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Task 2:

What I did?

For my Final Major project I made a short film for Raindance Film Festival. The reason I
chose Raindance film festival was due to a couple reasons. The first was that Raindances guidelines
are not very strict and allow creators to be wide and flexible with their ideas. This meant I could
portray more mature content without being disqualified/ineligible to qualify. Raindance allowed me
to make the film that I wanted to make without any compromise’s idea wise when it came to
starting pre-production. The only setbacks and compromise’s that were made were due to
scheduling, budget or time. They also have a few awards that I could be nominated for such as Best
UK short Film and Best short of the festival. These are the categories that I would sign my production
up for, to have a chance at being nominated or winning. I created my film around the action genre
and I decided to tell a linear story within a 10 – 15 minute bracket. My core audience was to be of
the ages 15 – 20 as I included violence and criminal intent and some of the themes that I had
included were meant for a mature audience. For this production I focused my specialism on camera
work and I wanted to create action style which was a mix of Chad Stahelski and Jackie Chan. This
meant including panning shots, Close ups and also camera movements that were moving with the
action.

Who I worked with?

For this Unit I worked with many people as this production was very intensive to film. I had
quite a large crew for this production. I had 3 camera operators with also me being one as well. I also
had two makeup artists, both were hired on to the project in hope to create a more convenient trip
for each make-up artists but to ease travel costs. One of the makeup artist lived around 5 minutes
away from me so the plan for her was to travel with me when we were filming in London as our train
line has a direct route to London. The other was to be put into motion when we were filming in
Reading/Henley. However due to scheduling issues my makeup artist in my area was unable to go to
London. I could not push back my filming anymore then I’d already had. This meant that was unable
to shoot around half of the London shots then id initially hoped for due to me needing. As a
contingency I had prepared for the possibility that my Henley Makeup artist (Jenner) would be able
to fill the spot of my London Makeup artist (Chloe) if she was unavailable. However due to the short
notice Jenner was unavailable for both days of shooting in London so we were limited on what we
could shoot on those two days. Also during this trip to London I was unable to shoot a lot of the
shots I’d originally planned due to me not having enough crew available to film certain scene that
both included me and my actors. This meant that there weren’t enough people to shoot scenes
which required two people on Cameras, One on Boom and another with a reflector or camera light.
This meant that we could only shoot with one camera at a time and to have the microphone
mounted on to the camera which made the audio less crisp but allowed us to shoot some scene. On
the second day of filming we had even less people available to do the shoot so we had to cancel our
second day to London meaning that we had around half the movie left to shoot. Overall I had a cast
& crew of around eight, this cast and crew changed and shifted overtime and many cast members
were recast deep into production. This effected the flow and efficiency of production as I would
have to learn with new crew and cast with variations in ability which meant I had to spend a lot of
time either understanding their work flow and also at times teach them how to use a camera. I think
to help avoid this I will have a fixed crew, that is small and I know will be available and easy to get
hold. I will also make sure to cast my actors that are closer to me and are flexible with their schedule
so that rescheduling or the cancelling of a whole day can be avoided.

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What was my role?

The role I played was Director/Cinematographer, as camerawork being my specialism I


thought this role fit best, but not only that but I cast myself as a supporting role in my own
production due to the difficulty of having a larger cast being available for most of the shoot. I did this
due to the fact that casting another actor would not only have cost more for travel but would have
also led to inevitable setbacks and rescheduling due to actors being available at certain times. Never
the less, during my scenes I found it a lot difficult to shoot scene as I would have to go back and
forth, trying to direct the camera and get the exact shot I want and this turned out to increase the
amount of time needed for shot to be filmed making longer scene such as the fight scene to take up
to 2-3 days to film, with noticeable continuity errors and jarring cuts to footage due to me not being
able to keep an eye on the camera work the whole time and the time restrictions that began to arise
later in filming. I think if I were to do this next time I would make sure that I either played a much
smaller role in my production or I involved a much smaller cast to ensure that I can spend more time
on making my film look and match better when cutting between shots. I think doing a smaller scale
production will not only take more stress and work off me but will allow me to focus on smaller
details and be able to have enough time to properly get feedback from viewers and improve things
and have time to properly reshoot scene that need fine tuning before the final edit.

Task 3:

Genre

With my production I attempted to create an action film. A few ways I tried to do this is was
to create a story that would quickly lead to fight sequences. I began to construct a story that would
quickly setup characters, create tension quickly before ending in a climax of violence. Several things
that I made sure to add to my production to make clear that my film was part of the action genre I
made sure to choreograph a large fight sequence, high stakes and characters which would have
strong military background. These were some of the main conventions of action that I had
researched and so I added this into my main production to make this as clear as possible.

One of the main conventions of actions films


are the fight scenes and when I surveyed viewers on my
action film they highly praised the choreography and
the camera work. I believe this was an important factor
if my film was to be good so to know that this scene in
particular was highly praised. However some feedback I
got from this was that I could have added more sounds
for the impacts of the kicks, punches and throws, but
was a minor adjustment that could be made for next
time. Within my action scene as well although not a
major issue but the lighting was the lowest scored
aspect of the piece and I think my camera work could
have been improved had I had the time to properly
shape the light to perhaps make a more interesting and dynamic setting.

For a long time after the release of the ‘The Bourne Trilogy’ Hollywood adapted this style of
Shaky cam. This was a big departure from what a lot of action film were usually filmed like. Many
film such as early 80s and 90s films had smooth and long camera movements, but after this surge in
the 2000s many action properties began to use short shaky camera movements to hide

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choreography and hits. The shaky cam was heavily due to mainly to hide the fact that actors couldn’t
fight and had to be replaced with stunt doubles. This method has become a common convention of
action films, and has tarnished modern day action films. This something that I wanted to avoid when
creating my own fight scene, and I wanted to implement a smoother shot fight scene where the
action could be fully enjoyed and processed by the audience.

From the codes and conventions set by the action genre, during the making of this film I
wanted to attempt to subvert some of these clichés. With big action films of modern day there is
almost always a McGuffin to help drive the story forward. In my production this is not the case. I
wanted to structure a story that was based character decisions and choices and not an all-powerful
object that pushes the characters towards the next scene. One man that would very often use this
character storytelling is Jackie chan. Jackie Chan was a director of who liked to drive his story
through his characters. You were always able to route for his character because they were the
underdogs. He created characters that were always fighting from the bottom and would never give
up till he finally gets the upper hand. This type of storytelling is very effective and satisfying to
watch. This is because her earns his victories and the audience is given time to properly connect
themselves with his characters. This is something I tried to implement into my own production
which I believe I succeeded in.

Content

Within my production I had one large action sequence that acted as my main conflict and
climax of my short film. The point of this fight scene was to show Noah’s abilities and to also
character build through how they fought and interacted with each other. Within this fight we see
that the two brothers are searching for an unprotected target, with the intent of killing him with no
hesitation. These two seek out violence whereas Noah tries to avoid any conflict as he knows he is
outmatched but must to protect his target. The fight scene is shot with a shaky cam style but is
toned down to a level where you can see each movement of the characters.

This was made to immerse the viewer into the fight scene with the camera moving with the
action. The setting was also a purposefully selected. From the scenes in London to the changing
room fight scene, it was all deliberate. The location of London creates this feeling of unknown. With
London being such a large area, with a large population of people within in it. It would be a perfect
place for someone to hide as they stalk their target. As for the changing room I found that it gave off
this effect of entrapment and isolation. The walls of the showers, separated the rooms and also
separated the characters. This allowed for the characters to split into two group which then forms
into the main fight sequence. We have
Victor and Elijah within the shower
area and then Petrov and Noah in the
toilet cubicle. Having the two brothers
stalk Elijah in the busy streets of
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detect this. To clean up confusion I tried to distinguish the protagonists from the antagonists
through their clothing. I chose a very simple boxing colour theme where one side wears Blue and the
other wears red. I had The Chovski brother dressed in red, and Noah and Elijah dressed in Blue. I had
the brothers dressed in red due to the symbolism of danger that is given off by the colour red. This
allows the audience to immediately determine the good from the bad in the scene. I also made it
that the antagonist were wearing practical and manoeuvrable clothing. This was to show that they
were making sure that they good manoeuvrability and visibility as well as blending in. I then
purposefully had Noah be unsuited for the fight, wearing tight fitting suit and trousers and smart
shoes. I did this for two reasons the first being that he was not overly prepared for a fight scene, but
also to give him another disadvantage in the fight.

Style

With my style, I originally wanted to implicate a smooth camera movement and a lot of
static shots in homage Jackie Chan’s style of shooting. However what I found early on was that the
fight choreography and fighting ability of my actors was far from professional and for many it was
their first doing choreographed fights so I had to adopt a style that would work to enhance the
choreography. With this I leant more towards the camera movements of Chad Stahelski. Now this
meant that my camera movement became more kinetic and shaky. Now although Stahelski shots are
usually smoother, I took certain aspect from Stahelski style which was his ability to move with the
action. In Stahelski two director credited film he moves the camera with the action and movement
of the camera, often moving as one with the character that he is following. This enables the camera
to capture every move that is happening and allows the audience to see everything on display. With
this also there are not a lot of cuts and the shots are longer and more stretched out to allow the
choreography to play out for longer and really display the fights better. With my production I added
both of these elements with longer takes and this idea of moving with the action. For one example
of this is when Noah has been pushed to the floor and one of the assassins (Victor) begins to plant
heavy hits on Noah’s character. The camera in this segment moves with every swing and create a
larger impact to the choreography. I believed that this style of camera work gave my fight
choreography more impact and helped hide any mistakes and sold more of the hits. When asking if
this camera style was effective to my target audience. When asking if they liked my style, it was all
positive. Some responder said things such as: ‘It seems more rough linking to the action side of
things.’; ‘ I think it worked very well as it was both smooth and rough enough that it was clear what
was happening but the adrenaline of the situation’. This strengthens my opinion on my camerawork
as stated earlier and proves my point earlier of my action rough and also more realistic.

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Narrative

The narrative of my production has not changed too drastically since I started my pre-
production. When I was deep into filming I found that I would have not been able to film the
complete script. Knowing this however my main plotlines and themes were not changed too
drastically. I found that most of the scenes and moment I had to cut was character development and
several moment where tension would have been built up. This did effect my production still. One of
the main bits of feedback I received was to have more context and character development. I believe
this to be one of the biggest drawbacks to my film as I really feel that it lowers the quality of my film
overall. In the script Elijah and Noah are explored more and their relationship is allowed to grow and
develop. However in the finished film all the scene where this development happens is pretty much
all taken away and I feel that it makes the movie shallower in substance and really tarnishes the film.
With these characters not having time to be developed all of their actions have less emotional
impact on the audience and makes it harder for the audience to route for people that they barely
know or understand. My main character Elijah, which the whole is based around is so under
developed that I had responders say they did not know who he was and why he was there. This
shows the effect that these cuts to script have caused. It has got to an extent where the main
character of the story is the least developed character in the film. Noah, being a support character at
least has motivation with his monologue near the end of the film so the audience knows why he is
willing to kill all those that would kill an innocent for money and power. This is a moment that Elijah
never receives and I believe is one of the biggest affect this cut in the narrative has caused.

During test shoots I filmed an entire scene that never ended


in the final film due to time restrictions and actors being unavailable.
This scene was to be the original opening of the film. It starred two
actors which were standing in for the roles of Robert Green (Elijah’s
dad) and Creed (The Villain). In this scene there is a sudden surge of
tension that is supposed to show creed as a cold, relenting force of
nature. We also set up the history not only between these two characters, but also the relationship
Robert has with his son and we sense his regret and guilt. This scene not only set the stakes and the
premise for the whole movie but also allowed Creed to be setup for the twist reveal at the end
which in the real movie makes no sense. This twist was a way to end the story on a cliff hanger and
keep the audience engaged right till the very end with the intention of them wanting more. However
due the cuts in the script the ending becomes lack luster, and out of place, and is one of my greatest
disappointments with this film. If I were to do this again I would make sure to have time to film the

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whole narrative but to have a story flexible enough that I can change the story around so that if I
cannot shoot everything the story will still make sense.

Another way I tried to


progress the narrative was through
clothing. With each character I
created I gave them a colour to
represent them and this is what they would wear in the film. Elijah was green, to show his envy of
Jim and how he wished for a life away from the spotlight.
Though during the first days of shooting my actor was wearing
different clothes on different days of shooting and so this idea
was changed for a Blue vs Red theme.

Jim was too represented by


yellow to show him as a happy person
who was always laughing but I never got
to explore this character. Then with Noah
he wore Dark blue, as it shows isolation
and creates this sense that he is cold and
calculated. However we then see him
change and originally he was to wear a
white long sleeved t shirt and green
jacket to show he has become Elijah’s
white night as we see these character
through his eyes so as Elijah’s perception
of Noah changes, Noah physically changes. However due to costume errors Noah ends up wearing a
blue t shirt but this could show that Noah is now more vulnerable. If we take this concept of the
colour of clothing for character controlled by Elijah’s perception of them then this is why The
Chovski Brothers are wearing prominently red and black. Elijah sees them as dangerous killers, and
the red this to symbolise that. Now the Chovski twins have shifted a lot since pre-production. They
were first both men, before I was suggested to change them by a friend who wanted to play one of
the sibling but have one of them be a woman, However after she dropped out a week before
shooting I changed the gender back to its original premise since I couldn’t find a readily available
female actor at such short notice. I had created character sheets for each of the character and
Petrov (or Petrova) was given the colour of light blue to show that he/she is a calculated figure. This
also drew comparison to him/her being very similar to Noah’s character, not cause of their
characteristic but by how there colours are so similar, symbolising them being two different sides of
the same coin. Instead at pure coincidence I found that I had created a new colour scheme for the
characters of which I mentioned earlier, Red v Blue. In the fight sequence we see the Chovski twins
support a red attire whereas the protagonists (Elijah and Noah) both support blue. This ended up
being a simple and effective differentiation between the two sides and to show conflict and
allegiance.

Character

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In my production there are five characters that appear on screen; Elijah Green; Noah
Sheppard; Victor Chovski; Petrov Chovski and Creed. I had initially planned for more characters to be
in this production however, due to lack of time and scheduling problems I was unable to film there
parts. Not only that but I believe the characters scene I had cut were important character
development moment as well so I feel that my character are very hollow in their motivations due us
not knowing anything about them. A certain scene that I mentioned earlier which I had done test
shoots for had to be cut due to time. This scene included a confrontation between Elijah’s father
Robert, and the main antagonist of the film Creed. This scene alone, did several things. It setup the
main villain for the twist ending, it setup the stakes for the whole movie and also showed the
relationship not just between Robert and Creed but Roberts troubled past with Elijah and the clear
guilt he feels.

As I have discussed many time already throughout Task 3 a lot of the development was
taken out of the film. This was one of the biggest problems I had with my film. In the original
screenplay I had created lot of small character moments that would allow my character to grow
throughout the film. The phone conversation that was seen in the final film was originally going to
include a character named Jim Orland. I had cast an actor and also had a shooting day planned, but

since we had a college trip to New York we were unable to do so. By the time we got round to it
there was time actually film the scene so the phone call that Elijah makes at the end of the film was
just one sided with the audience not really knowing what’s going and who he’s on the phone to.
Within the last script aswell the two brothers or sibling as they were at the time, before being
changed, had lines that set up their overconfidence and dark intentions.

I also had planned to really show their bond and protection of eachother. When Victor is
stunned and looks over to hios brother there is meant to be a moment where they look eachother
and you see the fear in their eyes as Noah then walks up behind him and snaps his neck. This
moment of emotion was shot for the production however its never properly shown as during the
edit I found that it had to be cut due to the continuioty of characters positioning. I had orginally
planned to have the shot be longer so that I could get the fear and shock that is on the actors face.
What I found was that in the last shot that leads into this shot had me right behind Victor and so I
had to cut to the point which is where Noah is right behind Victors character which lead straight into
the neck snap which means the reaction shot from Victor is completely cut out and so this

From these shots you can see the problem that


this caused. In the first row you can that there is
a large difference in spacing between Noah and
Victor between the two shots. Although we get

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to see the important facial expressions from Victor but the spacing of Noah between shots was too
jarring so this second row was what I ended up using for my final production as the cut between the
two shot is cleaner but I lose that vital reaction shot. I tried to amend this by having a reaction shot
for the brother however firstly it’s not as intimate as it could have been and I think the shot doesn’t
last long enough, and the actor does not give enough time to show the weight of his grief.

Techniques & Technical qualities

All the way during production I had many shots in my story board that I wanted to shoot.
With camerawork being my specialism I spent a lot of time thinking about my overall style and
composition. I tried to implement a range of techniques, into my film with my fight scene being the
main concern. I wanted to use longer shots during the fight scene to allow my choreography to play
out more. What I tried to implement in this scene was many tracking/dolly/follow shots. I wanted to
use these as they allow to maintain/create a directional momentum to shots and was a shot that
suits for longer shots. I used these shots in several different ways.

When the main fight scene breaks out I use a tracking shot to show the movement of the
action as Noah’s character moves forward. This shot then turned into a push in as Noah is blocked by
Victor and is brought down to the floor from Petrov. For many of these shots, due to the fact that I
was in many of these shots, it meant that I had to give direction to many of the shots that are shown
on screen. I wanted to makes sure that I got exactly the shot I wanted. For the scene where Noah is
kicked to the floor, there is a certain movement of the character that I wanted to be translated into
the film. I chose to have one of my actors to fill in my place as I work the camera. This gave me the
video evidence to show my camera man so that he could replicate this when it came to reshooting
the scene for real. Although this took more time to complete each shot, this did help in getting the
shot I needed.

I also
used
Dolly
shots for

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Victor and Petrov


entrance scenes as they
are calm and collective
whereas Elijah’s was short
and shaky to show the
difference in mind sets. I
also shot Petrov and
Victor at lower angles to show their power. Not only that, but I also used focus pulls to highlight
characters decisions. In one shot for Oscars character (Petrova) I use a pull focus for when he looks
at the door to the bathroom to show his decision to investigate that area. I think this is a good
representation of not having to use dialogue to show a characters decision. I could have added a line
of dialogue to tell the audience he was going to choose that door but instead I choose to show it
visually, which I think if I hadn’t done this it would have halted the pace of the scene. I think one of
the improvement that I could have made with the focus is to make sure that the subject in shot are
in focus. What I found during editing was a few shot that included a character out of focus or the
subjects face not being sharp and crisp. I think for next time to improve this I would make sure to
check the focus before shooting, and possibly mapping the blocking of a scene and implement a
focus controller to try and keep a clear image.

Another camera angle that I used was the Dutch tilt. In my


actual production this is only used once however from my test shoot of
my car scene I use this a lot more to ramp up tension and leave the
audience on edge. In this last scene when Elijah first meet Creed I
employed a Dutch angle to leave the audience on edge when he is
finally revealed. I did this to make the twist more impactful and also leaves some doubt and question
about why Creed is there. I think that if I were to redo this shot I would make it less extreme as I
want the subtle tilt to end the scene as tense as possible and having slower and longer stretched out
shots would help in this instead of a fast tilting motion.

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When I first started planning out the shots for this production I wanted to use a stabilizer. I
began doing test shoots with a stabilizer that was given to me by a colleague. It took several hours to
try and setup the stabilizer, which even after that did not work properly. I managed to get it working
for a while and the results were definitely smoother than handheld but it wasn’t as good as I wanted
it to be. I gave the stabilizer another try when I started the first day of filming in London. Me and
Connery spent several hours trying to set it up whilst we were waiting for cast and crew to arrive.
When we went for the first shot of the day, the stabilizer was shaking and wobbling and the footage
was completely unusable. This was when I decided I would adopt a handheld style trying keep the
camera as steady as possible. This worked out for the better as when responses from my audience
came in they all had positive views on my camera work and style, with many saying it made the film
intense and went really well with the action.

I did however manage to get hold of a gimble for one day, when shooting the first section of
the action scene. This meant that I could implement some of these smooth shots into my production

with some of the shots being used for running shots. However because I was only able to have this
for one day it meant that there are only a few shots that actually use the gimble. The reasons I did
not use this gimble for more shots is due to the fact that the zoom was locked an their was not type
of audio jack that I could plug my boom mic into. If I were to do this next time

Task 4:

During my shoot there were several things that went well but also many thing s that went
wrong and could have been improved. For things that went well, I was surprised by how well the
action sequence turned out. Before shooting there were many problems with locations and shooting
kept being pushed back? So with this action scene having to be filmed so quickly I’m glad it came out
to be very well received by viewers. When creating a survey to the viewers who had watched the
film they had the fight choreography and the camerawork as the best parts of my production which
are the two main technical qualities that I wanted to go well. On the subject of camerawork, I
believe the camera work shown in this film is very successful in its task to make the film feel rough
and grounded in reality. The handheld camerawork used throughout this film allows for the fight
scene to look Raw and Powerful. The movement of the camera purposefully moves with the action
allowing hits to be more impactful and to allow the audience to feel engaged with the action that
was on screen. The response I got back from my survey when asking the viewer what they thought
about my camerawork and its handheld style, it was all very positive. One responder said that ‘It
worked very well as it was both smooth and rough enough that it was clear what was happening but
the adrenaline of the situation wasn’t lost’. This firmly supports my views on the effectiveness of the
camerawork demonstrated in my production. I also stated earlier that I thought the camera work
helped to ground my movie in reality and one reviewer responded with this about my camera work
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which supports my comments: ‘Yes, I think it made the film more realistic and intense’. Another
thing that went well was the characters and dialogue. Although we do not get a lot of back story to
many of the characters, viewers liked the dialogue and quick character development that was done
during some of the quieter scenes: ‘ I love their sudden character building it keeps it interesting’.
One person also said that they like Noah’s character with them quoting ‘I really wanted him to win
the fight’ this shows that the viewers was able to route for my character due to his position as the
underdog. Within most of Jackie Chans fight scenes, there is always a running theme that he is
portrayed as the underdog; he always set at a disadvantage and has to make his way back up to the
top. This allows the audience to be able to route for Jackie’s characters whenever he is fighting an
opponent because he wins not because of his ability but his will to carry on fighting (HR from
YouTube clip). This was one of the main takeaways I took from my research and is what I
Implemented into my own fight. Noah starts the fight with two people fighting either side of him
and he is immediately put down to the ground but he slowly makes his way back up and finally wins
after being thrown beaten. From this comment mentioned earlier this shows that my
implementation of Jackie Chan’s story telling worked and was translated well on screen.

How could it have been improved? What would you do differently?

With all this said though there are many improvements that I could make to my production.
One of the large issues that I found with my production that I could definitely improve is my sound.
Out of all the technical aspects within my production, responders thought that my sound design was
the weakest parts of my production. Out of the average rankings between all the technical aspects
about my production it came in 4th with an average rating of 2, with the other scoring averages of
2.25-2.65. During cuts between different clips the audio changes drastically and this makes some
cuts jarring and distracting and can break the atmosphere of the scene I’m trying to construct. To
improve this I would mute most of the footage and would create Foley sound for the footsteps and
punches in the scene and then add reverb to the track in audition to simulate the echoes that was
present in the room. This would have increased the tension of the scene with all the Foley sounds
with each separate step eerily echoing round the room. I would then also add in a sparse score that
would be used to exaggerate the Foley. I think with these improvements I can create some tension
similar to how Sicario uses tension to pay off its action. With Sicario slowly building up tension with a
sparse score and exaggerated Foley, leading to a payoff of action creates a largely intense action
sequence. Another thing I could have improved on was my preparation on locations and shooting
days. I believe that due to my film relying on too many people, there was a strong risk that shooting
days would be delayed and cancelled due to people being unavailable which would lead to whole
days of shooting being rescheduled due to there not being enough crew or cast members to shoot
the scene. With this in mind I believe that to try and prevent this would be to firstly have fewer
people helping me, and have a smaller team so that I will not have to worry about having eight
people being available at once. Another thing I will do is to choose locations that are closer to the
location of my crew to ease travel cost and create a more convenient filming space that allows me to
go back for reshoots and pick-ups easily and also allow my crew to get there without any problems.
As another improvement I think that I should stick to my production schedule much closer for my
next production. I found that very early on I was constantly rescheduling shoots and pre-production
and this made my films pre productions very unorganised and ended up costing me weeks’ worth of
shooting days. I think if I were to stick closer to my production I would have been able to secure
locations sooner allowing me to shoot more of my film before the deadline. This would mean that I
would have more time to edit and be able to develop Foley and music to my production which
would increase the films quality overall.

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Task 5:

Comparison to existing work: Sicario

Before starting my production I began to research film in which I could draw inspirations
from. Such things as settings, camera techniques and tone. The two movies I heavily researched was
Sicario; in particular the boarder scene; and True Lies with the main bathroom fight scene. The first
movie I researched was Sicario. Now out of the two films, this was the feature that I used least in
constructing my production. However with Sicario there is a heavy build-up of tension that then
leads to a burst of action. This is one of the main similarities that my production has with this film.
When the scene starts the hero is unable to identify its assailant, which then leads to a tense
moment which in my film is the changing room scene and in Sicario it is the boarder scene. Both of
the scene start with our hero and then the assailant is identified later. Unlike Sicario however we
spend more time with our heroes whereas in my production a lot of the time during the beginning of
the changing room scene. In fact similarly within both these scene we spend the least time with our
main character then all the characters during the build-up of tension and the climax of the action.
However in Sicario the action takes place in from her POV with camera movements following the
main characters eye line which in this scene was not possible due to the character position in the
scene. I think overall the tension that is built in this one scene is a lot better in Sicario due to the fact
that it had more time to set up the stakes and dangers but also due to its sound design and slow
pacing. Although I tried to create a similar effect when Elijah is hanging on to the bar in the shower. I
think this could have been improved by extending the scene out as long as possible, using Foley and
close ups of my character to create more suspense. Constructing a scenario where the Foley sounds
become increasingly louder as the footstep come closer, with the Cameras position to the main
character becoming more and more extreme could have highlighted Elijah’s entrapment and
inevitable capture. Also the serious tone was something I wanted to employ as it was real and gritty
and it would fit well with my style of camera work. My handheld approach to my Changing room
scene is probably one of the main differences apart from back drop. With Sicario many if not all the
shots are smooth, whereas many of the shots shown in my production are shaky and raw. With
Sicario it gives the impressions that all these soldiers are used to this warfare, whereas in my action
sequence the uneasiness of the character is shown through close-ups and camera movement.

Comparison to existing work: True Lies

From the main bathroom scene In True Lies I found most of the things that are present in my
final production. My Changing room scene has many of the same shots and elements that are in this
scene from True Lies. One of the first similarities that these two scene share is the setting. Whwn
first constructing this fight scene I wanted to stage it in a place of which was a blank canvas and was
neutral in its colouring. I instantly was drawn to a bathroom setting where toilet cubicles and slow
camera movements could be used to raise tension. The only difference really made in the setting is
that the toilet is now more of a changing room/shower room. Setting wise in the main foyer of the
bathroom In True Lies there is a large wall panel that is all made out of Mirrors with a line of sinks
underneath. Then opposite this there is a line of urinals exactly parallel. Then Behind these are a
long line of cubicles, and then there are another line cubicles and the back of the main foyer. This
layout is completely different to my scene, meaning that the fighting scene style and camera
movement differs immensely. With my production I tried to use my camera to follow the action,
with every punch and kick that is hitting my character matching the movement of hits. This is not the
case with True Lies as the camera moves with the character, which I believe makes the fight
choreography less impactful. However near the middle of the scene when the main character of

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harry has hidden in a cubicle and one of the assailants is looking for him. There is a shot where there
is a low angle shot which shows the feet of the assailant coming closer. This shot has been used
within my changing room scene where one assailant is approaching Elijah and we not only see the
assailant’s feet but also Elijah’s, allowing the audience to know where everybody is in relation of the
scene but is also used to raise tension as it put the main character in imminent danger. Apart from
setting and camera work I think one of the main differences between my ‘Changing Room’ scene and
True Lies ‘Bathroom Scene’ is the tone. In my production I tried to create gritty and realistic tone.
However in True Lies they went for a more light hearted approach with such things as the break in
comedy with the man in one of the cubicles or an exploding urinal. The Action at times seems over
the top with a hand dryer being torn of the wall only to then be thrown at an assailants head.

Task 6:

How suited to the industry am I?

Now that I have completed my final Major project, I am not fully happy with the finished
production. Due to deadlines and rescheduling I was unable to shoot the movie that I wanted to
originally shoot. Even though that the production I made wasn’t the movie that I wanted to see,
many people still enjoyed the film. They were able to still route for the character even though there
they did not get to spend a lot of time with them you got an idea of what their character are like. I
was tasked with making a film to the action genre and from all the responses I got back the fight
choreography and camera work were 2 favourite technical aspects that came out from this film. I
think that this shows that I can keep to a brief and set out to make a film in the action genre and still
be able to achieve that after countless issues. I believe this show resiliency and an ability to adapt
which are two important skills to have in the industry. I was set out to make a film for the age ranges
of 15 - 20 and after getting my feedback it was shown that many enjoyed the film with an average
score of around 80. This shows that I can keep to a brief which would be important if a studio asked
for film to be made for a certain demographic it shows that I can work with the instructions and
guidelines I’m given.

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