Production Diary #3

24 September 2005

Location:
-Massey Design building (tea garden)
-Massey Design building (museum side entrance)Continuing last shoot from tea garden for any missing parts that haven’t been shot. Adding another character (Janet) in a ‘dreamy’ reality with added lighting(s).Janet HaloDay dream in a cafe:
We used 800 watt light behind Janet to give a ‘halo’ as a peacefull and happy presence, dressed in a more pretty/revealing clothing to show that she’s dressed up to be on a date with David, the vision of Janet in this scene is to show how David extracts her from his memories, that she is someone David seek comfort to and she’s perfect… for him. We also used a 300 watt light in front of Janet (by the camera) to give a glow in Janet’s eye. The whole scene is to emphasize Janet as someone David dreams to be with at that moment.Argument LiftArguement scene:
We took many tries to get this scene done. The idea is to have a long shot from level C (by the cafe) down to level A. Camera was moved using a steady cam following one of the characters.Janet and David goes down in a different path. After a brief arguement by the elevator, Janet takes the elevator and David chases her by running down the stairs. Therefore we did two different version (the idea of one long shot might have to be adjusted by cutting in between – just to keep my options open).The first one was the camera follows David running down the stairs and finally meeting with Janet. The camera circles around David and Janet while they have another arguement downstairs, and as soon as Janet walked out after giving back David’s keys, camera follows behind the two characters towards the exit, and cut when Janet slams the door.DaVid pov lift

The second version was similar, only that this time the camera stays in the elevator with Janet, and starts to move when Janet gets out of the elevator, and the rest of the scene is the same as the first version.

Door to door:
In this shot, we used a double door with one door opened for camera placement.

The closed door in this scene act as a symbol of David’s pride. David will not under any circumstances opened the door as it means that he’s throwing his pride away for doing so. He believed that Janet as the girl is the one who’s supposed to come back to him instead of him going back to her. We did 3 version of this scene and the camera stays put no matter what happens between the characters:

1st version:
David is all angry at Janet, banging on the door and blaming everything on Janet and encouraging her to leave if she’s not happy with what she just saw.

2nd version:
David is asking Janet nicely to come back and talk about what just happened. But he has no will to opened the door and come out.

3rd version:
Is a silent statemenet, where both of them wanted to speak but no one will before the other starts talking.

In this scene we used a 800 watt light placed behind the automatic door (by the lecture theatre) to light David, and we used reflection from natural light for Janet. The aim is to give two different atmosphere between David and Janet. The warm lighting is to give out David’s position as the pride/angry character. And the cold/calm lighting is to give out Janet’s position as the one who walks out on David.

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