One of our inspiration sources has, like I’ve mentioned before, been the movies of David Fincher. Of course, this wasn’t the only one.
Breaking Bad, a series by AMC, seems to be a common interest for everyone in the group. The story, the actors, and the cinematography is amazing. Ed was the first one to propose that we should use some shots similar to the series in our film, and it didn’t take long before we all agreed.
This is actually where the idea of having a glass table came in. Breaking Bad has several shots where we see the protagonists through the POV of inanimate objects; for example, a shot from underneath a glass table, covered in blood, as they wipe it clean.
I found a compilation on youtube that show the huge variety of these types of shots:
And here is the shot we used in the film. I lay on my back, facing the camera upwards, while Lyall cleaned the table.
I love the fact that we managed to get a huge variety of shots. A film containing only wide and mid shots, shot on straight angle, will be extremely uninteresting to watch. At least for me. Our film contains mostly close ups, and some mid and wide shots.
Another thing that makes Breaking Bad interesting to watch is the use of editing; by transitioning between two similar movements (although different actions) we are intrigued by the juxtaposition and try to make out a pattern of why this is done.
In order to achieve this, you have to plan out the edit in pre-production. We aimed towards getting two of these transitions, but I’m not sure how successful they are; One is when Lyall swipes the cloth sideways on the glass table, then cuts to him shaving. I don’t think this worked very well.
At the end of the shaving sequence he drags the shaver upwards under his chin, and it cuts to him peeling a grapefruit upwards. We have to be really careful when we edit this, and if we do a good job it might look really good.