For my 1 minute film I started by researching monologues to get inspiration of how to start and end my film, and to get an idea of what context I would like to use. I ended up voting for a scene frozen in time, I wanted to show viewers something that they could relate to on a simple visual level, but also use this as a container for a deeper, more complex background story. I chose this approach because my interest in films lies with the complexity of intricate plots. To fulfil this initial idea I had a look into a visual fx that I was interested in. I wanted to use a normal standard camera that I could slow down to make it seem like it is done with a high-speed camera. After talking to Matt from AV, he told me this was possible and fairly simple. I wanted to get the fluidity through a scene that is captured by a motion control camera but I obviously didn’t have access to one. So, the problems I occurred were mainly when I started editing with Twixtor in AE, due to the fact that I didn’t have anything tat could steady the camera as I was shooting, because it was all handheld. I think this is the main problem with the piece as you can see the image jump up and down (alongside the footsteps I was taking) when it is speeded up. This part of it doesn’t worry me though because it was the first time I have ever attempted something like this and I think it is a good first try. Plus from the feedback I have gotten most people have praised the jerkiness of it. After I finished the time ramping in AE, I moved into final cut to put the final piece together. At this part I was extremely lucky as the monologue fit in perfectly with the altered time of the visual piece. The only thing that I wish I had done differently was that the room spin had one more slowed down bit at the end of the piece as I think it rushes from the blood splatter to the final shot of Clive (Lee). Due to the length restrictions I would have had to sacrifice the beginning shot of the outside of the house. Which I now realise would have caused it to lose the charm of the beginning. It may just be me that loves the beginning but it is amazing, it sets the scene. Another problem that occurred was the blurring that happens when the video is slowed down. The curtains, wallpaper and other backgrounds are distorted from the crazy time remapping. To be fair I had no idea this would happen, it is definitely something to improve.
I have thoroughly enjoyed this project and believe that it is a stepping-stone to more motion control work in the future. Even though I had a lot of issues with my piece mainly because I had no idea of the problems that happen within Twixtor and time ramping, as I have never done it before. I would be more than happy to explore motion control in the future.