July 11, 2018 at 5:39AM, Edited July 11, 5:41AM

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I made a short film and want to share my experience making it!

Hi amazing No Film School community!

My name is Luca and I LOVE filmmaking. I am 16 years old now, but for more than 10 years I've been dreaming of becoming a director. This dream started to materialize about 3 years ago, when I first began making "cinematic montages", probably like most people starting out. I already had a feel for editing from a youtube channel where I taught magic tricks. This slowly turned into my first narrative short and then another one, which just happened to win a couple of awards and qualify into multiple international film festivals (US, South Korea, Mexico). Yet that didn't quite help me grow an audience.

Last summer I shot my most ambitious project so far, "The Second Target". This was supposed to be my first short, but after two years of writing and preparation and one failed attempt at making it, I've finally pulled it off. Thank god it wasn't my first short!
It's a 14 minute black and white action film about a troubled hitman who needs to raise money to support his daughter who is diagnosed with Leukemia, so he takes on a killing contract whose second target is unknown.

I would like to share it here with you, because I consider it to be my greatest work yet, a result of all my gathered experience. I had a pretty small crew of friends and family, but also people working in the industry. I would love to hear you’re feedback on it, and if you have questions regarding the making of it, I am happy to answer them for you!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XHh3YD7vjVs&t

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Making that film at 16 shows that you are very talented. Keep it up. I expect big things from you in the future.

July 14, 2018 at 7:58PM

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Thank you very very much! I really appreciate your support!

July 17, 2018 at 6:10PM

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Vasile Berde Luca Stefan
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My one and only piece of constructive criticism would be to avoid unmotivated camera moves. Several dolly shots in the first half made little to no sense and detracted from the overall flow.
That said, the lighting looked great, loved a lot of the close-ups, and the handheld shots for the second half were very well executed. You clearly have an eye for what looks good - Just remember to focus on the storytelling and not let the pursuit of great visuals take the spotlight.

July 16, 2018 at 6:07PM

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Tobias N
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Thank you Tobias! I am delighted to hear this from a pro DP! Thanks for the feedback!

July 17, 2018 at 6:11PM

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Vasile Berde Luca Stefan
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