“A thought-provoking and haunting exploration of how reality and dream-states may combine to form complex interactions. The line between the imagination and reality blurs when an accomplished Psychiatrist takes on a patient that appears to be suicidal.”
“Standing in for a sick colleague, renowned New York psychiatrist Sam Foster is confronted with disturbed art student Henry Letham. Seemingly inspired by his idol, a painter infamous for committing suicide on his 21th birthday, Henry announces he will shoot himself Saturday at midnight–the moment he turns 21. Foster, once having saved his suicidal girlfriend Lila, takes the threat seriously but fails to simply have Henry taken into custody. Instead, while trying to track his patient down, Sam is gradually drawn into the world of Henry’s obsessions. Written by Preston Adcock”
This film works brilliantly when showing the fine line between reality and a state of mind as it confuses the audience to the point where you feel like you don’t know what is real and what is not and you’re trying to figure it out but the line is too blurred,putting you in the same shoes as Sam (the psychiatrist). Lots of different angles are used and there are lots of image matches which is effective as it blurs reality and state of mind into one. Some parts are not linear which confuses the audience and the images jump as if in the mind of the mentally unstable.
Even the audio manages to blur the two together as even though the distinct no-real voices are distorted, some of the characters say things that don’t make sense at the time. The edits between shots are almost seamless as they are held together by image matches, pans and cross fades. The lighting starts of dark at the beginning mixed with warm orangey colours, and then goes to a blueish tint. In the middle there is a point where the blueish tint and warm colours meet and mix together just those two and the rest of the film is generally quite flat with lots of shadows and a lot of the time the only light parts are the subjects in focus whilst the backgrounds stay dark.
There were also lots of close ups and tight shots within this film even if there were two people, which shows that I need to think seriously about the length of my shots and the tightness of my framing. I also will be taking into consideration the warm vs cold and flat colours as this is what I have taken from every film I have watched so far, and with this film I have been shown that they can mix together as well and not just be separated.
Here is my final pitch presentation:
”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.
In order to fill in this proposal I have done extensive research on top of the research I already planned to carry out. In doing this it has helped me to go through my film idea thoroughly and made me think a lot more about such things as distribution and who I want to see my film. It is a good way to start any film process, in order to ensure you have the idea down and though about all aspects of your film.
Here is a full break down of all my costings, the total for each category and a total budget for the film.
I used this budget card rating *>>>Media_Production_Rate_Card_201213<<<* as reference and for everything else I had to research myself via the internet through the following sites;
There are six stages to my presentation as I have chosen to do a mixture of things;
1. Writing and preparing what I am going to say based on my final proposal.
2. Choosing and filming parts to camera.
3. Recording the audio of the rest of my presentation.
4. Collecting license free images and clips less then 30 seconds to be within limits of fair use.
5. Choosing my 3 minute audio artefact clip.
6. Editing it all together.
As I have not yet got any test footage or done a recce; as this is scheduled for the 25th January, I have had to use other means to try and make my presentation interesting. Therefore I have collected images like the ones I plan to shoot and clips of films that have been my inspiration.