Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Film- Fight Club Influences

Fight club Influence

As we were constantly improving on our ideas, we derived from out storyboard quite often, but always used it as a guideline to make sure we didn't stray too far from the story. From our first day of filming we got 10 minutes worth of footage which we edited down to about 30-40seconds of our end product.

We decided together that a running scene filmed from outside of a car would be a great way to film a chase scene. Films use tracks and from the sides of vehicles but because of our lack of equipment all we had was a car and a camera to film with. We filmed a running scene but encountered a few problems along the way. This included the car moving the camera accidently jogging it and a few times making the car become in the shot. Another problem was the pedestrians; a few times bystanders would suddenly appear in the film and look directly in the camera.
We ended up not using the scene we shot tracking myself running from the car window as we thought we had better shots when I was holding the camera, pointing at his face, this gave us some much needed close ups and also gave a slight snorricam effect.

An idea we got from the film Fight Club is when Tyler Durden is shown for 1 or 2 frames in the opening of the film to represent Edward Norton's mind starting to create this character.
We used this to our own advantage by making a colourised picture of Sam wearing the white mask (in the picture it is yellow, red and purple) and having it flash up in time with some of the beats in the music video. This gives an effect where the audience doesn't know if the have actually seen what they saw, and don't have long enough to focus on what it could be, enhancing the visual experience.
Below is a scene from Fight Club where Tyler Durden pops up at 15 seconds in. 

Another clip which was influenced by Film.was a high angle shotfrom the top of a garage to film from a CCTV perspective, where we would cut from seeing the clone from my third person perspective to the CCTV to show no clone, giving another hint to the audience that it was all in my mind. A lot like the scene from Fight Club where Edward Norton is imagining being beaten up by Tyler Durden, but CCTV shows that he is doing it all to himself.

(Through all my searching of Youtube, Vimeo, Google video I could not find the scene I was referencing; it is however between 2:08:00 and 2:09:30 in the film.)

Hopefully these two print screens illustrate my point.

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