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…

Feedback target group film

After we finished the pre-final edit, I send out the film to my target group to see if the message came across, how they responded to the film and if they actually enjoyed it. The colour correction had not been done yet, and neither had the audio. There was no soundtrack present. I told the…

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…

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…

Rewritten script

After receiving Gerben’s initial feedback, I started rewriting the script. Most of his feedback was on the dialogue, so that was my start-out point. He also noted that the dialogue still explained too much at this point, which he said is common in first drafts. Dialogue At first I took the script and read it…

First feedback Gerben

After sending Gerben my second story setup, we met up for feedback. We took a long walk and discussed the film, ideas and the characters. He gave me a couple of tips and pointers: The characters are perfect opposites; this will work very well in your story. Girl vs boy, rich vs poor, no education…

Second story set-up

After I had rewritten the characters, the first story setup no longer matched the characters and their relationship. So I wrote a second story setup, written with the rewritten characters. On the edge A girl (early twenties, neat clothing) is standing on the edge of a tall building, preparing herself for the jump. Suddenly she…

Rewriting the characters

After having written the first draft of my characters, I found that the reasons as to why they wanted to jump were either weak, unclear or clichéd, and that needed work. I also found that the characters weren’t as much opposites as I’d like. The characters didn’t really match or add to each other, so…