Friday, 9 July 2010

short film and mockumentary research

This is a short film. The central character is called Wayne who seeks revenge after being attacked. It shows his lonely life, and how he is inspired to become batman after his attack to get revenge. The style of the film is like a documentary as you are following  his life, and the change which is happening in his life. There is little dialogue, this is done by a conversation between Wayne and a councillor, which is also used as a voice over as the two speak. The councillor asks questions through out the short film, but Waynes answers are very short and blunt. This shows that Wayne is very much to him self and again alone.

The film uses a lot of close ups on Wayne as he is creating his batman suit at the beginning of film. This shows his concentration and determination to get the costume finished. Also in the shot he is smoking which could suggest anger, and is away to calm himself. Close ups on the machinery in which Wayne is using show the attention to detail. There are also mid shots in this scene. It then goes on to the next scene where there is the councillor and Wayne speaking the shots used in these scenes are shot reverse shot, and over shoulder shots. As the film goes on there are alot of mid range shots showing Wayne living his life, but the lighting is quite dark which reflect Wayne living a dull and boring life.

We also looked into the office which is a very successful mockumentory written and directed by Rick Gervais and Stephen Merchnat. Parts of the programme include characters talking to the camera this creates  communicate and a relationship with the viewers.

louis theroux does documentories on numerous things all around the world. In his documnetories he has all the conventions which we will need to use for our short film. It was also good to watch louie theroux to get an idea for our actor to get an idea on the role he is playing as a presentor.  


This year for my A2 syllabus i am going to be creating a short film with two other people. i hope that this year that i will be able to apply the skills i learnt last year, and to be able to improve on them.