Change of Idea…

I have been recently watching a lot of films by Wes Anderson and David Lean, two directors that have a heavy focus in a clean and clutter free shot – one that focuses on the characters, the setting and the mise-en-scene. This, and what my peers are doing are making me want to change my idea for my film, as they are making or thinking of making the type of time travel film that I was also going to make. To add some diversity and make my film stand out I have decided to change my film idea now, before I really start planning.

My new idea is heavily influenced by those two directors and the film Reservoir Dogs by Quentin Tarantino in the framing and editing, having very smooth and seamless shot transitions and pans to keep the viewer engaged in the film, and its plot…

The Breif…

For this assignment, I was set to make a 2 minute short film that conveyed the passage of time. This brief was incredible open to interpretation. with only on real stipulation, to use time-lapse in some way – this could also be interpreted in many different ways as how you interpret a time-lapse could vary.

 

All this free-range was quite intimidating, as I have to focus on one idea out of possibly millions – I’m not fixed to say a “Dark Comedy set in Scotland following a group of addicts” I have to choose something and focus on it for the next how many weeks I have to finish this project.

My first thought when when I read the brief was time travel, as it the brief is asking for a film about the passage of time this makes the most sense. It’s a good theme as their is already a lot of reference material out there already, in both long and short film form. Its also has a nice balance between being free-range as the plot device of time travel allows you to see anything in any time frame for your characters in your film, but you’re also tied down (purely in more plot-driven films) by the story. For example, in most time travel tv show or movies the characters will travel off somewhere but will find themselves in danger or have changed something what they must fix to get back. A classic story line, what has many variables what you can change and play around with.

 

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