Unfortunately, no storyboard shots for this post (Jason turned them in with our portfolio).
For project #3, Jason Gonzales and I co-directed “Promotion Wanted” by Brandie Taylor. When we were in the early stages of preproduction and while editing the script, we were informed that our writer intended to make the script a comedy, although we saw more dramatic elements to the plot. Thus, in an attempt to make our video a comedy, we inserted the motif of Laura’s (main character) imagination playing out as she expresses her stresses over her workplace (ex: freak out in the copy room, or her hopes of being liked as she enters her workplace). Personally, I drew and proposed this idea based off of Waititi’s “Boy” because the film did a lot of those quirky cutaways to Boy’s imagination playing out.
My attempt at styling this short project was that I really wanted locked down shots for the real world shots and stuck to handheld (rig) shots to play out Laura’s imagination. I purposely shot the last scene in hand-held motion because i think it leaves the audience with the question: Was that last freak out real? Did she get the promotion? Or was it all in Laura’s imagination? But maybe that’s my opinion and should have locked it down?
Critiques of my own work and things I would change/and have learned for next time include:
1) better framing (some shots aren’t as nicely framed as i liked, some were overexposed).
2) Moreover, i did not like the scenes at the front desk, I kind of felt like that desk hid our main character, Laura. Also, we should have thought of a better way to frame the front desk scenes because we could not figure out how to turn on the computer, so the computer was off during those scenes (i don’t think it was plugged), but I should have been prepared for that or come up with a backup plan so that our actresses didn’t have to fake using the computer or have that blank screen show up on our video.
2a) The scenes at the front desk seem long and boring, I felt like i wanted to be closer to the characters (maybe a medium or CU could have been used here between dialogue of characters).
3) Music and audio. While i liked that our audio was crisp (for the most part), maybe a little bit of music wouldn’t have hurt?
4) Better time management on my part. I should have not assumed we were allowed to film at any front desk location on campus. We actually did not shoot any “front desk” scenes until the last day, which took away from class time.
All in all, working with Jason was great because while i have the ideas in my head, i can’t seem to find a way to communicate them clearly with the talent. He was a great balance and liaison between me and the characters and had wonderful ideas to contribute as well. He was filming with a second camera and working audio with a broken hand and was dedicated to the project as much as he could be.
Our final product: