I wanted to explore the psychological desperateness that an aspiring writer goes through while believing to write something extraordinary that would become a topic of discussion for the ages to come.
When I began writing the screenplay, I wasn't aware of what it would turn out to be. I was aiming for a simple film exploring the writer's hatred for himself which comes due to him not being able to write a masterpiece. But as I went further into the story, my mind just began to automatically pour out the actual heart of the film which was the psychological confusion of whether what you have written has the potential to be a masterpiece or just another forgettable piece of junk unworthy of being tagged as a work of art. The film jumps back and forth between a neutral color palette and a black & white sepia color tone resembling that of a faded away page from an old book. The color timeline is driven by the writer himself while the sepia timeline is driven by a detective intrigued by the possibility of reading the greatest story ever told.
The film was shot on a Nikon DSLR, the D5100 with a 35mm prime lens. My style has always been to capture the simplicity of the scenes, get out of the way and let the story unfold naturally. So obviously we weren't aiming to produce some extra ordinary visuals resembling the over stylized 300 or something, but rather we were simply aiming to capture the honesty of the events in the most simplest way possible. One of the biggest challenge was to capture the action scene which takes between the writer and the detective in the wash room. The location was extremely small and the shot was a continuous one, but after rehearsing and timing it properly, the actors and the cinematographer were able to be in sync and capture the rush and the intensity of the action.
This was one of the most thrilling films I have edited simply due to the nature of the narrative where you're jumping a lot between two timelines and suddenly the line between the two realities blurs out and you're left wondering what is real and what is not.
Figuring out where to cut short and to cut long was naturally a challenge as the film has big chances of becoming convoluted. But by keeping the pace at a normal speed and letting the scenes run as long as the emotions of the actors dictated, the editing was able to convey the emotional jerks that you feel while writing any piece of fiction that you want to be unforgettable.
The moment that readily stands out is the ending shot where you realize what the hell just happened and you're left wondering if the story in the writer's mind ever comes to a satisfactory ending or not.
You're left wondering if the writer would ultimately escape the psychological conflict he has with himself or has he simply run out juice to churn out anymore great stories.
The film explores two key elements in the writing world, 1) How to write a great story and 2) The obsession to feel what a great story reads like.
Point one was explored by the writer and point two was explored by the detective who is actually just a shade of the writer's personality.
Overall, I think the film delivers the mind twisting journey of a writer refusing to put nothing on the page that isn't a masterpiece. But whether the film successfully encapsulates the audiences or not is obviously up to the audiences to decide.
If you shot some footage and need someone to edit the video or if you have an idea for a short film and you need someone to write the screenplay, I would love to jump on baord and collaborate with you. Have a look at my other works to see my style and experience which I build over the years.
Let me know in the comments how you think I could have made this film much better and much more engaging?
I would really appreciate some constructive criticism in order to become a much better filmmaker and a much better storyteller.