Breaking In

DIRECTORS
Edson Soares
Namira Abdulgani

ACTORS
Jonathan Raviv
Tatiana Grasso

MUSIC
Plantains – “I Feel Love”

My roles: concept, script, camera, lighting, editing. 

Custom made for a 120-feet long wide screen, Breaking In is a short movie about giving up your own prejudice and embracing your true self. 

The piece follows a man who has fallen deep into a maze within himself. In his journey he finds his true identity and sets free a mysterious woman who lives in his dreams. Breaking In was screened at InterActiveCorps' Building, New York, December 2015 as part of the event Big Screens, organized by NYU. 

Still frames:

 

Process

The movie was developed over three months. While working on the storyboard, we visited the screening location many times to run tests on the unusual screen ratio of 11520 x 947 pixels.

Storyboarding:  We wanted to play with the architecture of a maze as a metaphor for the dreamy experience of pursuing one's hidden desires. As we drew many possible storyboards, we decided to focus on issues of gender identity, portraying a man hunted by his feminine side.  

100 Images test: Before shooting anything, we selected 100 High Resolution images used both for the mood board and for the first test with the screen. This moment was key in understanding how the space influenced the perception of the audience member. Depending on the location in the room, the viewer would not be able to see the entire screen. That forced us to pay attention to every pixel of information, to make sure that everyone in the room saw the important moments of the narrative--no matter where they were standing. 

First drafts for the storyboard

100 images test

Prototyping movies:

Co-director Namira and I filmed and acted in prototype movies to test the effect of our original storyboard with moving images. We analyzed the emotions triggered by each scene and drew a graphic, which helped us understand how to improve timing and prepare for the final shooting. The non-official film was showcased for a small group of people and guest critics, followed by a Q&A session.

Testing prototype movie at the Big Screen

Feedback from friends and guest critics after the prototype's screening

Director and one-time actors Edson Soares and Namira Abdulgani during prototype shooting

Tension vs Time graph helping to visualize the narrative pace

Final Shooting:

With a clear vision of our story and how to represent it visually, we worked with the actors Jonathan Raviv and Tatiana Grasso for the final version of the movie.

Shooting Jonathan for the final movie

Red tones during color correction

Custom-made rig to film with 2 Black Magic cameras. This DIY trick allowed us to have super wide shoots preserving pixel quality.


FInal poster

Screening on Dec 2015, at IAC's building, in New York.