We felt that we shouldn’t upload our storyline (and therefore any other aspects of our story) onto our blogs until the deadline, so that it gave other peers, or anyone who may watch our short film and clues to the ending, as we want it to be a suprise/shock.
Me, Will, Danny and Pete all found a group study room in the library upstairs and spent 2 hours chucking out, developing and merging ideas. I really enjoyed it, it felt like we all were getting involved, all having our say and for the first time I really began to enjoy group work.
Every other piece of group work done so far on this course, someone has either not pulled their weight or contributed as much as others, but I have a feeling that this group all want to do well and so are all pitching in equally.
Both Danny and myself had foundations of possible stories, we knew we wanted an Action Thriller that leant towards the thrills. This was because of points mentioned in the last post, we want to don’t want our film to look cheap so are avoiding as much fighting as possible.
A guy has a camera that can predict the future.
Starts of by predicting birds will fly past.. Other events happen.. Ends with predicting his death.
A Guy has a gun to his (or someone else’s) head, about to pull the trigger, at the sound of a bang there is a flash back.
The movie is the transpiring events leading to the moment and the few after the trigger is pulled.
Something to do with money troubles?
The Process That Followed:
Clearly, we knew neither story is 100% yet (not even 10%) but we were keen to make it so.
Will was really eager on the idea of the flash back, he believed (and we all agreed) that if there was to be little/no fighting that it would act as a great incentive to keep the audience watching.
I thought that Danny’s idea had much more depth than mine and was more likely to be moulded into a stronger story. It then came up that perhaps we could bring the best aspects of the two ideas together.
Our Rough Story:
A few of the group wrote our own story line so that we could meet again and (with the general direction and idea decided) make a Frankenstein of all the good ideas suggested in each. Mine is below.
Other Points Mentioned In The Meeting:
- Avoid speaking where ever possible- None of us have acting experience and bad acting can bring down the entire film, no matter how good a story it has or supporting actors are.
- We wanted a twist to shock the Audience.
- We needed a really strong story to make up for the lack of action (in the form of fighting).
- Altogether around a £80 budget (@ £20 each)
- We will need at least 2 cameras to avoid having to re-shoot scenes (avoid continuity errors)
Things That Need Creating or Getting Hold Of:
- Create a Photography Advert for the paper
- Possibly a Blue Light, to imply police
- Photo-manip the images that would be shown on the camera
- Devise costumes
- Iron out the story | choose what works in each of our story lines and make sure we are all 100% on where it goes and why it goes there
- Designate roles | everybody will be doing there bit, so we shall give jobs to each of us. Where we are a small group, each will have a quite few.
e.g. Some are more willing to go on camera than others and some have more knowledge of lighting. We will acknowledge these points to make the most effective choices
- Scout locations | we need to find the right home to film inside and the right countrysides.
We will be filming local to Broadstairs campus as half the group who don’t drive are from there and the half that do can get there easily enough
Overlain on to the screen is the forearm and hand of an unknown male (perhaps with blood on him), his stance is menacing but the audience is never shown any more than his hand.