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Book Trailer – Pre-Production & Production Process

In prep for our book trailer shoot, me and Fred needed to find an alley-way in order for us to try and recreate a dark and abandoned alley-way that somewhat resembles 1980s New York. This was no easy task.

We found one alley-way that we could use however it was pitch black, proving impossible to shoot in without using lights. When asking the Media Loans Store at university whether they had any generators we could use, they said they didn’t have any and the alternatives they proposed to us to light a night-time exterior weren’t helpful or weren’t within our budget. It was at this point that I was seriously considering whether we had chosen the right idea for out book trailer; but not wanting to scrap our idea and force ourselves to think of a new one, we decided to look for an alternative location as a compromise.

We eventually decided to film it in an underpass underneath Watford Way which is near university.



In terms of sourcing actors, I promised myself I wouldn’t ask friends of mine to act in my book trailer but considering that the main character for our book trailer has a mask over his face for the whole thing, I felt it wouldn’t really matter. In terms of the extra that was needed in our scene, I did ask a friend of mine to appear in it, but he pulled out last minute so as a last resort, I myself had to act in his stead, something which ideally I didn’t want to have to do.


On the shoot itself, it was perhaps one of the quickest shoots I ever worked on since we didn’t have many shots to get through. This worried me as I knew due to the nature of the Watchmen comic book that there were many scenes that we just couldn’t shoot due to logistical limitations. I was really unsure about whether or not we would be able to convey what the story of Watchmen was through what we shot since the story in of itself is very dense. This again made me consider whether we chose the right idea or not.


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Book Trailer – Proposal

watchmen-trade-paperback   For my book trailer, me and my director Fred have decided to make a short trailer on the critically-acclaimed Watchmen graphic novel by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. Since this is a costumed superhero novel, in terms of mise-en-scene, this would be difficult to pull off from a production standpoint seeing as the story of the graphic novel itself is set in 1980s New York. Me and Fred are up to the challenge of shooting this however and will do whatever we can to bring our vision of this book trailer to life.

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New Kid on the Block (Week 1)

I am a second year entrant that transferred from Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge so this will be my first year studying BA Film at Middlesex University. Not only do I not know anyone on my course, I have the daunting challenge of adapting and assimilating myself to the system here at Middlesex that differs quite a bit from how things were done at Anglia Ruskin. This will be a very challenging semester for me as I have to accustom myself to a new system as well as attempt to establish new relationships with the people on my course. Filmmaking is a collaborative medium so in order for me to be able to produce the best work possible I understand it’s essential that I attempt to try and get to know as much people as I can on my course.

I’m quite looking forward to the modules I will be doing this year which are MDA2900 (Producing and Directing: Film Form and Practice), MDA2100 (Screenwriting: The Short Film) and MDA2400 (The Filmmaker’s Vision: Style and Theory). I like how MDA2900 and MDA2100 are linked and I hope that the screenplay that I write will be picked up by a pair on the MDA2900 module.

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