Proposal for my FMP

UAL Awarding Body – Level 3 Diploma

Unit 8 – Project Proposal

Name James Reader
Pathway Short action-based film
Project Title Final Major Project – Engage
Section 1: Rationale (Approx 100 words)
So far I have learned many new skills on how to focus and shoot better quality footage on DSLR cameras. I am now more experienced with working in groups with people that I haven’t met before and I can now confidently manage people. I am best and most passionate about making action films and I’m confident with working for clients with different views on what they think is a ‘good film’. I’m experienced in operating sound equipment and recording sound in general. I can use editing programs like Adobe; Premier, Photoshop and after effects, displaying my ability to edit out green screens using chroma key.


Section 2: Project Concept (approx 200 words)
My aim for FMP is to produce a short 6-minute action film. I want to showcase cinematography, and script writing skills and then plan the film accordingly. I will act in my film and direct people to help me record these scenes, otherwise, I will take control of the filming process and make sure I sound record everything. Additionally, I’m going to edit everything myself either at home or at college to show I can manage the project independently.

I intend to make a short action film which is around 6 minutes long. My FMP will reference famous action films like Jason Bourne and The Raid for the action.


Plus Batman v Superman for the visual style and lack of saturation in the image. 


I’ll plan the filming in a detailed manner. Before production begins I’ll research into Quentin Tarantino and his directing style. Especially in Reservoir Dogs. I need to learn more about editing an action sequence so I will look into YouTube tutorials and existing examples of scenes I like. My film will look dark and desaturated like The Raid giving a negative and hostile feeling to it.  


Section 3: Evaluation (approx 50 words)
I will show my idea to people and see what they think and if they like it. This is important as getting honest feedback is always productive. I will listen and keep going back and checking my progress to see whether I am still happy with the current result. I will make the most of the group crits and complete a final evaluation hat reflects upon my targets and whether I achieved them.
Proposed Research Sources and Bibliography (Harvard Format) – Harvard referencing. (2017). Tim Miller (director). [online] Available at: [Accessed 18 Apr. 2017]. (2017). Tim Miller (director). [online] Available at: [Accessed 18 Apr. 2017].
Vimeo. (2017). Who’s Who on a Movie Crew?. [online] Available at: [Accessed 18 Apr. 2017].
YouTube. (2017). How to Direct like Quentin Tarantino – Visual Style Breakdown. [online] Available at: [Accessed 24 Apr. 2017].
YouTube. (2017). How To Make A Long Take | Film Theory. [online] Available at: [Accessed 24 Apr. 2017].
McGregor, L., McGregor, L. and McGregor, L. (2017). The Sequence Shot – Indie Tips. [online] Indie Tips. Available at: [Accessed 25 Apr. 2017].
Brown, B. (2016). Cinematography. 1st ed. [Place of publication not identified]: Focal, pp.64 – 69.
The Perfect Machine. (2017). Empire, (335), pp.92 to (2017). Reservoir Dogs. [online] Available at: [Accessed 26 Apr. 2017]. (2017). Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. [online] Available at: [Accessed 26 Apr. 2017]. (2017). The Raid (2011 film). [online] Available at: [Accessed 26 Apr. 2017].


Conventions of filming



These are some important conventions of filming inside my short action film idea.

On the day of filming, I needed to keep in mind that the location isn’t secluded and so every so often throughout the day members of the public would walk near where we were filming. This meant I had to keep the realistic looking gun props hidden so they didn’t notice or get alarmed. I take this extremely seriously especially as people might not think were just kids making a film for college.

I’m glad that I bought loads of food prior to the day of filming that all my crew could appreciate. I had to think about some of my main actors as they were vegetarian or had an allergy to nuts so the food I bought had to meet their dietary requirements. This reflects upon having ‘supplies stocked up’.

One thing I think I did right was the colour grading I used for the location we filmed at. Luckily on the day, it was quite cloudy but full of green so I found removing the yellows and some greens really gave it a negative and hostile feel to it.

I’ve worked with the actors that I used in my FMP before. We all know each other from school and so have a really close friendship, apart from my cousin Conor that agreed to play the role of two extras in the film. He hadn’t met any of the actors before and I hadn’t worked with him before either. Thankfully though he listened to me when I was directing which made me less stressed and enabled me to focus more on what we had to film next.