Redhill (2015)

Redhill (2015)

“Redhill” is inspired by “The Legend of Bukit Merah”.

The Legend of Bukit Merah
A long time ago, the seas of Singapura was inhabited by many dangerous swordfish that attacked the villagers living by the sea. The king tried several methods to solve this problem, but to no avail.

A clever little boy saw what was happening and suggested the king to make a trap for the swordfish along the beach with soft banana tree trunks. So, the king sent his soldiers to cut down all the banana trees nearby and built a barrier along the beach. When it was high tide again, the swordfish swam up to the beach. However, instead of attacking villagers, the swordfish found their sharp noses stuck onto the banana tree trunks.

The little boy’s plan had succeeded and the grateful villagers thanked the boy for saving their lives. The jealous King grew worried that the boy might grow up and take away his throne. So he plotted to kill the boy.

One night, he sent his soldiers to murder the boy who lived on top of a hill. The boy was killed and his blood flowed down the hill making it red. The blood eventually caused the soil to turn red and the hill became today’s Bukit Merah or Red Hill.

Reinterpreting the story, we seek to explore the idea of betrayal. The captain represents the King and the protagonist represents the clever boy. The masked men in the HQ represents the Silver Fishes. We used the ring as a bridge to relate the captain’s relation to the silver fishes (They are in cahoots trying to kill off the clever boy (Protagonist)).

In the end, the hero was betrayed and shot dead while the Captain claims the credit.

Sourcing of Locations

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Grass patch along NIE. We have to ensure that there is a wide space for shooting and an area where buildings are not as visible in order to show the realness of a hill.

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Big, open space behind ADM

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Along ADM’s corridors. We have to ensure that the corridors are litter-free and have long pathways for the protagonist to run across. At the same time, we have to ensure that there are not much alleys and twists to prevent confusion.

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Short pose for our film (Excited for filiming!)

References

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 Script & Storyboard

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Using our knowledge from Writing Narratives class, we came up with a script for familiarisation. We decide what scenes need to be shot first and what props are needed for different scenes. This script enables us to visualise how the actual scenes going to be like and how we can portray our characters better.

Props

Some of the issues throughout the project is low budget props. We have to find suitable toy guns that look realistic in mini marts, Daiso, etc… In the end, we got a pretty realistic gun for the protagonist and sprayed painted it white to make it look more futuristic.

In addition, when it comes to creating a bomb, we bought a bottle and sprayed painted the cap silver to give it a more sophisticated and high-tech look. We also coil metal wires around the glow stick and stuck it onto the cap to make it look special.

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The end result was a futuristic gun.

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The bomb

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We got white masks to hide the identities of the ‘Silver fishes’ and also got the enemies to don on their berets and same top colour to act as soldiers.

On Set

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Our ‘Silver Fishes’ had to fall onto the ground umpteen times to capture the exact perfect shot. One where the Gopro didn’t cut off the head and where the fall is realistic and impactful. They fell so much that their hands turned red. A big shout out to our enemies for falling for this video!

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We tried to capture the best angle possible for every scene and every clip. Both on the protagonist as well as the captain on the hill. The clips are taken at different timings of the day and most of it are taken in the late afternoon where the lights are slowly dimming.

Colour Correction

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As mentioned above, the clips are taken at different timings of the day and most of it are taken in the late afternoon where the lights are slowly dimming. Some clips thus turn out darker than other clips. Hence, in order to compensate the lack of light, we have to colour correct the clips such that it looks like it is filmed at the same timing.

User Interface Design

User Interface Design

Bomb Tracking

Target Tracking

Sound Design

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 When it comes to sound design, there are a lot of layerings to do.

Firstly, we have to make sure that the audio voice over sounds like a walkie talkie where the protagonist is communicating with his captain.

Secondly, we have to separately record the audio of the protagonist breathing heavily after he got shot for a better sound and voice effect. (The original audio was a little soft).

Thirdly, to give the video an even realistic feel, we individually added in subtle sound effects such as foot stepping on the grass, windows breaking, fingers breaking and placing of the bomb.

Lastly, we have to ensure certain audio does not overpower or drown other audios such as the alarm ringing which became softer after some time. This is to heighten the sound of other audio and also to create the effect that the protagonist is reaching near the exit of the building.

Promotion

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We want to get our audiences to anticipate for our video project. Hence, we decided to do a countdown promotion on social media e.g Facebook & Instagram. We’re glad that our friends were supportive of us by commenting how much they look forward to it!

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Just for Laughs

Reflections

James

“This project can be considered a nostalgic one as I am able to go back to making my own short film which I have not done since I graduated from Polytechnic. The idea of working on the legend of Bukit Merah started off from me as I felt the calling to make an alternative film with a futuristic take that is similar to the story I did for my Final Year Project (FYP) in Polytechnic. After several rounds of discussion and consideration related to budget and time, my team is able to come up with a concise plan to portray our story in the best way possible. With artistic and practical inputs from each and everyone, we are able to work together closely to get the final product done. As each of us are talented and well versed in our own ways, we contributed to the film in the best way possible.

Similarly to my FYP in Polytechnic, I am also the editor for this film and in charge of doing the colour correction and grading. This task was a challenging one was we took multiple takes and had to take into consideration continuity issues in editing as well as matching the different colour temperature and exposure of different shots together to give a coherent look across scenes. There is also a challenge in arranging the different layers of sound together to make them sync in harmony and help to tell the story better. There is a need for an awareness of how loud each audio clip should be in correlation with one another – dialogue, foleys & background music. This narrative is extremely dependent on sound design and more than 15 audio tracks were used for this project. There is also a need for an awareness to layer these clips together to form a harmonious piece.

Finally, all visuals and audio has to come together perfectly to give a sense of professionalism and colour grading has to be done to give the desired look and feel to the final product. To increase the production value, I gave special attention to create extras such as muzzle flashes coming from the firing of guns in the film as well as creating the opening and ending motion graphic title sequences.

On the final note, it is really enjoyable working with the team as each of them are really professional and there is a very strong team dynamic behind us to spur and get things going in the right direction. Much effort was put into the making of this film and we are glad and honoured to have our viewers enjoying our short film. Thank you all for the support and I look forward to creating more compelling visuals for everyone to enjoy!”

Long Fei

It’s our first biggest assignment and we put as much effort as possible to make it look polished. As our group’s story is set in a futuristic style, it is really difficult to find a place to fit the concept. And plus the tide schedule, we decided to film it in ADM. But we managed to maintain the look in the post production.

And it was also my first time using GoPro, which is very interesting. But it is hard to control the shutter speed and aperture, it turned out it has a lot of motion blur.

For the UI design, I quite enjoy doing it and always want to learn more about it in deep.

Stuart

This project has been an eye opener for me, revealing a world that had long been hidden from me behind the curtains. The process to making a film is a lot more complex than one would imagine. I learned that a single scene can take 10 to 15 shots, before an ideal scene can be done, lighting is a lot more important than I thought and editing is something that can take weeks on end even if you finish filming in a day. I still have much to learn in the use of sounds in a film figuring how a scene, but I now have a better understanding of the process that go into making a great film.

Dan

It’s been a long time since I last acted for a project and the last one was for my JC’s drama SYF. It was fun portraying a hero – a dying hero that struggles to stay alive. I understand the importance of having to replay certain emotions in order to capture the perfect shot. Through this project, I learnt a lot of things. I learned the importance of sound layering and making sure how certain audios can give a different mood. Background music is very important and that impacts the overall feel of the video. In addition, it is good to input different angle shots such as wide shot, close up shot in order to give a variety to the video. Colour correction is equally important as well because it affects the mood and overall style of the video. I had a fun and awesome time working together with my group mates and I seriously wouldn’t choose anybody else to work with. After the end of the presentation, I realised that every individual have their own style and that putting an individual into another group will change the mood and tone of the final video. When it comes to team work, synergy is crucial. I will always remember how our first meeting was held in can 2 and we simply bought coffee and dim sum and discussed, brainstormed about the project. The energy was great and ideas just kept coming in. It was a very memorable experience for me.

FIN

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Ego.

I was given the task to deliver 12 representations of myself in a creative way. This theme and project is especially interesting because I get to explore and discover myself and ask myself who exactly am I?

Initial idea draft

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I changed all of my initial idea because I felt that they don’t represent the idea of colours well. They deal more with theatricality rather than colours. Hence, I decided to drop my initial idea.

Main idea draft

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What do I like about myself? What do I dislike about myself? Who do I want to be in the future?

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Starting off with my current self,

Plain Empty Shell + Inner Creativity = Explosion of Imagination

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I find myself to be a empty shell. I believe that a body is an empty shell that exist to hold the inner soul that resides within. I consider myself to be plain and perhaps, not much of an interest. However, I love to indulge myself in the realm of creativity and I love to discover amazing and interesting artworks delivered by talented artists around the world.

Research

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JUICE magazine that frequently features artists around the world.

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MTV page. Their content was managed by a team of 4-5 writers that frequently updates the page with juicy and interesting news of Hollywood and celebrations and really cool stuffs.

I feel that the constant exposure of such media allows and encourages me to try out new ideas. In addition, such media sparks my imagination and creativity further.

Even though the delivery of the first equation is not inspired by any artist but I happened to chanced upon an artist that produced similar works. Her name is Agnes Cecile. She play with watercolours paint and fades to produce a series of emotional portraitures. intimacy_on_display_by_agnes_cecile-d77ulj0 l__assenza_by_agnes_cecile-d4y6tsc miss_universe_03_pic_by_agnes_cecile-d5uh3ze

More of her works are available for view here. http://agnes-cecile.deviantart.com/

Execution

On the first equation, to represent an plain empty shell, I used the technique of the previous assignment which is to posterise myself to show only a black and white self. Adding up, to show a creativity imagination, I play with a myriad of colours using smoke brushes.

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Finally, the addition of an plain empty shell and a colourful inner creativity gives a explosion of imagination.

Moving on,

More Fruits & Vegetables – Less Reliance on Coffee & Pills = In the Pink of Health

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I guess a better me would be me loving myself more. I don’t take as much fruits and vegetables to compensate for the amount of coffee and pills I’m consuming.

I always get headaches. Small and big headaches and it has been affecting me for quite some time. So I usually eat painkillers to ease off the pain. Especially nearing the submission period, I tend to take in more coffee as well. I have been drinking coffee every day and I cannot start my day without a cup of coffee. However, drinking it every day can actually be bad to health in a long run. Hence, I feel that I should cut down on pills and coffee and take in more of fruits and vegetables.

Execution

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To represent the idea eating more fruits and vegetables, I initially wanted to juxtapose a image of myself with fruits and vegetables in me. However, after consultation, I was advised to instead composite 3 fruits or vegetables together while applying the concept of composition that I learnt in assignment 2. Hence, using the theory of contrasting colours in colour palette, I chose orange and green to compose my image. I play with colour burn, linear burn and opacity and background foreground to deliver the image. At the background, there is cucumbers and at the foreground, there’s papayas, durians and tomato. I played with lines such that it is converging and diverting my audiences’ attention to the tomato.

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Moving on to less reliance on coffee and pills, I using coffee stain brushes to dap on the white image. I played with opacity. After which I duplicate the layer and drag it slightly to the left before fading it.

On pills, I use a myriad of colourful pills and increase the number of pills as it moves from the left to right. Duplicating two layers, I remove the reds and cyan and blue respectively before dragging both on opposite directions. The end state is a 3D effect.

In totality, I want to convey the idea of hallucination. The effects of taking in too much coffee and pills. The idea of seeing what’s not there. This image concept is one of my personal favourite because it successfully delivered the concept and idea well.

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Moving on to the answer to a better me, I want to convey the idea of the pink of health after removing the reliance of coffee and pills. Hence, I crossed my arms to signify strength and I use digital manipulation to show myself in pink flames. I played with contrast and fade to composite this image. Fire is often associated with energy, vitality and power. Hence, it further accentuates my position of in the pink of health. I contrast the pink flames with a black background because it has a greater contrast as compared to white.

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Wisdom + Hardworking = CONFIDENT

This is my favourite series of all. There are a lot of things to learn and discover in the world. I guess I know barely 1% of all the information available around the world. Hence, I hope to acquire more wisdom in the future to expand my knowledge.

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I was advised on doing a shoot of myself wearing an owl mask to show the idea of wisdom. I bought a white mask and pasted feathers on the mask. I perched myself on a rock as if I’m a bird looking out.

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I also always find myself to be lazy and I tend to procrastinate a lot. Hence, I hope to be more hardworking in the future. I chose to represent myself as a bull because a bull is always doing work; seldom rests. I wore a white horned headgear to represent myself as a bull. I got all my limbs on the ground to display strength.

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Lastly, the combination of both images is a Confident me looking out to the wilderness, ready for adventure.

Execution

Coming to colours, I once again experimented with contrasting colours. I increased the saturation to contrast the green forest with my warm skin. I increase the contrast as well to accentuate the strong lines on my body.

As for aesthetic purposes, I bought stick on metal tattoos and pasted it on my face and body. It was also partially inspired by the art direction seen on the models walking for Jarkata Fashion Week where they had stick on tattoos pasted on their faces.

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Abundance of Money + Abundance of Freedom = Travel Around the World

In 5 years’ time, I hope to have a sea of money and freedom to explore the world.

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To convey the idea of abundance of money, I ask myself what is vast? The sea. Hence, I played with linear burn to juxtapose $50 notes with the raging waves. Also, I played with Analogous colours of green, turquoise and blue to compose my image.

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For abundance of freedom, I played with white and blue because they both represent the colours of freedom and wideness. Instead of actual wings, I used white doves to form the shape of my wings. I added lens flare to show myself flying up to the sun above.

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Lastly, to show myself travelling around the world, I placed the earth in the middle and placed iconic monuments around the world around the globe. Most of the icons are from the 7 wonders of the world. I also placed one of the temples around the globe. It is located in Tibet. I always wanted to visit Tibet where it is not easily accessible. I adore the peace and serenity there where the pace of life is much slower and enjoyable.

Although not much colours are represented in this image, I tried to compensate it by playing with composition. The taller buildings are placed on the north and south of the globe  while the wider ones are placed on the east and west.

Reflections

This project enables me to explore more about myself and also to better apply the theory of colours in the composition of images. I had a great time finding inspirations and showing the class what interest me and who do I want to be in the future.

Colours Palette

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Colors affect us in numerous ways, both mentally and physically. A strong red color has been shown to raise the blood pressure, while a blue color has a calming effect. With colors you can set a mood, attract attention, or make a statement. You can use color to energize, or to cool down. By selecting the right color scheme, you can create an ambiance of elegance, warmth or tranquility, or you can convey an image of playful youthfulness.

Being able to use colors consciously and harmoniously can help you create spectacular results.

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The color wheel or color circle is the basic tool for combining colors. The color wheel is designed so that virtually any colors you pick from it will look good together.

In the RYB (or subtractive) color model, the primary colors are red, yellow and blue.

The three secondary colors (green, orange and purple) are created by mixing two primary colors.

Another six tertiary colors are created by mixing primary and secondary colors.

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The color circle can be divided into warm and cool colors.

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Warm colors are vivid and energetic, and tend to advance in space.

Cool colors give an impression of calm, and create a soothing impression.

White, black and gray are considered to be neutral.

Complementary color scheme

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Colors that are opposite each other on the color wheel are considered to be complementary colors (example: red and green).

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Mix of yellow and purple for contrasting palette.

 

The high contrast of complementary colors creates a vibrant look especially when used at full saturation. This color scheme must be managed well so it is not jarring.

Complementary color schemes are tricky to use in large doses, but work well when you want something to stand out.

Complementary colors are really bad for text.

Analogous color scheme

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Analogous color schemes use colors that are next to each other on the color wheel. They usually match well and create serene and comfortable designs.

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As seen on Fan Bing Bing at Met Gala 2015. Mix of yellow, green and turquoise along the analogous palette. 

Analogous color schemes are often found in nature and are harmonious and pleasing to the eye.

Make sure you have enough contrast when choosing an analogous color scheme.

Choose one color to dominate, a second to support. The third color is used (along with black, white or gray) as an accent.

Triadic color scheme

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A triadic color scheme uses colors that are evenly spaced around the color wheel.

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Mix of red, yellow and blue. 
Blue in this case is very very subtle. 
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Mix of yellow, blue and red.
Triadic color schemes tend to be quite vibrant, even if you use pale or unsaturated versions of your hues.

To use a triadic harmony successfully, the colors should be carefully balanced – let one color dominate and use the two others for accent.

All in all, when it comes to coordinating colours, there are principles and rules to follow to make the subject appealing. The play of colours is always fun and exciting to explore.