Senior Media (FVIM) update #1 - The Character Study

*This is an update on the post-production work of my grad film, The Character Study.

The film was shot in November last year, and was intended to be presented as a single, unedited take. This was the main challenge for us, and through several rehearsals and feedback from the cast and crew, we were able to complete eight takes in total. After reviewing the footage, it became apparent that although the one-shot was intriguing, it lost some of the actor's performances during the film's second act. To get around this, a portion of the second act is going to be re-shot (Jan 17) using multiple camera angles, keeping the one-shot format to the film's opening act.

Kristopher Nielsen stars as the protagonist in The Character Study short film

Kristopher Nielsen stars as the protagonist in The Character Study short film

The one-shot opening act of the film is, in my mind at least, a huge success, and I'm very grateful to everyone who helped make it possible. We had a sizable crew of talented individuals that put their best efforts forward, and I'm proud of what we've done so far. It was a big learning experience, figuring out how to manage a larger-scale production. We were short of time due to our limited time with the police being on-site, but we made the most of the three hours we had available.

Currently, I'm colour-correcting and grading the footage in DaVinci Resolve. I have a sample edit complete that gives a good idea of what the final film will be like, but I'm still experimenting with the darkness of the shadows, as well as the purple-grey look I initially pictured this short to have. I'm also editing the soundscape, mixing our location sound with some post-effects and background tracks.

One of my commitments of shooting the exterior scenes was to use studio lighting as minimally as possible. I wanted the film to look as though it was lit only by available light sources, which in the end, it mostly was.

One of my commitments of shooting the exterior scenes was to use studio lighting as minimally as possible. I wanted the film to look as though it was lit only by available light sources, which in the end, it mostly was.

So that's where the project is right now. We have one more shoot day planned to get the rest of the footage I want, and then the bulk of the editing can really begin. I'm also co-ordinating with an animator to get the title design prepared, which I think is going to be pretty rad.