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Charlotte Rose Waters 1114214

MOVING IMAGE DV3440 MIS EN SCENE PRODUCTION FOLDER ONE MINUTE FILM PROJECT

RESEARCH Mis en scene definition as per elementsofcinema.com: The arrangement of everything that appears in the framing – actors, lighting, décor, props, costume – is called mise-enscène, a French term that means “placing on stage.” The frame and camerawork also constitute the mise-en-scène of a movie. This term understands the important relationship between all of the elements of cinema and how they combine to create an emotion/atmosphere/genre. When shooting my project I will take into consideration all of my mis-en-scene elements and aim to combine these elements to recreate the 'feel' of my original chosen photograph. I will use props, camera and lighting to make conscious decisions about the atmosphere of my movie. Chosen Image by Bettina von Zwehl The photograph that I have chosen to base my one minute film on is from Bettina von Zwehl's Sleep series. She set up a mini studio near to where her subjects were sleeping and once she had woken them up in the middle of the night, she quickly shot a portrait of them. Von Zwehl aimed to capture who her subjects really were by shooting them at a time when they were not physically able to put on a 'front' or pose for her. The series looks at the limbo space between being awake and asleep and not only examines the physicality of that but also the identity of the subject. The style of the photography could be described as deadpan and the lighting consists of a flat, front lit aesthetic. As viewers, we are confronted with the ambiguity of the girls position, status and physical health. The somewhat sterile nature of the images connotes the idea of medical or institutional involvement. For me the image evokes the ideas of confinement or unwillingness, I would like to explore all of these themes in my one minute piece.


Charlotte Rose Waters 1114214

IDEAS FOR NARRATIVE For the narrative of the film I am going to create the beginning of a story that could fit into a longer storyline. I will be using the genre of a horror or thriller and shooting a scene that could be the beginning of a longer thriller/horror storyline. By using the themes of the image I am going to depict an ambiguous narrative and explore the idea of the dream world and the power of escape. I will use a female protagonist in keeping with the gender of the model in the photograph and I will shoot in a white location to match the mis en scene of the image. REFERENCES Literary references for ideas: Several novels that I read over the summer including 'Room' by Emma Donoghue which tells the story of a young girl who is kidnapped and held captive in a shed for for 6 years. The idea of escape and entrapment is a key theme throughout the book. As well as this, S.J Watson's 'Before I go to Sleep' inspired and influenced my idea – this story involves a woman with short term memory loss being kidnapped by her attacker but as she has no memory of the day before, she has to keep a diary to piece together her life. The theme of sleep is also key in this novel as the protagonist, through the act of sleeping, wipes her own memory and consequently chance of escape. The themes of these novels inspire me to explore the ideas presented to the audience. Visual references for ideas: John Carpenter's 'The Ward' (2010) is a film about an institutionalised girl who is haunted by a ghost named Alice and tries to solve the mystery surrounding the psychiatric ward she is on when the other girls start to go missing – however the girl is in fact a multiple personality of the patient Alice. The film explores through visual characters the ideas of escapism and captivity within the mind. NARRATIVE The narrative for my one minute project is a girl trapped in a room. I want to create a feeling of ambiguity with her location. She is pacing, she cannot escape. I want to


Charlotte Rose Waters 1114214

create a sense institutionalism, a sterility to her prison. She is trapped and then the door to her room opens. We do not see who it is but we can hear them breathing. We cut to another door opening, the door to her real prison. The girl is being held captive in a hole in the ground, she is dirty, her environment juxtaposes the clean, white room we thought she was in. This is her physical prison, her 'escape' is in her mind where she has constructed the white room to represent her captivity. LOCATION PICTURES


Charlotte Rose Waters 1114214


Charlotte Rose Waters 1114214

AUDIO My soundtrack was created by me by layering and editing several internet sourced sounds in FCP in order to create and heighten a sense of the horror genre. I used a heartbeat sound to evoke the idea of monotony and suggest to the audience that the girl has woken up in this room many times before, it also reminds people of the human body and shows an internalisation of sounds which reflects the themes of the film. The breathing sounds is to suggest the presence of another person, her captor, who we do not see. It also relates back to the human body and the rhythm of breathing and the body. I aimed to create a sense of tension and fear with my audio and did not feel that I could record anything live action that would have necessarily improved the atmosphere of the film. EVALUATION For this project I feel that I could have benefitted from using more lighting in order to create the atmosphere that I wanted to achieve. I used natural lighting and although I graded the final edit in FCP to tweak the 'look' of the imagery, I also would have liked to have created a stronger visual image. I enjoyed the challenge of the project and found editing a difficult process as I wanted to keep a lot of longer shots in the cut, however the restriction of the one minute time frame forced me to look at what was really necessary to create my mis en scene. I was tempted to try and tell a 'full' narrative in the one minute and the project helped me to refine the process of editing and choosing shots. I would like to continue and shoot more one minute films as I feel that the short duration of the film helps to create a sense of necessity to the story telling, rather than any long, meandering, and unnecessary shots.

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