In Love With the Chase

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One response to “In Love With the Chase

  • elliod

    Hey all,

    This film, made in my freshman year intro class, follows the story of young man – the classic, helpless romantic – and his “chase” after love. However, as the main character lusts after the perfect woman, he redefines his original concept of love and romance.

    There are several things in the film which i think were successful. First, I think we did a good job with the screenwriting. The story was able to unfold in a simple, yet cohesive and well-rounded format, which kept the audience engaged and did not lag too much. The young man, obsessed with the concept of typical hollywood romance, has a difficult time actually interacting with women in real life. However, after a chance encounter with the woman of his dreams at his local coffee shop, he is determined to rendezvous with the mystery girl and live happily ever after. Alas, he realizes that perhaps his ideal romance does not exist, and instead finds an alternative in seeking romance.

    Also, I think our execution of the filmic elements on screen were successful, such as acting and soundtrack. The acting was sufficient for all intensive purposes – nothing seemed extraordinarily awkward or unnatural. And perhaps my favorite element in the film was the music. This, we toiled over for hours in the editing process and I think we made solid choices that convey the proper sentiment in each scene, as well as reinforce the homage to classic cinema. Ironically, the last song is a new-wave Bowie track from the Labyrinth, signifying a change in consciousness and emotional evolution in the main character.

    Things that I would like to rework would be, primarily, lighting. We did not use any movie lights in the film and we had little knowledge how to cut down on daylight glare, etc. Because of this, I think the film lacked a true style to make it a unique aesthetic.

    However, all things considered, I was proud of the film as it set a good foundation on which to improve my filmmaking skills moving foreword.

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