"I was walking around, carrying a gun. I could only sleep with a gun in my mouth. And I was thinking, ‘How long can this go on?'" - Paul Schrader, Writer of TAXI DRIVER
This week we had delivery dates for all three pieces of coursework. I love a challenge, and this one was made extra fun by my (possibly hopeful) misreading of the course calendar. We got them in, mostly around 2-5 hours after the midnight deadline, all good and messy and ripe for ripping apart. This might be why my blog post is four days late. But actually, the deadlines are possibly what I need from this course the most. I could very happily sit around pontificating and dicking about on Facebook all year, but having a hard deadline is the best gift of all. Apart from diamonds. Or a Nutri-Ninja.
We have done some interesting speed writing/plotting exercises this week. On Monday we watched the first half of Spike Jonze's short, 'How They Get There'. We then had to storyboard what we thought would happen in the rest of the film. I think you'll agree that the results are as brilliant as they are beautiful.
In case it isn't immediately apparent, (although I think it definitely is) after the man does a little pirouette and the woman copies him, he seises his opportunity and meets her in the middle of the street. The man puckers up, knowing she will do the same as part of her alluring copy-cat sex game. Suddenly, the girl gets nailed by a huge articulated 'Love's Truck'-branded lorry and dies. The moral of the story is, never have unprotected copy-cat kissy-time. The end.
STORYTELLING FOR THE SCREEN
A blog about The Screen Arts Institute's 'Storytelling for the Screen' course, taught by Stephen May and supported by the BFI.