Really appreciate the feedback guys, I know the Director will be glad to hear your thoughts, I'll pass them on.
Very nice visuals and color palette. But if this is post-apocalyptic - as evidenced by the car & the items in the shack - I don't get why the characters seem to have suddenly de-evolved into non-verbal homo-sapiens.
Cheers Bill. I believe the idea was that everything was so far post total apocalypse that all semblance of civilisation, language, agriculture etc. had vanished.
I agree with Bill. The audience is quickly trying to create their own sense of history. The first male lead has a haircut that sugests that the apocolapse happened three months ago, as do the perfect white teeth.
For the running time, I thought that the developed concept was a bit narrow. I had time to wonder what a post apocolaptic Australian savanna might look like. Where were the aboriginees? The most likely ones to survive.
It is pretty looking. It could have been harder, meaner and dirtier, but I think that should have been driven by a harder, meaner, dirtier concept. I sort of felt a bit distant, with the visual scale modulated within limits that were too close together. So the result feels a bit over-normalized.
A white-culture, well groomed dystopian vision.
Yeah, hair and make-up were our biggest disappointments with the piece too. First we lost most of our major locations (everything except the hut) to bushfires two days before we were supposed to shoot - and those locations included a waterfall and river where we were going to have a scene of the characters washing themselves (which would have explained why they weren't totally filthy); and then we lost our make-up artist the day before production. So that certainly put us on the backfoot... I guess the result is as obvious as we feared!
I don't quite follow what you mean by "with the visual scale modulated within limits that were too close together. So the result feels a bit over-normalized." Gregg. Could you expound on that a little more please?
since u are not responsible for the scripting...characterisation....and various other elements involved in storytelling... am not getting in there.
What u are responsible for... which is cinematography, is very commendable.
What worked :
- very good opening shots.
- your choice of locations is great
- liked your lensing
- camera operation was good
- nice night effect mood
What didnt work:
- there was no consistency in the colour grading of day sequence
- camera positions feels too restrictive. could have been more wild and yet fluid.
Hey ..these are just my opinions. since this is a creative endeavour there is nothing right or wrong. its just a process!
had fun watching it. was intriguing. cheers!
Thanks Rajavel. Which scenes stood out to you as inconsistent in the grade?
And what do you mean by "restrictive" camera positions? Do you mean the camera didn't move around enough showing the various angles of each location?