Wednesday, October 10, 2012

DSDN 112: Becoming A Director!

Well, after considerable consideration I have decided to do Film in stead of Design. That was humour. I love design way too much to want to quit. But this is probably the most filmy-type project we've done to date, and I plan to treat it as such. Storyboards, scripts, potential unpaid interns, homeless extras, theatre students looking for references, all of them will be part of this one.

The main focus of the video of course needs to be the app that we created. Since mine is future tech and won't actually be functioning on a phone, I'm going to have to employ some fancy special effect techniques called matchmoving, which is basically motion tracking. Overlaying it onto the arm of the user is going to be tricky and learning more new software is going to be another hurdle I'll have to overcome.

One of the things we were told was to "NOT MAKE A BORING VIDEO", so I'm trying to play with something that would be really engaging and/or funny. Some of the ideas that I've come up with are:

  • Zombies: Basically says it all. The user is at university during the first outbreak of a new virus and has to get to the "safehouse", a room which will provide relative security for the time remaining.
  • Mission Impossible: Again, based off an awesome concept. The user will be a spy in hostile territory and will have to navigate their way through the building to get to the command centre and disable the central computer.
  • Guy Ritchie: Assuming the style of films like Snatch, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, the video would include things including (but not limited to): character voiceovers & introductions, getting lost, cursing, coarse English accents, guns and mistakes.
  • Futuristic: Futuristic clothes, words, sunglasses, and technology. Not much more needs to be said. Potential for something along the lines of Mission Impossible again. And jumpsuits. I like jumpsuits.
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One common element to all of these ideas is that they have a story. So that's definitely something I want to build into my project. To the story-mobile! Na-na-na-na-naaa!

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