FMP: Research – ‘Prozac Nation’ 360MC

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”Elizabeth “Lizzie” Wurtzel is a teenager accepted into Harvard with a scholarship in journalism. She has been raised by her divorced mother Mrs. Wurtzel since she was two years old, but she misses her father and feels needy and depressive. When she joins the university, she lives with a roommate Ruby and has her sexual initiation with Noah. Her article for the local column in Crimson newspaper is awarded by Rolling Stone magazine. Lizzie becomes abusive in sex and drugs, and her existential crisis and depression increases and she hurts her friends and her mother that love her, while dating Rafe. Mrs. Wurtzel sends her to an expensive psychiatric treatment with Dr. Sterling, in spite of having difficulties paying for her medical bills and therapy sessions. After a long period of treatment under medication, and suicide attempt, Lizzie stabilizes and adjusts to the real world. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil”

This was another great film to watch as it showed some of the same mentally unstable stages that my participant went through.
Here are just a few things I picked up on:

– There were no fancy edits just quick shots and opacity changes to show a change in time.
– Again like many of the other films I have watched there was a lot of tight framing and close ups on faces.
– Another film that has the warm lighting and grading vs flat non-vibrant colours.
– The thing I liked most about this film was the almost seamless editing from present to flashbacks and past memories, also between different shots.

It’s a very simplistic but effective film in the sense of storyline and editing, you don’t get too caught up with the character but you able watch this story unfold and all the little bits between that some films may leave out as they are deemed too boring or irrelevant to what they are trying to achieve, I personally prefer these bit left in to be allowed to climb into a position where you can see the full story.


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