Although I've made many short films, The Man-Spider was the first one I felt was visually exciting and had a distinct style. Filmed from August to October, The Man-Spider is nearly completed as I've made multiple cuts of various lengths in order to figure out how it flows best. In terms of camera techniques, I was heavily influenced by Sam Raimi and Edgar Wright's fast paced zooms and extreme angles. Although it doesn't have much in the realm of characters or genuine emotion, I feel like I accomplished my goal of making a fast-paced, somewhat funny monster short.
By far the most ambitious project I've worked on is my short film for Ladue's Film Festival in April. Although I knew I'd be on a tight schedule, the time I was actually able to film was much more sporadic than I'd originally thought. Working with the theater students in Acting 2 brought up a lot of complications as their schedule would sometime shift suddenly. Although this was frustrating at times, I have to acknowledge that there were times I could've been better organized. Occasionally I forgot storyboards in the theater and had to run back to get them right before filming. In order to cut the film's length, there were a few times I made script revisions only a day or two before filming, not leaving a lot of time for the actors to learn their lines. Despite the complications that arose, I feel like we got a lot accomplished in the time we had. Although there is still about a half of the film left to shoot, I'm so, so fortunate to be working with actresses and actors who genuinely care about making the movie and have agreed to continue filming after school the beginning of second semester.
It's been a fun "beginning of the end" and I look forward to sharing my projects soon.