Week 4: skills (Greg)

Description of the skills being learned and used- (Unit 9 2.1/2.2)

Our main task this week came with a brief which required us to produce a script, storyboard and short film in groups with the theme of loneliness. However, we were instructed to use ‘show, don’t tell’ within our films and also with no dialogue or speech in the film.

First of all, we looked at the form of script writing we would use to script out our film called screenplay. This is basically a script that we will use for filming our film on loneliness. It contains details of the scene and setting, a description of any events in that location, character details and actions and the dialogue. Everything in a screenplay has its specific position in the piece and always follows an order and specific elements are all in capitals such as character’s names and scene headings.

Using this example of screenplay and how to produce the order of everything required in it, we went into our groups to produce our screenplay for the theme of loneliness. We came up with the idea of presenting loneliness in the form of a relationship break-up. With this area of loneliness I found it could be shown but not told in numerous ways regarding the reaction and effects of it from the people involved. In this case, the idea came up of Scott (who’s girlfriend has broken up with him) showing his loneliness with a wall being covered with written rhetorical questions such as ‘did she even like me? why am I so useless?’ This kind of response will immediately show the audience what form on loneliness this is.

Show an example of these skills being used professionally- (Unit 9 1.1/1.2)

This in the example of a screenplay we were given to learn how everything on it is set out and as a small guide on how to lay our own out.

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(Moreno, Mario O. Tuxford, K, 2016)

 

Demonstrate my own example of the skills being used- (Unit 9 2.1/2.2)

Using this example, I was to come up with which showed a moment of my Thursday morning:

INT. BATHROOM – DAY

No more than around 2-3m², the bath takes up more than half the area and the open window allows the faint scent of bonfire in. GRACE stares at her reflection in he mirror in despair.

Using this knowledge on how to produce a screenplay and also with another professional example of how to produce our screenplay for the 2-3 minute length required, our group started to produce ideas for how to show our film of loneliness. It was decided to be based around a relationship break-up which the girlfriend confirms leaving her boyfriend devastated. Here is our group’s screenplay along with the example we used:

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FADE IN:

EXT. WALKWAY BY THE DANE JOHN – DAY

On the walkway of Dane John Gardens sat at a bench, a girl walks away from her relationship with her boyfriend purposefully. This leaves the boyfriend devastated.

DISSOLVE TO:

INT. SMALL ROOM – DAY (FLASH CUT)

The boyfriend is sat on a chair at a table in a small white room.

SCOTT (the boyfriend) is introverted. He is upset and confused.

SCOTT

(Gets out a notebook and puts it on the table. He begins to write rhetorical questions, tears them out of the book aggressively and puts them on the wall.)

His head is down, mid-shot of him writing. This cuts to a close-up of the pen on the paper. This continues with a series of shots with the room slowly getting smaller as thoughts are put on the wall.

Cut to exterior. A text message comes up on his phone from friend. He smiles and puts his phone away, wipes face with relief. Puts phone in pocket, gets up and walks away from camera.

Cuts back to interior. Scott takes the thoughts off the wall in another series of shots. He then takes the last thought down reading ‘Does anyone even care about me?’ and writes something at the bottom and re-pins to the wall. The shot lingers on the page revealing that it says ‘Yes’. Fades to black.

 

https://www.writersstore.com/how-to-write-a-screenplay-a-guide-to-scriptwriting/

 

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(Moreno, Mario O. Tuxford, K, 2016)

 

Description of the skills being learned and used- Unit 9 2.1/2.2)

After putting the screenplay together a storyboard was then developed to gain a more of an idea of how we wanted the film to look at the end and how we wanted each shot to look. Each box also contained a small description of what was going to occur in that scene and using the screenplay we developed, here is our storyboard which was drawn by Hannah:

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Once all the screenplay development and storyboards were completed we went out to shoot the scenes we needed for our film. Since Holly and Scott were featuring in this film I operated the film camera and recorded each scene. Whilst we were filming we all really took into account how we could show and not tell the audience about loneliness even more than we planned. For instance, when we filmed Holly walking away we didn’t want any other pedestrians walking past to show how alone Scott really was then. And not only did the shots we took show the extent of loneliness but also how the film was edited together; the slow motion of Holly walking past, the flashbacks, the constant thoughts on the whiteboard and even the music really made the theme stand out to the audience.

 

 

Evaluation of my use of the skills with reference to professional example-(Unit 9 3.1/3.2)

Overall, I feel that, considering I was absent for one of the sessions where most of the skills were learned, that I have still achieved the aims of this task and I have still contributed to the team to produce this short film. Despite being off sick I have managed to learn myself how a screenplay is laid out and the order of everything in it, practice the exercise on it and also gather up ideas on how the theme of loneliness could be portrayed in a short film whether it’s a break-up or another area of focus. Because of this and despite having to catch up on my teams current plans,  I already had knowledge of how  screenplay worked and I was able to understand from my team’s plans was going to happen in the film having taught myself the basics of it all. However, I was able to carry on as normal once it came to shooting the film since I was responsible for operating the camera and filming the shots.

In relation to using these skills to portray the theme of loneliness, it gave me multiple ideas on how I could use my interest for photography as the prefect way to show and not tell someone about a theme or narrative. Whilst I was filming with Holly and Scott, I gathered inspiration from some of the positions  we filmed Scott in, including Scott’s positions himself. Still images such as this could easily indicate to the audience of the theme any aspect of loneliness even if it isn’t exactly related to a relationship break-up. Even specific camera tools such as the focus lens or certain angles could give effect on an image showing loneliness as it could pin-point the audiences eyes on what you want them to observe and get from it.

This has made me realise that for my unit 9 project even though I will be having a set theme I can explore multiple areas of it through my desired photo-journal format. A have decided on my theme which will be obsession since this format will allow me to explore the multiple areas this can cover perfectly. I will start my research over the half-term holiday over what could be included but ideas on obsession with health, appearance, social media and money obsessions too.

Bibliography:

Moreno, M. and Tuxford, K. (2016). How to Write a Screenplay: Script Writing Example & Screenwriting Tips | WritersStore.com. [online] Writersstore.com. Available at: https://www.writersstore.com/how-to-write-a-screenplay-a-guide-to-scriptwriting/ [Accessed 27 Oct. 2016].

Moreno, M. and Tuxford, K. (2016). How to Write a Screenplay: Script Writing Example & Screenwriting Tips | WritersStore.com. [online] Writersstore.com. Available at: https://www.writersstore.com/how-to-write-a-screenplay-a-guide-to-scriptwriting/ [Accessed 27 Oct. 2016].

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Week 4: skills (Greg)

One thought on “Week 4: skills (Greg)

  1. This is an excellent blog post. It is thorough and insightful, plus analytical. You could perhaps add some other examples of industry examples including the short films we watched in preparation.
    Your script and short film demonstrate a very professional attitude and engagement in the process.
    The last part of this exercise was to take the skills learnt and write the commissioned piece about loneliness (See the slides under the weekly Blog Post) – showing and not telling in your written work. If you have time it is a worthwhile exercise and does ground the exercise in the non-fiction writing as well as fiction I.E. putting pictures in the readers head as if you were there. Perhaps try it with your photographs.

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