- Final Films
- Personal Stuff
- Year One – Ball Rolling Off A Table
- Year One – Case Study
- Year One – Film poem
- Year One – FMP
- Year One – Foley
- Year One – Opening Scene
- Year One – Shootout
- Year One – Themed Film
- Year One – Toilet film
- Year Two – Comic arts festival
- Year Two – FMP
- Year Two – Progression (Unit 11)
- Year Two – Specialism
- Year Two – Specialism Essay
After talking with Dom about the idea I have had for the past few weeks, I feel that I am slowly loosing the narrative and the flow of the film. Looking back on drafts of my idea, I came to the conclusion that the narrative was still unclear when put in to a storyboard. I decided to simplify the idea I already had.
Bare bones of the film:
Girl walking alone with a lantern (that isn’t lit) – Sad
Finds people who are going to the woods – Curious
She gets there and its a big social gathering – everyone has lit lanterns/candle
She feels out of place in the group
She sees a hooded figure that doesn’t fit in in the background of the crowd
Scared she runs away, but falls and looses her lantern
She’s crying by a tree because she is alone and without her lantern.
As she is leaving she sees her lantern in a clearing, lit, with the hooded figure running away.
On April 26th we have been asked to pitch and present our film idea to Rebecca Day (A BBC producer)
My first pitch draft is as follows:
My film is about a girl discovering herself. We travel with her and a hooded figure who is her dark side. I plan to film in various locations showing her journey. The film is going to show her low and high sides in life. I want this to be filmed to a song called I’ll be good. The song has a mellow beat to it and I feel like the lyrics reflect the message I want to portray.
The feedback I got from my tutor:
- I like the idea of transformation
- This seems a little obvious and it needs a little more depth to it.
- This is a simple idea but it doesn’t shape the same depth
- I cant see where any dialogue is going to come from?
- Is there any dialogue, is this just going to be a music video?
After receiving this feed back I took it all in to account, and developed my ideas in to something that made more sense. After creating a narrative for the film I finalised my pitch for Rebecca Day.
A girl lives in a world where everyone carries lanterns. The film takes her on a journey where she discovers herself, with this her lantern gets lit. The twist to this is she is being followed by a hooded figure, whom she thinks is a threat, however he is only trying to help her.
The film follows a basic journey film, however it links with horror/ thriller in the way some characters are introduced (hooded figure)
The film is aimed at people discovering themselves or who are about to take on a journey, this could be anything from starting a new job or moving to university. The reasoning behind this is my own experiences with life.
Having things not turn out as I have planned I had felt like I have pushed people away, this is the inspiration for the hooded figure. He is trying to help her, however she doesn’t see it as help, more of a threat. By the end of the film she realises it.
The only threats to the film is the weather, this is the only major problem due to having to carry equipment round in the rain. If my actors let me down I have others on backup, the only reason why is because the could have work. Another threat is the story not coming across clearly in this case I will have a monologue over the top explaining things (only if needed)
The locations I chosen are all in my local town (Grange-Over-Sands) this is for easiness also because there are some stunning locations no one knows of (local knowledge)
The look of the film will be grey and moody at the beginning, throughout the film you will see it boost in colour and contrast, the style is inspired by Denali, a film about an man and his dog (the way the waves contrast the beach) This will show a journey and make the film look visually interesting.
Costumes will consist off what ever my actor is comfortable with, the only things I need to locate ids a black cape and a lantern.
Sound track and shot list?
The feedback I got from this pitch:
Both Dom and Becca said my presentation was planned out well, that I seemed nervous but they knew I wasn’t. Becca felt like I was some details about the real inspiration behind the narrative being hidden, she would have liked to have heard what the passion for the film was really about. Both agreed I covered all the points they had asked for, and didn’t go off topic. My characters worked well, and contrasted each other. Dom said I didn’t need my paper to read off, this because I already knew what I was talking about but needed the paper as a safety net. The pictures on my presentation helped them both get the gist of what the film will look like. However I didn’t need my synopsis on the presentation. Dom ended the feedback by saying that it is more sophisticated to make a sad film happy ad that he was happy with me to go forward with my idea.
Section one: Rationale
Throughout my two years at Kendal college, my skills as a film maker have improved greatly. For example, I can confidently pitch my ideas to others and receive critical and relevant feedback. With this I feel that my storytelling has matured, allowing me to connect with the deeper meanings within my stories. I have found that as well as creating stories, I enjoy piecing them together in pre production. Editing allows me to construct my stories and create something more engaging and expressive, with this I get a greater reaction.
My journey will continue from Kendal college, to the university of Hertfordshire, where I have been given an unconditional offer to study film and television. With this opportunity I hope to pursue my ambition for editing and storytelling.
Section two: Concept
My chosen theme from the brief is identity, I interpreted this as my own identity, and wanted to make a film about my mental health told through fiction narrative. A girl lives in a world where everyone carries lanterns, hers however is not lit. The film follows her on a journey where she discovers herself, with this her lantern gets lit. The twist to the film is she is being followed by a hooded figure, whom she thinks is a threat, however he is only trying to help her, and turns out to be the one who lights her lantern.
My aim with this film is to show that nothing is as it seems. The symbolism reflects my own personal experiences. the girl represents me, the hooded figure represents my struggles with mental health, and the lanterns shows my inspiration to succeed. The film will start off with cool tones, as the film progresses the colours reflect the main characters emotions and gets warmer.
The camera I have chosen to film within the Canon 5D, this is because I like the way the colours are so contrasting. Also because it is a lightweight camera, this means moving locations will be easier.
The locations I have chosen to film in are all in my local town of Grange-Over-Sands. I have chosen to film here because of the significance to my own life and what each location means to me.
Section three: Evaluation
The way I intend to evaluate my work is to speaks once a week with my tutor and get feedback on what work needs improving and what is going well. As well as this I will keep a record of what I have done in the form of a list. This is how i efficiently mark what I have done, and what needs doing. With this I will identify my strengths and weaknesses in relations to the brief, making sure I am sticking to my initial ideas. All blog posts I create for this project will be in the category ‘Year Two – FMP’ for easy access.
Section four: Schedule
13th – 17th
|Interpreting the brief in to my own head, allowing myself to write down all film ideas and eliminate ones that are not good.|
20th – 24th
|Choose a final film idea and start researching specifics about it. Developing it to create a straightforward forward story line.|
27th – 31st
|After picking the film idea continue developing it and start thing of shot ideas, locations and actors.|
3rd – 7th
|Primary research on mental health, how people cope with it. Giving my film idea to people and receiving feedback. Getting actors willing to participate.|
|Easter||Secondary research about chosen films:
24th – 28th
|Creating a powerpoint and pitch to show Rebecca day, using the feedback from this pitch develop the final stages of the film including what need changing or more development.
PITCH WITH REBECCA DAY (26th)
1st – 5th
|Using last years project proposal as a template, also using other peoples as a guideline to start writing, include blog work relevant to the PP.
Test shoot on location with actors, review what went well and what didn’t.
PROJECT PROPOSAL (3rd)
8th – 12th
|Storyboarding and shot lists. Creating mood boards and finalising what will be filmed on what day.|
15th – 19th
|Last preparation for filming, e.g. making sure actors are clear with where we are meeting and what is bing filmed on what day. Also checking whether forecasts!|
22nd – 26th
|Filming on location with actors.
|HT||Back up filming slot on the Tuesday if all filming hasn’t been completed. If filming is finished, editing and recording what went well and what didn’t on my blog. End of the week will be editing the film in to a rough cut.|
5th – 9th
|Final stages of editing, going trough then film with class mates and tutors and getting feedback on the good and bad bits, making sure the story is portrayed in the way I want it too.
FILM DEADLINE (6th)
12th – 16th
|Writing the evaluation, looking back on all blog posts and ensuring everything is there. Using the brief to make sure all the boxes are ticked.
ALL WORK DUE (15th)
19th – 23rd
|FILM SCREENING IN THE BOX (20th)|
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:
“The capacity to bring old elements into new combinations depends largely on the ability to see relationships.”
Ideas generation on themes in class:
- Are humans able to come up with ideas or is that something we can/need to learn?
No one starts off being able to be perfect at anything. From the moment you’re born you have to learn to walk, before you run. This is something in film I need to put in to practice. I see the end result and forget about all the other production that goes in to it. I think learning how to manage this is important. Developing ideas is something you need time for, this way you will get the best end result possible, and all the work in between will mean something.
- What stops you or gets in the way when you are coming up with ideas?
Confidence in my own work is something I really struggle with, this is because I worry about what others will say about my creativity, with this it also affects my creative thoughts. Pressure/time to complete or think of an idea for a deadline is another thing I freak out about, I tend to rush and panic, which means I end up creating a film I am not happy with. Motivation to start a project is hard for me because I think need a push start, but in reality I can do it if I put my mind to it.
- What can we do to help ourselves come up with ideas?
I like listening to music when coming up with film ideas, this is because I can visualise specific shots then write them down. As well as this I enjoy going for walks, this allows me to clear my head and think about stories I have come up with and how they would translate to film. Taking screen grabs from sequences I like also its me visualise an end result. I find bouncing ideas off others is helpful, getting feedback about good and bad things is valuable and makes you think of other possibilities.
- Can you talk about and/or provide links to some useful tools for generating ideas?
These are my favourite playlists to listen too whilst working. The calm beat allows your mind to flow creatively and this is when my best written work is produced. I find that this kind of music relaxes me so I’m not concentrating on loud intense music.
15/03/17 Free writing.
During my walk sat by the river throwing rocks in to the water and started to think how every rock made a different splash. This made me think about the theme identity. In a weird way I compared the rocks to people. Every rock felt different and looked different. Some were little; large, soft, rough, cold, wet, sharp, grey, brown, orange and stripy. This lead to me to thinking how I could capture this in shots of my FMP. After sitting by the river I walked around a small rocky path. I saw all kinds of trees tangled together, this to me showed how the relationships between nature is relatable to society. The way the branches intertwined and grow together shows how close they are. In the grass beside the river were daffodils, again all shapes and sizes, even though flowers are classed as such a beautiful thing they were all unique and individual. This walk allowed me to see how nature and human life have a big link. This has helped me see shots for my FMP and future films.
- Idea one – Sound scape. Every morning my dad does the same thing, he gets up uses the toilet you hear him walk downstairs, shuffle his slippers on and open the stair gate. From this he says good morning then goes on to make his toast, in which he burns every morning and you hear him scrape the burnt bits off.
- Idea two – I wrote this story for GCSE english and thought I could create a film out of it. However I encountered the problem of getting the amount of descriptive details from the story in to a film. I figured that because writing scripts is not my strong point I would miss this out. As well as this, I don’t have time to create/find locations and actors that fit the parts.
- Idea three – Whilst looking at the topic identity I realised that something that makes me, me, is my tattoos. I then got interested in tattoo culture and how in other cultures tattoos represent something completely different. In todays society tattoos are looked down upon because they are associated with people who are “nobodies” whereas in other cultures they represent how high up in the community you are and show your life stories. It interested me to create a documentary about how others feel judged and outsiders reactions to their tattoos.
- Idea four – My first thoughts was to show a girl discovering who she was, however I felt like this had no story to it. After this I thought she could be running away from something/someone. I then came up with the idea that she is being followed by a hooded figure. The concept of the film is that everyone has lanterns, which are lit. However the girls is not, she is upset and frustrated by this, the hooded figure comes in to this because they are trying to light her lantern but she thinks the hoodies figure is a threat. The film will end with her having a lit lantern and she is holding hands with the hooded figure.
“An ideal is nothing more or less than a new combination of old elements.”
Tattoo and body modification culture around the world:
Polynesian tattoo culture: Tattoo was a way delivering information of its owner. It’s also a traditional method to fetch spiritual power, protection and strength. The Polynesians use this as a sign of character, position and levels in a hierarchy. Polynesian peoples believe that a person’s mana, their spiritual power or life force, is displayed through their tattoo. Almost every Polynesian got a tattoo in ancient time. On the basis of mythology, human learned the art of tattooing from the 2 sons of the God of Creation Ta’aroa.Tattooing is a sacred ceremony in Polynesian culture. The tattoos and their location on the body were determined by one’s genealogy, position within the society and personal achievements.
African Tattoo Culture & Body modifications: While contemporary tattoos involve puncturing the skin for inserting pigment, Cicatrisation involves cutting the skin more severely to create wounds, which results in a decorative pattern of scar tissue. This popular technique for scarring involves two steps – piercing the skin and then, rubbing the wound with ash. The latter step is primarily done to inflame the skin, which later heals to form a raised scar. As well as this method of tattooing, Africans use stretching as a way to determine pecking order within tribes. Lip plates and ear stretchers are associated with oratory and singing. The largest plates are worn by the greatest orators and war chiefs. The oldest know body modifications in African culture are from Ötzi the Ice Man, a frozen mummy dating all the way back to 3300 BCE, is the earliest known example of body modification. Discovered by German tourists in 1991, the oldest known human mummy sports several tattoos around his his back, ankles and knees, as well as ear lobes stretched to around 0 gauge (around 8mm).
Indian Mehndi: Mehndi is a form of body art from Ancient India, in which decorative designs are created on a person’s body, using a paste, created from the powdered dry leaves of the henna plant(Lawsonia inermis). Henna is traditionally used for special occasions like holidays, birthdays and weddings in Africa, Pakistan, India, and the Middle East. The most popular of the traditions is the Mehndi (henna) Night where the bride, her family, relatives and friends get together to celebrate the wedding to come.
“Don’t judge a book by it’s cover”
With the whole idea of tattoos and people being judged for them, I thought why not research people being judged in general. I thought it would be appropriate to create a tally chart on how people feel they are judged by others negatively. I asked 25 people to honestly answer and the results are scary.
Storytelling is a way of keeping human, this is because it shows how creative we can be. It shows that we have emotion, connection and validation. We have wrote stories since the start of time in the way of pictures by cavemen. This is because humans want to document life’s experiences. A story is something with a beginning, middle and end, but not necessarily in that order. A story is a message, there has to be a reason however small it is on why it has been written. Stories can be of anything from make believe aliens, to life experiences. They are things told through generations. For example fairy tales have been around since the 17th century, they have been re-written and told millions of time to suit the time and place of specific people. Stories have always been and always will be a journey that engages you. Stories are about getting from A-Z regardless of how you do it. You can go from A-E-G-K-M-V-Z but the story is still there.
The idea I put forward to the class was as follows:
My film is about a girl discovering herself. We travel with her and a hoodie figure who is her dark side. I plan to film in various locations showing her journey. The film is going to show her low and high sides in life. I want this to be filmed to a song called I’ll be good. The song has a mellow beat to it and I feel like the lyrics reflect the message I want to portray.
- Might be cool to have the dark side out of focus in the background, visa versa.
- What locations will I shoot in?
- How will people know the hooded figure is her ‘dark side’
- What is learnt at the end?
- Will I be filming the same person in different costumes?
- How will I make her ‘dark side’ clear?
- When she takes her hood down will it be the same character?
- Will there be any dialogue?
- What is the emotional payoff to the audience?
- How will I make the audience know it is the same person?
- How will it end?
- How will you conclude the film?
- Do I have consent to use the song?
- Will there be an outcome for the audience at the end?
- Will there be an emotional attachment between the audience and the character?
- Why does she have a dark side?
- Surely if she has a ‘dark side’ she need a light side?
I have decided the idea I am going to film is idea four, this is because I feel like this is the most versatile and exciting idea.
Idea one has not been chosen because of the difficulty to create a story with it, also I feel like this would be more of a personal film. I still can’t think of having anything visually, possibly a blurry video of it all so you focus mainly on the sounds. However I feel like this is out of my comfort zone and I am not confident on how it will turn out. The main reason for this is because I am not confident in sound recording, this is something I can’t afford to learn now, mainly because of the deadlines. I don’t want to have to re record all the time because it doesn’t sound right. I could get someone else in the class to do it for me, but then it would feel less personal, which is the whole point of the film.
Idea two would be an interesting film, however I know I can’t fit all of the details and back story in to 2-4 minuets. As well as this finding locations too shoot in would be difficult. I feel like this film should just stay as a story. Writing a script that does the story justice would also be difficult because I would loose so much detail and description.
Idea three was something I was going to go with, however getting more and more in to the culture and origins of tattoos made me realise I would only get footage from this side of the world. I understand I could use stock footage. Despite how interested I was in this idea , it has been done before, the only way I feel like I could create something new, is to travel to other countries and interview people. However on my £0 budget this is not going to happen.
Idea four is my chosen idea, this is because I relate to it and it fits the brief of identity. This idea was inspired by a song called “I’ll be good” by James Young. When I first heard the song I saw the film play though my head. After this I started to develop a story. At first I thought that the hooded figure could be carrying a light that slowly developed throughout the film and becomes her heart at the end if the film. After discussing this with others I came up with the idea that she would be carrying a lantern. This was inspired by Panic! at the discos song “lying is the most fun” where people walk round with fish bowls on their head. The idea is to have her lantern not lit and the end of the film will conclude with her lantern being lit by the hooded figure.
My personal statement is as follows:
I enjoy the emotional impact film has on people and plan to recreate this in documentaries. I want to convey emotion with the work I create. I first found film as a way of coping and supporting my father through illness. In 2012 I felt like I had to document my family had left for the future. The BBC’s Planet Earth has also been big inspiration due to the fantastic visuals and intriguing stories; I loved the way they create a story and inspire an emotional attachment to the animals in the program.
University appeals to me as a way of broadening my skills and contacts, allowing me one day to travel and document important stories. I want to learn how to develop my films and achieve in the industry, to be taught skills to improve my unique way of creating films, going to university will allow me to produce a bigger portfolio showcasing my skills and expertise.
I’m currently studying UAL Level 3 Film Production at Kendal College. This has taught me a wide range of skills including how to use Adobe Premier Pro, and techniques such as Foley,directing and editing, spoken word, planning video shoots, researching specific topics and then evaluation my progress, recording audio and multi-camera work. This has given me a balanced skill set to begin my journey in to the film industry. I was also lucky enough to be involved with the World Skills national competition, where my team and I had to produce and pitch an original sci-fi B-movie trailer. With this we successfully got to the semi-finals.The pressure of being involved in a national competition was very valuable.
I have also been commissioned to create a music video outside of college for an upcoming
singer-songwriter. This experience allowed me to explore new ways of filmmaking and I was challenged to work with new people and adapt to new locations in order to make the film fit the brief I was given, it also gave me a glimpse of what the industry had to offer.
In 2015 I was approached by Fixers to create a new broadcast with Young Carers. The film was featured on ITV News. I chose the shoot locations and I wrote a piece from personal
experiances as a young carer. I now have good working knowledge to understand how a small short documentary shoot is set up, this then inspired me to create documentaries on my own,relating back to my experience with ITV.
My interests outside of college include snowboarding at the local snow sports centre, where I have taught a young people the basics of the sport. With this I have developed skills such as effective communication, leadership and patience. I have also been involved with volunteer work and fundraising for Help The Heroes and Lakes Alive. Which taught me to deal with the public and patience with others. I have also worked on a live brief for Lakes Comic Arts Festival.
I hope higher education will provide me with the skills to document the world for those who can not see it. My biggest inspiration in life is to make the most of it. With university I want to meet new people and acquire contacts. I want to learn new things everyday so I can push myself to create beautiful things.
The universities I have applied to are:
- Manchester College/Film School – Film and TV production
- SAE Institute in Liverpool – Film and TV production
- Edge Hill – Film and TV production
- University of Hertfordshire – Film and TV production
- The Manchester Metropolitan University – Filmmaking