To get ideas flowing for our team video project, First Cut, Ben, Coral and myself got together and brain stormed the words love, fight and chase, what they mean to us and things we associate with them.

 

Example of a typical love scene.There are long exchanges of glaces, no script in the first few minutes. The love at first sight image.

Example of a typical car and on foot chase scene. High speed, destruction, fast camera shots, commandeering of vehicles.

Example of a typical fight scene. Fast choreography, fast paced music, little dialogue.

After discussing a few ideas that we each had and the feasibility of each we decided to choose a fight scene, but not a typical fight. After choosing a theme and concept we went away and developed our own ideas. Below are a few of my ideas and notes that I came up with on the concept of double booked tooth fairies.

As a team we got together and discussed shots and scenes and came up with a rough storyboard.

Below is an example of the shot for the close up of the eyes and the sort of impact we want to have with the stare. At 4.43 there is a close up of O-Ren Ishii.

Consider using the slow motion camera for the strike with the wand. Might be quite funny. something like the bullet dodge in the matrix at 0.36 seconds.

I looked at fairies in cartoons, TV, pantomime, drag and fancy dress to get some ideas for costumes.

For the set we chose to use Bens bedroom.  But it needed a lot of dressing to look like a young girls bedroom.

Before shot

After shot

Below is our script, we asked Billy and Dan from our course to be our actors Stan and Dave. They both kindly agreed and looked rather dashing in their tutus’.

 

We experimented by running thought some shots and the script to get an idea for what we wanted and how long the script would last. We had a bit of fun with it too. XD

We knew that we were not going to stick to the script exactly because we wanted to use some improvisation in the fighting scene and the conversation between the mother and daughter to make it feel more natural and to come up with different lines that we could use.

I don’t think I can identify one particular role for myself , just the fact that we all did a bit of everything.  Ben manned the video camera and sat in the driver’s seat in editing, Coral had a large input on the performance of the actors and I produced, arranging dates, actors and equipment etc. But we ALL had input in each field be it a large or small input. This worked okay seeing as its our first short film and I personally wanted to try my hand at everything as I have never studied film. But next time clear roles and dates need to be identified, I feel it would have made the whole process run smoother and possibly we would have a better video in the end.

Would like to say a big thank you to Billy, Dan and Sin for their help and co operation.

Group Evaluation For Digital Film Production – First Cut

For this project we were asked to produce a short video, no longer than two minutes, which was based around one of three themes. We were allowed to create either a chase scene, a fight scene or a love scene. From this list we chose to do a fight scene. We wanted to have a main story with the fight as a smaller part of it rather than the main focus. This, we thought, would make for better viewing.

After brainstorming ideas we decided on our subject of a fight between two male tooth fairies who were after the same tooth. We believed that this would give a comedic effect along with fulfilling the brief.

After devising a plot and writing the script, we started the actual, physical production of our film. We started off filming in a linear fashion and captured the first part of the video; that of the girl jumping into bed and placing the tooth under her pillow; and later the second part, with the tooth fairies.

There were some minor issues we had to overcome for this part. One of them was the problem of getting hold of a tooth; the other was getting a suitable actress. Instead of using a tooth we fabricated a small pouch which, using your imagination, contains the tooth. We ended up using a girl who was slightly too old for the role but, seeing as there was such short notice, we couldn’t get hold of anyone else.

We also had to work without a real spotlight as the one we hired from college had a broken bulb, and there were no replacements. However, we managed to get together enough bedside lamps and various other light sources to get the desired effect.

The set we used was not particularly practical in the sense that it was a little bit too small so we couldn’t get very many separate shots; although after editing it we felt like it still worked out.

In the future, if we were to do it again, we would now be able to organise ourselves much better than we have this time. For example, we would give ourselves definite roles such as director, cameraman or soundman. We would also set out dates and times in which to do certain, planned things like filming and editing. Another thing we might do is to get proper actors, who we would give the script to at an earlier date, who would then know what to do with much less prompting.

We feel as though we have created a decent, entertaining piece of work, which, although there are some minor errors, is a good attempt for our first video project and has given us new experiences and something to build upon in later projects.

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