After thinking about our prom shots, considering what shows the romance of this memory, I decided to look at the way other movies have represented the concept of prom. When looking at the shots we have so far, we have a lot of inside shots, which gives a un natural look. So I want to look at more outside light shots. I like the way a lot of the movies I have looked at have a lot of lights to sparkle and create a glow around the ‘couple’, for example the twilight picture with the fairy lights all over the gardens.
We made a storyboard which allows us to have more of a set idea of what we plan to film, when it comes filming we can go off our story board to look at what we need to film and the order of filming. I plan to use the this and the screen play to help film and when editing, put them in the right order comparing it to the screen play
When looking at the questionnaires we did, the audience feedback was very keen on the idea of plot twists which is good because the plot twist of him being stuck in limbo and not dead ‘yet’. My team and I want to look more at the narrative of our story and how we can twist the narrative, making it less generic and more drawing towards our target audience.
When looking at the audience feedback for genres, it was very clear that people liked comedy and romance the most. We want to use these genres for our main idea, as the sub genres of our memories/throwbacks are all different. Some will be funny and some will be romantic and others will be sad. Because we want look at someones full life story and that means representing the bad bits of someones life swell as the good bits.
When looking at whats good within a movie and audiences look at when watching a movie, we saw that the characters is a very large influence on audiences viewing a film/sort film. This means we have to think about the way we show the narrative of the characters and the development of characters emotional and through their age will influence the audience emotionally as they have connections with the characters, sharing similar experiences.
When looking at short films to help inspire our idea of memories and looking back upon life, I am across a short film that has a similar idea. This short film goes back upon the memories of the character ‘Death’ from the moment he dies. This is similar to our idea of someone being in limbo and looking back on memories.
The short film has the same genre of memories, the narrative isn’t exactly the same but the idea of memories is influenced throughout the short film, leading from his death. With the narrative, the short film doesn’t even introduce the main character until 45 second in, with only 4.31 minutes of footage (excluding after credits). Where as we want to look at the memories coming up to his death. The short film represents about ‘death’ being a person, who lives a life and grows up the way everyone does, but I believe with this short film the audience can take different meanings from individual audience meaning. The narrative/meaning behind this short film can be to what each individual believe, personally there are many meanings behind this story and thats what I want to portray my short film.
I’ve been inspired by ‘the life of death’ to think about more than one meaning behind each of my short films.
Through our genre and narrative, as a group we all sat down and decided what our target audience will be based on research on audiences.
Our target audience is based on our genre, because our genre is a mixed between Romance and Indie. Most romance movies are targets at teens to young adults, where the majority of that audience is female; the target age range between 15 -21. With Indie movies, the age range is a bit older where we see there is a more mixed gender and the target audience is a bit older, ranging from 19-25.
With those to age ranges combined, our target audience is 15-21, female. This is an older teenager. This is because most Romances are based around novels, where females are more likely to read a romance novel than a male. This means females are more likely to see an adaptation of the novel.
My group and I have decided to look at what memories we wish to portray within our memories part of the short story. We thought as many ideas that people remember from their childhood/teen age, we decided to write them down and record ourselves. WE are going to do a audience feedback to decide on the memories we are going to use.
When researching, my partner accidentally came across a short film that has a similar theme/genre/idea that we are going towards. So thinking about how the makers of this short film, I wanted to talk about how they have influenced us with how we want to create our short story.
Looking at the way its been filmed, I like the idea of the white room. Though we already thought of the idea of a white area for our character, the light effect really works with limbo, the character looks directly as the camera, talking to the camera as though either a computer or talking to the audience. The character wants to know everything about his life, things he wasn’t aware of. This leads to memories and answers to his life.
I like the way this piece has been edited, especially the way the man begins ‘What time is it’ and the next shot is clocks with all different times from all over the world. This short film has very high quality shots, as well is the editing that created this. Editing is very important to us as we want to show the difference between limbo and our characters memories, the memories will be bright, colourful and happy (When the memory is a happy memory), but also want to look at the way we transition our shots.
We want to do some similar shots, especially the transition between the tree (look at the screenshot below). This transition works well with our idea because we can use this transition to go from limbo to life (memory) we can have our character walking and he could walk past the character which’ll lead onto the next shot of the memory, as we wont need to have all of our shots be influenced by a object, it’ll help move on with our short story.