The face of St. Peters expresses the story of a conspiring prefect attempting to sabotage the current head boy’s role. Carl, the head boy, is a very respectable student at St. Peters and had always been in the running for the upmost student position as head boy, but Jim, the conspiring prefect, is blinded by jealousy in that thinking he is the man for the job. Jim’s sheer jealousy drives him and motivates him to go to extensive measures in attempting to get Carl to mess up with the assistance of his Auckland Grammar school pal, Gene, resulting in being stepped down from his position. This is a miserable and shocking failure as Carl realizes his plan, and backs away, leaving Jim and Gene in serious consequences with their schools.Order now
(Shots 1-5): The film kicks off with Carl, the head boy (head prefect) of St. Peters College, reading the daily notices out to all the students and teachers in the school on the top yard during morning assembly. As Carl is reading, the film changes into the scene where Jim (another prefect of lower role) is having a conversation with Jake (also another prefect of lower role). Jim tells Jake that he thinks he deserves the position Carl is in and even calls him an “amateur”, and it is here where the audience realizes he is the conspiring prefect in the film and is the antagonist. Jim explains to Jake his plot to sabotage Carl in order to have him stripped of his current role so he can take the head boy role himself.
Carl then joins the conversation after he is done reading the notices and Jim puts on the friendly act with Carl. (Shots 6-7): After the three-way conversation between the three prefects, the scene changes into a classroom block, where later in the day, Carl runs into another prefect, Will, who shares a mutual suspicion about Jim with Carl.
Will asks if Carl has seen Jim today and accuses Jim of stealing a presentation of his to sell for his own benefit. Carl does have his suspicions but tells Will to just leave it for now.(Shot 8): Jim is seen on the phone in a discrete area in the school, clearly hidden from any teachers and students.
The camera is always on Jim but we hear Gene on the phone in the background, who is Jim’s right hand man in his plot to get rid of Carl. Gene is in place and this is the last we see of Jim as the plan is about to unfold. (Shots 9-11): Carl is seen at the gate of the school shaking hands of boys leaving school at the end of the day, and once he has shaken the last boys hand, he walks down the stairs out of the school. He is then seen walking down the road which is renowned for its domination on each side by St. Peters College and Auckland Boys Grammer School. (Shots 12-20): Carl is walking down the road and we see Gene’s point of view from in a bush. Gene jumps out and confronts Carl, asking for a fight. The film now comes to an end as Carl knew Jim had affiliations with Gene, and walked away. This is where we see Carl has come of age.
This short film will has been made to target the age range of 12-18 year olds. It will be seen by the media studies class later in the year. The reason this age range is fitted to this film is because the students will feel a connection between themselves and the characters as many of them may have been through the same experience at their time at school.
The mood of this film is an inspiring one as we see the maturity of a head boy as he holds his ground right the way throughout. It can also show a connection between the audience and Carl as Jim is portrayed as the antagonist which the audience won’t like. The film builds up a sense of worry as you wonder whether or not Jim will be able to sabotage Carl but at the climax we see how Carl keeps his cool and prevents anything along the lines. Different shots of characters will also show a sense of power in the characters creating different moods.
Light and Darkness
Most of the shots are outside, which means there isn’t a large amount of control over lightness as filming is only achievable during the day. The weather in the first scene although is gloomy, which helps to bring across Jims anger towards Carl. The weather changes to a light sunny day by the end of the film showing a happier mood in order to gain the audiences satisfaction.
We filmed long shots to show the openness and environment of the area during the film. Starting with the long shot during morning assembly, we were able to express the true community of the school and how they all look up to Carl on the stage as he is the schools role model. Also as Carl leaves the school, showing Gene’s point of view of Carl creating a build up to something. Over the shoulder shots were used to show Jim and Jake being lower than each other, as they are both antagonists in the film. A close up was used during Jim’s phone conversation showing that he is in a quiet area and is hiding.
The purpose of this film is to show teenagers at school and also adults/parents what can happen as boys grow up in high school. There will always be someone trying to bring you down but as long as you stay content and don’t do anything stupid you can go far.
Location 1 is the spot in the school where all the prefects and teachers stand around during morning assembly; it is up the front next to the stage. We chose to shoot here because it provided the sense of importance to the characters. Location 2 is the hallway in one of the big classroom blocks at the school which we used to film the scene where Will speaks with Carl. Here was a good place to shoot as it was quiet and old fashioned. Location 3 was chosen as it signifies the entrance and exit to the school which everyone goes through to leave school at the end of the day, it is a good place to show the community of the school at home time. Location 4 is just down the road from the school where a lot of students walk through to get home, it is a renowned spot for which St. Peters students and Auckland Grammer students share.