Wednesday, 11 February 2015

NFTS On Line Course: planning a scene

This is an exercise I've made for an on line course I subscribed to, by the British National Film and Television School. It's fun to be "in education" again, lots of good memories from the Italian National Film School pop into my mind.

The task was set as follows:
(...)(Script and storyboard) a very simple scene of up to 30 seconds duration (...) using the following instructions:
  • Character 1 is already in a room.
  • Character 2 approaches the room, opens the door and comes in.
  • They have a very brief conversation in which Character 1 gives Character 2 an object and then Character 2 leaves the room.
  • Consider how you are setting up character, theme and story.

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    Alright, what I've tried to do is writing a scene that is quick but self-contained, with a beginning and a proper end. I had some valuable advice while writing the script from my partner-in-crime Daniele Baiardini (also starring in the story as D!). 
    So it took the shape of a short-short film. I've put the script in another post if you want to take a look at how it differs ever so slightly from the text in the storyboard.
    My main concern here is that I've used a lot of simmetrical, central compositions, and that's usually ill-advised... unless you're Wes Anderson.
    But there's another exception to the rule, and that's my excuse: framing characters in the centre is often used in scenes where the character is highly dignifed, like a king or a high priest, and I felt that might help to set the solemn tone that will crumble as we approach the end of the scene.

    DISCLAIMER: Cristina, if you ever by chance end up reading this, I loved your chocolate fondue set... it was totally Daniele's idea to make fun of it. Please forgive us.

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