A table with all things needed for the shoot day has been detailed here –
- Engaging Dylon for AfterEffects skills for screengrab recording + discussing the workflow with him.
- Cast audition with Benjamin on Thurs @ 1pm. Venue tbc.
A table with all things needed for the shoot day has been detailed here –
First Draft of shot list Matthew and I came up with –
Through yesterday’s acting rehearsal, I’ve come to realised the importance of how an actor can make or break a character. If successful, the actor is able to play out the traits and qualities of a character, and this becomes believable for the audience. The opposite of this is true too, if a character overplays, it destroys the illusion and the reality of the imagined world.
Disconnected is a film that revolves around mostly one character and his reactions to situations. Through the rehearsals, I felt that it was really very difficult to bring out a natural reaction to a made up situation and that the character is not merely acting out step 1, 2,3 but rather really believe that he is in that situation himself.
I think one way to tackle this, as mentioned by Sebastian, is to have a really experienced actor or another could be that this actor already has a character of his own and is merely just playing out the role.
For my casting audition, I’ll be using the same scene which I used duing the acting workshop because that scene is the climax of the film and how the actor reacts to the situation is integral to the storytelling.
Updates on “Disconnected”//
Plot Points / Actions
Characters & Props involved
Characters: Joe, Amelia (stranger) & Jake (Joe’s good friend)
-Computer & a mouse.
-A mobile phone.
Joe / Early 20s.
Joe, the protagonist of my film, is an opportunist, lonely and horny. He isn’t exactly very good looking or ugly, an average joe really, but strangely charming. Perhaps this is why he manages to get girls online to do what he wants to satisfy his sexual needs. He is desperate to wrap girls around his fingers and he craves and seeks sexual relief over the internet through pornography and through live streaming, where he meets and convinces girls to strip for him.
He lives in the moment and craves for instant gratification.
But despite all that, he has a conscience, but it is buried deep within himself as he is immune to whatever he has been doing and over time, it does not come off to him as wrong or perverse. That being said, in times of crisis, that conscience slowly emerges.
Amelia Lai (Stranger on the other side of the webcam) / Early-Twenties.
Amelia is good looking, fresh-faced, highly sort after kind of girl. She comes from a good family and she exudes positivity in her life and is full of love. She has a dog named Ginger whom she loves more than anything in the world, so much so that she has an Instagram account for her dog. Her strengths are also her shortcomings. She loves too hard and that became her downfall. In her previous relationship with her ex-boyfriend, she sent nudes to him. She isn’t the sort to do such acts but to please her then boyfriend, she does it. Unfortunately for her, her ex-boyfriend leaked her nudes online after they broke up and now everyone has seen her naked body. Thereafter, her relationship with her family became estranged. She is judged by her friends, expelled from school and left her all alone. This forces her to turn on to the internet to confide in strangers.
However, Amelia is not as strong as we wished she would be, so one night, she finally decides to end it all. She downs an entire bottle of pills and goes online to perhaps seek her comfort, from a stranger, as her life slowly waste away.
Here’s the first draft of my script – Disconnected.
My research on online suicide can be view here.
Read here – DISCONNECTED – DRAFT 1
I was thinking perhaps Joe doesn’t get the information about the stranger so easily. I personally feel that the story, although still seems more like a situation is more whole in terms of Joe’s character turning point as well as the setup – The stranger doesn’t tell Joe she wants to die. She just dies slowly. This creates a more “racing against time” element, which can be interesting.
Final Script here – disconnected-by-goh-ansen_final_24-sept-2016
More here – http://www.oddee.com/item_98907.aspx
A bulk of the script was inspired by Abraham’s suicide in order to achieve realism.
Abraham’s reason for committing suicide – “The suicide note stated that he had hurt other people and hated himself for being a failure.”
In this instance, it is a broadcast website, where many people had the opportunity to encouraged him and egged him on to killing himself.
Unlike the premise of “Disconnected”, the suicide that takes place, also an overdosed, is not broadcast to the public but only to the person who is connected.
This creates an opportunity in creating drama and dilemmas as now only one person can make a difference and in that sense, shoulder the responsibility of whether the stranger lives or dies.
In my script, Amelia, the stranger who overdosed does not scream “I am killing myself”, but rather, she just ODs. I chose the script to play out this way because then Joe does not have the opportunity to convince Amelia not to kill herself, but rather, it now becomes a race against time for Joe, who is the unfortunate witness of this episode.
He is forced to think on his feet. Recall things that they spoke about / little details that may help find Amelia’s whereabouts. This creates frustrations perhaps.
In the script maybe it was too easy that Joe finds her details and saves her. Perhaps an alternative could be that he doesn’t find out anything and now he is watching her die.
Plot breakdown –
After much discussion with Sebastian, as well my other classmates, I managed to figure out the message of the story I want to tell.
Two different motivations of being online clashes when both gets connected with each other through a live streaming website (Virtual Pals).
2. The spread of nudes online is a real thing. I’ve a friend whose nudes got posted online and everyday she has to deal with the consequences of it. I think through this film, Joe realises that his way of life was selfish. The nudes and pornography he views, they are actual human beings. Of course, we do not find out that the girl wants to die because her nudes got leaked online until the very end.
After watching “unfriended” and “Noah”, in which both films are depicted entirely on a computer screen, I’ve been fascinated with this new form of storytelling.
My film would be done in similar fashion. It takes place in both the character’s reality and whatever that is taking place on the computer screen.
An encounter on an online web streaming site leaves Joe helpless and frustrated as he tries to save a life from his room through the internet.
At 4am, restless and lonely, Joe turns to an online webcam platform to chat with strangers. Slightly preoccupied as he casually does his own stuff, he connects and disconnects with a couple of random strangers.
His attention gets shifted to the computer screen as the screen stopped flashing and he is now connected with a black screen.
Stranger (S – Typing): Hey
Joe (J- Using a microphone) : Hey, what happened to your face? (Jokingly)
S: It’s a mess.
J: Haha I’m sure it isn’t thatttt bad. Come on, turn on your camera.
J: Are you a girl or a guy?
S: Does it matter?…
J: Honestly, I don’t wanna be wasting my time talking to a dude.
J: Well, that’s a start.
(Joe continues to keep the conversation going as he makes it a challenge to himself to get this stranger to show her face)
J: I’m Joe, you? What brings you here?
S: I don’t know.
J: Hmm. There must be a reason. Like for me, I can’t sleep because I’m afraid of the monsters under the bed. I don’t judge, I mean you can tell me anything. We’re technically strangers.
S: I’m going to die.
J: What do you mean die? You have cancer? Or like some disease?
S: No. I’m going to take my life.
J: Dude, is this like some sort of prank / joke to see if I fall for it? And then I’ll appear on youtube like a loser?
S: No. You told me I can tell you anything because we are strangers and I’m telling you this. Why are you judging me?
The conversation continues as Joe tries to persuade her with his perspective of life but to no avail. He threatens to hang up and be done with this but he ultimately doesn’t. He contemplates calling the police / googling IP address to track her down but it’s like searching for a needle in a haystack.
This black screen stranger is firm on her decision and tells Joe to stop. Joe doesn’t. With no information on this girl he becomes frustrated and helpless.
In bids to calm him down, the stranger finally speaks into her microphone “Joe.”
The black screen stranger turns on her camera – A face badly burnt appears on screen.
S: “It’s okay.”
Joe slightly appalled and speechless. He slumps into his chair.
S: “ I know I’m selfish. But I just don’t want to have to deal with this anymore. Please understand. I only came here to feel less alone and you’ve done that for me. Thank you for caring and I’m glad to have met you. I’m going to go now. Have a good life”
J: NO NO NO NO.
Stranger disconnects. A bunch of kids doing lip syncing gets connected.
Well, nothing is concrete yet. The idea is that Joe is trying to save someone from where he is, over the internet. The girl could be anywhere in the world and that idea itself is actually really chilling for me. Because like Joe, we know nothing of this girl. We may or may not be compelled to want to save her too – I think this depends largely on how the conversation is crafted in order to direct and bring out that conviction of this girl and why she believes that dying is the best solution. It might be fake, it might be real, we wouldn’t know as well.
I contemplated having a webcam girl asking for help (like she’s being forced into adult cam or something). Or some life threatening situation, but I think this situation works best for me. Although the least exciting, I think it gives us space to observe the conversation and get to know both Joe and the girl.
Lastly, like I mentioned above, I would like to film Joe’s reality as well, apart from it just being on the computer. Mostly how he deals with things that we don’t see outside the frame of the computer’s camera.
Anyway, would love to hear from you guys.