Evaluation

evaluation

(the date of the Prezi is the 22nd as I had to change the name of it, and this changed the edit date)

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X: Short Film Analysis (Theories)

I decided to look at how my short film, X, related to film theories.

I do not think that it fits Todorov’s narrative theory of the plot being a sequence, as there the film ends the third part of the sequence (“a recognition/ realisation that there has been disruption”) and the audience do not see the fourth and fifth stages (“an attempt to repair this disruption” and “a new equilibrium is reached”). It is common in many short films for there to be a cliffhanger, for the film to end on the pinnacle point of action, and not show the audience what happens next – this keeps them interested and hooked.
Claude Levi-Strauss’ idea of binary opposites can come into play here. The audience see the main character, Gina, as the “good”, whilst they see the girl hiding in her house and stealing her things “bad”. These are binary opposites, however, the audience are in the dark as to why Olivia is hiding in her house – this key detail may change their opinion of her drastically.
Ronald Bathes suggests that ‘codes’ are used throughout films to give them deeper meanings, and also to make them more relatable for those watching. In my film, I purposefully used “the symbolic code” – I used a red rug in the living room to symbolise danger, right before the girl is disobeyed by the main character.
Vladimir Propp’s idea of the seven different character types does not fit into my film, as I only have two characters. Perhaps this theory is aimed more towards feature length films, as it would be hard to fit seven characters into around five minutes, and still make them all important, significant, and play specific roles in the films plot.
Similar can be said for Erving Goffman’s character theory; he suggests there are four main character types. Despite me not having four characters, I think that my two characters do fit into this theory. My short film includes a protagonist (Gina) and a deuteragonist (Olivia).

X: Short Film Analysis

I decided to analyse the final cut of my short film, X.

I think that my short film was fairly successful. All of the audience feedback that I received showed that I effectively made a film that built tension and made the film scary for those who watched it. I am proud of the contrast between normality and the abnormal event, and how well the voice-over builds up to this moment of the film. I managed to capture this normality by emphasising it within the voice-over, and by using beige and dull coloured footage throughout the film. The ending definitely seemed to work exactly how I wanted it to; my audience kept asking for more of the story, and had loads of questions about what happened next.

My film fits into the psychological horror tropes of Mind Screw and Nothing Is Scarier, due to the action within the plot building up to the pinnacle moment, and having no real ending after this. The film just stops in the middle of this scene, to leave the audience wanting to know more. The cliffhanger effect helps to capture the uncertain atmosphere that arises within my film.

I used a range of different shots throughout my film, in an attempt to give my film some variation. I used extreme long shots and long shots to give the audience a sense of the main characters home, and also to make them look for what could be hiding. I used extreme close ups and close ups to show important details within the film. I used tracking shots to give the film a more realistic look, similar to that of films in the social realism genre.

I chose to use sound effects in place of some of the realistic sounds, such as the mouse clicking and the doorbell ringing, as I could then control the volume of these noises to potentially make my audience jump. As for my music choice, I decided that I would use a piece which slowly built until the loudest point (and important part of the film) then stopped. I also used a heartbeat sound effect, to give off the impression that the main character was scared. This works well because the audiences heartbeat eventually follow the same pattern as the music that I used.

X: YouTube Comments

I received some comments on YouTube about X, which I thought were really positive and helped me to realise that people do understand what is happening, as a lot of my feedback has previously come from the people who knew about the film and its plot, which gave a little bias. I am happy to know that people are enjoy and appreciating my film; the comment from Dylan was very complimentary of the films style and my choice of sound effects and music, which I am glad about, because I found that trying to find something suitable was rather difficult.

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