Friday, 18 February 2011
Tuesday, 8 February 2011
Tuesday, 1 February 2011
Classroom in Gunnersbury Catholic School – We choose to film in a classroom for practical reason, as everyone in our group will be in school at the same time along with the majority of our cast. This scene in the classroom would be used to introduce the fact that Fiona and Rupert’s school is segregated through the colour of gloves system. Here we see Fiona and her group of friends in the classroom whilst Rupert walks in with his different group of friends who are wearing different colour gloves
Alleyway – We found that an alleyway would be an ideal location for Rupert and Fiona meeting in secret so people do not see a blue and red glove going home together alone.
Bus stop – an iconic London location used everyday by London teenagers therefore we thought it would be ideal to include in our film. Also, London transport is the main way teenagers get from A to B. The bus stop is also round the corner from our school therefore it would be practical for us.
Bus – On the Bus we see Rupert’s resentment and embarrassment in being part of the blues, we choose filming on a bus because they’re would be everyday Londoners on the bus therefore the audience would be able to relate to them being on the bus instead of walking down an ordinary street.
On the street – We choose this location for the scene because we see Fiona panicking because of the fact that her friends are approaching and she’s with Rupert and they would have strong views on her being with him especially as he’s from a different coloured glove.
His room – The room would be a typical 17/18-year-old boys room, were using one of our rooms due to practical reasons and the fact we have no budget to our short film.
Park – This is our final location, which would be a public London park that the audience would be able to relate to. This location is very accessible to everyone in our group as there are parks everywhere. We found that parks are used a lot by teenagers on the weekend therefore it would be ideal to show Rupert and Fiona’s first sign of public solidarity.
By Danny and Nathaniel
Various groups of people wearing a set colour of gloves- socialising, eating food (sandwiches, burger etc..), couple holding hands, pupils on phones/texting, typing on a laptop, spudding to greet, makeup being applied etc...
RUPERT (Blue Gloves) and his friends enter a classroom
FIONA (Red Gloves) with her friends are socialising in this classroom doing some work, having a laugh.
RUPERT and friends sit in the room where Fiona and her friends are.
They draw eye contact- so to display the fact that they are the main two protagonists held back from the likes of their fellow gloves.
Scene 2- EXT. DAYTIME. OUTSIDE SCHOOL
FIONA and RUPERT exit classroom in their coloured groups. RUPERT waits round the corner for FIONA and when he sees her he approaches her and is upset by the fact she ignores him.
Scene 3- EXT. DAYTIME. BUS STOP
RUPERT- Sighs takes Fionas hand and they walk to the bus stop together. They sit at the bus stop waiting for the bus to come. Fiona explains to Rupert how its just too soon to let her friends and family know that they are together.
Scene 4- EXT. DAYTIME. FIONA'S ROAD
They get off the bus near to Fiona's house. They walk and talk.
Just as Fiona goes to reply she see notices her fellow Reds accross the road entering a shop, she pushes Rupert round a corner- to his humiliation. Quickly says goodbye and runs over before they notice that shes with Rupert (a BLUE-Forbidden and wrong in the eyes of the Reds)
Fiona unaware of how she's left Rupert feeling heads out with her friend's
Rupert is left heading home sad and upset over Fiona's approach to their relationship.
A mellow and dull score is played over this slow stroll back to his house.
Scene 5- INT. EVENING. RUPERT'S BEDROOM
RUPERT sits at his desk attempting to do some homework, distracted by his thoughts of Fiona and saddened at how his love for her has been taken away by the colour of his gloves he spots a RED felt tip on his desk and attempts to colour in his gloves. This Fails
He tries to pull the treads of the glove to unravel the colour and rip them up. This fails.
He goes in the kitchen and finds his mums dye and pours it in a bowl, he dies them red and leaves them to dry, seeming slightly happier he turns around and sees them BLUE. This attempt also fails.
He takes his gloves off and puts them in his draw, fed up he lays his head in his hands when he takes his hands away again the gloves appear on his hands. He marches into the kitchen and dumps the gloves in the bin. He returns to his bedroom. Rupert lays on his bed picks up a book to read. His mum comes in with the gloves.
RUPERT snatches the gloves and puts them on ignoring his mum and in a strop sinks into his bed.
Scene 6- EXT. MORNING. 9AM RUPERT'S ROAD
We see the outside of Rupert's house.
Footsteps approach the gate. A RED GLOVE presses the door bell
Scene 7- EXT. DAYTIME. PARK
A zoom out slow motion view of Rupert and Fiona in public walking to school together. The gloves they wear a matching- YELLOW.
Fades out to credits.
Commentary on first and second version of Script...
I have slightly changed my first version of the Script; in one scene Fiona and Rupert are located on a bus talking, this location seemed inconvenient to film in. As a bus is for all of the public to use, we cannot control who and who will not be caught in the shots we take. Through out the short film all characters should be wearing either blue or red gloves to signify the group they come from in society, if we were to use the bus it would be hard not to catch people from the public's hands who wouldn't be wearing gloves. Other problems with shooting on a bus would be if the bus driver was not happy with the use of a video camera, we cannot determine how busy a bus will be at any time of the day that we choose to shot that particular scene. Also if the bus was busy it may be hard to get the good quality shot we are looking for as there could be background sounds such as crying babies and people talking. Furthermore people of the public could find filming around them uncomfortable. Instead of having to deal with these possible problems we have decided to show Rupert and Fiona at the bus stop conversing, we will then show them getting on the bus. Then them getting off the bus at Fiona's road where Rupert continues what he has to say before interrupted by Fiona noticing her friends across the road. To make it look as though we have not missed a scene and deliberately cut out footage of the bus journey, we will show the passage of time to the new destination through a transition; in the editing stage. This script outlines the basis of our film, through the locations, times of day, characters in the scene and the main things that are happening. We will use this script to help us when designing a detailed storyboard which will then go on and help save time when filming as we will know exactly what is going on in each scene and with the storyboard what the specific shots should look like.
James Shaw = Rupert
James Shaw is a well-spoken British born individual. His outlook towards life is very unique and this is why he fits Rupert’s role within our film. Rupert within our film wears blue gloves and he is considered to be the ideal student who does his work and values his education over his social life hence the reason why he cant wear the same colour gloves as Fiona. His nerdy look is well represented through the actor of James Shaw due to his physical presentation and body language. Rupert’s unconventional attractiveness would also be well represented by James Shaw due to his innocent schoolboy look and weird haircut. The fact that James Shaw is also from a white background plays an in-significant role in our play, as gloves are a symbol of race instead of physically casting people from two different cultures/races.
Abbey Salmon = Fiona
Abbey Salmon = Fiona
We were initially going to have Fiona being played by a black female as we wanted to portray the difficulties couples may experience when two different races come together despite London being heavily multicultural and improvements in racial integration there is still tension between different races in today’s society. However we didn’t want our story to be solely focused on race. Through the glove system we wanted to show all the factors that could contribute to keeping couples apart such as, class, religion, age, area etc. Fiona is part of the red gloves and is considered ‘as the girl next door’ as she is a typical attractive 18-year-old girl and this is well represented through our actress Abbey Salmon.
Fiona’s group of friends = Rosie Sinfield, Alice Harmes, Leigh-Anne Davis
Fiona’s group of friends = Rosie Sinfield, Alice Harmes, Leigh-Anne Davis
Fiona’s friends do not really contribute to the narrative as much as Rupert and Fiona however they are key, as they are the only things holding Fiona back from being with Rupert. Society and more importantly her friends will make her question whether it is all worth it and as a result of this, this also brings in the theme of peer pressure. The reason why we chose these characters was because our initial idea was to cast Fiona’s family as the people who rejected the idea of being with Rupert, however we found difficulties with shooting schedules and finding appropriate family members to use as characters. As a result of this we chose people the same age as us to fill this void due to their availability and better suitability to our film.
Our film was initially about skin colour and the divisions between difference races in society. We changed the plot from being about the colour of people’s skin to the colour of gloves. The gloves will represent skin colour and we have chosen to represent it through different colours of gloves as it would emphasise and expose the ridiculousness of people not being able to be together due to the colour of their skin. We chose to have gloves symbolising race in order to make the film more experimental and take advantage of the fact that we are making a short film so we have the opportunity to explore quirkier cinematic themes. Additionally, after researching many short films we realised that our original idea for the short film was more appropriate for a mainstream feature film that could explore the serious themes in greater depth with a bigger budget. Using gloves as a symbol of race it can be representative of other things such as religion it was also to be able to show our themes subtly and not just show it through the colour of their skin. We decided to include our initial synopsis in order to show our development in planning and how our ideas have changed through the research process.