For our research we looked for at a few short films to help
draw inspiration from, and give us an idea on the ways in
which we could express our idea.
Below there is an example of one of the short films which
stood out to us; Echoes -
We had already come up with the post-apocalyptic romance
and thriller hybrid idea, and then stumbled upon this short
film which gave the insight on how to carry out our idea. It
shared the post-apocalyptic factor, and had a similar genre of
a thriller. Therefore, we knew it would be a good source. Also,
the way in which the male protagonist is portrayed is similar
to the way we wish to portray ours.
Short Film Influences
“Echoes” provided us with a lot of inspiration, it had a few similarities
in genre and narrative.
Within “Echoes” they used a range of camera positions, these camera
angles helped add a mysterious atmosphere. We believed through using
similar techniques, we would be able to create the mysterious
atmosphere we are looking for.
The costume choice from “Echoes” inspired us, as it helped with the
narrative. The main character was meant to be working for a big
company, he was meant to be “survivor” and portrayed as he knew
what he was doing. So we thought that it would help the audience
understand the narrative better, and make it more believable if the
costume had relevance to his back story. Therefore, we wish to connote
through his costume, that he has a military past, he’s organised etc. He
will be represented as a stereotypical dominant male figure.
Within the film, due to the narrative, there are no
characters with disabilities, and the characters are to
be represented as if they are quite athletic and
athletically superior to most other humans. Due to
the chosen narrative as in the world of the film most
people don’t survive, and only the fittest and
strongest survive. Stereotypically, our main
characters will be strong and energetic as they are
fairly young, although our male lead protagonist will
be represented as athletic and the strongest. This is
both due to him being male, and within thrillers the
male tends to be the dominant one.