JT Film Review

Damsel in Distress

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With Damsel in Distress I tried for a very straight forward genre exercise, with the added challenge of shooting in low light (which I have no real experience doing). I learned a lot about shooting in the dark, mainly about how far I can push my camera and editing software.

As for the film itself, I am fairly pleased with it. The pacing isn’t quite how I thought it would be, and I’m not 100% sure the ending works, but I think it’s one of the better ones I’ve done yet (which, while not saying much is something I am happy about), and the actors do a great job I think. The film is embedded below, but as usual I’d like to do a quick rundown of my thoughts.

Pros

– I think the film moves pretty well.

– When considering this is my first low-light experience, there are a couple shots I’m pretty proud of.

– The actors do a great job great here I think.

– I’m very proud of the end credits.

Cons

– Not sure that the ending works.

– I was unaware of the limits of my camera, resulting in a few very grainy shots, as well as crushed blacks.

– It’s a pretty ugly looking movie. For some reason whenever I render my project off with Sony Vegas, the blacks inevitably end up crushed quite a bit. This probably has something to do with the encoder or something, but I really don’t know much about it and can’t find a SINGLE source online that can help a beginner like me.

What I Learned

– If you ever DO have to shoot in low-light (which I’ll try not to do from now on), make sure your light levels are bright enough and consistent.

– This strategy of doing shorter films and more of them seems to be working for me. I learn a lot more, and a lot faster.

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Well, one more under the belt! Thanks a TON for everyone who helped out! Many thanks to Dan Sherman and Steffie Surette for volunteering two of their nights to help with this, and lots of thanks as well to those who helped behind the scenes, including my brothers Sam and David Turpin for gripping/standing-in, my parents Karen and Tim Turpin for the location, my wife Sarah Turpin for the feed-back in post-production (it was a real family affair, this one!) and to Lyle Goodwin for the lighting gear. See you at the next one!

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January 4, 2015 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment