Last weekend, we were all issued with the challenge of creating a 2 mins short film within 48hours. All of us were initially expecting a totally new theme for the challenge, it surprised all of us when we were told that the theme would be us recreating our film using the 48hours. There were alot of complaints coming from everyone as they didnt want to create a film based on their animation.
Personally, at first, i thought that it would be hard too as the location of our film is set within changi and we wouldnt be able to enter that place if we are not traveling. However, this problem was quickly solved when ms yitting told us that the setting doesnt have to be a real thing. If that is the case,i was really glad that we had such a timing to do this. The current problem of our group is that we are stucked within our imagination and we cant visualise how else our boards can be. Since of genre is comedy telling rules , the animation requires fun and interesting angles to attract people’s attention. And with this actual filming, at least to me, it allowed me to explore more different perspective that we couldnt imagine while drawing on paper.
Due to limited resources that we have, we have to make use of whatever materials we can find. It was fun making the props need. E.g. the metal detector, using cardboard, and also the conveyor belt made using trash bag. We received alot of help from classmates and also Mr norman who kindly helped us as the main character.
We have to overcome several technical difficulties such as we couldnt keep the actors for too long hence we have to coordinate with everyone’s timing and try to complete the scenes as soon as possible. there is also problems such as the restriction of the location. Even though there were problems along the way, we got our way around it and completed our filming. All these constraints simulate the process of our production, i am glad that we could experience them first and have a feel of how a production will be like.
After we got all our footages, the post production is another important part of production. we have to edit the footage and make sure that the angles work out fine. I was in charging of editing the footages together and realised that there were several camera direction problems. one of the very big problem that we have is crossing the 180 line without any reason. It also made me realised that the screen direction is a major component. This is something we need to take note of this continuity.
Overall, i feel this this is a very important process for us to be able to see our film and to confirm that our animation is a doable one. Due to some constraints that we have, we are not able to film some scenes. The film is currently a little short now at 1m40s. We will still have to add in the missing scenes to see the whole film timing. It allows us to realise which scenes are too short or too long. This is certainly a important process for all of us.