WASP: A short film you would kill to run away from.

 

As I would say ‘Try not get stung, otherwise it would be a permanent visual in your mind’

WASP: Worst Artistic Short Production.

This short film had established itself in 2003, where the creativity was fuelled by Andrea Arnold. It is set in the deprived suburban area of Dartford. It is revolved around a disgusting young mother, Zoe, who has four children. We first view these characters descending a flight of stairs to encounter the supposed /Arch-Nemesis’ of the protagonist, to enable an altercation. This altercation is the first time, where we able to see how Zoe’s motherhood has greatly reflected on her children. The middle fingers and swears being thrown into the air, is not something I would recommend for the familiar demographic.

She is then reconciled with a crush from the times of her adolescence, David. It is quite the coincidence that this crush is in bearing of the same name as her ultimate celebrity crush,the legendary ‘David Beckham.’ This may imply in fact, she aspires to become the Victoria and become liberated from her poverty-stricken lifestyle (might I say that she has caused ,due to the constant decision of being dependent on her Ex-partner, that happened to be called Mark.) either that, or she plans to be extremely wealthy so she no longer has to care for her four minors. This makes me view her mentality to very immature and if she was shown in front of a vulnerable audience, our global issues with immensely increase.

 

Mark himself, is quite deprived, which we can visually see from his malfunctioning auto-mobile. This scene can be quite comedic, as he has successfully been able to encourage Zoe to go on a date, to a pub. Not the most romantic, but very realistic to the situation. This is one scene I can greatly appreciated, because it does show deprived residents in an empathetic light, which can appease to the audience but at the same time,It is quite the -rags-to-riches tale, without the riches in the end because it also shows that deprived residents are full of mental stupidity that barely give the cognate survival to keep on functioning and send messages to the neurons.

 

This scene we can exaggeratedly follow to the important part: The actual date. The scene of the mother, dressed in quite attention-seeking clothing racing with her children, it not a scene worth highlighting in detail. Although , it quite sweet that the motherly love is shown, I will have so many things to say about how she influences her children. Plus, that motherly love doesn’t accurately concede into the highlighted scene. This woman decides to prioritise her date , over her own vulnerable children. She decides to abandon them outside, because she was not truly honest to David, her date about her 4 children. Why should a mother become embarrassed of her own children to impress a man? Let alone this same man is obviously the agonising alpha male figure. The traditionalist who expects the female to bow at his feet because he is a man. It is shown when He expects her to get his drink and pay for it because she is a ‘bird.’ Bird is a colloquial term to refer to a sexually attractive woman. While she is accepting this and hanging out with her alpha man dream, The children are left with the bare minimum of dinner :crisps and food dropped from the floor. It is quite shameful to be a mother, if you can not have the means to prioritise the children over a date. So, my respect for the protagonist goes downhill from here.  She decides to follow David to his car and allows him to lead in to quite the sloppy and ‘cringey’ french kisses, which only lingered into something more… intimate, but without love being the priority. It was all lust in its darkest form. I understand that the scenes of sultry entertain people, but this is not entertaining. I guarantee that you will want to peel out your eyes if you saw this. It was greatly closed-up and widened, it made you think that you were in the back seat, but chained so you couldn’t disrupt the action. The thought of that shivers you.

It is only then that the tuned up sound of one of the children’s screams enable a practical epiphany of her exiting the car. Her rage is quite atrocious as she caused the one thing that could have caused her to face a lack of custody of her children : Her youngest infant being stung by a wasp in the middle of the night due to maternal ‘abandonment.’ The rage was the fact that the children were expected to look after the infant, without proper mature care…what an embarrassment. Pregnant teen mothers, do not look after your children like this. The only great result was that David found out the underlying truth. But, it didn’t cost her dearly. He bought Fish and Chips for the starving children, A British delicacy that they were craving.

The film can be viewed from many angles, positively and negatively. I viewed this film in quite the negative light, due to influence. Though I must credit that the plot was very well executed and if you want to risk being stung, take the leap.

5.2 

Please post a review of a feature film production of your choice (British or World cinema). Make sure to comment on the narrative structure, as well as sound, camera, lighting and editing choices.

 

Your Name (Kimi no nawa/君の名は。) : A psychological leap into fantasia.

‘Your Name’ is a quite modern-Japanese animation, that has gained a high reputation for being compared to one of the legendary academy winning movies :Spirited Away. That being said, it is very unique but the comparison is quite understandable as they are both films that raise high rank in those who watch it (of course not in everyone, due to preference). Though, I have quite the positive sight on this film alone.

The plot is centred on two characters: A boy who happens to be named Taki, who resides in Tokyo and Mitsuha, who resides in the Hida region of the Gifu prefecture. Mitsuha, happens to aspire to be able to live in the metropolis of Tokyo, as a teenage boy in her next life. Taki is the one chosen to fulfil Mitsuha’s desire.

The split first person narrative, gives an opportunity to understand two people, in a shared psychological body, despite being psychically two. The mind thoughts of the typical Japanese high school boy is manifested physically onto a traditionally raised Japanese high school girl (and vice versa) makes us see that our minds are capable of exploring the true parallels of each and every human, including ourselves. This film, widening our imaginative perspective of life. We are more interesting than we actually think ; it is only us that create such a mundane ambience in our heads and expressions. There have been extreme close ups on the different parts of the body that intricately define a cis-female and male. Long hair, to define traditional femininity, short wild hair to define physical masculinity, in a modern world.Though, this was in the beginning. It was only when Mitsuha, decided to cut off a ‘drastic’ amount of hair, is what we can say that it is our subconscious to make us to see that we are different, that who we are as human beings are stronger and more special and if allow ourselves to see a bigger picture, we will become so much more intelligent.

Eventually both characters became enamoured for each other , for who they were as people, not at the appearance of each other. It caused Taki to search for Mitsuha. It was only then where the tone drifted. The town at which Mitsuha resided in was hit by a giant comet 3 years prior to the ‘freaky Friday’ body switches. Only a basic human in the audience, with no imagination would say that Taki is making this up in his head. Yet, that is not true. the psychological message sent, via the close up of the tears shed, from his companions (very close friends of Taki , who assist him in finding Mitsuha) and his expressed anger and denial is so much more. Mitsuha acted as Taki’s safe haven. Although, Taki did not necessarily suffer through familiar issues or anything detrimental, Mitsuha, was the only one who understood ‘him.’ We all have a Mitsuha, it is the person who we embody that understands us for everything that we are,from our flaws, our admirations and our quirks, from the world of closed off minds and the unknown. Our ‘Mistuha’ keeps us sane, because they help us to express how we feel, internally. I say this as a person who does not prioritise emotion over logic, I am more of a thinker than a feeler, but as a human, I do feel negative sentiments.  But, Mitsuha, was real. We want our Mitsuhas’ to become real, so we can feel like we ‘belong.’ our Mitsuhas’ act as the ego, in psychoanalysis. They control us and prevent our from becoming monsters.

In compliance to Taki, Mitsuha, was real. He met her during his last year in Middle school. In terms of the psychological effect, Taki met his ego. Maybe Taki before was more extreme in behaviour, but we wouldn’t know the film doesn’t go deeper into that. But, it makes us think who they really are as people, before the life changing event.

 

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Section 4: Technical Skills

4.1 

What are the resources required for your film production (think about equipment, props, actors, location etc) 

 

 

4.2 

What is your key role and what are the skills and equipment required to fulfil it?

My key role, was really the stretch out of my comfort zone. I was assigned to become a production manager for one of the shoots (i.e spaghetti). It required a lot of skills, including the figuration of buying the suitable props and equipment required for each scene, to follow the prop list, to provide edibles for the crew. Though, one skill that is crucial is to stay within budget, as there are so many chances to overspend in correlation to satisfy the crew and maximise the potential of the scenes that make up the film. The budget was 30 pounds, which is not easy to reach with the prop list that we had. 4 cookbooks already would have reached a minimum of 20 pounds, two-thirds of the said budget. Luckily, we used the skills of compromising, for other members of the team to provide props that were available in the house. This reduced the potential of the budget, which meant that I had the ability to buy products and make products (i.e labels) to be in use for the filming. With this, we were able to buy snacks with over half of the money. One thing that I would have improved on, is to try and not spend on all the budget. If it were a feature film and the box office only gained 30 pounds, no profit would have been gained. This means money would not been gained in the process. I should try to minimise on the use of the budget, to maximise profitability.

 

What is your supporting role and what are the skills and equipment required to fulfil it?

When it came to shooting, I played two contrasting roles, depending on the shoot. On the first shoot (i.e The worst kind of People), I played the key role of being a focus puller/1st Assistant Camera. Focuses are quite important and create the most minimal difference in how the characters are portrayed. To receive the right focus, can create the biggest difference to the audience. This is due to that fact that low quality visuals can only give negative opinions to a film. This shows us that the focus must usually be sharp, to increase the quality and to truly show the performance. With this, the focus puller must have the sight to be able to notice the most suitable sharpness, using the manual focus, especially in wide shots. If the focus, is too blurry and very soft, in this type of sharp, no matter the resolution of the camera, it will not be seen as a suitable shot. This is due to the fact that you can not see the actors. When it comes to extreme close ups, Sharpness is still very much crucial, though the dilution of the focus, has to be quite soft. This enables the actors of the characters to not appeal flawed (in their skin). The general factor in a good focus puller, does not always depend on the camera, but on how clear the observation of the focus puller is on terms of accuracy.

 

4.3 

How do you feel you performed your roles on set? What were your strengths and what were any challenges you faced? 

 

 

How do you think your skills and knowledge developed in this role? Give examples 

 

 

4.5 

Following completion of the Film Academy, please give examples of film production skills that you would like to develop. Did you have any particular strengths or weaknesses on the course? 

Section 2: Professional Development

2.1 

Please upload or summarise the crew test you did with Rupert

 

 

2.2

 Describe the structure and interrelationships of the production department. You can use a diagram or similar if you wish 

 

 

2.3 

Describe at least 2 potentional progression routes into the film industry (e.g. university, apprenticeships, entry level work, film festivals etc)

 

 

What do you plan to do when the academy is finished?

 

 

Briefly describe the job of one of your tutors, and what they have done in their career

 

 

 

2.4 

What is the wider creative media sector? (think about music, costume, advertising, animation, theatre, games etc)

 

 

Explain how film production connects to the wider creative media sector

 

***you might find the following link helpful for completing this section:

http://creativeskillset.org/creative_industries 

Section 1: Film Industry

This is the post excerpt.

1.1

What is it like working in the film industry?

 I would not say that the film industry is something that comes easy to some people. As a more imaginative introvert, doing the most practical duties can be quite stressful. Though, there is more to the film industry than everyone expects, if you do not happen to work in the industry already. It is not just about pointing the camera to very good ‘imitators’ for the entertainment of others, it is immensely more than that. so much time and effort goes into actually making the production. The crews are quite colossal, even the allocation of 10 to carry out roles on a short film is way too small, so much creation comes from each department. The director has a picture in mind and tries to find people who would express the idea, in a way that seems suitable to them. An alternative would be the writer of the script, finding people to fulfil the idea. Other than that, there are so many roles for each individual and all roles are crucial, whether you are directing or focus pulling, production management or part of the art department, editing or sound, without the crucial components of the team, it will be more problematic for the true goal to be reached. That goal would be making the film and completing it with success. The film industry depends on team work. It can not all be done by one person, even films with one actor. The sound has to be in check, the focus has to be sharp, the props required must be suitable for said scene. The jobs are quite lengthy, sometimes even tedious. That is to say, if you do not have the passion or perseverance to work in film, you should not do it. Directing sounds very pretentious to everyone; it shows success. From Wes Anderson, to Guillermo Del Toro, who wouldn’t want to be proud and say, I have won x academy awards and I will seem cool and make money. These directors worked very intensely to get where they are today and if there is no propensity, you can not make it and you should not consider doing it.

 

Give 10 examples of qualities you need to work in the film industry

  1. Perseverance-To never give up as many say. Perseverance is quite key,as it very rare to start a career in film and suddenly be on the top, whether acting or directing. There will be times that some films will not have a successful outcome , or if you are acting, you will not always get the role , that you aspire for. If you give up before the first hurdle, so much dreams would go into landfill and never be seen again. Every piece of hard work counts but the only thing that keeps one working is if they never give up.

2. Organisation: It is important to always have a set plan on what is required to doing each day of each scene or what exercises are required to improve acting. If there is a lack of organisation, the film lacks the chance of reaching great potential. No one will be aware of what they are doing and hence, the crew will not be able to work their best. It is important to have a schedule and shot list, to complete the film in time and maintain crew synchronisation.

3. Independence-Although you do require team work, you also have to sometimes take initiative if the crew is not as organised so it does not create a domino effect on the whole team. The domino effect can push back deadlines which is not an issue to aspire to deal with. Make sure that you don’t always rely on the team, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t trust your team, but don’t use the team as you backbone of duties.

4. An open mind- This does greatly stand out to directors and camera operators. This is the due to fact that only sticking to shot lists or certain ideas that you may have created from the script can always be improved and refined, that even includes excluding certain actions and even improvising. If everything appeals real and thematic to the film’s element, it can be perceived well to the audience and no one will know… With camera operators, the shot list is a great guide, but until it is actually been filmed, we can not say which shot is best. This means that if a scene, requires an extreme close up and it doesn’t seem natural, don’t use it! change it while you can. Editing can only do so much.

5. Punctuality- Always be on time, no matter which role is being played, whether key or supporting. If there a persistence in tardiness, it really pushes back schedule which can affect the ending of shooting and post production.

6. Communication-Communication acts as a gate way to share ideas and motives for the actual. This is important as it can make or break a film, but it can also provide networks  for people to gain opportunities. Though, if someone lacks communication, many opportunities may be lost and conflict can be caused, if no one corresponds as a team.

7. Team work- Yes, I did put independence on the list, but the film industry is a collaborative industry, so if no one can work in a collaborative space, to create a film will not work, in terms of creation, because not everyone may agree.

8. Creation- Creation is the root to a good film, Creation is the key point of making each film be unique, even if they are in the same genre. If an idea, is not creative enough, in the sense that it isn’t unique, the movie may be type casted and would not play a legendary effect in future aspirations.

9. Assertiveness- You should not be afraid in explaining to people, how the job should be carried out, if not done correctly. If equipment is not handled correctly, it should be said so, each part is crucial and if one piece of equipment breaks, it may increase shooting duration, as it will need to be replaced. Though, when being assertive, it should be in a professional manner to the work can be continued.

10. A set goal: All the requirements above, will have no purpose if there is not a set goal. The goal has to be clear, concise and doable in the time that you have given for shooting and post production. If there is no set goal, the work is towards nothing and the success of everything else, no matter how great the film may be, will fail.

***The links below may help if you need more info after your masterclass with Rupert:

Useful for job roles and progression as well as information about the industry
http://creativeskillset.org/creative_industries/film/about_the_industry

Good introduction to working in the industry
https://www.reed.co.uk/career-advice/how-to-get-a-job-in-the-film-industry/

Further articles:
10 commandments of film making
Seven arts of working in film
Essential personal traits of filmmakers
Top 10 qualities of a great filmmaker

 

1.2 

Why is time management important in the film industry? 

 

Give at least 4 examples of good time management skills

 

***please upload the call sheets for your two shoots, and any other production documentation (schedules etc)

 

1.3 

Describe the key aspects of health and safety when working on film productions 

 

 

Describe at least 3 health and safety considerations for your own film

 

***please upload the risk assessment for your primary shoot

BFI Academy Risk Assessment SPAGHETTI 29 OctBFI Academy Risk Assessment WORST KIND 28 Oct (1)

1.4 & 1.5 

 

***please summarise or upload the copyright information you learned in your first editing class with Tom

 

Why does copyright law exist?

 

What kind of work is covered by copyright?

 

What might happen if you were to use copyrighted material in your film?

 

How can you make sure not to infringe copyright law in your film?

 

How has copyright law affected your film production?

 

***You might also find the following links useful to complete this section:

http://copyrightuser.org/filmmaker/ 

https://www.copyrightservice.co.uk/copyright/p01_uk_copyright_law