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Youtube Horror Trailers

Horror Movie Trailers

30 Days of Night: Dark Days

House of Wax

Jeepers Creepers


The Shining

Silent Hill


Eye Photo Modification

This is the original image that i worked with. Click on each edit in the gallery below to read more on what i did.

Website Design

Here are all of my created designs for my website portfolio. Click on each image to see them bigger and what i have written about them.

I also created a small GIF for when the page is loading;

Filming Techniques

For my horror film trailer i am going to need to use various filming techniques in order to achieve desired effects on the audience. Here i am going to look out and experiment with different filming techniques. These techniques are sorted in alphabetical order.

Aerial Shot

An aerial shot is generally done with a crane or camera attached to a special helicopter, this style of filming would be best suited to view large landscapes. Also this is limited to exterior locations with large open space. This style would not be suitable for my trailer as it is all indoors and it does not seem necessary to film in this way.

Birds Eye Shot

A birds eye shot is a shot looking directly down on the subject. The perspective is very foreshortened, making the subject appear short and squat. It can be used to emphasise the smallness or insignificance of the subjects. These shots are generally used in fight scenes as a way of establishing where the character is. This style could be used, however it is not possible to do as it requires cranes and/or large moveable objects.

Close-up *

A close up shot is where the camera tightly frames a person or object in order to show detail, such as zooming in on a person to better understand their emotions. Close-up shots do not include the broader scene, moving in to a close up from a far zoomed out shot is a common way of filming.

Dutch Angle *

Dutch angle, otherwise known as dutch tilt is quite simply a cinematic filming tecnhique where the camera is tilted to one side so that the horizon is not level. In movies, the dutch tilt is generally used to depict madness, as the camera is not normal it implies further that the subject is not normal.

Follow Shot *

A follow shot is where the subject being filmed is being pursued by the camera, the follow shot can be achieved through various methods, such as using a crane, zooming in, cameraman ‘chasing’ the subject and also techniques such as a camera on a trolley being pushed after the object. I think that this method would be very useful for chase scenes in particular, I think that I will definitely be using this technique.

High angle shot *

A high angle shot is actually very similar to the birds eye shot, however it does not necessarily have to be directly from above. This camera effect gives the object the impression of being vulnerable or powerless which could be a very useful effect for the scenes where someone is being attacked or hiding from the attacker.

Long Shot *

A long shot, otherwise known as wide shot is a camera technique where the the entire object or person is shown in full along with its surroundings. It is essentially giving the audience the whole picture that they would see if they were there. This often involves going quite far away from the subject unless a very wide angle lens is being used. This is because the human eye has a far wider vision than a camera.

Low Angle Shot *

A low angle shot is one where the camera is positioned low on the vertical axis (generally below eyeline) looking up. This effect is often used to give the subject the impression of being powerful or superior. This could be useful when looking at the attacker who has the power over the victims.

Over the shoulder shot *

An over the shoulder shot (also known as OTS) is a shot looking at a scene or person from over someones shoulder, giving the impression of being able to see exactly what the ‘shoulder’ person is seeing. It would be suitable for an attacker searching for his victims, as you could be looking over his/her shoulder and then pan across to give the impression of searching.

Point of View Shot *

A point of view shot, otherwise known as POV is a very popular camera effect which is filmed from the perspective of the character eyes, this is a very powerful effect as it really lets the audience feel that they are the character (also when the audience can feel what the character is thinking they can develop an emotional attachment which makes the footage more special to them). Point of view can be done by holding a camera up to the eye level of the character and moving it as their eyes would move, but another way of doing so is the OTS effect (above). This technique seems like it will be very useful for some more dramatic scenes.

Racking focus *

Racking focus is a very interesting effect whereby the attention of the audience is shifted from the subject to other various objects (often simply focusing from background to foreground or vice versa). I personally really like this effect however i cannot think of a use for it within my trailer, nevertheless i will experiment with it and see.

Reaction Shot *

A reaction shot is a cinematography effect where the shot cuts away from the main scene in order to show the reaction of a character to it. For example if a man1 punched man2, man2’s partner may be focused on to show her reaction man2 being punched. This technique is used to show extra emotion and allow the audience to better feel what is going on in the scene.

Shot Reverse Shot *

The shot reverse shot is a film technique whereby one character is shown off screen (talking perhaps) and then another character is shown facing the opposite way (talking back to them) which gives the effect that they are looking at each other and having a conversation. This effect probably wont be useful for a trailer however i can see it being very useful for actual full scenes. This is perhaps one of the most frequently used effects however it does require large amounts of trimming and editing to make decent.


This is an effect that i am very fond of personally, i find that it looks incredibly if done correctly. Snorricam is where a camera device is rigged up to the body of the actor, either looking at their face or looking away from them. This effect allows the camera to move exactly as the character does, giving a more real effect, so when the character jumps, the camera follows perfectly. This camera effect can provide an unusual sense of vertigo for the audience. I feel that this effect will be very useful for chase scenes.

Tracking Shot *

A tracking shot is a camera effect where the camera is mounted on a camera dolly (essentially a easily moveable trolley). This then allows for ‘fluid’ filming whilst moving, which would be very difficult with a human just holding a camera. Sometimes the trolley is even placed on a rail track, so that it can only move in a specified path. The rail track would be used when wanting to circle an object, as it would be difficult to push a trolley an even circle, so a fixed track would be able to achieve that.

All techniques with * next to them i have experimented with and can be found here:  Experimentation of Film Techniques

Ideas for advertisement Essay

As part of my graphics project, i must create an essay on advertising. Here i have listed some ideas for advertising essays:

  • Implicit & Explicit Advertising
  • Print Advertising
  • Outdoor Advertising
  • Broadcast Advertising
  • Covert Advertising
  • Surrogate Advertising
  • Public Service Advertising
  • Celebrity Endorsement
  • Shock Tactics
  • Online advertising (pop-ups)

Photo Manipulation: Merging Photos

Merging photos is one area of photo manipulation where you take two images, one may be a texture and the other a photo of an object. Then you can merge the two to give the impression of the object having the texture.

I am going to experiment with an image and a texture.

Here is a texture of some rocks from google images











Here is a photo of a tree branch from google images








I am going to merge the two to give the tree branch the effect of looking like its made from rocks.

First, i put both images in a single photoshop file under different layers, next i duplicated the layer of the tree branch and one of the tree branch layers i removed the background, so that only the tree can be seen.








Next i pasted the rock texture over this layer and used the layer manipulation ‘overlay’ which gave this effect:








Finally i placed the green background back in, this is the final image;

Logo Design Research

For my poster and trailer creation i am going to need to create a logo for a production company.

Here are some examples of logos from productions companies

Warner Bros.

This is a very simple logo utilising a shield and the letters WB representing Warner Bros. The shield represents unity and strength, which is very appropiate as Warner Bros. was formed by four brothers (Harry, Albert, Sam and Jack Warner). The WB logo is internationally recognised and i think that thanks to its simple design it is easily recognisable and can go easily into posters and film. For example at the start of all of the WB productions there logo is shown, generally with an animation. However thanks to its simple design it can be easily manipulated to match the genre of the film. A film such as twisted pictures which utilises torn text and a spike wrapped in barbed wire cannot be easily altered for a kids film.

Twisted Pictures Title Logo

However, twisted pictures does not create kids films so it doesn’t matter for them. Twisted pictures sticks to horror, thriller and gore. Warner Bros. on the other hand creates action, adventure, comedy (predominantly) and fantasy.

Dreamworks Pictures


This is the logo for Dreamworks Animation SKG, their logo is the boy fishing off of the crescent, representing the moon. This idea was though up by steven spielberg (represented by S in the SKG seen within the logo). Spielberg asked artist, Robert Hunt, to design it for him. Hunt used his own son as the base for the boy to be drawn. This logo was created with the intent to be youthful as Dreamworks Animation SKG creates animations which are aimed at a younger audience (Dreamworks created Shrek, how to train your dragon, madagascar, over the hedge, chicken run and many more very famous animated films).

Photo Manipulation

A large part of my Poster development will involve photo manipulation, as the primary ideas that i currently have will require a lot of photo manipulation.

Photo manipulation is the editing of photographs/images to make them look how you would like to. For example you may manipulate a photo to make a person look skinner, remove blemishes or even completely change certain aspects, like giving a piece of fruit a mouth!

In order to create the apple with a mouth, i took two images from ‘Google Images’. One of a red apple and one a mouth with red lipstick.

First, i cropped around the mouth, as i didnt need the skin around it.

Next, i altered the colour of the mouth via the Hue/Saturation Editor. I did this to make the mouth more like the colour of the apple.

Then i resized the mouth and placed it onto the apple.

Finally i drew some of the apples spots on, blurred around the mouth to make it blend better between the two and i also altered the saturation of the mouth where the light hit the apple.

So where the apple is lighter i selected that area on the mouth and lowered the saturation.


PLEASE NOTE: The images i used in this experimentation were dragged in from photoshop as i was creating it. It wasnt until i published it that i realised that they were not valid image types, so subsequently this post does not have any working images. However here is an image of the final piece.











Apple with mouth finished version

Youtube Experimentation

In order to experiment with video production i have been creating comedic videos on youtube. So far i have created several different videos, i have experimented with different types of video. I created 2 spoof how-to videos and i am currently in progress of creating a music video with a song  i created with a friend of mine.

The how-to videos were simple, i used a tripod and filmed myself in the kitchen making something. I then took the footage and edited it in Windows 7 Movie Maker. I trimmed the videos of the bad footage and the parts where i was walking from behind the camera and into place. I also created a short intro for the how-to which involved me doing some ‘cookery’ related things such as chopping carrots, i then placed a title over that. The music for the video was very simple, i went online and found free-to-use audio that suited my video.

The music video was more difficult to create as i needed to write a song, create the music, sing in time and then edit a video that goes with the music. For the actual production of the music, i used the college’s music studio. For the video i shot some footage of myself and the other singer singing and doing various things. I then took all of my video footage and put it into windows 7 movie maker. In order to time the footage with the music i had to watch it and trim it at exact moments by pausing the video and dragging it to match the audio.

My Youtube Channel: YouBenTV

Regenerating a Building

WNSC recieved a query from a small project group working on regenerating old closed down buildings that were unsightly and making them more appealing for the public. They approached our head of graphic design, Andrew Coombs, who then got together a group of 4 students to volunteer (Myself and 3 others) for this extracurricular activity.

The first thing we had to do was think of how to design it, we started off with the words Regenerate as that was what we were doing to this building. We then went on and thought up several other ideas including the crown which was the image to represent the history of Oswestry. The colours used were all very bright and appealing as the idea was to attract people. The design on the right-hand bilboard was to represent the sun coming out from behind the clouds, however we added some things in to make it more appealing and ‘graphical’. At the top left of the right bilboard is the WNSC logo as it was us that created it.

Before we begun creating the designs we coated the bilboards with emulsion paint several times to cover up the chip board behind.

This is Adriann Piers and myself measuring the board to figure out how big the stencils need to be.

Once the stencils were drawn up, we cut them out and took them to the building. Next we stapled the stencils and spray painted the designs on. This was then left to dry for a day.

Once all of the stencils were painted on we then had some free hand work to complete. Above is Adriann Piers painting around the REGENERATE text to make it stand out more.

Here, Ruan Thomas and myself were looking for faults and thing to change.

This is all of us doing the touch ups and finishing the REGENERATE border.

Here i am, doing some freehand spray painting for the OS (Standing for oswestry) logo.

Here, Ruan and myself sorting out parts where the spray paint had bled through.

This is the finished project.

I feel that this project went very well considering the short amount of time given to us (under 2 weeks). I think that this project was a good idea and that more empty shops should have this done to them.