Today we did our presentation and it went well; we definitely went over 6 minutes however I think we did good. I found it very hard not to ramble through the whole thing since I had so much information in my head I just wanted to show what I knew. (Now you know why it went over 6 minutes…whoops) However Conánn liked our presentation, schematic & artifact so success!
For the artefact, Jenny thought it would be cool to create a montage to display the artifact that can show of all of the elements in the suitcases in a quick way. I suggested a stop motion, tying in with the film (Thinking of polaroids and their famous selfie) and thinking of 360 videos.
Syfy FanCam 360 Shot0638
These videos are made by several camera placed along a circular frame. Not that we have a studio or time to replicate this, the thought of having our artefact spin round featuring the dents and marks on the case seemed like a good idea. I had a few images in my head of stop motion videos that looks quite deliberate instead of aiming for realism. Back in foundation we watched a stop motion created for Chipotle Mexican Grill. Despite the animation looking realistic it characters the scenery looks very deliberate in things chopping and changing.
Back to the start for Chipotle Mexican Grill
I asked the group about it and they were open to the idea so that was a good sign to go ahead with the video.
I shot the footage whilst Dervla (my right hand woman in the hand modelling world) helped me open the lids for the cases. I think retouched the photos and strung the together in after effects where i could further enhance the quality of the video.
Initially I set my shutter speed quite low to make the photos seem dark, the grainy quality and high contrast were something I considered when filming. Giving a rustic look to parallel with the film. Almost a sandy quality like it has been recovered from the canyon. Using yellow is add to the rustic aesthetic instead of using cold colours to balance the footage. The music is the intro to ‘Wild Things’ by Hans Zimmer, a song created for the Thelma and Louise soundtrack .
Overall I’m pleased the result and hope the team like it as well!
Now the artifact is done we can showcase what they are:
Silver Bullet Logo
Vagabond Inn sticker
Thelma and Louise label
Outside case 1 &2
Bullet Hole & Stickers
These elements are meant to show the journey with stickers of the places and states they’ve visited. Theres the bullet hole to resemble the various shootings whether it’s from the police chase or at the Silver Bullet. On the handle there is a tag with Thelma and Louise written on it to show it’s their journey.
Silver Bullet/Homer Home Kitchen Receipt
Map showing route
Cigarette Box/Cigarette/Cigarette Butts
Wild Turkey Shot
Louise’s head scarf
Inside case 1, Outside case 2
Wild Turkey bottle
Silver Bullet Receipt
These feature mementos of the journey with the route of the initial road trip. The receipts are to show the stage of the journey; before the first threshold.
Oklahoma state flag sticker
Map showing route
Paper with Peaches written on it
This case features the new journey, the point in the story where they had to travel to a new destination. Showing the money that they eventually lost and the code word “Peaches” from before the money was stolen.
New Mexico flag sticker
Arizona state flag
“Let’s keep goin’” written in lipstick
Show the underlying message of the story. “lets keep goin” to signify the freedom they received at the end of the road and the selfie which shows how far their friendship has come through the journey. We see the polaroid fly off the car as they go over the canyon, it has been in the thunderbird from the very beginning and likely treasured thought the journey.
So glad we got the artifact done! Great team effort from Jenny, Thomas & Claire. (Check out their blogs!!! )Now all is left is to present the artifact in an interesting way *queue video*
An idea that we had at the start for the artifact was to replicate the selfie at the beginning of Thelma and Louise. We thought of it as funny joke but thought we should do it for the presentation, just a fun bonus to get a few laughs from ourselves.
I nominated myself as photoshop master and myself, Thomas and Jenny took a picture of ourselves. Claire wasn’t comfortable being in the photo so it was Just the trio. It wasn’t until I went to put us in the photo I realised the picture we took was too different in lighting and quality.
So we agreed the ten minute photoshop masterpiece was to be redone and made better! Using a better camera we this time got someone else to take it and we all looked the same way. I was determined to get Claire in the photo so she settled for me drawing her in.
So this is what we are left with, I regret nothing
For the presentation we need to show that we had an understanding of The writer’s Journey. I did what I had done previously the week before and made notes, this time on the stages of the journey and afterwards use this structure and apply it to Thelma and Louise. As you can imagine making notes on the majority of the book takes bit of time so this was done over the course of a few days (Worth it!) So now i have my own “cheat sheet” and a mini book of condensed notes
With these notes I was able to apply the structure to Thelma and Louise. I also tried to find other sources where Thelma and Louise was put in this structure but i thought they were wrong! (Ego increases) so hopefully mines right.
1) Ordinary World:
Thelma and Louise are introduced as characters, Theres foreshadowing at the start of future events, backstory and exposition are revealed by phone calls and conversations in the car/bar to indicate Thelma and Louise are going on a road trip.
2) Call to adventure:
Thelma despite not telling darryl sets off willingly with Louise (Due to her lacking something within herself, tired with life). Louise herself is presented with the call when Thelma wants to stop off at the silver bullet, this is conflicting for Louise as her plan was to continue driving. (This leads to refusal of the call) It is only through persuasion that Louise accepts the call.
3) Refusal of the Call:
Louise herself is hesitant about entering the Silver Bullet and later when she doesn’t want to drink and dance with Harlan (Letting the audience know something risky is happening) This tension that something bad is enforced through Lena who warns Thelma and Louise of Harlan’s intentions. However Thelma leaves no options for Louise so she follows.
4) Meeting The Mentor:
Louise is Thelma’s mentor, in the bar we see more backstory of Louise’s past unfold, We see thelma learning from Louise through partying and smoking. (This is also evident in the car before the Silver Bullet)
5) Crossing the First Threshold:
Louise shoots Harlan, changing the course of the story, Louise and Thelma now have to cross to the special world (Mexico) to seek freedom. Events internally triggered by Louise’s past. After the shooting both Louise and thelma appear bruised and battered from the incident
6) Tests, Allies, Enemies:
Characters such as JD, Jimmy, Hal are introduced. JD and Jimmy appearance at first as allies but shape shift or leave the story. Hal is introduced as the since for coming of change pursuing Thelma and Louise. however we see through his sympathy he could be a potential ally. Now the girls are on the run there are new rules, (They must avoid the police, avoid being detected) They arrive at different watering holes and pit stops.
The centre of film, loves scenes appear, the motel being a break in the story for thelma and louise to relax before the ordeal.
Their greatest challenge, Thelma and Louise hit a crisis when JD steals the money leaving Thelma and Louise with no hope of reaching mexico and abandoned. Tensions are high and Louise hits a breaking point (The wounded hero is broken) the audience has sympathy for her. The reward only approaches when Thelma steps up as the hero.
Thelma robs the convenience store (as a trickster) in order to gain the reward of money (Elixir Theft) however this will have consequences of it’s own. The police have now evidence to convict Thelma and Louise due to security footage from the convenience store.
10) Road back:
Thelma and Louise are determined to reach new goals but are set back by state troopers (The police consider them villians) Thelma and Louise escape running for their lives.
The moment Thelma is reborn, becoming the hero. She and louise sacrifice their future by continuing to run however Louise drops the ball by revealing their location to the police. Louise tries to change by pleading innocent to Hal as a last resort, trying to open up. The trucker who has already been introduced is dealt with to show Thelma and Louise have changed but again it has theres consequences as the police are able to track further the duo’s movements.
12) Return of the Elixir
Thelma and Louise choose freedom and drive over the cliff. leaving the end open ended for other characters. They have their reward of independence.
With this we have more knowledge to back up our presentation, I shall send this to my group and see if their findings alter the details and change the structure.
On Friday myself and Jenny started adding writing around the schematic so the story is more easy to follow. We kept the minimal approach with more concentration on the lines and the graphics than the writing each individual scene. We cut out Homer who served no purpose in the story (sorry Homer) and added in the acts alongside the locations to relate more to the structure of the story. Jenny tidied up some of the lines and added in extra bits like phones made between other characters.
The overall schematic is looking pretty good; i was worried before that our schematic was looking too simple compared to other schematics. However I think it’s about understanding the story through the diagram. As mentioned ages ago, its a visual aid so writing the plot isn’t do any better unless its for a purpose. We also have colour co ordinated lines and graphics to help with understanding the information instead of text.
I’ve waited till now to go through the process of making the artefact. Gathering pieces for it was slow to start however as a team we were able to gather all the pieces quickly and in tandem with each other. So a bulk post now is much more easier for my brain to handle!
Originally we thought about getting a real case, like one of those old fashioned cases however we couldn’t find one nor buying one was worth spending a lot of money! However Jenny found these in CraftWorld. These are individual suitcases but Jenny had the idea of buying multiple sizes and having them as a Russian doll effect. Since Thelma at the start was complained at for bringing so main cases and with each case could have more revealed about the significance.
The Bigger Case
With that we bought them, painted and glossed them. Then did what any person would do, break them.
For the gun, we went to a pound world shop and bought a cheap toy then we altered bits here and there so it doesn’t look so…toy-ish! We also wanted an item of clothing in the case, myself and Thomas went on the haunt for any old looking scarves and came across one which did nicely! We were going to have jeans in the case but considering the time of the project due and the size of the case, less is more. Bringing in the elements of appearance and vanity we bought a cheap lipstick and used it to write a message in the smallest case; Like women do on mirrors.
For that we pinched a few butts (nudge nudge wink wink. wait no!), cigarette butts that is and Jenny made one as a backup. Having the cigarettes in the case gave an immediate scent of smoke which adds to the artifact. Thomas also created a cigarette box which was cool!
For the miniature we were finding it tough to find one, however help was at hand. A friend of mine had a miniature but it was a vodka one, so that meant I had to do a bit of altering. Using a print out label and some cold tea (According to my dad it looks exactly like whiskey) and ta dah!
Thats most of the things covered! A post will be up in more detail of the cases and it’s contents!