Just a little scene from a longer piece I worked on ages ago. The longer film as a whole never really worked, but I always loved this scene. I found it the other day and just thought it might be worth putting it out it there for the fun of it.
I have been reading this fantastic book lately. It's called "How To Write For Television" by William Smethurst (Available on Amazon) In Chapter 4:Structure there is a little section on 'suspense' with a tiny scene written to demonstrate how suspense can be written in script format.
Since I am useless and unoriginal this week, I have decided to steal this scene and direct it. My ultimate goal is to make a film every week, not prove I can write something original every week.
I need two male actors and one female actor for a night shoot.
Keep asking for what you want out of your talents. They will give you your scene if you can learn to communicate what's in your crazy, messed up head coherently
Beforehand, think about how you're going to shoot close ups on a dialogue scene where the actors are very close to each other. Where are you going to place the camera?
As happy as I am with my script, I did not help the actors because I didn't give them enough of a through-line so it was difficult for them to differentiate lines at first; must keep in mind when writing in future
ALWAYS make sure your SOUND LEVELS are not too HIGH. Had it not been for the separate sound the film would have been completely ruined as the level on the camera mic was far too high. Boom saved the day.
Do think about set more. Even on a short film. It's not exactly as I pictured it and it grates on me
Sometimes, the Canon 5D is not the ideal camera for your film (Oooh! I finally said it!)
Rehearsals. They TOTALLY pay off. We managed to get a good set of rehearsals and it really made it work for everyone