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The White Rabbit

Friday, May 08, 2015

It's official, I'm off school for study leave! I only have to wear my uniform three more times before I'm out of it for good! Most sixth form cried at our leavers assembly, but honestly I was just counting down the seconds until the bell went. Heck, I didn't even go to the leaver's party last Saturday. Netflix in bed sounds a lot more enjoyable than pretending to like everyone around me.

I've had a number of blog post ideas stuck in my head this past week. I've wanted to share my film work with you for a while. I had planned on writing 'What It's Really Like Working on a Film Set,' but we'll save that for another time. Instead, I'm here to share with you my latest project, one I actually just completed and handed in for marking, it's my A2 final short film 'The White Rabbit.'

The idea came about last September when I was brainstorming many plots on a blank page. I was scrolling through Tumblr that same night when I came across a photographer who captured really creepy and eerie images of young girls wearing animal masks. It took me a while to understand the photographs. In one sense it was creepy and weird, but in another it was beautiful and quite innocent. It was kind of a 'EUREKA' moment when I came up with the plot line.

The story focuses around a young girl, Alexandra, who suffers with schizophrenia. On her wedding day, she is shocked to learn not a single person has turned up. No groom. No officiant. Just a rabbit mask. The short film itself is really thought-provoking, and even encourages the audience to come up with their own conclusion in regards to the rabbit mask. I can't say too without giving the story away, but I can say it is a very unique story that only few will fully understand. The overall idea was to create a short film that allowed the visuals to do the explaining, using very little dialogue throughout.

Before I knew it, pre-production was completed and we were filming on our school breaks. A crew of two and a cast of one. I think it took 6 days altogether to gather all the footage up. We worked on many locations including Belfast city centre, barley fields and even underwater at our actress' swimming pool! In the end, the short film came to 5.33 minutes in length.

I won't know my overall grade until August, which is a little daunting. I have been speaking with my teacher though, and she's dropped a few hints here and there that the film ranks in top marks. I'm a little bit of a perfectionist when it comes to filming so I'm really hoping for (almost) full marks. Only four more months to wait and find out!

Below I have shared two clips relating to my final film. The first is a teaser to 'The White Rabbit' and the second is my experimental piece. I experimented with lenses and camera angles, as well as sound.

Do you study moving image arts? Or do you enjoy producing your own short films? I hope you've enjoyed this post and I plan to post more about my film work in the future (if people actually enjoy reading it, that is).

KVL xo
12 comments on "The White Rabbit"
  1. Good luck with your last few times at school and *fingers crossed* for top marks on the film.

  2. I studied Broadcasting Media Technology and I do freelance videography. I enjoy filming a lot.
    Great teaser and all the best with your projects. :)

  3. I've really got into filming and editing recently! Can't wait for the next post :)

  4. I love the idea of this! The two teasers are amazing and I'd love to see the final cut. Good luck to you.

    Corinne x

  5. The two teasers are really eerie, quite chilling actually! The location looks beautiful too - fingers crossed for you!

    Erin xx


  6. Love the soundtrack choice in the teaser! Excited to see more!

  7. I have been trying to comment on your blog but for some reason my comments dont go trough. The trailer look nice, and the music was very chilled out. Looking forward to see the rest xx

  8. This is fab, I absolutely love your experimental video. What do you study at sixth form ? When I was at college, I studied film studies and media, so this is right up my street. Although I can't say my short film projects were anywhere as good as yours. I got a B over all for my short film and yours is much better! Good luck, I bet you'll do really well. Ray xx :)

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words Rachael! :) I study Art, Moving Images and ICT - although I much prefer Moving Images over the other two! I'm sure your final films were fab! Thank you :)


  9. Amazing post again <3


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