FMP – Documentary 3

Dark side of the lens

Screen Shot 2016-06-13 at 1.13.36 PMIn this film the man use simplistic fonts to get the point across without distraction. I like how the font is old fashioned and isn’t too complicated. Also how the font isn’t too over powering, how it is directly in the middle but isn’t too large. It is a nice subtle touch to start the film.

Screen Shot 2016-06-13 at 1.13.54 PMAgain he uses the same font to dedicate the film. By saying “sister cherry” instead of just “cherry” he adds emotion to the film, because she is his family member. I like how it says “who always believed” this makes his sister seem adventurous and makes me think of peter pan, as if they never grew up. This makes their bond stronger and shows love.

Screen Shot 2016-06-13 at 1.14.12 PMThis shot is filmed with a warp on it so the image moves around making you feel like you are sea sick, this is an amazing effect to use and i love how it feels so realistic. I love the contrast go the dark cliffs with the white/blue sea. It makes both look more angry because of the contrasting colours.

Screen Shot 2016-06-13 at 1.14.24 PMThis shot is really misty and it gives a good effect to the start of the film, going in to the unknown, because all we have seen so far is footage of waves and no voice over. The mans voice is clear and crisp and it makes you hear the sea in his voice when he speaks. Also i like the way he is walking in to the mist, he looks confident about it, like he likes the adventure and not knowing what lies behind it.

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This shot shows how vast the cliffs are, you can see the man looks tiny in the water which means that the sea and cliffs are in control. I love how the shadows contrast with the light making this shot truly beautiful. Also how the camera is moving out of the cave showing the good and the bad side of the sea, angry vs calm.

Screen Shot 2016-06-13 at 1.14.51 PMI like the silhouette looks in this shot, again emphasising how small the man is compared to the cliffs. His small little outline almost blends in to the cliffs, which could mean that he is with one with the cliffs. The fact he looks so relaxed and calm shows that he’s not afraid of his surroundings. The colours are so vibrant which makes this film so appealing to watch.Screen Shot 2016-06-13 at 1.15.03 PMThis is almost like a behind the scenes shot showing how skilled the man is to surf the rough sea and film at the same time. I like how the horizon and sky are similar colours and you automatically look at the man surfing. He is showing how talented he is. Also how he gets on with the sea, almost like they are friends.

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I love this shot so much, it is timed perfectly making it breathtakingly beautiful! I love what this does for the film. It makes you think that the ocean and the cliffs are gods and has blessed the man with this amazing sight. The scale of the birds is shocking and there is so many of them which makes the film more beautiful. I don’t think there is any reason behind this shot, just a breathtaking moment that was captured.

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This last shot is of the man slowly drifting in the ocean. This shows that he is a peace with the sea and trusts it. I like how dark this shot is and how slowly he drifts. It gives a feeling of weightlessness. He isn’t afraid of it like he should be, the shows that he accepts the fate the sea could bring him. This is a great way to end the film.

In conclusion this film represents the sea and cliffs as a higher figure, it uses the contrast of light and dark tones to do so. The cliffs are represented as a dark subject, this makes it feel like the cliffs are dangerous and the way the light sea crashes against it, feels like they are battling against each other. Another thing I have seen this in is the Yin and Yang symbol. When balanced they work together.Also both use light and dark tones, with a little bit of themselves in the other.  However I feel in this film they are against one another, thus disrupting the balance. The man is trying to be at peace with them both. As you can see at the start of the film the mood of the sea and cliffs is anger, but the man shows how beautiful they can be when balanced. I love how he uses the light to show this transition.

I have learned that the tones you capture can really influence your films mood. For some shots in my film I’m going to use this technique. For example when I am smashing up the clock I’m going to put it in black and white to show that it is a sad thing. Im going to make the hammer coming down on the clock a bit slower to make the shot more of an impact. If it is slowed down the audience can see what impact it has and understand the shot better. Despite the one black and white shot. I’m going to keep my film as bright as possible to balance out the mood, because I’m going to be talking about a sad subject I want to contrast this with bright colours. I love how rich the mans voice sounds and how you can hear how crisp his accent is, I’m going to try and make it sound as rich as this. The way he says his words makes him sound like he’s in your ear and the words he uses makes you imagine the sea, without even watching the film. This skill is something i should take note of because it is an amazing thing to achieve. It makes the audience imagine what is going on.


About kaylalaisby

My names Kayla and I'm a film student. And this is my blog. This is where I will be posting short films, music, photographs and other inspiring things to help me on my current college course. Enjoy!
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