The Remake of the ‘Lucky You’ Poker Scene

Since our ‘Reservoir Dogs’ opening tasks wasn’t the best it could be, we had another task to do. This time we had to recreate the poker scene from ‘Lucky You’ – a 2007 drama film directed by Curtis Hanson.

Planning

Instead of being in one big group for the task, we were separated into two groups. For the planning, we didn’t really do much. I watched the clip and wrote down what types of shots we needed to focus on and how long the shots shown for. Kieran, another member in the group, wrote down the pivotal card order for the scene to make it look as much like the scene as possible. Finally, Grace drew storyboards for the scene.

Unlike the previous task, we didn’t need to focus on costume or makeup. We needed to focus on the camerawork which made the filming process a lot easier.

Filming

For filming, instead of filming the whole thing in order, each shot separately, we decided to film the whole thing about 6 times, all in the types of shots we needed to do. Since we didn’t have long to film this, filming it in this manner was the quickest option. The script was quite hard to memorise and to our advantage, we were in a location (a classroom) which had a whiteboard in it. To make it easier for the actor who played the main protagonist, writing the script on the board made it a lot easier. To help the other actor with their lines, we wrote them down on a piece of paper which she then placed on her lap.  There were some complications with the filming. For example, the camera battery ran out around four or five times so it restricted the filming time even more. However, we did get it filmed in the end.

Artefact

Here is the finished recreation. In the footage, it plays the actual scene and then it plays the recreated version I edited.

Evaluation

In terms of a finished product, I thought it turned out okay. The timings were okay (they could have been better) and the shots were very accurate to the actual scene. Since we didn’t have a very long time to film it, for a scene which was filmed in about 30 minutes, it didn’t turn out too badly. In terms of improvements, I would most definitely make the shots match up with each other so there are no continuity errors. All in all, I am quite happy with how the recreation turned out.

Preliminary Task – Take 2

We did another preliminary task but, this time it was (hopefully) an improvement of the first preliminary task. This time, however, I had to apply the 180′ rule, match on action and shot reverse shot.

Planning

This time, we only had about half a lesson to plan out idea…therefore, we only had a brief amount of time. We came up with a quick idea of a first date and we then decided to find actors. We also found a room to shoot in which was, the irrational room.

Filming

The filming process was fairly simple. We had a very small space to work in but, we made it work. We had about 6 people who showed up to act which was very helpful. Everyone in the group helped direct the shot and we all had different roles: Kieran filmed, Millie helped with the clapper board and me and Sean directed the sound. We did the main shots first (the conversation and entering the room). When we had finished with those shots, we repeated them but on the other side (obviously using the 180′ rule). Finally, we added in some extra shots of the actors footsteps walking to the room and holding the door handle (the door handle shot demonstrated match on action).

Editing

The editing process was probably the most difficult part in the whole process. After exporting everything, I made things easier by completing the film first which gave me a good base to put my sound onto. Like any editing process, matching the sound to the footage was probably the most difficult part. I also needed to make sure that I cut the shots properly, one after the other. This made the film flow like an actual film.

Artefact 

Here is the finished product.

 Evaluation

I feel that the second take of the preliminary task went a lot better than the first. With applying the rules (180′ rule, match on action and shot reverse shot) made the finished product look a lot better. This time, the editing process was easier to do which was mainly because, I had a larger selection of footage which I could choose from. The actual  story itself isn’t the best but, that obviously wasn’t the main focus of the task. In future projects, the plot will be a lot more detailed and precise.

Match On Action

Match on action is an editing technique, it is also known as “cutting on action”. It is used to cut from one shot to another view that matches the first shot’s action. 

Examples: a man opening the door and a close up of his hand on the door handle, a woman picking up a gun and a close up of her finger on the trigger etc etc.

Here is a simplified version of the match on action rule:

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Shot Reverse Shot

Shot reverse shot is a filming technique which applies the 180′ rule to it. Shot reverse shot is a filming technique in which one character is shown looking at the other character and the shot cuts to the other character looking back at the first character. This shot is commonly used in scenes of dialogue to show the conversation between the two characters and to show the reactions of the characters.

Here are some filmed examples of shot reverse shot:

Preliminary Task – Evaluation

After finishing the editing process, me and the rest of the class watched my finished piece. I have some good points and some points to improve on.

  • The walking shot at the start created a nice effect. I used a wide shot of the actress walking and an extreme close up of her shoes. This shows and sets the scene and setting for the audience. It also flowed together nicely which was good. However, I used the extreme close up twice which meant that it overdid this effect and it was unnecessary.
  • Another idea I need to work on is the sound. I need to match the sound up a little bit better as, it was a bit off.

Things I will do in the future:

  • I will carefully match the sound up and make sure that the sound does match the video.
  • I will film more of the same shots to ensure I have a bigger choice to choose from.

Overall, I do think the video I created was a good starting point. We had 50 minutes to film footage and if we had longer, we would obviously have a lot more choice and maybe, created a much more effective video. However, I will create a lot more videos in the future applying the points of improvement I was given.

Preliminary Exercise – Planning

Task : Film and edit a character opening a door, crossing a room and sitting down in a chair opposite another character, with whom he/she exchanges a few lines of dialogue. 

In order to achieve the task, we need to show all of the things above. We will use different camerawork techniques to achieve this as well as using the right skills with the boom pole, microphone and sound recorder.

The location of filming will be the conference room and the glass corridor. The conference room is the perfect location as the story and theme of our short film is a job interview. The job interview will just be a basic job interview, we did this because an interview would be a great way to show shots between characters whilst they are having conversations. Here is a layout and idea of what the dialogue will be like. 14355825_1589625358006399_117662001_n14330917_1589625378006397_2018152661_n

 

The opening will start off with wide shots of the empty corridors. An extreme close up of the characters feet walking down the corridor will be shown (this will be done by putting the camera on the floor and simply letting the character walk past it. There will then be some more extreme close up shots: the character opening the door, pulling the chair out and shaking the interviewer’s hand. In terms of the conversation, the shots will mostly be reaction and over the shoulder shots. The final shot of the film will be the interviewer and interviewee shaking hands (since the candidate got the job).

Here is a layout of what the shots will look like (this is to just a guide for when we are filming).

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