A Filmic Journey 21/09/16

Idea behind the film

I originally wanted to achieve a film in the style of ‘Cloverfield’. A film directed by Matt Reeves where a group of friends using a handheld video camera record their struggle to survive as New York crumbles around them.

When I tried to film this I later realised that it was possibly the worst idea ever for the criteria set and the story board we were given, so I had a re think. We needed to have shots of something we care about so I chose cars. We also needed something thats in the news at the moment and so I chose traffic since its constantly there and in the news and I could easily gets shots of that.

Director influences

My director influences are Danny Boyle and his film ’28 days later’ since I wanted to achieve the same sense of mystery and suspense that he is able to capture.

But…

It’s so unfair. I’ve filmed it twice and lost the footage both times. This now looks worse than awful as it looks like I haven’t tried and I wont have anything to hand in tomorrow. FFS!

Finally!

Film making can be incredibly tedious sometimes for example; there always has to be something that goes wrong! But after searching and then having to basically re edit the film. I managed to recover the clips and edit the film to how I wanted it. I have now learned from my mistakes and I suppose its probably best to make the mistakes on the first assignment, rather than a later, more important one.

Shot 1 – something you care about

For this I chose to film abandoned shops that once were busy. The only thing this abandoned bus station offers now is a place for the homeless and a possible filming location. I care about the homeless a lot and will often give them some spare change if I have any.

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Shot 2 – pull focus

For this I originally got the camera to focus on me when I was just over a metre away. The background was therefore blurry so walked far enough away so I could have a shot were I walk into the focus from the blurred area.

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Shot 3 – Everyday observation

Not much to say about this one, its something people see and used everyday when using the bus station.

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Shot 4 – Unfair perception/ stereotype

This shot basically says how people are worried about something when alone in abandoned places.

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Shot 5 – Important moment in my life

This shot shows something moving on its own. This is important to me because I tried to re create a paranormal event that happened to me last year.

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Shot 7 – Influenced by another filmmaker

I wanted to achieve a similar feel to Oren Peli’s ‘Paranormal Activity’. With things moving and flying around a room on their own! So I tried to re create something similar.

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Shot 8 and Shot 9 – cause and effect.

After the crate moves I stop and hear a noise or distorted voice and so this makes me take out my camera on my phone and record it as proof.

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Final Shot – ending

This is the final and scariest shot where I show the film through what my camera phone is seeing in the style of Cloverfield. I personally love the suspense and the build up and it is very much inspired by Matt Reeves. There is also a cliff hangar ending with a jump scare and distorted vision to scare the audience.

Week 3, Monday

On Sunday my friends and I continued to make more scenes towards our film ‘The Final Mission’. We’re making this film for fun, but I plan to use this so I can add it to a portfolio. It’s an exciting action film that I write the script and plan the story for. My friend Ed has a Canon camera that films at 25 FPS similar to the ones we use here at the college.

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The image above is an original poster that I created on the first day of the course. Three weeks ago today. It was the first time I used photoshop and the images are screenshots from the film itself.

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The image above shows the most recent scene, that we filmed yesterday. We all work together as a team to ensure the film is the best quality.  I plan the story and write the script, Ed has the camera equipment, my friend Nick has the editing software (Hitfilm 4 Express) and the majority of props are either given to us from relatives (old clothing) and the gun props are mostly bought by myself and Nick.

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The image above is me playing an extra in a scene where my main character isn’t used. We used a wide range of both broken and working BB guns and wear military like clothing. It takes us about 5 hours to film 5 minutes and the film when its finished should be about 30 minutes long. The editing is done by Nick and I and takes us a whole night to edit one scene together. We always edit together to get a second opinion and therefore have a better result.

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With making a film there are literally countless challenges, and don’t think making ‘The Final Mission’ is remotely easy. People just don’t know how damn hard it is just to get people together. We started in January with no clear understanding of where the film was going, what the characters were called and we certainly didn’t have the skills or the props and equipment that we have now.

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At first I filmed and edited it on my IPod, and fair enough I think it was as good as it could be. But compared to what we can produce now, it looks awful to say the least. It then took us until May where we decided to redo the whole thing, change the location, and finally get a decent editing program. It wasn’t until yesterday though that we officially re filmed everything we’ve done. I couldn’t be happier that we did though since it literally looks a million times better and I’m looking forward to showing everyone the finished product!

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We are planning to finish the film with the new advantage of ‘Connect 2’ where I can now hire the equipment we need for free! I honestly got chills when I first saw it I couldn’t believe it! We had the lecture on how to use this last Wednesday where we also got a tour of the main building and all the studios and equipment it has to offer!

Excited is an understatement!

Day 4. (Week 2, Day 1.)

Week 2 has now begun, and already I’ve had an opportunity to be in a film.

Tony Hill was in plymouth today and the majority of people on my course were able to be extras in the remake of his 1973 film ‘Floor fim’. Names were drawn out of a hat and the people that were picked got to be the main part of it. The camera was on one of Tony Hills’s ‘rigs’ at the top of a car park looking down on the pavement. This was a birds eye view of people walking from one side to the other and then eventually looking up to the camera.

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That day I also made a music video to ‘Drugs’ by ‘RATATA’ made by MORESOON.

 

First days at PCA

It started with awkward silences, assessments and not much else on the first day. However I enjoyed my first task where everyone had to create a model, a picture, or just something that related to you. Everyone’s piece of work was then put on display for people to look at and possibly even review. It didn’t take long then for others to become easier to talk to especially by the second day where we finally got put into groups and were given a camera. I’m yet to see the edited footage. I’m legit praying that its alright cause it’s gonna be shown to everyone on the course.

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