In Our Own Backyard
I can’t believe me and my family made this with a normal digital camera.
And we filmed this in our backyard! We made this yesterday, January 28. I play the main character. (The running kid.)
Don’t you like it? I think we did a pretty good job. The “monster” is played by my sister, and my father is filming it. He also did all the editing and he added in the sounds.
It took about 30-60 minutes to make this film, which is untitled. You can see it on YouTube by clicking here. It was fun to make, but the best part was seeing the finished version.
We used many different camera angles, including a shot where you’re seeing through the monster’s eyes. It took me about three tries to get the look where I was alarmed by the monster growling in my face right. Also, when we were filming the monster’s stepping on the rock, it took two tries because the first time my sister lost her balance and wobbled a lot.
One thing that surprises me about the film is that we didn’t have a storyboard or anything to guide us along. We just did what we thought would work. It ended up turning out better than we thought it would, especially seeing that we filmed it through a camera not designed for filming movies like this.
Just so you know, her lips didn’t actually come into contact with the side of my face. If that’d happened, I probably would have thrown up.
This was fun to film, and I think it was the first bit of “real” acting I’ve ever done. I think.
I hope you enjoyed it, and maybe it’ll even have inspired you to make your own short films.
See you soon!