My short ﬁlm is a hybrid of a typical Rom Com, boy meets girlstory line but using the conventions more associated with an ArtHouse genre.FLUFFRESTLESS: 2011fluffTHE UGLY TRUTH 2010
ART HOUSE CONVENTIONS....Fluff uses a small cast of four -Very Art HouseFluff uses only a few conventions- Very Art House• An Art Film aims at reaching aniche audience rather than amass market.• Often a serious piece of worknot intended for wide appeal.• The principle intention isaesthetic reasons rather thancommercial profit.• Contains unconventional orhighly symbolic content.The ‘helper’ role identified by Vladimir Prop, moststories, features a helper who supports the maincharacter.Typically this convention is used in ‘rom coms’.In Definitely, Maybe, the main protagonist has hischild as the ‘helper.’‘The helper’....Fluff’s helper: the mysticRom Com Conventions.....
EQUILIBRIUM DISEQUILIBRIUM NEW EQUILIBRIUMBridget Jones starts quite contented...DISEQUILIBRIUMHugh Grant asantagonist causes conﬂict..Happy Ever AfterEQUILIBRIUMNEW EQUILIBRIUMCHILLEDTHE BLOWPRETTY DARN GOODstories always startnormal, get disrupted andthen get sorted and returnto normal, well usually.Tzvetan Todorov
challenging Todorov....Protagonist starts ﬁlm unhappyHigh point in the middle of the story....BUT ENDS WITH THE TRAGIC REALISATION- HE CANNOT FEND FOR HIS CHILDArt House ﬁlms often challenge this convention. For example:
Girl VS BoyBinary Opposites in fluffLevi Straussʼ theory on Binary Opposites occursright from the outset of my ﬁlm. The boy wants romanceAnd she really doesnʼt.............
BATHE’S CODES...Alash the mystical character gives Noah advice in FluffThe enigma/ Brother Bear talking to mystical ghost elephantsCODE: E N I G M AMAKE THE AUDIENCE CURIOUS KEEP THEM WANTING TO WATCH
Fluff’s intentions....A POST MODERN ROM COMThe characters in a ʻrom comʼ tend to be familiar ʻstockʼcharacters, where as in my ﬁlm, the protagonist as well as thesupporting cast are not really that clearly deﬁned. Their facialexpressions and verbal responses lean more towards Art House.
My ﬁlm was inspired my a small budget short, ‘The Plan’ where themain character falls out of love with his girlfriend but ﬁnds new love whilst on aroad trip.....INSPIRATION....WITH MOMENTS OF NOTTING HILL.....THE PLANHUGH ON HIS QUESTNOAH ON HISNEWLOVE INTERESTNOAHʼSNEW LOVE INTEREST