Reflecting on my film

The making of my film.

The idea:

My idea for making my representation of “The Visitor” was of a dog that is minding it’s own business and a Visitor comes to the house aka the robber and they try to break in, however encounters the dog and there becomes a confrontation between them  and the robber gets bitten by the dog. 

I got this idea from the Illumination movies “life of pets” which is a animated movie of pets that are left at home by their owners as they go out to work and are filmed of what they get up to. I thought this was a good as it gives a different perspective of what pets do whilst their owners are out of the house, so this gave me the idea to make a film about what a dog does when a robber comes to the house.the_secret_life_of_pets_poster


When making any film there are loads of risks when filming and with my film there was a few risks some of these risks include.

Risks the dog could of encountered:

  • Stairs: the dog could of lost its footing and could of fell down the stairs and seriously hurt its self, as well running up the brick stairs outside which could of resulted in her tripping and falling on the stairs.
  • Camera equipment: the dog was fine with the harness on her back but if she didn’t then she could of tried to take it of which could of caused damaged to the camera and could of hurt the dog.

Risks the robber could of encountered:

  • I could of tripped on the stairs and could of fallen and potentially of hurt myself
  • The dog could of bitten me and cause serious damaged to my hand



I didn’t have to research as much for my film because I knew what my dog did when the owners left the house which consisted on sleeping, eating, drinking, and going to the toilet, I also knew how my dog reacted when a stranger comes to the house as they do it all the time even if they know who the person is, however i did have to research a lot to see what music would fit the situation of certain parts of the movie. From the start we can here the birds singing which i got from a website which has loads of sound clips.



Then the music “pack up” by Eliza Doolittle starts playing when the camera gets the dog into frame, I done this to make the start of the film seem calm and that the dog is waking up.

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Couple of clips later the music cuts off and the suspension music kicks in, which I got from a sound clip website, then the music “run boy run” by Woodkid starts playing to set the scene of the dog running which gets the audience excited to what happens next.


What I was feeling:

When filming I was feeling quite confident to film as it was morning lighting which I wanted my dog was full of beans which was great as I didn’t have to take too many shots, I had fully charged my camera’s and got the essential camera equipment out. I also liked editing clips and adding sound clips to make the film sound better. The frustrating part I found from this experience was having to make a film with into minutes.


Looking back on my film the whole process went quite well as its what i wanted to turn out like however making this film I had experienced loads of good and bad parts.

The good parts consisted of getting good transitions of the dog going into different parts of the house so you can follow the dog through the house also getting one take from the point of view camera which saved time and effort for both me and the dog, I also felt that the editing went well, apart from when I didn’t save all my clips and audio so I ended up losing all my work and having to restart from the beginning, like making the clips flow seamlessly and having them make sense, also I felt that the audio went well with the film as they change the audiences feeling to make the film feel happy to tense.

The bad parts of this whole process was having to make the film with in two minutes which I felt was hard because you need to make the film make sense so i had to shorten the clips a lot so that they met the two minute mark, however I did make the film a little bit longer, also when I was editing i didn’t save my clips and audio so when I came to open it I lost all my work and to start again. When filming I had to retake a few shots because my mum had got in shot but it wasn’t such a big issue.


From this experience I have found that the smallest things can mess up your work, just likes when I was filming the dog run into the living room and my mum was in shot I had to retake the clip which wasted time and valuable light which could mess up the feeling that its the morning. From this task I have learnt to plan the shot before I take it straight away and that I shouldn’t rush the shoot like moving people out of shot etc. Whilst editing i found that trying to crop music down to fit curtain parts of the film was difficult so it would be jumpy and also there were sudden changes in music because i wanted the mood to change but it had to be two minutes long so trying to get the music to change in the time period was difficult.


Now looking back on the film i have seen that i have to make sure that everything is in the correct position and everything that isn’t supposed to be in shot I should get it out before filming as this will help save time when coming to shooting. I should of used special equipment to help me film, such as a tripod which will stop the shakiness. I could of used better lighting as some parts were quite dark like the part when the dog is having a drink.

Action plan:

For future projects I’m going to use a tripod for less shaky shots, and maybe a better camera, but this all comes down to planning I need to plan every detail of my shoot from location to equipment as this will help me create a perfect film.


Nathan reviewed my film and thought that I had handled the camera very well and that the overall idea was very good. Nathan also thought that I used good shots and angles to show the movement of the dog, however he said that the music changed too quickly; that the change in music was too quick making the film seem a bit confusing to why there was happy music straight to dramatic music, from this film he thought that first person view may seem like a good idea and might use it in his next task.

Nathan’s feedback was good for me as I understood where he was coming from and I’m going to take in consideration the quick change in music I should fade the music out.

Kira had also given me some feedback and she thought i had great transitioning from shot to shot, also she liked the point of view of the dog because it was different, Kira also liked the music that was played whether it was a song she liked or she thought the song matched the film and lastly she liked the plot. The bad things she thought about this was the end song was too loud and seemed a bit over dramatic for the situation and from this film she will be taking away the transitioning from shot to shot.

The feedback that I got form Kira was helpful as this made me think that the level of sound was important as tis can play with the audience.

To view my video click on the video!


Planning the ” visitor”

My intentions:

My vision of the “visitor” is going to be different, its not going to be based on a humans perspective but of a dogs. I think that this will be a better way of describing a visitor because dogs think differently to humans.

The video is going to be about a dog that’s minding its own business and doing what it does whilst its owners have left the house then the dog has an encounter with a robber and we’re going to see how the dog will react to this encounter and hopefully understand a dogs perspective of the situation. Im going to use low angle shots and point of view shots because this will give the audience a better representation of what the dog does.

Visual codes:

I will set the “the visitor” at my house as this is where the dog will be living and where the robber will come. I will be using my bedroom, the upstairs landing, stairs, hallway, kitchen, garden and front garden. I will have my framing so that you can see the dog and see its actions. I will be getting natural light because i want to get the feeling that its morning and also i don’t have proper lighting equipment.


main character = Dog

Owner = Kim

Robber = Rod

Cameraman = Joe

Mise en scene:

Setting and props: middle class house, bedroom, landing, first floor stairs, hall way, kitchen, garden, front garden. Im going to use a bed, sofa, dog bowls, bags for props.

costumes: women’s work clothes, the robber is going to wear black hoodie, tracksuit bottoms, gloves.

Facial expression: the dogs face will have sad, concentrated, surprised, protective emotions. the robber will have a look of pain and anger.

lighting: natural morning light from the sun, comes from the windows, sunlight out in the garden.

positioning: i will have the dog centre of the frame to get the whole of the dogs body in frame when doing static filming, point of view will be on the dogs back and you’ll see the dog’s head and what its looking at.


Research for my video:

I got the idea of the dog being the main character from animal based movies such as “secret lives of pets” which is a animated film showing us what pets do whilst the owners are out however they over exaggerated for entertaining purposes. I also like the idea of the the film “cats vs dogs” because they use real life dogs to tell a story and also the film gives the dogs their prospective of cats. I liked the idea of having a point of view of the dog from a video where theres a camera filming on top of the dogs back of what the dog is looking, this gave me an idea of the audience feeling as if they are in the dogs shoes.


First scene

The first clip will show a picture of the sky and the title “The visitor” and birds will be singing in the background. The camera will be zoomed in on the sky then the camera will slowly zoom out and blinds will start to appear in frame and you will of entered the bedroom and the camera will pan left and down to where a dog is resting on the bed and the camera will be close to the dogs face.

Second scene

My next clip will be of the owner (Kim) leaving the house and closing the door behind them, shortly followed by a close up shot of the door being closed behind them. The camera will be the same hight as the actor/ owner and will be stationary when the owner is leaving, the  clip quickly followed by that will be a close up of the door closing.

Third scene

The next clip will show the dog getting of the bed and start walking out of the bedroom. The camera will be placed at a low angle and will be pointing towards the bed where the dog will jump off, the dog will then walk passed the camera where it will cut to the next scene.

Fourth scene

The fourth scene we will see the dog leave the bedroom and start to go downstairs. The camera will have a wide shot so you can see where the dog has come from and where its going.

fifth scene

After that scene will see the dog walk down the stairs and into the kitchen. I will place the camera far away so you can see the dog transitioning from the stairs to the kitchen, therefore it will be a wide shot.

Sixth scene

sixth scene the camera will be following the dog at a high angle towards the dog flap and then slowly dip down at dogs hight and video the dog going through the dog flap and the camera will stay there until the dog flap stops swinging.

Seventh scene

this scene the camera will be outside on the ground looking down the stairs at the dog flap, the dog will then come out of the dog flap and will walk up the stairs towards the camera but the dog will walk past the camera.

Eighth scene 

in this scene the camera will be looking into the sky, looking at the clouds, filming birds and wildlife in the garden because in the background there will be the noise of the dog defecting so this can tell the audience that the dog is going toilet without showing them.

Ninth scene

the ninth scene the dog will then walk back down stairs and back through the dog flap, the camera will be set up the same as scene 7

Tenth scene

this scene the camera will shoot the dog coming through the dog flap and follow the dog to the dog bowls and at a low angle the camera will film the dog drinking and eating. the camera will then track the dog walk into the living room but will stop at the door to get a wide angle of the dog jumping onto the sofa.

Eleventh scene

next scene we will see the robber (joe)  walk up the stairs and try and open the door. The camera will be inside the house in the living room and will track him coming up the stairs and zoom in on Joe’s hands trying to open the door.

Twelfth scene

In this scene the dog will be laying down on the sofa and will hear the robber (Joe) the dog will then jump up and run over to the window and start barking at the robber (Joe) through the living room window. The camera will track the dog running to the window and pan right so that you can see the dog barking at the robber (Joe).

Thirteenth scene

In this scene will see the dog jump of the sofa and run throughout he kitchen and through the dog flap. Im going to use a GoPro and place it on top of the dog’s back for a point of view.

Fourteenth scene

We will see the dog run out of the dog flap and run round the corner and head towards the camera. The camera will be placed at the end of the path and will film a wide angle and the camera won’t move the dog will just run towards the camera.

Fifteenth scene

The dog will run round the conservatory and to the gate and will start barking at the robber (Joe). I will use the GoPro as a point of view as it will be on the dog’s back.

Sixteenth scene

The camera will be switched to the robber’s point of view of the dog barking at them and they will try and calm down the dog but it won’t work. I will be holding the camera as a point of view and i will bend down towards the dog and get a close up of the dog barking.

Seventeenth scene

will be a point of view of the dog biting the robber (Joe) when he’s trying to calm the dog down. I will use the camera as if it was the dogs eyes and lung the camera at the robber’s hand’s pretending to bit them.

Eighteenth scene

we will see the robber (Joe) run down the stairs. The camera will placed at the front of the door so you can get a wide angle and you can see whats going on, the camera will be stationary and will track the robber (Joe) go down the stairs.

Nineteenth scene

we will see the dog make sure the robber leaves and then the dog will go back inside. The camera will be a close up of the dog and will be stationary on the other side of the gate and the dog will walk back inside  and leave frame.

Lastly the credits