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Submission Gemma Porter

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361MC – Short Film Research

After coming to terms with the fact that Kelly and I were now going to be creating a short film, instead of an animation, I now need to complete some research into short films. Although I have worked on a short film on a previous module, this one is the most pressured and only created totally by myself and Kelly. I wanted to research some short films about Anorexia, just to gain a general idea about how they look, the narrative they tell, the message they are trying to get across etc.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FgCjyxkgvbo

This is a short film I watched about a young boys journey suffering from an eating disorder. I liked how the film was quite dark and shadowy. It gave the film a slight edge, but kept me watching and wanted to know what was going to happen to the young boy. There was soft music playing over the top of the film, which is also liked. It helps to control the audience’s’ emotion. However, the music they had did have someone singing, which I thought was slightly distracting. I wouldn’t like that in my film. There were some interesting shots in the film too, which I would like to do in my film too.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NeysGFhc4qA

I also watching another short film called The Unspoken. It is a very creative short film which I really enjoy and has inspired me for my own film.

 

361MC – Animation First Draft Script

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The story begins with main character Lucy in her bedroom one evening, looking upset and sitting quietly on her bed with her hands in her knees. We pan to see different fitness posters on her wall in the background. Lucy then receives online messages, but chooses to ignore them. We zoom into the computer screen, which shows she has received many comments from other people regarding her looks and weight. It will become clear that this has been an ongoing thing and we will see Lucy get up and walk away from the laptop and begin looking at herself in the mirror. She holds different areas of her body and appears to study them. We will then go to a shot of what she see’s in the mirror, which is somebody much larger staring back at her. We then flip to close up of her face appearing very emotional. We hear the messages continuing to come through on her laptop. Lucy continues to look at herself in the mirror and begins to cry. We then zoom out to a wide shot of her bedroom.

Lucy later goes downstairs and sits down to have dinner with her family. We will show a close up tracking shot of each family member eating there dinner, apart from Lucy. Lucy looks incredibly uncomfortable and her family wonder why she is not eating her dinner but do not know the true extent of her problem. We show Lucy playing around with her dinner and not being at all interested in eating it. Fade shot to show time has passed and the rest of the family has finished eating. Tracking shot of all of the empty plates on the table as well as Lucy’s full plate. Lucy looks at her family and after making sure nobody is looking she scrapes her food into a bag she has under the dinner table. Close up of Lucy’s face looking very sad and guilty.

Later we see a close up of Lucy’s feet as she walks into the bathroom. She kneels down and places her hands onto the toilet seat. We see her face and a tear is running down her cheek. We then see her from behind whilst she is sick into the toilet. After wiping her mouth she cries heavily. She then sits down on the bathroom floor and continues crying and the shot then fades out.

We then see a close up of Lucy’s feet and a tracking shot upwards onto her body and see her face. Her body is dry, crackling and slightly bleeding. We see Lucy shaking as she is so weak and cold despite the layers of clothes she is wearing. Lucy takes out a pen and begins to write a diet plan onto a piece of paper, which states she will eat nothing for breakfast, some cucumber slices for lunch and just a bowl of lettuce for dinner. Lucy finishes writing her list, tilts her head to look at it and smiles and nods as if she is happy about how little she will be eating.

Later, Lucy walks into the kitchen. We see her get herself a glass of water. As she is pouring the water her mum walks up towards her and points at the dinner that is cooking on the stove. Lucy shakes her head as if to say she is not very hungry and walks out of the room. Her mum watches her leave, and has a worried look on her face.

Back in her bedroom, Lucy sips the water and then puts it down, gets up and begins to jog on the spot, getting faster and faster. She then begins to do star jumps and other various exercises. We see her take a large breath and look exusted. After sipping a little more water, she goes back to exercising but this time is faster and for a longer time. She suddenly stops and stumbles backwards and cannot keep her balance. We see the room spinning. Lucy tries to hold her head and stop but the room begins spinning faster. Lucy suddenly collapses to the ground and the shot then blacks out.

During the blackout, we hear the sounds of a hospital machine beeping for several seconds. This then slows down and eventually stops, and the sound of a flat line plays over

We then go to a shot, which indicates it is taking place 2 years later. Lucy appears in the shot and is sitting at the table with her family enjoying her dinner. She looks happy and healthy and is going through recovery.

361MC – Animation First Draft Treatment

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The story begins with main character Lucy in her bedroom one evening, looking upset and sitting quietly on her bed with her hands in her knees. We pan to see different fitness posters on her wall in the background. Lucy then receives online messages, but chooses to ignore them. We zoom into the computer screen, which shows she has received many comments from other people regarding her looks and weight. It will become clear that this has been an ongoing thing and we will see Lucy get up and walk away from the laptop and begin looking at herself in the mirror. She holds different areas of her body and appears to study them. We will then go to a shot of what she see’s in the mirror, which is somebody much larger staring back at her. We then flip to close up of her face appearing very emotional. We hear the messages continuing to come through on her laptop. Lucy continues to look at herself in the mirror and begins to cry. We then zoom out to a wide shot of her bedroom.

Lucy later goes downstairs and sits down to have dinner with her family. We will show a close up tracking shot of each family member eating there dinner, apart from Lucy. Lucy looks incredibly uncomfortable and her family wonder why she is not eating her dinner but do not know the true extent of her problem. We show Lucy playing around with her dinner and not being at all interested in eating it. Fade shot to show time has passed and the rest of the family has finished eating. Tracking shot of all of the empty plates on the table as well as Lucy’s full plate. Lucy looks at her family and after making sure nobody is looking she scrapes her food into a bag she has under the dinner table. Close up of Lucy’s face looking very sad and guilty.

Later we see a close up of Lucy’s feet as she walks into the bathroom. She kneels down and places her hands onto the toilet seat. We see her face and a tear is running down her cheek. We then see her from behind whilst she is sick into the toilet. After wiping her mouth she cries heavily. She then sits down on the bathroom floor and continues crying and the shot then fades out.

We then see a close up of Lucy’s feet and a tracking shot upwards onto her body and see her face. Her body is dry, crackling and slightly bleeding. We see Lucy shaking as she is so weak and cold despite the layers of clothes she is wearing. Lucy takes out a pen and begins to write a diet plan onto a piece of paper, which states she will eat nothing for breakfast, some cucumber slices for lunch and just a bowl of lettuce for dinner. Lucy finishes writing her list, tilts her head to look at it and smiles and nods as if she is happy about how little she will be eating.

Later, Lucy walks into the kitchen. We see her get herself a glass of water. As she is pouring the water her mum walks up towards her and points at the dinner that is cooking on the stove. Lucy shakes her head as if to say she is not very hungry and walks out of the room. Her mum watches her leave, and has a worried look on her face.

Back in her bedroom, Lucy sips the water and then puts it down, gets up and begins to jog on the spot, getting faster and faster. She then begins to do star jumps and other various exercises. We see her take a large breath and look exusted. After sipping a little more water, she goes back to exercising but this time is faster and for a longer time. She suddenly stops and stumbles backwards and cannot keep her balance. We see the room spinning. Lucy tries to hold her head and stop but the room begins spinning faster. Lucy suddenly collapses to the ground and the shot then blacks out.

During the blackout, we hear the sounds of a hospital machine beeping for several seconds. This then slows down and eventually stops, and the sound of a flat line plays over

We then go to a shot, which indicates it is taking place 2 years later. Lucy appears in the shot and is sitting at the table with her family enjoying her dinner. She looks happy and healthy and is going through recovery.

361MC – Animation Research

Animation Research:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3gFqOcWqeD8 – How to make a clay character with wire

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUlOytUYAc0 – Animation about eating disorders – Childline

Other shorts:

http://www.shortoftheweek.com/2014/02/04/move-mountain/ – there is a lot of movement, the characters bruise, flowing water, character jumps, blinks, small spider (legs moving), itching, splashing water,

 

361MC – Anorexia Research

Anorexia Research: 

– I looked at some anorexia forums. Girls telling their stories about what they had been through, how they felt etc

– I got inspiration for the story from some of these girls’ experience

– I used these sites to contact some of the girls, asking if they would meet with Kelly and I to help us with our research. By them telling their story and us getting a true understanding of anorexia, our character and her symptoms will be accurate.

 

When I looked in the mirror, a mound of blubber stared back’ – This quote gave me inspiration for some of the scenes, mirror scene etc.

http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/anorexia-nervosa/pages/realstorypg.aspx

 

‘I couldn’t socialise because I was too body-conscious. So I hardly had any friends and became reclusive.’

“Girls my age were talking about fashion, boys and their first kiss but I was worrying about how many calories I’d had. It was no life and I was desperately unhappy.” – http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/real-life-stories/anorexia-stories-battle-started-10-2089989

 

http://www.marieclaire.com/health-fitness/news/a5577/true-story-coping-with-anorexia/ – emotional story, lots of inspiration.

 

People stories/ forums: 

http://www.caringonline.com/feelings/byvictims/

http://whyeat.net/forum/forums/19-Anorexia

 

Facts:

  • Lie about what they have eaten/ pretend they have already eaten
  • Often leave the table after they have eaten to be sick
  • Take locatives
  • Weighting themselves
  • Look yellow, jaundice
  • Bad breath
  • No energy
  • Hair loss, dry skin, bad skin
  • One of the leading causes of mental health related deaths, because of the effects of male nutrition or suicide

http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Anorexia-nervosa/Pages/Introduction.aspx

 

http://www.helpguide.org/articles/eating-disorders/anorexia-nervosa.htm

 

Type of anorexia:

We will need to decide which type of anorexia our character will have. There are two types; restricting type and the purging type. The restricting type is when someone cuts their amount of calories to achieve their weight loss, where as the purging type is when someone vomits after eating and takes laxatives.

361MC – Animation FMP Blogs

OLD FMP BLOGS:

Where the ideas came from:

  • We wanted to do something meaningful. We could have just done a love story or event, but Kelly and I wanted to do something with a purpose. To make a difference and raise awareness.
  • How they were informed by a wider context (other filmmakers,

– Ways our proposal developed

– Reflections upon the reasons for those developments

  • Project management carried out
  • Production documentation, complete and systematically organised (outline, treatment, script, storyboard, recce notes, production schedules, call sheets etc.)
  • Ways the project has developed, with reasons why for those developments
  • Ways in which the initial idea became a finished media production

 

Contextual research:

  • Research carried out; analysis and critical reflection of your work and the work of other people producing in the same field
  • Personal and Professional engagement in the work of people within your chosen community of practice. Through a detailed understanding of the themes, issues and debates happening within it
  • Reflection of how this engagement has enabled the project to develop

 

Production Process:

  • Research carried out around the specific craft skills that you intent to pursue
  • What professionals in the field do, what equipment they use, how they develop the skills needed to use it to a professional level etc.
  • Personal and professional skills development, through, for example the inclusion of developmental work on your blog (test shoots, production documentation etc.)

– Ways in which my film exhibits creativity and originally (technically, conceptually, in its manner of distribution etc.) by reference to similar media artifacts.

 

Script Draft 1: rough, we wanted to write the basic of what happens in the narrative, so we could get some feedback from Mez. So when we had the feedback, we could make all the changes she might suggest, then write the script more in depth.

Feedback– we send the first draft to Mez for some feedback.

Set design: started to make the sets ourselves, out of cardboard boxes, put the wallpaper and flooring down. Then a student from the Product Design course agreed to make the frame of the sets for us out of wood. Although it was very last minute, we were very thankful, as it meant we would have confidence the sets would break or bend. It did mean we had to buy more wallpaper, flooring etc., but it would be worth it in the long run. So we had to start our set making five days before filming.

Software: We had a tutorial with Becks, where she showed us EOS Utility. I had never heard of it before, so finding out that we could control the camera through the laptop was relieving. However, it did mean that we wouldn’t be able to see what we were shooting until we downloaded them at the end. Also we would not be able to have the ‘Onion Skinning’ technique, which I would prefer to have.

So the next two days, I spent my time looking for good and free software, which we could use.