The Black Hole featured an inquisitive narrative, that was particularly interesting andabstract, in our production we need to pay detailed thought into our narrative.Behind the film their was also a strong moral of greed in which had been cleverlypresented through the film. The Black Hole had been misused or its power explored.The use of editing in the Black Hole was very strong and consistent, eye line matches ofthe character to what he was looking at kept the audience on track and immersed in hispoint of view.In addition to this the editing of his hand not coming out the other side of the black holewas very effective and gave a sense of realism to the object.The end of the film was very well “tied up” or closed. This had been carefully consideredand the way that it was carried out added a sense of humour to the short film.
cConnected’s plot was very off the wall and abstract in which two characters “connected”together are scouring barren wasteland where they are confronted by a third person in abattle for oxygen.The use of props and setting was particularly effective in this production and aided theaudience to develop their understanding easier. (E.g. the setting complemented theneed for oxygen), So in our production the use of props may enhance our short film.The props and costume used were very convincing and here we can apply the theory ofthe classical Hollywood narrative in that the short film was fictional governed by spatial/temporal verisimilitude meaning that the far fetched narrative was put into context bythe use of realistic looking props (the costumes and oxygen reader).The use of sound is also particularly effective in Connected at building tension andanticipation in the audience. In our production it is likewise important we consider thetype and use of sound.
The use of clever editing of shots that comprised of both the future and presentman, made them to appear as though they were different but at the same timeidentical, this was central to the narrative of the short film.This unusual narrative was attention grabbing and thought provoking to the audience.As it was often the case I was having to stop and think about what was happening (e.g.the beginning where the introduction is repeated- hereI now understand in fact time is repeated)Under further examination it was clear the narrative had been well thought out andconstructed, specifically centralised around the theory of time and its dimensions. In ourproduction a strong narrative will entice the audience in which I feel is important havingexamined this short film.The choice of sound was also applicable to this short film however unlike Connected orThe Black Hole their was an emphasis on dialogue in which presented the viewer withan inability to see the conflicts between the two men.
One of the key factors to a successful short film was a simplenarrative.This narrative is closed and follows Todorov’s narrative(equilibrium- dis-equilibrium- new equilibrium) in which aresolution is found at the end.A short film features no more than one to three maincharacters.Short films have no set genres like traditional film instead theyare usually abstract and feature “out of the box scenarios”.
The poster features the main subject of the film the male at MS, interestingly this shot isactually from the short film itself and this could be related to the small budgets shortfilms have (they could not afford to budget a proper photo shoot).In the middle of the poster the title “The Black Hole” is vibrant and eyecatching, however appears in-coherent to the short film whereabouts the black hole inin black writing in the opening shots. Developing a coherent style should be a focus formy group throughout our three products, so the audience can identify that they are inrelation to each other.The review is formatted slightly different than to what I would of thought. The use ofsub headings aim at provoking the reader to question themselves about matters such asone paragraph titled “flight or invisibility”. This is quite an unusual approach and isreinforced by the writer which touches loosely upon reviewing the short film itself. Thelayout and content of our review will be important in our production and we thereforeneed to plan this well.
The Connected poster creates an air of professionalism in comparison to the Black Holeposter I previously looked at. The poster features credits of the director, production crewand actors stated at the bottom, this was missing in the Black Hole poster.The clever use of colour on the poster amplifies the title “connected” where the pipesthat are connected between the two characters are in white contrasting the blackuniforms. The connected characters are at LS- we will need to consider shot type andlength in our production.The review fails for the majority to actually “review” the short film instead a detailedsynopsis is given. It is not till the end where the writer comments on the film in whichthey compare it to other short films.In our review we must ensure that we comment upon the short film, highlighting bothgood and bad points instead of summarising the plot of the film found in the Connectedreview.
The poster to the short film Hirsute has been considerately thought out in the way thatit appears to resemble the central theme of the short film itself “time travel”. This isclear through many features including the opposite facing headings that are significantof the past and the future in addition to the credits that appear to be laid out as atimeline.In our production we will need to carefully consider the image’s we use in relation to thetheme or narrative of the short film. Another consideration is the composition of theimage on the poster, in this poster the image stretches nearly the full poster.A MCU of the two men morphed together illustrates the similarity between the two onthe outside, this is a common focus of the short film, so here a relation between theposter and short film is evident.Interestingly the alignment of text is different to traditional posters where it is organisedin horizontal columns, here it is arranged vertically across the poster. The only issuebeing it is quite hard to read.
We looked at the Dinosaurs of Patagonia magazine review for its layout as opposed to itscontent. The review was firstly well structured in which the writer gave a praising yetconsiderate review of the film, highlighting certain areas.The review was laid out very different to the online reviews I had looked at for the shortfilms The Black Hole and Connected. At the top of the review the title was accompaniedby the Director, Year of release, certificate and run time. All of which we may need tofeature in our review.Another notable difference was that the review featured both the credits and a shortsynopsis separate from the review. The credits were very detailed, in which they listedall areas of film production whilst the synopsis gave a short overview or summary of theplot of the film as opposed to what the writer though (this was expressed clearly in thereview).
The poster has to have a direct relation to the short film, as Ive recognised theposter will feature the main character (s) of the short film, as opposed to aprop or setting.Credits of actors, directors and producers are also all evident on the majority ofshort film posters.A clear and bold title is evident in all cases, usually situated in the middle ofthe poster.A title of the film is evident on all reviews; the usual form is to also place therunning time and production company just below this.The review takes the basis of an intro and summary the writer often gives anhonest opinion of the film reflect by a rating out of 5.