When I was brainstorming ideas about this assignment, I thought about filming myself washing dishes. The story board came in handy for helping me plan where I would place the camera. For the first shot of the film, I used a wide shot to create a first-person perspective shot. This shot also establish what the short film was going to be about. This wide shot of the dirty dishes also created a sense of mystery as well; it makes the viewers wonder why is the film opening on dishes.
I used a close up shot of me looking at the dishes. This close up shot was done to reveal that it was actually me who was staring at the dishes. The close-up shot is great for establishing narrative for the film. I think close ups are good for building tension in scenes. I used a close up shot of me turning on the faucet.
When I approached the sink, I used a medium long shot. It was at this point, I decided to position my cameras on the right side of the kitchen; I position the cameras to the right so I would not confuse the viewers for when I had to cut to another shot of me continuing an action. For example, I shot a close up shot of me lifting up a plate, and then I cut to a medium long shot of me putting the plate into the dishwasher.
Throughout the film process, I switched from close to medium long shots to keep the viewers eyes busy. When I was editing the footage, I found it somewhat problematic starting an action on a close up shot and then cutting to another shot of me completing the action. A great example of my editing is displayed when I did a close up shot of opening a can of Coke Zero. I started with the shot of me lifting the Coke until it was out of frame. I finished the shot on a close up of me lifting the can to my mouth.
During the conclusion of the film, I used a medium long shot of me putting the soap into the dishwasher and then closing the dishwasher door. I cut to a point of view shot of my hand starting the washer. I used the wide and close shots to help create motion. I have to admit, that I was confused to how I was going to shoot this assignment. It was not easy by any stretch of the imagination, because I had to shoot the film myself. It took me longer than I expected, because I had to really wash the dishes. I also had to keep drying my hands before I touch the cameras.
I think the film turned out to be okay under the circumstances. I wish I had more time to plan for the assignment. I am sort of a perfectionist when it comes to filming. After filming and editing the film, I now have an understanding to the concept of continuity.