From Idea to Outline . . .

Coming up with an idea is one thing, transforming it into a plot outline is a whole another thing!!

All the open-endedness and ambiguity left within the idea now had to be settled, all the things I hadn’t quite figured out as of yet had to now be figured. As we were told, if you don’t have an ending you don’t really have a beginning either. So where did that leave my story? Where did I go with it from here? Now  look, I am probably over dramatising this process (perhaps just slightly), but being 110% realistic here, it was a much more difficult process than I was expecting it to be!!

Quick recap of my idea:

“Samantha and Blake awaken in a strange, dark, unfamiliar house with no recollection of how they got there. A pool of blood, not yet fully dried stains the floor. What happened the night before? And why are the two locked in, unable to leave?”

Oedipus- The ultimate motherfucker

Taking this idea I initially envisioned as a murder-mystery-esque  thriller sort of film, I began to wonder what was the ending to this film? What action was going to occur? The possibilities should have been almost endless, yet I had nothing, I was stuck!! Reading an extract from A. Mackendrick’s  ‘On film-making: an introduction to the craft of the director’ was a big help however. It offered a technique that had been used for centuries, dating back to ancient Greek literature.  Mendrick’s suggests thinking about what your character is going to be like at the end and then starting them off as the opposite in the beginning to ensue true character progression; after all character is what determines plot. For example in Oedipus Rex, Oedipus  who starts off as arrogant in the beginning ends up humiliated by the end

With this in mind I decided character progression was going to be central to my story, one of the two trapped going from frightened ‘victim’ to the powerful, in control victim. And just to twist things up a bit why not make that character the female character?

And this is where it ended up:

“18-year-old Samantha a petite girl, frighteningly shakes 21-year-old Blake awakening him from a deep induced sleep. As he groggily awakens trying to place his surroundings, the first thing he notices is an almost dried pool of blood staining the floor. The dark, dingy looking room unfamiliar to him. Fear quickly snaps him out of his dazed state. Samantha, now clinging to Blake shaking, begins to talk and tries to recollect what happened the night before, but neither of the two are able to piece anything together. Trying to play the role of the hero, Blake assures Samantha everything is going to be okay and commands her to remain where she is. He moves through the deserted house checking every barricaded window and locked door. Hearing a weird, squelching noise amongst the silence of the house, and fearing that Samantha may be in danger; Blake runs back to the room he left her in. There is no one else in the room, but he sees Samantha crouched over an object. As he slowly moves closer to her he realizes it is a human arm. Samantha turns around, her pupils are dilated, blood and small bits of flesh around her face. Blake begins to back away, confused and frightened; Samantha launches towards him in a cannibalistic rage.”

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Rewind…

Rewind…. from Lauren Burgueno on Vimeo.

Because accidental subjects are the best subjects…

In the making of this video I just really wanted to play around with reversing all the footage I took to give the illusion of moving away from even though this may not have been what was occurring in reality.

Prompt: Travelling From

Taken on Sanyo Xacti VPC-CA9 Camcorder

Edited with Adobe Premier Pro

Music: Fast Train by Dark Harvest

Moving Away From Ikea

Moving Away From Ikea from Lauren Burgueno on Vimeo.

In the creation of this video I wanted to play around with movement away from an unmoving subject. I also wanted to experiment with colour keying editing tools.. and yeh!

Taken on Sanyo Xacti VPC-CA9 Camcorder

Edited with Adobe Premier Pro

Music: Shopping by Puny Earthling

The Cemetery

The Cemetery from Lauren Burgueno on Vimeo.

Of course after being overcast all day, the sun decides to come out right as I arrive at the cemetery to film…

In the creation of this video, I wanted to utilise the sun which was ruining the atmosphere I wanted to my advantage. By breaking the traditional rules of filming and shooting directly into the sun, I wanted to play around with flares and experiment with obscure camera angles.

Prompt: Place

Taken on Sanyo Xacti VPC-CA9 Camcorder

Edited with Adobe Premier Pro

Music: Eerie Airy by Alex Debris

I K E A

IKEA from Lauren Burgueno on Vimeo.

Because IKEA is a place.

In the creation of this video I wanted to focus on creating a montage through a series of quick cuts which would match up to a suitable soundtrack.

Prompt: Place

Taken on Sanyo Xacti VPC-CA9 Camcorder

Edited with Adobe Premier Pro

Music: Shopping by Limando

Run For The Kids

Run For the Kids from Lauren Burgueno on Vimeo.

People running towards the eventual finish line in the “Run For the Kids” 15 km charity marathon

Prompt: Travelling Towards

Taken on Sanyo Xacti VPC-CA9 Camcorder

Edited with Adobe Premier Pro

Music: You Are A Mirror (Instrumental) by Silence is Sexy