It's fair to say that films usually come together much stronger when actors or directors are emotionally invested in the content. Seattle based filmmakers/writers Casey Warren & Danielle Krieger recently released their short film “From 1994” which is very close to Casey's heart. The film's voiceover is based on an actual letter that Casey received from his mother before she passed away from cancer. The finished product is a prime example of how being emotionally invested in your production helps strengthen your project.
Extensive storyboarding was the first step Casey took to get his crew got on the same page:
“I put a lot of time into the detail of the storyboard. So, on the set we could really show them to all the crew and help convey the idea we were trying to get across, whether it was the props, the staging or the sets in general” -Casey Warren
Another huge part of this video’s success is choosing the right tools for production. Casey and his team recognized that their film needed smooth shots and the ability to seamlessly switch from medium shots to closeups. Many production teams have adopted the MoVI, but few have implemented it as well as Mindcastle.
“The MoVI allows for shots that you can start on a medium and push into a close; just as you would in the real world when you, kind of, move in and listen to what someone is saying.” -Casey Warren
Although unnoted in the BTS video, it’s quite obvious that small detail of the video came together perfectly. Casey’s experience with this short film really goes to show how doing something meaningful helps to inspire and push you to create world class content.
The final video: