all I needed to do was ensure the screen was flat against the wall to keep a consistent shade of green across the whole thing, ensuring there were no creases or shadows. If there were, then the greenscreen effect would be ruined and I’d have to reshoot almost the entire production.

I think my interests and strengths have mostly stayed the same. Though I do feel as though that I have gotten a bit better at sound editing and technical problem solving as I had to find sound effects to fit my production as well as edit some of the recorded dialogue as it didn’t stand out very well when played alongside music. As for the technical side of things, I had to learn how to use After Effects for a scene in the film. As we did not learn After Effects as part of the standard curriculum, I had to teach it to myself. This like Green-screen was easier than I expected, which was fortunate as it helped me complete my film before the deadline.


I think my outcomes were relatively successful. I was able to successfully use Adobe After Effects in my project despite having little experience in using it, and I think my FMP does a good job of recreating the B-Movie style I was going for.

If I were to do things differently, I would probably change a lot of the scenes where I shot the cat doing something, as I felt they were a bit weak. I would use a Steady-cam device for some shots so that there wasn’t as much shaking in the camera. I would also have liked the City to have a more uniform layout, and have it painted so it actually can pass as a model city. I would like to get more low angles of the cat as I believe that the high angles made the Cat seem less of a threat as he was supposed to be presented as. I would also like to try recording the narration again, as my mouth was too close to the microphone during the initial recording. Editing the narration audio is also something I would like to try again as despite it being good for the video, It didn’t capture the 50’s narrator style that I was hoping to recreate in the FMP.

If I were to change anything it would probably be the use of Greenscreen, while I think it looks good in the actual FMP, I think it was used too much, and having some actual locations for the characters to stand in would have looked better than what I decided to go with in the end. Though the use of Greenscreen in the FMP did mean that I didn’t have to waste a lot of time searching for locations to use, as I only needed to use the TV studio in the end.

I think my strengths came in my editing. Though it took a while, I was able to edit all the footage I had into a cohesive movie trailer that the class found quite entertaining. I was able to successfully use Adobe After Effects to create a scene for my film despite little prior experience in it, and then export that scene into my FMP in Premiere Pro CC. I think my weaknesses once again showed in my Audio, as I was unable to edit my Audio to create the desired effect that I wanted and I didn’t use a boom or zoom to capture the audio of my Actors, The Narration audio, though captured on a zoom, wasn’t as good as it could have been as I had held the zoom to close to my mouth and so had picked up some interference. Next time I think I would like to explore After Effects more, and see what else is possible with the program, as I only used it for one scene in this project and it was a rather basic effect that I created.

I believe that my outcomes have communicated my theme quite well. I think that the presentation of my project communicated the idea that the film was a parody of 50’s monster movies. The use of Black and White and a Damaged Film overlay would have at least told viewers that the film was supposed to be a vintage movie. My use of common tropes in B-Movie trailers would have also communicated that this was a satire of the genre. However only people with a familiarity of the Monster Movies of the time would really be able to distinguish that, as many people now-a-days haven’t seen these old films and so wouldn’t be familiar of the tropes in the genre. Despite that, I believe the visual identity of the film would be enough to clue them in to the era of film that it was parodying.


Learning the basics of After Effects will allow me to experiment with more complex effects in the future, and using custom fonts for the project means that now I know how to download and install fonts on computers for use in my projects. Learning how to use the Greenscreen will be very helpful for future projects as I won’t be as limited when it comes to settings for my films.

The issues that I encountered during filming and audio recording have taught me how to better use Zooms and to invest in a steady-cam as these will increase the quality of my productions.

The research process I employed in which I selected various research sources and narrowed them down until only the most relevant remained. This meant my FMP was more focused and coherent than it otherwise might have been.

The issues I encountered when shooting outside have shown that if I plan to use an outside environment in one of my films, then I have to plan it a lot more thoroughly. As I had issues of props getting blown over which meant that scenes kept having to be reset.


In Conclusion, I believe that while the filming aspect went mostly alright, I should have planned more when it came to shooting outside as the wind kept on knocking props over and I had to stop filming after a while as it began raining and as the prop city was made of cardboard, I couldn’t keep filming in case it got damaged.

I felt I was strongest when it came to editing I think I was a lot stronger. I experimented with Green-screen and Adobe After Effects and both of these turned out much better than I had expected. However, I wasn’t entirely happy with how the text appeared on the screen. I would have preferred it if I could have added some transitions in the film so that the text coming on screen was more interesting than it just appearing out of thin air.

The audio needed work. It wasn’t bad but I spoke too close to the zoom when recording the narration so the narration got slightly distorted. I also think I reduced the sound of the music too much in places as there were points where the music became really quiet and was barely audible. This happened mostly during the narration segments.

I think that the overall style and presentation of the final product was very good, I think it succeeds in emulating the style of 50’s monster movies. The music that I selected, which was the main theme of ‘The Monster that Challenged the World’ which fit the film, but wasn’t long enough, so I had to extend it by cutting out a segment of the song, copying it and pasting it onto the end, before moving the actual end of the song to the end of the track. This actually turned out well and you could barely distinguish the point at which the track repeated itself.

I think that my time management on the project could have been improved as I often came across an obstacle and found myself floundering for a while trying to figure out what to do, this wasted a lot of time that I could have used more effectively if I had been able to discover the source of my problems or asked somebody for help. The death of my Great Uncle towards the end of the Project did not help as it meant I had to go up North to attend the funeral which meant I couldn’t work as much as I wanted too for a number of days.

Overall I think this project went very well, I believe I achieved my aims and I think my film projected its message and theme to the audience quite well. And I think the editing that I did was quite good, though it could have been improved in a few places, namely with the way the text appeared and the audio levels. I would have liked the footage of the cat to have been shot a little better but what I have in the film works. This project has been a learning experience for me in many ways and at the end of the day I am very happy with my Final Major Project, even if it could still be improved in areas.

FMP Evaluation

FMP Context

Where did you get your idea?

I initially got this idea when I was making my Vox Pop earlier in the year, my Vox Pop was based around the Horror B-Movie genre. As I researched these films for the project I began to get more and more interested in the films. And gradually the idea began to form in my mind, of creating my own send up of the genre.

What did you want to explore?

When looking at the trailers for these movies and watching reviews of the films online, I found that many of them resorted to similar tropes. While some of this can be considered Scene a Faire, there were many cases where films especially the trailers, were literal carbon copies of one another, barring a few outliers such as ‘The Monolith Monsters’

Seeing the blatant plagiarism that these movies got away with, along with the cheap practical and special effects they used on the low budget that they often had. I wanted to explore these traits, however I knew that making a full length movie would be too time consuming and not practical in the amount of time we had until the deadline. That’s why I decided making a trailer would be a better option as it would be easier with the time constraints but would also allow me to explore the themes and styles that the 50’s monster genre was known for.

What is your personal point of view?

In my point of view I think this is an interesting project, however I am worried that it may be quite difficult to complete. I’ll have to learn how to use a lot of different programs and skills in order to complete this and I worry that I won’t have enough time. Luckily the script is quite short, so the actual filming portion of the project shouldn’t take very long.

What is your creative point of view?

I think it’s going to be a very fun project to work on. I look forward to learning how to use After Effects and the Green Screen and I think the editing process is going to be a great learning experience for me. I think that 50’s B movies have a certain charm to them and I look forward to attempt to recreate them in my project.

What’s your professional point of view?

From a professional point of view I think this will be a very challenging project. I’ll have to manage my time efficiently if I want to be sure that I’ll get it finished on time. It’s going to be risky, using techniques that I am unfamiliar with for my FMP, as there is a god chance that something could go wrong and I’ll have to start from scratch. However, if the risk pays off, I’ll have created perhaps my best video yet.

Is there a topic?

Not particularly, as it’s a parody there isn’t a serious message that the movie is trying to get across. I suppose you could say that it’s a parody of the Nuclear Fear that captured the American Film Industry during the Cold War, where often the moral of the story boiled down to ‘Don’t mess with Nuclear energy’

Is there an issue you wanted to address?

There isn’t really any particular issue I wanted to address when making the film. I just wanted to make a fun parody without trying to hide some kind of political agenda in it. At most you could say that there is a message about the dangers of Nuclear Waste in the film, however this is going off of a single line in the trailer and is really just grasping at straws.

What research did you carry out?

For my project, I looked at several different B-Movie trailers, these included trailers for: ‘Attack of the Crab Monsters’

‘The Monster that Challenged the World’


‘Monolith Monsters’

‘The Creeping Terror’

I also looked at an online review group known as ‘Dark Corner Reviews’ who specialize in reviewing old B-Movie horror flicks

Did you look at certain films? And what were they?

Aside from the films I mentioned above, one of the big influences of my film was ‘The Monster that Challenged the World’ It was the inspiration behind the title of my film, and was a large part of what inspired me to make it, as I had watched its trailer while researching my Vox Pop.

The Creeping Terror was another film I looked heavily at. Mainly because of the cheap effects it used. This was due to the the fact that The Creeping Terror may be an insurance scam, where the director spent as little money as possible and ensured the movie bombed so that he could run away with the insurance money. This meant that the film looked very cheap, with poor effects all round. I wanted to emulate this style in my trailer

Did you look at the work of certain film director? Or maybe painters, photographers?

As I was making a B-movie parody, I looked into the work of the actors who starred in them a lot, such as Bela Lugosi or Peter Cushing. These two are some of the biggest stars in the B-movie scene, or were before their passing. Looking at their movies gave me an idea of how films of the time were marketed, shot and edited. Which helped when it came to making my own film.

What are your influences?

For this project, a lot of my influences came from B Movies, the monsters they starred and the actors that played rolls in them.

Monster like Godzilla and Gorgo played a part in helping me come up with my idea, though the reptilian monsters didn’t match the monster I chose for my film, they did inspire me when it came to the idea of a giant monster destroying a city

The Film ‘The Monster that Challenged the World’ also played a part in inspiring me, mainly the title, as my film is called ‘The Creature that Changed the World’ as a small homage to the movie

Actors who inspired me, and who regularly appeared in such films were people like Peter Cushing and Bela Lugosi, who have become famous in the film industry. Cushing for his performance as Grand Moff Tarkin in the Star Wars series and Lugosi for his performance as Count Dracula in the 1931 Dracula film

Are there particular approaches to editing, filming, narrative, sets, props, sound, music you feel you’re attracted to?

Before I began filming I had been looking a lot into the Thunderbirds series as well as the Prequel Star Wars trilogy. One thing that I was very interested in was their use of miniatures for a lot of the scenes. Thunderbirds was almost entirely made up out of miniature sets as it was a puppet show, while the Prequels used them in a very clever way, the small sets were constructed to keep cost down and then a blue screen was used to super-impose the actors into the scene. The technique was used to great effect and a lot of the time people didn’t realize that the actors weren’t actually standing in places like the Geonosian Arena.

Where there any financial constraints on your film-making?

The main financial constraint came from me not wanting to part with any money, in the end, I didn’t spend any money for my film, which means all of the effects that I used, such as the cardboard city in which some of the action takes place looks very shoddy. Partly because of the uneven ground the base was placed on, partly to give room for the Cat to move around inside of it with ease and mostly because a lot of the cardboard remains undecorated. So while I saved money on the production of the film, the overall quality of it may have ended up falling.

What genre is your film?

As it is a parody trailer for a 50’s monster movie type of film it falls squarely into the Comedy genre, although you could make a case for the monster element putting the film partially in the Horror genre, I don’t think that is a legitimate argument however, as it is clearly a parody, the effects and over acting of the cast show this and I doubt very many people will find it scary.

Who’s your audience?

The target audience for this film would be people who are a fan of the comedy genre, as this film is meant to be a parody of monster movies from the 50’s and 60’s. Secondary Audiences would be people who enjoy those kinds of monster films and other niche markets like that, as, while films from the era often tended to be cheap cashgrabs, the films themselves have earned somewhat of a cult following over the years.

Is there any narrative theory associated with your film?

If my FMP were a full length film, then it would follow a basic narrative theory like Todorov’s theory of Equilibrium. However due to the fact that I am simply making a trailer for a film, it will not properly follow a narrative theory, as a trailers goal is to make people interested in the picture and so they tend to showcase scenes from the film in no particular order, generally the more action heavy ones, in order to draw in a crowd.

What methods and tools that you’re using?

When it comes to the editing I am using Adobe Premiere Pro CC, using tools inside the program such as the razor, to make cuts in the footage where I deem necessary, as well as Keying to get rid of the green-screen in the background of a lot of the shots. I also use a lock tool when I want to keep an audio/video segment, but don’t want the attached video/audio. I hope to use Adobe After Effects CC later on for one or two shots, but haven’t got around to it yet.

When it comes to the technical side of things, I used a Panasonic Camcorder for filming at college, and a Canon 6D DSLR for filming at home. I used a Green-screen at college while recording some of the footage for the film as well as a Zoom for recording the audio for the Narrator.

And – importantly – what are your aims and ambitions in the project?

To learn how to better use editing programs such as After Effects, more complex editing techniques that I haven’t had the chance to try yet, such as using a Green-screen. Improve my capture of audio so that I don’t have to worry about having to capture it again and so that I can prevent anything from going wrong while capturing it.

And …what skills have you challenged?

This project has challenged me in various ways. I’ve had to learn how to use Adobe After Effects CC in order to create some of the effects in my film. I’ve also had to learn how to use a green screen to add a background in where there otherwise wouldn’t be one. This is something I’ve never done before, so it was very challenging. I ran into a lot of issues, such as difficulty balancing the audio so that everything could be heard, getting the green-screen to erase the entire background and just getting the effects in Adobe After Effects to work properly.


“Dracula (1931) Official Trailer #1 – Bela Lugosi Movie”. YouTube. N.p., 2017. Web. 12 June 2017.

“Gorgo Trailer”. YouTube. N.p., 2017. Web. 12 June 2017.

“Godzilla 1954 Trailer”. YouTube. N.p., 2017. Web. 12 June 2017.

“The Monster That Challenged World Trailer”. YouTube. N.p., 2017. Web. 12 June 2017.

“Attack Of The Crab Monsters Trailer”. YouTube. N.p., 2017. Web. 12 June 2017.

“The Monolith Monsters | Trailer | 1957”. YouTube. N.p., 2017. Web. 12 June 2017.

“The Creeping Terror (1964) Trailer”. YouTube. N.p., 2017. Web. 12 June 2017.

FMP Context