Outline for 162

Tommy is relaxing at home when there is a knocking at his door. He is reluctant to open the door initially, being confused and apprehensive as to who it is who would be calling at such a late hour. He brings himself to open the door where he finds Evie, his best friend, stood rain-soaked, pale, tears rolling down her cheeks. However she is not looking at Tommy, she is looking straight past him.

There are pictures of Evie and Tommy, all over Tommy’s flat, varying from school photos, to family events and birthdays, to recent photos, to her wedding. Tommy brings Evie in, sits her on the sofa and brings her a blanket and a towel. Tommy attempts to talk Evie round, but she remains unresponsive: she is there in body, but not in mind. Tommy notices the ring on her finger, and flashes back to a time when they were much younger, perhaps 19 or 20, with Tommy attempting to express his feelings for Evie, however he is interrupted by her revealing that she has met a guy – her soulmate, and they have begun dating. The story flashes forward to her wedding day, she is thanking Tommy in a wedding toast: for all he has done for her, for being there for her through all the years. Tommy is smiling, but tears well up in his eyes as he knows he will never be with Evie. He excuses himself from the dinner hall where the toast is being made and we see his emotions being let out on a balcony outside, under the starry night sky.

The story comes back to present day as Tommy takes his eyes away from the wedding photo, he carries on attempting to talk Evie out of her trance, asking about Mark – her husband, and where he is, if anything had happened. Evie slowly comes round, and whispers that her husband has left her. She raises her bloodstained hands, we realise she did not let him go.

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Cabinet of Curiosities – basic character profile information

Our cabinet of curiosities is focused upon a girl, Hayley Bennet, aged 19 who lives in the Midlands. She is a sales assistant at Next, and has had an offer for a promotion to the supervisor role, which she is pleased about. She is saving money from her job to travel (so the promotion would have been a boost to her you would have thought), she does have a boyfriend – Ethan Thompson who she has been with for two years and they have made plans to move in together, so overall we are coming into her life at what would be thought of as a highly exciting time of moving on and change.

However, Hayley finds out (by accident) that she is adopted, she finds this out through scrap books kept by her parents which contain key information such as train tickets, photos and the adoption certificate and information. This obviously angers Hayley, causing her to feel resent towards her parents as they have lied to her throughout her entire life – and had no plans on telling her the truth as far as we can tell.
She uses the information she has found to track down her orphanage and where she comes from – hoping to find her birth parents.

This is when Hayley goes missing. There are a few possibilities as to what may have happened to her on her journey which has caused her to disappear. She may have had an accident on the way to the orphanage, or found her birth parents and been abducted by them or just decided to stay there or in the area without telling anyone. There are countless possibilities, and as a group we will pull together and find out what it is which has caused her to disappear.

 

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Key Concepts 105 – 72 hour challenge set: initial thoughts

My group were assigned a scene from the 2008 fantasy film ‘Twilight’. We got the scene in which Bella meets Edward’s family, but with a twist: to be shot as a traditional horror film devoid of romantic overtones, Bella is actually a vampire slayer who kills the Cullen family.

I was very pleased with the scene we were given as there are so many ways that we can convey the key codes and conventions through this idea. Obviously the concept of stereotypes, gender and sex and ideology will be very apparent in our film. We will be challenging the typical, in the style of an old fashioned, and very typical form – this means that though technically it will appear conventional, the narrative and characters will completely juxtapose typical ideas and beliefs of gender and sex.

My group came up with a good solid foundation, we decided to do research into old fashioned horror films, I took information and inspiration from four films which I thought to be relevant to our scene: the classic ‘Nosferatu’, ‘Dracula’ (1931), ‘Psycho’ and ‘Creature from the Blue Lagoon’.

I plan to do some research into old fashioned horror, stereotypes, female positions of power in films and the fantasy/action genre (such as Buffy in Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and much more. In doing this I believe that we will produce an effective, well thought out narrative which will be appealing to an audience, and will manage to convey the key concepts for the 2000 word analytical essay in which I will be discussing everything in detail.

As there are seven members of the Cullen family altogether, and we have to complete this in 72 hours (which doesn’t leave much time for getting a good acting cast together) we will have to change the story, and have decided to make Edward an only child, this will make it easier for filming, with the action scenes, and more realistic for the slayer to be able to kill the entire family. Simplifying the narrative should give us a visually better outcome, allowing us to make the most out of who we have and the characters we can concentrate on in more depth in a short space of time.

After thinking about old fashioned horror we decided to make this film a black and white silent film. We will take conventions from films such as Nosferatu, using text on screen as dialogue and direction as to what is going on in the scene. This will give the film a more rustic effect.

We have written a basic script and plan to get the filming done within a day, then begin editing as soon as possible. As the original scene is based in a kitchen we will use this as our main setting area also, we have chosen a flat with a fairly large kitchen counter and space surrounding this so that we have plenty of room to move around and film. We will not be needing too many props, most will be kitchen-based e.g. plates, food, kitchen stools, knives etc. we will also use vampire teeth, which will only appear when the fight starts, and also fake blood for a visually appealing and engaging effect, typical of the horror genre.

 

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162 Developing a narrative: Pitch ideas

We have been assigned a task, by either of the following this start-up lines:

A: There is a hammering on a door, it opens to reveal a dishevelled breathless person, why? How did they get this way…

B: There is a hammering on a door, why? Dare the door be opened? If so what is revealed….

These premises sparked a few initial ideas for me, here are three pitches ideas:

Pitch Number One: 

There is a knock at the door, Dan becomes immediately panicked. His agoraphobia is getting slowly better through counselling but this unplanned announcement has sent him spiralling into a frenzy of unwanted fear and worry. The knocking continues, Dan is trying to pull up the inner strength to open the door, but can he get over his phobia to find what lies on the other side of the door.

Pitch Number Two:

There is a hammering on the door, Tommy opens it to find his best friend (who is also the love of his life) looking traumatised, she is unresponsive but sits down inside his flat. He tries to bring her round but she is completely void of emotion, depersonalised. Tommy reflects on their close relationship, and eventually Evie states that her husband has left her…unfortunately, she did not simply let him leave.

Pitch Number Three: 

There is a hammering on the door. Jeff  opens it to a crazed gunman who crashes past him, trashes his apartment and begins taking his television and valuables. Jeff jumps at the robber, attempting to stop him from taking his things, the robber shoots Jeff in the shoulder, and takes off with a bag of small valuables and Jeff’s 20 inch TV. Jeff wakes up the next morning, he rushes to the phone and calls the police, as he is explaining the event he looks around to find his flat untouched, and no injury to his shoulder.
The next night there is another knock at the door, there is a small group of friends who state Jeff had invited them round, but he does not remember, and does not entirely recall his own identity, in a dreamlike state of anxiety and confusion we find that Jeff is suffering from a dissociative disorder.

Personally I think pitch two may be the best pitch to carry forward and develop, I believe I can create a solid premise for this and make an interesting script from it.

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Myself

Hello there, If you’re reading this you must have stumbled across my blog, so..welcome.

I’m studying Media Production in Coventry University, which is the original reason as to why this blog exists – it is part of our coursework. I’ve never really been a big blogger but I have to say, I can see the appeal now.

I’m working on my portfolio at the moment, getting involved with as many film projects and voluntary jobs as I can, I suppose now is the time if I want any chance of getting somewhere after I finish uni!

It’s a scary yet exciting prospect, and I invite you to join me on my journey to what I hope will be a successful, professional future…and some random posts a long the way.

Evaluation/reflection – Four week project

We produced a short film entitled, ‘Samaritan’ for our four week project.
The premise of the film was originally based on the short film ‘Lovefield’ by Mathieu Ratthe – we were intrigued by the idea of manipulating the codes and conventions of a particular genre (horror in Lovefield) and then incorporating a denouement at the end where the film is shown to be that of a completely different genre; incorporating the technique of synecdoche. In creating this we planned on showing a young girl, in mourning of her lost friend who turns to the church for comfort. In doing so she meets a ‘good samaritan’, who attempts to reach out and comfort her in a time of need, reassuring the audience of his intentions. He then goes on to walk the girl to her car, where he attacks her, and through object codes and flashbacks we realise he is the attacker. Unfortunately, despite our best efforts we did not manage to clearly convey our idea. We encountered a number of problems during our time, including actors dropping out last minute every time we planned on filming and problems with getting the location we wanted: the church. Fortunately, I had a strong team and we managed to produce a final product that was very visually pleasing. We spent a lot of time planning our shots, and positioning the camera in a variety of different positions and angles for each shot to make sure we could gain an aesthetically beautiful piece. Our cinematographer did a great job and with the help from the team we produced a piece, which may not have had a clear narrative, but looked good.
We were given the task of including two pieces of product placement in our film: Tesco and WWF which we managed to incorporate subtly, but effectively. For example the ‘WWF’ website was up on the computer screen at the beginning, and we then used an eye-level, close up shot of a Tesco carrier bag in an exterior shot.
Due to the problems we faced in pre-production, we became behind on time and though we got our filming done in two days, the editing process was rushed. We edited our film on Premiere Pro, and used basic transitions and cuts to create a linear narrative (though our original plan was to include flashbacks we did not have the time to do this). A very basic non-diegetic sound was used, consisting of long high and low pitches, creating a sinister and eerie ambience. Our use of religious imagery: foregrounded shot of the bible, stained glass windows, a giant cross are important symbolic codes, signifying a challenge in representations of religion – and people who abuse the stereotype of good will to gain an antagonistic outcome.
There are changes I would make to this project, with more time we could have worked on the narrative to make it more clear, I have also learnt the importance of planning and pre-production, and the types of struggles we have to face in the industry.

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Research into Cabinet of Curiosities

Over the summer we began creating our own cabinets of curiosity, to include images, clips, photographs, etc. depicting our own characteristics: what we enjoy, what we dislike, hobbies, fears, and everything else that builds a character.

To construct a believable, well thought-out character for this module, much research must be carried out so that my group and I can form a detailed narrative whilst being able to relate to the character and know how they would think and act.

When looking at my own part of this character, I would include:

My likes:
• Photography
• Walking
• Swimming
• Music
• Concerts/festivals
• Badminton
• Travelling
• Marble Hornets
• Anime
• Films
• Claymation

images for cabinet of curiosities link:

<div style=”margin-bottom:5px”> <strong> <a href=”http://www.slideshare.net/FionaLockwood/cabinet-of-curiosities-pictures” title=”Cabinet of curiosities pictures” target=”_blank”>Cabinet of curiosities pictures</a> </strong> from <strong><a href=”http://www.slideshare.net/FionaLockwood” target=”_blank”>FionaLockwood</a></strong> </div>

With everybody else’s inclusion we began planning our character, and noting down the foundation: Our cabinet of curiosities is focused upon a girl, Hayley Bennet, aged 19 who lives in the Midlands. She is a sales assistant at Next, and has had an offer for a promotion to the supervisor role, which she is pleased about. She is saving money from her job to travel (so the promotion would have been a boost to her you would have thought), she does have a boyfriend – Ethan Thompson who she has been with for two years and they have made plans to move in together, so overall we are coming into her life at what would be thought of as a highly exciting time of moving on and change.

However, Hayley finds out (by accident) that she is adopted; she finds this out through scrap books kept by her parents which contain key information such as train tickets, photos and the adoption certificate and information. This obviously angers Hayley, causing her to feel resent towards her parents as they have lied to her throughout her entire life – and had no plans on telling her the truth as far as we can tell.
She uses the information she has found to track down her orphanage and where she comes from – hoping to find her birth parents.

This is when Hayley goes missing. There are a few possibilities as to what may have happened to her on her journey, which has caused her to disappear. She may have had an accident on the way to the orphanage, or found her birth parents and been abducted by them or just decided to stay there or in the area without telling anyone. There are countless possibilities, and as a group we will pull together and find out what it is which has caused her to disappear.