The two images above are my initial brainstorming for project ideas using two professions in my field. And the two images below are my initial brainstorming with ideas and thoughts added by my classmates.
I have narrowed down my practice to two professions:
- Pre-production set design
- Pre-production scriptwriting
Options brainstormed in class (expanded from the mind maps above):
- Set design:
a) An installation that incorporates physical design and video. In this idea I would create a blank slate (e.g. a dark empty room) and transform it into a set. I would film this transformation, possibly speed it up, or maybe seeing it in real time would be more interesting? The element of a time constraint could also relate back to my research of the show Saturday Night Live. Using visuals, sounds and lighting I could make my own film set.
b) A more physical and performance based installation idea is picking certain props and placing them in an environment where people can create their own sets with the objects provided.
c) Creating a set in Cinema 4D and 3D printing it.
a) Modifying and comparing scripts that are similar in some way, revealing appropriation in cinema. One possible way of presenting this printing all of these “snippets” of similar scripts, cutting them into pieces and placing them overlapping each other to spell out “nothing is original.”
b) Sophie Calle is a photographer that uses her photos to create narratives. I could use still photos to create my own narrative, or in this case a “visual script.”
The paragraph highlighted orange in the set design subheading is my chosen pitch.
Mashing my ideas together:
I’m interested in many of the ideas I have outlined. This is my favourite pitch but It is possible I could incorporate all or some aspects of my other ideas in some way. For example having the “nothing is original” script snippets in the background of the set. And/Or in front of the video projection of the set being built, could be objects that are being used in the video, inviting the viewer to become part of the set being created behind them or possibly make their own iteration.
All in all, I want to repurpose ideas of pre-production in cinema and television in a contemporary digital installation art setting.