The 3 Minute Video

Our first short film idea was a “How Not To” guide which would show the audience the 10 worst things a Journalist could do in their profession. We decided to scrap this idea as filming would be very complicated and time consuming as many scenes and shots would have had to be filmed for it.

The second idea we had was a short film about the murder of a girl and how a Journalist would go about getting the story, and the different endings to the Journalist going to interview the girl’s best friend and killer. We liked this idea much more as it had an interesting and gripping narrative that an audience could follow.

When filming for our short video we had to scout for locations that would be good enough to use, and be the most appropriate areas to convey the storyline on camera. It was hard to select an area as Ami-Jane, Wafa, and myself live in different cities. Wafa and I travelled to Ami-Jane’s home town of Driffield to overcome this issue and to shoot in that location.

A local park in Driffield and Ami-Jane’s house was used for the bulk of the filming. Prior to the main scenes being filmed, we asked Jackie Goodman, our Writing For Purpose lecturer, to star in the Editor/Journalist phone call scene which we filmed before the other scenes at the college.

The main cast included the three of us, Jackie, and Ami-Jane’s little sister, Rachel. We used our initiative to ask if Jackie would play the role of the Editor in the film and she willingly accepted.

The alternate endings to each of our short films make it individual as we all came up with a collective idea, which we decided to pursue, but also contributed to our own ideas which is displayed in the different ways our films conclude.

After filming was complete, the editing process began. It was hard at first to capture some of the footage we gathered but we eventually worked through it and got the shots we needed. Although, I had trouble exporting my video because of the computer’s slow software and numerous error reports appearing which affected the exporting. Also a problem during editing was after error reports were sent to the computer I could not add any more captions to the film so the final product is missing two people’s speech. Unfortunately that was a problem that I could not overcome.

Also, when I attempted to put the unimported video onto a disc, it would not open unless the clips were in the computer documents, this meant when I tried to open the video files on another computer, the footage was missing therefore the picture could not be seen. To try my best to get around this set back I also burnt the raw footage clips to the disc as well so that the footage can be seen via Windows Media Player, or the similar softwares.

Script for Video Narrative (Group with Ami-Jane and Wafa)

INT. OFFICE.

Establishing shot of the office. EDITOR is sat in the office, talking on the phone.

EDITOR

Hello?

INT. CANTEEN.

Medium shot of JOURNALIST stood getting herself a cup of coffee. Her phone rings and she answers it.

JOURNALIST

Hello?

(SPLIT SCREEN)

EDITOR

I have a story for you. Can you interview Miss Jane Smith about the death of her best friend Sarah?

JOURNALIST

Yes.

EDITOR

Thank you.

(Hangs up.)

EXT. OUTSIDE THE HOUSE.

The JOURNALIST is walking up the path to the door. She is preparing herself for the interview, nervous.

(FLASHBACK)

EXT. PARK

Establishing shot of the park. SARAH is pushing a girl on the swing, they are laughing. A HOODED FIGURE watches from a few feet away.

The HOODED FIGURE comes up behind SARAH strangles her. SARAH struggles against the HOODED FIGURE and punches them in the face.

Black.

(END OF FLASHBACK.)

EXT. OUTSIDE THE HOUSE.

The JOURNALIST takes a deep breath and knocks on the door.

ALTERNATIVE ENDING 1.

EXT. OUTSIDE THE HOUSE.

The JOURNALIST waits for someone to answer the door. The door opens and MISS JANE SMITH appears. She looks distraught.

JOURNALIST

Hello, my name is….. from the local paper. I’m so sorry to hear about the death of your best friend, but I was wondering if you could answer some questions for me?

JANE SMITH

Of course. Come in.

The JOURNALIST enters the house and JANE closes the door behind her. The JOURNALIST looks around the room.

(FLASHBACK)

EXT. PARK

The HOODED FIGURE grabs SARAH and she writhes, punching them in the face..

(END OF FLASHBACK.)

INT. INSIDE THE HOUSE.

MISS JANE SMITH grabs the rope off of a nearby chair and quickly strangles the JOURNALIST. The JOURNALIST falls to the floor.

Black.

ALTERNATIVE ENDING 2.

EXT. OUTSIDE THE HOUSE.

The JOURNALIST knocks and waits for an answer. The door opens and MISS JANE SMITH appears.

JANE SMITH

Can I help you?

As the JOURNALIST looks at her, she notices the blue rope hanging over the kitchen door. Close up of the rope.

(FLASHBACK)

EXT. PARK

The HOODED FIGURE grabs SARAH and she writhes, punching them in the face.

(END OF FLASHBACK.)

EXT. OUTSIDE THE HOUSE.

The JOURNALIST realises that JANE is the killer and tries not to panic. She takes out her phone.

JOURNALIST

Excuse me.

She turns away and pretends to be on the phone. A few moments later, she turns back and forces a smile at JANE.

JOURNALIST

I’m sorry, I have to go.

She leaves.

Black.

ALTERNATIVE ENDING 3.

EXT. OUTSIDE THE HOUSE.

The JOURNALIST waits for an answer to her knocking. After a few moments, she heads to the nearby window and looks through it. JANE is stood inside. As the JOURNALIST watches, she realises that MISS JANE SMITH is twisting a rope in her hands.

(FLASHBACK)

EXT. PARK

The HOODED FIGURE strangles SARAH. Close up of the rope. It is the same one.

(END OF FLASHBACK.)

EXT. OUTSIDE THE HOUSE.

The JOURNALIST walks away slowly, trying not to panic. As she walks away, she pulls out her phone and dials 999.

JOURNALIST

Hello? Can I have the police please? I’ve found out who killed Sarah Smith.

Black.

Critical Analysis

Short film one- Waltz with Bashir:

The animated short film shows a character being interviewed in a medium shot, talking about a previous experience whilst he was in the Army. The music used in the film when the flashbacks to his experience are shown builds the momentum of what this character is saying in the “documentary” and what the clips are showing. The waltz of ‘Frankel’ is fast paced with panning shots to circle him whilst he dances in the midst of gunfire. The voiceover also includes the views of his friend ‘Erez’ during this period of being a soldier. The film expresses the beauty of the waltz in the core of something terrible and life-threatening.

At the beginning of the short film the sound is much more drum based, with the beat reflecting the powerful situation of a battlefield. The music then dies out when the character of ‘Frankel’ flashes back to the confrontation with ‘Erez’ about his machine gun, which could reflect the shock factor of one soldier taking another’s gun in the heat of battle with the enemy. Throughout the film there are many cutaway shots to the interview, and then back to the ‘live action’ clips, and then to ‘Frankel’ dancing his waltz in the middle of the combat zone.

Short film two- All Watched by Machines of Loving Grace:

The first thing that got my attention in this short video was the music used as a backing soundtrack to the man’s voiceover. The video clips used are mostly black and white, except for the short beginning clip at the start of the film. Unlike the first short film, this video is much slower, the sound creates a different rhythm throughout and the voiceover gives it more of a documentary genre sense. The sound at the start gives a very creepy atmosphere to the film; it’s almost like an alien investigation music score.

The point of the film is political, the failure of the student movement and the power in the United States of America. The film goes on to explain the big relocation of many city residents across America as a result of this, to create experimental cities without a hierarchical system, which removes the chance of people thinking they have more power or rights than someone else.

Short film three- Errol Morris documentary:

The film starts with a medium-close up shot interview which then cuts to a close up shot, these cutaways continue throughout the first two and a half minutes of this documentary. Shots of fire explosions, lighting of matches are also used in the beginning of the film as it relates to what the interviewee, Murray Richman is saying. Black and white clips and old photographs are then used to link in to what is being said by Mr Richman in his interview, again more towards the end of the short film, old clips are used to act out the situations which are being talked about. This is a documentary technique that you find in all films of this type.

The backing music builds the tension during the course of the video. It starts as jazz which is often associated with the “mob” and string instruments are used during the acted out clips. The style of the film is very much old school mafia, New York, 1920’s which links relays back to the stereotypical, quintessential view of the “mob.”

Short film four- David Lynch interview:

This video is the only one out of the four that includes an introduction about what the film will feature. Interview Project: Clara starts with old music being played on a gramophone, and the shot opens with television noise which adds effect to the short film. The video includes close up shots, wide shots, medium shots all through the interview. The film’s message is to tell Clara’s life, the meaning of her life, what she feels she was supposed to do with it, and the prospect of living your life for yourself without the pressure of having to be remembered.

The meaning is very powerful and could relay the unimportance of trying to live your life so that other people will remember you when you’re gone. Music is used at the beginning and the end of the short video and adds to Clara’s story of her life; it would have been the type of music which was very popular when she was a young lady living her life.