Week 6 – Film Reflection

To do:

  • film language
  • pacing 
  • sound
  • cut down/refine story

oppressive regime

  • Maus – Art Spiegelman – shallow metaphor

my film – metaphorical – too loose

commonality

bring in more specific stuff, other than primal verge to survive – hard to be sympathetic

cyclic nature – more

What if the wolves weren’t looking after the rabbits? Do rabbits fulfil certain role/fuction?

– The Butterfly Effect! – If mess with one thing in system what will happen? 

sociopolitical

get freedom – goes wrong?!

THEME – audience play with it

microcosm

does work – protest – better/worse solution

net result = not improvement but role reversal

open debate

WHAT DO YOU WANT TO SAY???!!!!!???

bring more – boring at the moment

ambiguity

RABBITS

-Watership Down – ambiguous – assume for kids but more morbid/bleak

  • a world of ruthless tyranny and brave rebellion
  • a world of incredible courage and mortal fear
  • curious resemblance to human world
  • unusual and provocative
  • exciting adventure and desperate conflict
  • trauma – survival – everything rabbits can do to find better life for themselves
  • highly serious tone
  • focal point = journey and perils
  • own laws and philosophies – totally rabbit world
  • dramatic life of rabbit
  • hyperrealistic design as close to reality
  • not appealing look upon what’s actually going on – POV of rabbit – not pretty
  • rabbits individually unique in design
  • human emotions – audience identify – brutality of fight scenes/when fall in hands of prey
  • minimal colour palette – set tone
  • characters each have different characteristics

 

What going to do with conflict/characters?

relationship – motivating force – human

Don’t try to solve it – you won’t – just say something

Why treat each other like this? See where it gets us…

serious? comical?

Saul Steinberg

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On the outside we’re one thing, on the inside, something else. General point – what human existence is about.

Sometimes one animal, then scared rabbit, then wolf.

DECIDE – what you want to use the metaphor for? approached the wrong way round

observational?

Cafe Bar, Alison De Vere:

observational

observing human condition rather than thinking about narrative

How are you doing it?

character design…

current animatic – too complicated – conflict – too many different directions

metaphor for capitalism

rabbits overthrow, start working for themselves

basic structure – could work with point trying to make

clothes work well

need to engage with characters – introduce 1 character

narrative – introduce world we already recognise – at one removed

build up – exposition stuff – introduce world

what sparks revolution?!!! to change things

basic structure – ok – pull apart technically

1 clear character – either side – other wolves subordinate

then see something fight against oppression

hang onto narrative thread

cliché

  1. introduce world – exposition – rabbits oppressed
  2. something sparks change
  3. resolution
  • arc – plan to overthrow oppressive regime of wolves

1 idea trying to put across

oppressed and oppressors

what trying to do = change!!!          once basic structure

rabbits – metaphor – gas chamber – Auschwitz 

better? – cooking up own meat, killing each other, more reason to overthrow wolves

once basic structure, plot points, can go anywhere

totally simplify then expand

3 ACT STRUCTURE

distill and make simpler

always keep sight if something will deviate. 

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