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Eve Friel

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Props List – The Book

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Below is a props list created by Olivia Pitcher. This outlines the Props used and why we chose to use them.

https://pitco001.wordpress.com/2017/02/10/props-list/

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Storyboard – The Book

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Below is talk through video created by Matthew de Ath explaining the storyboard and the reasons behind each shot.

https://deatm003.wordpress.com/2017/01/12/storyboard-the-book/

Location Recce and Risk Assessment – Living Room

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Below is a location Recce and Risk Assessment for the living room created by Olivia Pitcher. Many shots were filmed here so we felt although it was important to look over the possible hazards.

https://pitco001.wordpress.com/2017/01/17/location-reece-living-room-the-book/

https://pitco001.wordpress.com/2017/01/22/risk-assessment-living-room-the-book/

Location Recce and Risk Assessment- Outside the house

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https://deatm003.wordpress.com/2016/11/30/location-recce-the-book/

https://deatm003.wordpress.com/2016/12/14/risk-assessment-the-book/

This is a location recce and Risk Assessment of outside of the house. We felt although this was important so we knew the risks of shooting in the area.

Risk Assessment – The Bedroom

Below is a risk assessment of the bedroom. I felt as though this would be important so that we would be prepared if an injury or accident were to occur.

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Costume and Make-Up Design – Susan Jones

mama-jessica-chastain1.jpgSusan Jones is the Protagonist in our production of  The Book. Susan Jones is a mother in mourning over the death of her young daughter, Katie Jones. Susan Jones is presented as a very obsessive, paranoid and anxious. Due to these emotions, we wanted to keep Susan in very simple, plain, primary and secondary colours. Overall, Susan is a woman who was once a mother, so we wanted to stay true to how Susan would have seen herself, as a mother. Due to this, Susan would have worn simple and comfy clothes while Katie was alive, as she was still a very young child. rose-byrne-insidious

After researching into other mothers in horror films, I saw the common theme of casual, simple clothing to stay true to reality.

From this, I knew colour would be extremely important in setting the mood of the film. Susan is the first character introduced to the audience in a state of equilibrium, and so colour would either create tension, enigmas or a false sense of security for the audience.

I looked into the connotations of many different colours to decide the best colour costume for Susan:

Green:The color of trust and confidentiality. Green is the great balancer of our mental, emotional and physical energies which is why there is so much green on our planet. Green represents hope and trust.

Blue: is the color of trust and peace. It can suggest loyalty and integrity as well as conservatism and frigidity.

Red: Red can be used to represent love, anger, violence. This color is a warm and positive color associated with our most physical needs and our will to survive. It exudes a strong and powerful masculine energy.

Black:is the color of the hidden, the secretive and the unknown, creating an air of mystery. It keeps things bottled up inside, hidden from the world.

(Source: http://www.empower-yourself-with-color-psychology.com/meaning-of-colors.html )

Although Green may be one of the most atypical options for a horror film, I decided that it would be best for giving the audience a false sense of security, as the narrative juxtaposes many of the typical connotations of the Colour Green.

 

Location Reconnaissance- Bedroom

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Here is a location Recce for the bedroom where many shots were filmed. A location Recce was crucial, this outlines the destination of the bedroom as well as any health and safety issues that could occur during filming and help us to minimise the risk of any accidents.

Location Recce & Risk Assessment – The Park

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Below is a link to the location recce for the drone shots which were shot in a park in Ardignly.

Created by Adam Tyrrell

https://tyrra009.wordpress.com/2016/12/14/risk-assessment-local-park-the-book/

https://tyrra009.wordpress.com/2016/12/11/location-recce-the-book/

Costume and Make-up Design – Katie Jones

screen-shot-2016-12-11-at-22-46-30Katie Jones’ Character is a young dead girl who has come back from the grave to haunt her mother as she feels although her death was her mothers fault. Through much of the research into children as a conventional psychological thriller aspect, I understood the importance of the costume and Make-up which would inflict fear upon the audience. After researching into other films where children had come back from the dead, I saw common themes such as dark eyes, redness, blood and messy hair as well as dark shadows around the mouth area.maxresdefault.jpgAfter looking at images of these children, I started to map out a simple idea of how i envisioned this character to look and the importance of each detail. Many of the films that I researched into use colour to exemplify themes displayed throughout the narrative. Red is often associated with evil, blood, lust, and violence. Black is also naturally associated with evil, which is the binary opposite of good and love, which white and other light colours often represent. As well as this, blood is iconography for the horror genre and is also a tool in indicating to the audience the story of how the child came to be dead. These dark and unsettling connotations of these colours emphasise the lack of purity, innocence and unpredictable mysterious nature of children.

Typically, young girls are shown with pigtails in their hair as a sign of chastity and to highlight their ‘cute’ nature. Because of this, i felt as though it was important to stick to typical stereotypes of young children when designing the hair design. Pigtails also directly juxtapose the connotations of the make-up and therefore the audience are caused to question the nature of this child. As well as this, throughout the whole film the audience are constantly questioning if this child is a figment of the imagination produced by the mother, due to the connotations of pigtails, the audience are led to believe that if this child does no longer exist,the mother is trying to hold onto the innocence of how she remembers her child.

Although throughout the sequence the audience do not see a full view of Katie’s costume, I felt as though it was necessary for the child to wear a plain black outfit as it symbolised the evil and violence that possessed the child.

special-effects-makeupThe child is also shown to be holding a knife. Weapons have phallic symbolism that suggests power, violence and pure evil. I felt as though a weapon as a prop would be necessary so that the audience fully understood the extent of power that the child has over the mother.

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