In Video and Sound we finally get to make our first film, my fist film ever. I was paired with Dani and Richard. We had a few options of themes to go off from and decided to go with the abstract fictional product choice. A product made from human blood that guarantees you the beauty of youth. LE SANG.
We cane upon the idea while brainstorming and watching Richard eat his tomato soup. Dani and I sat and admired it’s rich red color. In our class test shoot we’d played with shooting blue ink spreading in. We thought about recreating it with the color red or perhaps green.
I think the color of blood is very striking. There’s also something very visceral about seeing blood. We’re instinctively drawn to and alarmed by it. The idea of blood as a beauty product stemmed from vampire lore. When I was younger I loved reading about the historical roots of vampirism. There was one story that always stuck with me about the Countess de Bathory, hungarian countess the late 1500s that was a demented serial killer. She allegedly murdered hundreds of young woman. She believed that their youthful blood would keep her young forever and was said to have bathed in it.
We imagined what we could do to modernize this concept, turn it into a product and how we could make it a visually compelling and unsettling piece. We all had the idea of various still beautiful shots based off the color red and a contrasting green. We wanted to shoot plants to juxtapose against the blood, commenting on the flesh of things we already commonly use in beauty products. We chose pomegranates because of their mythological nature (also purported to be a fountain of youth, and the original apple of Adam and Eve) and aloe because of its biological property of turning water blood red. For our short film we wanted to create a clinical white environment where you could hear of the scientific properties of blood and then jump to the striking image of a woman bathing in blood and using it as a face cream for immortal youth.
Upon introducing our storyboard to our class it seemed as if people liked the idea but we would have to be very careful on how we’d shoot it and pull it all off. It could be very cheesy, we want to make something beautiful, serious and macabre. Lighting will be very important.
This week we shot some of the more simple shots and next week we have a set and studio where we will complete the shooting.