Here I discuss the first idea I had for my CE project.
During the Summer I was developing a short film script idea called A&B
(Anxiety & Boredom). I like how boredom and anxiety are both
negative forces but each contradicts each other. You have anxiety where
your blood pressure is very high, you become over-sensitive and you’re
jumping about all over the place trying to get things done but not
really getting anything done. Then you have boredom which is just
numbness, but is equally as counter-productive. As all drama is built on
conflict, I figured anxiety and boredom could come together to create a
very dramatic story. This said, the resulting ideas were all pretty
terrible, cliché-ridden and flat. They didn't really solidify into any
further on from the basic themes of anxiety and boredom, hence the
The first scene would have been someone answering their
front door to be confronted by one of those really irritating, two-faced
charity promoters. I tried to develop the script from this starting
point with someone who was over-emphatically trying to sell their cause
to someone who just didn’t care but doesn’t have the willpower to say
no. On it’s own it would have made a nice scene but it just didn’t
ignite a story I wanted to tell.
However, In terms of style and the feasibility of making another student short film, I invested much thought and consideration.
A&B I was very keen to be presented in black and white and that
came from a film I had watched called Radio On, a British road move
made in the 1970s. When talking about it, the director said the reason
he shot it in black and white was not because he was trying to create a
pretentiously artistic film but rather because he didn’t like the colour
of Britain in the 1970s. By shooting the film in black and white he
was able to avoid the brown blandness of the countries recession induced
Radio On Trailer
With A&B, as it most probably wouldn’t have been shot until after Christmas, my thinking was much the same. I wanted to avoid the very cold, lowlight look of winter. Also, using black and white allows much more freedom with the use of artificial lighting, because you don’t have to maintain the realistic integrity of the full colour spectrum (and I’ve always been a fan of film noir and German Expressionism).
|Film noir. Alan Ladd, This Gun For Hire (1942).|
|German Expressionism. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920).|