Planning a Film Synopsis

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Planning a Film Synopsis

  1. 1. Character <ul><li>What has she done before the story starts? Has a dysfunctional relationship with her mother ever since her father left them – doesn’t care about school and spends most of her time on her own. </li></ul><ul><li>What has she got going for her? Is potentially intelligent but all she want to do is leave – stereotypical rebel </li></ul><ul><li>What impediments does she have? She doesn’t put any energy into her life and just goes through each day without trying </li></ul>
  2. 2. Other characters <ul><li>What connections to other characters does she have? New boy – he is determined to know her but she doesn’t want to know him. They gradually become friends but she doesn’t want to trust anyone. Mother – Her mother is an alcoholic who has no time for a daughter </li></ul><ul><li>What choices have to be made? She decides to trust the new boy and begins to spend her time with him. He encourages her to rebel worse than she did before. </li></ul>
  3. 3. functions <ul><li>Propp’s characters: </li></ul><ul><li>The hero – Erin (main character) </li></ul><ul><li>The villain - Damon (Daemn – New boy/Devils messenger) BUT turns out to be the hero </li></ul><ul><li>The (magical) helper – Callum (God’s messenger) </li></ul><ul><li>What is the quest, mission, discovery, realisation? The Devil’s messenger is sent to prove that humans don’t deserve a second chance at getting into heaven, and Erin is the person he has to use for this. But they end up falling in love so he has to choose between the punishment of the Devil for his failure or his love for Erin </li></ul>
  4. 4. settings <ul><li>School – more an awareness that she is at the age where she goes to school </li></ul><ul><li>Home, Streets and woody areas </li></ul><ul><li>St Helens Woods, Alexander Park, Beaufort road, House (mine) </li></ul><ul><li>Others </li></ul>
  5. 5. motifs <ul><li>That fit the genre? Mixture of light and dark settings. Long sleeves and costumes that represent the character e.g. Damon – leather jacket, skinny jeans and leather shoes etc </li></ul><ul><li>Open spaces in the woods to show the freedom compared to Erin’s life BUT also quite dark and enclosed to show Erin’s thoughts </li></ul><ul><li>Erin – sarcastic and distant, Damon – Charming and smug </li></ul><ul><li>Thief scene where Damon tricks Erin into stealing a pair of shoes – Is this possible to act? </li></ul>
  6. 6. Structure <ul><li>Invent a 5 part story form: </li></ul><ul><li>- Unhappy, ‘numb’ approach to life. Takes each </li></ul><ul><li>day as it comes </li></ul><ul><li>- Meets Damon and everything changes </li></ul><ul><li>- She unwillingly begins to trust him, they fall in love </li></ul><ul><li>- She discovers that he has lied to her – his betrayal </li></ul><ul><li>makes her run in front of a car </li></ul><ul><li>- He saves her and chooses to sacrifice himself for </li></ul><ul><li>her </li></ul><ul><li>1. a state of equilibrium at the outset; </li></ul><ul><li>2. a disruption of the equilibrium by some action; </li></ul><ul><li>3. a recognition that there has been a disruption; </li></ul><ul><li>4. an attempt to repair the disruption; </li></ul><ul><li>5. a reinstatement of the equilibrium </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>What does the audiences know? That Erin has had a bad past and doesn’t want to trust anyone; doesn’t want to trust Damon – perhaps audience knows he is going to hurt her </li></ul><ul><li>What will audiences hope for or dread as the film progresses? Erin is a likable character that they feel sympathy for and Damon is manipulative yet still the one that everybody loves – they will want him to do the right thing for a ‘sugar-sweet’ happy ending. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Narrative <ul><li>Classic – cause / event / consequence? The traditional structure of a love story; the realisation/trust, the betrayal and fall out (accident) </li></ul><ul><li>Classic – situation / reaction? Her anger and trauma at his confession of trying to prove that she doesn’t deserve a second chance, and her reaction to this </li></ul><ul><li>Unexplained event or decisions? The supernatural element </li></ul><ul><li>Changes focus from Erin to Damon to see his decision about whether he will choose Erin or his task </li></ul>
  9. 9. Mis e en scène <ul><li>Who will the camera follow most? Erin </li></ul><ul><li>Handheld? Most of my shots will be handheld, such as the running scene </li></ul><ul><li>Use of dark? Shadow? Lighting? Costume? I want to rely on lighting to make the scenes look darker and more sinister, and also the costumes to represent the personalities of the characters </li></ul>
  10. 10. dialogue <ul><li>The first scene I want a voiceover just to give a general idea of what the audience should expect from the film </li></ul><ul><li>Voiceover is likely to say…? Either explaining her life until the point in the scene OR describing how everything seemed to get better until he changed everything etc </li></ul>
  11. 11. models <ul><li>What films will it be like? Constantine, twilight … </li></ul><ul><li>The theme of heaven and hell, the supernatural in the real world, love story. The darker aspect/filters in the films and the increasing pace throughout </li></ul>
  12. 12. audience <ul><li>What will it recognise? The increasing complications of Damon’s task and the choices they will have to make </li></ul><ul><li>What will it ask? Should she trust him? Should they trust him? </li></ul><ul><li>What will it have to work out? His intentions, what he will decide </li></ul><ul><li>What will it wait for? The final decision, will Damon choose her and sacrifice himself? </li></ul><ul><li>What/who will it identify with? Erin, understand her situation and feel sympathy. She is smart, pretty and tormented by thoughts. </li></ul>

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