Here's a range of s'shots from the 2012 microdramas with points attched, reflecting some of what we discussed in the lesson. I haven't attempted to order them - but having renamed every one as I saved it, s'shots for linked points are in any case ordered together. You'll also see I've kept the YouTube timer in the shot; its useful to have the time reference so you can find sequences if you need to later for reference, use in Eval vids etc.
There are 18 shots below.
|TITLES: white font on black signifying serious drama; the titles fade in and fade out of focus, adding visual interest. The graphic also connotes violence/horror|
|FALSE SCARE: a common slasher opening convention, this lulls the aud into a false sense of security ... then you hit them with a real scare! These need careful framing + shot variation; if you reveal the impending false scare it won't work|
|FRAMING/VIOLENT SCENES: The lighting works to good effect here - tho' better not to have a light on to frame right?|
|FRAMING/LIGHTING: As with the tunnel shot above, we get a great effect from natural lighting and the framing is very effective too. A dutch angle might have further accentuated the signification of threat though.|
|MATCHED CUTS: A missed opportunity: we get a loud click from the light switch, then cut to the living room. If a bottle was set down, in CU, we'd have a matched sound to link the two!|
|PRIVILEGED POV: While you ruin false scares by revealing too much, giving the audience advance notice of an impending attack cxan be an effective idea. Note the term for this approach.|
|SLASHER CONVENTIONS - CONFINED SPACE: Most slashers require a confined space to function (so the victims can't escape too easily). Forests also work for this: they're cut off from rescue and difficult to get away from.|
|SOUND + BOOM MIC/DEAD CAT or OVERDUBBING: The wind overwhelmed the diegetic audio, so should have been either re-recorded (record an ambient track of wind, river sound, and separately record Kate's speech) or a boom mic used with a dead cat attached.|
|SUBJECTIVE POV SIGNIFIES PRESENCE: As mentioned above, this shot carries connotations of a hidden other's presence.|