August 14, 2015 at 6:12PM

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Pointless short film: "Hey I brought my camera lets shoot something!"

So I was on vacation last week and brought my camera and Ronin M to do some wakeboarding videos and my friend and I were sitting in the kitchen one night in this old cabin and we're like hey we've got some gear lets shoot something and in about 30 minutes we had my friends dressed and makeup applied for an epic pointless short film. I think the point was really just an exploration into B&W but it was fun to make in any case. Hopefully I'll actually do something that has purpose on my next film but what do you think about the cinematography, I need all the help I can get for next time, I usually do aerial videos and my ground stuff isn't my forte.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vAwYzd-7Gm8

Thanks!

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I believe what you did with your friends is what can be so romantic about filmmaking. Whether you think it's pointless or someone falls in love with it, doesn't matter. I enjoyed watching the short. It wasn't purposeless either, practice and friendship.

As for the cinematography, what are you trying to say with your lighting and framing? I was really drawn to the Shogun book in the background. Without the music I felt a lonely, dark, and perhaps pathetic protagonist feeling. One hell of a product of a last minute idea. Maybe next time think of an emotion you want to portray and try to see if people can guess.

August 15, 2015 at 8:08PM

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Great tips thank you. We were originally going for a smooth start to a possible horror extension of the movie but in the end it turned out like this but great idea on picking an emotional feel. Thank you!

August 18, 2015 at 4:53PM

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Clark McCauley
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I liked the black and white effect. Nice lighting too. Agree with the above comment, pick an emotional theme and hone in on that.

August 16, 2015 at 8:00PM

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Tom Warwick
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I kept expecting it to turn more dramatic, had me wondering what he was reaching for under the table! I noticed the lighting on the books drew my eye twice, but other then that I loved it! The music sounds film noire to me so I was expecting him to pull a "gat" (is that the word in those old gangster films?) out.

The overall feel was lonely and a bit of tenseness.

August 17, 2015 at 1:52AM

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Searean Moon
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Thank you! The tenseness was more what I was going for. I found it funny to show it to my family and watch their faces as the 'the end' title pulled up where they realized there was nothing to be tense about.

August 18, 2015 at 4:52PM

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Clark McCauley
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