My Final Major Project is a short film based on a character who struggles with addiction and decides to take a psychedelic substance to ease the pain after a breakup, the character descends into madness as his alter ego appears in the form of himself with a chicken head.
To research this project I decided to look at several projects with similar narratives and visuals,
After watching peaky blinders I became inspired to try out a style of filming where the actor follows the cameraman, I think this shot would work perfectly for a scene in my short film.
I will use this type of shot to depict the character’s breakdown towards the climax of the film, the character will be in distress and the viewer will be able to see this clearly. This also presents a great opportunity to use after effects to overlay drawings/animations over the footage, we were thinking of including ‘Grime art’ in our film somewhere and this shot seems like a good opportunity.
Unfortunately I couldn’t find any other footage of this style of shot or even a name for it, people have called it the ‘Don Juan Technique’
I recorded the video from Netflix and uploaded it to youtube, the video is unlisted and only viewable through this blog post, I do not own this content. Im purely using this video as an example.
As part of my Final Major Project, I will be designing posters to go alongside with the short film. This helps give the project more character and depth, they will also hopefully be an eyecatcher when we present our FMP’s at the end of the year.
These are some Moodboards I have put together as part of my research for the poster design.
The first one is a mood board containing images of colourful buildings and skylines that I will use as inspiration for one of the poster designs, I like the colour gradients used to represent sunset/sunrise and will likely use something similar in my poster design. The shadows on the buildings add depth which brings the image to life rather than being a flat vector, I may try using both flat vector style and shading to see which one works best.
The second mood board is one including images of night time, moonlight and park benches. I have used images from real life and also vector images that other creators have made.
What is a Whip Pan Shot?
A whip pan is a type of pan shot in which the camera pans so quickly that the picture blurs into indistinct streaks. It is commonly used as a transition between shots and can indicate the passage of time or a frenetic pace of action.
How will I use this technique?
For my final major project, I want to use this technique to introduce a character and progress the story. The whip pan shot is perfect for this because there are two characters played by the same actor and this style of filming allows me to cut the footage with ease.
Other films/projects that use this shot include:
The shot is used effectively here to present both characters in a chase scene, it also helps convey the busy environment to the viewer without missing the action.
The technique is used here to convey a scene of horror and panic, many people are crowded around in the street. The camera angle makes it look as if it is being filmed by one of the scared civilians, the whip pan conveys the fear and distress of the scene.
This is what I came up with after cutting the footage together:
These are images from a photoshoot we did to start the Final Major Project. We did the photoshoot in a greenscreen room within our college, this allowed us to photograph Martin (actor and director) with no background for use in poster design.