The end is here and I can’t believe I made it through. I tried to have fun with this project by making a short film with my character Agent Roberts.
It is not often that I have the opportunity to make a video, so I decided to really geek out and take what I learned from the class regarding setting up a scene and the overall shot. Having a budget of exactly $0 and a little less than a week to get this project shot, edited, and published, the story line would have to be pretty simple.
It starts with Agent Roberts going about his normal day, entering the library and taking a seat at his usual cubicle. He is contacted by another secret agent and is told to check the headlines of newspaper. The article reads about how there were Russian sleeper agents inserted into the UMW campus. After having read the article, he arranges a meeting with the contact and his boss in order to learn more information. From there are an unlikely turn of events.
I tried to make sure that no frame in this video is wasted, taking tips and ideas from the channel Every Frame a Painting that was analyzed earlier in the semester. It may be difficult to spot, but it was supposed to be subtle, is that the contact can be seen in the scenes leading up to their confrontation in the book aisle. The contact can be seen at 0:06, 0:17, and 0:24 second marks. I wanted the audience to actually see the contact stalk the agent, no matter how subtle it may be. This is also a form of dramatic irony, where the agent is not paying attention and doesn’t realise he is being stalked, yet the audience can see it. This also helps add to the tension and secrecy of the film.
There is no music for the film because it distract from the seriousness. The beginning is purposefully bland and quiet because that is his everyday routine, no one has theme music playing for their daily routine so why should this part? It would also take away the ambience of being in a library since libraries are supposed to be silent.
The website that the agent looks at was created by using X-Ray goggles. However the finished product did not want to publish, so here is a screenshot instead.
The final scene of the meeting was purposefully chosen at a park. So many meetings in spy movies are in public parks it should be its own stereotype. It happens so often it was featured in the most recent Bourne ending, seen here
and even in real life in the movie Breach, based on the true story of Robert Hansen, where he made dead drops to his soviet handlers at parks in Northern VA.
The final phrase pays homage to the popular comic seen below. It is also a commentary on this course, since after all it is an online course theoretically anyone could be on the other end of the computer. And why would the dog not be able to be his boss? After all a dog was voted mayor in Minnesota.
This final project allowed me to spread my wings and create a video that I actually enjoyed making. I always watch movies and see the parts and scenes I like, and then think that I can do it just as the professionals.
Next Semester Advice
Here is the assignment about advice for next semester’s students