Title : Beyond The Still
Duration : 3:00 (contest rule is not more than 3 minutes)
Theme : Motion/Action Capturing
With his only chance in getting on the basketball team, Ryan has to score 3 shots while his good friend, Rika watches him from the side. Armed with a dSLR, she hopes to snap a couple of photos to preserve the moment. After snapping blurry photos of Ryan on the court, her problem is solved when the official photographer approaches her to help. Will Rika be able to capture Ryan in his moment? And will Ryan get on the team? Watch it to find out.
This short film was produce in part of the The Star In.Tech EOS Movie Challenge done by Nigel Sia, Joshua Ong and Ren. It’s a video contest by TheStar In.Tech and Canon to showcase their dSLR camera in making short films (called EOS Movie) and also to tell people on how to capture good photos based on 5 topics : White Balance, Fill Light, Motion/Action Capturing, Low Light and Depth Of Field.
Cast members of this short film comprises of :
Ryan/Male Lead – Ben Theng
Rika/Female Lead – Isabella Wong (www.isabellakuan.com)
Challenger – Benny Kok
Coach – Chris Khik
Official Photographer/Mentor (basketball audition in movie) – Loong Yik Hoe
(he is also Visual Story’s designated mentor assigned by TheStar+Canon to guide Visual Story)
With the technical crew being :
Director – Chang Lih Ren (backtothisworld.blogspot.com)
Director of Photography/Film Editor – Nigel Sia (www.nigelsia.com)
Audio – Joshua Ong (www.joshuaongys.com)
Storyline – Visual Story (www.facebook.com/VisualStory)
Behind The Scenes Photographer – Jason Lioh (www.jasonmumbles.com)
Behind The Scenes Videographer – Joshua Wong (tallboyz.blogspot.com)
Now for Serge’s carpe verbatim of the flick and his Two-Dollars worth.
First up vocals, he loves the beginning narration done by Rika. It has a nice soothing feel to it and the emotions of her voice over. As we progress further into the flick, when Rika spoke on the phone it seem rather bland/plastic-ky and the essence of her being happy to see Ryan was not captured fully.
The basketball scene before the winning shot was well played, though the Visual Story team could have done more. Ryan’s expression could have been better, it is his last audition to be part of the basketball team thus Serge is curious where is the emotion to it?
Rika’s facial expression here was good as she is trying to capture the moment of Ryan scoring the winning shot. It would have been better if the scene showed multiple still images of a blurred image of Ryan scoring two out of three shots. This plus Rika’s facial expression would have said to the audience “oh no he scored two shots but the shots are blur“.
When the official photographer went up to Rika to help/guide/coach her on how to capture a motion shot was done a little bit to fast. Rika saying yes was just too fast, though Serge will commend that the official photographer played his part well in noticing Rika’s frustration in trying to capture a good clear picture of the moment.
All in all we give this flick a 3 out of 5 possible stars.
Now then as there are prizes to be given away with the prizes being a Canon 60D (1st), 2x Canon 550D (2nd n 3rd) and 7x Canon Ixus, Serge would like your help in helping out the Visual Story team to win.
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