Marshall Woodruff Capstone


EVAN is a short film that I directed. It was created, filmed and edited over the course of three months and required over a hundred hours on just my part to make it happen. During the course of the project, I collaborated with Sieanna Williams as my co-writer and co-cinematographer, Brian Birkmire and Jenny Cruz as the main actors, and about ten other actors and crew members and Douglas Herman to make it happen. Over the course of three months, I learned about what it is like to shoot on at least a semi-professional film set and learned new VFX processes like CGI face replacements. So far, the short film has gone on to place first in the narrative film category at the Regional TSA conference and we are in the process of submitting it to the New York Film Festival.


"Who Goes There?" True Detective HBO, Feb 9 2014

This was the episode that contained the six minute long take that was used as part of the inspiration for the cinematography of EVAN. This video provided information on the things that you can achieve in modern cinema. I couldn't find out how exactly they pulled off the shot because there was no behind the scenes footage that divulged into what they did. But coming from a film background, it was easy to figure that they used a steady cam and a lot of hours to coordinate it. the actual time it took to film that one shot was 18 hours.

"Simple Tricks and Nonsense Episode 16: Face Replacement." YouTube. YouTube, n.d. Web. 04 Apr. 2015. <>.

This video didn't provide any help with me in After Effects. I just used it as a source to confirm what I had already figured out as what to do for the face replacement scene.

"Adobe After Effects - Introduction and Basics." YouTube. YouTube, 21 Feb. 2010. Web. 27 Nov. 2013. <>.

This is a video provided me with an introduction to After Effects. it taught me the basics so I could build a foundation for the special effects for all my projects.

"Intro to After Effects." YouTube. YouTube, 27 Oct. 2011. Web. 16 Mar. 2013. <>.

This is another video that I accessed in order to learn After Effects.

I don't really have any other sources for this short film because I didn't really need outside sources for help on this. Also, films don't really come with bibliographies. It's not like I googled "how to make a short film" because I didn't. I used the one take for inspiration, but all the majorly helpful youtube videos I saw on shot composition and one takes were seen after principle photography and editing took place. And for the stunts, I just used common sense. I saw that a jump had to take place so I put cushions in the landing zone. And when it came time to literally replace my face with Brian's, I had no other achievable example to work off of, so I used my knowledge on after effects o figure out that we needed to shoot Brian's face on a green screen at the right angle to superimpose over the original footage.

And as for all the "science" in the video. Nothing was researched because the technology doesn't exist. So I made up how the dream machine was supposed to look.