Post Production Document:
I chose to do the narrative film for my final project. I am a film major and I thought it would be good practice to create a very short film with a plot and different camera shots/angles. My short film is entitled Obsessed because it documents a man’s journey after he see the girl he is obsessed with, with another man. A lot of the plot is left up to interpretation. You could view the girl as an ex-girlfriend or just as a random girl he is obsessed with. All of the images of the girl and the girl and boy together are flashbacks that the main character is remembering. The ending is also up to interpretation. The way I created it, the main character is supposed to have some mental illness, such as bipolar disorder or schizophrenia. He is also supposed to be on drugs for part (or all) of the film. He falls at the end because he took too many drugs. It is up to interpretation whether or not he dies at the end. The way I mean to create it is that he does not die. The scene at the end where he falls is a flashback just like the other clips throughout the film. When we see him staring at the camera at the end, he just finished remembering when he went to the door to find the other man. We could say that he is becoming more demented and thinking of new ways to bring down the other man.
I tried to make the pacing of the movie go well with the music through editing. All of the flashbacks are very quick clips, and I even edited some to speed them up or reverse them. I did this to try to reveal the main character’s mental process and to reveal his craziness. My main visual approach was basically to show the main character’s mental breakdown.
I filmed the video over three days. The first day I filmed my main character. That took the most time because I had to do a lot of takes. I took a bunch of different shots (many didn’t make it into the final cut) in order to experiment with the best ways to make him look crazy. He’s supposed to get more and more crazed as the film progresses, so I had to make him act angrier with each scene we shot.
I wanted to be able to follow the main character while he walked, but I wanted the camera work to look professional and smooth. So, I borrowed one of the move-in/out carts from my dorm building and set up the tripod on that so I could wheel the camera around. However, I faced problems because we filmed the opening scene on a sidewalk, and there are a lot of bumps and cracks in the sidewalk so I had to move slowly.
I also had problems making my two supporting actors look natural throughout the filming because they have never acted before. So, in order to make the leading lady appear natural when she laughed, I had a friend talk to her and make jokes during the filming to get a natural, relaxed laugh. Also, during the scenes of the girl and the other man, they kept giggling because they are best friends and they had to play a romantically involved couple. So, I had them engage in conversation as they normally would and pretend as if the camera was not there. These strategies were easy to use because the film is silent (except for the music) so we can’t hear the behind scenes talking.
Overall I am very pleased with how my film turned out and I had a lot of fun filming it. Making this movie was always my fun study break during finals!