The Undo Button < Video>

Directed and recorded by Nanou Dimachki and Sean kim:

 

This Video follows up on a fictional idea we came up with: The Undo Button.
The project started as an advertisement for this fictional button that let’s people undo one action in their past, supposedly a comedy. However the storyboard created was hard to executed, acknowledging the fact that we are students and don’t always have resources we started to think of a different way to shoot our “Undo Button”. It is kind off important to know how would people feel if they got a chance to undo one action in this lifetime; we tend to assume that people would probably feel it’s the “Best chance ever”… well, Is it? We eventually decided to pop the question at random people in the streets and see the different reactions we would get. How would they genuinely feel when asked…

The result turned out emotionally very fulfilling, we gathered the different reactions we got from people and edited them in a certain harmony related to the answers, some people remembered dramas that happen to them and wish to undo them, others  thought about periods of their life they missed out on… some answered objectively about certain values or non-values we have to endure: like violence, and people in politics and power… But most surprisingly we had many who answered that they wouldn’t undo anything…

Though the purpose of this Video changed from how we planned it in the beginning, I think i like better the result we have then the initial story board created.

The Undo Button: A counterfactual fiction

Teamwork done by Sean Kim and Nanou.

Rational & Concept:

One of the major aspect of life is our constant struggle with the “Time” factor. As human beings who get to control partially the present, we many times find ourselves thinking more often about the past or the future: Actions we did and the consequences of the choices we made in the past that will eventually ripples in the present or the future time. The fatality of not being able to go back and amend certain choices or actions leave humans beings bound to irrevocable realities.

From the rational above came the idea of creating a fictional Undo Button. This Undo Button is a high-end product, unfortunately it is not a product for the mass, but to a certain Elite community who can afford its price. The Undo Button can happen only once in a lifetime, if you press it, you get to amend one core of action you did in the past. And it costs USD 50,000.

The below script is an advertisement to promote the Undo Button. Though it’s a high-end product we wanted the ad to have humorist approach to life rather than a tragic one. To symbolize how actions in the past have a ripple effect on our future: We decided to take a funny situation of one guy who falls in love with the wrong person. (below the script for details).

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Script:
This commercial is a comedy. The characters need to have some sort of sense of humor.

 Description: The Scene is taking place in the park. A guy is walking in the park, he sees a knock out girl approaching him, first we can’t see the woman she is just a silhouette from afar, then as she starts to approach gradually her face is becoming clear to us the action starts to happen in slow motion, close up on her face, the wind blowing her hair, she smiles at him and in a sexy voice whispers “hello…”. The camera moves to show us a close up on his face, mesmerized with her, he puts a stupid smile on his face and says “Hello…”

 Cut to a super that reads “After one year”. The scene is a medium close up scene of the guy and the girl standing facing each other, she has a bride veil and he is wearing a bow tie. VO: he says: I Do.

 Cut to a super that reads “After two years”. The guy comes home early to surprise his wife, he opens his bedroom door to find her in bed with another guy. Surprised he says: “Babe! I thought you loved me”, she replies “ohhh Honeybeeee, of course I do…”

 Cut to a super that reads “After three years”. The guy comes home, walk into the room and opens his closet, to find his wife with another woman naked this time.

 Cut to a super that reads “After four years”. The scenes are taking faster action (cause it’s a repetition), we see hands opening a door (implicitly the husband) to find the wife in a threesome with a guy and a woman.

 Cut to a super that reads “After 5 years”. The guy is in a living room, had grown a very long beard, watching TV, pizza boxes all over the place, he is chewing on one and looking depressed in a funny way.

 BUTTON SCENE! (happens here we need to think about it) then he presses the button close up on a hand pressing the button.

 A fast rewind happens from the couch scene till the very first scene where he met her, then the camera goes back to play in slow motion she approaches him close up on her face the wind is blowing her hair, she whispers “hello” he looks at her and says “f*** you Honeybee” …

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Shooting board details:

 

Scene 1 (A, B and C)
Location: In the park

A: The camera point of you his shoulder. We see the silhouette of a woman coming towards him (blurred)B: Close up on her face walking, she’s a hot beautiful girl, wind blowing her hair, slow motion…
VO: She whispers Hello
C: close up on his face completely mesmerized and smiling stupidly
VO: He answers back Hello

 Scene 2
Location: In a house (some corner against a wall details in the background can be blurred)

Super: after 1 year
A: a medium close up on bride and groom: groom saying I do. VO: I do (she has a white veil, he is wearing a bow tie, as it’s medium to close up shot we don’t need to see a dress or a suit)

Scene 3 (A, B, C and D)
Location: Same house ( bedroom)

Super : after 2 years
A: he opens a door knob (holding a bouquet)
B:  long medium shot she is with another guy in the bed covered with sheet.
C: close up on his face: VO: “Babe! I thought you loved me”
D: close up on her face: VO: “ohhh Honeybeeee, don’t be silly of course I do… are these for me?! (Looking at the flowers?)

Scene 4 (A, B)
Location: Same house ( bedroom)
Super: After 3 years.
A: He opens the closet to hang his coat.
B: She is naked in the closet with another girl, both covered with sheets

Scene 5 (A)
Location: Same house (bedroom)
Super: After 4 years.
A: We only see a hand opening a door to find 3 people under sheets in abed…

Scene 6 (A)
Location: Same house (Livingroom)
Super:  After 5 years
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: One very long shot: The guy is in a living room, had grown a very long beard, watching tv, pizza boxes all over the place, he is chewing on one and looking depressed in a funny way.

Scene 7 (A, B)
A: WE NEED TO THINK ABOUT IT
B: close up on a hand/finger pressing the button.

Scene 8
SFX: Fast Rewind of the whole TVC… Until the last scene.
Last scene will replay normally in slow motion. We will only change his answer to the “Hello” he will say “ F*** you Honeybee”

Storyboard  (Sean and Nanou).
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If Bloodchild was a Soundtrack

https://soundcloud.com/user-580020175/bloodchild/s-RgT5y

This Track is inspired by Ocatvia Butler’s Bloodchild.
Though the story is a sci-fi horror story, but it also combines many other aspects and values: Human vs Alien, children, pregnancy, giving birth, tragic reality, life, death, blood, fear, horror, family, dreams, motherhood etc. For that reason my track is a combination of weird ambient unearthly sounds with a recurrent pure sad vocal of a woman.
I have recorded over 50 sounds taken from daily elements but when put in the edit some are altered to become unrecognizable and give the weird sci-fi feeling of the story: Brush against fabric texture, chopsticks falling, metal coffee jars, elevator beeps, drawer opening/closing, door, knob, paper, nylon, nails, tapping, spoon, glass, metal scratching, metal net, Porcelain plate, wood cracks…etc
*Vocals are taken from freesound.org

The story starts with a family dreaming/tripping… Like the story my track starts on a trippy mood as if in a dream, and follows a certain progression in the “weirdness” until it reaches the scary experimental climax (In the story the child was experimenting a horrible fate) to fall down again and end with the same sad vocal it started with… showing  the tragic fate of humanity.

Bloodchild Arc

bloodchild-arc

Sounds, Music, incite emotions and feelings when we listen to them; for that reason, I chose to explore the emotions that Bloodchild inspired while reading it, so I’d be able to translate better the soundtrack. This Arc shows how the flow of my soundtrack will be, the flow starts gentle, human and move to become more weird, less human and more alienated. This progression will lead to its climax eventually, connoting the tragedy taking place in Bloodchild. I will be recording sounds from usual elements but putting them in a certain context and editing them will hopefully give the sci-fi weirdness I’m looking for.

 

Readings | week one

Jonathan Lethem’s The Ecstasy of Influence: A Plagiarism
Kirby Ferguson’s Embrace the Remix

Between  Inspiration, Influence and Plagiarism a very thin line. Not only the thin line reside there but also when we belong to a certain artistic movement or a certain school of beliefs or even a certain cultural. Both of Lethem and Ferguson explain the importance of Influence and Inspiration that many times (if not most of the times) is the primal source for creativity. Unconsciously or Consciously we have all been subjected to this form of Influence or inspiration while we are creating.
However, that notion of Influence is a form that they tend to be more forgiven and lenient with in certain scenarios: Dylan an example that they both used, and both tend to accept the fact that he literally used tunes and lyrics that were already created by another author under the title of Influence and Inspiration… So where do we draw the line really? Many Art or Literature belong to the same movement or schools, so one can directly see certain similarities and influences through out the work of a certain group of people. However using a notion of thinking like “time” or “beauty” or” space”, etc. is different from using the same idea created for “time”, the same sentence, the same tune, the same lyrics, etc… It is not influence anymore, it’s copy, it’s plagiarism unless recognized. When we are Inspired or Influenced we don’t copy… We use certain knowledge or sense to come up and create something “new”…  I also tend to think that somehow generalizing  like Ferguson puts it that we need to accept that all our ideas are recycled and inspired is somehow an extreme thinking of a non-creative person, who is probably giving himself a very good excuse to constantly “remix” and call it creativity.