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When I started getting into the new age music, I knew one of the new age musicians whoes name is Yuki Kuramoto. He made up a lot of great songs.

– At The River of Seine in Paris –

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I belived that as long as I try to work on thinking hard, full of thoughts are about to be vanished. However, the more I think about it, the more confused I get..

From now on, I just want to blot my former self out. I just want to take different myself out of inside of mine.

– At The Hampstead Heath in London –

The Appendix of “The Following”

  Most people living in nowadays are striving to pursue the aim of their lives. However, how many people of them are able to achieve their aims. There are even a lot of people who do not have the respective goals of life or do not try to find them out. On the other hand, I often think that if people are asked what the purpose of their lives is, why we need to answer about this question. Do we really need to have our own specific aim for our lives? Most people will conclude that people cannot live without it. Issue of this kind is still one of the topics which I often talk with friends of mine as well as others. However, in general, the former view tends to be outweighing the latter view. I just wanted to express and illustrate this kind of anxiety through this story.

  I put “following” on this story as a title. The reason why I came up with this word as a title is that the protagonist seems that he knows what he wants to do and what he does in this story. In fact, he does not. What is he following is another himself who is struggle to live like others. At the end of this story, the protagonist wants to stop following him. The story of following is about people who lost the specific purpose of life and follow something without any specific purpose in these kinds of circumstances which are mentioned above.

  The name of the protagonist is Peter, who is a salaried worker in this story. On the face of it, he is one of the people who have something to live for due to he has got a stable job as well as works hard. In fact, what he accomplishes for his purpose of life does not come from his will. There is something which he is following, even that is not what he wants to pursue them. In other word, he is one of the people who live with the purpose of life came from desire of other. Someday, he gets out of the bed and approaches a big mirror as usual. He looks at himself in a mirror. However, the protagonist starts being skeptical of him who can be seen in a mirror. He feels like the purpose of life has vanished away and lives for something in vain. He cannot be satisfied with his life due to it is not his will and then he feels like everything that he has worked up to his present standing is pulled down.

  He decides to follow the trace of what he has done so far. The protagonist is able to find out that he is wandering from place to place. The places which he is standing are crowded with people. They do not even seem to be taking care of him. What he has got since he started working is nothing. The protagonist is able to rethink of his life through following the trace of what he has done. He might have been a just normal person. He did not even intend to become a salaried worker. Whilst he was living, he had an interest and got into something. Moreover, what he really wanted to do was already disappeared as time went by. At the end of this story, he can find out one guy who is standing on the rooftop at the building, whilst he is wandering from place to place,

  The conclusion of this story is tragic. The protagonist stops following himself as he commits suicide. In fact, he did not have any purpose of his life intentionally. He might have been afraid of that. Also, he knew that even though he did not have any aim for his life, he was able to live as if he had already had the aim of life. When the protagonist is on the rooftop, he was not able to find the guy out. After for a while, he sees that the guy fell down. The protagonist also falls down from the rooftop. Before the protagonist dies, he can see the guy who is lying down next to him. Actually, he is the protagonist himself. He did not know how his life is going to be changed. In addition, he did not even want to know that. This is the reason why he chose death. He might have prepared to accept any result and have been known that he would not able to stop it by his will.

  In terms of making a film, there are many things to be considered to shoot on this film. In this story entails diverse locations for shooting. I need to find out right places for each atmosphere of scenes. My composition will be affected by my choice of camera lens, position and the mood or effect you want to achieve. There is only one actor who can be the protagonist in this film. I am going to shoot the actor from a high position. This kind of position makes the protagonist smaller and pressed. Also, a similar effect can be achieved by choosing a particular lens for a certain character’s personality. A long lens is able to isolate the protagonist from the background which goes out of focus. The effect of this kind will be able to make an actor’s feeling lonely and he seems to be not fitting into his life.

  In this short film, I will put static shots and camera movement shots together. The former shots are going to be main shots due to the circumstance of main character is quite passive. However, I need to put some camera movement in specific scene. For instance, I will use a crane in the rooftop scene. The camera needs to boom up from behind the protagonist to the top of his head. This kind of special camera movement will be able to not only show the state of his mind but also avoid being monotonous camera angles and composition.

The Following

1.     INT. PETER’S ROOM – DAY

        WIDE SHOT OF PETER’S ROOM     

       PETER, age 31, as soon as he wakes up, he moves from the bed to the kitchen table.

       CLOSE-UP OF TOASTER

       Toast pops up in the toaster. We SEE PETER’S HAND quickly pull out the toast.

       WIDE SHOT OF KITCHEN

       We HEAR a KETTLE WHISTLE. He quickly moves to turn off the burner.

       MEDIUM SHOT OF PETER

       PETER is being dressed up with such a nice suit, tie, and shoes.

CUT TO :

2.     EXT. STREET – DAY

         WIDE SHOT OF STREET AND FULL SHOT OF PEOPLE

         PETER is walking quickly toward his work place with confident face. We SEE PEOPLE around him look busy and active.

         WIDE SHOT OF BUILDING OF HIS WORK PLACE

         PETER gets into the building.

CUT TO :

3.     INT. PETER’S ROOM – NIGHT

         WIDE SHOT OF PETER’S ROOM

         PETER turns on the light and gets back into his room. He looks tired. And then, he lies down on his bed.

CUT TO :

4.     INT. PETER’S ROOM – DAY

        WIDE SHOT OF PETER’S ROOM

        As soon as PETER wakes up, he moves from the bed to the kitchen table.

        CLOSE-UP OF TOASTER

        Toast pops up in the toaster. We SEE PETER’S HAND quickly pull out the toast.

        WIDE SHOT OF KITCHEN

        We HEAR a KETTLE WHISTLE. He quickly moves to turn off the burner.

        MEDIUM SHOT OF PETER

        PETER is being dressed up with such a nice suit, tie, and shoes.

CUT TO :

5.     EXT. STREET – DAY

         WIDE SHOT OF STREET AND FULL SHOT OF PEOPLE

         PETER is walking quickly toward his work place with confident face. We SEE PEOPLE around him look busy and active.

         WIDE SHOT OF BUILDING OF HIS WORK PLACE

         PETER gets into the building.

CUT TO :

6.     INT. PETER’S ROOM – NIGHT

         WIDE SHOT OF PETER’S ROOM

         PETER turns on the light and gets back into his room. He looks tired. And then, he lies down on his bed.

  FADE TO BLACK

7.     INT. PETER’S ROOM – DAY

         WIDE SHOT OF PETER’S ROOM AND CLOSE-UP OF PETER’S FACE    

        PETER woke up but, he seldom gets out of the bed. The sunshine is coming in through the crack between the curtains.

        MEDIUM SHOT OF PETER

        He gets out of the bed and stand in front of a mirror as he is wearing the pajamas. He looks at the mirror himself. However,

        what he can see in a mirror is another him who is dressed up as usual.

CUT TO :

8.     EXT. STREET – DAY

         CLOSE-UP OF PETER’S PAJAMAS AND MUG

         PETER is wearing the pajamas and holding a mug.

         WIDE SHOT OF STREET AND FULL SHOT OF PEOPLE

         PETER seems to be wandering from place to place. He can see different his appearance which is reflected on the shop window.

CUT TO :

9.     EXT. PARK – DAY

        FULL SHOT OF PETER

        PETER sits a park bench. He starts smoking.

        PETER finds out a building which is closed to the park. Also, he can see a guy who is standing on the rooftop at the building.

        WIDE SHOT OF PARK

        PAULL comes to the building.

CUT TO :

10.    INT. BUILDING – DAY

         WIDE SHOT OF CORRIDOR

          PETER enters the building to get on the lift. He goes through the corridor and waits for the lift.

CUT TO :

11.    INT. LIFT – DAY

         MEDIUM SHOT OF PETER

         PETER gets into the lift and he is about to push the button to go up to the rooftop. However, the button has already been pushed.

        EXTREME CLOSE-UP OF NUMBER ON THE LIFT SCREEN

         The number is increasing on the screen.

                   CUT TO :

12.    EXT. ROOFTOP – DAY

         WIDE SHOT OF ROOFTOP

          As soon as PETER comes to the rooftop, he looks around to find out the guy who was standing there.

          However, PETER cannot find him out. He starts smoking.    

          PETER hears an ambulance siren which is getting louder. He approaches the edge of the rooftop to find out what is happening downside.

          The camera BOOMS up from behind PETER to top of his head. PETER can see a guy who lying down and people are gathering.

          He starts smoking again and having a deep sigh. And then, he falls down from the rooftop.

CUT TO :

13.    EXT. ROAD – DAY

          The camera BOOMS up from two guys to top of the crowd. PETER still has a weak consciousness, even though he fell from the rooftop.

          The camera FOCUSES on the face of him is next PETER from out of focus. PETER is striving to see who is right next to him.

          In fact, the guy who is lying down next to PETER is Peter himself.

          EXTREME CLOSE-UP OF PETER’S FACE

          He begins to laugh.

FADE TO BLACK

Foley and Home Theatre System

  A film is visible art through using an optical illusion. Once a silent film came out, there has been a significant breakthrough in field of films so far. At present, it creates realistic fictions with all senses which enable people to feel. It is feasible to control temperature in a movie theatre to make audiences feel fear as well as provide same synesthesia as in films. To illustrate, if there is a scene of dissecting room, a conditioning system which was synchronized with the time code makes temperature in a movie theatre decrease automatically. So that audiences are felt like they are in a dissecting room with actor or actress inevitably.

  However, one of the most effective factors which make people nervous in sensible way is sound. The sound of film can be divided in to music and sound. The former one means the background music, and the latter one means the sound effects. The field of sound has developed since the radio came out. 1 Diverse sound effects which are needed for the radio and dramas belong to this. Thanks to this, the radio and dramas were able to have more sense of real so that it has been caught on.

  In fact, one the most weaknesses was sound effect in field of film in my country. Even though there was a good acting, using a same camera and film, you can feel something lacked after making a film. There might be a lot of reasons which make a film imperfect. However, there is lack of foley in films mostly. Today, the term foleydescrbes general sound effects performed by humans, but not necessarily to picture.2 It is quite sensible part for filmmakers. Even though audiences tend to be unaware of it, the contribution of foley for making films perfectly is quite affective.

  Even though some directors prefer realism, it cannot be imagined without foley. In other word, the power of influence which is combined between sound and video is quite powerful such as the sound opening and closing a door, the sound effect splashing blood, and the creaking the floorboard. These kinds of sound effects make audience more concentrated as well as deepen the details of film.

  I deem that the experiencing the effect of foley in movie theatre is not perfect place. Most movie theatres tend to be set for massive and explosive sound. So that it is not appropriate to detailed sound. Also, the sound system each movie theatre is different so that there might be different feeling of satisfaction from individual. However, if you use a home theatre system, you will be able to enjoy watching a film with the notice of detailed sound.

  Due to video is visual format, it is easy to be used by eyes. However, listening to sound requires high-concentration and sensitivity. It can be said that the most perfect film must be well-balanced by sound and video. A feeling of pleasure of experiencing it is one of the strong points of home theatre system.    

 

  1. LG TV Blog. (2008). the relationshiop between movie theatre system and sound effects. Available: http://www.lgtvblog.com/439. Last accessed 03th Dec 2011.
  2. Ric Viers. (2008). Building a Foley Stage for a Home Studio. In: Ric Viers The Sound Effects Bible . The United States of America: Michael Wiese . p114