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Hi Roger and forum posters!

I just completed my directorial debut short film as a proof of concept for a feature screenplay I'm trying to get made and wanted your thoughts on how it was shot and considerations heading into future projects.

For inspiration, my DP and I looked to classical compositions from 1930s and 40s Hollywood films, frequently employing a moving master with cutaways and utilizing depth to keep character staging fresh and interesting. Standard shot/reverse shots were reserved for confrontational moments where characters are at odds with each other. And of course black & white photography was employed to give the film a nostalgic "silvery" feel as a throwback to the films it was inspired by (the screwball comedies of Hawks, Sturges, and Lubitsch).

Overall I'm pleased with the end product but recognize there is room for improvement (budgetary constraints aside). When working with comedies of this nature (e.g. Lebowski), what do you find important to highlight/prioritize? Are there any special considerations you have when shooting in black & white? Appreciate any thoughts, even if you only have a minute or two to watch!


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