In my film I have decided to have a boy in a straight jacket looking stressed and rocking at the corner of a wall. He will be mouthing the words to “jesus’s blood never failed me yet” as I will put the actual song over the video. The walls will collapse as the music sets in and he will stand as a video of him in a field is protected onto his jacket and he smiles as a tear falls down his face.
My other idea is that the field video is projected on the wall and if I time it correctly it will look like he walks into the field from the side of the projector and it will slowly fade to black as he walks away.
I decided to do this as I was inspired by Nicks lesson when he put on some music tracks and we would explain what we saw in our minds in detail to him, this idea is what I saw and explained to the class.
I will probably film this on a camera from James and film the field scene in a local field near the college. I will ask James about getting resources for the walls from art and ask Nick for more details on how to use the projector effectively during my filming.
The straightjacket I will make by hand as I refuse to pay £40.00 for one. I will use old leather bag straps for the jacket straps and an old white cotton jumper.
Research shots: Ethan in the straight jacket.
I will probably use Ethan for my film as he is a well trusted friend of mine and has made good work with me before as a reliable actor.
Second subject Shola Mullon:
Introduction to S.K
Stanly Kubricks reign as a director was well lived, even though most critics disapproved his work his public audience always respected his films as works of art. I myself have greatly enjoyed his films, examples being full metal jacket, the shining and 2001 a space odysee. Kubrick liked to get every detail correct in his films and spent hours on set making sure the scenes themselves were symmetrical and well designed. I suspect from his films he likes to keep historically accurate as I learned during the SK exhibition we went to at UAL. We were shown that most of the boxes in the archive held SK research as he would send his assistants to thousands of locations to take as many pictures as possible. The costumes he used for Barry Lindon were rentals as the clothing was so well made and authentic there was no other way. He researched old paintings to see what different forms of power wore in the time his film was set and had books with these photos and small cut outs of the materials next to them.
Dr. Strangelove was a dark comedy expressing what would happen if an atomic bomb was set off during the war. Dr. Strangelove himself (played by Peter Seller) was an ex Nazi as you see him saluting in a comedic fashion when he talks about saving certain people within the human race. Just from these small actions the audience can depict so much of his past and clue together everything else to see how he’s involved. This actor also had two other rolls within the film, the Group Captain Lionel Mandrake and President Merkin Muffley. He played these three characters as SK was impressed on Sellers’s performance in which his single character assumes a number of identities in his film Lolita.
I have always loved how Kubrick can pack so much detail into the small actions of his characters to show his audience their previous backstory and make them wonder what is going on inside their minds.
Part of the Mise En Scene is that the film is in black and white. I feel that if the film was in colour it would not have had the same effect as it makes it feel that it was set in the past and the lack of colour helps you focus on the scene itself instead of being lost in the colours of the scenes. Having colour, as well as pulling focus from the scene, would have taken authenticity from the film as well.
In my opinion this film is very well made even though Stephen King (the writer of the novel) disapproved of the film. Every scene served a magnificent purpose of symmetry and key points to the psychological state of all of the characters. Jack Nicholson played a truly amazing roll and I have also loved his amazing acting skills since I first watched The Shining. He truly took insanity to a whole new level and made SK proud to have chosen him for his film although I wish I could have said the same for the actress for the mother of the film Shelly Duvall. I have always disliked her as an actress and her performance in The Shining was shockingly bad in my opinion. She always back chatted SK when he asked for a better performance from her and she always found some excuse to not do her best whilst filming the scenes. On a brighter note the symmetry is very well placed throughout this film, here are some examples;
He has always used symmetry in all of his movies as this was very important for him. It portrayed style and art within movies and not just slapping some shots and cuts together like a rookie director as he took great pride in his work (because as a perfectionist this was very important to him). Here are some examples from 2001: A Space Odysee and A Clockwork Orange.
Which piece of art did you choose? What is its title?
Who is the artist?
When was it made?
Describe the style, was it futurism, cubism, realism, modernism….?
I think its modernism as it is a delightful canvas painting of people looking and taking pictures of something. It does not show what there looking at so it leaves much to the imagination as the people are silhouettes too so it could be a crime scene or art or anything you want it to be.
Does it tell a story?
Its design lets you think of your own story to go with the painting.
Why did you choose it?
I thought it was nice and open minded as you can interpret it however you want.
We started the journey from Redhill train station with Ethan and Seb. The rest of the group were on a different part of the train.
Next we arrived at UAL and Ethan tried to walk on water and there was a big fascination with the puddles outside as even young Douglas was interested for once.
We saw some real props from S.K films such as the coat that the child wears from the shining and the masks from eyes wide shut. It was truly amazing to see these props and learn its individuality to the backstory of stanly Kubrick.
We were interrupted as the fire alarm went off. Some say it was Dan who started the fire but we will never know. The other group apparently got to see more than us because they were not interrupted by the fire bell but still at least nothing was damaged.
It was a bit chilly and we left our stuff indoors but Sarah kindly lent me and Ethan a cardigan each but Ethan got a bit carried away and in touch with his inner ninja.
I captured some nice shots during the day too. There were some fabulous sights to be seen.
Shots continued. It was nice to see everyone having fun with the freedom even our tutor Eleanor.