Saturday, 10 October 2009

Research: Visual inspiration

Interrogation Sequence

The Interrogation Sequence:
Using a combination of carefully planned camera techniques and organized fight choreography, this sequence will provide an action packed blood curdling torture session that will get the adrenaline pumping.

When considering art direction and location in this sequence, by carefully planning and giving consideration to detail will ultimately make or break the success (or failure) of this particular sequence. Again the main point of this sequence is to develop an understanding of the relationship between choreography and film. Ultimately for my personal education, I intend to really dig into the use of the XD camera with the Canon lens adapter. However, being in control of cinematography, i deeply feel the urge to sucseed in the art direction on set. My hope is that even if the choreography does fail, we may be able to salvage some visually stunning footage from the shoot.

To aid with this decision on art direction, I decided to opt for the now typically cliche saw films. As horrifically cheesy they may have now become, they still manage to create some exceptional visuals in the films. Saw films are the closest "hollywood standard" reference to gain a visual aid on set dressing a location for a torture scene. There are other considerations such as the "Hostel Films" which are equally as impressive, but in my opinion fail to provide the same cinematic quality to them.

Below are a couple of screenshots from Saw II & IV. Although being two feature films apart. they both share very similar properties. The obvious similarity is the acid green colour grading used on both scenes

Other shared qualities can be picked up when watching the scene. The next of importance will be that both these screen grabs are shot in a very similar fashion, and both feature a victim, tied down, somewhat unconscious and in a very secluded, run down and dark location with alien objects surrounding them.

These visuals provide great techniques on how to introduce a torture victim into a scenario of such terrible circumstances.

Below are some stills taken from the opening scene of Saw IV. The sequence is set in in a morgue, with a very cold colour grading to footage. This suggests the cold feeling of death most likely? The main interest of these stills is the method used in filming a selection of cutting utensils sat upon a table. As we have planned to film a very similar sequence, this research is imperative to develop from. The only real difference between the Saw sequence and our torture version, is that we wish to imply an additional sexual reference to relationship between the weapons and the torturer.