I am currently studying my 4th year at Edinburgh Napier University, creating my honours project. The task ahead was to create a movie trailer for an epidemic/disaster film set in Edinburgh Scotland. I've put it up on YouTube and Vimeo to get some critique and feedback on the final product. I'm uploading it to the Adobe forums as I mainly used Photoshop, Premiere Pro and After Effects for the editing. It would be a massive help if anyone who watches the trailer could comment on what they thought was good about it, if there was anything they didn't like or anything what could be improved it would be a great help for finishing my honours project. Thank you for your time.
hiya. thanks for showing your work.. and asking for feedback etc.
my first impression was that the guy puking in sink shoulda puked in toilet instead... and with a tighter frame ( less wide ).. not much but about 30% tighter.
same with guy in parking lot falling down, a tighter shot on his " suffering" woulda maybe put that across better. too wide a shot in my opinion.
guy acting as " doctor" should maybe wear white 'doctor' jacket, but even if not wearing doctor clothes, could maybe have stethescope around neck ..make him look more like a " doctor ".
Stuff like that is hard to do...but sometimes asking for help in your school program ( others who are into photography maybe ? photography sometimes can " sell " the moment and mood etc ).
I'm glad you're telling a story in trailer and involved with this , and maybe getting more involved with those in your study programs could help more. If its a program where you dont actually go to physical "classrooms" and interact with other film makers.. then try to watch more closely what films you see and how the photography ( and sound, etc ) " sell " the story to the audience.
sometimes you have to think of film stories as " plays "... and focus the camera on the real important moments and actions of the actors...
good luck !
(Disclaimer - I have very high standards in my critiques. I judge the work presented based on professional standards, without regard to what the poster's skill level might be.)
What I didn't like:
The dialog; it was pretty lame, and not at all believable as coming from real people in a real situation.
The acting; Wisconsin has some real competition here.
The audio; it sounded like you used the on-camera mic for everything, and had no post production sweetening.
The cinematography; was there any, or did you just set up the camera and roll?
The editing; it looked like something a 12 y/o who just got PP for Christmas and with no formal training might create.
The graphics; pretty basic stuff any first time After Effects user with a couple of Video Copilot tutorials might create.
What I did like:
It was short.