Today, me and Jonas met for the first time after he finished the first draft of the script and since the overall result of it was not something I felt right to the storyline, we wanted to discuss it before we had a meeting with Helen, later in the day.
The issues I had with this draft of the script were that not only did the script not make sense with what we’ve been discussing prior but also we it lacked the climax (being the secret that Aiste shares with Jonas) as well as it sounding more like a drama than a documentary.
During the meeting I laid out again and more firmly what I felt the script had it wrong and what was lacking and managed to explain my point of view on it and what I felt needed to be changed and/or improved on.
Jonas obviously defended his script but also understood where I was coming from.
The issue that we are now facing goes again back to the ethics that revolves around having someone, this being Aiste, discussing their on-going and still very present issue of possessing and suffering from an eating disorder.
Jonas tells me she might not feel comfortable having that being discussed with him let alone on film, which raises the issue of that being an integral part of the documentary in and of itself.
So, my idea is to have a back plan on what we can use as a replacement in the storyline that will help us when we are on location shooting the film.
After we meet Helen, later today, I’ll blog about her thoughts and the feedback we get to effectively do these changes in the best way possible.
This is my final year film project for our main module and it’s called “Lamentation”. It was based in an original script written by one of my classmates which I produced.
It was an amazing experience from the beginning all the way to the final product. A lot of hard work and love came into creating it so hopefully you guys will enjoy it as well.
The synopsis is as follows:
Donald, an elderly pensioner in London, has been living the past year as a widower. His wife’s favourite flower was a white rose and throughout the film Donald sees this flower in places that it isn’t really there. In the end, Donald comes to accept that his wife is gone by finding comfort in the memories he shared with her.
Today me and Alex met up with our potential music composer, Josiah, who is also a student in the BA Music course in our university.
The interview itself, that I organized, served as a way for Josiah and Alex to meet so that Alex could explain to him his vision of what he wanted the score to be since our film is emotionally heavy and has no dialogue. I was there for the beginning part of it but soon had to leave to go to work, but from what Alex told me, they discussed through ideas that each of them had in regards to how the theme of the score should be.
How I discovered Josiah is a very funny and unusual story since we met one late night in the library after he approached me and a friend of mine, when we were talking about our future projects, and asked if we could give answer a questionnaire that he needs for his dissertation. We just stroke up a conversation and after he said that he was majoring in music production and that he was a composer, I just felt like I stuck a complete and utter gold mine!
And this was an actual great touch of luck because, a couple of days later, Alex told me that his friend who was our original composer said he couldn’t do our film because of his schedule, so thank God for random encounters with music students in the library at 11pm!
Today we had the rough cut screening of our film “Lamentation”.
This means that we presented the film already with it’s organized sequence but without any music or colour grade.
I was more anxious than nervous as I always am right before presenting and showcasing any of my projects because they are all so personal and intimate that when I have to present to any type of audience, it’s always difficult because then the criticism rolls in. I enjoy criticism but it’s always hard no matter what.
So as our film started to be showcased, and because our film has no dialogue, the silence was all that could be heard in the room during nearly 10 minutes.
I couldn’t stop smiling at the screen because I was so proud, not only of myself, but everyone that was involved in making the movie what it is today.
When the film ended, everyone started clapping and I couldn’t stop the stupid smile in my face!
Right off the bat, our teacher asked what everyone thought of it and one of my classmates immediately said “I liked it!” and that just set the tone for the rest of the feedback session.
The criticism we received was that it felt like the climax of the film happened too quickly and that after that, the story just seemed to mellow out a bit. The suggestions to resolve that were to maybe re-edit it in a way where the climax would happen later in the story instead of where it is now.
And the good feedback we received was that our actor, David, transmitted emotions well; the choice in locations was good as well as the props.
I couldn’t be prouder of what we accomplished.
Today me and Alex had a recording studio session with the lovely Peter Williams, sound expert extraordinaire.
And the motivation behind today’s session was because Alex wanted to add a couple of sounds to some specific movements Donald does in the outdoor sequences.
The first sound we had to record was the opening, drinking and closing of a whiskey bottle. Fun times. I volunteered to do the deed and Peter went along and grabbed a half drunk bottle of wine from his office that we used as a ‘sound prop’. I did a couple of takes and then Peter stepped in to do the actual drinking of the bottle sounds that we needed. Seeing Peter drink, take after take, whilst me and Alex were inside the recording booth hearing the sounds and deciding if they were good or not, was just too funny to put into words. All in the name of art!
Afterwards, we did some additional recording of Donald’s feet scrapping at the ground right before the stood up from the bench in order to leave the park. Alex stepped in, no pun intended, to recreate the feet sounds.
All in all, it was a fun afternoon with a lot of laughs and we managed to get all the sound bits we needed in.