More Flashback Research (Classical Hollywood)
Classical Hollywood. Watched several films that have Flashbacks in them and selected 2 to include in the example chapter on memory and flashbacks in Cinema.
At my last supervisor meeting the book ‘The Classical Hollywood Cinema Film Style & Mode Production to 1960’ by David Bordwell, Janet Staiger, and Kristin Thompson. was suggested, which I promptly searched through for examples of flashbacks, finding 5 relevant passages to include in my next writings.
My Supervisor also mentioned that of course, Casablanca had a good example of early use of a flashback in a Hollywood-produced movie. I’ve added this to my list of movies to analyse for flashbacks.
I’ve updated my blog with the journal and diary entries.
I’ve contacted a professional classical dancer who is interested in appearing in my film in one of the flashbacks or what might become a more experimental film – we shall see.
Update “Remember” (2020) is experimental through both its lighting and visuals, the nonlinear editing to represent the memory concepts of flashbacks as explored in chapter one.
Using the poem “Remember” as a creative influence I decided to film a short dance sequence for the visuals with a voice-over. The concept is to represent the loss of memory and integrate this into the much larger practice on the conceptualisation of memory in cinema.
Remember me when I am gone away,
Gone far away into the silent land;
When you can no more hold me by the hand,
Nor I half turn to go yet turning stay.
Remember me when no more day by day
You tell me of our future that you planned:
Only remember me; you understand
It will be late to counsel then or pray.
Yet if you should forget me for a while
And afterwards remember, do not grieve:
For if the darkness and corruption leave
A vestige of the thoughts that once I had,
Better by far you should forget and smile
Than that you should remember and be sad.
By Christina Rossetti
Studio session (Monday 17th August 2020)
Two camera setup Canon C300 and Canon 5D MK3.
Concept One. The studio is dark, very dimly lit. Using the 2 light panels. The aim is for the dancer to move in and out of the light and the lens. Visually a silhouette backlighted dancing in front of a static camera. Rim Lighting setup.
Concept Two. The studio is brightly lighted using the house lights. The dancer interacts with the moving camera. No lighting rig was not available so used 4 led lightpanels, setup to cover the performance area. Canon C300 used handheld.
Additional Visuals: Capture close and extreme close movements for both concepts. Hand and foot movements. Face and head movement.
For the performance (performer to supply) Post-production: anything with a regular beat to use as a background to cut to.