Project | Short-Films
Despite being already in animation we keep screening our reels to get feedback on clarity and where we could still improve things.
The “Falling in Love” beat got two interesting reactions during test screenings. The first was that some people were wondering if Blue knew Red or if there was some kind of previous history between them. The second was that it didn’t feel like Blue’s falling in love with red was a big enough thing. Especially since the rest of the film relies on the believability of this moment.
This is the adjusted version of the “Falling in Love” beat that shows what we changed. First we shortened the length of how long it takes for the camera to pan over to Red. This way the audience doesn’t start to wonder if there is something more than just a chance encounter. The second thing we changed was that we added another shot on Blue to spend more time showing his falling in love with Red. This way we have one full shot that is just about seeing Red the way Blue sees her.
The “Shelter” beat is interesting in regards to the separation of how the audience and our main character gets new story moments. In our Original version we see that Blue sees something and then pan up to reveal what he sees. But we thought it would be great to see Blue’s reaction to seeing Red. That is why in the second clip he doesn’t look up before we pan up. This way Red is first revealed to the audience and then, in a separate shot on Blue, it is revealed to him and we can see his reaction.
An animation that I did just for fun a few years back that then, slowly, evolved into the story of The Blue Umbrella.