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Niamh Turfitt – Level 3 Student

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Project Two Research!

Research!

Once I chose the quote I was going to use as a stimulus for my short film, I then thought of major ideas what I think relate to the quote.

“A man who limits his interests, limits his life” – Vincent Price.

Words that I relate to this are:

  • Explore,
  • Travel,
  • Adventure,
  • Seeing the World,

I relate these words to this quote because I believe that one interest in which everyone would want to do in life would be to travel the world but, because technology and social media has taken over and is bringing the world to our screens, the interest of actually getting out to the places is limiting each day. So, I would show someone breaking free from the screens in their hands and they actually go to the places people dream about visiting.

These words and phrases are what I came up with and I thought that instead of picking a singular one to base my idea off of, I decided to merge some of the phrases together which I thought related to each other and so, for words such as “Explore” and “Travel”, I believe that these words could be used as one idea and therefore helping to create my short film around the quote.

My first idea around this theory, is that a teenager in the modern world with technology and social media begins to see that this life is constant and repetitive. They become bored of living the same life every day without anything interesting happening. They then start talking about travelling the world to their friends/family and they all turn their noses up at the idea. After working hard with her job and/or education she finally has enough money to go travelling and fulfils this dream.

My second idea around this theory was that a young women who works in an office where one day she is searching for different places to travel to (on a travel website) before someone snaps her out of her daydream forcing her t return back to her work. Then, it shows the woman with her friends and all of them (apart from the woman) are on their phones. This causes her to frown and get up and leave. When she returns home, she logs onto her computer/laptop and proceeds to go onto a travel website and buy tickets to her chosen destinations. For the last fews scenes, it shows a montage of her packing a large travel rucksack and her exploring the different places in the world. The last scene we see is her when she is about to leave at the start of her journey holding and train ticket before it fades out.

I think I will be going with my second idea as it is more imaginative and could really work well with what the quote is trying to express.

Where did i get my ideas from?

To help me come up with ideas related with the quote. I looked at short films on YouTube and found one that was similar to what I had in mind. It’s called a Modern Adventure and it features a teen talking about how our generation has been ruined by social media and is breaks out in anger and tries to get away. His friends then follow him and they are shown getting into a camper van and setting off to travel together.

 

I then looked for websites that would provide sound effects that I may use. These include;

  • Footsteps,
  • Text message alert,
  • Keyboard typing,
  • Train noises,

These are just a few examples that I may use within my short film and these would only be used if needed. I will try and capture as many as my own sound effects as possible and use special sound effects websites if I cannot capture the sounds that I want. I have searched for some of these websites and have found many good websites which produce good quality sound effects.

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Project Two: Audio Visual!

Today, I have been introduced to our second Project of our course and this includes making one of the two options:

  • A Stop Motion video,
  • Or to create a Short Film,

When I was told about this, I was really excited to start looking at ideas and create my own short film/stop motion video and let my imagination come into this project. I began by looking at short films on YouTube which other people had created. These helped to give me an idea of what to make and what to use and what “theme” or “emotion” to base it off and work from in order to help get my own short film going. As well as the visual side, I also have to consider the audio side to the film. Will there be music? Speech? Sound effects? If so, how much of each will I use? Will it fit in well with the video? Before I consider any of this however, I need to come up with an idea of what I will create and represent in my video.

IDEAS:

I began to gather my ideas and I struggled to come up with something. I tried looking at different short films on YouTube to give me some inspiration but there were so many themes that different ones were portraying, I decided to look for another way of getting an idea. I then turned to quotes which I believed could help me by using the chosen quote to use as a sort of stimulus and create my video from that. I looked at many quotes from people such as Vincent Price, Edgar Allan Poe and Oscar Wilde. After looking through many of each of their quotes, I came down to two.

“A man who limits his interests, limits his life” – Vincent Price.

And…

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken!” – Oscar Wilde.

I want to base my short film off of one of these quotes and to pick which one I would use, I came up with ideas around each of the quotes. For the quote by Vincent Price, I came up with the idea that a teen was sick of living the same life, day in and day out, feeling as it was just a constant repeat. They want to do something exciting and breath-taking and their number one dream is to travel the world. In a world where everyone is addicted to social media and stuck in a dream world, this teenager decides to break free and starts her travels by going to the train station and going to the capital city, London.

This was just a small idea which I thought about quite a lot. If I was to choose this idea then I would have to then consider the locations and also who I would use to represent this.

For the quote by Oscar Wilde, I came up with the idea that several groups of people were all in the same class. In a way, I would make these look stereotypical. However, one person begins to get bored of the same old conversations and actions them and their specific friend group do. They then dress, act and do things differently, creating their own identity and therefore begins to encourage others to do the same. For this, the people I would have to include in my short film would be challenging however, location wont exactly be a problem.

After thinking about which idea would work best, I decided to go with my first idea and use Vincent Price’s quote as I feel it would be much more relevant to modern day and would be much more engaging. I would now have to consider location, sound effects and who I would be able to feature within this short film.

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