FMP :- I-Map- The Mind and Chaos Theory , Annotated Bibliography , Proposal and Graphic Narrative Planning, ideas and Research

 I-Map

  • Brainstorm

I thought about the process and understanding of Chaos theory and the Butterfly effect and how it relates to a human brain/mind and how it effects decisions and actions such as can a decision over another decision cause something life changing such as crossing the road and getting hit by a car or deciding not to cross the road and surviving and being safe.

I wanted to look into chaos theory and how it can relate to or be used in films and popular culture and how it can have an effect on the human mind and how it factors into and applies to real life situations and how it is processed by the mind.

I am interested in how the mind or a person makes decisions and how one event or action however big or small can have consequences or can lead to or change something drastically such as committing a crime etc.

 

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How can I use Chaos theory for the basis of my film?

 

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  • Findings

 

Has left an impression and impact on popular culture and has inspired or influenced films, TV shows etc such as Jurassic Park and The Butterfly Effect. My idea can be serious or light and both ways it would still be able to incorporate and use the concept and ideology of Chaos theory.

I have done some research and have created an annotated bibliography covering and looking into what the chaos theory really is and means, how it can be used in media and for entertainment- films/ TV etc.

I found out what chaos theory is and what it means. Chaos theory is a mathematical and scientific theory where complex systems are used to analyse and look at the high sensitivity of events and conditions and where subtle changes and alterations can have and create great consequences and problems.

Books and Films like Jurassic park use Chaos theory to set up bigger plots and narrative such as the fact that in the series they use the theory to show and set up how the dinosaurs are recreated and how their recreation could and will effect and upset the balance.

A part of my findings for Chaos theory and its use in media- films/ books

  1. TIM PETERS(2013) Jurassic Park as a Means of Discussing Fractals, Chaos Theory, and Scary Movies [Online] Available from http://www.slantmagazine.com/house/article/jurassic-park-as-a-means-of-discussing-fractals-chaos-theory-and-scary-movies%5B Accessed: 28 February 2017]
  1. Crichton, M. (1990) Jurassic Park. Jurassic Park. United States: Alfred A. Knopf

‘‘In Crichton’s novel, the intellectual foil to the greedy Mr. Hammond is the Ian Malcolm character, played in the movie by Jeff Goldblum in an all-black, latter-day Hamlet-type getup. Malcolm is a rogue mathematician who works “almost exclusively with nonlinear equations, in the emerging field called chaos theory.’’ This site talks about how the chaos theory inspired and was involved in the process and creation of the Jurassic Park books and how a popular up and coming idea and trend of interest was used and explored to help create the idea behind the Jurassic park series and how for the time the Chaos theory was a big new strange thing and that its involvement in the books shows how people thought it was important and should be explored and looked further into.  ‘‘Chaos theory was getting popular as Crichton worked on the novel. Chaos: A New Kind of Science by James Gleick came out in 1987, and Mathematics and the Unexpected by Ivar Ekeland came out in translation in 1990’’ This popular trends and scientific discoveries inspired him and as it was the current big thing of interest at the time of him writing the books it shows that he thought it would make an interesting work of fiction and would interest people.  ‘‘Crichton lists both those authors in his “Acknowledgements” section at the end of Jurassic Park, and Goldblum talked to both of them in preparing for his part as Malcolm.’’ This site states that chaos theory can be seen in patterns, shapes, and simple transformations and add-ons to the shapes could drastically change and alter its perceived look, showing that is unpredictable and cannot be controlled. The original novel version of Jurassic park focuses a lot more on the basis of this theory and how the idea of creating something from something else that was pre-existing and then trying to be able to control it and manipulate it and trying to retain power over them will not work because you are trying to alter and change something.

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Markings, symbols and diagrams that show and refer to Chaos theory used in Michael Chrichton’s  novel Jurassic Park the basis and inspiration for the Jurassic Park film series.

 

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The Butterfly Effect:-  A term used within Chaos theory itself it is described as a sensitive effect on conditions where a small change in a non linear system can result in and create large consequences and problems in a later state. It was created by or first referred to by Edward Lorenz and was derived from metaphorical examples and details of a hurricane which is being influenced by minor and small details.. Lorenz discovered the effect when looking at and analysing/ observing weather models where very small changes in the weather can change and have significant outcomes and changes from the original initial conditions because of the small changes.

 

 

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  • Summary of the conclusions you have drawn from these findings

That I want to make my film in a creative way by using split screen etc and re imagine         and show my interpretation of how the brain and mind makes decisions.

I know how Chaos theory works and has been studied and the basics and premise/ structure of the theory.

That my idea would work if I simplified my use of chaos theory as the films I looked into and that I researched are and where on a bigger scale, with more time and more budget etc.

With a smaller budget and a condensed down less complicated idea I will able to use chaos theory and parts of the academic scientific elements of it to make a creative yet intelligent film.

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  • Evaluation of pros and cons of your ideas

Pros: Simplistic to an extent- just one scene, done in two variations/ different ways , one main character, utilises ” the mind” brief in a creative way. It will be a creative but intelligent take on scientific theories that have been around and acknowledged for along time for example the theories are so well known that they have featured and have been shown in and explored in popular culture- books, films etc. It would also be a new look and take on this kind of genre and story as it is not time travel or science fiction but a clever way of showing showing the human mind and how it works and that I am taking the brief and taking the idea of the mind literally as a thing and object and am exploring how it works and how it can be linked to science etc.

Cons: Could possibly become over complicated when trying to show how the scenes are the same but are different. Could be hard to show that part of it is supposed to be set in his mind. i want the audience to be able to understand that the man is weighing up what could happen or what could not happen and that its in his mind, not a dream or anything like that but his mind processing and analysing what could happen in the near future for example the main  character going to commit a crime but thinking about what could happen or what his actions could lead to if he goes ahead and commits the crime and carries out his actions.

 

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http://matthewbridge98.wixsite.com/mattbridge1998/fmp-annotated-bibliography-and-i-ma – Annotated bibliography link

 

  • References and brief outline of findings / List of sources and evaluation of the reliability of the sources
  1. Fractal Foundation. [Online]. http://fractalfoundation.org/resources/what-is-chaos-theory/[Accessed: 21/02/2017].
  2. ABARIMPublications[Online].http://www.abarimpublications.com/ChaosTheoryIntroduction.html#.WKwgoW-LTIU%5BAccessed: 21/02/2017].
  3. IMDB (2004) The Butterfly Effect. [Online] Available from:http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0289879/ [Accessed: 21/02/2017]
  4. Wikipedia Butterfly Effect in popular culture. [Online] Available from:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Butterfly_effect_in_popular_culture [Accessed:21/02/2017]
  5. Jurassic Park. (1993) Film. Directed by Steven Spielberg. [DVD]. UK: United International Pictures
  6. ÉTIENNE GHYS (2012) THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT. 12th International Congress on Mathematical Education. Program Name XX-YY-zz (pp. abcde-fghij). COEX, Seoul, Korea
  7. Personal Excellence (N/A) Personal Excellence [Online] Available from https://personalexcellence.co/blog/inspirational-movies/ [ Accessed: 28 February 2017]
  8. CLARA NICOLAESCU(2016) 10 Movies Based On The Butterfly Effect Theory: [Online] Available from http://www.tasteofcinema.com/2016/the-10-best-movies-based-on-the-butterfly-effect-theory/#ixzz4ZyHLLojk http://www.tasteofcinema.com/2016/the-10-best-movies-based-on-the-butterfly-effect-theory/ [ Accessed: 28 February 2017]
  9. TIM PETERS(2013) Jurassic Park as a Means of Discussing Fractals, Chaos Theory, and Scary Movies [Online] Available from http://www.slantmagazine.com/house/article/jurassic-park-as-a-means-of-discussing-fractals-chaos-theory-and-scary-movies%5B Accessed: 28 February 2017]
  10. Crichton, M. (1990) Jurassic Park. Jurassic Park. United States: Alfred A. Knopf

These sources are reliable because they come from websites and blogs and web pages that came up on the first page of Google search results when I typed in what I was looking for, meaning that these are obviously the most relevant and most used and of value because they are in reach to anyone on the web and are easy to locate unlike some things where they are hidden or so many search result pages below.

They are a varied selection ranging from blogs about chaos theory and its scientific and mathematical premise and values, articles about the use of the theory in films and popular culture and web pages such as Wikipedia giving simplified and more user friendly understandable responses which ca be used to compare results and understanding against the more advanced findings on the scientific/ mathematical blogs/ articles. This helps give me a varied and more clear perspective overall and a look from two different perspectives scientific and public such as use in science and its use for entertainment in films etc.

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A few of my findings and sources found for my annotated bibliography are scientific papers and journals/ blogs written and produced by scientists and experts so it is safe to say these are reliable sources because these papers are particularly produced and researched and constructed for a scientific purpose.

These experts and scientists lecture and study intensely this area and are dedicated to trying to understand and to work with the theory so there work is reliable to an extent meaning that they worked hard and researched and worked with all of their passion and expertise to get the papers and journals made and published but as the theories have been around a long time there is no definable answer or clear understanding of the theory so  their work is not one hundred per cent reliable or trust worthy or true but they have a better understanding and knowledge of the theory than the public or people who have not dedicated time and effort to understanding the theory.

 

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Scripts and films similar to my FMP idea

  • Jurassic Park (1993)
  • The Butterfly Effect (2004)
  • Inside Out (2015)
  • Looper (2012)

Jurassic Park only features chaos theory briefly but the original source of the film, the novel written a few years before the film adaption was made features and resolves around chaos  theory features the concept and idea of the chaos theory more than the films and becomes central and of significance to the plot of the film.

Looper is about time travel and the main character meeting a younger or future version of them,self but it looks at alternate futures and lives.

The Butterfly effect is a film which explores and dedicates a whole film narrative based around the idea of the theory and altering and changing lives and history and explores the personal and emotional gain from the effect and it is more science fiction drama and is not used as subtly or in small sizable doses as the theories are in films such as Jurassic Park where it is used briefly to kind of set up bigger different plots such as dinosaurs and action, it also used in Jurassic Park as pure entertainment instead of in an academical scientific way.

 

 

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Filmakers workng in my genre

  • Steven Spielberg – Director , Producer- Jurassic Park
  • Eric Bress , J. Mackye Gruber- Directors- The Butterfly effect
  •  Rian Johnson- Director, Scriptwriter- Looper

Skills, restraints and resources

Skills required would be me writing a script efficient and suitable enough to the FMP brief, me being able to plan, produce and construct a graphic narrative and to be able to pitch and present a clear vision and sense/ feel for my idea and to be able to bring it across in good light.

Resources I would need would be access to computers and the internet for further research, Word to be able to script my idea and to help layout a vision for my idea and access to Adobe Premier Pro and other Adobe settings and services to be able to construct and build my graphic novel and also filming equipment so I can film my idea . I would need a cast and crew and also editing software such as Adobe Premier Pro.

Possible restraints would be pitching and being persuasive and influential in bringing across the vision and premise for my idea and being convincing enough that it would work and be good etc. Also actor availability.

Other restraints could be filming conditions such as weather, studio/ equipment being fully booked out etc.

 

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Final ideas

A man over thinks and over analyses the various outcomes and consequences of committing a  serious crime, a robbery and see’s two alternative possible outcomes and the consequences it could lead to. It is not a dream but an interpretation of how the mind looks ahead and sees and thinks about things.

 

Evaluation of your research process

I created and produced an annotated bibliography to go along with my I -MAP  to go through and to search out for ideas, inspirations and information relevant to my FMP ideas.

I have looked into how other films and TV shows and even books have looked into and attempted to fictionalise and use the theories as plot points and inspiration as the theories have so many components and parts to them that there is so much that can be taken , looked into and attempted to understand and because of this they can add and inject creativity and a sense of reality into the modes of entertainment for example Jurassic Park is a blockbuster movie series made on a series of books and the films take parts and rework them for a movie audience.they still kept in and retain important bits like chaos theory from the books to give the films a bit of grounded realism  even though it is still far fetched and completely untrue and can’t happen, dinosaurs can not be recreated and put into an amusement park but the theories still add in a bit of science and a bit of truth to help make the films still fun but a little bit creditable and to give the narrative a bit of backstory and the filmmakers remain faithful to the books, the original inspiration for the film series to a certain extent.

The chaos theory part of the film helps audiences to actively connect and relate to the film and to actively seek out and look and to think about how things are working and how the story is going and how even in fiction there ares tills morals and consequences and how to make things and characters relate able for audiences so they can connect with them and immerse themselves completely in the worlds of the film. Having a scientist character adds a bit of realism and a character for audiences to relate to as he is the films embodiment and representative of the audience he is feeling, seeing and trying to work things out like the audience is and the fact that he is questioning, confronting and using chaos theory to understand things and he is being the audience and is trying to work things out so he is questioning and actively testing the plot and the narrative.

Annotated Bibliography

The Mind- St. Albans Film Festival – Annotated Bibliography

 

The focus of this research and bibliography is to investigate into and to understand the concept of chaos theory, its many elements and components and how it has an effect or influence on popular culture and films.

 

Chaos theory

  1. Fractal Foundation. [Online]. http://fractalfoundation.org/resources/what-is-chaos-theory/[Accessed: 21/02/2017].

 

This Online blog is giving a condensed down analysis and understanding of what the Chaos theory is, consists of and means. For example its states ‘‘ Chaos theory deals with nonlinear things that are effectively impossible to predict or control, like turbulence, weather, the stock market, our brain states, and so on.’’ This is a detailed understandable but less advanced and less scientific definition making it easier for a non-scientist or expert to decipher and understand the basis and the  ideology behind the theory.

 

  1. [Online].http://www.abarimpublications.com/ChaosTheoryIntroduction.html#.WKwgoW-LTIU%5BAccessed: 21/02/2017].

 

This online blog is a more scientific and complex example and definition of what the chaos theory is and how it works for example the blog states ‘‘Chaos Theory is a mathematical sub-discipline that studies complex systems’’ the blog also uses example of how the theory has been used in popular culture such as films etc. such as Jurassic park (1993). For example, the article talks about a certain part in the film where the theory is talked about and used ‘‘John Hammond, the annoying owner, promised that nothing could go wrong and that all precautions were taken to ensure the safety of visitors. Dr. Malcom did not agree. “Life finds a way,” he said. Nature is highly complex, and the only prediction you can make is that she is unpredictable.’’ This shows that the chaos theory is a popular subject and has been used a lot in pop culture and in films and is a popular scientific theory. It shows a more complex and more accurate serious understanding and defines it in a professional way and sense for example ‘‘Complex systems are systems that contain so much motion (so many elements that move) that computers are required to calculate all the various possibilities. That is why Chaos Theory could not have emerged before the second half of the 20th century.’’ This shows a proper professional understanding and explains in more detail about how long chaos theory has been around for and when it was first recorded or studied and is in much more detail than the previous blog I looked at ‘‘ Fractal Foundation’’.

 

The Butterfly Effect Film

 

  1. IMDB (2004) The Butterfly Effect. [Online] Available from:http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0289879/ [Accessed: 21/02/2017]

 

IMDB is a popular film fact, news and online database with a collection of updates and details on most films and TV programmes and I looked up the film The Butterfly Effect on the site, this film uses another popular similar theory about decisions and the what ifs if something happened. The film is more of a complex dramatic science fiction drama, with my idea I do not intend to go that far, and I plan to keep it simpler and more relevant to the theme of the mind. The site shows the summary of the films plot, how it has scored with critics and popular votes and any details or trivia about the film. The site states and shows the plot points, summaries and critical reviews that discuss its themes.

 

  1. Wikipedia Butterfly Effect in popular culture. [Online] Available from:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Butterfly_effect_in_popular_culture [Accessed:21/02/2017]

 

  1. Jurassic Park. (1993) Film. Directed by Steven Spielberg. [DVD]. UK: United International Pictures

 

This page shows how the popular scientific and mathematical theory has been used in or has inspired films and other parts of popular culture such as the book / film series Jurassic park where the author focused on how the unpredictable nature and that having the power and decision to create new life from old extinct life can have ramifications latter on down the line. In the film adaptions of the series of books the main focus on is the damage and danger caused by the recreated dinosaurs and extinct life and the chaos theory element is only touched on slightly in a padded throwaway scene that doesn’t really have any real effect on the outcome or plot of then film but does provide a bit of context and background information for how the theory applies to premise of the film. The films are popular, are well known, and have been parodied, recreated in a reference and nod to the films etc.

 

 

CHAOS THEORY / The Butterfly theory scientific papers and film examples

 

 

  1. ÉTIENNE GHYS (2012) THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT. 12th International Congress on Mathematical Education. Program Name XX-YY-zz (pp. abcde-fghij). COEX, Seoul, Korea

 

This thesis paper delves in and explores the theory’s origins and early history how it began how it started and looks at how it is applied to everyday life and it also explores and looks into the fear chaos theory and the butterfly effect/ theory has over people and how chaos and unpredictable things effect and can change people. Also how chaos can be tamed or controlled and how the theory can be broken down to show a more in depth look at the theory and what it consist of for example ‘‘the idea that some physical systems could be complicated and sensitive to small variations of the initial conditions — making predictions impossible in practice’’ this statement taken from the paper talks about how the idea and basis behind chaos theory makes be able to and making predictions impossible this shows that the theory is complex and there is a lot to it. This paper is deconstructing and analysing everything about the theory. The author compares different papers by other authors and chart and graphs along with applying and using maths and physics formulas to explain more about it.

 

  1. Personal Excellence (N/A) Personal Excellence [Online] Available from https://personalexcellence.co/blog/inspirational-movies/ [ Accessed: 28 February 2017]

This website looks at a variety of popular films that all contain life lessons and morals such as lessons of positivity, persistence and determination in which the specific ones the website has applied to the film Forrest Gump (1994). It looks at how chaos theory is shown and used as a big plot point and basis in the film Groundhog Day (1993). The website states and shows how not all films like Groundhog day that uses the chaos theory and uses alternate timeliness or moments has to have bad effects or have bad outcomes and like The Butterfly Effect (2004) film where bad things such as deaths etc. are shown because of distortion and different decisions and how some films with elements or influence of the chaos theory can be inspirational or a feel good film with positive outcomes.

 

  1. CLARA NICOLAESCU(2016) 10 Movies Based On The Butterfly Effect Theory: [Online] Available from http://www.tasteofcinema.com/2016/the-10-best-movies-based-on-the-butterfly-effect-theory/#ixzz4ZyHLLojk http://www.tasteofcinema.com/2016/the-10-best-movies-based-on-the-butterfly-effect-theory/ [ Accessed: 28 February 2017]

This site is looking into and showcasing a list of films with a detailed breakdown about them, the films all have one common trait and theme and that is the fact that they all are about or focused around the theme of the butterfly effect/ theory and the site explores and talks about how the films express th3eir creativity and plot points by using this theory throughout the films and how each film on this list uses it in different creative ways such as  ‘‘ In Blind Chance, he plays a student that impulsively decides to go to Warsaw. Running after the train, what will happen? We are successively presented three variations of this incident showing us how a seemingly banal moment could deeply affect Witek’s life course.’’ This is showing how the film takes the idea of the theory and the impact of making decisions and how it could affect or shape/ change the characters life and the plot is played out in three scenarios and interpretations of what it could lead to. Blind Chance (Krzysztof Kieslowski, 1981/1987) is a Polish dram film that uses the butterfly theory effect, the site states that the reason behind the main character missing or being late for the train and ending up running after it is caused by the butterfly effect of a man buying him a beer earlier in the film. ‘‘Unbeknownst to the character, the force behind this event is a man buying a beer. He is the one that decides the butterfly trajectory in this Polish drama. There is another moment in the movie that supports the butterfly effect theory: in a conversation with another character, Witek denies destiny and accepts chance as sole motif of him boarding the train or not.’’

 

  1. TIM PETERS(2013) Jurassic Park as a Means of Discussing Fractals, Chaos Theory, and Scary Movies [Online] Available from http://www.slantmagazine.com/house/article/jurassic-park-as-a-means-of-discussing-fractals-chaos-theory-and-scary-movies%5B Accessed: 28 February 2017]

 

  1. Crichton, M. (1990) Jurassic Park. Jurassic Park. United States: Alfred A. Knopf

 

‘‘In Crichton’s novel, the intellectual foil to the greedy Mr. Hammond is the Ian Malcolm character, played in the movie by Jeff Goldblum in an all-black, latter-day Hamlet-type getup. Malcolm is a rogue mathematician who works “almost exclusively with nonlinear equations, in the emerging field called chaos theory.’’ This site talks about how the chaos theory inspired and was involved in the process and creation of the Jurassic Park books and how a popular up and coming idea and trend of interest was used and explored to help create the idea behind the Jurassic park series and how for the time the Chaos theory was a big new strange thing and that its involvement in the books shows how people thought it was important and should be explored and looked further into.  ‘‘Chaos theory was getting popular as Crichton worked on the novel. Chaos: A New Kind of Science by James Gleick came out in 1987, and Mathematics and the Unexpected by Ivar Ekeland came out in translation in 1990’’ This popular trends and scientific discoveries inspired him and as it was the current big thing of interest at the time of him writing the books it shows that he thought it would make an interesting work of fiction and would interest people.  ‘‘Crichton lists both those authors in his “Acknowledgements” section at the end of Jurassic Park, and Goldblum talked to both of them in preparing for his part as Malcolm.’’ This site states that chaos theory can be seen in patterns, shapes, and simple transformations and add-ons to the shapes could drastically change and alter its perceived look, showing that is unpredictable and cannot be controlled. The original novel version of Jurassic park focuses a lot more on the basis of this theory and how the idea of creating something from something else that was pre-existing and then trying to be able to control it and manipulate it and trying to retain power over them will not work because you are trying to alter and change something. Dinosaurs are recreated out of fossilised DNA and the characters believe just because they took the DNA and brought these extinct species and creatures back to life that they can take responsibility over the actions and behaviour of the dinosaurs but they used nature and science to be able to resurrect them so these are still wild animals and their behaviour is unpredictable and unknown and this is evidence din the books and films where it is stated that the dinosaurs will not be able to reproduce or to  breed but they then go on to reproduce and continue their species on leading to further unpredictable chaos in the books and films for example higher numbers of dinosaurs, new mixed species and new locations and islands with them in habiting them. They also grow and evolve to become more smart, more powerful and more dangerous because they are natural animals and can’t be controlled and stopped as they are creatures like humans and have the ability t to evolve and to adapt to their surrounding in order to survive and to continue the species on just like humans who have adapted and evolved in order to use tools, build things etc.

 

 

Proposal

‘‘The Mind’’ Proposal for the film idea ‘‘Chaos’’

By Matthew Bridge

 

My idea revolves around and is centred on a man who is about to commit a serious crime such as a robbery etc. How he anticipates and thinks about and thinks through the different decisions he will have to make such as what will happen after he decides to do it, what will the consequences be or what will happen if he didn’t go through with it and theses scenes are all played out but in his mind as if his mind is a machine processing and anticipating the next step. His mind considers how one little thing could lead to something drastic or serious and how only one thing could change everything for him.

I intend for my film to fall in between 3 to 7 minutes in length in accordance with the brief for the film festival. The films is for entry and to be screened at the St. Albans film festival in July 2017. The intended audience is for people attending the film festival they are the primary audience and film experts, film fans, creatives and urban eclectics are the secondary audience as they are the type of audience who may attend to learn and experience independent arty and less mainstream films, which give an element of education and learning to the films.

Families and people of all ages and genders will also probably attend as the films are going to be suitable for all ages and people and the brief outlines that things like violence and elicit or illegal behaviour must not be glorified. Even though my films centres on a character who is about to and intends to commit a robbery it Is not shown or glorified and the whole point of the synopsis and premise of the idea is that he has a moral conscience about committing the crime and his mind considers and thinks about the consequences as if t6o show the audience that it is a bad crime and is not to be glorified. So even though the crime is part of the story it is not shown or featured in detail and it is more about what if and if it happens etc.

People who are more likely to be highly engaged in film festivals like the St. Albans festival are likely to be urban arts eclectic people who are highly qualified, in the beginning early stages of their careers who are affluent and dynamic and want to seize every opportunity that is thrown at them so these kinds of people who actively seek out new experiences and have high interests in culture will be one of the main primary targets as they are the most likely people who would want to come to film festivals not just for entertainment but for learning as well. They are quite creative people too so creative but educational well researched and developed films that are aimed away from mainstream films will definitely be on their radars.

Middle class and well educated people are likely to be more interested or more caring about this film as it is less a mainstream and more creative and arty meaning that it focuses more on the narrative and story than entertaining and being overly engaging such as action films would be for example. They are also more likely to care about the educational and learning aspects of the films as it appeals to them because these films are exploring themes to do with the mind such as mental health, grief, guilt, emotions, decision making etc.

These themes are going to be educational and will deliver facts and real life inspiration because in order for these films to be engaging and interesting and to make sense with these subjects, they are going to have to have been researched thoroughly as not to offend people, but also to remain some realism to these fictional short films so they can appeal to everyone from middle class older people to younger people.

My goal and intended purpose for my film is to try to explore the workings of the mind and how it can be shown creatively and in a cinematic way. I also want my film to be interesting and engaging but also different from other films about the concept of the mind. I also intend for my film to show how chaos theory works and has an effect on people.

I aim to use chaos theory in a creative way and to use it differently from other films where chaos theory has been touched upon such as it subtle backstory throw away line in the Jurassic park original film to The butterfly effect film where it is used in an action over the top science fiction way to give it a thrilling blockbuster feel and sense.

My approach to the subject areas is to do it subtly so when I try and show the mind as  machine like instead of having dialogue or an unnecessary scene to explain this I will just imply it using sound effects and iconography and imagery as it is not an major part of the plot but just added detail. I do not intend to have the chaos theory element to in the face of the audience or the film as then it could become too complicated and too looked into and could take away from the point of the plot and its story focus.

I am planning on making the scenes set within the mind man’s mind to be in black and white, as this will help audiences to be able to define and tell that it is set somewhere other than in the two present day alternate scenes. I do not intend on revealing that the black and white scenes are his mind as the audience should be able to see what I am trying to showcase and bring across in screen without me having to explain every little detail and thing to them, spoon feeding them.

There will be minable dialogue as it is more of a character piece for the man rather than a dialogue action driven film. In addition, he is the only character seen so the film is really only about him, his moral conscience and his mind debating the decisions he has to make.

The soundtrack for my film will use copyright free music and will consist mostly of sound effects such as machinery mechanical sounds to show the mind processing and working as if it is a piece of technical hardware this is a creative approach to make it more engaging and interesting and my interpretation as a filmmaker of how the mind should be shown and represented it also backs up the premise that it is debating and showing the decisions to the man. As if the man is in his mind watching a cinema screen seeing how the scenes/ decisions play out and before he takes action in his mind, So the whole film is really only set within the restraints of the man’s mind and plays with his emotions and conscience.

The mind will have a voice as if it is a robot/ computer giving the man commands and orders to emphasise that the mind is in control of the man and that it is trying to work on his behalf such as by showing him and weighing up the two decisions and choices and the consequences they could bring the mind is helping the man to understand what could change and affect him the most. As if, the mind is looking out for him and trying to protect the man.

My film will be shown and showcased at the St. Albans film festival, possibly the Oakland’s end of year showcase and it will also be uploaded onto my YouTube channel and show-reel as examples of my work.

The current status of my project is that the research has been collected, a final idea has been reached and that and I am now moving on and am ready to move onto scripting my film and then onto creating and producing a graphic narrative to give a feel and a sense of what my film will be like and will offer.

Context behind and why I came up with the idea and plan for my story is because chaos theory offers an interesting view and feel and take on things.

It is a scientific and mathematical theory that can be applied to all kinds of things such as weather patterns, history etc., and that when applied to the idea of a mind making and forming decisions and actions it can create an interesting unique story different from other stories and ideas that revolve and feature around the mind. Lots can be explored by merging and connecting chaos theory and the mind because characters can be explored more, there is more meaning, learning, and understanding to be had.

It becomes more entertaining to mainstream audiences because it is not just educational but has a problem and a disequilibrium to overcome and a sense of threat and in the case of my film it is the fact that the man must overcome and try to understand and decide what to do and what could change or what consequences could happen. It makes it a bit more exciting than just a philosophical film.

Chaos theory has been around for a long period of time and has been used in books and film and other platforms and forms of the media industry and has become a good premise and good thing to gain and get inspiration and influences from as the theory can lead to many options, consequences and unpredictable outcomes son many stories can be told from and about it.

The idea of a man having doubts and problems coming to terms with having to commit a crime and to do a bad thing relates and ties in well with the concept of chaos theory as it can lead to different varieties of outcomes and consequences. Having a man thinking and looking into and applying chaos theory to his own problem, it creates an engaging and quite intellectual idea and take on the story. The man needs to and wants to know what could happen, what could go wrong and how much of his life will have to or will change if he goes through with his plans and actions.

Graphic Narrative- Planning,Ideas and Reserach

“Previs” / Previsualisation

Generate content material (initial sketches, designs, drafts etc.)

I plan on combining and using drawings and story boarded sketches and photography to visualise and show my script and will use sound effects and music to create and to show the intended tone, style and feel of my script.

Photographs and stills I need are:

  • A Dark empty room with some low lights/ lighting
  • A Bank- Exterior shots
  • A high street
  • A run down looking house or room

I can either take these photos myself or find similar photos on Google Images:

Some photos / Images from Google Images which could be useful or could be used in my graphic narrative.

Sounds/ Audio I would need:

  •  A voice over for the character of The Voice talking to the Main Character ‘ ‘ The Man”
  • A voice over for the character of The Man
  • Mechanical/ Machinery noises/ sound effects
  • Music

Test FOR GRAPHIC NARRATIVE

This is a test, below is what I plan to have it looking like using silhouettes and speech bubbles , even with the speech bubbles I will still have dialogue playing on over the top of it.

GRAPHIC NARRATIVE scene

This is the scene/ dialogue it is trying to portray/ show :-

                          MAN

I know what needs to happen, I know what is next.

                        VOICE (V.O)

              Decision made congratulations.

Develop chosen idea into a proposal including the following information:

  • A detailed and emotive synopsis and character analysis
  • Length of work
  • Who is the intended audience?
  • Goal or intended purpose(s) of the graphic narrative
  • What preparatory work has already been produced by you
  • Style (Any key stylistic elements in writing, shooting, audio, editing, etc.)
  • Soundtrack? (Any music, narration, etc. If so, who? what?)

 

 

 

 

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