Thursday, 19 September 2013

Location Scouting Part II

 Potential Establishing Shots
I like the idea of having a shot of the city from a distance as an establishing shot, giving the short a location. However I'm not sure if its necessary or will add anything to the piece. When I get to filming I will get the footage just in case.


Monday, 16 September 2013

Research and Planning - Music

There is a piece of music that I really like that I think would suit the short film's duel. Its quite a modern track, but I think it fits in with the way I'm approaching the short, with it being the imagination of a young adult. I contacted the artist's agent about how I would aquire the rights to use the song since it will be uploaded onto Youtube.

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly - "Duel"

A source of a lot of inspiration in terms of the direction of my short film. I'll about this at greater length in a podcast later this week.
The original video was taking down because of Copyright. NOTE - This new link may not be accessible at the time of marking.

The Candidate: Short Film Analysis

Saturday, 14 September 2013

Location Scouting

I went out location scouting with my friends and took some pictures of the different places I came across. These first two areas are pretty nice and are very close to each other, the problem being that there isn't much flat land and its mostly all hill, with the skyline being dominated by the surrounding town and industrial areas. For the standoff sequence I think the area should be more open and be flatter. I know I can't find an area that looks pure western, so I'll have to find a local area that creates the same tone. (i.e open, spacious, flat 

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Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Update: Location Scouting

After school today I'm going out with some friends (who will be helping out with the short film) to scout locations for the short film. I'll have to consider creative and practical aspects of each place to figure out how suitable it is. I'll be bringing my camera to snap some pictures of each location and to test out some of the blocking and camera placement for the short.

Monday, 9 September 2013

George Lucas in Love

George Lucas in Love is a short film parodying the conception of Star Wars. It follows George Lucas, a university student with writer's block, as he travels around campus going about his daily life. Everything he encounters parodies and references Star Wars in one way or another, creating a humorous story that is easy to follow.

The short has a pretty simple premise, but it has a flawless execution. Despite not having much going for it in terms of cinematography, the direction and writing are great and drive it to success. The production design is successful in emulating the different aspects of Star Wars and it works along with the sound design to create humour.

With something like this, the Production and Sound Design, and writing are the aspects I need to pay attention to if I want to be successful with my own short. Although I don't want to create something of a similar tone, it can still be a film that I can learn from.


Doodlebug is a short psychological thriller written and directed by Christopher Nolan.

The film has a very simple story, but it is very effective. The production design is very immersive, drawing the audience into a very surreal world. It lacks a traditional narrative, but the story raises questions and is entertaining and peculiar.

The lack of a traditional structure is something I want to take note of, especially since this short lacks dialogue and manages to create meaning purely through visuals. Although my short will feature dialogue, I can learn a lesson from this successful short film.

Short Film Analysis

I'm going to look up some more short films, ones that weren't done by previous students, and analyse them so I can prepare for my short film.

Thursday, 5 September 2013


I accidently managed to delete this Prezi and there's no way I can get it back, because of the way Prezi works. I'm going to try and make a new one to replace, but because of the amount of work that went into the original, it might be a while before I get a new screenwriting one out.

Tuesday, 3 September 2013


At the moment I'm making a Prezi about the script I'm writing for the Short Film. It'll only be a short one about the different aspects of a script and why I decided to do some of the things I've done.

Sunday, 1 September 2013

Thoughts and Concepts!

Next time I want to go through the writing process, but I'm going to use Prezi next time! :)