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FA7034 - Pre-Production Proposal (Plotting Out of Film Idea)

April 21, 2016

Thursday 21st April 2016 - Thoughts on Childhood Nostalgia (Plotting Out of Film)

 

·       We hear the sound of, supposedly, a horse and carriage rolling along the road.

 

·       We fade into a hazy child's bedroom. The wallpaper, out of focus, depicts a mixture of blue and pink teddy bears, mixed with clouds, and the furniture is white overall. The camera angles are from a low stand point, looking up at these walls and at the furniture, which seem huge (it's from a child's - me - perspective).

 

·       We hear childlike sounds, with the sense of the opening of a Postman Pat episode faintly in the background, seemingly coming from downstairs. There might also be hints of Orm and Cheep, Chockerblock, Emu's Pink Windmill, Pigeon Street and others.

 

·       LOOK INTO COPYRIGHT OF VERY SHORT SOUND CLIPS AND THE IDEA OF ROTOSCOPING SHOTS (WITHIN THE ROOM) TO CREATE A HAZY, DREAMLIKE ATMOSPHERE (WE ARE IN THE PAST).

 

·       Suddenly the camera shakes gently and the sound of the horse and carriage returns.

 

·       We eventually pan out of the window. The frame appears, and we zoom out to reveal a house, beautifully lit by sunshine (yellowish bricks, glare/twinkle in the window). Gradually, the exterior of this house peels away to reveal the caravan - THE MUSIC BEGINS HERE. We get as far as seeing the entire side panel, with a bright light shining from behind. Suddenly we hear a 'crunch' sound, as if wood is separating (breaking away), and the side panel drops to reveal that bright light in all its glory, with only a 'frame' remaining, albeit one of late Victorian/early Edwardian decor.

 

·       The character (puppet) appears, along with various drawn props that depict the same room, with old photos - blurred out - and other 'memories' being projected behind.

 

·       THIS WILL BE SHOT SEPARATELY (IN TIME TO THE MUSIC) AND EVERYTHING ON THE SET WILL BE SHOT AGAINST GREEN-SCREEN.

 

·       7 KEY MEMORIES (1 for introduction and 6 others to compliment the verses in “When I Was a Lad” from ‘HMS Pinafore’):

o   Bedroom at Ash Tree Field - wallpaper, white furniture, landing

o   Garden at Ash Tree Field – paddling pool, blue car/other toys, stinging nettles

o   Pram - myself and Mark in a field/by a path (Harlow Common?)

o   Blackgang Chine - whale mouth, toadstools, Nurseryland

o   Lounge at Whitewaits – receiving Castle Grayskull and watching TWITW

o   Clacton-On-Sea – the Laughing Clown/Pavilion

o   Lounge at Pear Tree Mead – Christmas with the clowns (magical)

 

·       TITLE IDEAS:

o   When I Was a Lad

o   House and Cart

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