I’m currently taking a six month long course at Malmö Univerity called Experimental Mediaproduction. A week ago me and my group performed the outcome of two weeks hard work. This documentary about the project explains it way better than I do, and I’m sure watching beats reading in this case. I must add that this probably is my favourite project I’ve been involved in since starting my studies in Malmö. If you make it to the end – let me know!
At the moment, me and fellow classmate Amanda Nilsson are working on finalizing our first animated short. We’re working in Adobe Animate (Flash) and are pretty much done. Our first film will clock in at just under a minute a features a drunk, miserable rabbit-like creature named “Dutzie“.
We’re both huge film nerds and want to make sure every detail is just right, so of course we needed a bumper for our made up film company ‘Bad Apple Films’. We didn’t really want a flashy logo for this one so we decided on shooting something in the studio.
Here’s what we did:
- Boiled an apple for about 2 hours.
- Set up a hard light on a phototable.
- Put a mark on the table where we wanted the apple to hit (later masked out).
- Set the focus on the apple on the mark on the table.
- Filmed the impact of the apple as we dropped it from a ladder.
- Focus shift.
- Imported our footage into Premiere and put the text in (font: Keep Calm)
- Added camera blur to the text and keyframed to match the real focus shift.
- Added grain, filmscans and some sound effects.
- Job done.
It’s tempting to just put a clean bumper / logo together digitally, but I highly recommend getting some unique footage because it’s way more fun. And you’ll end up with something different. And different is good. There’s a million things you can do, no matter what theme you’re going for. Blow stuff up, make a time-lapse or paint some bananas – only rule is; don’t be boring.
This past week me and my group have been working non-stop on our short documentary “Mayhem”. One of my friends was kind enough to spill hits guts in front of the group during a two-hour interview. We shot the whole thing with three cameras (two static one handheld) and used a portable recorder tp capture sound.
Once we had our main footage, we went out on location to get some b-roll footage to go with parts of the story. The deadline is tomorrow morning at 9.00 and we’ve been hammering away on the film like slaves. It’s hard to get a great 2 hour interview down to 10 minutes without chopping the stories apart too much. We’ve skipped some amazing stuff completely, but we’re confident that what we have is a fair and interesting portrait of a peculiar, bizarre and wonderfully strange human being. Here’s the poster.
Our latest assignment in our video production course threw us into a world of wonders. The brief was simple enough:
“Create a short film with a running time of approximately 5 minutes. No spoken dialogue, parallel cutting, a varied cinematic language and a classic story-arc.”
For this we had 3 days. Day one was spent on a screenplay and storyboard. Day two the actual shoot and the final day in the editing room. We basically knew that we had a bar to shoot in, a sexy lounge and of course the old but never boring streets of Gåsebäck. We also knew we wanted to run somebody over – and have a great partymontage. The key to our story came with the handcuffs and while some of you might think of police and robbers, the first thing that came to mind here was a escort with a kink.
While the story was lost on some when we showed it in class today, most agreed that you could pretty much smell the fumes coming through the screen. No matter what, we worked our asses off and managed to create a cute story with some really nice shots in just 3 days. And that counts for something. Here’s our flick.
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