Tuesday, 21 September 2010

British Board of Film Classification (BBFC)

The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) is the organisation responsible for film classification within the UK.

The BBFC was established in 1912 as the British Board of Film Censors. At that time it also took responsibility for classifying videos for hire or purchase to view in the home as well as films shown in cinemas. Home video and cinema versions of a film often receive the same certificate, although occasionally a film may receive a more restrictive certificate for the home video market, as it is easier for children to watch a home video than to be admitted into a cinema.

The BBFC currently issues the following certificates. They use symbols for each certificate and each symbol has a name and definition.

U - Universal: All ages admitted, there is nothing unsuitable for children.
Example: Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope

PG - Parental Guidance: General viewing, but certain scenes may be unsuitable for children under 8. Example: Ghostbusters

12A: May be unsuitable for under 12s. Those aged under 12 are only admitted if accompanied by an adult at all times during the performance (cinema only). Example: The Dark Knight

12: Suitable only for those aged 12 and over. No-one younger than 12 can rent or buy a 12 rated VHS, DVD, Blu-ray Disc, UMD or game. Example: Quantum of Solace

15: Suitable only for those aged 15 and over. Nobody younger than 15 can see a 15 film in a cinema. No-one younger than 15 can rent or buy a 15 rated VHS, DVD, Blu-ray Disc, UMD or game. Example: Severance

18: For adults only.
Nobody younger than 18 may see an 18 film in a cinema.
No-one younger than 18 can rent or buy an 18 rated VHS, DVD, Blu-ray Disc, UMD or game. Example: Saw

Further Production Planning

During the past few lessons as part of our production, after much discussion we as a group have decided to change the story line of our film and also have made adjustments to our logo.

The name of our company is now called 'Silverline Productions', this title evolves into the screen in glowing letters. The font used will be Mistral, the font size will be 72 and of white colour. On the left hand side of the screen will stand an autumn tree, the leaves of the tree fall and scatter as a gush of wind blows past and one the leaves slams onto the screen, and its veins read 'Silverline Productions'.

The genre is still the same which is drama.

I believe our genre will appeal and entertain to all audiences as the story which is being told throughout the video is or could be something which has hapned to many others. This will help young teenagers to contemplate and appreciate life as well as putting a message across to people with more power that these things go unheard and have affect on people and take a massive toll on their lives.

The new story is based on the life of an innocent Muslim father and his children. The father has been imprisoned for several years on the suspicion of acts of Terrorism but has not been proven guilty. The life of the father is shown as well as his children and how they are feeling without a fatherly figure at home. The mothers emotional distress is revealed in the childs letter to the president to release his father.

The idea of the story was taken from a South London man who is a detainee at Guanatanamo Bay, who's name is Shaker Aamer and has been at this detention camp without charge or trial since 2001. In his last heavily censored letters home Shaker asked for the right to die. The videos of this man and others which are posted on Youtube and other broadcasting sites are very emotional and moving. It gathers the whole world to witness injustice and from whats said it is still evident that nothing is being done about it by higher officials.

Monday, 13 September 2010


Today during lesson time we partially planned our production. To do this we had to name our company, have a logo plan for our company, decide on the genre our group was working with, to understand that our 5 minute video should entertain and appeal to the teenage audience, plan a rough treatment and assign roles to each member of the group.

The name of our company is called 'Toilet Pictures' and our logo is most likely going to have lightning passing through a lavatory with the company name below it and as the flush on the toilet flushes the lighting wipes out the whole screen.

The genre we have picked for our video is 'Drama'.

I believe our genre will appeal and entertain the teenage audience as the story which is being told throughout the video is very common in most south asian families and it occurs to girls in their teen years and impacts thier lives severly.

Basic Rundown of our Story: It is about a traditional south asian father who has a high status in his cultural and religious socitey who must do all he can do to uphold his family hononur. South asian families 'izzat' (honour) is what many tradtional asians believe their foundations are built upon, and without this they are nothing, and to do this their children and other family members must abide by the rules and regulations which have been taken out of context from religious and traditional beliefs and values. To this day this kind of custom still lives on and impacts lives of many western people who come from these ethnic and religious background.

In this story the time has come to get his daughter married and he believes it his duty to find her a husband who fits into his class of ideal son-in-laws. However his daughter has found her own love and is going out with him behind her parents back, this is forbidden in her custom and her parents are not happy when they find out, her father espeacially has something to say about this. Family problems and rows at home drive her away from home and she ends up running away.

The entire video will be shown as a flashback whilst she is packin her bags to leave home, diffrent camera angles and lighting will be used to emphasize diffrent scenes.

The Roles in the groups:

Creative Director: Me (Shahnaz Khatun)
Script Writer: Me (Shahnaz Khatun)
Story Board:
Prop Manager:
Location Manager: Habiba Parvin
Actor/Scout Manager: