I decided to complete a questionnaire about my idea for my short film to get opinions from other people and make sure my idea was understandable and interesting to others. I created my questionnaire on Google Forms, as this was an easy way for me to share the survey and get results quickly. I started the questionnaire off by including the first draft, so that the people answering would know the basic concept of my short film.
Do you like the plot?
Everyone who answered my questionnaire liked my plot.
What do you like about it?
Many people mentioned how the film should be made more creepy, and perhaps aiming to fit in more with the horror genre. Or, going the other way, people said that I should make the man and woman all in love so that the film is more of a romance film. But lots of people complimented how realistic the film would seem and how disturbing it would feel.
Which of these titles appeal to you most, and fits the plot best?
Of the titles that I suggested, “Hiding” and “A Year in Hiding” got 3 votes each and “The Girl in the Cupboard” got 2 votes. Most people voted for the “other” option, this got 10 votes, and then they suggested their own ideas.
Please add a suggestion for the short film name below:
7 people made suggestions for names or the nature of the name, multiple people suggested that the name should be a simple, catchy one. A couple of the responses suggested having a one or two word title for my short film. Many people said that the title should be subtle, because this means the audience will not be expecting what will happen, which builds more suspense and adds tension. People suggested the names, “Obsession”, “Hunger”, “The Watcher”, “The Observer”, “The Uninvited”, “Undiscovered”, “Uninvited” and “House Guest”.
How old do you think the two characters should be?
Three of the options got 5 votes each; “Man in his 40’s, woman in her 20’s”, “Man in his 20’s, woman in her 40’s” and “Man in his 50’s, woman in her 30’s”. The fourth option, “Man in his 20’s, woman in her 40’s”, got 5 votes.
Would you change anything?
Fifteen people voted no, and three people voted yes, suggesting what they would change in the next question.
If you answered yes, please specify what you would change, below:
Two people suggested involving the two characters in romance, and one suggested one of the characters murdering the other.
Please add any other suggestions or ideas below:
Two people suggested some “creepy” events that the man should experience, e.g. the man being watched as he sleeps. Two people mentioned the ending being made dark and twisted. One person suggested involving them in romance and showing this actively in the film. Several people suggested and thought about other subtle differences that the man could notice, for example, higher water and energy bills and noises in his house at night. A person said that this could perhaps make the man go insane from worry, fear and confusion. Three people suggested that there should be an explanation as to why the woman has been living in his house. The most common response I got was that there should be an aspect of supernatural in the short film.
A very useful response that I got can be found below:
“I think the fact that the woman hiding in his house should not be given away in the title. It would create more suspense and hold the audiences attention more if they saw the events from his perspective and don’t spend the whole film thinking “well it’s just the woman in his cupboard”. The shock/surprise would make it more memorable and spark more responses from the audience. Putting them in his shoes also gets them to think what they would do in his situation. I think that the woman would be a young person as she would have greater skill in hiding/surviving off little means, as well as being more able to fit into a small space.”