Friday, October 29, 2010
Script (Fully developed)
Shot list (Completed)
November 11 - No Class
Go to MIT List Gallery
Viewing of final 1-3 minute films
Assign Final Product
November 25 - No Class
Thursday, October 28, 2010
I have used Photoshop to make these frames. I will also use After Effects to give some motion to the Static frames to make it visually enriching and binding to the script.
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
The dreamer is walking across campus and everything is blurry. There is a mist in the air and nothing is in focus. The shots are all POV of the dreamer unless indicated otherwise. A long shot shows the campus and shows people walking by not paying attention to the dreamer. The dreamer looks at his feet and hands in close-up shots.
Two 360 degree shots, one POV and the other reversed showing the dreamer build tension and confusion. Someone bumps into the dreamer but continues walking away without an acknowledgement. A friend of the dreamer stops to talk.
Hi, do you feel how strange it is out here today? I feel like I'm not even here.
I think you need to get some sleep man.
Dreamer stands still as friend A walks away. The dreamer then reaches out to touch the shoulder of a passer-by. The passerby turns around and gives the dreamer a weird look then walks away. Dreamer then walks into a wall. Fade to black.
Friday, October 22, 2010
Flashbacks are also used but at times it is hard to tell when the flashback took place. Most of the flashbacks seem to use black and white which does make them more obvious as flashbacks. Time for Leonard now means nothing. He has no idea how long he has been like this. He isn't even really sure what memories are his or which ones are even real. The photographs are his puzzle pieces. He doesn't remember taking them or writing on them and must rely on them as facts.
At the end of the film we are still questioning exactly what happened. In a way it is fitting since Leonard will be facing this battle the rest of his life.
I would like to show this as a series of still shots with video. These images will have to be manipulated to make things out of focus and smeared by rain/mist. I would like to have the colors be unsaturated with people going by represented as motion blurs. I would like to show most of this as a POV to give the feeling of being inside the dreamer's head.
Thursday, October 21, 2010
A student wants to do a documentary video about a person who walks
dogs at the SPCA as a volunteer. A typical shot list might look
something like this:
- Interview of the Volunteer who walks dogs
- Close up of a dog
- Medium shot of a dog
- Long shot of the halls in the SPCA
- Exterior shot of the SPCA
- Exterior shot of Volunteer walking down street
- Exterior shot of Volunteer walking into SPCA
- Interior shot (medium) of Volunteer entering SPCA
- Interior shot of Volunteer checking in at reception desk
- Medium shot of Volunteer walking down hallway
- Medium shot of Volunteer walking up to cage with dogs
- Medium shot of dogs being excited, and leaving cage
- Close up shot of dog being excited
- Close up shot of cage being opened
enough footage (coverage) so that when the editing begins, the editor has
enough material to work with and cut with. This allows for much more
creativity when editing to tell the story. Do not limit yourself to just one shot.
If you only have one shot to use when editing, it doesn’t allow for very much
room to cut and play with the edit. You’re forced to use the one shot you got.
LOST IN TIME
Written by NAVEEN KHAN
INT. CLASSROOM – INSIDE AMBIENCE LIGHT
The film fades visually and with a soft music fade and establishes in the classroom of students all lying on the floor and the professor leaning against the wall. A black & white film is projected on the screen.
There would be establishing shots of the classroom and soon it would zoom into the Protagonist.
The music fades down and her narration would pick up the moment she is in the fixed close-up shot of the camera.
As the narration rolls out the students are shown lying on the floor, Professor etc from the perspective of the Protagonist. There will be cutaways of the Screen showing the black & white film in wide shot, and other shots wandering in the classroom, till the time the narration says I am supposed to be there.
Cut to the Protagonist in mid shot: Zoom into her eyes gradually and then the short dissolves to the sky with the stars. The music mood keeps the same while the scene dissolves to next one.
EXT. BEACH WITH THE PROTAGNIST IN THE HOT TUB, DAY
The Protagonist is in a Hot tub and gradually the Tub starts to move. The background is Ocean tides and the tub eventually gets into the ocean. There would be no music rather the ambience of the ocean tides and the sea birds etc.
The next shot establishes a Dolphin in the vicinity of the Hot tub and vanishes back into the water.
While the tub is floating a giant hump black whale surfaces and starts spraying water on the Protagonists. The act is joined by other whales that seem to be synchronized in joining this act along with the dolphins as well. The ambience sound changes mingles with the audio of the whale spraying water, till it fades out and dissolves to the next scene.
INT. CLASSROOM – INSIDE AMBIENCE LIGHT
The Professor is distributing examination papers to the students in the class.
The music mood changes tense to alarm the audience something unusual is about to happen. The sudden movement awakens the Protagonist and she realizes that she was daydreaming while the Mid term review was being delivered. She starts arguing to the Professor, who keeps cajoling the Protagonist about the test and eventually tries to convince hard, but the argument gets heated up. Finally the Protagonist yells out, all the other students gets distracted and turn their attention towards the sound, causing much embarrassment to the Protagonist.
The film fades to black along with the music.
This is the draft, I will make some changes during this week to make it more interesting.
comments welcomed. HAHA
INT: LIVING ROOM, AFTERNOON.
Several people are sitting in the sofa. They saw the Red Sox’s first game are going to start. So they decided to buy tickets to see it.
SFX: Red sox game ambience.
A man looking the tickets online, but he found that it is very expensive.
SFX: searching for internet
A man “Totally crazy, why all of the tickets are cost so much money!”
EXT: OUTSIDE OF FENWAY PARK, LATE AFTERNOON
They come to Fenway Park to find tickets. However, most of the tickets are expensive. Finally they found a man who sells cheaper tickets, which are 200 dollars each .
A man “We’ll buy it, although it’s not cheap.”
“ Let’s go and buy some beers to celebrate it.”
SFX: happy. Everything goes good.
They go to a shop and buy some beers. They are happy, dancing around and singing.
SFX: street sound, people singing.
EXT: INSIDE OF FENWAY PARK
They are sitting in their seats, while a man come to them. He side “Those seats are not your seats.” They are arguing with him.
Then the security come, and found their tickets are fake tickets.
They have to leave.
EXT: OUTSIDE OF FENWAY PARK.
They are looking for some bars, but all of the bars are fill too much people. They can not get in the bar to see the game.
So they decide to go back to home. When they get home, the game already done. So they did not see anything.
(SFX: sadness music)
I can like a movie for multiple reasons, it might be a new concept, very imaginative, funny or for many other reasons. Sometimes I would even like a movie I didn’t enjoy, but from which I learned or saw something different, and this is what happened with me and the movie Memento. I found the unconventional narrative and the use of time and space in this movie unusually complex but very well formed and achieved, I particularly liked how the use of color (or better said the lack of color) arose many different emotions to everyone in the class and even though we all felt something is theses scenes we had trouble describing it or pointing out exactly what they made us feel . I usually don’t like open ended movies because I believe we go to the movies to see the directors idea take form and I like to understand and see his idea of the end and feeling that I got “some closure”.
Also I am the type of person who goes to the movies to relax and enjoy, and usually go with very light type of movies. After 2h of watching memento I was very tired of trying to follow the plot. This movie requires a lot of attention and can be at points frustrating and complicated to follow. I could compare this movie with a piece of art you find intriguing and very well created but that you will never put in your house.
This movie is the perfect movie to show in class because during the hole movie it shows the use of time (linear and non linear) and space.
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Style: based on what I heard from Michael, I will shoot a short film about his dream.
Dream of Red Sox.
Start with a small group people looking for the tickets of Red Sox game, they are really want to find some cheap tickets. After several search like looking online they decide to go to the Fenway Park to find tickets. A man sell some tickets to them, but it is very expensive almost 200 dollars each ticket. They are very happy, they buy some beers and snacks for the game. However, after they get into the park, they find out those tickets they just bought were fake tickets. Of course they don’t believe at first, so they arguing with the man who should sit it that seat. Unfortunately, the cops come to the park, and they have to leave the game. When they get home the game already done. So they did not see it at all.
I will divide this short video into three parts. In these three parts I will use different sound effects to present the emotions. And using different types of shoot to present the background.
This is the second movie that I remembered using reverse order to present the story. it uses two different types of narrative, one is black and white, the other one is colored. This movie was divided into several small parts to use reverse order, it attract my attention to figure out what’s going on with the main character, although I still can not understand the movie clearly. When the first scene came out, I had no idea about what happened, it seems like follow the character’s memory. I tried to find some information through the internet, after I read some articles about this movie, I think if this movie were in the right order, it must be a boring movie. So the director divided this movie into several parts, it used the result to be the beginning.
Written by Yao XIAO
INT. FARMHOUSE – EARLY MORNING, DAY
Sunshine comes through a small wood-framed window; it drops on a bed next to the window. There is only a woman sleeping on it, half of the bed is empty, it seems the husband Nat.L. has left.
EXT. LARGE FARM, FAR FROM THE FARMHOUSE – MORNING, DAY
Farmers are working in the farm, one of them is Nat.L., he is working with his small cute red and green tomatoes, a Scottish collie named Wolfy is following him, running and jumping happily.
EXT. GREEN PASTURE, NEXT TO THE FARM – AFTERNOON, DAY
After the farm work, Nat.L. changes his clothes, he wears his cowboy hat and boots, goes to his stable, brings out his favorite red brown long hair horse and ride it on the pasture with his hair blowing in the wind, he rides from this side to the other, warm wind surrounds him with the clop up and clop down in the air, sometimes dog’s bark floats with the clop, his dog Wolfy is running behind the hourse from left to right.
EXT. A CORNER OF PASTURE – AFTERNOON, DAY
Some sheep are taking a walk, eating the grass, Wolfy is leading them and gathering them from outside. Nat.L. is laying down the near place on the grass, look at his sheep, his dog, and sometimes, he just lift his head and half close eyes to play with sunshine.
EXT. A PATH ALONG THE PASTURE AND FARM –SUNSET, DAY
Nat.L. walks back to his home from the pasture, he pasts the farm and pasture, as the same, his dog is walking with him.
INT. FARMHOUSE – SUNSET, DAY
A woman is cooking dinner, children are chasing and laughing around the dinning table, a pot with soup is boiling on the stove, some dishes are put on the table.
INT. FARMHOUSE – SUNSET, DAY
Looking through the window, Nat.L is walking toward to this house.
My version of the storyline should be like this: Lenny was some kind of detective, he had a client named Sammy who was suffering the fake Anterograde Amnesia in order to get something. After Lenny's wife was attacked by two criminals, he shot one of them to die but was beaten by the other. His was survived but he had this Anterograde Amnesia. His wife sacrificed her life to test whether Lenny's disorder is true. And Lenny killed his wife by accident. He was so remorseful about what he had done, so he CHOSE to pick some of the fake things (including tell himself Sammy is the guy over-dozed Sammy's wife, his own wife was killed by the two criminals) to remember in order to reduce his pain. So he kept telling himself that he must find the escaped criminal named John G. to revenge. The rest part of the story I think most of us had an agreement on what was happening, and like I said above, it is the part which the director force us to believe the facts that Lenny had written down on his snap-shot pictures. But still, some of the notes Lenny took were true, some of them were Lenny's PICK "Truth".
I love movies that are full of "surprises" like Memento. For example last year, there was a movie named The Time Traveler's wife. I was a little bit confused with the movie's time sequence because the time jumped forward or backward with the protagonist Henry some times and also with his wife's. What makes this movie a good movie is that even though I feel confused some time, I could still get the main story line without losing a single detail, because the director told me the thing that I had to know at what time I had to know. And this is the difference between Memento and The Time Traveler's wife, because the director of Time Traveler's wife does't play time puzzle with the audience, which I prefer.
How do I remember my truly identity? arghhhh i'm confused.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Monday, October 18, 2010
The first time I started watching the film, I was puzzled with the sequence of events taking place back and forth. I was confused with the alternating sequence of the colors and black & white. I recalled an Indian movie very soon, which was greatly inspired and adapted according to the taste of the Indian sub continent. It had the mantra of having various things packed together with high voltage drama, emotion, romance, action, song, dance etc. In the end, it had a social message that contributed to the remarkable success of the movie at the Box Office. While watching memento, I kept that Indian movie in my mind as a reference guide which aided me a lot to piece together the plot coming forth.
Memento indeed was quite an unconventional revenge saga, in the form of unraveling the story line. Rather than moving the film sequentially, it dwelled into the aspect of revealing facts based upon the Protagonists point of view. I think this forms the connection between the black & white and color sequences. Every time the movie lurches backwards, I had to mix and match the story line in my mind, which kept me attentive while the two time zones kept criss-crossing each other. I think there is an emotional connection between the Protagonist and the audience, as all the time I was chasing the plot, just as he was struggling to catch up with his medical condition, which was quite daunting. It was quite puzzling to watch the story unfolded backwards and at the end of the film whether the Protagonist got the true Character Jonny G or his hunt would keep going on.....If the Protagonist had amnesia then he will surely forget that he nailed down his wife's assassin...Hence, the mystery deepens further and this would have also propelled filmgoers to have a second look at the film.
Memento demonstrates how a nonlinear narrative film making, can enhance and elevate the concept of a revenge saga. The story unfolds back and forth, with so many twists and turns that it was difficult to guess what is next. It is a huge task for the Protagonist to perform in the utmost perfection that leaves the viewer spell bound while he adopts various means to keep track of his drawback by clicking a pocketful of Polaroid photographs, tattooing his body, making notes on the wall etc. It was heartening to see the Protagonists anterograde condition kicks in every fifteen minutes, which means he has to now restart investigation, scribble refreshed notes, and get back on track. And he's very well-versed in habit; at a point when he's suspicious despite having no self-scribbled clue to guide him that would eventually lead him to avenge his wife's murder.
I was intrigued when they drew parallels between the Character Jimmy and the Protagonist. Another mystery which was thrown in when Teddy reveals that Jimmy did not had any wife and all of this kept my mind boggling....I would like to see the film again at my leisure to make some more conclusions about the incidents and characters.
Saturday, October 16, 2010
At first, I didn't know we will watch the movie
The main actor Lenny is a man who has short-term memory condition, his wife was killed and the rest of his life is for revenge.
It is only a 90 minutes long movie, but it represent a person's life for several months. It has two story lines -- black and white, colored. The black and white story is in sequence of time, the colored story is flashback. At the first 10 minutes, I didn't know it is flashback, we could only saw the main actor Lenard/ Lenny killed Teddy and the glasses fell away, then it played backward, the glasses flew back to the Teddy's face and the bullet went back into the gun. Actually, it is already started the flashback, but we just did not notice it. Every piece is about 5 minutes long, and the last scene of the new piece always over lapped one shot with the last piece, so the audience could tie the two pieces together that make it clear to understand the narration, at the last of the movie, Teddy told Lenny the whole thing and it also gave us some clues to thread all of the pieces together, so the story is, with the help of Teddy, Lenny killed the John G., and he forgot he did it, he found another John G. to kill and another, finally, Teddy was killed because Lenny found the initial of Teddy’s real name was John G. too, since then, we understood that Lenny is a patient who forced himself to have a purpose to live, but what is the relationship with the black and white story?
The story in black and white used the sequence of time, every time we watched scene, Lenny is talking on phone, from his words we realized he was investigating a fraudulent claim, the man Sammy had the same condition with Lenny, Sammy’s wife did not want to believe this fact, in order to wake up Sammy, his wife let Sammy gave shots to her till her die, Sammy was sent to hospital as the end. It seems that this is another story with nothing relationship with Lenny, but at the last, before Teddy died, he said Sammy didn’t have a wife and some other details that proved there was no such Sammy story, the story is Lenny himself, Lenny killed his wife by giving shots to her wife, because he didn’t want to remember this history, he got the memory condition, I think that is one kind of the self protection, Lenny only remember the thing he wanted to.
I never watched a movie like this one, the director broke the story into so many pieces, and use a complete flashback way to represent the whole story, it is like a puzzle, every piece is a clue, only could we finish the movie then could solved all the puzzle and found the answer.
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Plot: While listening to the narration and finalizing my scripts/treatment, I had to remove all the pauses and re-pace the entire narration. It would start with the establishing shots from the Protagonist's perspective by populating the classroom and having close ups etc. As the scenario builds up, there would be a change of environment from realistic to a dream sequence. The details spelled out during the narration would be depicted well with images and as the dream gets over, the environment would come back again to the classroom. The Central theme is based upon wandering and trying to figure out the space, so music would be quite supportive to emphasize the emotion being described.
Project Title: My ideal life in village
Dream Owner: NATTHAPHOL LIKHITTHAWORN
Dream Maker: Yao Xiao
Date: Oct 13th, 2010
Based on the dream I listened, I decided to use several stop motion videos and/ or sets of pictures to produce an animation or comic books in a cartoon style.
After hearing NAT’s dream, the central theme of his dream expresses his ideal life in a small village far from city and with few villagers, and he is also one of them, like any other villagers, he owned a simple but happy life with his wife and children.
In order to emphasize the feeling “simple” and “happy”, I am going to use some symbol to stand for it, such as bright orange warm sunshine, white clouds, vast pasture, farm, etc. For the first scene, I am going to shoot a window with sunshine comes in, then camera zoom in the window and go trough the window to outside, the camera gives a general view from high place, the scene is a green vast pasture, some farmers are in the farm but small like a dot, some moving white dots are sheep, some farmhouses are build on the green pasture, some black dots are moving which stand for villagers. The camera gives a very low angle from the grass and move fast forward till a horse leg comes into the scene, camera tile up and the audiences see a smiled young boy is riding a horse on the green pasture, his Scottish collie is following and running with him, the camera zoom in to the dog, slowly out of focus, the scene becomes white. Zooming out from the white and focusing to the dog, it is running after some white fat fuzzy sheep far away, camera pans to left, the young boy is laying on the grass, some musical notes come out from his mouth, pan from his feet to his head, his hair is moving by wind, then, camera pans from his head to left, some cows are eating the grass. The next scene is the sun is setting, the clouds are colored in orange, camera moves down to the ground and a young boy is walking toward to a farmhouse, camera is following behind him. In a farmhouse, a woman is cooking and children are playing around the dinning table, seeing through the window, that young boy is walking back here.
To complete this dream stop motion animation or comic book, I would like to use some software such as Final Cut Pro for videos, as well iMovie for photos. Also, I will think about to add some soundtrack to the animation, if do so, Soundtrack Pro will be used as well.
Based on the theme of this dream, all scenes will be slower than usual scenes to emphasize the quiet and slow paced life.
Date: October 13, 2010
I am making this film about a man's memory about his first date with the woman who was to become his wife.
"The start of a relationship" is about a man and woman on a first date but they know that it will turn into something more serious.
Start with an outside view of a museum in the pouring rain. Next, a shot of man inside the museum from the waist up, looking forward, staring at something far away. We then see what he is looking at (a far away shot of the woman enjoying the art, not noticing him yet). A shot of her looking up, smiling. A faraway view of them hugging. A shot from behind as they walk into the exposition. At exposition, woman's eyes closed, as in a dream state. Shot of her at a museum with her parents when she was a child. Back to woman whispering in man's ear. They leave the museum and walk outside to a sunny day. They walk along a river. They get into a boat (Swan Boat?). Separate shots of them laughing and enjoying themselves. Shot of them together laughing. They walk through a park when woman looks at her watch. She looks up sadly. He looks sad. A far, rear view of couple leaving the park. Couple stopping in front of an office building in the city. They kiss. She smiles and goes inside. He stands there looking at the empty door way. He then smiles and walks away. Ariel shot of man walking down street.
I will use photos, some that I take and some from the internet. I will use photoshop to edit the pictures and then I will use iMovie to make the movie. I might use minimal sound effects (the rain) or a soundtrack with Soundtrack Pro.
I will use Flash to make a cartoonish-style animation.
It's from Naveen' dream. I might add something funny to it.
the theme is going to be sort of colorful adventurous trip. He and his wife will go along the trip together.
It's all about the trip. So, the characters will travel around the world map until they reach their destination (Taj Mahal and Niagara falls). Their would be some funny obstacles for example encountering a shark/crocodile while they're traveling in the sea something like that to keep the audience's attention. I will use Zoom in/Zoom out shot when they meet some event. Once they get to their target. i will use some pictures of that place and the characters will do some interaction with it.
I will add a classical music playing along and put some of Naveen speech together
I will mainly use Flash for entire clip and Animation parts as well.
once it finish, i will move on to soundtrack pro to add music and sound FX.
combine it together with Final cut.
and might use After Effect in addition.
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Date: Oct 14, 2010
Story and voice: Nat Paosong
Producer: Yu SUN (Max)
This little piece of video will be present as a stop-motion animation.
This is a scene of Nat Paosong’s dream, which could be considered as a scary dream. Something horrible happened when “he” was touring to an alien planet.
I am going to set up a scene to give a sense of sitting inside of a huge space shuttle, passengers are sitting next to each other while the PA is broadcasting Jazz music. Gradually zooming out of the window, the overall look of the spaceship fill the whole screen and suddenly it accelerates to the alien planet. After a short period of white scene, the spaceship is performing a low-altitude flying, the camera position should be under the ship so that the audience can watch a totally different view of the savage planet. After landing, the guide says something and the tourists dismiss, I am going to cut a chunk of voiceover from the original sound file and sync it with the guide’s mouth. Now the main perspective is from the protagonist’s sight of view with occasionally panorama shots from the side of the protagonist. Now the BGM should be something light and relaxed. Fast forwarding to the gathering time, the protagonist runs back to the landing point. The music beats are going faster and faster, the whole view becomes unstable, because no one is there expect the main character. The main perspective switches to the protagonist’s view. The overall color turns cold and faded, also the BGM fades out. With a huge sound of explosion, a big, ugly creature stands up in front of the protagonist staring straight to him. Then the protagonist turns around and starts to run, in another word, the main perspective turns around with vibrated view and heavy breath sound as the SFX. The whole screen is turing black when the last scene happens.
I am planning to use pictures that I will take and parts of pictures from others’ works, using Photoshop or other still picture application to post-produce each picture as a individual frame of the videoclip. Because the limitation is around one minutes, so that means there is going to be at least 100 frames. The rate of frames is not permanent, it will change with the plot going up or down. The assembling work which contains locating and speed controlling will be finished in Final Cut Pro, and at the very end, SFX tracks and BGM tracks will be assigned in Soundtrack Pro.
Friday, October 8, 2010
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Next class we will go over
2. Storyboard your "dream" w/ identifiers.
3. Create a shot list.
4. Shoot shots (w/ "slates" aka wipeboard text).
Also we will be watching Momento - (about 1hr 45 min)
This is going to be a 1-3 minute video in the end, so think about what you are going to be doing with this.
Think about how you will be putting it together and the idea you have from the main story line.
Please post this to the blog.
Please use "Assignment 4, Dream Treatment" for the labels. (As this is posted.)
I will be assigning each person's dream here.
Student - Assigned sound byte for the project:
- Canavan- Goldstein
- Erwin- Sun
- Huang- Kane
- Kane - Huang
- Likhitthaworn - Khan
- Qin- Canavan
- Goldenstein- Qin
- Paosong - Xiao
- Xiao - Likhitthaworn
- Khan - Erwin
- Sun - Paosong