Last year, when me and Micah decided to make a short film, it was a very last minute decision. Right when we were pitching ideas for our 4th quarter project and Mr.M was asking other students what they will be doing for their projects, I asked Micah very quietly if he wanted to make a short film with me and he said yes. And that was the start of our short film. Except we didn't even know what our short film was gonna be about. But now, we are off to a great start. We already started thinking about our ideas earlier which helped up make the story as best as possible. We had a rough start trying to think about or story but we finally got it down. In the beginning, we had so many ideas about what our film was gonna be about, but always had the same beginning...A guy wakes up somewhere odd and he doesn't know how and when he got there. Also, since we decided to make a short film, we might need a little more time to film so that is why we already started talking to Raine about possible times to film. I hope to get this film done in time.
We also turned in our script on time. Except the way that I tend to make script is that I visualize the film in the head and take note the angle and type of shot that I am visualizing. If I think of the film and I visualize a handheld, shaky shoot, I will take note of that and most likely use that in the film. If I imagine an extreme close up of an eye, I put that down in the script. And if I imagine a smooth tracking shot, then I remind myself to bring the DJI Ronin. I had thoughts of creating a storyboard of the scene that we plan to film a couple days before so that we know what we want to film. Storyboarding is when you draw out every single shot you want to have in your movie so that when you are filming, you don’t forget to film anything. Shot lists can help you achieve that, but storyboarding helps with the visual aspect. A lot of people think of scripting as a “boring” thing to do. Even though some of us do get bored of making the script, when you make a script, you are basically making the movie before you make the movie. You are writing down the shots in sequential order, including the sound, dialogue, type of shot, location, time, etc. And that is why scripts are important. And thats is why we are waiting for feedback on our script.
Since this is our last and final project, we want to show off what we learned throughout our 3 years in the CKTV Media Class. The one thing that I wanna show is all the things that I learned about cinematography. That includes camera movement, lighting, audio, color grading, and even the music. Last year, most our shots didn’t look as great as some of the other shots we had. In the beginning, most of the shots were nice but as the film progressed, the video quality just dropped. I thought this happened because we were being rushed at the end. We were just trying to get the shots done because some of our actors had to go somewhere or we were just running out of time. But this time, we have one, main actor who will be dedicated to acting in this film. So now, we will be able to use our time effectively to get some cinematic shots. We will also be using a 35mm and a 135mm lense with a high dynamic range color setting to retain details in the shadows and highlights to give more of a film look other than a digital look. This will also make it easier to color grade the footage to give it a professional look. The prime lenses that I mentioned can have an aperture as low as 1.4 to give us a shallow depth of field and allow us to keep the ISO low to prevent film noise which is that grainy look you get when filming in low light.
Well thats all I can tell you now. I don’t want to talk about the story too much because I don’t want to spoil it for you guys! If you really want to know what's gonna happen, you can check out my project page and look at the first draft of my script. This will probably be the most stressful quarters ever because not only do I have my short film, I also have the 8th grade slideshow, and my radios which are due in 2 weeks. But its not impossible. I just have to put a LOT of time after school and at night. At Least our short film will be shorter than last years one so it probably won't take as long to edit. Well goodluck to all of you and until next time, bye!