Monday 16 April 2012

Grandad's Story - First act complete

I have finally completed the first act!! This is the video I will be showing at the transcription crit this Thursday. I have edited it together with the storyboard and interspersed concept art and influence images to demonstrate what direction the second and third act will be going.


  1. Hey Paul - have you considered not using the cross-dissolves throughout? I find them a bit distracting and spongey - why not consider using 'hard cuts' but seeking to make them as invisible as possible; for example, in the last scene when he flies up out of the top of the screen, a hard edit to him moving up out of the bottom of the screen should cohere invisibly. Sometimes, students fall back on cross-dissolves, but if you watch film, you'll see they're not used as a 'one-size fits all' - but rather to evoke the passing of time or similar - in other words, cross-dissolves are not in themselves neutral. Just try a version in which you don't use cross-dissolves at all - try cutting on synchronous movements, or aligning a hard cut to a particular moment in the soundtrack; there are a number of ways to invisibilise your edits this way and I suggest you give it a go if you have the remaining time.

  2. Hi Phil, thanks for your comments. I hear what you are saying but I'm not going to change it. I've put the cross dissolves in to convey the fact the open act is a dream sequence. The next acts, when all the action kicks off, will be hard cuts.

  3. Sorry forgot to say, I will be adding more details to the room as per your suggestion but this will probably be over summer.