"IF THE SCENE'S ABOUT WHAT IT'S REALLY ABOUT, YOU'RE IN DEEP SHIT"
At the beginning of the second year o our course we were told to remember those two questions: What's the story about? What's it really about? Then we were warned those are going to be the most frequently asked questions in analysing films as well as creating our own ideas. They indeed are.
"GIVE THE AUDIENCE WHAT THEY WANT, NOT IN THE WAY THEY WOULD'VE EXPECTED"
Both as a filmmaker and as a part of an audience I'm aware of what attracts attention.
"FILMS ARE LIKE ICEBERGS. 1/10 IS WHAT YOU SEE, THE REST IS UNDER WATER"
What we see on screen is such a small part of what the filmmaker what's us to get out of the movie. There's a hidden meaning, there's symbolism, etc.
EMOTIONS IN FILM
"Human’s have hundreds of different emotions, ranging from basic ones like anger to more nuanced ones like nostalgia; however, discrete emotion theory suggests that depicting all of these emotions would be unnecessary, as only a few core emotions are biological and similar across cultures."
Have you ever wondered what's the story behind that person sitting in front of me. We all know how boring it can be to sit in the train for about an hour. Many of us end up observing people, their appearance, actions and behaviour. Then we start thinking what's this person like, what's the story of her/his life, what's she/he thinking at the moment? Amongst those three major advices on screenwriting we heard one more, concerning mostly us, young filmmakers with no budget. Never set your action on a tube station or in the tube! That's possibly one of the worst choices you can make, producing-wise. There is a collection called TUBE TALES, that presets life based stories all of which are set in tube. Today we watched one of those shorts, which despite its simplicity made a huge impression on me.
MY FATHER, THE LIAR
A seemingly simple plot. A son and a father. From the very beginning of the film we can guess that the father isn't perfect. The story signalises that he's probably divorces and he leads quite a pathetic lifestyle, not following the rules of society. However, through the eyes of his son, the father is perfect and he loves him no matter what. It's a typical afternoon for both of them. They're following their daily routine, what we can guess by the automatic actions. They don't feel the need to talk, to plan anything, as it seems they both know what to do, as if it's something they do very often. The only thing that changes the day from the routine is the strange man they pass on the street. The odd man immediately intrigues and engages the little boy's attention.
The action is relatively slow, up until the inciting incident of the story, which really stands out. The father and son are sitting at the station and the boy notices the previously seen man. Within a very few seconds something shocking happens. As soon as the train arrives at the station, the man suddenly jumps and gets run over by it. The boy is aware of the fact that this man just laid violent hands on himself, however he doesn't understand why would anyone do such thing. At this point the boy asks his father for an answer to that mysterious question and this is when the strongest thing happens. The father lies to his son for the first time.
White lies, are they a good thing or not? I believe no one knows the right answer to this question. I don't believe there is a 'right' answer. All of our parents lie. They lie to leaven our childhood and broaden our imagination, by making us believe in Santa Claus, magic, etc. It's not necessarily a bad thing. Sometimes they lie to protect us. To protect us from all the evil of the word, from pain, from fear. Is that a good thing? Should we be protected from it when we're little, or should they prepare us for the real word so it doesn't blindside us. No one knows. We never know whether a white lie is justified but sometimes it can inevitably influence a long-lasting relationship between two people.
Throughout the whole film we don't expect anything this tragic to happen. Although the man jumping under the train is not the strongest part of it. The climax, when the boy's perception of his father diametrically changes because of this little lie is the moment that has a major influence to the audience. It's such a small thing, a sideshow, an insignificant incident. Yet this one sentence heard from his father's mouth, the look on the boy's face when he realises his father is a liar, creates an very strong ending.
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