Section 1 – Rationale
Over the last year at Kendal College, I have explored all of the principle techniques within filmmaking. These include: narrative development; lighting; framing and composition; lens choice; and camera handling. I have progressed substantially from when I first started through a process of experimentation and practice. I have also discovered a passion for directing. I’ve gained a love of dramas and life stories told in a fictional way. I like telling these stories using colour, shot types and character development. This will influence my FMP greatly as I want to look more into aesthetics and shot development. I also want to look more into improving my sound recording and using a steady cam as these are weaknesses of mine.
Section 2 – Project Concept
My concept for the project is to create a film that is in touch with mainstream isues within the media and politics. The final aim is to get the audience to empathise with the people within the film. I am drawn to this concept as I think I’m very politically minded and that films with a strong message resonate with the audience for longer. Creating a lasting impression, I can makes a better and more effective film.
I have chosen to use the theme home and plan to create a fictional film based on the truth about immigration. I am going to flip the story on it head so it is set in the UK, make it easier for the audience to empathise. I want to have the story following a family and events happen to them that mirror one’s that happen to families in Syria. They are forced to leave the country and move somewhere else. I want the film to be shot in 5 – 10 second scenes, showing time passing and things gradually getting worse.
In the past, I have only made films that are fictional pieces. I would like to create a fictional piece but base it on true stories that I will research thouroughly. I haven’t done anything like this before, I think it will be a challenge for me. But also, it will give me good experience as it’s the sort of film I want to make in my future career.
Section 3 – Evaluation
I will reflect on each stage of this production with on going evaluations. I will upload these onto my blog, using images and video examples. For example, I will take pictures of all the written work I do. This will show my creative process throughout the project by uploading ideas onto my blog. I will find this useful because it means I can keep going back to my original ideas to see if I can evolve them more, or re-visit something I had forgotten about.
I will also make blog posts of each stage of the project. I can upload a blog post daily if needed, with progress and ideas. The key stages I will blog about will be things like research, preproduction, shooting, editing and evaluating.
Section 4 – Project Action Plan
- Project proposal. Develop Ideas. Begin Research.
- Research further. Develop ideas further.
- Start testing lenses and shot ideas
- Rough outline of story. A clear idea of end product.
- Location scout. Rough story board and shot list.
- Test shoot. Finished story board shot list and preproduction documents.
- Final shoot.
- Upload rushes. Assembly edit. Get feedback of tutors and peers.
- Rough cut/fine cut. Sound recording if needed.
- Finish final cut. Export. Write evaluation. Try not to cry.
- 14th of June screening.
Section 5 – Bibliography
Research is crucial to my process because my film is going to based on real life. Instead of just researching already existing films, I will have to look at real life stories such as journals; interviews; articles and books. This sort of research is important to my final film as I want my film to be close to reality. The storyline and context of the film has to be close to truth as it is a political film and the end goal is to get people to emphasise with people who are immigrating to other countries. As well as doing secondary research, I can also conduct primary research. I can create interviews and questionnaires on peoples opinions. This will be useful because I can look at what people know about immigration and see what I need to include in my final film.