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A2 Short Film Brief

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Here is the brief of two short film ideas which would be suitable for my A2 production. As you can see, I have more detail on the first idea, 'After Hours' because we think that this is the idea we will stick with due to casting complications with 'Fern'.

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A2 Short Film Brief

  1. 1. A2:ShortFilmBriefEllie Weedon and Jacob Lawrence
  2. 2. ‘AfterHours’
  3. 3. Backgrou rsisageographyteacheratSaltHigh.Whilststilllivingathomeafterarecentdivorce,andafteryea ejobwiththesametypesofkidsandthesameteacherswhoover-performhiseverymove,heistir fedupwithhislife. ssuresfromhismotherwhowantshimtolivea‘cerealboxlifestyle’,comparinghimtothesuccessfu sthatheisworkingwith-specificallyMrRickStokerwhoisyoung,attractiveandsuccessful–being umanitiesfacultyandmoreimportantly,hastheattentionofMissAnnaFlowerswhoistheonlywom tunderstandshim. nistheoutcastinthestaffroom.Hissarcasticandsadisticsenseofhumourisn’tunderstoodbyany na.Theonlyformofsocialinteractionhehasinschoolisbeingpartoftheteacher’sbasketballtea joinedbecauseAnnaaskedhimto,nonetheless,RickStokerisalsoontheteam.
  4. 4. Equilibriu esup,looksmiserableandturnsbackoverinbed:anotherdayinthecycleofhismiserablelife.Nex sapileofprintedoute-harmony,match.comandfriendfinderpages,withanoteontopfromhis thoughtthesewomenlookedsuitable,havealookatthemwouldyouDon.’ athroom,getsreadyandgoesdownstairswherehismotherismakingbreakfast,‘Don“Morning..did ulookamess.Didyouseethepileofmatchesnexttoyourbed?Ithoughtthey’dbelovelytostarta nowyou’vereallygottomoveonfromyourdivorce…Ialwaysthoughtshewasabitofa(closes nyway…”Mothercontinuesspiel,Doncompletelyignoringherandleavesthehouse. ightstylejourneyshots)Donmakeshiswaytoschool.Endsonashotofhimplacingmoneydownfo –‘tea’sgoneupto£1.80nowdear’–looksinhiswallet,doesn’thaveenough.Avoicebehindhim, ouDon’–AnnaFlowers,theonlyteacherhegetsalongwithintheschool,heisgrateful,butsheis tokerwhoisexactlythemanDon’smotherwantshimtobeand,forthat,hehateshim.Hemakesa Onthewaytohisclassroom,heseesafightdownthecorridorandthekidsseparatewhentheysee cktohisdesk(messy,loadsofwork,pictureofbasketballteam,worldglobe…) byinaseriesofshotsshowingthevariouslessonshe’steaching:‘turntopage34andmakesome instructionsonthesheet’,‘watchthisclip’,‘turntopage89andmakenotes.’…Findsapileofwork markbeforetomorrowbecauseOfstedarein. k,stillmarkingat17:00,stillhasahugepiletofinish.Heismarkingwithoutlookingatthework,just eyesbegintocloseandhefallsasleep.
  5. 5. Disruptio ptofindthatheisstillinschoolat8pm.Realizingwhathehasdone,hepanicsandru oors,justintimetoseethatthecaretakeriswalkingawayfromtheschool,with ,havingjustlockedupthebuildingforthenight. seupshotofcaretakerwalkingawayfromtheschool,accompaniedbythediegetic the’slisteningto,whilstinthebackground,wecanseeDonbangingontheglassdoor isattention.) mentoftotaldejectionandanger.Heattemptstogetoutofthebuilding,shakingdoor windows,tryinghisphone(whichhasrunoutofcharge)…butfinallyherealizesthath re. intotheschool,withDonstandingbehindtheblinds,connotingtheclichéofschool rison.)
  6. 6. Recognitio owntheemptycorridorandcomesacrossadisplayboardwithapictureofRickStokersmiling hilsthelpingoutonacharitytripfor(underprivilegedfamilies?). tthephotograph,dwellingonhowmuchhehateshislife;thefactthatallthekidsheteachesare alfwits,thefactthatheisdivorced,hismother’spressurestobesomeonethatheisn’t,themundanit style,hispatheticrelationshipwithAnnaFlowersandthefactthathiscolleaguesthataresomuchm him. nderwhatexactlyRickStoker’sdealis.Whyishesosicklyhappyandsuccessful?Where’stheman ’shehiding? hts,Dongetsanidea:tolookattheclassifieddocuments. hroughtheclassifieddocuments,Doncomesacrosssomefilesofthekidsthathehatesandisamus haveembarrassingquirks:onekidhasabladderproblemwhichmakeshimweehimself,oneofthe swas(foundhavingsexwithanotherboyinthechangingrooms?) sacrossRickStoker’sfileandfindsoutthatheusedtobeintheadultfilmindustry:‘RichardStroker planstosetMr.Stoker’sdesktopasapictureofhimintheadultfilms,howevertheinternetisdown. ,Donlooksattheboardinstoker’sclassroomwhichhastheremainsofapreviouslessonstill ntheboard,thereisaquotefromGhandi:‘Happinessiswhenwhatyouthink,whatyousayandwh rmony.’
  7. 7. Reparatio tthequotethathesawonMrStoker’sboardandrealizesthatit’shewhoispreventinghislifefrom xciting.Heisnottryingtobehappy. foundunderstanding,hedecidestotryandhavefunwithhistimelockedinschool.Atfirst,hesimply pieceofpaperintothebin.Theuseofellipsesshowsthathefailsseveraltimesandbeginstoget finallythrowingtheballofpaperintothebinandfeelingasenseofdelight.Hunguponthisfeeling, elfbyincreasingthedistancetothebinandrepeatedlygetsthepaperinthebin. ndschool,somewhatpleasedwithhimself,butthenheseessomethingoutofthecornerofhiseyea amerafixedonhisreactiononly).Thenextshotisanextremecloseup,croppingintoDon’seyes, isfocussingonsomethingmuchtallerthanhim.WethencuttoaslowmotionshotofDonbouncing espotandthenwecuttoapanningshottorevealthebasketballnet.Shotinahighlydramaticway, beplayingagainsthisothercolleagues,dodgingthemandtauntingthem,beforefinallyscoringthe ,heactsasthoughthecrowdaregoingwildaroundhimandhelaughshispretenceoff.
  8. 8. NewEquilibr sintoamontageofwaysinwhichDonfindswaystoenjoyhimselfintheschool:wheelingdown irs;makingsomethingintech;stealingfoodfromcafeteria;werealizesthathe’smakingadesktidyt eetsandpensin;heorganiseshisdesk;markstherestofthework;rollshissleevesup;slackeningt etoftissuepaperflowersinart;placestheflowersonMissFlower’sdesk;hesitation,deliberation, rsfromthedesktothebinandbacktothedesk;writesanotetogowiththem…finallyhesitsbacki oksaroundhisclassroom.Itistidy…hislifeisinorder. s,fastcuttodaylight. tartledbythenoiseandsmiles.
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  10. 10. QuickTime™ and a decompressor are needed to see this picture. Fern
  11. 11. QuickTime™ and a decompressor are needed to see this picture. Fern:BriefOv plot ist:WilliamStone on:RetiredMentalHealthWorker etFern50yearsagowhenshecametohimneedinghelpduetohermental problems.WillturnedFern’slifearound,makingherhappyandgratefulf feshehad.UsingtechniqueslikelistmakingtohelpFernstaypositivea stic.Thetwofellinloveandspenttherestoftheirlivestogether. ecentlywidowed,Willisplungedintohisownimpenetrabledepression.How ewithoutFern?Rightupuntilthefuneral,whichhisbestfriendhadto dehimtogoto,Willisn’treadytoacceptthatshe’sgone.Nonetheless, othefuneralandtakesaFernplanttoplantnexttohergravestone. abouttoplantit,reachingtowipehistearingeyeswithhishandkerchief cket,whenfoldedinthefabric,hefindsalist.Abucketlistthecoupl ogetherinordertoensureoptimismandhappiness. mdecidesthathemustcompletethebucketlistbeforeacceptingthatFern orever,sowithhisplant,hesetsouttocompletethelist. The List •Spend a night in Europe •Go to a Winter Wonderland •Camp out on the moors under the stars •Write poetry together •Eat…..

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