‘Bystander’ – The Big Day!

So the big day arrived; Sunday 23rd June, 10:30am. I sat patiently in my car, which was loaded with gear and 1000s of copies of the script & storyboard, and awaited my cast and crews arrival. After a last minute heart attack after I though I’d forgotten the crucial green apples, I remembered Ocean was in charge of that! So we were all good to go by 10:40am the principle cast and all the crew had arrived and after a little chat to the local CO-OP we were able to start film the final shot of the short the now infamous – ‘CO-OP Shot’. After a nervous start I soon got to grips with directing the big amount of people there as I had invited over 10 extras, 3 cast members & 3 crew members and managed to quickly and efficiently get the shots we needed. This was partly helped by the detailed script and storyboard that we had prepared before hand. It was important to be quick as we were right in the center of town with 2 people covered in fake blood so it was crucial to not keep them looking like idiots for too long. I’m very proud that I managed to effectively direct everyone and get the shots I needed in under 2 hours. It was very refreshing not having to touch the camera due to my large crew (compared to what I’m used too) and concentrate on getting the shots correct and getting actors to perform at their best rather than the cameras settings. 

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The principle cast and crew for the shoot 🙂

– Jay

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‘Bystander’ – Storyboard

Here is the original storyboard Chloe & I drew at school.

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Storyboard – Page 1

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Storyboard – Page 2

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Storyboard – Page 3

While it was very good for giving us an idea of where we were going as far as shooting it, through a combination of my terrible drawing and not thinking shots through I felt it was not something we couldn’t rely on for the shoot so I came up with this on a program called FrameForge:

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This will make it a lot clearer to shoot on the day, which is important due to having a large cast and crew to work with so it is important that everyone can share in the vision for the film.

– Jay

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‘Bystander’ – Research

After formulating our idea I decided to do some research on why people become ‘bystanders’. It was very interesting and showed how real the effect can be, this shows me that it is something worth portraying in my short film and something I hope will hit home and alter peoples perceptions. Here is a video I saw going into detail on ‘The Bystander Effect’ which is now my main inspiration for the video:

– Jay

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‘Bystander’ – Script

One thing which is vital to shooting a short film is a script! So Chloe and I got to work on one and due to how easily we could visualize what we wanted it became quite a quick process. So here it is, I’m very pleased so far with how this idea is shaping up and after running the idea past fellow film makers, the potential actor, friends & family they all seem to agree that too!

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‘Bystander’ – The Road to the Laftas begins!

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We have been tasked to produce a short filmincorporating a ‘Wheelbarrow’. However the stakes are high as we shall be entering it into a local film contest, The Laftas! So after much thought and writers block my group and I finally managed to come up with this basic idea and outline of what the plot shall be:

Murderer pushes a body through town on a wheelbarrow, no body pays attention to it.

Going down the high street, people walk past don’t pay attention

Body of arm scraps across some railings, makes a high pitch noise. Reaction of killer > natural, normal

Goes up curb , body nearly falls out

Goes past bus stop people just watch him go past

Pulls up outside shop, gets the money out victims pocket, goes into shop, comes back out and has bought some apples & puts them on the body like a shopping cart walks out of shot.

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It may seem a bit quirky and weird on paper but I’m hoping the understated and subtle nature of the disturbing plot will make it really stand out. We shall see!

I’ve already inquired about actors and have already got my main cast sorted so that’s good, but most importantly I have a wheel barrow haha!

– Jay

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