A) – There are two competitions out there for budding film makers to enter, Depict and Encounters.
Depict: is a competition that accept 90 seconds OR LESS(!) worth of short film! Depict aim to push budding film makers into putting their ideas into a small time frame, In my opinion its extremely clever. If you wish to create a film longer than 90 seconds there’s an option available to enter ‘Encounters’.
During the Depict competion you can enter up to TEN short films no longer than 90 seconds with credits and titles!
Depict is beneficial to a career to prove that you can get your minds worth across in 90 seconds, Some people worry you cant get enough into 90 seconds but depict shows you can.
For people less confident in that time frame Encounters gives you an opportunity to create a short film in no longer than 30 minutes including credits. Depict and encounters are a joint team, so if your film is Under 90 seconds and submitted to Encounters it will automatically be entered into Depict. Which means you at least get a chance!
For me I believe Depict is a good choice because in my mindset I can quite happily fit alot into 90 seconds, there are many emotions and stories you can fit into that time frame, It also gives you a good headstart at getting into knowing what goes into a short film, Encounters might be good for people who have alot of ability and alot of imagination with a longer film.
My Aim in my short film is to get across an emotion of “loneliness” and a futuristic feeling, I also aim to make the film detailed, but with little props or little locations.
In hope to make this work I will use just one actor and open spaces in my film, I have chosen to use tight shots to show that my actor will be alone and what would seem like “in his own head”
The Target audience for my film will be mature teens to adults. Many people who are into future films might be interest in the concept of my idea, I feel many directors haven’t chose to use the topic I shall be as it seems “taboo”
As we were given the task of writing, directing and producing our own film, I wanted to think of a number of different ideas to use for this project. We were all tasked of making a film of what we wanted. We could make any story and any genre. I liked this because we hadn’t been given a previous project where we had so much freedom to make a film. As we were given the choice to pick our won genre, I decided to plan and make a horror short film. Horror Is probably my favorite genre and this was my chance to do something I wanted to do.
Although Horror is my favorite genre, I felt that a lot of Horror films were predictable. The reason I thought this was because horror films today seem to rely on ‘jumpy’ scenes to scare the viewer. I wanted to make something different and make the viewer feel uncomfortable with what there watching but I wanted to build up the tension rather than throw it at the viewer all at once. Although it will challenging building up that kind of tension in a short film, I feel that it can be achieved and have an effect on the viewer.
I decided to base my story off an old horror story, the story is- “The last man on Earth sat alone in a room. There was a knock on the door…”. The reason I chose this story was because I felt I could create the tension I wanted for this story. This story is the basic plot of the film ‘I Am Legend’. Except in that film, Will Smith’s character is against a world of zombies and he is humanity’s last chance to save them. For my story I wanted to completely focus on the one character who is alone in the world. I want to express how lonely and desperate he is in the situation that he’s in. He wants to give up on life but for some reason, he decides to keep going. I want to make the ‘knock on the door’ unexpected for my character and the viewers as well. In my film I what to show his emotional stages as he goes through everything that’s happened to him. I might put in some flash backs to show what he did in his life before to add more of a dramatic feel to it. As the story goes on he accepts what has happened and he tries to survive on his own. Once he has truly convinced himself he is the last man on earth, he notices little things that suggest he’s not alone. Such as an item which has been moved in his ‘den’. With these little suggestions, it builds up the tension. He keeps having to remind himself that he is completely alone and he thinks its all in his head. Once he establishes this, there’s a knock on his door. He’s clearly both shocked and scared about this. He hesitates and doesn’t know whether he should open the door.
I could change the ending to a more “thrilling” sort of area:
He hesitates after hearing the knock and is unsure whether its really happening or not. He has mixed emotions and slowly walks towards the door, he could have voiceovers in his mind about whats going on, he ‘s think of the pro and cons of the situation while he’s walking towards the door. There’s another knock, this one much louder and more frightening. He looks terrified now but still has the urge to know who or what is knocking on the door. He opens the door and there’s a blinding light and he shields his eyes. The light slowly fades and gets dimmer. He opens his eyes, he shows true fear and what he’s seeing or he could have a sense of relieve on his face.
I would like to film this in urban areas. I like the idea of filming this in isolated buildings. I want to base the surroundings from the tv show ‘The Walking Dead’. Although I couldn’t make the outdoor scenes like they did on the show, I can certainly film in some hallways and make them look isolated. I can also film some dark scenes in the college studio as that would have a nice effect.
My current actor has been growing out his hair and beard for a “rustic” and alone sort of feel.
My film is based on the two sectenced ‘thriller’ story:
The budget for my film is minimum as I aim to use one actor and public abandoned areas to show he is alone/ “the last man on earth”
During the start of my film I will aim to film backwards. This is where I film the end first. I feel much more comfortable doing it that way as we aim to get the public areas done in a night time surrounding.
– First I will meet with the actor and continue to do so until filming begins in April.
We began by filming the last part where he is sat alone and hears the knock.
PROPOSAL FOR FINAL FILM: SET
in my final film I aim to have an Animal orientated piece in where a dog explains the end of the world from her own eyes, I aim to create this piece to last 90 seconds.
the piece will create a sort of ‘comedy’ feel but have a serious thriller look to it.
The audience for my film will be mature children and adults, if It was to be rated I’d go with 15, My goal for this film is to create a new form of ‘film’ by using only animals to describe the goings on.
I’m using animals to create a challenge for myself in the paper work and in the filming experience.
As its a film where the footage will tell the story, I aim for the sound track to be a simple bass boom in a war way to symbolise the end of the world.
My theme for the film is based on an ‘end of the world’ feel. I’ve noticed not many productions often tell you how the animals feel or what an animal does after the end of the world.
When it comes to the budget, I will aim to keep it low, Using a trained family pet will save quite alot of money.
I aim to only spend on hiring out Areas if needs be for filming location.
In order for the animals to feel comfortable I will aim to spend a few days with them alone to get used to my company, this meaning the team involved in the production for the piece will be minimum, It will be myself and one other person to care for the animals during break.
During the filming I will aim to do risk assessments for locations and including the risks towards the animals.