Due to our dancer’s availability (lack of) I stood in as her ‘foot double’ and performed all the pointe work seen in the film. I enjoyed working with tom, helping me as it was a challenge being a camera operator and being front of the camera so Tom did the camera work for those shots and he allowed me to approve the shots. I feel like under the circumstances we all did very well with what we had.
Looking for the right type of music was really hard for this piece, I was searching for a dramatic, dark ballet piece however I couldn’t find anything, the music that ended up in the film is nice but I don’t think it goes with our original plan. I don’t think the music compliments the red, dark aesthetic of the film but I really could’t find the type of music I wanted, it completely juxtaposes the aesthetic however, I am very happy with the finished product. Due to issues with the dancer, the music and the locations I feel as though we have strayed from our original plan but nevertheless I like the finished product.
We ended up just filming in the black drama room with red lighting, we originally wanted to film ion about 10 locations but du to our dancers availability it just wasn’t possible. I really like the aesthetic of our film because then red lighting casts shadows which symbolises the darker side of ballet. we wanted to portray the pain and discipline of ballet and how difficult the reality of it is. we chose to used red lighting as it shows love and passion (the love the dancer has for ballet) however it also symbolises danger and hatred, i.e the love hate relationship and how much it hurts and how dangerous it is in terms of how physically challenging it is especially pointe work.
After talking to Viv about our lack of locations and how we wanted to work with shadows, he helped us come up with a list of locations that are close by and easy to film at (e.g around uni). Some of the locations I was thinking about are;
- prison wall
- outside uni wall
- uni statue
- under bridge behind uni
- black drama studio
Myself and Sophie decided that we are going to light the room with a red to represent the danger / pain the dancer puts herself through as well as the passion she has for it. In order to put more focus on her as a subject though we will be using two spot lights as we want to create an atmospheric look on camera. Using the two lights spaced evenly apart also allows for multiple lights to be shown, something we think will help create a powerful atmosphere.
This video focuses on the feet of a ballet dancer en point. It shows the pain they go through and the discipline they have for their bodies. It looks at how much work they put in to perfecting their individual shoes. It shows how much the dancing destroys their feet and how much pain they go through. This is similar to what we want to focus