Opening credits make them more interesting, part of the first scene perhaps.
Establishing shot perhaps needs to be more captivating, didn't plan it well enough.
Tripod there were many shots where a tripod really should have been used but I didn't realise just how much of a difference it makes until I started editing.
More footage I think you really can never have enough footage, for instance in the opening sequence I could have done with a few more shot angles, the clip would still be the same length it would just make the beginning a bit more captivating.
Audio balance The music is too loud, the first bit of dialogue too quiet and the dialogue at the train station is way too quiet.
Light balance I really need to think more about lighting, and setting the light balance before I take a shot. The light changing from shot to shot is quite distracting.
Microphones I did try and get one from college but unfortunately there were none left the day I needed one, but I think a boom microphone would have helped a lot with the audio balance issue.
The time passing scenes such as the shot of the front door whilst Tarik is watching TV. I need to research a more professional way of doing this, as my attempt was just an after-thought after I'd started editing.
The dead dog a few people who watched the film didn't quite get that the dog had died. Originally I had it planned that he had gotten into a can of ant powder, which you can just about see in the background of that shot. I think I just should of planned this scene better, as it is rather crucial to the story, but perhaps so obvious to me as the writer that I simply overlooked it.
The phone scene I think this scene could have been a lot better, it was partly ad-lib unfortunately Tarik rushed it a bit, after 4 takes we just sort of gave up. The fact that it was all one shot probably didn't help either. The dialogue probably could have been written better too, and perhaps I could have mentioned how the dog died which would make it more clear for the viewer.
The phone being put down another afterthought, as mentioned in the diary I didn't think it when we were first shooting and when I did film it, it was a different time of day, which is very obvious when you watch it. Should have been planned better.
The scenes where Tarik is walking seems to drag quite a bit, again more shots would of done wonders here I think, and perhaps some music?
The scene where the bag was stolen unfortunately as we were filming this about 50 school children were coming up the stairs to get on a train so it is all very rushed and done in one take. Better planning needed.
The chase I'm quite happy with how this turned out, but I would like to experiment with moving cameras in the future which I think would add to the chase effect.
Fade to black the part before the bag is opened might be a bit too long.