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In The Dark. My final project from my first year at SVA. Shot on the Canon 60D, edited in Final Cut Pro, sound recorded on the Zoom H4n using a Sennheiser shotgun mic (sorry, not sure which model). My first time using most of this equipment on a production of my own, though I had worked with all of it a lot on other people’s productions before.

A comment I got a lot from actors auditioning was “Wow, you’re really dark, aren’t you?” or similar statements. Sure, I can have my moments, but I’m not really. The concept came from suddenly seeing the worst in someone, and having the thought, could everyone really be like that? Is there another side to everyone? What does it take to uncover that?

Want to hear something kind of frightening? Every thought in this, is real, and comes from somewhere. While in the writing process, I spend a lot of time researching around online, on sixbillionsecrets and similar websites, and every time Michael hears a thought, that’s coming from a real person. I barely even rewrote them.

I had not only a lot of fun filming this, creatively manipulating locations to make them look entirely different than they originally did, especially in the editing. On the set, one of my friends, also the Cinematographer on this short Alex, kept a count of how often I said “I’ll fix it in post” or otherwise referenced post-production. I forget the exact number, but a lot. I believe around 18 in just a few hours of shooting. I really like post production. 

-Tom Knight

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