Soundtrack

Erik Schenkel is composing the original soundtrack for the film. There were two songs I gave Erik as a reference, being ‘Stay Alive’ by José Gonzalez and ‘The Right Way’ by Sunday Sun. Stay Alive is the soundtrack from ‘The Secret Life of Walter Mitty’, and I thought it fit perfectly with the theme of…

Visual style

The visual style of the film is a very important part of the storytelling process. The storyboard and colour grading are part of the visual style of the film, and will be explained here. Storyboard Michaël and I sat down to draw up the start of the storyboard and see if we were at the…

Editing

Sjoerd Hageman is our editor. After all the shooting days were done, Michaël and Sjoerd converted all the footage into proxy-footage, so the editing could be done. Sjoerd made the first cut by himself, based on the script. You can watch the first rough cut below. After Sjoerd finished the first rough cut, I went…

Directing on Set

My main focus was with the actors during the shooting days. Since I had done elaborate preparations with Michaël for the shooting days, Michaël knew what needed to be done and I knew what Michaël was doing. This gave me the freedom to focus on the actors and help them give their best performance. During…

Sub-question #2 – Directing a short film

Sub-question #2 – What should a director pay attention to when directing a short film? Role of the director A director is the creative driving force in the production. It’s their job to keep the cast and crew motivated, and to get everyone to deliver their best work (“Director”, n.d.). It’s the director’s job to…

BTS photos of the shooting days

Here are the behind the scenes photos taken on shooting days 2 and 3 as to give you an impression of what a shooting night looked like. Shooting day 2 Shooting day 3

Rewriting with actors

During the rehearsals both Sophia and Yaron came up with suggestions to alter the dialogue in certain places. During the discussions we had about the dialogue, I kept in mind what worked best for the story, and I didn’t cling to the words I wrote. Script changes should be discussed as a director, not as…

Rehearsals

On Wednesday 4 May I went to Amsterdam for rehearsals with Nastassia and Yaron. I wanted to have rehearsals before the shoot so that we could go through the script and talk about the characters and their motivations. We also needed to explore different options as to how they could play certain parts and what…