Distributing

I have looked in to film festivals, which relate to my target audience. Like the London Indian Film Festival, London Asian Film festival, British Urban Film Festival and many other local festival. I would like to reach a wider audience as I feel the story is gripping and different. I have looked in to submitting to the Raindance festival and Sundance festival. Also in other countries like The New York Indian Film Festival, I will have to submit my short film through general or late application due to the late shooting. I have placed my film up on vimeo but it is password protected. once I have heard back from the film festivals then I can decide to release it or not.

I have for the last few month have been interning at BritAsia which is the biggest british-asian channel in the UK with view-ship of over 4 million, and I have been in talk with them to poten4b20ec1b5b64514a27c4a3181665c2ddtially have my short film aired on the channel.

I also want to maybe enter much film in for a competition, they prize is an internship in USA which would not only make me feel amazing but it would help boot my career.

 

I have also have looked in to the costs, the average fee is £20 – £50 it will depends on the time I get my short film submitted.And with some of the money left over I can afford to enter my film in to some of the festivals

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Critical Evaluation – Editing

Now that production is wrapped I have to start putting my research on editing and what I have learnt froScreen Shot 2015-05-15 at 08.51.01m watching tutorial on colour correcting to the test. First things first, changing the name on the clips and sound files do that it makes it easier to find footage.I had noticed that some of the camera work wasn’t a thigh as I hoped it could of been. It would of been better if I had booked out a monitor to help see clearer what was being shot.

I found it easy to rough edit each scene and placing all the other scenes down the time line so it isolates the scene I am working on, editing the footage was the simplest task out of editing. I thought Sound would be easy. However I discovered that my male actor had changed his lines slightly each time, so it made syncing the sound hard, for example the scene in the coffee shop in particular was the scene where the road work were happening. With sound we managed to get some good clear sounds but the footage for that sound was the best for the scene, so I has to chop up the sound and clips for it to work. As a director I should of noticed that he was saying a different sentence each time. But I have managed to edit so it doesn’t look to much out of sync, which is putting my editing skills to the test.

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As the sound edit goes on I found it had gotten easier as the day had gone one, It’s like we all had settled into out roles and we was more comfortable on the shoot. The clips aren’t as choppy and the sound is a nice and long with no cuts in them. Which looks and works so much better then the first scene. I have learning how important it is to get the sound right on each take, whether it is a test shot or an actual take. Once I got over the first scene the rest seem to be so much easier. But it was still really tidies syncing it up, while I was researching into editing I came across a programme that helps syncs sound a footage ‘PluralEyes’. I make the mistake in not looking into the software as if I knew how to use the programme it could of help me and make the film look that much better. But now that I know how hard it is to sync sound I will start to learn the programme so I can have that skill under my belt, which would work in my favour after graduation.

Colour correcting seems to be straight forward, however because I have a love of edits, and with colour correcting a clips you can’t select multiple clips and edit at the same time. However I did find a way to make it easier. For example If I has colour corrected a clip and a few frames down the clip is a similar lighting then I could ‘copy’ the colour corrected clip and I select the clip I want the same colour correction on, which could be more then one and ‘Paste Attributes’ which then I can tweak it if needs be. It is a short cut but when you have some many edits it just makes it easier to work on the project. As you still have to adjust each clip but the hard part of getting the main colours right seems less hard. I like picking up hints and tips, who doesn’t like to make things simpler.I did find it difficult because some of the footage was under exposed which made it harder to colour correct.

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It was really helpful having music that I didn’t have to worry about if it was suitable. I did also have to go on to copyright free sound effect websites to get sounds like, the car crash and hospital machine noises. It wasn’t to hard to fine copy right free sounds as throughout the years I have learnt where to go to and not to go to. The length of the final edit is 24 minutes, which is a really long however I have edited it as much as I could, cutting some scenes out. If I had taken out more the story wouldn’t make sense and I feel the audience would be confused to what is happening.

Overall with the editing process I feel that I had over come my fear of not being able to complete the edit to a good standard, even though I an disappointed to the length of the film, knowing from my research “the shorter the better” but I wouldn’t have been able to make it shorter. But from that I have learnt that my writing skills needs working so I can have a play write which is more compact and is able to tell a story with out stating the obvious. I feel that I need to keep working on my editing skills so that I have a better understanding of how to shot to make the editing process easier.

 

Critical Evaluation – Pre Production & Production

The last few time I worked on a project I had a full team of 6 people, so the work seem to be effortless as each job was delegated. For this project I was working on it solo which was challenging at times. In high an sight It would of been better to team up with someone so there was some space to breath, as they say two heads are better then one. However saying that I loved having full control of the project, being able to want and do whatever I wanted was a dream.  With the pre-production I should of been more proactive and on the ball. I shouldn’t of relied on emailing and wait for a response for days. This is my final project I should learnt to be more selfish and aggressive is a positive, when it comes to getting what I want. But I have learnt to be persistent, whether it was a slow persistence, In the past I would of given up and changed what I could control and compromise my script just because I didn’t want to push myself to keep looking, I was playing it safe.

One of the most positive things I did was starting to save early, as that money really did help keep the project afloat. If I did want to keep making films I now know how much it will take to save up, also once this project has been completed I will be putting the money left over back into the pot so I can use it for future projects, and I can use the money to spent on fund raising items,I could of made t-shirtd which could of been sold to make more money. However these are ideas for another time.

On the actual shot, there where things that happened that was out of my heads, like the road works. However there was things like getting extra batteries to be prepared. As this was a project that I worked on solo and there was times I didn’t know what was up or down, the outcome was what I expected, a few mishaps but overall good work. I should of made it clearer earlier to my actors about the date I wanted to film, as it almost like first come first served with actors. The shoot could of gone more smoother if I had planned that much better but with each mistake I learn, which you only learn from experiences, Like sending the call sheets earlier and having more production meeting with the actors so they could of bonded more before the day of the shoot.

I should of cast my net wider in terms of my crew as I two full time crew members including myself with on and off runners. When you know you have the right team it is like the weight on your shoulders is lifted a little. As much as a small crew does works,  it is less opinions to cloud my judgement with more people on set. When I look back to directing other projects I am proud of how I worked on the project. I was more confident and believed in what I was doing, when you are passionate about something and have high hopes, I feel the attitude towards the outcome is different because I wanted it to be good, the best it could be and that is what kept me going. Because a few times in pre-production I did want to give up but then the knowledge of knowing why I was doing it was a good drive.

Overall I know with the pre-production process I could of worked harder and pushed harder to get the answers sooner then waiting a few days. It is also important because it’s like a butterfly effect, if the pre-production is weak then the production will be poor and then the post-production won’t work. I am glad that my pre-production planning wasn’t terrible, I just know with in myself that it could of been that much better. For production days I should of been more aware of the small things, like having extra batteries with is a small thing but I does effect production scheduling in a big way. Also I should be watching my talent as they are bring what is in my head on to the screen, by giving them some control in the beginning it is harder to change the character when that person is set into the role, which could of been overcome with production meetings with my actors.

Production – day 2

After Sleeping like a baby, I had more faith in getting everything done nice and quickly. We started on location at the Health and life science building. we had arrived on time and had everything set uIMG_2657p waiting for the arrival of the actors. As soon as they did I explained the scene has a run though and within a few hours we have finished.

Going back to the house we got two big scenes done. But the curse of the batteries struck again, first with the IMG_2646boom mic the battery went then the camera again, so we decided to go into uni to get other one, and then the edirol mic died, so we had to go get new batteries. Which took a massive chunk out of our schedule. when all the batteries where replaced we was ready to finish the scene which we ended up finishing.

we went to the last location, at this point because we were now a few hours behind we had hit the beginning of rush hour. Luckily the members from the Guruwara where still waiting for us.  As the mScreen Shot 2015-04-23 at 21.14.32 2ale actor has to go early we got all of his scenes done first so he could go early, even though it was 4pm. We filmed the last few scenes and that was a wrap. we has offical finished around 5pm.

Day two was stressful for a different reason, the equipment, that has let us down however we had all the footage we needed so there was not much complains.

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Production – Day 1

Screen Shot 2015-05-14 at 10.43.07On the First Day of shooting 22nd April, even with next to no sleep I felt prepared knowing that we had a long day ahead of us. We was on location first thing, as me and the crew arrived to the location, first the Coffee shop was closes which was what set off my panic button. Knowing that if this went wrong I had only me to blame, calmed me down. Finally setting up we was on track, however the owner had double booked so we has to wait half an hour to start. This is where I stepped in to talk to my actors. going through the script and having run thIMG_2653ough with them and letting them show me what they thought of the characters. which was really helpful to me as well as them I could see early on how that have taken on their characters.

IMG_8505I was happy with my choice with the female lead she had understood the character and taken the role on well. I felt I had to work with the male lead a little more, he has the right attitude when it came to the characters charm but the small glimmer of emotions was harder to get out. but as it was only just the first scene I wants to worried. We ended up filming for about 3 hours which was frustrating, when I went on my recce for the coffee shop it was nice and quiet. However on the day of the shot it happened to have road works next to the shop and with most takes the sound would pic up the sounds. However we managed our best, as soon as I called cut on the last take the memory card was full. Screen Shot 2015-04-23 at 21.17.15

Having lunch, clearing the card we started filming again. getting through the small scenes quick was great. but then the really problem started the battery on the camera died, so we had to stop the shoot and wait for the battery to charge as we didn’t get an extra battery. That is why we had an even longer shot because we has to keep start and stopping. We managed to get the main emotional scene shot. Wrapping up the day at 8pm was hard. especially as we had an other daScreen Shot 2015-04-23 at 21.29.48y shoot the next day and both actor where driving back and forth.

The first day was alway gonna be tricky as its the whole team together and we don’t know each other, even though it wasn’t awkward it was just challenging. After the actors had gone, I had taken on board the ups and downs of the day and made my own little plan of how day 2 will go.

Making the right EPK

The right EPK can help promote my short film, so getting it right is important. According to FilmSourcing It is good to start early, to plane which stills, Interviews will be included in EPK. The basic use of a EPK is for good marketing.

the diagram shows the most important EPK features.

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PMD for Hire is a really good site to explain what should go into a EPK. All this research will help my make a better EPK with all the right information to help boost my film.

A damn good synopsis: I can’t stress this enough! Too many indie film synopses are written using arcane language in what I refer to as a “Euro-trashy style.” Don’t lose your potential audience from the get-go by describing your film in terms which don’t register on the radar of the average filmgoing joe. So filmmakers take note: you’ve got all the time in the world to parse out the more esoteric aspects of your film during your future magazine or website interviews and guest blog posts. If you feel yourself waxing philosophical, save it for the more high-brow publications, not the EPK. The key at this stage is to not alienate people. If you attempt to sound more pretentious than what’s good for you, there’s a surefire way to lose folks’ interests.

Filmmaker’s personal statement: Again, this is something which personalizes the picture and stamps the filmmaker’s “personality” on the minds of his/her potential audience. For a brief few moments, this takes readers’ attentions away from the story and casts all the attention on the filmmaker, which — if skillfully done — succeeds in doing exactly that.

Phenomenal production stills: It’s a rare breed of independent who appreciates the unfathomable value and potential of stellar stills. To the majority of indies, though, production stills are typically an afterthought. A trifling expense. An annoyance even. Hardly realizing that it can be something that accurately documents a filmmakers’ journey of taking their story from script-to-screen to cements their relationship with an eventual loyal audience. In other words: the major value-add for these fans and followers. So don’t scrimp on stills!

Off-set stills: Make a habit today of documenting practically everything connected to your film! Keep a diary during the scripting process, another diary during pre-production, and never let a stills camera, an audio device, or a Flip Cam (for video) stray too far from the action or your thoughts. You never know when history might be in the making. You don’t want to reach the Rubicon with no boat to cross it with, know what I mean?

Cast & crew bios (in their own words): I’m tending to the side of originality here. Do you keep the copy industry standard: spartan, curt, punchy, or do you innovate a tad by having the cast and crew members write their copy in their own words? If EPKs are becoming something like business cards, then everything counts in the effort to stand out from the clutter.

Links to all popular social media tools: The key is to have inventory and options for visitors. Let journalists and critics make their own choices, so it’s important to serve it up to them the way they’re expecting it. You don’t want to lose out a chance at gratis publicity because you’re not offering up industry standard clickable soc-med links off your page and within your press kit. That EPK of yours should be a real link smorgasbord, so organize it properly. List them using industry-standard icons for instant identification. The bare minimums are a Twitter handle, a Facebook personal page, a FB Fan Page, and a LinkedIn profile, the latter for your more straight-laced financier types who are coming at your film from a more business-y angle.

All relevant contact details: If it wasn’t omitted as often as I’ve been seeing it, I wouldn’t emphasize this: ensure to include as many contact details as possible! Remember, it’s not about you! Some people are more telephone-based, others are more email-friendly. Permit your potential contacts to choose how to best reach you and make sure to be available at all of these places so man those phones (or get your PMD to do so)! And for all those indies who use contact forms on their site as opposed to real email addresses, test those forms before going live to ensure they work! That one email you’ll miss might be the one attempt that particular distributor makes to reach your office — not to mention how sloppy contact forms cheese people right off.