Research, Uncategorized

Radio Presenting

When looking at how my radio DJ’s would host the show, I decided to listen to a few different radio shows to check for any cadence or chemistry that I wanted to incorporate.

A show that was very useful was the ‘Kermode and Mayo Film Show’ on BBC Radio. I liked listening to this because it was a film programme but the chemistry between the two presenters made for an entertaining show. Simon Mayo acts as the dummy who knows nothing about the films being discussed and he will sit back and ask Mark Kermode questions to get the most out of their debates and reviews.

A lot of radio shows will use social media for fan interaction and some shows are now even broadcast through the internet with live feedback from the fans. I will consider this and see if it is possible to include the audience from the radio show to further add to the misery of Walter the protagonist.

Research, Uncategorized

Shot-Reverse-Shot

When studying camera techniques for how to film my conversation scenes, I came across the shot-reverse-shot method, which is incredibly common but can have some alterations that make it more visually interesting.

After watching several scenes from films with conversations, I was always curious regarding the camera placement during conversations. Some have a classic over the shoulder style, which creates a nice, free flowing effect and allows the audience to follow the conversation smoothly. Some are filmed in a two shot which will focus more on the body language and positioning of the characters. These shots will probably be visually more important because they will be telling another story aside from just the dialogue.

I think for my scenes, I will adopt a traditional set-up at a mid-range to allow the body language of the characters to tell another story. Both characters in my cafe scene can be described through body language so I will make sure that the shots show enough of the characters.

Pre-Production, Uncategorized

Locations Update

After visiting FACT to speak to the manager of The Garden cafe, they asked me to email what I would require to them, which I did immediately. They seemed supportive of the project but time is running out and I haven’t heard back from them yet so I am going to contact more coffee shops and look for an alternative location in case this one falls through.

When looking at the closing times of cafes, many of them tend to close early on Sundays and since the sunlight lasts until much later at this time of year, I would like to use the hours from around 4pm-9pm to film. I am confident that if I did this over two days, I would be able to get all the footage I needed.

The other shots could be done in one day with the studio in the college being used as the press-junket setting.

Pre-Production, Uncategorized

FMP Update 30/4/18

At the start of this week, I realise that I need to work on a few areas as filming is coming up very soon.

Most importantly, I need to sort my location which I have been working on and on Wednesday I have a meeting with the manager of a coffee shop that I am quite confident I will be able to use.It is also very important that I now find my actor because working out the dates is vital to get done as soon as possible.

This week I would also like to go through my script with my tutors as well as finalising my storyboard and risk assessment to get closer to a more organised production.

Pre-Production, Uncategorized

Update and Plan for Today – 27/04/18

I have now completed my script and have started to look seriously at locations. After walking around several local coffee shops in the Liverpool City Centre area, I have managed to get in touch with managers of a few shops and am hopeful that one of them will come into fruition.

Today I also plan to complete my risk assessment and storyboard so I have a clearer image of what I am trying to create to share with my cast and crew.

Pre-Production, Uncategorized

Post-Pitch Changes

After my pitch, I realised that I had a lot of work to do.

The biggest problem, I hadn’t considered was the run time of my final short. After going through a draft of the plot points, I learnt that it wouldn’t be more than 2 or 3 minutes long. For a few days, I panicked and considered changing my idea but after a discussion with my tutor, I realised that I could extend on my initial idea and add more before or after the current scene I had planned.

I have now added a new part before my original scene that I feel only adds to the film and will help make the surreal aspect clearer for the audience. Over the next few days, I plan on completing my script and finalising actors and locations so I will be ready for production as soon as possible.

Pre-Production, Research

How to approach Surrealism

When coming up with my idea, and discussing it with others, many people perceived it as a dark comedy. This worried me because I didn’t want people to watch the final film and say “That wasn’t funny”. I began to investigate how to approach making a surreal film and looked at my favourite filmmakers who work in this kind of style.

The Coen Brothers are my main influence when making this film because their films find a great balance between keeping the audience invested and surrealism. In their more quirky films, like Raising Arizona they will use sets, music and voice over to establish a the tone. I have learnt that it is important to establish the vibe for the audience as early as possible so I will definitely look for a way to show who, and what, my character is, in relation to the world around him.

The idea of having a horror villain in broad daylight, in an ordinary environment, surrounded by regular members of the public will be visually distorting and should already affect the audience. On the walk to the news agents, my character is going to walk past a large, vandalised poster of his new film as this will show the contrast between his glorified presence in the film world and his depressing existence in the real world that we are seeing him in.

Pre-Production

Short Film Progress 18/04/18

As of right now, my biggest problem is the need for a very specific actor and location.

To add to the authenticity of the film, I need a more mature actor who looks like they could’ve been run down by a monotonous film franchise that has spanned across at least a decade. In order to find the biggest range of actors I could, I visited John Moore’s Drama Centre and LIPA hoping for some success.

At LIPA, I was given an email address to contact regarding casting calls and I was assured that if I email, they will be able to advertise the short film on the bulletin board. So my next step will be to send a detailed and thorough casting call as soon as possible.

I also began my search for locations because I am not under-estimating how hard it will be to find a shop to film in. Unfortunately, I have no links to anyone who works in shops so I will ask around among friends and head into several news agents to see if I can get permission to use one of them.

A lot of shops close early on Sunday so I am looking to use that and possibly make my production run across a few Sunday nights.