This post will include films that have inspired me to choose my specialism and why they have done that.



I love this shot of the water, the camera follows the water like its flowing through, the use of no steady cam makes it shaky but it works.

I choses to include this because of the sheer scale of the shots included. Also because the voice over is so powerful and makes the character reading it seem like they are speaking it in your ear.


The Use Of Subtitles


The Use Of Subtitles

You can tell he is a man of the arctic by the tone of his voice. I also like the use of subtitles and may include them in my own film to make it more audience friendly.



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This film has no voice over but it doesn’t need it, it allows you to focus on the image and not be distracted by words being forced down you ear, however this film is self-explanatory and you can figure out it’s about a guy on a surfboard from the beginning.


Another thing I like is the way the shots go with the music and the good use of slow motion.

I love how most of it is filmed under the water, but upside down, this plays with your mind  giving a really intense effect.


Smoke that travels


There are so many good things I have to say about this film. The whole concept is beautiful on how she wants to keep her heritage alive.

I love the use of her voice over, it tells a story and allows you to be a part of it for the duration of the film. The contrast of colors throughout it makes the cinematography stand out.



Again I like the use of subtitles, but more because they are not in a standard font in the bottom of the screen. They’re in the middle so you can’t ignore what they are saying without turning off the film, this makes it so powerful.

When she is showing photos of her ancestors she cleverly zooms in but its almost like stop motion, this is another really positive point about this film.


Pretty far north 


I chose to include this because of how the shots are cut together and the clever use of speed ramping


. This makes the film look more professional. I love the use of the sea and the sky in this and it is only broken up by the white snow. It’s a stunning film.

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More relevant films to my specialism:

My own hands

In this film the mans voice is so crisp and it helps you visualise what he is speaking about without watching the film. The music included keeps a happy vibe throughout the film. The use of cross fades is to much in this film and takes you away from the main subject. However there are some beautiful shots in this that make you sit on the edge of your seat. It makes the film more intense.


Screen grab from My Own Hands

I like the titles in this however I wish they had stayed on the screen longer to be able to understand what they meant to the film.


Title sequence

The last thing I will mention is the contrast throughout the film It picks up the oranges in the leaves really well, this contrasting against the mans blue shirt makes him stand out even more again the trees.


The Woodsman

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This film captures a woodsman doing his work, it shows the process of lighting a charcoal kiln, something my uncle already does, and a beautiful monologue.


The whole film was shot on a 5D and it looks stunning, the colours are so bright and gives the film a warm feeling. This is my main inspiration for my film.


However instead of just having my uncle focus on one thing he does like it shows here, I’m going to have a range of things shown.


Unfortunately it is the wrong time of year to do a charcoal burn but I will include many of the things my uncle does with his coppice work .


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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2 Responses to Research

  1. Dom Bush says:

    You seem to have stepped up a gear with this project Kayla, it’s good to see.
    There is no blog post about the characteristics and contexts of your specialism however, this is a really important part of the project, please get it on your blog soon. Some good research coming through, remember to look at it very carefully to pull out techniques and inspiration.
    You have made an excellent film but remember that is just a small part of this and there is quite a bit of blog work still to do. You only have two weeks, keep going!!! Well done for what you have produced so far.

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  2. Dom Bush says:

    And…. you must research film festivals. I want you to enter this into a festival or competition!

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