Wednesday, August 08, 2007
You have to really be courageous about your instincts and your ideas. Otherwise you'll just knuckle under, and things that might have been memorable will be lost.
Francis Ford Coppola
Icon - Visual association and representation of the film
Coppola explained how he decided to incorporate different techniques to truly capture Patton’s nature. The most stunning was the opening speech in which Patton addressed the troops, but with no troops visible, the audience is made to feel they were the soldiers he was prodding on to victory.
Because of the opening sequence and the oddness of the script, Coppola was let go in failure. A few years later, while repairing a film editing machine on another movie set, he learned that his script for Patton was being dusted off and shot as written and while he was working on the script for The Godfather, Coppola was awarded an Oscar for Patton.
For some film makers blowing a dandelion in films might be clichéd, but I haven’t see it being used for quite some time. I am looking for an image that can be associated with my film and I have planted some strong moments as a sound image to represent the film such as; the teddy bear and the torned family photo but the image of a sad little girl delicately caressing and then blowing the dandelion as a symbol of hope has struck the audience to memorize the image that represents ’The Fragmented’.
Sample 1: Patton - Franklin J Schaffner (1970)
Sample 2: Jurassic Park - Steven Spielberg (1993)
These are the sample images that become an icon and are well know to represent their subjects. An image from a movie that gives greater impact and best know for when reference is made to the movie.
Sample 1: Patton is best know for the opening speech behind the striking big American flag in the backdrops. The idea as claimed by Coppola was his, and he lost his job defending it from being scrapped by the studio official.
Sample 2: In Jurassic park, the shot of water ripples in a cup made everybody screamed as the suspense and anticipation built up to the appearance of the gigantic flesh eating dinosaur.
When I wrote ‘The Fragmented’ the first thing that came to mind is the ending scene with this particular visual that kept me captivated and built my scene around it; a dandelion, how it represents delicateness, sincerity, naivety, romance, dream like and full of hope. From there ‘The Fragmented’ got its soul.