Our documentary is about Paige’s struggles with her sexuality and coming out to family and friends. The story of Paige will not be linear, it will start with her telling her parents or friends. It will then go back to talk about when she first knew and how she came to terms with herself (at school, being different).
We have decided for the visuals to experiment with colour and light representing their emotions in particular parts of the story for example red for anger and blue for sad. This will portray the ups and downs of her journey. For a visual metaphor of her story we are starting off with her walking into a park, a shot of her feet walking past some flowers, all one colour accept one, this represents being different from others. Using a wider shot she walks and sits on an empty bench, the camera fades in and out of focus; this symbolizes her confusing about her sexuality. She walks though the park and picks the flower that’s different from the others, this signifies that she’s embracing being different and comfortable in her own skin. In between these key points there will be over the shoulder shots of her flicking through childhood pictures and making tea and laughing showing the normality in her childhood and adult life. Making it clear that sexuality isn’t a choice or defines her as a person.
For the sound we were thinking of using a light murmur of voices in a slightly higher pitch this would agitate the viewer making them feel uncomfortable and tormented while mirroring Paige’s memories and paranoia from her secret.
I have decided to change from my original idea of the subject of homelessness because I just don’t think it will be very possible to do as I don’t know any homeless people.
In place of this I have decided to change my proposal to make it about being homosexual. I have many friends and know many people that are gay and it is a subject very close to home and personal to me which makes me want to tell this story. My documentary is going to be about my friend and their struggle with becoming who they are and how things have changed for them.
One of the films I watched was Alice in the Cities. Robbie Muller produced the cinematography for this film. This film is mostly made up from static and panning shots that I think are simple yet effective because they still show everything that needs to be seen. The main character is always tracked and I like this. The person in my documentary is going to be tracked so the viewer feels like they are following them and their story. The film is also made up of medium/long shots on the characters these show the characters emotions but also show the scenery around them. I also like this and will be incorporating it into my documentary.
I also watched three colours blue, Slawowir Idziak produced the cinematography to this film. It is a lot different compared to Alice in the cities with colour and more complicated shots used. The blue lighting used represents the emotion of the character and I feel this is something I could use in my documentary too.
I also like some of the more experimental shots used in the film that still show the character but just make it more interesting to the viewer.
During the daytime in this film the colours in the film are very orange and happy. I like the look of this and feel that it also expresses emotion without having to show any.
The initial idea for my documentary is to focus it around someone homeless or who was homeless. Some of the shots I could use could represent how lonely they are and also put the viewer into the position of the homeless person. Homeless people are always seen in a bad light but I would want to change this opinion though my documentary. I thought what would also enhance putting the viewer in the position of a homeless person would be a big use of audio. I thought the sounds used could be street and outside sounds. This idea of using sound came from British Sounds (1969).
Reading this book by Susan Sontag really made me realise the importance of photography in everyday life and the whole history of how it came about. I am interested in photography myself but not to a high level but reading these essays just made me think about photos more and am just more interested.
I did get quite confused at times when artists work was being talked about but I took notes of them and looked into them as I read to get more of an understanding. This helped me picture what was being used as examples. These artists, photographers and filmmakers that I took note on really interested me to do more research just in my free time. I think it would open me up to new ideas that I can take inspiration from for my own work.
“Not to take pictures of one’s children, particularly when they are small, is a sign of parietal indifference, just as not turning up for one’s graduation picture is a gesture of adolescent rebellion” (pg 8)
When reading On Photography I found this quote so relatable. Most people have pictures from when they were children and they are just things you expect to see when you grow up. I complain to my parents that there are more pictures of my sister when she was younger than me. I think this is because she was the first born. Parents want to savor every memory before their child grows up. These pictures from milestones in people’s lives such as younger years and graduations probably would feel like they never happened if there wasn’t a picture there to prove it.