The plot is a horror story, playing on fears of the unknown and the paranoia that comes with uncertainty and overthinking.
The title sequence that I chose was Pause (2017). I chose this title sequence as one that I wanted to recreate / imitate not for the CGI or FX, but because it of its use of angles and panning. Myself, I would like to use clips and parts of my video only in my title sequence in order to seamlessly integrate the title sequence into the film. Like the title sequence of Pause, I’d like it to include a lot of wide shots and shots that pan out, showing environments and objects mainly, with usually only one target in focus.
The movie will be in Spanish, with English subtitles at the bottom. It will be in Spanish because it’s the language my family speaks, mainly my mother and father, and is part of their culture and life.
The beginning will talk about home life, with panning shots of my home and extreme wide shots of the backyard and car. Silence as I help my mother inside. The entire movie will have no dialogue or noise apart from my voice over. Picture various scenes of my mother in the kitchen, as well as shots in the early morning when my father gets up to go to work and my brother and I get up to go to college. The focus will be on my mother and father, and what they gave up on coming to America, and how their life has changed and the struggles they’ve gone through.
There will be extensive talk about my mother -- her doctorate degree in Guatemala, moving to America and having to give up her career for family. Transition to talk of my father, with shots of him going to work at 4AM, and shots of him coming home tired at 6PM, talking about his long hours and dedication to family to provide for them. Cut to my mother, and talk of her accident a couple of years ago, and how she had to give up dreams of going back to college or finding another job.
Extreme close up of eyes - mother, father, brother, my own. Wide shots of my family - my mother, my brother, my father - standing against wall. Medium wide shot of parents standing against wall in normal clothes vs dressed up. Extreme close up of mother's hands.
Between large scenes / B-roll, there will also be more abstract shots with a focus on the sky to signify passage of time. The shots of the sky will be at different times of the day and night, from different angles and areas of the house. Preferably, during different kinds of weather as well such as during the rain, sun, cloudy weather, etc. Parallels of my mother to a bird to signify aimlessness / wandering / freedom and exploration. Meant as a metaphor for mood or place in life, but also beauty.
The sequence that I chose for this week was from John Carpenter’s Halloween (1976). I chose this sequence because of the suspense that it builds. It’s the first time we really see Michael Myers in more than just a silhouette and we get to see his figure and the mask on his face fully. It’s also when Laurie faces off against Michael after spending the entire movie never having seen him, but being aware of him. The shots of Laurie from within the closet gives a sense of claustrophobia and being trapped, and the overwhelming suspense and fear of a dangerous situation you can’t escape. This is brought to its full effect when Michael Myers’ shadow passes by the closet, and when you think maybe he hasn’t seen her, he starts to bang the closet doors down until he breaks through it. The single lightbulb turning on and bringing light into the previously dark shots, illuminating Michael’s face as he finally makes his attack, hits home.
self portrait ideas:
Spoken in Spanish with English subtitles. Voice-over only. Talks about responsibility to family, struggles at home, want vs duty in life, hopes for future, etc. Key visuals of ECU of eyes, WS throughout self portrait of different family members standing against wall when talking about them, ECU of mother's hands. Trying to show different sides of life and the attempt to bridge the gap between the two.
A more abstract idea, with a focus on the sky and sea since I love both and creatively have focused on them a lot in my writing / dreams / drawings. A non-narrative/direction, with parallels of myself to a bird and/or fish to signify aimlessness / wandering / freedom and exploration. Lots of shots of sky at different times of day / different areas and different weather (rain, sun, clouds) as metaphor for mood or place in life.
Self portrait about introversion vs extroversion, life at home / by self vs social gatherings / with friends.
For my sequence from Citizen Kane, I chose a moment from about 1:06:57 into the movie, when Gettys attempts to blackmail him for political gain. The reason I chose this sequence was because of the lighting and the camera angles. In the first two images, both Kane and Susan’s faces are shrouded in darkness while Gettys is in the light, fitting the narrative of Gettys shedding ‘light’ onto the secret of Kane and Susan’s affair.
The second pair of images is interesting to me too because whereas the first two images the camera is angled low, making things appear more ominous, the second pair is shot from higher above and from behind Kane’s shoulder, making it appear as if it’s from his POV and that he is taller than the others. We can only see his silhouette as well, making him appear mysterious and secretive while the others look for answers from him, until his wife steps back and her face is hidden in the shadows as well, as she moves to leave not only from the shot but from Kane himself, creating distance emotionally as well as physically.
The last pair of images was Kane stepping out from the shadows, when he finally speaks his mind and comes to a decision, and we are able to see his face in full.
Storyboard Project 1 revised
Project 2 storyboard revised
Dua Lipa - IDGAF: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mgfe5tIwOj0
I chose this video because I thought it was really well edited. The lighting and colors that they chose for this music video really caught my attention, with the blue and orange shadows cast on everyone’s faces and mirroring the two main colors (blue and orange) in the video. I also think this video is well edited because of the fact that there’s no scenery or objects in the background. The background is empty and it’s up to Dua Lipa and her dancers to catch your attention, and they do it really well. They sync up their movements with the beats of the music in a way that’s really striking, and use CGI to duplicate themselves to stare themselves down and emulate the theme of the song. They keep eye contact with their dupes the entire time, making the effect more realistic and believable. There are also moments in the music video where eye contact is made or broken suddenly with the viewer, making it a little more intense / personal to watch. The camera angles and movements are also really captivating, especially when all the dancers are moving clockwise and counterclockwise and the camera spins and pans down to where Dua Lipa lies and mimics the yin-yang symbol with herself.