Hey, thank you for watching my film. It’s really awesome people at Rocket Jump come here and respond and interact and whatnot.
As for learning…yeah, I learned a lot. Enough that I’m kind embarrassed by this movie because there’s so many things I could’ve done better. ESPECIALLY during the shoots, where I basically had no real idea of what I was doing. There were so many shots that were so sloppy that I left them on the editing floor, never to be seen again. Sometimes when I see the film I just cringe internally.
The reason editing took so long was because my original editor broke his arm, and then I passed it onto my main actor (Raphael), who then got too busy, so he passed it onto me. I couldn’t exactly edit the film on the slow laptop I had around the time–it wasn’t until I built my own PC that I started on that. Raphael was also meant to color grade the film, but he never got to that either so…eventually I just took it and edited the whole thing myself. There’s no color grading or VFX (exception the blurred license plate, which took me like two hours to do since I had to teach myself rotoscoping). Most of the SFX are done by me or are free resources I found. Even once I finished the film, I had to wait for my composer, Caleb, to finish the final track…so yeah, there were a lot of post-production delays. Next time, I think I want to be more self-reliant during post.
Tried following the 180-degree rule to the best of my ability, but for some reason I had a weird obsession with Wes Anderson at the time and decided to put my subjects a little to close to the center of the frame–yeah, bad idea. I think I should learn how to do over the shoulder shot well first before I break the rules. Know the rules, then break them. There’s a LOT of mistakes with the camerawork–most of the time that thing was strapped around my neck.
Good point on tone too. I realized the film needed some comedic elements though–dreams are weird things that shift from hilarious to terrifying within seconds. (Warning: I’m going to sound really pretentious here): I intentionally chose “embarrassing” situations for Jacob because he needed to face his underlying fears of social interaction and rejection. Getting laughed at for something stupid in class may not seem like a whole lot to us as adults, but to a kid it’s our entire world. Whether we like it or not, our childhood scars can carry into adulthood, especially when we don’t realize it. A big inspiration for this film was Eternal Sunshine on the Spotless Mind, because of scenes like this:
Again, thanks for watching sir. I know it’s not a lot, but every view, comment, like, and subscription is important to me. I want to reach people, and hopefully, change them.