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…

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….

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…

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…

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…

Weekly update

Monday 30 May – Friday 3 June Blog This week I have mostly focused on completing my blog for the upcoming deadline. I’ve made a list of missing blog posts and am working on completing everything as soon as possible. Editing The first edit was completed on Friday, which means that on Sunday I could…

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…

Weekly update

Monday 23 – Friday 27 May Last shooting night On Tuesday night we had the last shooting day. On this night we had the climbing instructor there, since we had to shoot all the scenes on the edge. It was nerve-racking (especially for the actors), but everything went well and no one got hurt. The…