Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Jenny Ringo 3 - Help needed!

I'm currently editing the third film in the Jenny Ringo series (visit to see the first film and sign up to the mailing list for news on future adventures!)
This one is called Jenny Ringo and the Infinite Spellbook, and it's a little different. It's a lot shorter for a start. It also features dinosaurs, clowns and spaceships. And a couple of monsters.
My plan is to enter it into the Virgin Media Shorts competition, but before I can even think about doing that I need to finish editing the thing and for that I need your help!

Because it was so short I was able to experiment a bit more and filmed a few scenes a couple of different ways. One of these scenes is the main dialogue scene between Jenny and Gavin which we filmed on Worthing seafront. It was written to be set at night, but this posed a bit of a problem for a three-person crew with no money. So we improvised.
However, fearing that the night shoot wouldn't work I also filmed a daytime version.
The issue I now have is that I kind of like both of them. So I need you to help me decide which one to use.
Please forgive the sound quality and the shoddy editing - this is a very rough edit just to give an idea of how the scenes will ultimately look.
Here is the daytime version - 

Here is the nighttime version - 

Here is how you vote - 

Which version - Day or Night?

If you have any more detailed feedback I'd love to hear it! Please leave me a comment below or on the Facebook page.

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Thanks for your help!


Chris Hewson said...

I chose night. It was definitely hard to choose! They both look really good!

Krystyna Hunt said...

I chose day because although the night shot definitely has its "magical" moments I feel those moments are out of control. It works when the faces are lit up. But the faces are not always lit up and when they are blacked out it does not look like an artistic decision. It looks like your lighting went out. When their faces are dark there isn't enough contrast between the actors and their dark surroundings. A little bit of light is in the background, but not enough.