Professional placement

Wes c.v.

so here is an updated version of my c.v. which I have made and intend to look for some work with I have already worked with clients this year so will see if they are still in need of someone to be a videographer at their events, as they said it was all good earlier in the year I just haven’t heard back from them.

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started looking on ThisisPlymouth.co.uk but the majority of it is media sales or graphic design, found this website isn’t too bad although is a little intimidating the majority of places would prefer you to be experienced, but I guess I could try some “fake it til you make it”

http://www.filmandtvpro.com/uk/i/Jobs/Devon/Plymouth/

also probably looking into GodTV as it’s here, also South West Film

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also had a go with twofour media hopefully the file name wasn’t confusing.
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I just keep thinking about this….

so we have taken on the Tamar River Festival and I have been asked to come up with a concept for the project so I have been researching the river Tamar pretty solidly lately and trying to come up with something fitting. I am going to contact the company directly and ask what sort of direction they want to take the project. Which I did but with regards to the concept I was slightly overtaken by the group and it looks like we’re doing something else that is just mainly involving the river itself.

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also on top of this I have started building a website with Wix a free online site builder, focusing more on stills at community events I have a lot of photos to go through but it’s shaping up nicely anyway…

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So with regards to the River Project it was ok I know people had to pass the module so everyone sort of jumped on board, but there were far too many bodies and not really much going on, I sat in on the edit and helped choose shots and stabilise them etc, I am to understand that we pretty much need to redo the whole thing as they weren’t best pleased with it I think the idea was ok as far as it goes but maybe would have been better or at least a bit more professional if they had taken a tripod out to shoot!

so wanting to get as much on this module as I could I moved on as well to…

http://www.imwithgeek.com/

these guys seemed cool they were looking for a comic strip editor, so I applied thinking it was as a writer! I didn’t get the job for obvious reasons but they got back to me and asked if I would consider joining their staff of writers to which I said “ok would you like to see an example of my work”
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I spoke to one Mr.John William who said they did and so I sent them over The Camera Never Lies a short spoken word piece that I had made for Lucy’s contextual module (you can watch it here if you haven’t already seen it.)

after this more e-mails were sent via Indeed.co.uk an online job application service I had just about familiarised myself with, but as the job has been taken down so has the correspondence, he asked that I show him some more work as I showed promise and their initial goal is to help young writers that other wise would go un-noticed in the industry. So I sent him the link to this blog and apologised profusely that it wasn’t anything other than a stream of vaguely academic consciousness and he never got back to me!

This being the case I have now set up a blog so I can write my own personal feels and thoughts without having any boundaries as such, so therefore this won’t be happening again!

it’s currently untouched but I will be getting on with it in the next few days…

on top of that I finished my negotiated final major production and plugged it about as much as I could trying to contact different drug awareness campaigns I approached LegalHighAwareness.co.uk who have decided to take the original edit as it is to schools and colleges next year to raise awareness about legal highs which was the original intention. On top of this I have been in correspondence with the Angelus Foundation

http://www.angelusfoundation.com/

They are a company who were set up by Mitch Weinhouse after Amy Weinhouses death some few years ago, they loved it and I am currently working on a 2 minute edit so they can try and make it into a viral campaign or some sort of thing like that I guess, I am literally just awaiting a call back today and then I’ll be getting on with it. I told them of my intentions for it and wanting it to spread awareness also the fact that me and a friend made the music and video there would be no problems with copyright etc and they were more than happy to have it, it’s also currently 9th in some online award thing for video of the week which is nice so lots of positive stuff coming back from this. In the time since I started writing this I have been asked to make a 2 minute version for Angelus Films which will involve a ridiculous amount of exposure and such which is good, they are planning to take it around to festivals and schools etc…

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 you can watch the full version here

on top of this I applied for a job at BBC southwest as a personal assistant to a broadcaster I am not entirely sure why I did this but I didn’t get the job anyway but they were interested and have told me they will be keeping my c.v. on file whether or not anything comes of this is a seperate issue.

Critical reflection.

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A lot of the clients that I have come to work with over the recent months have been entirely generated by me applying myself and getting down to it, e-mailing on the phone and via social networking platforms. I feel I have completely grown as an individual and my confidence has somewhat grown. Just through interacting and trying to  get myself out there I have made some strong connections and have some realistic goals that are achievable, I will be working with TEDx at the university which covers quite a large online platform with issues such as technology and social justice/injustice this is something I have wanted to be involved with and have talked about over the past two years, my work with the RIO will cover the community aspect of what I also wanted to achieve this means I am basically doing what I initially wanted. Proving not only can I work to set goals but I can also set my own and get them covered through various ways mainly down to self-motivation, obviously confidence has helped me to pursue such things. I think I need to take time for the future to ensure that I manage everything as best as I possibly can especially if I intend to go out into the industry as a gun-for-hire, working to a deadline is ok it’s just remembering how much I have on, and not taking too long to do things. Once I have come up with a process that suits me with regards to my workload whilst maintaining a level of professionalism with clients I will be set, I will probably look into some self-help books and management styles over the summer take tid-bits from them and apply my own panache.

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Fifa vs the Brazilian people

another short from moi,

I awoke to see the first Advert on the BBC when he asks why we shouldn’t go to Brazil this was all I could think of!

the music is an official fifa song by the way, my sense of music is not broken.
The more I listened to it, the more I realised it’s more ironic than alanis morisette finally understanding what irony is, going to write a song about it not being able to find a pen for her tens of thousands of spoons…

Negotiated Final Major Production

Synopsis: The idea for my project is a music video for a friend, it is based on the three-act way of script writing. Where each scene has an action at the end that leads onto more drama within the next scene. I will be using a track called Vortex which happens to be split into three parts, the story will follow a young man getting out of a taxi and arriving outside a club and meeting his girlfriend or date. Upon entering the club he has an altercation with a bouncer gets a bit gobby but gets let in goes up to someone who clearly doesn’t like him, (we are lead to believe they have a past) buys some drugs and heads to the bar, we see wide-angle shots of the barman at the bar so without realizing the audience is familiarized with his face, the barman also talks to him and says what the sample used in the track says. He then takes a pill and that is when the first music change happens and thus the end of the act. We then see our protagonist in slow motion from an unflattering angle with a fish eye lens, walking through the club sweating loads knocking people over and annoying people generally he sees the guy he bought the drugs from he knocks into him and the guy knocks him out. We then see him laying on the floor from an over head shot as he begins to seizure the music and digetic sounds of a heartbeat intensify until we fade to black (end act.) He awakes in a garage tied to a chair with a man in a mask again quoting the sample used from the song, with a big clown in the corner blowing up balloons his girlfriend is on the floor with a rope tied to her screaming with mascara all over her face, there is a man slapping him in the face, lots of macro shots of things going on he breaks free from the chair and is instantly thrown back into the real world where the bouncer is giving him cpr the other guy is slapping his face while his mrs is screaming in exactly the same position she was in the garage, we realize the guy is O.D. ing.My role in this will be director editor and possibly camera op, I will be working closely with my friend who made the track so I can represent him in the best way possible, I will also be asking for help organizing the club night which I shouldbe able to get a venue for quite soon. With regards to the research piece it will be looking at slow motion video and lighting, I want to make the scenes in the club as vulgarly beautiful as possible I will be looking into Dannie Boyle and such people for work like trainspotting and human traffic etc…the majority of sources I will look at will be focusing on lighting and camera work I will also be looking into club culture and drug problems among teens. I will be working on the preproduction of this as soon as I have met with my “client” I intend to get everything done as quickly as possible but well organized so I can get everything that I need. The only real worry I have with this is my own ability with regards to the technical side of this I will counteract this by enlisting someone who is a little ,more proficient than me with a camera multiple people will make this easier.

DIY Snorricam tutorial videos for club scene http://filmmakeriq.com/2011/04/22-diy-dslr-camera-rigs/

http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Make-a-Snorricam/

So using a few of these designs I worked alongside my partners dad who happens to be a carpenter to make a version of a Snorricam out of MDF wood and bolts to make a jointed chest mount with a bolt from a tripod mount, weighted against a back board held together with luggage straps. It took about a week and cost about £15-20 there there were a few things that had to be changed like the lengths of the arms, but the shot was framed and the angle picked for exactly what I wanted so the work is done exactly to that but with added stages to move within a groove. I can’t claim credit for it all as I was the “ideas” guy so really glad that this is now working. This is a video of it in action when it was still just the front mounted on a wooden board. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NXXeTST1h4o and a few shots of the rig itself …

The Club Scene shooting (7/5/2014) this is being shot next Wednesday and is currently being organised by myself josh and jake, a list of stuff needed for it is glitter balloons smoke machine spray bottles (for sweaty folk) empty bottles balloons food and Kanye sunglasses The shoot is going to be at 20:15 and I anticipate about 40 people being involved this is the biggest thing I have done so far so am expecting a lot to go wrong, hopefully the more I put into the pre-production the easier it will be, part of my influence for this can be seen here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EV7SA0BCUPw consider it a similar thing but with a dash of heroin chic, I will be working with my younger brother mike as our main character, lucy a friend who will be playing his girlfriend, bailey who will be playing the doorman and a casting call has been put out for the barman. I have story boarded and noted out like a million things I am yet to buy blue gels I want a specific look it’s just the only problem with buying online is that you have no idea how it is going to look, I want a very light blue almost silvery light but perhaps this can be touched up in post.The rig is raring to go I just need to resize it to fit someone smaller than me and away we go but I am yet to arrange a name for that so I will get back to you there. So the weekend before the shoot has gone on and I have been working on some storyboards for the shoot on Wednesday but not too much as it happens I got massively ill before I had to do things (not like that’s a cliche’!) I have met with Jake Bench so we can talk through a shooting script and a storyboard but mainly down to just doodling at the moment, I approached Jake as I had worked with him on other films and he’s a bit of a whizz with lighting so made sense.

The Story(boards)

The Car

Our story starts with Rob a young man pulling up in a typical chavvy car (yes i called my car chavvy) talking on his phone

Rob: Why not just come out for a bit man it’s the weekend?

(pause)

well it’s the weekend somewhere still,

i’ve got some blue clarky, nose-bosh and  quack handles

Rob: Well they’re legal highs so I’m guessing they’re alright other wise they wouldn’t be legal genius!

*pauses*

ahhhh go on… *grunts* whatever then…is Lucy still coming out?

*pause*

sister or not mate she’s fair game

CIAOW (shouts and hangs up quickly)

Rob looks down to the glove compartment grabs out bags of different drugs, over the top we will be using bright blue glitter to highlight how dangerous and unknown cosmetic drugs use is. He exits the car, the second that he opens the car door we are outside the driver door, the music starts and the camera moves in 4/4 with the music bar by bar, just showing the relationship of the audio to visual before we see him walk towards us (which will use jump-cut, as this fits the theme and speeds things up) and then off camera.

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Next we see a side-profile crawling from a car, we follow Rob walking along the street on his way to go out, this shot will be shot three times once with him just walking like a bolshy young man, one of him walking as if he’s slightly aware of the music so almost in rythmn and one of him full-blown dancing. The reason for this being the edit if the shot is long enough then I will be able to jump between the three these symbolise his nervous excitement about the night ahead, we then have a rig shot from behind he passes a tramp with a can of beer asleep and drinks it, we see him come into shot at close-up range, we zoom out he spins on the spot and throws the can behind him highlighting how much he doesn’t really care he walks towards us and we are behind him with the club in front of us.

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The Club (EXT.)

outside the club we see Rob start to act shiftily this is because he has no money and is relying solely on selling his “legal-highs” to go out, the bouncer clocks him and they lock eyes. he starts to act more nervously as he does he moves around the corner to where some people are coming down the road to enter the club. Rob manages to sell one of his bags and has the money we then see a young girl wandering along this is Lucy, the sister of the guy on the phone they meet do a line, and then enter the club, Rob blows a kiss at the bouncer in a mischievous fashion and enters the club.

(The music outside the club will have a Lo frequency cut filter on so the music sounds as if it actually in the club, there will some digetic noise of people talking and Rob sorting out the drugs, but this will be inaudible and muffled.)

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**again some story board missing**

The Club (INT.)

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we enter the club and this is the beginning of act 2 the club, we see Rob and Lucy arm in arm ready for a night-out as the music slows down there is a slider shot of them entering slowed down to 90% as the music does as well, they part ways she heads to the dancefloor he heads to the bar.

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we follow Rob along the bar on a dolly all the way to the end to order a drink, when he gets there he is finding it hard to concentrate and can’t figure out if the barman is talking to him (the barman says the sample from the break in the song)

“is elctrical power reaching out to specific vortexs in the earth’s crust and is it causing U.F.O. activity”

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Rob looks confused and heads to the dance floor, the music breaks down to passed half speed at this point and so does the footage, it will be shot on the AF100 and slowed down in camera and will be your typical run-of-the-mill club scene with lots of light and people with their hands in the air and so on,

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as the song begins to change we move to the Snorricam shot

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Rob leaves the toilet after what was maybe a line maybe a pee who knows he exits and we follow him through the dancefloor he sees a girl with a drink and steals it and downs it, then dances a bit and bumps into people, he sees someone wearing glasses and steals them and carries on, now rob has found lucy again and they are dancing together. The shot of them dancing together is to represent the way that they feel singled out and like they are the only people that exist for this effect to be apparent a vignette will be applied in post and the shot will be spot-lit. Rob carries on dancing and we see him start to flail he hits the ground and we go to an over head shot on the dancefloor and hear rob’s heart in time with the music starting to fade-out (incidentally so do the visuals ((clever huh)) )

now we have the breakdown of the song and into act 3 we have a few flash scenes of Rob being bundled out of the club and we hear a car boot open, close people talking inaudibly then the motor.

The Garage(INT.)

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Shot List

  

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basic layout

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In this scene Rob awakes to realise (possibly) that he has been kidnapped by the barman who then relays another sample from the song to him in whilst in a dark room with a swinging lightbulb. A close up of Robs eyes and they open, we are automatically launched into the scene with the music hitting around 174 bPM lots of cut away shots of things that are going on to keep with the pace of the video, Rob is being tortured by the barman with a torch whilst the bouncer is behind them and lucy is on the floor crying.

all of these things will be shot with a macro lens and edited quickly to the beat. Rob hits the floor in his chair and suddenly he is outside

The Layout from above

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The Club (ext.)

suddenly we are outside the club and Rob is on the floor, the bouncer is giving him CPR and the barman is shining a torch into his eyes while they try to revive him we realise that it has all been part of his subconscious and Rob has o.d.’d. The last shot will have all 4 characters in shot disappearing and reappearing as the music changes and Rob’s sense of reality is fading, we leave him either he dies or he lives the audience decides.

Influences and reasoning

my reasons for making this project are a few, the main one is legal highs and their availability to young kids being they are untested cosmetic drugs.

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there are literally hundreds of untested drugs flying around the world at the moment, some are psyco-active and some are stimulants so given that you also add into the equation uppers and downers at the same time it really is impossible to know the exact number of how many legal highs are actually on the market in our country let alone the world. Having a younger sibling that is slightly wild has made me realise how bad this is, also along with watching some friends really lose their grip then ending up incarcerated I figured I would try and use and way to find something to make a point of it to a younger audience. I think that the use of Channel 4 type “This is England 88” camera technique mixed with the look of hollyoaks or misfits or whichever you prefer. (not saying they all look the same, but there is a certain “feel” to each whether it’s in the camera work or grading etc… they are all carefully crafted pieces of poo and glitter. So I bought a load of glitter and balloons, and shot the club stuff which was intending to look something like this…

it did end up looking pretty “Channel 4” if I’m honest was very pleased with the dolly shots was well worth the extra hassle of getting all set up but the footage that came out was amazing, there were only 20 people there but we managed to make it look rather pretty/busy

so with that in mind we came up with a pretty cohesive look and feel to the night club scene of the video it’s currently un graded but it will look pretty special. I had bought glitter which I intended to use with the balloons and people while they were dancing, but due to lack of time as the balloons had to be weighted down with fishing wire, I cracked on with it anyway. Now as a joke and also not wanting to have spent money on something so trivial and not use it, I will make a concoction of unrealistic drugs for the beginning of the video. Giving them funny names as a homage to Chris Morris’ Brass Eye

as I sit writing this the Telegraph have published this in the last hour

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/10857635/New-legal-highs-on-rise-as-UK-death-rate-twice-Europe-average.html

it claims there are 350 known legal highs being sold in the U.K. and Europe and online at 651 different outlets, but in the u.k. the mortality rate from over-dose is 17% more than the rest of Europe whether or not you put that down to our binging culture, a failure to truly explain to kids about things because of red-tape, or general ignorance and readily available vices sold on e-bay the fact is it is a huge problem and children need to be protected from making bad-decisions at a young age, if you believe in theoretical “gateway” drugs then these are definitely them with all moral coding exempt by the web some faceless company making you get off yours on some kind of chemical compound made up of who knows what and for that matter where it came from it’s all a grey-washed area.

“Legal highs are particularly difficult to control as manufacturers, suppliers, retailers, website-hosting and payment-processing services can all be based in different countries.” the EMCDDA

“Most overdoses occur among individuals who have consumed multiple substances, and attributing causality is often problematic,”

even their fake weed is killer

http://www.newsshopper.co.uk/news/gravesend/10864976.Grieving_mum_starts_anti_legal_high_campaign_after_son_s_Gravesend_death/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-21242664

Drug use remains one of the major causes of mortality among young people in Europe, the report said, with around 6,100 overdose deaths reported in Europe in 2012, down from 6,500 in 2011.

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the edit is going well I have bought a plug-in called “Twitch” which looks like it should be fun to use for the garage scene the motivation for the general theme of the garage scene even though it is in no way similar is the song “Breathe” by the Progidy

The general feel is uneasy and I wanted to try and replicate it as this part of the story is all in the guys mind, whether or not this will easily be defined is up to the edit. Obviously I know what has gone on but need to make it very apparent to the viewer so they aren’t just left to think about it themselves.

Three-Act Structure

 

over the winter holidays last year I realised that I was entitled to up to £450 worth of books and materials, so I decided to take full advantage of this and went out and bought some books

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these books were rather interesting I think by far the best was “The Art of Digital Film-making” by Mike Figgis the dude who invented the fig-rig not the greatest piece of equipment (i found personally) but the whole book is very good it reads almost as if you were having a conversation with someone which is essentially what the book tries to emulate, however I also bought some screen writing books etc and the more I read into them the more I realised that I believe writing is something you can’t teach, or more to the point creative writing (that actually involves being creative) is the same as art or music if your tone-deaf there is no getting over that, it is built in and ingrained from your brain’s development. This being said I found myself wanting to write at the same time don’t get me wrong I just wondered what would be the outcome if I actually limited myself to a confine or structure, I realised that the 3 act structure that everyone was ranting about is said literature is a very simple way to write and therefore may be better suited to music videos with a story-line. For any one who is reading this and doesn’t know what the 3 act structure is it basically is the theory that film needs 3 acts to be a whole and that every end of every act requires an action that leads through into the next act, basically

The Software

So in order to obtain the glitchy effect that I wanted I went ahead and bought a program called twitch, but being as my Mac isn’t entirely great neither is my graphics card I had a lot of trouble getting everything to run, also the fact that my only real experience with After Effects has been with the Title Sequence Project that we had done really proved troublesome I didn’t want to let that stop me, I bought the copy of it used it in college and at home and for some reason my projects wouldn’t render after an entire evening of searching CreativeCow.net and other website yahoo answers etc, I sent quite an abrupt e-mail to video copilot and received an answer within 5 mins turns out I was using an old copy of Twitch I dont know why this is the downloadable one on their site but that was put right and all was ok!

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so bearing this in mind I went back to the drawing board and managed to find a program called Data-Glitch 2.0 this is less “twitchy” more giving an imitated break in visual feed, the two options are subtractive colours or primary colours, I decided to use RGB as it fitted with the colour scheme of the video so far, this program can also be used in Premier. This didn’t work in the end as I didn’t have the AE key so was unable to get rid of the water-mark here is my attempt

The Ball-ache

ok so I ended up messing up hugely on the night of the last shoot I had intended to go from the shoot straight home went out via BANGBANG on North Hill wasn’t a smart move, I ended up having the camera stolen from me and lost the plot. I was literally stood by the bar talking to Alex (Plasmator-the guy who made the song) someone lifted it straight up from next to me, which is ridiculous and lucky at the same time as I had my own Canon-600d and Macbook Pro in my bag, realising what had happened I asked to see the CCTV and was told I would have to wait until the morning, not being a great believer in people in general I decided to get blind drunk (real smart yup?) I was initially thinking that I would have to replace a 7D and 2 samjang lenses worth about 2 grand. Not wanting to think about this and having had problems with alcohol and substance abuse for the last 10 years I “relapsed” for about 3/4 days and made my home-life quite difficult for everyone around me, this wasn’t ideal as I had been sober since September and had joined the college to try and regain some sort of composure to my headspace and the way things were, in the time that I was  being a drama queen and a huge drunk one at that someone handed in the camera to the college I am yet to find out who did I think it was a photography student. The plan is when I go back to find out and give them a reward because they vaguely instilled some kind of faith in humanity in me again, so the camera was back and the only thing that was missing was a charger ok not a problem 30-40 quid I went onto WEX Photographic and bought one for 10 pounds more than the recomended AMAZON site, (as Amazon don’t pay their taxes and are generally a bunch of sh*ts) yeah I know moralistic eh? got the camera back got the charger back now to get the last piece of footage I need the dialogue……but, the day that I lost the camera was my first offence with the ERC and it took a week to get the charger, when the charger arrived I took it into the college (after having spent the day a few days before getting my extenuating circumstances) and they decided that from the day I handed it back I had a week ban, so this in mind I was put a week back. I did try various people that I had worked with to try and book out the equipment so that we could get this in the bag but people had gone home or were busy trying to tie up their own loose ends I would have to wait until the video could be finished and just wanted shot of it!

It has taken nearly a month as all my actors work, which is good for them and such but I am stuck trying to tie things together and it’s nearly impossible. I am glad that this has happened in some ways as I now know unless I choose a particularly “bummy” person I will be working with actors from Casting Call!

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The Monstrous Feminine…
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Body)

Started reading “HORROR AND THE MONSTROUS-FEMININE: AN IMAGINARY ABJECTION” after briefly talking about little mermaids and teethed vaginas, what would otherwise be a seemingly normal Tuesday morning was about to blind-side me and make my own genitalia crawl back inside me for the remainder of the foreseeable future. The text starts by talking about male castration and how every man is subject to this at birth after their entry into the world as we know it  their mother’s vagina and therefore subconsciously living in fear that one day we will be castrated ourselves (rendering you somewhat redundant for the furthering of our “amazing” species *see sarcasm) it’s relevant to a piece taken from a paper called Fetishism written by Freud in the twenties. I was already aware of this piece of work as I had read it in my spare time as psychology is well interesting…init. I am also aware of how important a few key women were in changing the whole process of theorising film and taking a more psycho-analytical approach to how we view subtext and hidden references sometimes this can be applied although I feel that some of it lends itself to everything needing to be explained and justified in order for something to either be considered “art” or just purely because people constant need to question and need answers is not too dissimilar to David Dimbleby Brian Cox and an autistic child would be after smoking peyote (not the kid obviously that’s just plain wrong).

“Feminist philosophers question patriarchal theories and urge the need to link theory with practice. Allegedly science/theory has the virtues of being unifying, coherent, well-grounded, and explanatory. But film theorists naively invoke concepts that are quite contested, such as explanation, justification, and systematicity. Nor is there operational agreement within the discipline for what counts as evidence, testing, or confirmation of a theory. This differs sharply from feminism’s more usual emphasis on the experiential.”
(taken from Encyclopedia of Aesthetics)

Feminist Film Theory:
Feminist film theory has been around for the last 30/40 years or so and is widely recognised by academics the world over, it incorporates Marxism psycho-analysm and semiotics (the study of signs.) it started in the 70’s and was headed by a paper written by one Laura Mulvey “Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema.” I have not yet read this but I will and will then comment further this is just an over-view so as to grab an understanding of what this is. The paper put forth the claim that in mainstream Hollywood the male is always the driving force behind a film and the girl is there to be objectified ( and/or to make other women feel ugly and self-coinscious about their own bodies)* I will get back to this as it’s something that personally grinds my gears. This is true it’s obvious you would only need to pick up a magazine or watch an advert break to realise this, the paper insisted that women were subject to being used in cinema as a means of visual pleasure and not much sway in the narrative, she was heavily criticised for this as she did not let up on the fact that women were objectified, when there are other genres and less “mainstream” cinema where this was not the case hence the term theory. Barbara Creed who wrote “The Monstrous Feminine” borrowed from this text and then went further into it with the work of Kristeva whose work was on abjection,femininity and the female body in cinema and and a further psycho analytical angle introducing the Oedipus Complex and male castration, she insisted that women were portrayed as monsters rather than hapless f-witts. The psycho analysis spec. used is of one Jacques Lacan’s Self and Desire. Philosophy of such a nature has been criticised for being used as the parameters are already set to define the outcome because you are looking for a particular thing…(I had no idea how to word that sentence!)

*This is pretty cool* The intention is pretty obvious there is a heavily tattooed girl twerking with some swords whilst images of sex-changes ovaries and other associated things are projected onto her…

On the flip-side to this here is a paper called the monstrous masculine and it focuses on adolescent males becoming monsters (which is essentially just nature anyway!), but I will come back to this.

I don’t know where I sit with regards to abjection as I am more anal-expulsive, I don’t get off on throwing feaces around the place or relieving myself though I find it completely trivial that anyone would find human functions disgusting, I do like to play on peoples sheepish nature when it comes to things like this which is so much more fun now I have teeth to take out and put places they shouldn’t be.

World Cinema (third cinema)

Started looking at World cinema or third cinema which is one of my favourite genres…is how I would start this if I was a closed-minded funk nugget! nah we totally talked about the importance of other countries (non european) not being grouped into one collective coined “WORLD CINEMA” as if all European and American films were thought up and shot on the moon. I have always found it somewhat annoying that it is thrown about so much when there are some amazing film-makers the world over, same as there are musicians, artists, app creators and so on and socetera. The fact that we view it any other way is purely down to money and branding and also deeming things less integral or important when said money or branding is not used, I personally am a big fan of Chan Park Wook, Joon Ho-Bong a lot of different French horror directors some Swedish stuff without vampires or trolls. I must admit that I havent really grasped hold of a lot of names we will put that down to good ol british ignorance for now…Tasked to choose a country to research and briefly scratch the surface of in order to be able to relay info. to other likely educational companions in a college-like situation I picked

Bulgaria

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(here is a picture of the Bulgarian Space Program)

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“image from http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1127702/”

So with regards to the film I watched it was called Mission London and strangely enough turned out to be a Bulgarian film set in the London Embassy so couldn’t help but think that it had probably been somewhat changed to fit the English market. The film played out like a cross between Delicatessen (the oh-so acclaimed januty French film) and Parent Trap (the crappy Lohan one not the original.) the story didn’t make a great deal of sense and a lot of the shots were typically 90s looking the soundtrack didn’t help that image as it was shot in 2009 but resembled something made for Channel 5 movies in the afternoon produced then straight to a slot after Home and Away. I didn’t want to embrace the view that it’s a cultural divide more that it had been a mistake or misunderstanding of some sort and will endeavour to watch something more “Bulgarian” maybe something without Alan Ford in it…init!

THE DEADLINE STUFFS!!!!

“Television Prose”

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Aims and Objectives

To create an unbiased argument as to whether or not television is directly negative in developing countries, to research examples where indigenous people have had their own sense of identity radically westernised by television, and to also research areas that are developing more because of t.v. be it through helping people from feeling cut off in their troubles, educational programming or teletext based programs that farmers use for online market places.

This project particularly relates to me as a writer and as a person, having recently caved after over a decade of not having television. I mainly have negative views when it comes to t.v. and it’s use in our culture and others from what little I do know from various documentaries. I filmed a plenary session at the Making Futures event over at Mount Edgcumbe the talk was on Nokia’s geographic nomads, and how they help developing countries with the use of mobile phones.

“Ever since the publication of the Jipp Curve in 19631, researchers have repeatedly observed a positive relationship between a country’s teledensity (i.e. the number of telephones per 100 inhabitants) and its economic growth/wealth (measured as Gross Domestic Product per capita).”

This made me wonder if perhaps I could find some kind of good in TV and see how they could have possibly helped countries other than ours that are less fortunate, here purpose of television is to subdue or scare us or show us pretty things/shiny things tell us stories remind us what we need to buy in order to feed the apathy monkey sat on our shoulders *waves at the monkey. I think there should be more positives pointed out that we don’t neccesarily think about when it comes to tv media.  There has been so much time put into the devising and development of it over the last century that surely some good is coming of it,  are they developmentally challenging countries? are they for the cause? do I care? all this and more

This is a clip with an interview with one the heads of google talking about TV white noise which is essentially using old frequency transmitters so non-digital old type things that Africa would have used for television and radio and to broadcast on a lower frequency so that these “White Noise” areas where there is no television or internet can be reached without having to put up transmitters and destroy the natural landscape, Google claim to that everyone should be connected and that possibly the reason for their being under-developed is to do with the web and whether or not people can receive information in order to grow,(nothing to do with us then, cheers Guys!) I fail to see how porn is going to help their situation as it would only lead to further dehydration. This seems to be a prime example of what it was I was looking for with intention of sorting out if I believe they actually want to load up peoples brains with knowledge or upload peoples brains in the not-so-distant-cyborg-hashtag-future.

Television and ICT diffusion.

 

Ok so after taking some time to think about it whilst getting other things done, I have come to the realisation that this is an absolutely huge topic I had settled with after not having enough papers I could find linked specifically to t.v. I have chosen to focus on moving image in developing countries so Mobile Videos which will be spontaneous and truthful, TV documentaries which will be planned and editied, as will films and finally advertsing – planned propaganda.also looking into subheadings for the positive outcomes of these: Exposure of crime, whistleblowing, Increasing tourism, Human rights issues and environmental issues.

Dis·ney·fi·ca·tion

noun \ˌdiz-nē-fə-ˈkā-shən\

Definition of DISNEYFICATION

:  the transformation (as of something real or unsettling) into carefully controlled and safe entertainment or an environment with similar qualities <the Disneyfication of a downtown>

Origin of DISNEYFICATION

Walt Disney + -fication

First Known Use: 1982Spoken Word
Spoken word piece the camera never liesAims: To use a spoken word piece with stock/news/copywritten material to make the point that the camera doesn’t lie but the person behind it does, looking into other areas such as tourism and then behind the scenes of what happens really (for instance Sandals Holiday Parks and then real life footage from Jamaican Cops) then to documentaries and how they are pre written to paint aspects in a certain light, then moving to mobile phones and people being bundled from the streets into police vans in Iran, how corporations pollute water and use advertising to market things as being ok. So basically a run down of how we are lied to by people but not by cameras.

Cameras never lie,

They process image burned inside,

There was a time where we’d reside without the spoon that feeds our minds,

Cumbersome and hard to get yet some would bet to some extent,

If they weren’t snapping they’d forget their grandparents or family pet,

And these are portraits hung on walls forgotten in museum halls,

The history in toilet stalls we see how people lived before

 

Memento Mori

the knowledge grew so did the scene so moving image now was key,

And people keen to see on screen the foreign places never been,

 

And then they went to fight

 

With two world wars where blood was spilled,

So now the cameras always filming broken homes and evil villains,

Politicians in slave-trade buildings,

Binding families torn apart in war in which they all took part,

Without the knowledge of the lies this revolution televised,

The products sold from product lines to heal the sick and strengthen ties,

And when we all were blown to blitz they started selling helpful tips,

Women please don’t look like shit you’ve got a countries frame to fit,

And husbands who weren’t shot to bits can soothe the war by getting pissed,

 

Then crept the lethargy

 

Electrons danced on phosphorous screens and folks are told that prosperous means,

A family holiday overseas exotic spots that you’ve now seen in Red Green and Blue,

And you helped the cause and fought those wars your dogs are barking rest those paws,

The rest of us were restless cause the rest were busy building walls,

And changing rules for what we saw far less privy than before,

The editors hands must be sore the footage never seen before and then never seen again,

But when the media had its spin the fingers pointed look at him,

And her in lights that you’ve not seen because “We are your eyes now”,

Have some opinions, you are hapless minions,

You happen to live in these happy conditions, cause habit traditions,

And satisfied living have shackled you glued to your fat-asses prisoners in your own front room,

With one big eye watching you,

 

In this techno revolution time it’s pretty cheap to buy an iris,

Shoot cause cameras never lie it’s just the person stood behind it…

 

Conextual Studies #2 the work of art in the age of mechanical reproduction.

The work of art in the image of mechanical reproduction is an academic paper written by Walter Benjamin in 1935 you can follow the link here to the PDF http://design.wishiewashie.com/HT5/WalterBenjaminTheWorkofArt.pdf . At first we were tasked with reading this piece over the week then meeting up the next to talk about it, but few people had taken the time to read it. I managed to read a bit or more peruse so as to get the basic gist of the paper I found it to be entirely verbose (no pun intended) and slightly dated but as I said I didn’t give it that much time. The following week we were given a passage of the paper to work with manually in the form of a collage, we were later informed the reasoning behind this was so that we actually digested the text and passage through manually re-constituting it. The whole process seemed to work as I took in more of the passage than I had when skimming it before on my own whilst battling sleep and the induced keyboard bashing boredom that was this lengthy dated work, upon this I did actually relate to what he was saying about the difference between the painter and cameraman (who apparently “penetrates” quite a lot in day-today film-making) but still found it to be dated. The fact that special effects like CGI and green-screening exist are perhaps a sign of how times have changed in the sense that he was implying that you simply point and shoot , therefore whatever is in shot however you shoot (penetrate) it is put on a pedestal instantly for the masses to judge. This is still true when you think of fields such as documentary film-making so not completely off at the same time. Like most old academia there is always going to be a degree of truth still in it. I am only relating to this passage not the entirety of the paper as I have not read everything I would be dumberering myself with closed mindedness probably put it on the back of the back-burner to read when I’m done digesting everything else I said I would and am subsequently too old and senile to move or care.