Saturday, 26 January 2013

Assignment 2: Creating atmosphere


  1. Hi Emil
    Thanks for asking me to comment.
    I thought the film was great! It started mysteriously, in black and white. The introduction of light from the opening door was really effective. I liked the way you used different angles and frames in the following scenes - good closeups on the hands turning the knobs. The sound was really effective. The story had a great twist to it. I wanted to watch it until the end, you kept my attention, there was suspense. Loved it!

  2. Hi Emil,

    Margaret beat me to it. I liked all of the things she mentioned and I really liked the atmosphere you created here. I was at once intrigued and mystified and the sequence ended unresolved. Classic suspense. Have you seen Gregory Hoblit's "Frequency" by any chance?

    1. Hi Richard,

      many thanks for your comment. I have seen the "Frequency" and I remember it when the film was done :-). I wanted to create a mystery atmosphere and it looks I was on right way.

  3. Hi Margaret,

    many thanks for your comment, I am glad that you like it. I will put some preproduction notes, storyboard and critical evaluation to my blog today evening.

  4. A feedback from Stuart:

    I watched your 2nd assignment - great! You'd edited it really well - I especially liked the mixture of close-ups and wide shots; it felt like you timed the cuts perfectly. The only thing I found a little annoying was the dialogue at the beginning of the film. Even though I could understand what they were saying, I still found it a little annoying that I couldn't hear them properly, I think it would have been nice to have a mic closer to them - but not too close as to make it sound like they were making wireless microphones. For example, I think would have asked someone to stand to the left of the doorway (out of shot and without creating any shadows) and point a boom mic towards the door way. This would have picked up their dialogue a lot better.

    One thing that threw me was when the man - is it you? :) - first starts to open the radio. The sound of the ticking clock worked extremely well. The sound pulled me into the scene, but what felt strange was that the camera didn't move so I felt like I wasn't being fully drawn in. I think if you had moved in during that shot (ever so slowly) it would have felt even more like I was being pulled into that scene. The atmosphere during those radio scenes was really good - kind of like I was constantly waiting in suspense.

    And your use of foley audio was fantastic! Especially the father's voice and the radio frequency noises. Well done!