Research, Uncategorized

Radio Presenting

When looking at how my radio DJ’s would host the show, I decided to listen to a few different radio shows to check for any cadence or chemistry that I wanted to incorporate.

A show that was very useful was the ‘Kermode and Mayo Film Show’ on BBC Radio. I liked listening to this because it was a film programme but the chemistry between the two presenters made for an entertaining show. Simon Mayo acts as the dummy who knows nothing about the films being discussed and he will sit back and ask Mark Kermode questions to get the most out of their debates and reviews.

A lot of radio shows will use social media for fan interaction and some shows are now even broadcast through the internet with live feedback from the fans. I will consider this and see if it is possible to include the audience from the radio show to further add to the misery of Walter the protagonist.

Research, Uncategorized

Shot-Reverse-Shot

When studying camera techniques for how to film my conversation scenes, I came across the shot-reverse-shot method, which is incredibly common but can have some alterations that make it more visually interesting.

After watching several scenes from films with conversations, I was always curious regarding the camera placement during conversations. Some have a classic over the shoulder style, which creates a nice, free flowing effect and allows the audience to follow the conversation smoothly. Some are filmed in a two shot which will focus more on the body language and positioning of the characters. These shots will probably be visually more important because they will be telling another story aside from just the dialogue.

I think for my scenes, I will adopt a traditional set-up at a mid-range to allow the body language of the characters to tell another story. Both characters in my cafe scene can be described through body language so I will make sure that the shots show enough of the characters.

Pre-Production, Research

How to approach Surrealism

When coming up with my idea, and discussing it with others, many people perceived it as a dark comedy. This worried me because I didn’t want people to watch the final film and say “That wasn’t funny”. I began to investigate how to approach making a surreal film and looked at my favourite filmmakers who work in this kind of style.

The Coen Brothers are my main influence when making this film because their films find a great balance between keeping the audience invested and surrealism. In their more quirky films, like Raising Arizona they will use sets, music and voice over to establish a the tone. I have learnt that it is important to establish the vibe for the audience as early as possible so I will definitely look for a way to show who, and what, my character is, in relation to the world around him.

The idea of having a horror villain in broad daylight, in an ordinary environment, surrounded by regular members of the public will be visually distorting and should already affect the audience. On the walk to the news agents, my character is going to walk past a large, vandalised poster of his new film as this will show the contrast between his glorified presence in the film world and his depressing existence in the real world that we are seeing him in.