Evaluation

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Focus group on final work

  1. What did you enjoy most about the overall film?

Person 1.

The structure of the film with the short extracts of the main character posting on line, I found this interesting as the story continued, I liked the breakup of these with the effects on the blank/distorted screen.  I liked the shots being sped up as this made me feel that the character was spending more and more time of social media. I thought they were attention grabbing and worked well especially as it was a short –film.  I particularly liked the end shot of the main character, moving up to his face, this was a powerful shot and I felt it symbolised the pointlessness of lying on his social feed.

Person 2.

The digital / cultural juxtaposition between the virtual self and the real self.  

 

Person 3.

Enjoyed the plot line and got clearly what’s it’s intention was. I also really liked the vocals which are used , really reinforced how social media isn’t good for us.

 

2. What would you say where the weaknesses of the film?

Person 1.

 I would have liked more close ups of what the character was doing , in particularly the shots when he posts that he is going running and then drives away in his car.

 Person 2

You may need to be more literal in your explanation/ exposition of the subject

Person 3.

I think the last phrase at the end in the vocals could have been slightly clearly.

 

3. How did the film impact your views on social media?

Person 1.

 It made me review my thinking of social media.   The film increased my views that social media cannot always to be trusted and can have a negative effect of people using it.  This can be in the form of the person posting an unreal aspect of their day to day life and also the person reading the posts who is presented with an image that impacts on how they feel about their own life.  I voice over at the end of the film impacted on me as it talked about social media being addictive which I can agree with.

Person 2.

It made me think how young people are influenced and stressed by presenting an idealised digital persona

Person 3.

I think it’s a very true reflection of social media – especially in the generation focused upon. It hammers home how connected to our phones we are and not in the present moment. it’s shocking but there is a lot of truth within the film.

 

4. Do you think my ancillary texts complimented the film well?

Person 1.

I thought the film poster was intriguing and thought it was film noir in nature with the light highlighted on the main character‘s hands using the phone.  The liked the descriptive nature of the review, I liked that it gave an insight of the film. 

Person 2.

Yes but maybe you could of expanded on these

Person 3.

I would say the poster works well with the film. I like the choice of colours in the review and a strong use of imagery used for it.

 

5. What genre do you feel the film belongs to?

Person 1.

  I would class this short-film as psychological drama because the main character appears to be obsessed with social media, this can affect the audience as the main character’s mental state is changing.  He is lying about what is real and unreal which can be disturbing. 

Person 2

I would say cultural, psychological drama with elements of sci fi.

Person 3.

I would say psychological, society reflection drama with extreme effects of sci fi.

 

Ideas to lengthen film to 5 minutes

  • Comments from other users can come up on screen  – show people believe protagonist lies.
  • Scene of protagonist having meal with friend, both on phone, take a picture of together and caption the picture “great food with great company”, back on phones.
  • Add footage to speed up montage – to show how much time he’s on social media.
  • Could make footage of his reality In black and white and digital life in colour.