Saturday, February 21, 2015

Blogging a movie: VOICE, Experiment 3

Friday, February 20, 2015

Blogging a Movie: VOICE, a Sci Fi Performance Art Movie

VOICE is an arthouse science fiction movie in progress about a woman whose voice, to which she is inextricably attached at her hindbrain, makes it possible for her travel in outer space while manic. Meanwhile, the woman in her depressed state (nicknamed La Depressa by her manic self) tries to pull herself together and back to earth.

This test scene shows the protagonist (La Depressa) in the "real" world of the therapy session as her Voice leads her manic self on a stroll into outer space.

I used feathering to blend the two scenes. I tried splitting the frame in half and it looked great but felt wrong. Blending them is not only my once upon a time a painter's preference, but also, I think, a stronger storytelling choice since the point of the story is La Depressa's struggle to get back the stray entities that represent her mental illness and put them back in a better place in her mind.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Affect, a movie in progress: The Trailer

Monday, February 2, 2015

Affect: a video cutting of improvised therapy sessions

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

VOICE: Labile (rehearsal)

I have been working out this idea inside my head for days. I am very pleased with this first pass at it.

Post by Sylviatoyindustries.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Dime Novel Snippets: Pigeons come home to roost

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Exploring a red world

Blogging a Movie: VOICE On YouTube 
VOICE is three characters battling for a brain:
(1) the depressive self
(2) the manic self
(3) a psychotic voice
The core conflict is each part's struggle for survival, i.e., dominance of the geographical territory that is the brain to be accomplished by rendering powerless the other parts.
This project is in the story development stage. My first task was, of course, to develop characters. I started with a psychotic character and a struggling to cope character. Once I began improvising monologues, it was clear there was something - actually, someone - missing. The character is a bipolar who hears voices - that adds up to three characters, including the Voice.
It is easier for a depressive to have positive memories of being manic than it is for a manic to remember what it feels like to be depressed. I have made the depressive the central and most completely conscious character (protagonist) and the manic is the antagonist. I am having fun exploring both characters though the antagonist needs focus and more "business."
The Voice is forming herself into a pivotal wild card - at this point, as an actor I have not found her motivation yet. I am sure both of the other characters have plenty a bone to pick with psychosis that gets in both their sh*t, as it were, creating obstacles to either one winning the war over the self.