Welcome back, my little minions-- and by and by, we need to figure a new collective term for you all. But yes I'm back and I apologise for not continuing the RAID MY BRAIN series. When I went to start this new post, I saw the incomplete draft of the third post regarding emotional shifts and pacing in scenes, and it is unfortunate I never got around to completing that-- but, alas, I'm sure I'll touch on it in future.
But without further delay, lets get started.
SO, I'M NOW OFFICIALLY A FILM STUDENT
praise me my minions for doing nothing really
Yep. It's finally happening. I'm actually a month now into my course so this is quite belated. But it has been so much fun and I have been run off my feet from the get go. With gigs to photograph every other weekend, videos to edit for my sisters, and a book supposed to be in final edits soon (as always the case with SOUL), I've been a bit slack with university work. [Note: slack by my standards is still pretty good I reckon! But it's still frustrating] But because I'm me, I'm going to try and be a good girl and keep this blog updated.
In saying that, Book Reviews will-- most likely-- be postponed until holidays as I'm only really reading manga at the moment (which is usually the case during uni semester) so I do apologise for that.
And you may have noticed my Writing Journal is now simply JOURNAL. Why you may ask? Well, it's because I'm going to be merging my writing posts with film posts in future as they will often cross-paths in many ways. So this will just be easier for everyone instead of me trying to manage two different blogs which is just silly due to the entwining subject matter.
And talking about film stuff, I'm going to have a 30 second short to show you in a fortnight!
THE 30 SECOND CAN SHORT
My first assessment for Film101 Introduction is a 30 narrative short.
I originally wanted do a small dance video with my sister, but turns out the criteria states we can't do any montage shots, use any form of audio, or post-production manipulation like B/W grading-- which was the basis of this original idea. Bummer. We also have a list of set shots we must make.
But... I went and did the short anyway! Hopefully I will be allowed to show it to you soon. Right now I'm just waiting on audio for the final render, and to do text. Then hopefully I will be able to share it at least with my page. Here's a GIF of it though for a taste!
Look at my little sister go! Isn't she adorable?
For this 30second short we also needed to have a can in the short (of any sorts either directly or indirectly) to stop plagiarizing as a few years back some students stole previous students works for their assessment. Not cool.
So I brainstormed ideas, wanting to play on the whole 'silent film' thing, and came up with multiple ideas along the ideas of:
From there the ideas just got weirder and weirder. But I had to remember, even if the story is only 30 seconds, I must still follow an narrative arc and create an emotional shift as every scene must. So after a few more days of brainstorming, I ended up with this:
So it's very simple, but there is a dramatic axis to it and a great emotional shift. So hopefully it will work. I will have my new lecturer take a look at it on MON before I film on THUR with Liv and a new film buddy. Should be good.
THEN THERE'S SCREENWRITING
There will never be another you-- therefore everything you write, due to your own personal context, is unique.
She made us chant a similar mantra first lesson. It's a fair point.
As you know, I've already completed all these screenwriting courses. Does that me I am an expert on it? God no. But I do know everything my current lecturers have been going on about-- which is only natural as it is an introduction course. But, in saying that, it is good to brush up on the basics; and not only that, but hear a different approach from my previous lecturers. One great thing she always emphasises that I should mention is this:
The Prime Directive of storytelling:
to elicit an emotional response from your audience
This is something easily forgotten when we get carried away with writing. But it is the heart of every good story. There's a reason why you want to tell this story, and it can simply be happiness. This story makes you happy-- so convey that to your audience. Make sure that at the end of your novel, or film, that they're grinning like a kid with candy.
My first assessment for Screenwriting is a one-page synopsis
Honestly, I think it's pretty brutal making students do a one-page synopsis for their first assessment. Usually it's just an idea proposal. But I kind of get it. In my tutorial, a good third of the students plainly said they were only their because the subject was a requirement. So I guess throwing them in the deep end is great exposure, and it really weeds out students who aren't serious while show-casing those that are. Not only that, it doesn't torture students by pretending they care about their ideas by giving a proposal; instead they just say give us what you've got. Your best shot. I guess.
And even though I've done this stuff before, it doesn't make it any easier.
I originally planned to do a TV series version of UNMASK ME (remake). It's now a COMPLETELY different story that I can't say I can even associate it with UNMASK ME. But I like it-- even if it's giving me hell trying to weave all the beats together in a tight structure.
Gosh I love my whiteboard. Don't know what I'd do without it.