In this lecture we looked at a range if different film-makers who use a range of techniques to put the narrative across and to captivate the audience.
Jan Svankmajer – ‘Little Otik’
This very surreal stop-motion animation film is based in the Czech Republic and is based around a fairytale about a couple who can’t have a baby and the husband digs up a tree root which is in the shape of a child and quickly grows into a murderous and greedy ‘thing’. (I really would not know what to call it!)
(Picture courtesy of http://www.franksfilms.com/little-otik)
The Coen Brothers – ‘Burn After Reading’
A star-studded film line-up starring Brad Pitt, George Clooney, John Malkovich amongst others. This film has an interesting story arch which links all the characters together with the underlying secret CIA information that is found in the locker room of a gym playing the most important role with how it all comes together and especially with the ending.
‘A Serious Man
Perhaps one of the fairly under-rated Coen Brothers film with limited release within the UK (I managed to be lucky enough to catch it at the cinema!) Based around a man who’s life seems to be going from bad to worse, the film is based around a man’s journey to try and salvage what he has.
The story arches which these films hang off are really strong with regards to how the narrative is put across to the audience. Whether it is based around a fairytale or myth or a journey of self-discovery, great films that can use these themes within their narrative really can captivate an audience.
I am thinking of perhaps going along the same avenue of pinning my final project basing it on a fairytale. Little Red Riding Hood perhaps…
Whilst deliberating the final major project that myself and Matt Daniels will be working together on we have came up with the idea of creating a production company with which we shall be both work under for our final major project. Matt was talking to me about a project which he wants to pursue for a final project so instead of just working individually on each project we shall work together on both projects. Whether this will be taking on too much work we will find out soon enough!!
The identity which we shall be working under shall be called ‘He & She Productions’. I feel that pursuing our projects under this title will add a bit more professionalism instead of just working under our names, which is pretty basic and very studenty (not a word!)
I have designed a logo for the production company using a drawing characteur of myself and Matt that a friend called Joe ‘Friday’ Higgins drew. I feel that it has a bit more of a personal touch to go with the title. This first draft is what the logo looks like at the moment and hopefully will be improved upon.
I have created a Facebook group page which i shall update with how each production project is progressing and to gain a fanbase which we can develop a following from and then hopefully get a nice good number of people to attend our own showing means the university isn’t allowing installations for the degree show (which is lame! in my mind)