Shot 1: Phil’s Morning Drive
We had to do several in-car scenes for Episode 4 of Marked, so we can appreciate the challenge of finding interesting shots and working in a tight, stuffy space!
Love: the contrast between the dark-ish interior and the subject’s bright shirt and fairly well-lit face — he really seems to pop in this shot!
Could improve: maybe the framing? Although we strangely like the centered subject in this case, in future shots they could experiment with having Phil on different sides of the frame. Even on the far left or right. Could just be interesting visually to mix that up.
Shot 2: Disengaged
Love: the set design here is fantastic, really gives it a special vibe. We especially love the use of objects in the foreground (other guest, wine glass, coffee table), which adds depth.
Could improve: we didn’t notice it at first but yasssss @Bri_Castellini that white kitchen counter and garbage can! We love the white negative space but the garbage can (and bag) does take away from the vibe created by the other decorations.
Shot 3: New Deep South
Love: the closeness of the framing, and even that the right person’s head is slightly cut off. Plus, they are slightly on the left which makes it slightly more interesting visually.
Could improve: lighting! Having better lit subjects would’ve made a huge difference, adding some pop and contrast. Right now it feels like a dark basement!
John & Lena, Co-creators of Marked