Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Xmas Research:

Over the Christmas holiday, we were assigned to do some research for our major project.
In my case, I wanted to do a trailer for a film, but partially base it on the classic tale Red Riding Hood.
The Christmas task is asking us to be spontaneous and improvise when it comes to our research. This is so we aren't stuck for ideas when it comes down to doing the ground work for the next 16 weeks or so.

I'm struggling to string up the ending of my story at the moment. So I figured it couldn't hurt to refer to some other films and books.
I'm still reading that book 'Directing the Story' by Francis Glebas. In fact, it was reading that book that actually birthed my idea in the first place!
When Glebas talks of the three little pigs and directing their story in storyboards, I began thinking of the fabled tales and started stitching them up in my mind. Like the wolf could possibly be connected or very well be the same wolf in Red Riding Hood. Why not I thought. The idea just tuck of from there.

My research has been dabbling in a lot of different areas, I hope so anyway when it comes to evidencing it.
I've been playing with the idea of Red being a princess of some sort. At least making her one of the main characters in the trailer. Perhaps even a heroine.

Whilst on youtube, I accidentally came across this talk, Tales of Passion by Isabel Allende.
She mentions some points I think my characters can relate to or learn from. Allende almost seems to go through the structure of what a story is and does when explaining them.
Not so surprising though when I found out she's a writer too.

Some of the points Allende mentions are:
  • Themes: Justice, Loyalty, Violence, Death, Political and Social Issues, Freedom. The very things that drive our actions, motives, etc.
  • 'What matters most, more than training or luck is the heart. Only a fearless and determined heart will get the gold medal. It's all about passion.' - 2:55
  •  'Heart is what drives us and determines our fate. That is what I need for my characters in my books. A passionate heart. I need matherics, dissidents, adventurerers, outsiders and rebels, who ask questions, bend the rules, and take risks. People like all of you in this room. Nice people with common sense do not make interesting characters.' - 3:20
  • Talks about real life accounts of women still suffering in developing countries, over the rule of empowered and corrupt men. These accounts describing how these few women were forced to endure cruel and harsh times, and were made into heroines in their darkest hours.

I don't want to go too deep with some of these ideals, as I want to show my trailer to a young/family audience, and I want to show issues and dangers within the safe boundaries of a fable.
But Allende's first three points have stayed with me since I've watch this.
Interesting characters have problems that need resolving.

Which reminds me of this a little. 'The Girl Who Leapt Through Time' film


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