Evaluation of my Short Film – After Hours (2013)

I had previously posted about the process and development of this short film I made as a project for my university coursework. In this post I will be evaluating and reflecting on this short film. I’ll be looking at how key media concepts have been expressed in this film, the cinematography, the editing and the mis en scene.

You can watch it again through this link: https://vimeo.com/77775458 

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To commence, the use of the anamorphic widescreen gave it the cinematic look. It helped narrow down the audiences focus on the character in the frame. The lecturers did comment about the use of the music (Jimmy Hendrix – All Along the Watchtower). For this project it was okay I used copyright music but for future projects I’d have to look at gathering proof of copyright usage.

The narrative in the film is linear. It follows a straight timeline. This relates to the work of Todorov (Todorov 1977) and his narrative theory that suggests all stories go through 5 stages. These stages are composed as the equilibrium, the disruption, acknowledging the disruption, attempting to solve the disruption and a new enhanced equilibrium. The character is shown in the beginning working in his office late at night. He tries to leave and the door is locked and his key is broken. This is the disruption. He acknowledges this and decides to wait in the office until someone arrives. He slowly goes crazy and attempts to break through the doors to get out. This is his attempt at solving the disruption. He realises he stuck in this room and accepts his fate. He is found later the next morning presented as a wild person. (Inspiration from Tom Hank’s Castaway). This is his new enhanced equilibrium.

The biggest strength in this film is the soundscape. This scene where the Protagonist is slowly going crazy and he is just staring at the door. The room sounds and outside sounds are gradually increasing to show emphasise his burst of anxiety and anger. The use of no dialogue in the film emphasised the isolation of this protagonist in this room and the narrative of the film.

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Things that I would improve about this film would be the colour correction in some scenes. It was our first time using the camera so we forgot about white balancing in different lightings. Also some shots are out of focus and or shaky. This was because we wanted camera movement but had no access to the camera stand tracks. We had to compensate by manually zooming in and it wasn’t as effective. Overall I think we were able to express the narrative effectively with the use of no dialogue as well as accurately capture the film with the shots we chose to construct.

Bibliography

Todorov, T. (1977) The Poetics of Prose, Ithica, NY, Cornwell University Press.

 

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