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Shaheb  Miah  

12  King’s  

Evaluation  on  short  preliminary  task      

31.01.13  

For   my   short   preliminary   task   I   have   been   asked   to   produce   a   short   2-­‐minute   film  including  someone  opening  a  door  and  having  dialogue  with  another  person.   After   you   have   completed   the   criteria,   you   can   extend   your   short   film   in   any   sort   of  creative  way  you  desire.    While  making  the  film  you  will  be  required  to  make   sure  that  you  use  all  the  variety  of  camera  shots,  angles  and  movements  in  your   film  that  you  have  been  learning  in  class  over  the  last  several  lessons.  The  reason   why  this  is  that  every  camera  shot  has  a  purpose  for  example  using  a  low  shot  on   another  person  would  make  he/she  more  powerful  to  the  audience.     My   idea   for   my   short   film   is   about   a   young   man   that   is   very   skinny,   weak   and   trying   all   the   possible   ways   to   get   more   powerful.   After   trying   to   eat   all   the   right   foods,  working  out  at  the  gym  he  then  turns  to  a  mysterious  young  woman  for  a   solution   for   this   problem.   The   young   man   then   visits   this   woman   and   she   then   gives  him  a  potion  that  would  fulfill  his  entire  dream.  (To  get  really  powerful  and   muscly)   Later   on   he   then   takes   this   potion   in   the   restroom   and   suddenly   a   transformation   takes   place.   The   influences   that   originally   gave   me   this   idea   for   my  film  is  that  I  am  originally  really  skinny  and  trying  to  get  fit,  so  I  thought  why   not  make  a  film  about  it  but  with  a  magical  solution.  The  style  and  genre  I  was   hoping  to  stick  to  throughout  my  short  film  is  fairytale.  The  reason  why  I  wanted   to  stick  with  this  particular  genre  is  that  fairytales  have  always  been  the  type  of   films  that  appeal  to  me  most,  as  it  is  very  fascinating.  One  of  the  challenges  that  I   encountered   whilst   filming   was   trying   to   film   in   the   rest   room   for   the   mirror   effect.  The  reason  why  I  found  it  hard  to  film  here  was  that  in  the  reflection  of  the   mirror   I   kept   seeing   the   cameraman.   Another   challenge   that   I   faced   was   that   I   needed   to   make   sure   where   I   was   filming   had   no   background   noises   as   my   location  often  had  school  classes  making  it  a  very  loud  environment  to  film.  Due   to   this   I   had   film   my   scenes   several   times   to   ensure   that   I   got   the   background   sound  perfect.         The   health   and   safety   problems   that   I   faced   was   making   my   short   film   was   making  sure  when  filming  that  I  always  had  the  camera  strapped  to  my  hand  to   ensure  that  the  camera  doesn’t  slip  out  of  my  hand.  The  reason  why  is  that  one  of   my   colleges   nearly   dropped   the   camera   whilst   filming,   therefore   it   is   very   vital   that  you  wear  the  camera  strap  at  all  times.  The  people  casting  in  my  short  film     was  very  limited  as  when  I  decided  to  film  my  short  film,  the  rest  of  my  media   class  was  also  filming  at  the  same  time.  Due  to  this  I  needed  to  cut  down  on  the   actors  I  was  originally  going  star  in  my  short  film  as  I  have  deadlines  to  complete   my   preliminary   task   before   Christmas.   I   only   had   a   few   actors   playing   in   my   film   as   the   plot   was   not   appropriate   for   a   range   of   different   actors   to   be   casted   in   my   film.     Throughout   my   film   I   only   had   3   actors   that   were   starred   in   my   film,   these   actors   were   my   self-­‐playing   as   the   young   man   transforming   into   something   strong,   powerful   and   muscly.   This   something   is   played   by   Gilberto.   The   last   person   I   have   starring   in   my   short   film   is   Rizlane   playing   as   the   young   woman   who  provides  solutions  for  peoples  problems.  The  costume  for  my  film  was  just  a   normal   casual   look   for   each   individual   character   as   the   mise-­‐en-­‐scene   could   be   various.  I  did  not  use  a  range  of  props  besides  a  perfume  using  it  as  the  potion  


Shaheb  Miah  

12  King’s  

31.01.13  

for  my  film.  The  reason  why  I  did  not  include  many  props  as  I  would  like  to  keep   my   film   less   complicated.     Throughout   my   film   all   my   scenes   were   filmed   in   Lilian  Baylis  Technology  School,  however  I  only  used  a  particular  locations  in  the   building  that  flowed  with  my  film  plot.  The  reason  why  I  did  not  use  any  other   locations  to  shoot  some  scenes  was  because  my  deadline  was  coming  very  soon,   so  I  decided  to  shoot  my  film  all  in  one  building  as  it  was  appropriate  for  my  film.     The   preparation   for   my   film   was   very   helpful   when   organizing   the   way   I   was   going  to  produce  my  short  film  as  it  gave  me  clear  construct  idea  of  how  I  was   going   to   produce   my   film.   The   first   piece   towards   my   short   preliminary   task   was   to   make   my   storyboard   including:   all   the   camera   shots   I   am   going   to   use,   transitions,  and  mainly  the  whole  plot  of  the  film.  At  first  when  filming  my  scenes   for  my  film,  the  storyboard  became  very  useful  as  it  made  me  very  organize  on   how  I  was  going  to  film  my  scenes  with  the  appropriate  camera  shots.  However   as  I  came  to  an  end  filming  all  my  scenes  I  was  not  particular  happy  with  my  end   result  so  I  decided  to  add  more  scenes  and  change  the  plot  slightly  but  not  too   much.   The   shooting   script   that   I   created   also   became   very   useful   as   it   made   it   clear   on   what   scene   in   my   film   to   start   filming   first.   However   as   I   changed   my   film  slightly  I  ended  up  not  using  the  shooting  script  half  way  filming  my  short   film.  This  is  because  my  new  idea  of  the  film  was  to  include  more  detail,  for  this  I   needed   a   shot   of   me   glancing   at   a   magazine.   The   outcome   was   a   success   in   my   opinion  as  I  believe  it  was  a  better  from  the  original  idea  of  my  film.  Overall  with   all   my   time   that   I   was   given,   I   believe   that   I   have   completed   my   preliminary   task   with  success  and  ensuring  that  I  stuck  to  the  main  criteria,  which  was  to  open  a   door  and  have  dialogue  with  someone  straight  after.                

   


Evaluation on short film