The plot is simple:
A man wakes up to find himself the subject of a mysterious experiment. How does it end? You decide!
With just a few basic props and some imaginative camera work, you can create your own sense of dread and impending doom. And what could be more fun than that? But it’s not just about putting a few clever shots together to tell a story. For this video to work, you’ll need to create the right mood through your choices of lighting, location, and sound.
Try lighting from below or directly above to create eerie and interesting shadows. Frame your shots from unusual angles. If you can, try setting up the shoot outdoors at night to create an infinite black background, or maybe in a barren basement with stark concrete walls. Add a rapidly increasing heartbeat to your soundtrack to intensify the suspense; in short, do anything to enhance the overall sense of the surreal. As for the final result, we’re leaving that up to your fiendish imagination.
In addition to three actors, you’ll need the following to make this video:
1 light switch box (or something similar)
1 volume adjustment knob (or something similar)
2 laboratory smocks
2 surgical masks (dust masks will work nicely too)
1 pair of glasses (optional)
1 flood lamp (optional)
1 headband with wires
To increase the tension, add the sound of a heartbeat to the soundtrack and increase the tempo and volume throughout the sequence.
1. The subject seated at the dinner table with his two parents and a plate of uneaten roast beef in front of him.
Father: You’re not leaving the table until you finish your…(to wife) What’d you say this stuff was again?
Wife: Escargot, dear. It’s French.
2. The subject seated on the couch with the other two in front of the television. The woman tosses him the remote.
Woman: All right, you find something decent to watch!
3. ANGLE WIDENS to reveal the subject seated in a dentist’s chair, mouth now wide open. The dentist (scientist) leans back smiling, drill in hand, his assistant at his side.
Dentist: See, that didn’t hurt too much did it?
Illustrations by Michael Gomez