This experimental test film was shot only using phones, we was instructed to create a silent short film no more than 3 minutes long with the only audio being the tagline "stop sacrificing people". So to create an emotional response from the audience, I desaturated the image and applied an effect to the whole film to make it look horrifying and weird, considering it's experimental, playing around with different effect was fun.
James Frankton is soon to be convicted with the murder of long term girlfriend whom body was found in her house. Unmotivated to engage with the officers, we soon discover the split personalities of good and evil that is battling inside his mind of Mr Frankton whilst being questioned, but did he even committee the murder or is he hiding the tragic truth?
Within this short movie I used lighting to create an effect of suspense in a tense interrogation scene. I wanted the film to look like it was shown on a stage, using one kick light, one key light and a spot light allowed me to create a chiaroscuro effect. For the transitions, i used a basic dip to black because it blended in with the background which allowed me to switch between shots effectively without showing the actual cut. To create the effect of an actor talking to himself, I filmed him twice, one doing the dialogue on the right side and one doing the dialogue on the left side. I then simply cut both videos in half and placed them together, this was easy to accomplish because of how simple the set design was.
A guy named Louis is getting broken up with by long term girlfriend. The story begins with a short phone call that leads to a meeting at a café, throughout the conversation Louis’s ex-girlfriend doesn’t let him get a word in edges as she’s constantly talking for the both of them. She talks about how Louis doesn’t pay her enough attention and that their relationship can’t grow when he’s in a relationship with something else, his Xbox and love for gaming. Louis begins to draft away into his own little gaming world, hearing game sounds and all the time and just thinking about when he can get back onto his Xbox. Louis’s ex-girlfriend has finally had enough and hands Louis a key which says, “I hope this makes you happy”. Eventually they both go there separate ways and Louis begins his meaningful stroll back home, wondering what this key is all about, still hearing his gaming sounds. He begins to think of the key as a quest like in the games. He soon realises the key actually unlocks his shed which is where he finds his beloved Xbox.
This short film demonstrates my ability of parallel editing, I used brief parallel editing to show the link between character Louis and his imagination. Using titles allowed me to split each scene up to create an effect of the film actually being a game itself. Audio layering and mixing is used to incorporate game sounds inside real life situations. The 180 degree was used in the cafe scene as well as shot reverse shot.