This is my self evaluation for my Final Major Project. For this, I decided to create a film based in a hospital.
The decision to base it in a hospital was an easy one. Having spent most of my life in hospital, being there kinda feels like a home from home. I started planning the drama in March when I was actually in hospital. The idea came from writing a fan fiction story.
Filming began on a Wednesday and involved Steve, Libby and Natalie and it was the scene which envisioned as a ‘oner’ a scene shot in one take. This however wasn’t the case as it was to difficult to do it as the actors struggled to keep a straight face for the duration of filming.
Filming was a fun and memorable experience mainly because it was so enjoyable to do. The scene I remember filming the most was the scene in the staff room as it was an absolute joy to film.
There were many of other scenes that I enjoyed but the one that I had a struggle with was the stair well scene. This was a struggle because i didn’t close off the stairwell for filming. This is something that I should’ve done as filming kept being interrupted. Another thing was the actors remembering their lines. Again this may have been my fault as i did include some very medical heavy dialogue.
Filming took me a couple of weeks as the availably for my actors kept changing and the access to the locations was hard to gain, especially for the roof scene.
After finished filming, the first thing that I did was upload all my footage into Premier Pro so I could edit it. This took me awhile as I had filmed my scenes out of order, again due to actor and room availability . Once I had them all in order I had to sort out my audio.
This was done with ADR as I re-recorded Jane and Natalie’s voices. More information on this can be found on the blog entitled ‘Syncing Up Audio For FMP.’
My biggest problem with this film was matching camera resolutions. Because my camera shoots in a higher resolutions then the cameras that the college use, meaning that i had to cut a scene with Sola and Libby.
There were many changes to my script, the major one was that Jane’s character was changed from a woman to a man and then back to a woman after my male actor became unavailable. This in a sense bought my pre-production and the whole project full circle.
One thing that kept constantly changing was the song choice. I’d specifically wrote the final few pages to have music playing over the scenes. This is knows as Songtage, Songtages aren’t that well known in the UK but were mostly made famous after being used in the hit U.S. show ‘Grey’s Anatomy.’ They use music in all of their episodes, especially when a main character dies. A prime example of this would be when main character Derek Shepherd died, they used a haunting and emotional cover of Snow Patrols ‘Chasing Cars’ a song used several times in the shows history.
The list of songs I narrowed it down to were,
I Wanna Dance With Somebody – Bootstraps
The Riddle – Five for Fighting
Chasing Cars – Snow Patrol
Every Other Sunday – The Wind And The Wave
Broken – Lifehouse
As Long As You Love Me – Sleeping At Last
Yellow – Coldplay
The Scientist – Coldplay
Having tried all the songs, the one I decided to go with was ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody’ with Bootstraps covering the song. I chose this one because I found that the lyrics fit really well with the scenes that were happening.
I achieved my goal in creating my medical drama. overall I am pleased with how the film turned out.
Also I asked an external audiance to watch my film. The questions that I asked were,
What did you think of the film?
Was the relationship between the two main character’s clear?
What did you think of the song choice?
What would you improve?