Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Pipeline Project Proposal: Night's in Purgatory

For this project, my idea is to produce a short film based off of a script and short story I have been working on. I am excited to be working on a set again after years of it laying dormant. The creative process between a team of people striving toward creating a piece of work they can all be proud of is something to be admired - working off of each other's strengths and weaknesses - which is why I cannot wait to be a part of a team in this project.

The story revolves around a young girl(Lucia) in purgatory with her father (Gabriel), after she committed suicide to escape living with her mother (Sandra)who grew unstable following Gabriel's death. It takes place in the family's home, most of it taking place in Lucia's bedroom.
 The story and characters may have some alterations made to them. Something that will be done once team responsibilities have been established, and work schedules are made clear.  
 The premise suggests a fantastical cinematic approach, and as such, I envisioned a look similar to that of Gregory Crewdson. 

I feel his works are iconic and capture moments in time in between moments the audience was lucky enough to have witnessed. 

The Gagosian Gallery in Beverly Hills described him as exploring "the recesses of the American psyche and the disturbing dramas at play within quotidian environments. In Beneath the Roses...ostensibly banal interiors become the staging grounds for strange human scenarios. Crewdson's scenes are tangibly atmospheric: visually alluring and often deeply disquieting. Never anchored precisely in time or place, these and the other narratives of "Beneath the Roses" are rather located in the dystopic landscape of the anxious American imagination."

Below are some of Crewdson's photographs taken from his series Beneath the Roses.


























Organisation Chart





Production Design Location Scout Form edited for this project from the African Film and Drama Academy, where I was enrolled.



14 comments:

  1. I ike this story the plot line was well thought out i would love to see the finished produce. I also love the references photos.

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    1. Thanks for taking the time to look at my idea, Ben!

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  2. Sakhile- I love that your concept incorporates a short story that you have already written. That means it will be unique and will save a large step of the process for the group so that they could focus more on the film. I also love Gregory Crewdson so the idea of using him as an inspiration for a short film is very interesting to me. I am interested in getting into more set design, so I relate to your use of that as well (and thats such a big part of Crewdson's work too). I think that this project is really something that we could run with!

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    1. Thank you, Beth! After watching the documentary film 'Brief Encounters' of Crewdson's work, it really opened my eyes to elements in photography I never knew could be translated into film. I was blown away! I am still very new to the photography world so pretty much everything is akin to being a kid in a candy store! Thank you again for your interest, and I would love to have someone with your artistic vocabulary on the team.

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  3. This sounds like it could be a really original, artistic film! I am inspired by the work of Crewdson you posted. Set Design would be a key part in this piece which people from all majors could contribute too.

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    1. Hi Sarah! Thank you for your comment. The set design would be a fun and satisfying process what with so many of us coming from different fields; and also different backgrounds in life.

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  4. I believe that this would be a fun project to work on since you're incorporating your own story. I also love the look and feel of Crewdson's work. I'm interested in set design/building props and I would love to work on this film. This piece will be really strong if it goes into production.

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    1. Alexis! You have a very strong sense of vision and I admire that. Your attention to detail and precision is something I can relate to, and find it great that you're willing to do something out slightly of your field - this is going to be something new to me too.

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  5. The reference photos were beautiful and gave me a sense for the story, I can really see it play through my head. Your concept is wonderful and I love that you already had this planned out, which is great for script writers as well as the crew. I wouldn't mind joining the crew for this project.

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    1. Hi Shmiley! (I really hope you don't bunt me on the head for that later)
      I am pleased that you were able to see what I am trying to produce as my final product. The script as stated before would have to be tweaked, and refined to accommodate everyone's role. Thank you for your interest in my project! Have a brilliant night!

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  6. Lovely idea, as a man who loves a good story more than anything I find myself wanting to see more of this story. Would it just purely be photos telling the story? Or would it be a mixture of the two?

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    1. Cody- No, it will strictly be a live action film; the photos were used as references for the feel I would like the film to have.

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  7. I really like this idea and the fact that it has a deeper meaning behind it makes it all the more nice. I also like the fact that you have everything planed out of what everyones role would be. I'm very inspired by your work and hope this film can happen.

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    1. Hey Ebony!
      Thank you so much for taking the time to comment on my idea, and glad that it made a positive impression on you. Before pre-prod I need to establish a time-table by using a graph. Once that is done I reckon we'll be good to go!

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