Film Opening | Final Cut

Yesterday we finally hit “export” for the last time in this project! Our film opening is done, after months of planning, a stressful day of shooting and weeks of post-production. You can watch it below:

 

The actor, a short film director himself, was very pleased with the result and gave us very positive feedback. We have yet to show the piece to our colleagues from school, but I’m sure they’ll like it, too!

Film Opening | Update

We finally managed to pick a voice actor to do the narration. His name is Ryan Williams and he agreed to do the recording for free, although he is a complete stranger we met on Reddit.

We also made some important progress with the post-production, having chosen fonts for the titles and being halfway through the color correction process. Ana did all the color and exposure edits, while I placed all the titles and pieces of narration. I also added five sound effects (Foley) in different scenes to make them feel more like a movie.

I will finish the title transitions and effects this weekend, while Ana will work on the color correction on Monday. We will have the final cut done by Wednesday, April 29th.

Film Opening | Voice Actor Casting

Since our actor is not a native English speaker, we set out to look for someone else to do the narration in the character’s voice. My first idea was to go to reddit.com/r/recordthis and to make a post there. Sure enough, I got around 5 offers so far and I requested samples using our character’s monologue. (Here’s the original post, most offers were sent to me privately.)

The first voice actor, Callum L., didn’t quite get what the character was like, so I tried to explain what we’re actually looking for and he’ll send me another sample soon.

 

This guy, Ryan W., did a great job, but his voice sounds a bit too young for our character. Still, he is talented and we might use his voice if we can’t find anyone better.

 

 

Film Opening | Soundtrack

For the soundtrack, we headed on to YouTube to find a piano piece that felt gloomy and sad. Radiohead is my favourite band, so their song Exit Music (For A Film) performed by Joshua Piper was the perfect fit.

Being a photographer, I care a lot about copyright and intellectual property, so I reached out to the artist to request his permission for using his piano cover. Sure enough, he replied and let us use his song.Screen Shot 2015-04-08 at 21.29.15

Film Opening | Shooting Day

We shot the entire opening on April 2nd using three locations: my apartment for the kitchen scene and a hotel for the bedroom and bar. Special thanks to Hotel Topaz Cluj-Napoca for allowing us to film on the premises.

Our set photographer was my colleague Ana‘s mom.

Our main prop, the central theme of our movie, although only making a 3-second appearance in the opening.

Re-reading the script with Ana, preparing to start shooting. We started with the kitchen scene and then left for the hotel.

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