“For a few minutes, twice a day, at precisely seven in the morning and seven in the evening, a receptionist and a security guard meet to swap ownership of a desk.”
I listened to this story over the weekend and I absolutely love it. It think it links back to ideas I had after watching the booth at the end. Again the narrative is set in just one small location. This time a reception desk rather than a booth in a diner. But the parameters are even more limited here as the narrative mainly concentrates on the 30 second to two minute exchange between people as they handover job roles at 7am and 7pm each day. John Finnemore writes so well to reveal so much about each character’s personality in such a short space of time. The story is funny and clever without becoming too cheesy.
After thinking more about both these influences I have come up with a vague idea for a short film where we see a snapshot section of a man’s life, at the exact same time for 2 minutes every day, where he is visiting different families and helping them and we see nothing but kindness and generosity from the man. I’m sure there is a film with a similar premise about a girl doing good deeds that is called Amelie? I am going to research a little about it and update this post with more ideas soon.
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this week we looked at Corin Hardy’s work.
We see a busy police room. People working on laptops, sat at desks. At the front of the room is a large cork board. In the middle of that is a map peppered with flags. Around the maps are photos of a man and a woman. All separate photos, never together. The pictures appear to cover a large span of time. From 1827 to the present day. Yet the people in the pictures look like the same two people? Different hair styles and clothes but definitely the same people.
A detective enters the scene leading a hand cuffed woman. we notice she is the same woman in the photos.
He sits her down and shines a light on her. He asks her where is Vlad, what has she done to him, what does she know? To every question she repeats the same words in Latin
‘Indocilis Privata Loqui’
he leaves Maria at the interrogation desk and walks over to a projector and starts playing some old film footage.
we’ve found the perfect room to use to film our levitation so today is the day, we’ve got alex a waistcoat and booked four go pros and tripods out of the media loan shop so we’re good to go. well except that we don’t have enough go pro mounts. but nothing a little blu tack won’t fix 🙂
i had no idea go pro’s have no screens, i have an sj4000, which is basically a cheap rip off of the go pro, and it has a screen. so we were a bit concerned as to exactly what footage we would get once we set the tripods up around our ‘magician’. would alex even be in shot? would you be able to see us and the other cameras? we turned the lights down low to try and block out as much as possible and had some low lights on above alex’s head.
we set all the cameras to record and stepped back as alex jumped in the air several times. below you can see the four angles of footage.
alex edited the four clips together making the footage look darker to hide the tripods and us, added a vintage blur and distortion to age it and repeated the sequence several times to make it look longer. i love the eerie look the final cut has.
as part of the presentation we plan to have one of our detectives storm into the investigation room with an old box full of projector film. once loaded on the old projector we bigger to see several decades of different footage. the first being Vlad and Maria on stage performing a magic trick where Maris disappears, possibly 1940’s/50’s. the second footage is current time showing Vlad levitating and the final footage is set in the 1900’s with a group of people sat around a table performing a seance. the pointer spells out the name Vlad, the table lifts in the air and as it does so the lights suddenly go out and we see a opaque rush to screen image of Vlad’s face and then blackness.
we are hoping to use a rope to levitate the table and then we can edit the rope out in post production and it should create quite a cool effect.
as part of our presentation we want to move from one destination to another on more than one occasion so have thought about using lighting to take the audience from one setting to the next.
using an angle poise light we plan to dim the lights as our detective places a call to Romania and then the lamp will highlight one of us sat at a desk at the back of the room answering the call. so hopefully it gives the illusion of our character being elsewhere.
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