Ideas for Film

For my idea about the two lovers meeting and going to war/protesting I imagined we could film the protest scene possibly at a demonstration that is protesting against the war in Iraq. I am a member of the Campaign For Nuclear disarmament, so I am notified when the rallies are. If there is one that is a suitable time then filming our character taking part on the protest would look excellent and authentic (As it would be a real protest!) I am imaging that to set up the shot for this scene we begin with a wide angle showing the vast qauntity of marchers, and then the camera will zoom into our actress, capturing mostly just her in the frame, and possibly others either side chanting and waving banners.

We may also be playing around with role types, having it so that it is the man who is going off to protest and the woman who is leaving with the army. This could make it a more interesting narrative and something a bit different from a standard ‘love story’. We have not settled on which ethnicity the couple is yet, and will need to consider this with much thought.

I thought that the setting of the shots, filmed on a JVC, could be in this order. (This order is if the man is going off to war, if it is the woman then this will be re-written to make it more fitting)

  • Woman is dressing the man by a window. It’s sunny outside and the natural light from the outdoors is shining in reflecting of the clothing she is touching. We can see a lot of detail in the fabric of his clothes and the camera pans down with her hand as she strokes his tie once it has been put on.
  • The man and the woman look into each others eyes, there is a close up of their faces looking at each other. The woman rests her head on the mans chest and closes her eyes. He then kisses her on the forehead. The camera pans away showing them holding each other by the window. The curtains wave a little in the wind, and we can still see sunlight entering the room.
  • They are in some form of transportation (maybe a taxi) and they are sitting still not talking. We can see that the woman is looking worried, so grabs hold of her husbands hand. He slowly runs a finger over her hand then holds it tight. The camera shows us that in the front of the the taxi the driver has an ‘ENGLAND’ air freshener. This shows the audience what country we are in and reflects this period in time.
  • Once the taxi driver has stopped at its destination (possibly an airport) the man gets out, kisses his wife goodbye and leaves for the plane. . There is a panning shot that follows the man as he is walking towards the plane. The shot is showing the man from a distance and shows the vast stretch of runway between him and the plane. Symbolising the long journey ahead. When he reaches the plane, he salutes his officer who is standing outside and boards the plane.
  • The woman is still in the back of the taxi. And begins to get out a mirror and looks at herself. She pulls out a stick of lipstick and draws it to her lips. She then moves it away and slowly raises it to her fore-head, drawing a peace symbol on herself. She continues to get out various make up accessories and makes herself as colourful as possible. She rips a part of her t-shirt of and ties it round her head for a head band.
  • When leaving the taxi she runs up to the demonstrators who are protesting against the war in Iraq. There is a wide shot of the protesters showing their anger at the war. All are dressed in colourful clothing, highlighting the need for freedom and love. The camera pans upwards from the start of the crowd, capturing peoples reactions and showing our actress running in from the back joining the protest. She then begins to march with everyone as they start moving.
  • The scene then cuts to our soldier who is marching at the same time, in a different country but with other soldiers in a military style. There is a close up on both of their faces, cutting in-between shots, showing that they are both thinking about each other.
  • The scene at the protest starts to get violent as police intercept the protest, spraying people with water and moving horses into the crowds.
  • As the tension is building in the protest, we can see that the soldier is training, running through obstacles and having to stop to fire a gun at targets. All of the sound from the police and the guns starts to create tension.
  • As the protest gets more chaotic and people start running and fighting back. As a large group of protesters, including our actress, run straight into teh police in an attempt to get through, one of them pulls out a gun.
  • In our other scene, the soldier is still training, and we can see him running and climbing over walls frantically to impress his officers. As he is doing this we can hear the officer shouting “MOVE MOVE MOVE” at him as he is struggling to complete the obstacle.
  • As we cut back to the protest scene, we hear that the demonstrators are also shouting “MOVE” at the police, and the unrest is becoming more dangerous.
  • The officer in the army gets out his stop watch and looks at our solider. He presses a timer and starts to count down from 10. When he reaches 0, he must complete the obstacle course. As he is counting down, his voice is played over the top of the protest “Ten.. nine..”
  • As his voice is being heard, the suspense is building and we can tell something awful is going to happen. As the last 5 digits are said out loud, a policeman pulls out his gun in a desperate attempt to keep the protesters back. As the Officer shouts “ZERO” the policeman pulls the trigger, shooting the wife. As she falls down there is lots of screaming and people begin to run away shouting.
  • As she is laying on the floor she closes her eyes. People running in every direction leaving here there. We can hear sirens in the distance.
  • Cutting from this scene, we then see our soldier passing the finish line, falling on the floor out of exhaustion, in the same style as his wife. The officer says to him “You got lucky this time”. He lays on the floor and looks into the distance, before closing his eyes as well.


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