Research project 3 for CMSP was to d a whole bunch of reading up on how colour affects the audience within a film, and now it contributes to the narrative. We than had to find a script (some people made one up but I decided to use our ACTUAL script for our atual first year film in an attempt that maybe later i won’t have to do something. Yes, I can be lazy sometimes) and put a colour sequence to it.
This is vaugely what I came up with.
Beat One: The graveyard.
The graveyard will be styled with a single cross in the ground, surrounded by flowers.
The plant-life situated in the graveyard will be green and the flowers surrounding the cross will be red, along with red candles which symbolize mourning. This image is an immediate visual symbol of a grave, which represents death, and the flowers surrounding the grave suggest that the death is fairly recent.
The man approaching the grave will be wearing a black jacket, with a white shirt. This is standard of someone who has just left a funeral or of someone who is in mourning. Inside the front pocket of the jacket, will be a green handkerchief, and he too will be holding a red rose. The camera will zoom in on his wrist, on which is a hand-made bracelet with the name “Jane” beaded onto it. This is a visual way of telling the audience that someone close to him has died recently, and he has still very much not come to terms with it.
We want the audience to sympathize with our character. The binary of this beat of the film is grief vs acceptance. The colours I intend to use for these binaries is red to represent grief, and green to represent acceptance. Our audience would inheritably associate red with passion, and very large emotions, which is what our character is experiencing. We want the audience to feel sympathetic towards our character and would do so by using my knowledge of colour to evoke emotion within our audience.
Beat 2: The skeleton.
The setting of this beat is in an industrial-styled dance hall., and the colour scheme I have chosen is blue and orange.
The set will be surrounded by candelabras, lanterns, and candles; giving the mystical, magical feeling we want the audience to feel. This will further contribute to the drama of the design, as well as creating the understanding that this is not reality.
The colour scheme will be evident in the characters costumes. The female will be dressed in a light orange dress that simulates a ball gown feel. It will be a little bit tattered but still elegant and graceful. The skirt of the dress is tulle and almost peach in colour. Her peach-coloured ballet shoes will also contribute to their occupation, as well as the drama of the imagery.
Her face will be painted as a skeleton, but not in a scary way. It is not done to scare people, but rather to confirm the audience’s suspicions that she is in fact, dead.
The male character will be dressed in a baby blue, in order to compliment Jane’s costume. He won’t be as dramatically dressed as she will because she is the main focus of this scene.
Beat 3: The Gun
The colour scheme for this beat of the film is red and violet. These are colours that create discord within the audience as it creates conflict within the image. Because we cannot alter the entire costume of the male character, I have removed his handkerchief, and placed purple flowers behind him we will have to ensure this is the first time we shoot our character from this angle because we do not want the purple to be seen at all until this point of the film.
So this evening I shot my second victims. The photographs are looking pretty rad. Here’s a look at how my serial killer project is coming along.
Many many thanks to my two wonderful models, Daniel Wamono and Georgia Michell, thank you for letting me make you sticky and forcing you to walk up a hill.
Super casual walking around UCT with two seemingly dead people :)
Since I am so focused on my Serial Killer project for school at the moment, I’ve decided to look back on my all time favourite fictional serial killers; Mickey and Mallory.
Oliver Stone’s spectacular film about these two maniacs is undoubtably one of my favouritest movies of all time. I watched it for the thousandth time last night and just became completely re-inspired. This incredible story helps us understand why these people are the way they are and allows the audience to sympathize with the antagonists (well, actually, they are the protagonists of this story). The audience doesn’t necessarily see what they are doing as awful, but rather as normal, and Oliver Stone has managed to normalize murder. Well, that’s exactly how it felt to me.
A notable occurrence in Natural Born Killers is the role that the media plays in boosting the ego of the psychopathic murders. These people do not kill for money, or revenge. They kill for fun. This is spurred on by the attention that they receive from mass media. I think this is an incredibly relevant story. this happens fairly often. People who kill for attention are almost encouraged by the media. “What will they do next?” I found this intriguing and am considering using something along these lines in my serial killer story too.
Something you should know about me – I will always love absolutely anything that involves Quentin Tarantino. Now mix Oliver Stone, Tarantino, and Juliette Lewis together – there is no way that you could resist watching this film.
My gorgeous friend Dani Wallace let me kill her yesterday.
She’s my first of 3 victims for my CMSP Serial Killer project. Not gonna tell you about my killers just yet! but here’s a little taste of what’s to come!
And no, she’s not really a prostitute. She’s very smart, and very beautiful. Thank you so much again, Dani!