As part of my film portfolio, Timeline was a huge passion project where I wanted to cover three parts of an unknown man's life. The past, the present and the future. Since the final film is just around 3 minutes long, I obviously didn't have much space to play around with the content. So I made sure the trailer conveyed the tone and the hook of the film.
The filming of this project was quite simple as I had only one location and one actor to deal with. The tricky part was to start the filming at sunrise and getting it done before dark. I made a conscious decision to only use available lighting for two reasons. The first was to give it a unique natural look and the second was to film the project all by myself without having any other crew member on set because when you're all alone, dealing with a lot of heavy equipment is quite a big hassle and time consuming.
My main goal was to simply convey the tone and the hook of the film. I simply used the shots which I thought would go nicely with the selected soundtrack and to convey what is going on, I simply opted to use text as opposed to a voice over.
The reason I chose text instead of voice over was simply to convey the information energetically. The voice over in the film is quite bleak and downbeat, so it wasn't going well with the intended feel of the trailer.
The intended feel was to convey the disturbingly epic events that the main character is going through while keeping it intimate and small through the setting of the visuals.
I was almost happy with the final result as it kind of gets under your skin and makes you want to know what actually is unfolding in the past, the present and the future.
If you shot some footage and need someone to edit the video, 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 trailer 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.