“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.

160mc: Cabinet of Curiosities: Looking back

Five weeks ago we were given the brief of creating a missing person’s profile, to conclude in a presentation involving several types of media. The missing person was to be developed around the idea of each member of our group’s Cabinet of Curiosities. To inspire ideas for our ‘cabinets’ and to explain a bit about the history of collecting our lecturers talked to us about The Pitt River’s Museum. The museum was originally founded to house Augustus Pitt River’s collection of unusual objects from around the world and has grown from 22,000 objects to 500,000 after other travellers and missionaries donated their collections too.


So we began to put our cabinet ideas together:

  • Adam – beer mats dj-ing
  • Rosie – gig and show tickets
  • Tara – vintage books
  • Alex – concert and band memorabilia
  • Neel – cars and tech
  • Miriam – recipes, love london/new york shirts
  • Sisi – old letters, horses and sausage dogs

We soon noticed that many of our interests seemed to link quite nicely together. Mainly around performance, travel, time and text. The idea of a magician disappearing while doing a magic trick was soon decided upon. But as the idea has been seen before we wanted a new twist on things and to include a few more of our cabinet influences. After some research we started looking into the magic circle, possible links to the occult, time travel and romanian folklore.

Here’s what we came up with.

Vlad Strigoiescu


  • From the village of Sinaia, Romania
  • Birth date unknown, looks approx. 24
  • Tall, blonde, handsome
  • World famous magician renowned for his disappearing act
  • Has been documented to be sighted from 1827 until the day of his disappearance on 24th June 2016
  • He has links to Maria Moroaica, possibly a magician’s assistant, possibly a power magician herself. Their relationship is unknown
  • Disappeared from the Royal Theatre, Dury Lane, London while performing, with nothing to explain his vanishing but a crown of flowers left in his place
  • Possible links to the occult and supernatural
  • His surname includes the Romanian word for vampire

Although a lot about Vlad is mysterious i still feel we have developed a solid character and i can imagine how he’d behave in most situations.

What would i do differently?

I think if i had the chance to redo this project i would definitely try and speed up the ideas and research time. We spent so long looking at influences and developing the whole idea that we didn’t leave enough time to get everything filmed. i love the levitation footage we shot but as we could only hire out four go pros, on the day, we didn’t quite have enough angles to edit together to make it as smooth as a time slice should look. We also had to scrap a really interesting seance scene we were planning to film.

Technical issues with lighting and screen mirroring slightly spoilt our presentation today but i am still really proud of how well we all worked together as a team and of the multi faceted character we created.

160mc: Presentation final plan

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.

160mc: Levitation

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.

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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.

160mc: Seance

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.

160mc: Lighting our presentation

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.