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Short film Amnesiac (7 replies and 1 comment)

CallMeBaldric
2 weeks ago
CallMeBaldric 2 weeks ago

Hey all, 

A bit random but I thought I’d share with you my latest short film Amnesiac. It’s a bit strange so it may take a couple of viewings to understand but make sure you watch with good speakers or headphones. Would love to hear everyone’s thoughts. Thanks! 

 

https://vimeo.com/186281488»

 

Mike
2 weeks ago
Mike 2 weeks ago

This is not bad at all. I do like the images and the pace of the film although the script is very basic and the acting needs a tidy up, it does have something. Obviously, you are a 'Hitchcock' fan as your film does contain some 'Psycho' elements. It was well thought out and scenes were carefully rehearsed. Good locations, the 'Diner' was a good choice. I particularly, liked the photography and lighting. What camera and lenses were you using? 

There were some niggling issues!

Sound track levels should have been cleaned up before cutting. The ambient sound interior and exterior needed a 20db cut to reduce the overall rawness. Sound levels changed between scenes. Using a mixer set at 1K will give you more consistent levels at the microphone and editing stage. When an audience notices changes in sound levels they lose their concentration and become disorientated with the images which why sound is so important in a movie. 

This could be a nice little film if you could 'polish' it up a bit. 

I really enjoyed watching it. Perhaps other members on this forum can have a look and make some comments.  Well done.

jthomsg
2 weeks ago
jthomsg 2 weeks ago

If the central character had amnesia, how did he know to find the thief in the diner? How would he know anything about the thief to begin with?

Mike
1 week ago
Mike 1 week ago

Very good point, perhaps he is psychic too. 

jthomsg
1 week ago
jthomsg 1 week ago

That being said, I liked the framing and the diner location, there was something that Neil deGrasse Tyson said which has stuck with me, and that is: "if you're not doing something wrong, then you're not learning."

jthomsg
1 week ago

Don't know if I'll ever get the chance to ever make another short film, but I know that they would all be science based, since it has become my passion. Maybe a little documentary about an amateur astronomer or something of that sort.

Mike
1 week ago
Mike 1 week ago

That sounds interesting. Here in the UK there are a number of factual science docs that to be circulating on a regular basic. I don't mind seeing something interesting every now and then but they are now force feeding us on the same subject matter. The camera seems to concentrate on the presenters rather than the subject matter. It would be better if they stuck to the subject instead of the celebrities profile then we could learn something. Flogging it to death is not the way to go imo. Please go ahead and make some science based Docs as we are desperate for fresh programmes.

jthomsg
7 days ago
jthomsg 7 days ago

Hollywood used to make films that were socially relevant. One of them being, Elmer Gantry by Richard Brooks. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eVysgIqPSO8»

There's still approximately 42% of Americans who don't believe in evolution, despite there being staggering evidence. Fossilized remains have been found of our past ancestors, we share 99.6% of the same DNA with chimps, which strongly suggests we share a common ancestor. Despite the creationist belief, that man was the sole creation of a divine intelligence, there is a wealth of evidence that supports Darwin's theory on the origin of species through natural selection, which means that all life on earth sprang from a single cell.

I was reading Carl Sagan's 'Life in the Universe' essays, and approximately 4 billion years ago Mars had abundant running water, there were lakes and oceans, this was at the very moment when the origin of life sprang in the earth. This very fact alone makes me sick how Americans are completely ignorant of the fact that we have rovers on the Mars surface, attempting to unravel its mysterious past. Photographs have been taken by the Mars rover CURIOSITY, and that's not even headline news anymore.

Science has become important to me because, how can you live an entire life on Earth without having a shroud of wonder as to how we came to be? Religion certainly isn't the answer, what religion does is place human conceit to its devout practitioners, making them believe that we are at the center of the universe. If people had any notion as to how small we truly are, lost in a vast cosmic ocean comprised of billions of galaxies... Imagine, we live in one galaxy out of hundreds and billions in a universe that was not made specially for us. 

Mike
7 days ago
Mike 7 days ago

I totally agree with you. Science has always fascinated me which is why I tend to watch anything and everything on TV about it. There has been hundreds of programmes about the subject over the years but the best ones are Planet Earth using the latest techniques in CGI and multi cameras to make it more understandable and appealing. It also made money and still does, many TV networks around the world are still broadcasting it despite being a few years old now. 

If you intend making a documentary, you have to make it interesting and that means expensive research before you start shooting. You must get your facts right and up to date and also from both sides of the argument. It must have a balanced point of view. If you intend converting the 'sinners' then it will need to be presented right with a style and treatment to appeal to the masses. After all your remit is to inform and educate but not to repel the religious folks who do not intend changing their beliefs but for them to keep an open mind. If you can do that then you have achieved something at least.

Now all you need now in $3 million. There are plenty of production companies that will be more than happy to take your money. Alternatively, contact the BBC commissioning editor for science programmes and present your case, you maybe pleasantly surprised!

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