My fellow filmmaker, Esme Devoy, has sent me a video review of my edited version of our film. Although we worked together, we decided to edit the film seperately and therefore our results are different, here is what she thought of my film:
(transcripted from a video that was sent to me):
Hi, I’m Esme and I acted and co-directed in the film that Harriet made, but we edited it separately and I thought I’d give a little review of what I thought of Harriet’s editing and stuff. Um, so, I think Harriet did an amazing job with all the footage that we had and, like, how she created it, um, with the sound especially. So, our film is really, really intense and, how she, like there’s a little bit at the end of the film where Gina and Olivia have a really intense moment and I think that is probably the height of the fear of the film and I think she really, really caught onto that and made that as spooky and scary that she could. Um, the voiceover that she included, I thought was amazing because I only have one at the start and hers, because it kind of goes throughout, a little bit, um, really, really helped clear up anything that was a bit confusing, because it can get a bit confusing, especially in a short film, which, so that I thought that was really good and she definitely kept the mysterious aspects throughout, which I thought was great. So, overall, I thought it was amazing and I don’t know what else she could do to add to it so thumbs up to Harriet.
A film enthuast, Freddie Redding, has also reviewed my short film, X.
“X” is a thrilling and intriguing short film. There is a really exciting contrast between the banal events of the opening and the exhilarating final sequence. I really enjoyed the elements of social realism throughout – the shots of food preparation emphasised banality and the food seemed unappetising, and this was all heightened by the narration to paint a picture of a tediously normal life. I was struck by the distinct lack of colour, with beiges and greys dominating the shots, underlining the boredom of the typically suburban location.
Despite all this display of dreary normality, the overall effect of the film is exciting and even thrilling. The depiction of drudging routine that dominates the film slowly and very effectively builds up an atmosphere of tension and unease – I felt that the normality of it all could not on forever, something unexpected was surely going to interrupt the routine, though I didn’t know what it would be. This was exciting. This excitement exploded at the end, and the use of pacey shots and the heartbeat sound effect upped the tempo. I enjoyed the way the mystery of the situation was suspended all the way until the end, with the intruder’s face only revealed in the penultimate shot. In final shot the face of the protagonist was shown, and the previously non-diegetic narration merged with the words of the protagonist (“what the F…?”) and this really framed the film as a story told by her.
It intrigued me – from what point in time was the story being told? What had happened next?
A media student from Chippenham College has reviewed my short film, X.
The short horror film ‘X’ by Harriet Moore is a psychological thriller surrounding real events of someone living secretly in an attic. For being a short film, it kept me in suspense and on edge if the stowaway upstairs would ever be found. The voice acting makes everything clear and enhances the story as the main character is recalling her events to the police, making it look like she’s recalling her experience though footage and memory. The shots that were recorded were well captured, ranging from the ‘cctv’ camera shots to extreme close ups at the end, really selling that look of shock.
The production is also professionally edited, making sure that the filler shots of the shopping being put away didn’t drag on, and the end scene where there are fast paced shots that cut back and forth between the main character and the stowaway really makes the realisation that someone is living in their attic hit home even more. The sound also adds a tight tension to the film, especially when the chase scene begins – I could feel the music making my heart beat faster.
Overall I would recommend ‘X’ to friends as it captures all the elements of a real life event with thriller elements.
I asked for people to review my short film. I got a reply from Harry Miller, who sent me a short review via email. This email was really insightful and useful, because it allowed me to see how the audience reacts to the film, and their initial thoughts of what happens within it. I am also really happy that the subtle shirt detail was noticed!
After sending my questionnaire to members of my target audience, as well as advertising it on social media, I got 10 responces in around 2 days. Here are the answers:
Most people said how the liked the varied camera angles and pace of the shots, and how this reflects the social realism aspects of the film. The voiceover was mentioned as it added suspense to the film. Lots of responses mentioned that the film was full of suspense and was gripping. A couple of people also mentioned the subtle hints throughout the film, which means they were definitely picked up by some if not all audience members. When asked what they didn’t like, many people joked that they didn’t like the ending because they didn’t get to find out what happens. Two people mentioned the change of volume in the sounds, but this was intentional in order to create more tension and suspense. In terms of what to change, a couple of people said that they wanted to see more (the food scenes, the ending, what happens after, etc.) however due to the time limit on my brief, this would not really be possible, and I didn’t want to change the ending as the cliffhanger was intention (and it clearly worked). All 10 people said that they would watch it again!
I decided to create a questionnaire to find out what my audience think about my short film that I have created. I want to find out if there are any things that they don’t like and would change before submitting my film, and also what aspects they like and think work well. I think that it is important for me to do this, in order to get an accurate response from genuine audience members, because they are the people I have aimed these products towards and therefore, I need to be pleasing them. I used Google Docs to do this, because it is a quick and easy way to create a questionnaire and get instant results. In this questionnaire, I asked four questions about my short film. I asked “What do you like about my short film?”, “What don’t you like about my short film?”, “What would you change about my short film?” and finally, “Would you watch this again, and/or recommend this short film to someone else?”.
Here is the adapted version of my double-page spread, in relation to the opinions of my audience:
My audience members suggested making the page numbers smaller, so I changed the font size from 60pt to 36pt, and altered the size of the light grey boxes behind each. Due to the change of size, I found that I had a very obvious gap underneath my first column of text, so I added in another two lines so that I could fill up the space and make sure the page didn’t look too bare. I then realised I also had a noticeable gap above the main body of text, so I decided to add in a star rating, with the words “Enlighten Magazine” in the font “AR CHRISTY Regular” and size 16pt.
I changed the position of the (newly edited) poster; instead of using a stroke, I used an effect called “Outer Glow” in size 125px. I also used this effect behind an information box that I added in on the right hand page to help make that page look a little less bare; in this, I used the font AR DARLING Regular in size 12pt.
On the bottom of the right hand page, I changed the text to say the issue number rather than the name of the magazine, as it was a bit repetitive before, and this helps to make the double-page spread seem more professional.
Here is the adapted version of my poster, in relation to the opinions of my audience:
When I asked my audience their opinions of my poster, many people mentioned that the sides of the poster seemed a little blank, however I did not intentionally want to change this as I was hoping this would make the woman in the photograph seem more isolated and alone (although I ended up changing this when responding to their opinions on other aspects of the poster).
Several people brought up the colour of the text and especially mentioned that the release date at the top of the poster didn’t look right. In order to fix this, I took my audiences advice and changed the way this looked; I made the font all capitals and changed it to size 64.61pt (but changed the “TH” to a smaller size of 26.92pt rather than this), then I moved the release date to the left hand side of the poster. To balance this out, I decided that I would use my tagline on the right hand side of the page. The tagline is the same colour and font as the other text on my poster, and it is size 38.7pt. Doing this also help to fix the issue that some audience members had with the fact that it looked too bare at the sides.
I decided to create a questionnaire to find out what my audience think about the poster and double-page spread products that I have created. I want to find out if there are any things that they don’t like and would change before submitting them as my final products, and also what aspects they like and think work well. I think that it is important for me to do this, in order to get an accurate response from genuine audience members, because they are the people I have aimed these products towards and therefore, I need to be pleasing them. I used Google Docs to do these, because it is a quick and easy way to create a questionnaire and get instant results. In this questionnaire, I asked four questions about my poster and four questions about my double-page spread. I asked “What do you like about my poster?”, “What don’t you like about my poster?”, “What would you change about my poster?” “If you saw this, would you want to watch the film?”, “What do you like about my double-page spread?”, “What don’t you like about my double-page spread?”, “What would you change about my double-page spread?” and finally, “If you saw this, would you want to watch the film?”.
This is what the questionnaire looks like: