I have tried to simplify the process of explaining the information about the technical aspects of my film.
I have created an edit which has all of the information detailed in the form of text on each shot.
Here is the edit:
Below I will give an explanation of each individual shot and why I chose to use it.
Just to give a quick explanation of my shooting style for this film, in case this is read before my evaluation.
I believe strongly in letting actors become comfortable with their movements and interactions with objects/characters within the scene. I like to have actors repeat their movements countless times and after I am satisfied I add a suggestion whilst still rolling the camera, this gives me a chance to let them get rid of their nerves and settle in to the movements.
Rob spent a long time typing before we rolled camera so it became second nature to him. So what I decided was to get him to repeat the movements over and over again whilst I moved around him within the spaces between lights to capture as much as possible. This gave me the opportunity to experiment and try to find something that worked.
I do not like to storyboard everything, this could be seen as unprofessional but I have heard that many directors do not storyboard everything anyway.
I storyboard the key shots that give the style to the film, but I mainly like to get into a location with the actors and props and experiment with different ideas. This cannot always work which I do understand, but for this project I had the chance to work this way.
1. This opening shot was never the intention when storyboarding, it was storyboarded as a final shot. At the time of shooting I decided to start with this as a nice foreshadowing for the reveal at the end of the film. I decided I wanted the audience to be familiar with the location of my character within the room so that when I go for the slide reveal they understand more clearly and it becomes more powerful.
2. This shot was captured whilst Rob repeated the motions of picking up paper, loading it, typing and then ripping it out, over and over again.
3. I wanted to show the steps that are taken to write a story. I think showing the paper from here gives an indication as to the characters mindset and ultimately where the film is going.
4. This shot in a recurring one used to give Rob room to create some emotion and let the audience see him straight on.
5. This shot was part of 12 minute long take in which I had Rob repeat his actions and I moved around him, I was also trying to avoid catching any glimpses of the paper (as the ribbon in the typewriter was dry)
6. This shot is one that I have wanted to use in a film for a long time, I took a photograph of my partner sat there a couple of years ago, I love the skyline in the background. I imagined writing a film based solely on this bench, where a couple first meet and we see them through different stages of life (young/with children/old etc) but never got round to writing it.
7. This was the first thing I thought to add to break the shot up. Not an original idea for my film but that is exactly why it fits. The Eiffel Tower is a memento of mine from when I first went to Paris, it is just a irrelevant object to try and create a bit of mystery and set tone.
8. An over the shoulder shot to give some space between Rob and the typewriter to show his disconnect from the page.
9. Another shot to show the process of loading the machine. Nothing fancy.
10. This shot is the first image I had in mind when given the brief, or more accurately when I was in the bath that evening. I thought it would be a strong enigmatic opening shot. I originally wanted more of the suit in shot but when I found this framing at the time it worked for me. This shot is graded to resemble a dream.
11. This shot is slightly lower than the previous of it’s kind. Rob is smaller and more hidden from view, it is mean’t to imply that he is overwhelmed.
12. A slightly different shot of the paper, to keep the cycle of creativity(or lack thereof).
13. Another idea I had for a short film, titled ‘The Saddest Clown in Town’. I find the idea of a crying clown interesting. I am aware that it is a ridiculous idea which is why I ridicule myself by including it within the film. The shot is fairly simple, but I think the lighting and grading is very strong. I boosted the saturation to highlight the colour as it is the only shot in the film that has much colour.
14. Back to a similar shot to earlier to restart the process of Rob trying to come up with an idea.
15. This is my favourite shot within the film. It was achieved by lighting the room with LEDs and using a mini LED behind Rob, illuminating the smoke and create a silhouette of him. The slide from black is cliche but effective.
16. These shots were all shot from a tripod, I was sat there panning and following Rob’s movements. I was blown away by the quality of the movement, I usually use a shoulder rig for these kind of shots but because of the height of the shot, I tried the tripod. I think the movement is beautiful and will be using a tripod much more in future, instead of just for static shots.
17. My least favourite shot, the focus is on the fire instead of Rob, making him out of focus. I could bullshit about the thematic meaning of this, but it is just poor focusing. I am completely unaware why I kept the shot in the film but here it is. The fire is quite nice but when it moves to Rob it looks amatuer.
18. Again I am not a massive fan of the composition of this shot, but we only had one letter to burn, so I set up in a position where I would definitely capture it. It is passable, yet a little uninspired.
19. Another one of my favourite shots. Rob’s performance, the smoke off of his arms and the tilt from the fire to his face is great. I think this is a strong shot. There was an LED behind Rob to highlight the smoke clinging to him.
20. Return to the opening shot of this scene. I wanted to transition through black to the next shot back in the office.
21. A fairly smooth slide/tilt to transition back into the room.
22. The opening shot repeated to build up to the reveal of the paper. 2400 pieces of paper were used, it took almost 2 hours to screw it all up and 20 minutes to clean up.
23. This shot is cut in entirely to hide the slider changing position. We did not have enough room on the slider to get much paper in shot, so it had to move back. This was a experimental shot that I felt fit nicely to hide the repositioning.
24. This was moving into the end of the slider in it’s second position. I couldn’t go any wider than 24mm (I had the 14mm but it was too wide) so I had to position all (like 20%) of the paper to sell the effect. It is not quite as grand as I had hoped but I think the message is there.