This Final Post has alot of meaning for me because I was able to utilize every class I have taken this semester and use each of the “Tricks” I’ve learned to weave out a story of a guy named Richard.
This post will of course use video, which I used IMovie with, also this post will utilize sound design. The programs used were Audacity and Protools. This particular story will involve the use of sound from different POV’s and visual effects which also require Sound effects. I will allow you to read the script before you watch the movie. Stick around after and read some final thoughts and hear about some of my favorite directors as well.
Read the Script By Clicking below then watch the movie and hear final thoughts.
Now you guys will get to see the Finished Movie.
Now, I will dwell into what I have uncovered for shooting professional or Amatuer Scenes.
For a simple scene, what is necessary is to first Determine where actors will be positioned on the set and the first camera position in relative to them. This is called Blocking.
Then, we would set the lighting in perfect reference to the camera and the actors, This portion would or could be described “Light”
After such arrangement we would do a rehearsal with the Camera crew and lighting crew with the actors to see if things look the way the director wants it. This portion would be called “Rehearsal”
The next phase would be “Tweaking” to allow us to use our reference during the rehearsal to adjust or fine tune any issues we uncovered while rehearsing.
Then would come the “Shoot” where we would go ahead and shoot the scene.
These Tips were from RIGHT HERE
As I look at actual movies, action movies at that, I realize how there are different point of views for one line. Lets say our character is speaking about a subject to another character. While he is speaking, the POV switches from a shot of him to a shot of him from her perspective and her reactions to what he’s saying. I believe that shot sequencing can be very very helpful in portraying emotion and helping convey subject matter of conversation. The scene sequence I just mentioned was a 3 shot POV.
Martin Scorsese Director of Taxi Driver spoke of his imagining a scene and almost never having it come out the way he portrayed it in his mind. See full commentary here. What stands out is that Martin speaks of how he uses certain people who to him, have a certain look about them and are able to portray his message more on screen. He also speaks of how certain small, yet noticeable character flaws convince him to or not to use these actors.
Martin to me is one of the best directors of our time. His movies span over 30 years or more and each one in this writers opinion is better than the next. Here are some clips from other actors who speak of his work. Find it here.
For my movie, what you heard in certain points were voiceovers placed in on separate tracks and panned and adjusted to convey perception differences. For example after Richard (me) get’s slapped, the next scene when Sugar begins speaking off camera is the Audacity track which I cut out some of the high frequencies and added a little right sided panning to give the appearance of her speaking from the next room.
Now, I will expand on how I would improve my first scene in “The Dream”
In Scene 2 when Sugar (wife) comes into the apartment and sees Richard asleep on Couch, I would leave that where it is, but as she walks towards the kitchen, I would switch to a back shot of her as she is walking. I would then catch a facial shot of her as she looks into the kitchen. Then we would go to the full screen shot of her waking Richard up.
I would catch a facial shot of Richard being Startled as he is called to wake up and then back to the full screen of her talking to him as he wakes up and asks for food.
First of all even before all of the above revisions, I would definitely use a better camera. I was using my cell phone and of course I would make certain the lighting was much, much better. I believe with these two important issues fixed, my Dream movie would have moved up an entire level in Amateur film making.
I truly believe I have a future in the art of film making. After this class and others I have taken this semester, I know I shall pursue this field for it gives an outlet to my creativity. I also plan on asking other students to help me with maybe this project or another which I have many ideas in my head.
Hope you enjoyed this post.