In the final chapter, the two characters finally meet each other. It’s a great end to the series. I like to take this time to give you my interpretations of trilogy. By no means this is exactly what Keone and Mari’s intention for their story. This is what I just feel as their director.
In part 1 “PLAY” we meet Keone. We quickly see he has a unique imagination and sense of humor when he accidently acquires the ability to freeze time. His playfulness is shown when he gets in the middle of a pick-up game of basketball. Upset by disrupting the flow of the game, the basketball players attempt to give Keone a hard time, but not until he freezes them again (great Segway for a dance number). He then loses the power later in the story, and feels a useless without it.
Now how does Part 1 carry over to the final chapter? Well, Although Keone can’t freeze time anymore. His playfulness, imagination, and sense of humor still comes back in this third film. He is flirty yet also timid at the same time when he see’s Mari. He wants to grab her attention but he’s a bit hesitant and “slow to speak,” hence the subtitles. Keone using the subtitles as gimmick to meet Mari was quite charming and playful. It was nice to see that side of him return in the third installment because it seemed like a quality the character Mari adored in a man.
In Part 2 “FIND” we are introduced to Mari. We see that Mari struggles with self-confidence and appearance, but later finds peace by just being her “true-self.” The soundtrack to the film was “superwomen.” And I couldn’t agree more Mari transformed into a “superwomen” in the third one. Although we see Keone and Mari interacting and getting to know each other, Mari didn’t fully let her guard down until the end of the part 3. Keone’s first words to Mari in the film were “How are you?” What’s so cool about that, Mari didn’t even answer Keone right away. She made Keone wait. WOW! Now that’s a strong women! She didn’t put her guard down that easy. When she felt she was at a safe haven she finally responded with “I’m Good.” I myself totally admire a woman who molds a man to treat them with respect. The transformation to being a “superwomen” was totally evident there. What I also like about making keone wait, is that it showed Keone and Mari complimented each other. Keone is playful when he meets Mari, but Mari is playful as well, playing along side the subtitle gimmick. At first you think Mari had to match keone’s level of playfulness, but we then find out Mari was making Keone match her level of playfulness.
“Oh the things that just make you smile”
Well those are my two cents on the trilogy.
The hardest part putting this film together was finding a location that complimented the story. We both wanted to be outdoors, and we both wanted a place that had a lot of contrast, have colors that pop, and have a park feeling. If its no secret the project was inspired by the pixar short film “Day and Night.” That’s where the silhouettes come to play, but what I also liked about the film was the color contrast between blue and green. Although it’s a cartoon, I wanted a setting that had lots of blue and green to pay homage to the original film. Luckily we found a place. Emotional and visually I feel the colors does something. The contrast between the BLUE sky, and the Green leaves/plants just captures the eye. The backdrop of the bay brought a natural outdoors feel. The tree in the middle complimented the characters. Everything at this location was perfect for the film. When we shot Part 3 there was a problem. It was cloudy. The sun wasn’t out. So my raw footage looked very grey. Having it grey would bring a depressing feeling. So I had to transform my raw footage to make it Sunny and bright during post-production. This is where visual effects came to play. Check out the before and after pictures.
Pushing for a release this week
The Final Installment…
Graphic Design by Jason Patio
SNEAK PEEK of the second installment of a “3-part” series titled “The Meeting” from Keone and Mari
I am really excited to premiere this video because of the cinematography on this one. I wanted to dive more into the role of Director of Photography, by showing more substance through the shots. You can probably get a feel of what I was trying to go for just from this picture above.
This video should be scheduled to come out sometime this week. Be sure to check out the 1st episode called “PLAY” if you haven’t already at www.youtube.com/keoneANDmari