Thursday, 12 November 2009
The cannibals will all be dressed very similarly. They will either be wearing all black or a black top and dark blue jeans. A few of them will be in black hooded tops, to signify delinquency. The dark colours (tying in with the female character) will add to the mystery and will also make them harder to see in the darkness as Chris is running away from them. They will each be wearing a mask (see above)
This extract was taken from The Baccae. It is when a central characters mother and sister have just ripped him apart, but because such things could not be staged at the time The Baccae was written, Euripedes wrote a messenger's speech to describe the event. As I would be unable to show a person being ripped apart by cannibals, it is important that I look at all the different ways of implying what's happening.
The Masque of the Red Death
The Masque of the Red Death is a short story written by Edgar Allen Poe.
The story takes place at the abbey of the "happy and dauntless and sagacious" Prince Prospero. Prospero and one thousand other nobles have taken refuge in this walled abbey to escape the Red Death, a terrible plague that has swept over the land. The symptoms of the Red Death are gruesome: the victim is overcome by convulsive agony and sweats blood instead of water. The plague is said to kill within half an hour. Prospero and his court are presented as indifferent to the sufferings of the population at large, intending to await the ending of the plague in luxury and safety behind the walls of their secure refuge.
One night, Prospero holds a masquerade ball to entertain his guests in seven colored rooms of the abbey. Six of the rooms are each decorated and illuminated in a specific color: blue, purple, green, orange, white, and violet. The last room is decorated in black and is illuminated by a blood-red light; because of this chilling pair of colors, few guests are brave enough to venture into the seventh room. The room is also the location of a large ebony clock that ominously clangs at each hour. Each hour the clock clangs loudly, and everyone stops talking and the orchestra stops playing. At the chiming of midnight, Prospero notices one figure in a blood-spattered, dark robe resembling a funeral shroud, with a skull-like mask depicting a victim of the Red Death, which all at the ball have been desperate to escape. Gravely insulted, Prospero demands to know the identity of the mysterious guest so that they can hang him, and when none obey, pursues him with a drawn dagger through the seven rooms until the mysterious figure is cornered in the seventh room, the black room where the windows are tinted scarlet. When the figure turns to face him, the Prince falls dead at a glance. The enraged and terrified revelers surge into the black room and remove the mask, only to find both it and the costume empty. To the horror of all, the figure reveals itself as the personification of the Red Death itself, and all the guests suddenly contract and succumb to the disease. The final line of the story sums up: "And Darkness and Decay and the Red Death held illimitable dominion over all.
This story is relavent to my film because of the idea of concealment and mystery that's signified by the masks. Although my character isn't escaping the Red Death, he is hoping to avoid being eaten by the cannibals, and the idea of black and red as a theme could reflect the sinister and bloody climax of my film.
Wednesday, 11 November 2009
The Common Room is used as a place to establish how the two central characters are relating to each other. The female character will walk through the doors and sit down across the room from Chris. This means that we can see that he is interested in her (by the way he watches her walk) but she is uninterested in him (sitting far away from him). It also allows us to establish the characters judging by where they sit in the room, how they sit etc. By sitting in the middle of a row of seats the female character can give off a dominant aura, and having Chris sitting in the corner on his own will highlight his shy nature and preference to being ignored.
The Suspension Bridge is used to be an unusual place to want to meet for a "date", as Chris thinks it is. It's not a conventional place to meet, like a cinema or a cafe, which highlights the mysterious side of the female character. There's also a sense of danger associated with old bridges, whether they'll break or not, and that will be played on by the character of Chris.
The Woodland is the main location in my film. This is where most of the action will happen. I chose to set it in a wood because it is widely seen as a sinister setting in the night-time. In one episode of Skins Series 3, there is a party in the woods in which Effy Stonem knocks another girl, Katie Fitch, unconscious, so this setting links to that. (See inter-textual links for more). I went to Middleton Woods in Ilkley to find a good location for the sequences and found a good spot, surrounded by trees. This is where I will place my cannibals. I think that the coverage of the trees will add to the sinister feel, and the flat land is a good place for the campfire to be constructed.
Monday, 9 November 2009
Ash CatonAsh is an experienced actor who I have worked with on several previous films, so I know that he is capable of a good and convincing performance. He is very good at portraying different emotions and characters. He is 17 years old, and so perfect for the character of Chris Parks. He looks right for the character, being average height, good looking and he looks quite shy. I think that Ash will be able to portray Chris the right way and he was the best actor that I auditioned for the part, so I have chosen him to take the central role.
Due to the slightly more sinister content (canilbalism) I have decided that my film should have a BBFC rating of 15. I think that anyone under this age may find the content distressing and disturbing.
According the the BBFC classifcation system, a 15 rating must conform to the following criteria :
No theme is prohibited, provided the treatment is appropriate for 15 year olds.
Thursday, 5 November 2009
The female character remains unnamed. She is mysterious and dark. She says very little but when she does speak it is in a sultry voice. She is very attractive and it is easy to see why the central protagonist falls for her.
I have mainly based this character on Effy Stonem from the Channel 4 series Skins. I think that this is the ideal look and persona for my female character. Effy is able to control everyone around her just with a look or simple comment, and I think it is this "magical" quality that I would like my female character to have. I would like her to look as similar to this picture of Kristen Stewart as possible, with the dark wavy hair, dark clothes and sultry look. This aesthetic is often seen as being very attractive and mysterious. I think that this would add to the characters appeal to the central protagonist, and would explain why he follows her so readily without explanation.