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Death’s Portal Analysis

The film shoot for Death’s portal went rather well and I think we all had fun filming it. Perhaps mainly because of the Grim Reaper robe.

After everything was shot I uploaded the footage of which there was over 20 minutes of footage. The film itself was estimated at about 2mins 30. So the vast majority would have to be scrapped in order to make the final piece.

The film wasn’t shot in chronological order as it wouldn’t have been as easy to shoot. We decided to do the third scene first, where it was set in a ruined cathedral. It just so happened that Coventry had a ruined cathedral and thats where we shot. The second place we shot was on a cobbled street and shot both the first scene and the final scene there as they were both set in the same place. The final filming was the second scene set in a graveyard. We couldn’t find a graveyard so we used a park instead which worked reasonably well.

When this came to upload the footage I cut up each scene into another file which would make the edit a lot simpler to sort out. Each shot was then logged so picking a shot would then become simpler still. After going through all this I found that there was just over 12 minutes of footage that could be used. As the rest were either really bad shots either because of lighting or the camera not in the right position or the actors not getting it right.

From those 12minutes I then assembled around 6 minutes onto the timeline. I picked the shots that I felt worked best as well ones that would be more fluent in the edit. There was purposely this amount of footage that could be used as there would be two other edits of the film and would therefore give a broader range of edits. I then started to cut each shot down further and take a few out to make it a nice tight edit where everything ran smoothly and give the impression that it could be real.

The final edit I think is to a decent standard. There was a shot which I purposely directed. Where there was a change in eye line of the man in one scene and a very similar shot in another. This was because the script said ‘Cut to,’ and I felt that would be a nice way to cut between the scenes.

The first thing you notice about the film is the music. It begins with a black fade in but the music is there. The music sets the tone for the rest of the film. straight away you associate the music with dark and scary things. Maybe things you would expect at hallowe’en, so death and morbidity hits you and you also expect something to happen which really adds to the suspense and makes it more surreal. The music doesn’t really change throughout the whole film which somehow works and the last scene where he is confused, scared and hasn’t a clue in what just happens helps the audience engage with him because of the music.

Having a portal is never easy to do but with this edit. When filming there was no portal so when acting it was done as mime work. You can see that the street is different and that there is something there. A few effects were clearly used but perhaps it still could have been done a little better. It was all done on how the actor acted so everything had to be added around him and editing that did become a bit of a hassle.

Contrast is clearly used in the second and third scenes. This shows that he is in a completely different place and helps broaden the dark and eerie tone that was wanted to be given out. It works in some places better than others. Due to the eye line being quite low throughout its clear that there was a lot of over and under exposure. The brightness and contrast try to even things out but it also helps with the darkness of the situation: A dark place where there’s not much light and where seeing little things becomes hard. There’s a couple of shots in the old church where you can see the mans breathe. I thought that it was imperative to put them in as it helps the viewers see the heaviness of the breathing and how intense he is feeling at that point. The edit works rather well and gives a clear tone to how the guy is feeling. It also shoes death as a powerful being and can do anything within his will.


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