Easter Friday

It's easter friday. Which for me means heading home to London to celebrate with the family and enjoy as much chocolate as I can get my hands on. Schools done, all my films are done so right at this moment the only feeling I have is surreal peace of mind and a blank slate. I can not tell you how exciting it is to stare at a blank sheet of paper ready to infused with a creative war between the imaginative and the practical. One element im thinking of exploring is Dogma 95, which is a set of film rules that limit action, shots and structure in a way that the only way for a successful film is a stellar story. 

here are the rules of Dogma 95

Goals and rules

The goal of the Dogme collective is to purify filmmaking by refusing expensive and spectacular special effects, post-production modifications and other technical gimmicks. The filmmakers concentrate on the story and the actors' performances. They believe this approach may better engage the audience, as they are not alienated or distracted by overproduction.

  1. Filming must be done on location. Props and sets must not be brought in. If a particular prop is necessary for the story, a location must be chosen where this prop is to be found.
  2. The sound must never be produced apart from the images or vice versa. Music must not be used unless it occurs within the scene being filmed, i.e., diegetic.
  3. The camera must be a hand-held camera. Any movement or immobility attainable in the hand is permitted. The film must not take place where the camera is standing; filming must take place where the action takes place.
  4. The film must be in colour. Special lighting is not acceptable (if there is too little light for exposure the scene must be cut or a single lamp be attached to the camera).
  5. Optical work and filters are forbidden.
  6. The film must not contain superficial action (murders, weapons, etc. must not occur.)
  7. Temporal and geographical alienation are forbidden (that is to say that the film takes place here and now).
  8. Genre movies are not acceptable.
  9. The film format must be Academy 35 mm.
  10. The director must not be credited.

My goal while home is to come up with a couple story ideas that might suit well to the Dogma 95 film style. Anywho I have to catch my bus in a little under a half hour so farewell for now and I hope no matter what you do on this long weekend its filled with joy.


Suza said...

Have a great bus ride! :)

ScottD said...

good luck!

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