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Breaking In

Breaking In
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Engaging Factor
Directors rating
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Comical in places
Short and sweet
On a budget
Miner acting ishoes

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Two criminals show us how not to do it

[dropcap size=big]T[/dropcap]his low budget short film follows two of the most unreliable, small-time burglars on their journey to test out a fancy new gadget that claims to make breaking In to houses as easy as pie…

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This is a nice first attempt at a comedy. The characters slightly remind me of the two northerners from Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.

The cinematography on the other hand needs some work. i understand you only had a short time to film and this dose lead to having to compromise but a quick tip for next time about setting up your shots.

Firstly the composition is not to bad there are some nicely set up shots in there but some scenes are suffering from lack of light.

In the car scene, one of your actors are nicely lit with some nice contrast on the face, but the other not lit so well. You may find it beneficial to really start concentrating on getting every scene consistently lit, especially when it comes to lighting the reverse shot of a conversation.

lighting tip if you would have added a small LED on the dashboard of the car and turned it down low instead of what looks like the car reading light above the actor you would have eliminated the orange glow on the face and added that extra light you needed that would of helped you have a bit more control in post. how to light a car scean Why is this important: A poorly lit scene quickly detracts form the quality of the short film, and will cause some viewers to switch off.  Remember with every second that passes you are battling for your audience’s attention and sadly the first thing that is judged is the cinematography and acting as this is what is shown, so it is impotent to get these right.


Getting the cinematography right is a must, your viewers will soon switch off if this is not up to there standard.


So in conclusion this is a good effort and the Director Aden Barwick shows some promise as a film maker but if you could tighten up on a few things you will be on your way, even on a budget by spending that extra time setting up the shot you will start to see some great results.  Nice job and we look forward to the next one.

Directors notes

This was my first attempt at a comedy short film, it was produced for my BA Film programme at Plymouth College of Art with the theme of the project being “Analogue vs Digital”. It was shot in 4 hours with a crew of 4 (including the two actors) and was edited within 16 hours. The dialogue was improvised heavily during the shoot, nearly 90% of it actually, which was really fun and brought out really genuine performances from the two actors. As the crew was very small, I (Aden Barwick) directed the actors, lit the scenes, operated the camera, and edited the piece, and I had my good friend Tom Donachie do the sound recording which was a huge challenge.

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Filmed on: Canon 5D Mark II lighting equipment: 2x Small LED Panel Lights Audio equipment: Zoom H4N, Seinheisser MKH70 budget £0 – £1000 how long did it take to shoot 1 Day – 1 Week Other equipment used: Canon 16-35mm Lens, Canon 24-70mm Lens, Adobe Premiere Pro CC


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