Storytelling and Staging (Ideas)

 

Idea 1:

When a rumor gets spread around in a local town, that there is a beast/monster etc; lurking into the woods. Two brothers are hiking in the woods, when they discover a mysterious box and a key or a briefcase with money, attached with a letter from its owner. Conflict starts to build between the brothers when the younger brother agrees to return it to its owner.

Blinded by rage and greed, the older brother pushes his younger brother to hard, causing him to hit his head hard on a rock. The older brother tries to retrieve his fortune but is soon disappointed.

 

Idea 2: Deeply close loyal brothers are split apart, when the younger brothers girlfriend makes a lie, that his brother attacked her. Now perceived as a monster and as an abomination, the younger brother fueled with rage, soon discovers who the monster is when he takes extreme action on his brother.

 

Idea 3:

 


 

Characters: Singing Bone

Younger brother – Kind, generous, honest, loyal, loved

Older brother – Arrogant, cold, greedy, aggressive, coward, cares only for his reputation, even if he has to live a lie for it. Heavy drinker, has to rely on alcohol. Not loved or accepted.

 

Characters:

 


Narrative:

 


Notes:

Animal, beast, monster is to represent the characteristic trait of the antagonist. Example, animal used as a symbolic to suggest that the antagonist is a beast, metaphorically.

Statement of Intent (Personal Research Project – Photography)

 

What is the premise of your idea?

The concept is aimed how when oneself is depressed and lost in the world, we lose our sense of place and time. I want my work to be very poetic and melancholy.

 

Why does this idea matter to you? Personal connection to your subject.

I want to approach my work in a present way, expressing emotions of distort and losing oneself, losing sense of time and existence.

 

Where does your project sit in wider frame of reference?

The piece will be set in modern times

 

Which influences are you drawing on in your work?

Photographers Veronika Tumova and Balazs Sprenc: I had come across this photographer, whose style of work looks very expressive and relatable to my vision. I wanted to take this approach on intentionally shooting my subjects and it’s scenery out of focus and on slow shutter speed, creating almost a ghost figure in a lost world.

Atrium Carceri: I have been listening to dark ambient artist Atrium Carceri, to help bring ideas on my writing.

Anders Fridén: Swedish singer/songwriter, I have been reading his lyrics, taking inspiration for when I write my short poems. One song by the title. ‘The Chosen Pessimist’.

 

Which new skill do you need to learn to successfully complete this body of work?

I will be using 35mm film camera as I feel the film grain makes the image more organic, so I will need to understand how to properly read a light meter during shoot, how to process film in darkroom and using appropriate chemicals to create the color effect that I desire; I will also need to learn how to scan my prints digital, in case of editing my photos through Photoshop.

 

Time frame: When will you do what? How will you complete this project in the given time frame?

  • 26th, I will be doing test shoots on my film camera
  • 4th April, I will have an induction on developing 35mm colour film in darkroom, just to get familiarized and comfortable on how the process work.
  • 10th April, I will be doing one of my shoots with chosen subject
  • 15th April, by this time I shall have all the film that is required and shall be spending all my time, developing all the film stocks.
  • 16th April, I will digitally scan them, allowing me to use photoshop

 

References:

http://platiniumriviera.com/art/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/lostinpixels/

http://www.lyricsmode.com/lyrics/i/in_flames/the_chosen_pessimist.html#!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atrium_Carceri

Trial Of Ascension 2-min film

Section 1

Rationale (approx. 100 words)

My learning journey in Creative Media.

Throughout last year and this year, I have picked up many skills and have made many mistakes, from which I have reflected and learnt from. During this year I have learnt many fascinating theories from tutors and have learnt many other things due to independent studying. These are things that I can now use for practice. I have learnt more about (Editing, color correction, camera angles, lighting techniques, framing, audiences, semiotics and visual storytelling techniques) ones from which I can now use to create an effective told story on screen. Unlike my other projects, (Music video) this one, I will be aiming at telling a deeper effective story. While I was doing my music video, I was very disappointed as there was no story; now that I can do a personal project, I wanted to use this project as a way to challenge myself on storytelling.


 

Section 2

Project Concept (approx. 200 words)

What I want to do for my final project?

For my Creative Media course, we were given multiple choices for our final project, Documentary, music video, etc, ones from which we had to create in 2-mins. I have decided that I want to create a short drama film (Trial Of Ascension), for The College Of West Anglia.

 

Synopsis: Trial Of Ascension is a story about loss and the ascension of a human spirit;  how a young man lifts himself up from the heavy burden he is carrying.

 

Where did the idea come from?

Thinking about my life and what I have witnessed in others, I wanted to tell a story which means something to me. Something that I question myself a lot, is what keeps us holding on and pacing forward, when we have hit misfortunate times in life. What I have seen and what I feel is that it’s our goals/passions and visions to what we want and where we want to go. I spoke to a friend of mine and came up with an idea for a story and a quick simple narrative structure. I then started to strip down and consider what I can do with what I have. I started limiting down locations, actors equipment etc.

 

Why I want to do this?

To me filmmaking is an art, like any form of art, it’s a creative and expressive process, from which we as the artists use our voice to communicate a message to our audience.

I am creating this short film because there is something I feel strongly about and I want to communicate that in this piece.

 

My audiences and anticipation

I want my audiences to relate to this piece on an emotional level; to set the first half of the story up with a dark dismal tone, then by the end, bring an uplifting conclusion.

 

Narrative structure:

Narrative: To tell the story in 2 mins and to get what I wanted to say out quicker, I decided to tell the story in a non-linear way. (Jumping from different timelines.) Breaking the story into 3 parts, each with there own tone to them.

 

Beginning: I want to set the story up, showing us the character going through a greiving process; how during his stage of loss, he has also lost his self-respect.

Middle: This is where we see that the character is starting to self-reflect, as he looks at his unfinished roll up and throws it, taking the rest of the screen time to breath the air and relax.

Ending: We see at the final part that the character has found some peace of mind, as he takes a walk in the field with his guitar, indicating that the character is finding his passion and drive again.

 

Themes:

Broken: Metaphorically speaking, it’s about a persons broken spirit.

Discovery: A story about discovering a part inside you that will help you get through your struggles.

Spirituality: The idea that as people, we need something to believe in to give us faith.

 

Primary research: Due to knowing someone close, who is suffering from loss, I studied him, not only it helped in terms of the symptoms he is suffering, but also studying and knowing that his goals and motivation is what keeps him moving. This inspired me for the message I wanted to convey, which is following that part inside you; your passion and drive, that will give you a purpose to keep moving forward.

 

Required Resources:

  • Camera: I want to shoot this film on a dslr; this is to achieve depth of field
  • Voice over: I will be using the soundbooth to record voice over dialog
  • Risk assessments: I will need risk assessments before shooting, to ensure my cast and crew are safe on location.
  • Steadycam: I will be using a steadycam for tracking shots.

 

Section 3

Evaluation (approx. 100 words)

Evaluation:

Today I wrote the monologue for my short film, I want the monologue to match with the structure of the story and what we will see on screen.

Editing the footage: I have decided that I wanted to shot this piece on my 1200d DSLR Canon. This was for depth of field and to give it more of a cinematic look. Over the weekend, I filmed all the scenes; shooting this one handheld. I decided to shoot the scene handheld, to provoke the emotions of the characters unsteady/unstable world. Today I have started to edit my short film, using Adobe Premiere Pro CC.

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Semiotics: When I finished shooting the scene where the character is self-reflecting, I took a moment to look at the birds and thought that I could use footage of a bird flying for the ending scene. I felt that it was necessary as this will emphesise and signify the idea that the character has found some peace of mind.

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Adobe Audition: Today I recorded myself doing a voice over in the soundbooth. I delivered each line multiple times, to get the tone I was looking for. I wanted the tone of the voice over to sound more like a soft whisper. I used quiet sound effects of rain falling, to bring a part of us in that scene and the characters mood. I also found a suitable soundtrack, which I used for the ending scene.

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Colour correct and colour grading: I tried to use Adobe Speedgrade but it was running to slow, so I corrected the colours and grading on Premiere Pro. Using a RGB parade monitor, this is to help me correct when adjusting whites and blacks, also for white balancing as I couldn’t correct it on my camera on the day of shoot. This choice of color is to bring out the emotions of the characters inner mood. (Dismal, depressing.)

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Sound editing: Being new to Adobe Audition, I found it complex and difficult to grasp how to sound edit. Due to time running out, I exported the tracks I found were necessary and editing them on Premeire Pro (Increasing bass.)

 

 

What I would do different?

Now that I have finished my short film, I am now reflecting over my work and am thinking about what I should have done and would do on my next project.

  • Record my own soundtrack
  • More thought behind narrative structure
  • Use casting call pro to audition actors/actress
  • Knowledge of sound editing
  • More thought and meaning behind cinematography

 

To me I feel that the piece that I have created is just an experiment, preparing me for my next project. I know that each piece I create in the future, I am only going to get better by all the mistakes I make and by all that I will learn.

 

What areas of weaknesses I have faced?

I feel that my biggest weakness, is communicating, which is very important in all aspects of work, especially when directing and that’s why I directed my final project, to be able to use this opportunity to gain confidence and overcome barriers for future projects.


 

Section 4

Project Action Plan and Timetable

 

Location still: A still of the chapel we used to shoot a scene.

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My independent study:

I have been studying multiple research resources that have helped me improve my work.

Rule Of Thirds: Refreshing my knowledge, I was looking up the rule of thirds, This is so I can put thought and consideration into how I frame my shots.kimberly-kane-rule-of-third-edited-708009

 

Colour correction and grading: Over my time of studying, I have been watching tutorials on how to colour grade and correct. I have been using what I have learnt on my own short film. I have learnt how to read the RGB parade monitor while adjusting the blacks and whites and adjusting white balance, if not manually corrected on day of shoot.

 


 

Section 5

Proposed Research Sources

Inspirations: Researching independent filmmaker Eliot Rausch, I have seen many of his work and I feel that a part of his films/documentaries have played a part in my piece. I was extremely inspired by how he tells stories and always brings a unique emotional quality to every piece he creates. How he uses music to truly emphasise emotions that are happening on screen and how he conveys the message across.

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The video is a piece from Eliot Rausch. I had taken inspiration from how he uses a poem and creates his own intrepretation from it into a film.

 

 

Secondary Research: Using google books, I found a book called. Hidden Grace: Growing Through Loss and Grief. Reading this I started looking up the symptoms of what grief does to a person, emotionally and physically. I applied my research through to my actor, as I wanted him to understand and portray the physical part of what grief does to the human body and mind, how it destroys you, yet helps you.

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How this helped with my idea?

I always believe that the struggles we go through in life, make us grow as a person and when I read this book, it inspired me on the idea that the trials of our suffering is like a gift given to us in life; looking at it in an optimistic viewpoint, it gives us the opportunity to learn about ourselves and to grow as a person.

 

How my research effects my audience?

My research has affected my piece, as I wanted to tell a story about faith and self-discovery through the stages of loss, how we rise as a person and how we discover ourselves more when we are facing stages of pain loneliness and grief. Due to research, It helped a lot in terms of writing the dialog, as I wanted my piece to question my audience on life and themselves.

https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=5TOnBQAAQBAJ&pg=PA35&dq=grief+symptoms&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjb07rx2LvNAhVsC8AKHWgdCNoQ6AEIMTAD#v=onepage&q=grief%20symptoms&f=false

 

Killswitch Engage-Embrace The Journey… Upraised

Reading multiple song lyrics that related to the themes of the story, gave me inspiration and certain visual imagery that I applied through my film, it also inspired me in terms of writing the dialog for the piece. The lyrics below helped with the idea that as we face torment in life, we cling onto faith and belief to help guide us, while we are still searching for some sense of clarity.

I still believe

(My soul searches beyond the aether as I still believe)

I am not religious but I wanted to use religion as a representation of faith and gratitude. I wanted to show that you need something to believe in to help guide you. By researching the uses of holy water, I decided to apply the idea that the character in the piece uses holy water, to show that the character has found something to help guide him. I wanted the audience to acknowledge the idea that the piece was saying, while also trying to be careful for not making it seem as though I am preaching religion.

 

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8 Ways to use Holy Water

 

 

 

Renascence 10min short film

Synopsis:

9 months has past since young stage actress, Patrica lost her boyfriend from a car accident. Patrica is now slowly recovering and showing improvement, seeking help from a psychiatrist and guidance from religion in order to have a sense of faith and hope. Patrica reads a screen play from which she then becomes fascinated by the lead character, she starts to discover that she has a strong connection and strong sympathetic feelings with this woman, Patrica feels that this is a role that is worth fighting for and that it will help lift her spirit up and give her a direction/purpose to her life.

 

Messages and values:

It’s a story about the Resurrection of a broken spirit, it shows us that the trials of suffering can challenge us to discover ourselves and push us forward, it explores self worth, how when life’s accidental tragedy breaks us apart, and we lose valuable things around us that make us happy, there is always something inside of us that will give us a purpose in our life to keep us moving forward.

 

Narrative:

Originally I wanted the script to show the set up, we see the event of her losing her boyfriend and then we see the grieving process, but due to limited screen time, I cut that out as I realized that the point of the story that I wanted to focus on was a woman who finds an inner purpose that ascends her from suffering.

 

My Website

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In progress of my website, it is starting to come together slowly but nicely.

I have added media content such as my music video and video art. I have also adjusted colors, rollovers, hyperlinks and more.

It took a while to understand this software, but now I am growing confident on using this software, I will be spending as much free time as I can to build this site/portfolio.

BBFC Age certificate

The BBFC (British Board of Film Classification.) is designed for age ratings for TV/Film.

This blog will explain each age ratings and what is entitled before it breaches to the upper age certificate.

U/universal ratings: This age certificate is designed for everybody, for children, teen and adults. Being universal, there is zero tolerance to high violence, drugs and mature language, etc. However depending on how the violence is portrayed on screen, the piece must be very tamed so that it will not offend children and parents.

PG/Parental guidance: This age certificate is for general viewing, however some scenes may offend children, so parental guidance is provided for a child to see this movie.

12A rating: When the age certificate reaches to 12, moderate violence, sex references and language is acceptable depending on the themes of violence and how the language is used. When spider-man was released in 2002, many children were craving to watch it in the cinema, however because it was rated 12, many of the public were disappointed. This made BBFC decide to invent a new age rating called 12a, acceptable for people under 12 only if they have parental guidance. References of drugs and suicide is acceptable but not in detail,  where young people will be able to copy from it.

15 age ratings: 15 rated films/TV can show scenes of strong sex references, strong verbal references to sex, strong violence, strong language, hard use of drugs. Strong violence is acceptable, but strong gore or sadistic violence will draw the line.

18 age rating: An 18 rated TV/Film will include pretty much anything, from hard drug use  detailed strong sex scenes (Real), to sadist violence, strong gore, strong language such as F**K and extreme strong language such as C**T is acceptable. However if the whole piece has been shown to encourage or misuse of drugs, it is zero tolerance.

R 18: You can only watch restricted 18 if the cinema is licensed for it, also may find them in licensed shops. This is because the material is to disturbing or offensive to the general public.

 

This is the link to show my research http://www.bbfc.co.uk/what-classification/18

Virtual Reality

Today we had a guest named Paul James, who introduced us to Go pro and Virtual Reality devices. We were shown YouTube footage through a Samsung phone and to a VR device, allowing us to see the video in a 360 view.

We also had a group activity which we were in a circle and was filmed with multiple Go pro cameras. This was so the footage can be seen in a 360 view point.

Stone Sour-Through Glass Analyses

This blog will talk about representation, messages and values, Semiotics and media language in the music video, Stone Sour-Through Glass

Representation: This video piece to me, represents the contrast between high class rich but talentless celebrity’s to honest people who are low class but are talented and passionate people. The song describes how these high class people are becoming like a disease to ordinary low class, example is teenagers who look up to the wrong celebrity’s. (Britney Spears)

Media Language:

Point Of View Shots: The piece uses a lot of P.O.V shots from Corey Taylor’s (Lead singer) vision, this is to show us what he’s seeing and how we see the celebrity’s looking at him.

Mid shots and Mid close-ups: Using a steady-cam, there are mid shots and mid close-ups of Corey walking towards the camera singing and observing his environment.

Low angle: When the song goes up-beat, there’s a shot of the bass guitarist and rhythm guitarist being shot in a low angle. This wasn’t to make them feel intimidating but to make them look powerful and full of energy, along with the song.

 

Semiotics: When we see the band playing on the Hollywood mountain, we see the Hollywood sign replaced as hollowood, this is a sign to the famous celebrity’s with no talent but rich and famous, that they are empty and shallow beings inside.

 

Messages and values:

How much is real? So much to question
An epidemic of the mannequins
Contaminating everything
We thought came from the heart
It never did right from the start

To me the song is a message to the people who look up to celebrity’s and want to be just like them, although these type of people may be rich and famous, they are missing what’s important and that’s their dignity and true passion. The music video describes how fake these people are by showing us the guitarist sitting down being an introvert, dressed how he wants in a hoodie, and then deciding to get up and walk off to play with the band members; Also at the last section of the video, the celebrity’s  turn into cardboard cutouts and get dragged off the set.

 

 

Eliot Rausch-El Pescador

This blog analyses a short film called El Pescado (The Fisherman); directed by Eliot Rausch

 

Narrative:

The story is about a businessman who enters a poor area where he finds a fisherman and discusses about his work. After the fisherman telling this man that he brings enough fish in to profit and feed his family and the rest of the time he has, he spends with his love ones and friends; the businessman tries to convince the fisherman to work harder with the time he has to make a bigger profit and build himself up on the ladder to financial success, then telling him to sacrifice and sell everything he has to be a millionaire, the fisherman disagrees with his offers as he knows that it’s not the life he wants to lead because he appreciates the things he has and what makes him happy.

 

Representations:

This piece shows us the perspective of two characters/social group, which one is higher class and the other is lower class, and how these two characters collide and have their own values and attitudes to life/living. We have a rich business man who believes in greed and wealth, enters a poor community and talks to a fisherman. Hearing how the fisherman enjoys how he lives his daily life, the businessman believes that it’s not the way to lead your life and he should invest more of his time in fishing to get a large amount and build himself up as a businessman and with the money he can leave his home town and start a business.

 

Messages and values:

To me the story tells us that leading a life of becoming rich isn’t the way of living. It tells us not wealth but more love; doing what you feel is important for you and the ones around you and not throwing away what’s important just for money.

 

Semiotics:

The first shot in this piece shows us a dog eating a small dead animal, then we see a reaction shot on the businessman, looking disgusted, this shows us the disgusted feeling this man has in this environment.

 

 

Web design idea 1

 

After thinking about what website I want to make, that will benefit me, I came up with the idea of doing a personal portfolio. It will be benefical to me as I can use it to sell myself to employers and University’s

Unlike using Facebook, Deviant Art etc, to post my work, this website is my own, it’s an insight to my world and what I do.

It will be used for showing my short films, photography, scripts and more