Solid camera work at the start. Cool location which fitted the genre well. The musical sound track was a bit overbearing, was it really needed? The atmosphere may have well been built better without it. Great broken leg make up, well done Nice and simple concept that worked well.
Just another film I didn't understand...
What I liked, Nice art department and visuals, good use of match cut that contributed to the storytelling, simple and easy to understand story which can't be understated in 48hours. the set up to pay off by was good. great practical effects on the broken/gashed leg, this made me flinch.
What to work on for next year: the location in the first two thirds of the film was great, but at the end it was all happening on a nicely mown lawn somewhere. watch the mix also as the music felt like it was mixed to high at some points
Nice cinematography at the beginning which created a good atmosphere early. Then the story was just a little too simple and I felt and you could have gone a lot further with it, but it is a really hard genre to pull off and I'm glad I didn't get it.
PS. I think I saw a van go past in the background towards the end of the film ... last but one man on earth? ;)
A guy, the last man on earth, has a pretty solid campsite set up for himself. He has food, shelter, fire and a supply of water. However, he is not alone.
Some solid filming in this and excellent make-up. The broken-leg effect is award winning! I agree with other reviewers that the music at the start was irritating and distracting. I think in setting the unsettling feel of isolation you ditch music and either record or drop in a very sparse natural ambiance. Silence is bloody scary! It also wrapped up pretty quick and became a bit of a punch-line film.
Solid effort though at a tricky genre.
Difficult genre to work with.
The film had an intact story, so well done there. Was a little cheesy at times.
Watch your generator noise in the background.
Lighting was kinda over done, less is more here. It noticeable outdoors.
Just one obvious continuity error.
Im keen to see what you can produce next year.
In the bush, a camouflaged man makes breakfast in his bivvy. He is the Last Person On Earth, presumably (the film doesn't really tell us this, but rather just seems to assume that we know it because of the genre label up front). But no, he isn't the last man on earth! A desperate stranger exaggerates a leg injury to gain access to the survival supplies stored within his tent (where I'm pretty sure a loaf of bread disappears from one shot to the next at one point - perhaps there's a third party lurking somewhere?), then limps off with the stuff when the hero goes to look for help. Our hero tracks him down grim-facedly, and in the ensuing confrontation, both are too busy to notice a yellow van pulling away in the background (possibly driven by the bread thief?) – and limping man learns a harsh lesson about karma.
I feel like the major thing here was that we needed to have the circumstances established a lot more - who are these characters, what is the situation in their world, what is the situation for them? It's tempting to use shortcuts based on the fact that everyone in the competition knows what genre your film is supposed to be, but I think it's helpful to think about people trying to view it outside the context of the competition - if you can make a film that makes perfect sense to that sort of audience who have none of that information, your movie will probably be better for it. The perils of trying to capture the Lonely Earth in this genre were also somewhat unfortunately indicated by the nearby car! Great hardcore leg injury effects though!