ok so i made this today, shot in 1 hour using only a tripod and my DSLR. I had to operate the camera and be the actor so thats why its all still shots, though i feel the flow came out fairly well. I know the music and what not isn't very good, just threw in some video co-piolet sounds.
also the muffling you'll hear about 1 minute into the video was supposed to represent a noise coming from downstairs, didn't turn out like planned. and music in the beginning is supposed to be coming through headphones. anyways, what do you think?
probably just stopping right there, might turn it into something. It was more of just a test, and i hate not being able to operate the camera on the actor, it would have turned out better if i had an actual actor instead of me doing both. But I do have a short film coming up soon that i'll be looking for more feedback with.
Well, I suppose it's mediocre in the sense that there isn't really any story (and in three minutes, you can fit A LOT of story). But it seems clear to me that this is something that you just did as an exercise for learning the ropes, figuring things out. In that context, I think it's actually rather good.
I think you have an eye for where to put the camera. I hate to say this, but it seems to me like some people got it, and some people don't. You got it! Some of those shots are really nice (my favorite is the one in which he first grabs the bat).
So, yeah, you need to get some actors and start really making movies. Don't expect it to go smoothly. But do know that you've got a "natural" talent that will only become better, the more you apply yourself to learning this craft.
P.S. I forgot to mention earlier -- your dog is cute. Is that a shi-tzu?
lol, yeah the bat grabbing happens to be my favorite also, it makes it more edgy feeling. That comment inspired me even more saying that "i got it" Being a director has been my dream since i was 5. And no its a cocka-poo lol
That was pretty good, man! I think you did a good job tying the shots together, another thing that helps with that is sound bleed/tie over (a sound is played from the end of one shot into the beginning of another. I know I'm forgetting the proper term here). Sound has a way of playing tricks on our perception, in a good way for filming anyways.
The dog actually looked like it was going to be the antagonist, haha, the way it came and kinda sat and was waiting for you almost.
I thought it was pretty well done! Especially since it was just you. I'm going to suggest that you invest in additional lighting (some of your shots were too dark) and spend some time learning how to color grade. I think some color grading in this would really add to the suspense. The blown out (light) house windows take away from the creepiness due to the fact that the viewer (myself) knows it's daytime. Just my two cents!