During this FMP I will demonstrate the following strengths :- I am imaginative and able to generate/develop ideas to closely fit a brief. I can plan effectively and prioritize so that I meet all deadlines. My work is informed by relevant primary and secondary research. I am a safe pair of hands, able to use a variety of camera equipment and support others to do the same. I am competent at using software to edit /develope narrative and can apply vfx to help enhance the visual appeal for an audience.
Reflecting on feedback from previous projects, I will focus on being more assertive, delegating more, communicating better with my cast and crew and maintaining an outward appearance of positivity. I wll also strive to be more flexible about adapting my ideas and more willing to accept the suggestions /contributions of others. To encourage this flexibility I will maintain a critical and evaluative approach throughout.
The working title of my short film is : ‘The Amulet’
As a traveller navigates the sands with a precious amulet a creature of the desert fights him for it. The stimuli of flow will be explored by emphasizing the flowing sands and enhancing flowing dance movements with CG fire. It will be a visual narrative without dialogue but supported with a soundtrack that complements the action and mood. The conflict will build then resolve as the sand creature is destroyed and the enraged desert either drags the amulet and traveller down into the sands or swallows them up in a sandstorm.
My main role will be that of director which will involve me working on developing my dance/ choreography skills, as well as my shot planning and cast/crew management. On this occasion I would like to try working with a performer from outside my normal circle of family and friends. I will use natural lighting for my film and shoot during the golden hour so there is good light and contrast with minimal set up considerations. In terms of camera movement, I want to show flow whilst keeping high energy; so dynamic movements and transitions will be key. To achieve this I will use my practical experience to support my crew to use the Cannon C100 and Sony FS700 with a shoulder rig or tripod. I plan to prioritize my workload so I shoot as soon as possible in order to give myself plenty of time for post production.
The primary research underpinning this project will be collected from interviews with dance professionals. I will use moodboards and carry out small scale surveys to gather people’s opinions on the character, costume, makeup and soundtrack. I will gather secondary research from relevant books, articles, blogs and youtube videos. I will be visiting local coastal areas of Walney and Roanhead to assess the practicality of using them as my location. I will visit charity shops and online auction sites to source the costumes and props. I will also carry out test shots and a dress rehearsal at my chosen location.
The project should have a natural flow to it ,as defining the characters and narrative should to some extent suggest the costume / makeup and dance. However, I also expect the project to evolve in a reactive way being impacted on by the contribution my performer brings to the dance, how well we work together and how the location dictates our moves. The narrative may change direction depending on how the shots turn out, how I feel the edit best flows and fits with the sound track and as my ability to apply visual effects allows.
In my reflective blog I will record feedback from my tutors and peers and combine this with my own thoughts on the positives and negatives on various aspects of my work including, the usefulness of research. This will demonstrate informed decision making and method and show an evaluative approach. I will use my reflective journal to repeatedly relate my work back to the brief and to check I am meeting the FMP unit requirements. I will use my blog to also regularly review the quality and quantity of my work in relation to the time frame given. I will document how these reviews, affect my priorities, plans, the narrative and overall direction of my project. I will supplement my written notes with relevant photographs and videos. Finally, I will evaluate the success of my project by summarizing the main lessons learned throughout and by analyzing the final screening to note what went well and what I need to improve on next time.
Water as a Flowing Liquid and Flowing in a Cycle, Research ideas
White Scar Caves. (2017) (website). Available at : http://www.whitescarcave.co.uk/home
Ingleton Waterfalls Trail. (2016) (website). Available at : http://www.ingletonwaterfallstrail.co.uk/
Janet’s Foss. (website). Available at : http://www.malhamdale.com/janetsfoss.htm
Walney Island Beaches. (online images). Available at :
Mist at Newby Bridge. (2009). (online image). Available at : https://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=2&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwj_lbGAx6vUAhXrKsAKHYpgDkcQFggsMAE&url=https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Morning_Mist_Over_Newby_Bridge_-_geograph.org.uk_-_1502642.jpg&usg=AFQjCNGy94mRTtHKHKaniqGOX7RJQUA9iw
Smilo82. (2006) Yiruma: River Flows in You. (video). Available at : https://youtu.be/LyTBCaCnYco
xXYuNPoOXx. (2006). Yiruma:Kiss the Rain. (video). Available at : https://youtu.be/so6ExplQlaY
Time Flows / Entropy. Research Ideas
BBC. (2011). Brian Cox explains why time travels in one direction – Wonders of the Universe – BBC Two . (video). Available at : https://youtu.be/uQSoaiubuA0
HarpsichordM. (2015). A. Vivaldi The Four Seasons, Nigel Kennedy. (video). Available at : https://youtu.be/d2XM1EMzaWs
Kamakawiwo’ole , I. (1993). Over the Rainbow and What a Wonderful World. (video). Available at : https://youtu.be/Z26BvHOD_sg
Idaxtoer90. (2009). Andrea Bocelli – White Christmas. (video). Available at : https://youtu.be/0kbMbaR-xJQ
Flowing Sands, Research ideas
GoLakes. North Walney National Nature Reserve. (website). Available at :
National Trust. Sandscale Haws National Nature Reserve. (website). Available at :
Anonymous. (2014). A Desert Dream of Wind and Sand. (poetry website). Available at :
Flowing Movements of a Dance research ideas
Allan, M (2013). Azula VS Zuko Final Agni Kai. (animation, video). Available at : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OGTTVw2YKYU
Epic Music World. (2010). KPM Music : Into The Fire. (video). Available at :
The Avatar Soundtrack. (2008). Last Angi Kai : Avatar Soundtrack. (music soundtrack). Available at : https://youtu.be/yFnnNijn_OI
Planning A Short Film
D4Darious. ( 2014). How to Make A Short Film : Important Tips and Advice. (video). Available at :
Tuts+Photo+Video. (2015). Visual Storytelling With the 5 – Shot Method for Video Sequences. (video). Availble at : https://youtu.be/rWPNTORWhPk
Tutvid. (2016). How to Shoot a Very Short Film w/ cheap gear: Pre-Production. (video). Available at : https://youtu.be/32U9zmQzvm4
Film Riot. (2015). Prepping for a Short Film. (video). Available at : https://youtu.be/-_1R2SEQ0y4
Secondary Research on How to do a Call Sheet
Starboardmedia. (2010) How To Write Call Sheets For Small Film Productions. (website, guide). Available at : http://www.starboardmedia.co.uk/how-to-write-call-sheets/
Developing a Narrative Research
Field, S. (2003). The Definitive Guide To Screen Writing. London :Ebury Press.
Developing a Visual Narrative and Shot Planning Research
Kenworthy, C. (2012). Master Shots 2nd Edition 100 Advances Camera Techniques To Get An Expensive Look On Your Low Budget Movie. California : Michael Wiese Productions.
Van Sijll, J. (2005). Cinematic Storytelling The 100 Most Powerful Film Conventions Every Filmmaker Must Know. California : Michael Wiese Productions.
Choreographing and filming a Dance, Research
Ludus Dance Company Teacher’s Resource Packs, 5 packs compiled by Ludus Touring company. (1990 – 2000) :- ‘Clash’, ‘Timetrax’, ‘Crying out Loud’, ‘The Spark’, ‘Sold’.
Cyr, M. (2016) Designing Dances : How to Choreograph a Dance in 10 Steps. Dancesport Place, (online article). Available at : https://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwjxlpqL5ZrUAhUFLcAKHZcbDn0QFggmMAA&url=http://dancesportplace.com/designing-dances-how-to-choreograph/&usg=AFQjCNFhRRjYhOaEiZ8H8BtBeBB3iHJ-Aw
David LaChapelle Studio. (2015) Sergei Polunin, “Take Me to Church” by Hozier, Directed by David LaChapelle. (video). Avaliable at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c-tW0CkvdDI
Sergei Polunin Fans. (2016). Sergei Polunin – Behind the scenes Take Me To Church. (video). Avaliable at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KDfVEZlnaOc
BBC Earth Unplugged. (2013). Golden Eagle in slow motion – Slo Mo #9 – Earth Unplugged. (video). Avaliable at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aM0JMoGABgk
Safy. (2010). Red Fox – Hunts mice under snow [ incredible way ]. (video). Avaliable at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0yUwM5mHBD8
Smithsonian Channel. (2017). Here’s What Makes Komodo Dragons So Powerful. (video). Avaliable at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jVKvJ8wSKp0
Costume Design, Research
Anario. (2012). Costume Design/Fellowship of the Rings/Lord of the Rings. (video). Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9FfvX8LP5MY
Videofashion. (2014). Edith Head (1978)- From the Videofashion Vault. (video). Available at : https://youtu.be/fDGbI0i2nCg
Games of Thrones. (2011). Costume Design (HBO). (video). Available at : https://youtu.be/F_iFAjvYFo4
Bafta Guru. (2014). In Focus : Costume Design. (video). Available at: https://youtu.be/oqCjksUhSTc
Bafta Guru. (2016). Costume Design from The Danish Girl, Mad Max, Carol and more. (video). Available at : https://youtu.be/XHykoyjeVt0
Rambert Dance. (2017). Ghost Daners : Getting Into Charatcter. (video). Available at :https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pswB5ikZPg0
Zip kaiTM VN. ( 2017). CGI Animated Short Film HD Sand Castle Short Film by Zipkai. (video). Available at : https://youtu.be/vy-ItIROuNw
Google images. (2017). (online image) Available at :
Google images. (2017). (online image) Available at :
Google images (2017) (mood board of online images). Available at :
Avatar. (online image). Available at :
DeviantArt. Desert Walker by MiscCee. (online image). Available at :
Anantara. Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort. (google image). Available at : https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQoTvzB2y1HCPdryUKjQF1GJQn4TvS7M_EUUW_Aua1hVaTDACqB
Google Image. (2017) Available at :
Desert Fighters (google image). Available at : https://www.google.co.uk/imgres?imgurl=https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/5f/36/e4/5f36e4df6277a6e1f0ca6cdfd06c376a.jpg&imgrefurl=https://www.pinterest.com/pin/462744930438649550/&docid=wXjV29x6wWYIvM&tbnid=BMxWluqQtUsMgM:&vet=10ahUKEwj0zbjV27bUAhVIB8AKHesNClI4ZBAzCAIoADAA..i&w=640&h=368&bih=771&biw=1536&q=desert rat fighter&ved=0ahUKEwj0zbjV27bUAhVIB8AKHesNClI4ZBAzCAIoADAA&iact=mrc&uact=8
Kristianathe. (2016). CRACKED STATUE MAKEUP TRANSFORMATION TUTORIAL. (video). Avaliable at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=igi3yvK-pRQ
Pitching A Film, Research
Jacob Krueger Studio. (2012). What To Do When You Are Pitching Your Script. (video). Available at : https://youtu.be/DCpdEPJP0T8T8
Indie Film Hustle. (2016). How To Pitch Your Screenplay or Film Idea. (video). Available at :
Film Courage. (2012). The Art of Pitching A Movie Idea Using the Rule of 3 by Marc Zicree. (video). Available at : https://youtu.be/q6Lc-_tSN1c
WikiHow. (2016). How to Write a Film Pitch. (video). Available at : http://www.wikihow.com/Write-a-Film-Pitch
Colin Smith. (2014). Advanced Roto Brush in After Effects. (video). Avaliable at: https://youtu.be/t3mDbJMn16Q
FX HIVE. (2015). Cinema 4D and Turbulence FD – Smoke vs Fire Collision. (video). Avaliable at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-WH1OEighxk
Visionary Universe (2016) Realistic Fire Simulation – After Effects Tutorial. (Video). Avaliable at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I7TdqrB6N7w
Harry Wallin. (2015). “Desert” ww2 short film – making a sandstorm (Spielberg “Close Encounters) practical effects. (video). Avaliable at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-CNhjFtc4RI
Martin Miroľa. (2015). Dust Storm – Fumefx. (video). Avaliable at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-hGShzZr4Ho
HOKIROYA I Digital Art. (2015). Creature Creation – Modeling, Sculpting, Texturing, Rigging (BLENDER TIMELAPSE). (video). Avaliable at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?=sXg0IRKhEho