Day 1 of production for the support group new wave project

On Friday we had a production day for the new wave project. We had quite a lot of people on the shoot. Me as the director, Conor and Joe who are in my group helping with the camera work and also acting in it. We also had Max on sound, with Ethan, Dan and Kira for some additional actors.

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For the shoot we also put some time into the production design. Displaying the chairs with also having, a sign in the background having the drug support on it. We also got some tea cups and water to have a little table for the support group. We were filming at the college and having the whole scene in the TV studio. This is because we felt that the TV studio would be the perfect place for this type of support group.

We have a very limited time schedule for the shoot, this was because two of our main actors had to go at 12. This meant we had to do a lot of the complex scenes in under three hours. We managed to get everything filmed. However I would of much prefered taking more time with the shots and getting more takes. As I felt we rushed towards the end to get everything done in time.

The dialogue and the shots where nothing happens to do Joe I felt worked fine, however I would of liked to maybe have some more time. The most rushed part was the mask shots, due to the fact that we missed quite a few shots that we needed to make the film work as planned.

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Overall the shots looked nice and I feel that we got good performances from the actors. Feeling like we covered everything, but I have a feeling it’s not going to follow as nicely as previously planned. This isn’t too bad however due to the fact that this is a new wave project and its more open to experimentation.

I will be editing the film over the next couple of days.

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A New Wave technique

In this blog I will be talking about a new wave technique that I have found interesting. I would then be trying to place this into my work.

I would be looking at Jean Luc Godard’s use of jump cuts in this scene of breathless.

I think the use of jump cuts in this scene really adds the tension of the scene. Where the main character is getting chased by the police I think adds a certain pace that wouldn’t be there if it wasn’t for this technique.

I think the discontinuity in the jump cuts as well adds a lot to the film. Making seem quite head spinning and not really sure what’s going. Making the scene a fake reality to it. This is something that would really help with my next project, due to the fact that we are going to be cutting between the reality and fake reality.

If use the discontinuity in my editing when flickering between mask and non-mask. So having the people in slightly different positions. I think it will add a certain trippiness factor that wasn’t previously there. Making seem stranger and more dissing for the character, if the people he is looking at keep cutting to different. With different clothes and masks.

Overall I feel that using this technique would be a great way of implementing more new wave techniques into my project. Fitting more into my brief and also making my project better for it.

British new wave

British new wave started around about the same time as the French new wave, however British new wave was about showcasing a part of life that wasn’t being show. This being the life of a working class person. These would also normally be called kitchen drama as they would be based around people’s living in daily life.

Ken Loach was a big pusher for this new wave, making films like Cathy come home and other films for the BBC. This movement was really important for showing diversity in the UK, making sure that the poorer people of the country were being represented on TV.

It also meant that actors from working class backgrounds could have a better chance to be in a film. This could be seen for Albert Finney in the Saturday night, Sunday Morning.

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French new wave

We have recently learned about French new wave that started around in the 1960s. This movement was mostly pushed by directors like Jean Luc Godard and François Truffaut. The techniques were very new for the time. Using a lot different types of cuts. Such as jump cuts and smash cuts.

Jean Luc Godard used the technique of breaking the continuity on purpose, with also cutting to different shots halfway through conversations. Breaking up the flow of the scene. This was seen by some as revloutray and others as “stupid,” and “idiotic,”

This is best seen in a film we watched called “Breathless,” 1960

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Jean Luc Godard also used long takes for dialogue, which could be found in this film as well. With having characters break the fourth wall by looking and talking directly to the camera. This something very new for the time and never really been seen before. Causing a lot of upset in the film industry when it was released.

The point of the french new wave was to try and make something different that what was being made at the time. Pushing boundaries and trying new things out.