Play the song below while you watch.
This is my presentation above, I’m going to explain my idea and vision of my story.
What’s your inner animal is the cord of this story. In the world I want to build up, everyone needs to find an inner animal in order to represent their personality and position in society. Like we have our star signs. Sometimes, we use some symbols to categorize ourselves.
This story is about identity. Figure is the appearance of a people. Figure is a process of exploration and problem-solving. In this story, we are going to join the journey of finding the inner animal for the protagonist.
And the log line is When everyone needs to find their inner animal as identification of personality and ability, a fresh graduate who is uncertain his identity must find his inner animal, or else he will lose his position in the society.
The main character Renard is a 23 years old fresh graduate. He keeps finding his job for one year. But he has been rejected many times because he doesn’t know his inner animal. And the company cannot arrange his position if he doesn’t know his inner animal. The story starts from Renard has been rejected on his 23rd Birthday. He has no time to waste, so he gets a higher desire to find his inner animal. He will meet different people and everyone gives him different advice.
The scientist is the tester of inner animals. He has done this job several times. He has seen various inner animals and many people struggling with their inner animal. He tells Renard to think about his initiation. What animal he like in the childhood or what animal has potentially shown up many times in his life.
Then his parents, his parents explain how inner animals work out in this world. The animal will affect your personality and the job you choose. They also explain how it affects their relationship. His dad is a bear and his mon is a red panda. These two animals are the same infraorder. Even though Renard has supportive parents, his parents still have some expectation of their child.
Leo is Renard’s friend. His inner animal is a lion. When Leo was young, he has noticed that most successful people are lions. So, he tried to make himself as a lion as well. He did become a lion and on the way of a successful person. But he just broke up with his partner.
In the end, people are not really having a happy life even they know their inner animals. How can Renard make his decision?
In production design, everyone will show up in different rooms. The environment they show up will represent their personalities and inner animal. Those rooms will put a lot of items to leave a clue and let audiences understand that inner animals are related to their living environment.
Why I want to use a lot of items? Those items can clearly symbolize their inner animal. Then when we see the room of our main character. The audience will follow him and look around his room, try to help him to find his inner animal.
Additionally, those items also can be a metaphor in the story, for example, the main character receives a watch with panther logo from his parents. It means his parents want him to be fast and strong. And also, the remind him the time is running out.
For cinematography, I will use a lot of subjective shots. When we are hearing others opinion. It could be helpful advice and also could be pressure. Subjective shot can make audiences feel the tension of the main character and also to experience the world I build up.
I also want to use projection shooting in my film. When the main character does the test of the inner animal. The machine can project his inner animal on the wall. I can also use the projection on each character to show their inner animal or inner mind.
In term of using projection. The light will be low key to show a clear projection image. And use different colours of lighting to enhance the effect of projection.
Combine the projection and lighting. I hope I can make the effect like this
The music will be like the music you are hearing. Using some electronic instrument to create the atmosphere of a parallel universe and suspicion. And add some animal sound as sound effect to improve the atmosphere.
Why I want to tell the story? I want to set up a surreal world to let people get out of their bubble and rethink how identity is important for everyone and how to find your own identity.
THE STAKE IS NOT STRONG ENOUGH.
What’s the consequence of people don’t find their inner animals? Once I can set up the comprehensive rule of the world, the audiences will easily be convinced and immerse the world. Like The Lobster, “single people have 45 days to find a partner, or they will be transformed into an animal.”
THE ENDING IS NOT CLEAR ENOUGH
My original idea was the main character can utilize the skills of different inner animals to adopt different situation. But once I set the severe consequence of living without an inner animal, he must find one. How can I transfer the original idea to be reasonable for the consequence is a tough problem I need to work out.
THERE IS NO EXTERIOR SENCE?
Yes, I don’t put any exterior scene in my film. In my opinion, finding your own identity is a very inside thing. You need to dig in your memory, your thought, and your desire in order to find it. So every scene in my film is interior. But I also can understand it could a little bit dark and limited if they are all interior. I will put this opinion to my concern.
After I made the presentation and explained to everyone, I have a clearer idea of my story. How can I put the vision and sounds into my script and explain the principle of the world through the story is my next challenge.