Hey Everyone! For this week's reflective response, I'll be talking about a suspenseful short film I came across. This short film is called, "Awake', from the YouTube channel, "Danny Blackstock". It is about a boy who has been all alone in the world for 93 days, just wandering aimlessly trying to kill boredom, until strange things start to happen. He keeps claiming that he saw things, and that things around him keeps changing, which is weird since he is the only one there. But what if he's not alone? There is A LOT of foreshadowing in this film! He talks about the first time he tried to drive, and his car was full of water. In another scene, he's playing with a toy car and he drops it into a lake. This gives us hints that something with him driving and water will happen consistently in the future. Foreshadowing is also a very good technique to use in writing, and film making, because it builds up suspense within the story. The narrator, who is the boy, talks about his grandfather, and how he never knew what happened to him after he got sick. This gives the audience hints that this topic will present itself later on in the story. In the middle of the film, the strange things that I talked about earlier starts happening. The music changes, and it starts to get creepy. They did a good job of choosing music to fit the mood and atmosphere, in my opinion. This part of the film gave me the chills! *Spoiler* In the end of the film, we see find out that the strange person was his grandfather. We also see a news article about the boy, who drove into a lake and died. This was the main event that the foreshadowing was hinting towards. With this information, we can infer that both the boy and his grandfather had passed away, and so this world is their afterlife. *Spoiler* This film built a lot of suspense and sparked curiosity, which made it's plot and direction good. It's cinematography was great, too! They filmed with a T2i, with a 'nifty fifty' lens, which is a great 50mm lens. They also used the kit lens, an 18-55mm lens, and a telephoto lens for zoom, the 55-250. Using a variety of lenses was a good idea because it allowed them to get different types of shots and compositions. For example, I assume they used the nifty fifty to get the thumbnail eye shot, since that's a great lens to get the circular shape in focus with the background blurred. I also assume they used different rigs. I noticed static shots, but also shots taken with a slider. Overall, this was a good short film. The plot was interesting and suspenseful, they used music well, and their cinematography was great. You can watch the film below! Well, that's it for my reflective response! Thanks for reading! Bye!
Hi! I'm Alaysia Navor, a third year student in the CKTV Media Productions class. I'll be publishing 2 blogs each week, posted to the left. You can also check out the tabs, "Inside Scoop" and "Projects" for some of my other work.
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