Hello my misfits; do you prefer this name? While minions was endearing, I feel you all deserved a little better-- thus you have graduated from minion to misfit, still an outcast; but hey, the underdog always wins don't they!
Screenwriting Assessment 1 Done
I can't say I'm overly satisfied with the result of my screenwriting treatment that I handed in last week. While I'm quite pleased with the story world, the depth and amount of conflict I had created couldn't be shown in its entirety on a one page treatment. And I forgot one thing in particular that makes me kick myself. But anyway. What is done is done, I can now only wait for the results and know I will do better next time.
But this new world, inspired by UNMASK ME, that took a life of its own (it was no longer a superhero story actually) will be merged with the original UM story for the new draft. That mean there will be powers instead of just advanced technology, characters will be changed and so will names; it will be a completely different beast really. But at the same time, an echo of the original.
As for when I'm actually writing it? June / July. Why so late? Well, I'll tell you in a moment! But let's move on so we can get to that.
Don't Look Now (or Please Do)
Some of you may have already seen this as I posted it on my page, but this is the short film I made with Liv and new uni friend Jordy: Don't Look Now. You will see it's been changed a little from my original shot list (that you can find in my previous blog post) and that's because I ran into a few troubles. One was my attitude.
By that, I don't mean I was rude or abrupt, but self-conscious. I'm still learning to trust my direction and ability with film, and that shows as I quickly rush through shots. I don't want to inconvenience people doing favours for me; and I don't want to waste their time. That's an issue, because in my fluster I forgot to double-check my shot list, and when I did glance at it, I missed things as I again rushed. I need to fix that. And because I forgot some shots, I had to create them in Post which we weren't really supposed to do; and I could reshoot them, but again I don't want to put people out. Silly, I know, and something I need to overcome. I'll work on it in future (and I totally just pushed these troubles onto future Dayna-- another big no, no. But too late! Sorry, future Dayna!).
The other things was inconsistencies with action shots. When we were doing the wide shots, Jordy hit the keypad to trigger Liv to run past. This was logical and even smart-- but we forgot the fact he needed to "put money" into the vending machine before hitting the keyboard. So when I went to cut the film, I found myself in trouble as I didn't have any wide or mid shots to cut from to the close up of him putting money in!
Luckily I'm not half bad, and while it wasn't a clean fix, I managed to change the order of shots around and fake it. So when Jordy actually is just toying with the vending machine, I cut between that and the close up. The opening shot though is still jilted sadly. But nothing I can do there as I'm too chicken to reshoot.
Isn't My Little Sister Adorable?
As promised last week, here is the full video with my little sister Kayleen. This was what I wanted to do with my original 30 second as I talked about last week (and couldn't due to it being the opposite of every assessment requirement), but this was a good practice for myself (as well as Kayleen).
The troubles that I actually ran into was actually audio this time. I had cut everything to the in-camera recording of the music being played live from a stereo; and this should have be fine, except when I finally was given the same audio to play over the top, it wouldn't sync for the first half. Even now I am still confused to why the same audio didn't match. I'm sure it's something very simple that I'm just glazing over, but it was a little frustrating when it was originally perfect.
But alas, it isn't that bad, and I'm sure most won't notice it; and for just a little experiment, it's pretty cute. So I hope you enjoy the below video as I document the frustration young dancers experience, through my adorable sister.