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Continuity in Filmmaking

By | August 2013
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NAGRAJ RAO

SIGHT AND SOUND FILM – BASKIN

ASSIGNMENT 2 : CONTINUITY

PROPOSAL GONE BAD?
What if a guy is about to propose to his girlfriend but forgets the ring?

OBJECTIVES

The narrative objective of this film is to tell the story of a guy named Daniel who wants to propose to his girlfriend Theresa in the park but forgets to bring the ring with him. While frantically searching for the ring, he decides to call his flat-mate Veronica to bring the ring for him. His girlfriend is feeling left out because he is leaving her to attend calls and eventually pick up the ring from Veronica under the pretext of getting more water for her. When he does not return for twenty minutes, Theresa gets angry and starts looking for him. She stumbles upon Daniel hugging Veronica and gets angry him for presumably cheating on her with Veronica while pretending to get water for her. Daniel eventually explains his situation, gets down on his knees and proposes to a shocked yet happy Theresa who accepts the proposal.

The stylistic objectives were as follows:

1) To ensure that the action happening on the screen is fluid and continuous, despite the obvious discontinuity emerging out of the composition of a number of shots.

2) To pay critical attention to the change of angle from shot to shot, the overlap of action, planning the cut-aways and shooting from the proper axis.

3) To ensure that a coherent storyline propels the characters into a self contained conflict as the subject of action which can be explored in a short film and also garner interest of the audience.

SCENARIO

The film opens with a view of a street intersection which eventually leads to the entrance steps of Union Square Park. We observe the couple, Daniel and Theresa walking hand in hand, and Daniel planting a kiss on Theresa’s left cheek. This is the establishing scene – both holding hands and the kiss gives the viewer a confirmation that we are dealing with a couple.

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