Research on my final idea
The idea I have chosen is the film about the girl and lanterns.
Firstly I will look at hooded figures in other films.
The first character that reached out to me was No-Face (カオナシ kaonashi) he is a spirit in the Japanese animated film Spirited Away. He is shown to be capable of reacting to emotions and ingesting other individuals in order to gain their personality and physical traits. No-Face is a lonely spirit who begins to follow Chihiro after having developed an interest in her sincerity. His vocabulary consisted of grunts and moans as opposed to coherent words. This character is what inspired me to create a figure in my film in the way that you can not get a read on him, this will make the audience unsteady and unsure of this character.
Another character I feel like relates to my idea is Frank from Donnie Darko, although in the film Frank talks, he is seen as a mysterious figure throughout the film that leaves people confused on who he really is. Frank’s objective in the film is to guide Donnie in his path to correcting the timeline of the primary universe by returning the jet engine to its original universe. As confusing as it sounds the gist of the film is Frank following Donnie around in order to create an outcome at the end of the film. The way I will link Frank in to my film is too make the audience scared of him at first, this will build tension and the audience will see him as a threat. By the end of the film I will reveal Jack’s true colours and show the audience that my character is harmless.
The Golden Compass stood out to me too because the characters have Daemons.
Lyra Belacqua lives in a parallel world in which human souls take the form of lifelong animal companions called daemons. Dark forces are at work in the girl’s world, and many children have been kidnapped by beings known as Gobblers. Lyra vows to save her best friend, Roger, after he disappears too. She sets out with her daemon (Pantalaimon known as Pan), a tribe of seafarers, a witch, an ice bear and a Texas airman on an epic quest to rescue Roger and save her world.The idea of a soul being in another body/being inspired me to create a connection between the characters in my film. Jack will be something only Rhiannon can see which will add another dimension to the film.
The meaning behind this film is me trying to deal with my demons. In the way that mental illness has effected me I have felt like I am battling to succeed because of something holding me back. However in the past year I have realised that my mental illness doesn’t scare me anymore, I am accepting of it. This sparked the idea to create a fictional story explaining my battles. I wanted people to see that mental illness isn’t scary, however I am trying to do this in a way where people don’t feel sympathetic. I don’t want my film to be a sob story about how hard its been. I want it to capture the triumph over it.
In 2012 I was diagnosed with anxiety and situational depression. Up until 2017 I have battled everyday with my demons. I struggled to keep my education on track and keep social relationships. Because of this I felt alone, this is something my character will show in the film. As well as this I have recently been diagnosed with ADHD, this will be captured in the film by fast cutting shots, representing the restlessness it gives me.
Despite the filming having a true meaning of the sadness I’ve been through I intend to capture how happy I am now I have overcome
Films about mental health:
I’ll be good:
God’s whisper was a big influence to my film, this is because the whole video makes me think of a free spirit. I love the way you can see how everyone is enjoying themselves, also how the lyrics reflect what is going on. I chose to research it because of the pretty shots and mainly for the party scene at the end. I love how you see hoe the fire moves and the way everyones spirits are high.
Never forget you:
I researched this because of the monster in the video. The connection between the monster and the little girl makes me think about the connection between the two characters in the film. The thing that stood out most to me was the daisy, you see it throughout the video and the girl keeps it when she grows up. This is cute and shows compassion. This is the inspiration behind the lanterns.
Lying is the most fun:
The way everyone is walking around with fishbowls on their heads is another inspiration to the lanterns. When his breaks she is so lost without him that hers breaks too. I love how they are both brought back to the ocean and the way that they are so in love that they come back to life.
Music and permissions (CC)
The original choice for my music was I’ll be good by Jaymes Young, however due to copyright reasons and the fact of if I wanted to submit this in to film festivals I couldn’t, I have to find something copyright free or get permission. This means I have to research something that works wit the theme and I have permission to use.
I researched a little in to what I must do to use creative commons correctly. This is things like giving the artist full credit and usually linking social media and where the music originated from.
I started by looking on free music archive. I found some music that would work with the theme however I didn’t feel like they had a connection with the film. I kept looking with no luck of finding any music I like or that would fit the feel of the film.
I then tried soundcloud.
Soundcloud has a feature where you can filter all the tracks to what you want them for. Its helpful because it features section where you can use commercially and modify tracks.
I put in the search bar that I wanted something “alternative and ambient” The results came up as follows:
I listened to a couple of tracks ad the key word ambient wasn’t doing anything. I looked back on what genre the music I would have like to use and the key work “indie” came up. So I put in the search bar “alternative indie” The results are again as follows:
The first track I thought had potential was “ghost”
I listened to the track a few times to get a feel for it, after this I asked for feedback off my cinematographer, she liked it but we both came to the conclusion it was good, but didn’t have the rhythm that we wanted.
After a bit more scrolling I found this track:
And I loved it. It fits the feel of the film how it slowly builds up and the rhythm of it would math with the slow motion we are planning in the film. After listening a couple of times, I messaged the owners on the track and the response I got was amazing!!
This means I can use the song in my film and I am super pleased about it. Each time i listen to the song I become more confident about the shoot.
Development of idea: