September 6, 2016 at 1:43PM

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First time 48 Hour Film Project: a dark comedy called 'Schoon Genoeg' (Well done)

During the last weekend of August I finally joined the 48 Hour Film Project (in Rotterdam) for the first time. It wasn't until the day before that our team was more or less complete. So we were a team where most people never worked together before and the level of experience varied from pretty experienced to complete beginner.
Our genre: dark comedy
I had the honor to direct this crazy short full of strong language.
Despite the flaws I see, I and the rest of the team is proud of what we made in 48 hours only. (47,5 hours to be precise: we were very in time with delivering the film.)

I hope you like it :-)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQVL0bWNFL0

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BTW, it was very hard to translate the title, since 'schoon genoeg' means both 'clean enough' and '(having) enough of something'.

September 6, 2016 at 2:47PM, Edited September 6, 2:47PM

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WalterBrokx
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Very nice, leuk!

September 6, 2016 at 5:12PM

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Cary Knoop
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Thanks!

WalterBrokx

September 6, 2016 at 5:52PM, Edited September 6, 5:52PM

Very good story... Well done!

September 7, 2016 at 6:17AM, Edited September 7, 6:17AM

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Thank you!

WalterBrokx

September 8, 2016 at 5:58AM, Edited September 8, 5:58AM

Btw, I see what you did there with 'well done' ;-)

WalterBrokx

September 8, 2016 at 1:34PM

For the people who are curious: it was shot on FS5 in 1080p SLog3.
On 4 shots we used a MoVI M5 (the shot in the elevator was shot like that to save time).

For the topshot we used 3 stands and one horizontal C-stand to elevate a Cinevate slider to the ceiling. A Movi was hanging there.
With a boompole we made the cart on the slider move forward.

When I saw the chairs I just had to have a top shot. After 2 hours of pondering and building we had this construction that worked with any tripod/stand in the image :-)
A wider lens would have been nice, but that was not available, unfortunately.

September 8, 2016 at 1:40PM

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WalterBrokx
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By the way the only negative for me was the choice of having a wide aperture on the two ladies in the first interview on the couch. It is not really neccesary as there is not much of a background and it is really hard to keep them in tack sharp focus because they move front to back.

September 9, 2016 at 2:11AM

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Cary Knoop
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I know. This is one of those things we should have done a bit differently. I was focusing so much on the cast's performance I didn't double check with the DOP. (And so after many years: I still learn. This time the lesson is to keep things in check, while (during 48 Hour) you also need to let go and trust people.)

WalterBrokx

September 9, 2016 at 9:09AM, Edited September 9, 9:09AM

1200+ views in less than a week with little marketing effort and we got quite some good responses, eventhough the short is not perfect (Cary noticed what I also noticed while working on the final cut). Not bad :-)
Thanks for the responses in here as well!

September 13, 2016 at 9:50AM

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WalterBrokx
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It's on IMDb now, so it is a real short now ;-) (Yes, that was irony :-p )
2300+ views.
Oddly about 80% of the viewers is male, while we got really strong and positive responses from female viewers. Could it be the strong language that prohibits them from sharing the video, while they do laugh out loud?

October 17, 2016 at 7:59PM

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WalterBrokx
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Oh, btw.
On the Movi we used the 18-105 lens.
Except for the topshot: a Canon 16-35mm 2.8 L with metabones.
Most of the dialogue was shot with the Canon lens.
We also used a Sony 70-200mm F4.

Lit with Litepanel bi-color Astras.
Edited in Premiere Pro and colorgraded in DaVinci Resolve.

October 27, 2016 at 12:14PM, Edited October 27, 12:14PM

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WalterBrokx
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Today our short got picked up by a Dutch videoplatform that mostly shares bloopers, crazy stuff and weird virals. 55K views in 11 hours.
Too bad they ripped and reuploaded the video instead of embedding, but that is how that site seems to work: someone liked our comedy enough to upload it.
Platform matters: on YouTube we reached 2500 views in 2 months. An amount that is quite good when you consider this year's winner in Rotterdam got almost 2700 views as we speak.

November 3, 2016 at 7:35PM

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Last weekend the short got screened in London. Together with one of the writers and one actress I went to London for my first international screening ever. The Book Store is a small but lovely venue and it was surely inspiring to be there. Now I want to make more shorts that get screened abroad! :-)

In the meantime we added Italian and German subtitles as well.
Lets find out whether that helps to gain more viewers :-)

December 18, 2016 at 10:45AM

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WalterBrokx
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Oh, to the downvoters I'd like to say: feel welcome to give your opinion, since a downvote doesn't communicate anything substantial. What is it that you don't like?

January 16, 2017 at 6:56PM

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