- June 10th, 2011
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The screening went well last night to say the least I believe. There were some absolutely fantastic works to be shown. I can’t review them all (simply because I don’t remember every single one so well as to do it justice) but I’ll give my thoughts on as many as I can – specifically my favourites!
First off, I will say how interesting it was to see more than one group tackling the same story idea, and the differences in script and overall production design (the Office Grinch was one, taken on by both Cassie’s group and Hugh’s group), and I do believe there were two other films based on the same story idea (a woman seeing a guy in a cafe and imagining an entire relationship before he even says hello. I’ll just say a few words on the ‘Office Grinch’ films though. The scripts were obviously different, being based on Dr. Seuss rhyming styles, but the difference in production design is what caught me. Cassie’s group went for standard, naturalistic looking design, costumes and make up, whilst Hugh’s decided to go all out and un-real, bright colours, over the top make up – something you might see in a Tim Burton film, or in a Seuss story book.
Now, let’s move on to my favourite (I believe there were four that blew me away)
Movie Addicts Anonymous (Lincoln MacKinnon, Caitlyn Royse, Heath Garvey and please, please forgive, I can’t remember who else worked on it and am having difficulty finding out). Four people meet, each of them addicted to a certain movie genre – the ‘army colonel’ addicted to war films, the stoner addicted to rom-coms, the woman addicted to film-noir and the…strange..guy in a mask, addicted to sci-fi. Narrated by a man who sounds like he wouldn’t be out of place narrating a nature doco. This film had me laughing from the get go. The characters were brilliant, which is what gave this film its edge, and the actors pulled it off brilliantly. The climax that broke the fourth wall, with the crew entering shot and the narrator stepping out to speak to us directly, was hilariously done. The cinematography and the sound were all solid, and even though it was set in one location, you never got bored – you never really noticed it, you were too caught up in the characters!
Crossing Live (Mel Gleeson, Zee Ko, Abbie O’Brien and Ryan Jafarzadeh) Again, loved it! It was absolutely beautifully shot (especially the moments in the actual studio and in the corridor outside). There is a moment towards the end of the film where we are watching the two characters through a security monitor, which impressed me greatly! Going back to the studio for a moment, I was impressed with the lighting. When the main character, a TV sports presenter who likes to cross dress, is left only in the studio, he is light from above with a single spot light, and all around him is darkness, highlighting how alone and apart he most likely feels because of this secret he keeps. Once again, casting was faultless as the actor and actress who played his wife were wonderful in their roles, and made it very believable.
In The Harsh Light of Day (Stella Foster, Jess Hallay, Damien Gould, Edna Lim Xin Yi) Two girls, with completely opposite personalities, wait for the police after finding a dead man in a park, and imagine how me might have met his fate (through flashback/imagined sequences) Another film that utilizes a single location for its story, so the script had to be really well put together – and it was (winning best script I believe). There was just enough tension between the two characters to keep the dynamic going. The opening shot was absolutely stunning, so I knew I would enjoy watching it right away (I like things that look pretty), and it doesn’t reveal the dead man right away, so the surprise is there. If a short film is going to be a drama, it had better be a darn good one, and this worked oh so well. The editing that was used for the flashback sequences was top notch, and great to watch!
Press One (Jason Tseng, Georgia Morgan (can’t seem to find her blog), Jae Won, Alene Tan). A man wakes up in a forest, dressed in cowboy clothes with only a phone. He dials a number written on his hand, and hears ‘To begin your adventure, press one’. He does and finds himself caught up with cowboys and indians and whatnot. A great action/western film! Our group looked at this synopsis, and thought the story was great, but thought it would be too difficult to pull off – well, Jason, Georgia, Alene and Jae pulled it off to perfection. Beautiful cinematography, set in a beautiful location. The colour grading done in post gave it a lovely, dark and menacing edge (did I say how beautiful it LOOKED!) And there was a magnificent twist at the end of the film to leave you hanging. Editing was tight, costumes great, and as a friend put it, the actors were ‘easy on the eye’ (as well as being talented). Congrats to you all!
How did Pipe Dream go you ask? I think it did okay. We heard some laughter at the jokes, I was able to breathe a sigh of relief afterwards (second last film! My nerves!). It wasn’t perfect. I could see and hear things that we obviously missed after watching it over and over and over again in the edit suites, that show up on the big screen. It was darker than I thought, but that’s to do with the projector and DVD player in the lecture room as well. There were some parts in my soundscape where I felt like kicking myself (I forgot some foley, noooooooooooo), but I’m still relatively proud of it
And there you go! Film-TV1 is done for the semester! See you all back for Film-TV2!