BACK TO PORTFOLIO
"LIFE IS BETTER THAN MESSAGES."
CINEMATOGRAPHY + VFX
Stop looking at your phone when you are
on the go, heads up and your life's waiting for you.
CHRISTMAS 2015
The Final Cut
It's 2015 Christmas.🎄

At the winter of 2015,
I made this video to tell the story:
Our family, friends, and our lives are
way more important than social networks.

If virtual relationships
were important, they would have
cared about our safety,
rather than messages.

Please enjoy the final cut of
"Life is better than messages" from
my Cinematography class.
STEP 1
The idea
Nothing is more shock and unforgettable
than an actual car accident.
But I can not shoot a real accident scene,
so we move to the green screen.

What we can do included
shooting street scenes,
the actress looking around,
smiling and looking at her phone,
walking (at least looks like) in the street.

What we had to go with green screen
included the moment she got hit,
and other scenes that not
allowed to shoot in the street.
STEP 2
Storyboard
I started from sketching
the story board, looking for locations
that'd be perfect for shooting.
STEP 3
Test Shooting
Then I did some test shooting
using another actress (who's
the one from my other video projects,
"The Best Thing", thank you Pak😘),
to match my storyboards.
STEP 4
Green Screen
Thanks to AAU that we can use
the green screen for free on campus.

Anyway, the key of shooting
in green screen is the light.
And yes, I shot the scenes on the street first,
then we went back to the studio.

We used three lights to simulate
the actual lights on set,
and one light hold by hand to simulate
the car light that approaching her...
STEP 5
Composition
Then I went to After Effect
to do the composition.

Color correction was needed too,
because of different white balance values.

And here's what it looks like
after composition.
STEP 4
Green Screen
From this scene
you probably already noticed
the girl that's pushing her
to make her look like getting hit
by the car in the upper leg.

And there was a light coming
towards her, also in the leg position.
STEP 5
Composition
So, the final scene contains
three shots: the street shot with a girl
at the background, the street shot with a car
which also needed to be cut out and
put back later in the front,
and the green screen shot with her.

Yes, the girl in the background
was exactly the same person
pushing her in the green screen,
and was cut out.
STEP 4
Green Screen
You might not notice that the final scene,
was also shot in the green screen.

We were not allowed to shot this scene
in the traffic of Union Square.
So I shot the surface for real,
and used the lights and angel like it on the set...
STEP 5
Composition
...and here it is.

The final effect was quite real,
that was a good one. :)