Joe Hartman T206 Midterm Project
Scott Pilgrim – Plumtree
I've liked you for a thousand years. I can't wait until I see you. You can't stand to see me that way. No matter what I do, no matter what I say. Yeah!
Aesthetic: An Awkward Autumn Romance
I’d like to start out my explanation by thanking all my Collins Comrades who helped me in the production of this project. The duo, who posed for my shooting, are ironically a couple who had an awkward courtship period, which in retrospect I should not have brought up. I apologize to them formally here. I chose the aesthetic of an Awkward Romance due to the subject of the song, being the brilliantly awkward Scott Pilgrim. The song encompasses the idea of a distant, one-‐ sided affection and the melody acts almost to juxtapose the melancholy nature of the subject matter giving off the sense a romantic comedy. The first shot worked with the rule of threes in the division of the frame. To the right is awkward romantic, at the center, in the focus of the frame, is the girl of his dreams, and the left remains empty to represent his desire to be there, next to her. The second shot was, admittedly, taken as a joke as a possible emphasis to the awkwardness of his crush, but it honestly turned out beautifully. Once more the Rule of Threes is used to draw the audience’s eyes to the empty central third between the two where the protagonist wishes he could be. Using the overhead shot to emphasize his feeling of loneliness and powerlessness in the situation of romance. The fourth panel shows the duo in a full long shot (I could be making up the term, if so I apologize) on an equal level angle and without any obstruction between them. This particular setup was made to show that once they began talking there really never was anything blocking him from that central third beside her. The final shot is fairly self-‐ explanatory, a close-‐up of the two holding hands and walking away from the camera together, giving closure to the audience showing the classic icon of couples (as Scott McCloud would say) being held hands, simple but a full story given with that singular image. I suppose another reason I chose theme of the shots would be due to the similar relationship I have experienced throughout my life. Also, I love Scott Pilgrim. It had to be said. I had difficulties choosing my music or visions and crunch time grew closer and my fears were increased. Luckily, with the recent release of the major motion picture, came the “Scott Pilgrim vs the World” soundtrack. Everything fell into place from there.