Collaboration post

Collaboration is an important aspect when doing or creating an artifact of some sort, all of the best minds gel in together and make a possibility of creating a masterpiece. But in Film 3, Collaboration is was in terms of providing assistance to each of our individual projects. Everyone had their brilliant ideas that wanted to approach and it would have been a shame if few of the ideas were to begin with. So it was decided that we would help our class members with their projects. In my film, I required an actor and an extra camera person to shoot while I’m acting, so Brydan and Mitch helped me out. To be honest I never thought it would run smooth as this is the first I was working with this guys, but to my astonishment we wrapped the whole shoot within the time frame. I guess it was our chemistry and seriousness towards the project that made it finish quickly.

That being said, we had mini exercises as well throughout the semester and all were based on some level of collaboration. I remember the first time I was Paired with Constance to shot a silent video of a random scene happening outside, I didn’t know what to do by then and made silly mistakes like bad camera angle or not following proper instructions of the class exercises. During week 2, I remembered I was paired with a group of students and we had to do an act of professional and someone copying it, My blood boiled at one point when they didn’t listened to me properly even though I set up the camera and white balance for the purpose of shooting and they wasted the time by setting it again only to reset it again by me, later I calmed myself and realised that mistakes do happen and we humans tend to it often so it is better to bury the anger, listen and look what they are trying to do and continue with the exercise. With this exercise, I learned that listening is important and the moment you don’t, your downfall is just the beginning.

With this studio, I don’t think there were any pitfalls as Robin was committed to our ideas and approach towards media making. I guess I can say and it is agreeable that students weren’t committed as such towards this studio maybe because due to their other commitments, but I think what is important is that the time selection of this studio was awkward as well, in between lunch time and consecutive two days being Thursday and Friday, so any work that was given on thursday couldn’t be done the next day and friday is always the day when people always rush towards home for the weekend. So it is best for the future that there should be some gap between the two classes for this studio. Now with Bonuses, everything I learned in this course is a bonus for me, things that I knew were polished like editing and camera work but I’ll always appreciate the lightning exercise, I really wanted to know how light system works in the film world and all of us collaborated and made a good scene with Farina’s soft skin on the screen.

Until we meet again 🙂

Daymare (Final Touches)

Today I showed Robin my Project and he appreciated my efforts but following suggestions must be noted:

– Tweak the pitches

– Make the voiceover a bit spooky

– Color grade as it gives meaning to the scene

– Make the presence of the ‘being’ little less at the beginning

I’ll look forward to it and see if it deems fit in the film.

Robin’s Feedback

After showing Robin my assembled project for FILM 3, He praised my efforts and advised me to carry on with the edit. He also suggested that the voice over I used feels like it has been heard before (it does somehow reminds me of Darth Vader), I’ll experiment and see if I can make it a bit spooky, but most importantly, I need to find some royalty free music for my project to be used as background score. I was also thinking to edit one mini version of it like of 30 seconds, apart from that It is important that I should focus on the 3 minute version, hopefully the length of it will be around that.

A minute silence for Chantal Akerman, german filmmaker, who pioneered in feminist and experimental filmmaking as she died recently at the age of 65. Today in class we watched her work ‘I’m Hungry. I’m Cold’. A bit of slow paced movie but something worthwhile to watch, two ladies who want to find love and they also seem to explore their gender roles in society. At Least that is what I think the story was about.

Filming my story

Sunday midday, Mitch and Brydan came over to help out with my shooting of ‘Daymare’. Mitch was the main lead and I was the second lead (the only other actor in this film). It took us about 2 hours to finish. Brydan helped out in lightning and at some parts with camera work. So with the motive that I would not give any script to the actor and will be based on improvisation, it turned out better than I expected. Using dedo lights to lit the environment was enjoyable. I first wanted to use natural source light but it seemed way to bright for my situation. Now the thing that I’m concerned with is the non-diegetic sounds that I have to use for this film, I now have to search the suitable sounds and stock footages that I’ll use for my film.

P.S: These two loved my Pakistani cooked food 🙂

Testing lightning

Unfortunately my memory card failed thus I couldn’t record anything. But I did check though the screen of my camera and it is suiting my purpose and location seems to fit what my story requires. I used dedo kit for lightning but I guess it would only fit for my final scene of the film. My 90% of the shoot requires natural light source and house lightning. But then again, I would see what deems fit and if any extra lightning is required, I will use Dedo kit as a fill light for my actors.

I’m really excited with my project, I just hope it goes well. I’m nervous as well but what I’m really looking forward to is does my story engage with audience.

Ex 9A

This is the edit of the exercise we did yesterday. I think although it took us a lot of time but regardless how it may be for some people, I really like how Farina is lit in the frame. Soft light just embraces on her personality. However 180* rule is broken by using the wide shot for the scene, it just feels awkward and breaks the motion of the film. I should have taken it out, but I added for the experiment whether it works for the audience and I think it doesn’t.

Here is the edit :


Outline of my story

Scene 1: INT

Guy is sleeping on bed, flashbacks of pasts appears in his dream and shows signs of fear in his sleep.

scene 2: INT

Guy wakes up from his sleep, reflects upon what he saw in his dream. Exits the frame/stays in shot.

scene 3: INT

Guy washes dishes when accidently turns on hot tap water, he sees the fumes and stares at it for a while, the flashbacks starts again and the whole scenario runs back and forth. Guy comes back to his senses and turns off the tap water.

scene 4: INT

Guy warms himself nearby heater, thinking about what is happening to him recently, as his eyes struck the flames of the heater, he again revisits his vision from past and after the same voice “You failed”, he comes back to his present state and loses his mind.

Scene 5: EXT

He comes out to his backyard and sits on the ground, asks himself why is it happening.

Scene 6: EXT

That same voice appears in a figure form. Starts to speak his dialogue.

scene 7: EXT

The figure will continue his dialogue and will go back forth with the guy’s expression, the figure slowly appears close to the guy and speaks his final words.

Scene 8: INT

Guy wakes up and indicates that it was just a dream, but that figure appears in the far back alley way.


Plan for week 8

Well the week is almost over, today each of us had a discussion with Robin regarding our projects. So after going through storyboarding and the dialogue that I wrote, Robin and I discussed the final approach that I’m taking on. So unlike the conventional method and the business practice of filmmaking where shooting is not in chronological order, well I’m taking that approach, the only reason is because I want my actor to go through the journey of the character and to connect more with it as story evolves.

The Camera equipment that I’ll use is my own DSLR. I mentioned in my previous post about technological advancement of DSLR but I have to be careful regarding sound as sync is an issue in DSLR, but then again, I don’t have much dialogues so I think I’ll be alright with it.

Now I just have to test my DSLR  in the environment where I will be shooting just to see if the lightning is enough. I’m hopeful that it would work out well. I’ll put some test shoots in coming days.

The most important dialogue

This the dialogue that I want form the being to narrate when he faces the man who is having troubles of bad memories:

She told me that you would wear the mask of deception. She said that every word that would fly out of your mouth would be yet another empty promise. She said that you would ride in on your white horse and that you would shout down from the mountain tops about how you were going to save us all. 

I remember everything about you. I remember how you said that you would always be there for them. I remember how you said that you’ll  go and save us all. I see right through you, man. You’re a liar. You’re the biggest hypocrite of them all and you deserve everything that is coming for you. We’ve gone too far, there is no turning back now.

How can you forget what is already burned in your memory? What will be left of you? What am I? Well I’m the nightmare at the end of your dream. Beyond time I stand, Run!