Slide 1 – Intro
My idea is going to be a social realistic drama about transgenderism. I’m going to have a guy who’s originally gay and then realises he’s a trans female after questioning his sexuality and identity. Her parents aren’t going to agree with her transition and are going to put her back quite a lot, and also she will most likely get bullied before transitioning for being gay, but then get scared about how they’ll react after the transition.
For this idea, I have interviewed three people I know who are trans male for their background story and for idea’s for the script and the storyline, such as when they started feeling this way and how they would act before the transition and then after. To back up my character being gay before the transition, all three of the people I interviewed were either gay or questioning their sexuality before the transition, so I know that this scenario happens in real life.
I’ll also have most of the film to have a happier, chilled and excepting vibe to it since most of the transgender film’s I’ve watched they usually have the bad aspects of the transition. However, to make it realistic, I’ll still have the bad aspects that come with the transition.
Slide 2 – Findings
- From all the transgender films I watched are about a girl to boy transition. Because I don’t want to be the same as every other film, mines going to be a boy to girl transition so that it’s different and interests people a lot more. I also think that being a trans male is more accepted in society because not all females where feminine clothes such as dresses and skirts, and a lot already wear baggy clothes and jeans, even when not a trans male. Therefore, I think that doing a film that recognises trans female is very important because it may make people more accepting when they see quite a masculine body in feminine clothes and makeup, just like they are when females where masculine clothes.
- I found out from some of the films that once they stood up to their fears and insecurities, they become happy within themselves and a lot happier in general. I think my film will involve having the character stand up to their fear – which will be someone who is against the transition and is trying to stop them. For example, in one film I watched called TITS, this boy was having hormone problems where he started getting breasts and even though he wasn’t transgender he felt uncomfortable having breasts and wrapped belts around his chest to hide this part of his body. But then, finally when a busy finds out he has breasts and threatens to tell everyone, he stands up for himself and doesn’t give in. He was then happier because he became confident in his body and realised that what everyone was saying was just words.
- Social Realism is a visual style and genre, that’s “described as ‘gritty’ and ‘raw’ and offering a ‘slice of life’”. My film would suit this because my film would be a lot based on a slice of some people’s life and very true to real life nowadays and the hardships about being transgender. Another website, screenonline.org.uk says that social realist films combine the ‘objective temper and aesthetics of the documentary movement with the stars and resources of studio filmmaking”, which is what my films going to be like because it will be informing the audience like a doc but be acted out and emphasised like a drama.
Slide 3 – Techniques
- All of films I watched started with either started with string instrument music and aesthetic scenery shots, or with a black screen with a title on top like that title for ‘tits’. I will start it with the title screen I think because then it create and atmosphere that it may be quite an emotional film about a sensitive subject, just like ‘tits’ did and ‘boy’.
- The colours were usually quite cold, but natural colours and lighting. For example these two screenshots are of two films I watched which have natural lighting but have a blue and yellow overlay to emphasise the mood of the film. It will give a sense of the fact that the film is quite upsetting, but without the actors telling us that it’s upsetting. Even thought my film is going to have a happier vibe to it, I’ll still have this colour overlay to symbolise that even though she’s happy she still has the little sadness inside.
- Slow motion was used in a few of the films that I watched, it was whenever the character was walking through a crowded place and they felt lonely and isolated. I think I’ll use this aspect i n my film because it will enhance the feeling of loneliness.
Slide 4 – Outlets
- I looked for films on shortoftheweek.com, which are all professional short films. It’s $29 to submit you’re film, which I could do if I get the money or if my films up to the standards. On short of week, I only found one or two shorts that are of the same subject as my film, meaning there’s a slot in there for my film.
- YouTube and Vimeo are free, and also have a wide audience since many people go on these, especially YouTube. My title would have significant words in there to widen the search engine.
- Fringe festival is primarily interested in LGBT films, just like mine. Their submissions are only on online outlets, and not DVD or hard drives. (https://filmfreeway.com/festival/FringeQueerFilmArtsFest)
- FaceBook, Twitter and Instagram would be good platforms for it to be on, and promoted on. Especially Twitter because it has a very large LGBT community.
The reason I’m going to be doing this proof of concept is to promote my film on social media, and also to upload onto my crowdfunding site. The skills I’ve developed over the two years will help me with this, such as time management since we only have a short space of time to produce the whole product. It will also challenge me because I’m going to have to make an effective promotional video for my film in such a short amount of time, and also be able to make the proof of concept symbolise what the film’s going to look like, and what it’s going to be about. This proof of concept should exist because it’s going to be the main way of promoting my film since it’s a visual way of showing my target audience whats the films about and how it should look. There is a gap in the market for this film, since there are not many films about transgenderism anywhere, and there is also barely any about male to female transition.
My proof of concept is going to be the middle of my full length film, it’s going to be the transition stage, where my character is finally becoming who they really are. The aim of my product is to promote my product my film to gain more of an audience once the full film is made. By gaining an audience before the film, I can already have people following the film and the updates, which will mean that my film will be more successful. The research I’m going to be doing for this is to see what differences females and males have, to be able to incorporate that into my film since my character will be transitioning from one gender to another. I will also be interviewing a few of my friends who are transgender and asking them how they transitioned and how big of a scale the coming out stage was for them, whether it was just to close friends on a big stage, like a party. My proof of concept will be shot in a house, meaning I won’t need to book out a studio or rent anything out. I will be using dslr cameras, tripods and small amount of lighting. The production needs to be done before the 15th of Decemeber, and I’m going to be shooting the weekend of the 26th of November, and editing the week afterwards at home and also in class.
I’m going to be doing a weekly reflective journal on what I’ll be doing and how I’m going to improve on a weekly basis. I’m going to be saying what I’ve done right and what I’m going to need to expand and improve on. At the end of the Proof of Concept I’ll be evaluating the quality and the success of the proof of concept and seeing if it’s helped my social media gain followers and if it will be enough to gain contributors on my crowdfunding site. All of the evaluation I’m going to do, it will be as reflective and analytical as possible, rather than just a description of what I have been doing. I will also ask my classmates and the audience on social media whether they think the proof of concept serves the purpose of promoting and showing the audience the concept of the film, and gaining feedback on whether they think the proof of concept will be successful. By evaluating this, I’m going to be able to know how to improve the planning and the process when it comes to producing my full film.
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