Glossary

(over the) Axis Explained here. Character’s spine The character’s desires and weaknesses. Colour grading Altering or enhancing the colours of the footage. (Directing/direction) note A comment given to the actor on his or her acting. Dramedy Explained here. First cut The first edit of the film. Letterbox Two black bars placed on the top and…

Reflection

During this graduation project I learnt a lot about writing and directing a short film. But even though I put in my best and I used my resources, everyone who works makes mistakes. In this post I want to reflect on everything that went well, but also on the things I could have handled better….

Summary

During this graduation project, the question “How can a short dramedy film about the quarter life crisis be written and directed in such a way that it doesn’t shock, but instead inspire the target group?” has been central. To help answer this question, three sub questions have been answered: What are the characteristics of a…

Conclusion

During this graduation project, the question “How can a short dramedy film about the quarter life crisis be written and directed in such a way that it doesn’t shock, but instead inspire the target group?” has been central. To help answer this question, three sub questions were answered: What are the characteristics of a good…

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…

Sub-question #1 – Dramedy screenplays for short films

Sub-question #1: What are the characteristics of a good dramedy screenplay for a short film? Three act structure The three act structure is a story-structure which is used by most mainstream films. It seems that over the last twenty to thirty years, up to 99% of all American mainstream films have followed the thee-act structure…

Sub-question #3 – The Quarter Life Crisis

Sub-question #3: What is the quarter life crisis? What is the Quarter Life Crisis and its symptoms The Quarter Life Crisis, or QLC, is a crisis that occurs in people between their early 20’s and their early 30’s. 86% of people asked said they felt pressured to succeed financially, professionally and in their relationships before…

Plan of Approach

My plan of approach: PvA Judith Ritsema And the planning so far: Planning Judith Ritsema

Method and operationalisation

Describe / explore / test During this research I will explore and test film making techniques for short dramedy films. I will start by exploring different methods and approaches of writing and directing a short film. I’ll look into the techniques for writing a screenplay for a short dramedy film as well as the different…

Theoretical framework

On which subjects is more information needed? I will need more information in the areas of screenwriting for short films, characteristics of dramedy screenplays, directing actors, directing for short films, the film genre dramedy, the quarter life crisis, storytelling techniques for short film and what appeals to my target group in films. Where will the…

Research Questions

Main question The main goal is to write and direct a short film which addresses the issue of the quarter life crisis in a way that it sends the message “dealing with a quarter life crisis sucks, but it’s okay to have one” without overwhelming the audience. This because I want to lift the audience…

Kick off

To start off my graduation, I had a consultation with both Claudia and Gerben about the project. Both of them advised me, instead of jumping in and start writing a story, to take a step back and think about what kind of story I wanted to tell and what message I wanted to send. Once…