ABSOLUTE THRESHOLD LOOKBOOK
INT. WAREHOUSE/PERFORMANCE SPACE – NIGHT Location: Galapagos Art Space
YOKO ONO CUT PIECE http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zfe2qhI5Ix4 Ono’s Cut Piece is so effective because of her break in character. When the last piece of cloth falls from her chest all she can do to protect herself from public scrutiny is merely to cover her breasts with her hands. Provoking, shocking, instinctual and sad.
MARINA ABRAMOVIC RHYTHM 0 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=enn feVSirDU&oref=http%3A%2F%2Fwww. youtube.com%2Fresults%3Fsearch_que ry%3DRythm%2B0%26oq%3DRythm %2B0%26aq%3Df%26aqi%3D%26aql %3D%26gs_sm%3D3%26gs_upl%3D46 91l8210l0l8890l7l7l0l0l0l0l91l496l7l7l 0&has_verified=1
Abramovic stares down her audience, unafraid of their gaze, waiting for their hands to touch her flesh. Her reaction-‐: silence, a protest against the nearly cannibalistic instincts of the human mind.
DAVID LYNCH MULHOLLAND DRIVE CLUB SILENCIO http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rThBw4Vi1KA Really pay attention to the lighting and costuming in this scene. The shadows are defined and the background is soft. The characters pop from their surroundings, creating a fantastical mirage. Do these people really exist? Also note the costuming on Naomi Watts and Lara Elena Herring. Look how the clothing accents their bodies.
PEDRO ALMODOVAR HABLE CON ELLA OPENING DANCE http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vXvW6aLoyh8
The framing of Almodovar’s protagonists is a perfect encapsulation of dichotomous mindsets. To the right we have a man who is so overwhelmed in emotional consumption that all he can do is expunge his tears. To our left is a man who does not quite understand what he sees and looks bored and uncomfortable. This foreshadows the relationship between these two characters and their ability to communicate. This is Brian and Charlotte.
SCENE 2 (And other scenes in her office) CHARLOTTE’S OFFICE STEPHEN SODERBERGH SEX, LIES, AND VIDEOTAPE http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ySPFdbzdpGk&feature=relmfu
Graham’s gaze as Cynthia confesses her crucifying sexual past captures this man’s need for human connection, his need for intimacy as he’s physically unable to have sex. Delicately and with inquisition, Graham listens to Cynthia’s story; Cynthia is finally able to gain a man’s attention without overtly offering herself. This is what Charlotte and Marc have—they both desire intimacy and human connection. STEVE MCQUEEN SHAME OFFICE http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=arD1Hmjlqag
A hint of Cyan to highlight the backdrop, Brandon’s office is as unfeeling as it is empty.
SCENE 3 (AND OTHER SCENES) – NYC STREETS AT NIGHT MARTIN SCORSESE TAXI DRIVER Opening Credits http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SWTv8toR3Ug All the animals come out at night -‐ whores, skunk pussies, buggers, queens, fairies, dopers, junkies, sick, venal. Someday a real rain will come and wash all this scum off the streets.
WONG KAR-WAI CHUNGKING EXPRESS Night Sequences http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MH38QAN80vs Disorienting, chaotic, vibrant. The streets and how they are photographed perfectly represent the character’s current psyche.
CRISTIAN MUNGIU 4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS AND 2 DAYS Night Tracking http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3qQ-h0Q8-U8&feature=related
Dark and foreboding. One shot. Her face half-‐lit intensifies the uncertainty of her future.
CHARLOTTE’S APARTMENT STEVE MCQUEEN SHAME APARTMENT
Spacious and modern, these apartments in both Shame and American Psycho are built for both practicality and aesthetic. The monochromatic design emphasizes the lack of creativity and soul in the living space. Definitely what Brian and Charlotte inhabit—a cold, lifeless space, the only color being the dark New York Night.
MARY HARRON AMERICAN PYSCHO PATRICK BATEMAN’S APARTMENT http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46-WNPlCYsg&feature=relmfu
Lush red, golden yellows, the ornate design elevates this bar from typical social arena to over-‐the-‐top magical realism. The yellows and reds create a searing effect, perfect for Charlotte and Marc’s building sexual tension.
STEVE MCQUEEN SHAME BAR SCENES
WONG KAR-WAI CHUNGKING EXPRESS BAR SCENE http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DnqdiH-VKzg&feature=fvsr
MARC’S APARTMENT STEPHEN SODERBERGH SEX, LIES, AND VIDEOTAPE GRAHAM’S APARTMENT Empty. Sparse. Each object is portable, disposable. Nothing stays. A drifter. Temporary.
SPIKE LEE SHE’S GOTTA HAVE IT SEX SCENE
Close-‐Ups of each sensitive body part. The background is obscured because it’s not important. Her pleasure (what will be Charlotte’s pleasure) is the only thing in focus as it should be. It’s her catharsis.
OTHER VISUAL REFERENCES WONG KAR-WAI IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE WALKING SCENES http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EjcTPRkAfL0 Dizzy, intoxicating, sexy, frightening and beautiful.
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