Week 6 02/14/2012
We just screened the rough cuts of our films last week. I felt I made some nice improvements, however I still have a LOOOOONG way to go before I'll feel like its where I want it to be. My next screening will be on February 28th (t - 15 days) and that cut needs to include every scene at the desired length as well as the music, sound effects, etc that I want to use in the film.
Right now I am having a difficult time with the music and sound design... In my head I have the perfect idea of what I want my film to sound like, but I just can't seem to find the right sound effects or music to give it that desired feel. For example, there is an early scene in the film where I want to use a sound effect that represents the ear ringing effect when a bomb has just gone off... I've had a really hard time finding it, but think I may have found something similar. Of course I will need to mix the sound effect with muffled conversation and ambients, but at least its a step in the right direction :) (You can check out the sound at the bottom of this post)
Since my last critique, I have been looking at each scene individually to fine tune and make changes. Because I have been doing that, I keep forgetting to look at the entire timeline as a whole. I'm hoping that once I get the right sounds mixed in, that I will feel my piece start to flow together as one.
The initial bed transfer in my film has seen significant improvements. My instructor mentioned during the screening that his mood wasn't coming off the way it was supposed to. He was supposed to be struggling to transfer on his own, but the dialogue between them makes him see "too chipper" for how he is supposed to be feeling. I decided to get rid of his response to Amy walking into the room. It immediately increased the tension between them and the situation, which will make for a better payoff at the end of the film.
I'm going to continue reviewing each individual scene and then see what types of improvements I can make... layering dialogue, removing dialogue, speeding up/slowing down the pacing, adding music, adding sound effects...etc. It continues to be a tedious process, however I can't wait to see it become a film that I am proud of! :)
Here is my journal where I can reflect on the creative process in the development and production of my senior film.