Team: Alex Honeywell, Chris Elawa, Robyn Goodridge
Role: Concept development, Cinematographer, Director and Editor
Tools: Adobe Audition, Premiere Pro, After Effects, camera equipment
FULL RIDE is a short suspense film created in 2014. The film is about a conflicted teenager; To the world he seems like the perfect kid, Good grades, respectful to parents, and very responsible. But in reality he is on the contrary. The film highlights his struggles, as he spirals deep into his conflicted personality.
A combination of story boarding, theme analysis, character and location design, helped us build the platform for our film. We made careful decisions about the required shots, for example we story-boarded match-cuts to be implemented in the film to ensure for dramatic yet seamless transitions.
To elevate the emotions of the audience in relation to the actors, everything from the characters clothes, the setup of scene and how the shot was framed, was crucial.
Our cinematography heavily relied on movement and light. On a tight budget, we made use of cars, skateboards, and battery charged lights, to create the dynamic and dark mood of the film.
Weather: Since FULL RIDE was filmed during winter of 2014, we had to face the challenges of snow and rain. We tried work around the weather by using materials to cover our equipment, or finding locations that have a strong cinematic feels under shelters.
Traffic: A majority of our shots were filmed on the road. We decided to avoid traffic by filming late at night, or on weekends in industrial locations.
Lighting: Our film heavily relied on natural light, we noticed some of our shots were too dark. This required us to go back and re-shoot the scenes.
Actors: We needed the acting, and voice, to be perfectly correlated. However, we soon realized that though an actor might be comfortable in front of the camera, they might not be as well suited for voice recording. This required us to find a voice actress, whose voice could correlate seamlessly with the actress who played the role of the mother.
Our film showcases two main settings that switch back and forth: the home and the outdoors. Careful editing of how time passes between the two locations was a very crucial part of our film. The pace of the editing helped set the slow pace for the home, which helped create a connection to the mother for the audience. Where as the quick edits for the outdoors scenes, help show time passing by quickly, in the dramatic life of the boy.
For some of the errors made during filming, editing was the place to fix them. For example, we had re-arrange the composition for some match cuts that did not work out as planned.
Along side these, sounds played a huge factor in our film and required detailed editing.
This project helped me develop my critical design thinking skills. It required a key understanding of the Shangri-La business, current technology, and most importantly; the people.
Throughout this project we would often find ourselves falling into traps. One of the biggest lessons I learned was knowing how and when to change an approach once an idea is not working out. Being able to do that allowed us to create RISE.