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Project 6 – Mise-en-scene exercise

Production exercise – Produce 4 images with a particular feel 1. An oppressive, cluttered space I feel this does look cluttered and oppressive. However, there is also a sense of activity because some of the objects are rather jolly such … Continue reading

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Couple of comments on the Coen Bros & Revolver

I watched some of a Coen bros film last night (ladykillers) – lots of sharp observation – really nice camera work. Tarantino/David Lynch maybe. I also have some criticism – I feel somehow obliged to admire the cleverness but I’m … Continue reading

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Screen writing

Over the past year I’ve also taken 2 screenwriting courses at OFVM (Oxford Film, Video & Media.) My scriptwriting course had the interesting side effect of making me think a lot more visually as a director. I’ve come to realise … Continue reading

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Assignment 1

Who is it? Planning:

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Framing Project 3 – Storyboard notes

(In progress – draft post to be updated with scanned images:) Scenes: – You look around your empty room Wide pan or fast montage of parts of the room (e.g. close ups on objects/mid shots of mess) – Nothing interests you … Continue reading

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The feel of the frame

Rachael, Bladerunner: The billowing smoke creates an ethereal mask which emphasises the character’s vulnerable beauty. It’s also reminicent of the close up of Celia Johnston surrounded by steam train smoke in Brief Encounter. But in Bladerunner the character is an … Continue reading

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Framing – Visualisation exercises

1. Talking to someone in a shop I would see.. The person from head to waist (taking in both talking and moving hands) and some of the shop around them. Most probably I would focus in on different elements such … Continue reading

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Reviews of short film evening at Bafta

This evening I’ve been to Bafta (which still sounds dead classy:-) ) to see an evening of shorts including one I worked on as a spark, Vincent. Its great to see one of the shorts I’ve worked on finally realised … Continue reading

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Function of a Frame

For this exercise I chose the painting Work by Ford Maddox Brown (Manchester City Art Galleries). The whole painting shows a large number of people all occupied in their own activities. However, taken as separate frames, I was able to invent relationships between … Continue reading

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Framing coursework

I realise I haven’t posted my coursework since the first task so I’m redresssing that. I got so obsessive about getting something shot for my first assignment that I’ve neglected reflecting on the coursework itself – which is more the … Continue reading

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