The girl in the film is watching time spinning away, she is approached by a snake-like bed sheet and eventually engulfed by it. This mobile short is a dream/nightmare sequence.
Throughout 2014, I have been experimenting with a number of different film and photo applications on my phone. I decided to make a piece of film using the iPhone 4, with an adapted wide-angle lens for some shots.
I used the following applications to make this piece of film.
- Filmic Pro – To lock focus and light balance and to adjust these settings manually during shot for pole focus effect etc.
- iMotion HD – To create stop-motion footage and make us of the onion-skin feature.
- Premier Pro – To edit the footage together and to add an audio track.
- Sound Recorder – To record audio using the iPhone 4
I shortlisted a number of concepts which could potentially work with Stop-motion. I decided on this particular idea as it sounded a little bit dark and creepy which, after experimenting with stop-motion, would suit the narrative well.
Stop-motion proved to be a tricky style to work with on big scale items such as this blanket. It was difficult to create life in something so large. I used the onion skin feature on iMotion HD to match each new shot with the next but given the 400+ shots I had to take, it was tough create fluid/ natural movement consistently.
I mounted the phone a microphone stand to keep the camera in place and used the iMotion Remote app feature to take each shot. This provided another screen to monitor and reduced the movement of the camera taking the images between shots.
The editing in Premiere pro took very little time. I made the film black and white, added some credits and titles and a few fades and dips. The audio recorded on the iPhone4 needed normalising and that was it!
This was a fun film to make and I look forward to creating more stop-motion movies in the future.