The Follower Short Film: Editing and Final Video

The Actors within this video are personal friends of mine who were willing to be filmed to help me with this project.

After filming all of the required shots I began to edit my film using Adobe Premiere pro. I started off by simply placing the shots in the correct order and cutting them so that the video ran smoothly.

After this, I removed the audio since the microphone quality was poor and would have made the final video less professional. I added sound effects which, some I created, and some I found on royalty free sites. Some of these sounds included a keyboard sound, a twig snapping, and a heartbeat. Once this was complete I then added music to the video so that It wasn’t silent throughout. In the outside scenes I had forest and park background noise, and when something creepy was going to happen I added the creepy music.

Using the heartbeat sound I added a crop effect to scene 3 and 5 so that I could make the follower appear and disappear on every beat. This was easy to do as I filmed the desired shots twice, once with the actor in the shot, once without. This then meant the crop around the actor did affect the background and didn’t look like an obvious edit.

I also wanted to include a credit scene for the video however I wanted to have an image in the background rather than the typical black screen. Using the same knife from scene 5 I added a variety of ketchup to give the illusion of blood and took a picture on a surface. I then created the text in photoshop and edited in so that it faded in and out at the end of the video.

I felt like I used a range of shots within my film however there are a couple of shots which I realize i could now use after looking at the finished version. I feel like a low shot showing the persons legs as they walk along would be a useful shot to use and add to the tension of the video.

The final video was rendered in 1080p 25fps and then uploaded to Youtube.



The Follower Short Film: Planning

Before beginning to film I decided that it would be a good idea to plan what scenes I wanted to have, what shots these would include and finally a storyboard that would help me visualize the movie and save time when it comes to filming.

Scene list:

1. introduction scene, shows the character walking down the street with a man sat on the bench.

2. introduces the stranger in background shots while the character has a conversation with a friend.

3. The character feels like they are being followed, finds a poster about a serial killer, causing them to rush off home. Hinting that the serial killer is the stranger.

4. Characters research on the computer about the serial killer.

5. Skips to a few days later, character proceeds in everyday life when the stranger reappears and gives the impression that he has killed the character.

6. The final scene shows the first street with the man on the bench. This reveals that the man is the stranger, showing him picking his target.

Shot list:
Scene 1- Establishing shot, Long shot, Mid shot
Scene 2- Mid shot of characters, over the shoulder, mid shot.
Scene 3- Point of view shot, close up.
Scene 4- mid shot, over the shoulder
Scene 5- mid shot
Scene 6- Long shot, Mid shot.

 With these lists, I then began to create a storyboard. Since I had the shot list I didn’t need to show every shot that I wanted to use therefore I decided just to show the most important shots of each scene.

Animatic Practice

As a side project in the Creative Futures brief, we are creating a storyboard and animatic that visualizes a city from part of a novel. To learn how to create this animatic we imported different layers that together create a scenario. To bring them to life we added keyframe and gave them movement. After making all of the pieces move the full environment had been brought to life and was complete.

I have used After Effects frequently in the past and doing this exercise reminded me of the skills I had in this program. I feel like this will help me when it comes to creating the final animatic.

Short Film: Update 1

After a couple of weeks, I have gathered some footage that we will be used in the movie. This includes shots for the firs and final scene. As well as this I have also created an image of a fake news website that gives information about the killer. I also made up other news so that the website didn’t appear empty. Since the killer is unknown I also included a blacked out silhouette of a man with a question mark to instantly show that his appearance is unknown.

My next steps will be to finish filming this upcoming week and prepare to edit.



Film Proposal: The Stranger

The plan for my brief is to create a film developed further from a film I worked on as a 30 second film at college called ‘The Stranger’. The story for this is that the story focuses around a main character performing tasks in their daily life, however every so often a blurred figure can be seen in the background of shots staring at the character. It is hinted throughout that this character may be wanted for murder but is never confirmed. Towards the end of the video the stranger reveals himself and confronts his target. It ends in a similar place to the beginning, showing the stranger finding his next target. The way I will achieve this is by using depth of field throughout to show the focus on the main character and the blurred stranger in the background. I also plan on having snapshots in the video where the stranger can only be seen for a few frames

Video Editing and Brief

Over the first few weeks of university we learnt about the basics of filming and editing. This included how to work the camera. What I mean by this is making sure that we are using the rule of thirds. The rule of thirds is where the screen is split into nine sections. By aligning the actor along one of the lines it makes them the focus of the images without looking out of place and also makes the background visible to the viewer.

We then took the footage that we had filmed into premiere pro ready for filming. We matched the video up to music which we imported to set a slow pace on the video. We did this by making cuts whenever the music peaked the most. This made the cuts and sudden scene changes look normal and not out of place.

After we had learnt all the basics we were given the brief to last this first semester. For this brief we had to come up with an idea for a short 3-5 minute film. We have to come up with the idea completely on our own and create them individually. My next task while be to come up with simple idea for this brief and then develop it into the shots required and how long these shots will last.