Project Development Studio 6

06 Mar 2014

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Narrowing the Narrative Scope

After shooting some footage this past weekend, I quickly and messily learned that I did not have as tightly woven narrative as I thought. I spent a lot of time articulating the assumptions the project, Threadbare, addresses. It was a great exercise to discover what is essential to convey and include in the story.

Going through the process of setting up lights and camera, and considering how to construct my space, I learned that I am most interested in the grotesque character. I also realized that the piece might be more abstract that I intended. I am wondering now if I should strip out the 'normal woman and just focus on who she becomes after the bad event. Wondering meaning that I will strip out the 'normal' woman.

Articulating the project's assumptions took longer than I anticipated. During the prolonged brainstroming and thought-mapping, I struggled with connecting my trumped up project plan with the emotional and artistic roots of the project's kernel.

In the beginning, my goal was to create three characters. Quick Note: I am not great at titling things.

 The First:  Jo
 The Second: Bee  
 The Third:  Old Bee

The three characters would be three distinct versions of the same woman/creature over time. I am no longer doing that.

I am collapsing the timeline in the narrative to mirror the space, occurring all at once, all at time. The object is one body, the body of the creature.

The guiding quote:

"There are people out there who buy things and then something bad happened. Something terrible. And the way that they saw themselves is gone."

The guiding quote is from the perspective of the creature Bee and not from who she used to be, Jo.

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