Today’s cms class..

Am still chocked about today’s cms class… when I think it just started with an egg… okay “an egg”.. still wondering if that was really one… Bref… now what if we are living but not really living?😂😂 ça reste quand même drôle (that stays funny anyways)… I come to think that we are dreaming our lives! We’re sleeping while living😞😞😞 ***aucune idée***! Thanks Mr Ivy for playing with our thoughts and it’s still working .. I did enjoy it though! 🙋🙋🙋

My Room madness

My name is Dolores, I’m an international student at AFDA Cape Town. I’m from the DRC, which is in the centre of Africa. I came to Cape Town to realise one of my biggest dreams: being a filmmaker. I actually live in Goodwood. I don’t really like my bedroom, not only because of its colours and space, but also because I never spend time in there and there is nothing which reflects my personality. I feel more alive in the living room. That’s where I’ve put everything (my time and my affection) and I actually spend days and nights in there. So let’s analyse my W.O.R.L.D.

So the first thing people see when they walk in the house is the paintings and the colours colours on walls (a kind of beige and pink). Pink is actually my favourite colour and it really makes me feel happy.

The space is amazing. I love wide places because they make me feel alive in a certain way. I can actually see everything around me and do whatever I want like dancing and jumping as my mom loves to say it like an African monkey. That makes me feel like being in control of everything and I am aware when something goes wrong. As I enjoy observing people, it’s not difficult for me to do that in this kind of space; I know when someone feels well or not.

The place totally reflects my personality because I don’t like noise, I like being alone sometimes and I am a much focused person. This is the best space for me to work and concentrate. The colour pink and beige really work together and I love the atmosphere. I like the paintings all around walls-as they’re from my mom-and all the photos of my family members (my two brothers, my sister, my mom and i)I enjoy looking at them and think about home, because I all brought them from there.

The CDs reflect the all of me. I do love music (Christian pop, rock, country, and so on) and movies. They take me in other dimensions; they make me fly. Music and movies are my best friends, I find my words in them and they tell my story-a little Congolese girl who wanted to conquer the world.

I like the space, even if I sometimes feel forgotten in it. I love being in the centre of everything (admiration for example) when I’m happy, but sometimes it looks very spacious for only three people living in there. That frustrates me when I’m alone for days.

Let’s have a look to my little table. There I have my portable computer, some CDs (again), flowers, my printer, and some books. But what really make me feel comfortable in that place are my souvenirs like a necklace, and bracelets. Those things remind me my family, and my precious moments with my friends. It’s crazy how a necklace can trace an entire story. Looking at them I always realise how lucky, favoured, and graced I am. I always feel H.O.M.E when I look at them.

Getting in details, the necklace is a gift from my mom when I got back home for holidays last year. It might not be the right place for a necklace to be, but it helps me when I feel down, alone and lonely. I know that wherever I go there’s a special woman who loves me out there.

For the bracelets, they are gifts from important people in my life like my friends and cousins.

The flowers give a little kind of liveliness and happiness, because I love their pink colour in harmony with the pink wall.

There are my favourite books “the Bible” -it emphasizes my Christianity state-and “Anyone Anonymous” by Tim Timmons. They are the best books ever, even though I don’t like reading.

The objects like the little statues represent my Congolese side; they all have a huge sentimental value because they are from my parents, as my mom loves having stuff like that.

Although this environment is quite new for me, I always feel like home, because my family always brings to me things that remind me where I belong when they come to visit me. People change according to the environment they are in, and this one has really changed and transformed me. I see who I am in every area I look at, I start paying attention to every little detail to make sure I’m keeping every single gift with a big heart. As for the paintings, I L.O.V.E them, because of their colours as well and what they mean to me. I’m like going home for holidays, just take things and bring them here when no one comes to visit me.

The warmness of this place lets love fly all over the house. And I love when my entire family is in there, because we can feel complicity and most of all a family where harmony has taken an important place.

This was a brief of the kind of space I live in. It’s not really my choice of colours, ornaments and paintings but I’ve chosen the living room because it tells more about me, my personality and my origins. I can actually say that after the DRC, I’ve got a new home in Cape Town. I really am amazed by this city. It’s one of the best places ever.

References

Assignment II term 1, Production Design, Tania J. (2015). My room madness. AFDA Cape Town.

http://realsimple.com/m/home-horganizin/decorating/paint-colour//

http://newscientist.com/blog/shortsharpscience/2008/07/what-do-your-belongings-say-about-you.html//

Reinvention of a Fairy Tale

As we know, fairy tales are short stories about magical creatures (fantastic forces and beings as fairies, wizards, and goblins) that are meant to trick people.

My fairy tale choice is the adventure of Pinocchio. As we know, Pinocchio is a little puppet that wants to be real boy. Lying is a part of his personality.

Trying to fit that story within today society, I might say that it’s really relevant because this fairy tale doesn’t only reveal something about children, but also about adults.

Let’s start with the adults’ part. Nowadays we find people (men and women) trying to be people they are not. They all want to look good and please others by lying and so on. They really are simple people when they are home but change when surrounded by their friends by trying to show other social classes than the ones they really are in. They actually pretend to be…

Being our true self is one of the most important qualities in life. If people can’t accept or recognise us the way we really are, that relationship is not worth it.

Pinocchio wants to change his entire nature by yearning to be a real little boy. How many men and women in the actual society want to erase their past because of what they think they’ve become? How many of them try to hide their personality when it comes to their friends? Many of them have become lairs because of the acceptance of others.

Let’s go to the impact on children. I always imagined Pinocchio as a cheerful little puppet who desires nothing more than to be transformed into a real live boy. That is the Pinocchio depicted in Walt Disney’s adaptation. It’s hard to blame Disney-Pinocchio is a rotten kid.

Kids in today society have become others than in the previous generations. I’m not talking about all of them, but about most of them. Pinocchio wasn’t the kind of boy people could actually want to have. That’s what we see nowadays. Kids are now disobedient and liars as well, they don’t really recognise adults anymore, all they want is freedom.

I think the adventure of Pinocchio speaks to all generations. We see a man who doesn’t really love kids and prefers to have a kind of puppet that is all in wood. That’s true, having children is not something easy, either for men or women. That’s why we find people who prefer having pets than children. How come? I always wonder why. Looking to my culture, every married woman has been treated badly because of not having children. Thanks God Pinocchio’s dad wasn’t married. Everyone has their way of being happy-some by having children and others by having pets because it really doesn’t matter.

This fairy tale did have an effect on me when I was younger. How can a little boy lie or let his dad being thrown in prison? That’s what we see nowadays. Bad parents and bad children, they’re all the same.

The moral of the film is that if you are brave and truthful, and you listen to your conscience, you will find salvation. But if you behave badly and do no obey adults, you will be bound, torture, and killed. And it’s also applied in real life.

References:

Http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/books/2011/10/carlo_collodi_s_pinocchio_why_is_the _original_pinocchio_subjecte.html// .

http://onceuponatime.wikia.com// .

Michelle, Jennifer (13 October 2013). “History of children’s Literature: Politics and Pinocchio”.

Kenny F. (1997). The Effect of classic fairy tales on readers and society. Canada

Script Breakdown

“Special Date Night” is the title of my second term two minutes film.

In the story, the protagonist-a waitress, is unsatisfied with her situation of being single. While she watches others in her environment finding love and revealing in the amenities of romantic relationships, she must stand by and observe. She yearns for the acceptance and companionship others have, but doesn’t find it until the end of the story.

On the other side of the story we have a deuteragonist that despite being in a relationship has experienced the less favourable aspects of relationships primarily dealing with stereotypical couple issues such as jealousy, dominance, inefficient romance and ultimately heartbreak. Emotionally, he also doesn’t have the romantic amenities of love due to his failing relationship with his own estrange partner. His primary issue is compatibility which is the key to his happiness in the story.

The lexical concept of the story is companionship.

The film will only have one set (scene) which is the Actors Studio. Each shoot might take ten to fifteen minutes.

Location: interior

The story actually takes place in a restaurant, a warm place where we can feel love flying all around. The place is actually full of couples celebrating their relationships.

Time period: night

We want the shoot to be at night so we can have strong lighting all around the restaurant and as we know people prefer going for a dinner when it’s more or less dark.

Architectural elements:

Actually for this part we won’t be using the whole actors’ studio. Only the windows will truly be parts of the shoots so that we can link the interior with the exterior to give a special view behind the set.

Elements of interior:

As elements of interior we are going to use tables (plates, glasses, flowers and candles on them) and red chairs.

Props:

As props, we will be using two glasses filled with wine (grape juice) or whisky (apple juice) and ice. That’s what the protagonist must bring to the actors on set (in the restaurant).

The deuteragonist uses a cell phone. He will appear texting with his “girlfriend”.

Money will be used as well when the costumers will be paying the bill.

Colour palette;

which is red firstly refers to love and it’s the main colour of the special date night. The restaurant will be full of red decorations like candles, flowers, balloons and so on, just to emphasize the atmosphere of all the couples and show how our two main characters will feel lost in this kind of environment.

The action is taking place in the modern society. As for the stylistic design, the protagonist appears in a waitress uniform (back and white) with tidy hair to reveal her emotions through her eyes. On the other hand, the deuteragonist appears in a light green shirt to be in juxtaposition with the entire environment which is all in red.

The extras will appear in red/black.

The characters have different thoughts concerning companionship. One is yearning for it while the other one tries to get out of this. This is what we see in this generation; we all want different things by forgetting that most of them have the same effects. The protagonist and the deuteragonist find themselves in a place they don’t really wish to be.

The fact that the story takes place in this generation which is the 21st century reveals all most a huge part of the culture (young adult society). As for the design and the location emphasize the idea of companionship in today society, the characters’ cultural background is found in their emotions. This is a specific culture where we find people with different thoughts and goals. That’s where we find the protagonist and the deuteragonist. They both are in a certain environment but with different opinion about that same environment.

All these elements must work together to show the loneliness of the protagonist at the beginning and as she ends up finding hope when it comes to the deuteragonist. She finds a reason to smile. The conceptual relevant theme is relationships.

The emotional relevance theme is personal development. As we see our two characters growing throughout the scenes. They both are yearning for the same thing: true love and they only find a part of it at the end of the story.

References

Photo of fingers: http://www.lifemapsworkshop.com//

Photo of wine/whisky glasses: http://telegraph.co.uk//

Photo of red candles and red roses: http://www.ishareimage.com//

Photo of red balloons: http://montgomeryproduction.com//

Photo of the cell phone: http://jerkmag.wordpress.com//

Photo of South African money: http://exoatcapetown.com//

Photo of waitress: http://pinstopin.com//

Image of love words: http://www.whisper.sh//

Image of restaurant night view: http://www.standard.co.uk//

Production Design, lecture 4 (2015) Script Breakdown. AFDA. Cape Town.

Katleho M. (2015), Date Night Special (script). AFDA. Cape Town.

The serial killer’s story/L’histoire du fameux tueur en série…

Many questions have been asked; many people have been hiding themselves for months. The main question is WHY? POURQUOI?
Why do Congolese people start getting scared when it comes to the end of the month? This is the Congo/Kinshasa report. After thousands of investigations, we’ve been led to the source of these crimes all around the main city of the Drc: Kinshasa.
Mr John Makadi was one of the most important CEOs and shareholders in the construction industry around the whole country. Why don’t people could believe that this man was a serial killer? Let take a step back to his childhood.
Makadi was a really nice little boy, living in a really small village right in the centre of the country called Lomela, he grew up in a poor family with his parents and his big brother Matthew. He wished he could be like every other children, wearing beautiful shoes and going to great schools to town. He promised himself not to let any of his children lack of anything.
His brother on the other side was really different. Although they were poor, he was the only one enjoying that poverty by having fun with his very bad friends by smoking and getting drunk every night.
Looking at the mother, she was closer to her last born. She was a fighter, a great woman for the community, but her husband wasn’t the liked one. Beside his poverty he was arrogant, childish, a liar, a thief and most of all a really bad husband/father.
As we know every culture has their rules, the entire village wanted this family out of that community because two of them were troublemakers. So that what happened.
After long years of pain and difficulties, they ended up in the city: Kinshasa. Where actually dreams come true according to what people out of that city think.
John could actually study, he was a really smart boy that why he got a bursary. He started working right after his studies. Fifteen years after being a simple employee, he reached the level of CEO. That’s where the chaos began.
John got married to a pretty woman Angelique and they got three children. His life looked perfect, until his family, his dad particularly chose to get involved. His very first salary has been taken by his father, pretending he was the one who helped him reach that high level. After months, he couldn’t buy even a car.
January 25, 1994 the shareholder of John’s company has been found dead in his bedroom, with a J on one cheek and an M on the other one written with his blood. His house had been found empty; money and every expensive material, all gone.
What could the JM mean?
Two weeks after the tragedy, John is promoted as shareholder of the company. Why? Pourquoi? Isn’t it what John wanted by killing the previous one?
February 25, 1994 the finance minister is found in his bedroom, dead. Nothing expensive left, only that JM sign on the cheeks.
A week ago he met John for a project to build a supermarket.
The question is what’s going on? Que se passe t-il? Why do that person kill and leave the bodies right there instead of hiding them?
News comes out, everyone knows that John is not the one we think he is. There’s something weird happening. John’s mom started getting worried. She tried to call him, but no answer. The question is why do these two people after getting in touch with John got killed? Of course because John is the killer. What a question!!!!!!!
March 25, 1994 Dr Mark Dongala, John’s best friend is found in the same tragedy, dead. JM on his cheeks and no money anywhere. Everything with value is all gone. Two days after, John is seen in Uganda.
The press is wondering: is he running away? The police got involved. The goal is to arrest John Makadi.
April 25, 1994 John Makadi is found dead by his wife in their bedroom, JM on the cheeks. No money. Bank accounts ZERO.
That’s true, John was a good man, he was always working hard to get his family out of poverty, he got married and wanted to satisfy his family. His parents were so proud of him. Wait, the question is where his brother was all this time? There we go. Investigations can start. Matthew had been arrested on his night crime on July 25, 1994.
Jealousy overwhelmed his big brother. John has always been the smartest, the most useful. That need of killing others for money the day they get paid started to change Matthew. He was killing without pain. Because his life was a mess, he didn’t know what being in love was or the joy of having children. All of that pushed him to hate his life by killing.
So there’s the interview made on the 4th September 1994 by Mary Malaika for the National Chanel of the Congo
Mary: here we are after long months looking for our serial end of the month killer; let’s hear his motivations. Tell us your story Matthew, what happened? Why? Explain to us beacause the Drc is so curious and thirsty to know more about you.
Matthew: when I was a child, my father never came back with a salary. It was as if he didn’t love us at all. I didn’t know that feeling when my friends were telling me: my dad just got paid, that’s why I’m wearing new shoes or whatever. When the village threw us out, that affected me. How can people who are supposed to love and care about you treat you like dogs? I wasn’t smart, that’s why I couldn’t study like my brother. I was hungry of blood and angry about what I couldn’t do with my life. Seeing my brother that happy, even though my father was always around him for money, he wasn’t complaining because he knew what we went through. People surrounding him were so rich, I think since they were children. So what is all that money for? I started killing but I didn’t know that would start being a habit and I still need to kill more and get more money. Why do I kill every 25th? I was born on a 25th, my birthday was supposed to be the best day of every year, but no one could actually remember and people get paid on that day.
Mary: that’s really interesting but what was that J&M sign? People thought the meaning was John Makadi; and why on cheeks? Why not to take the money and leave these men alive? And the main question, why your brother??
Matthew: when I started stalking these men, every time when they were back home, the first thing they were doing was kissing their wives on their cheeks. My father never did that to my mom. That J&M only means JOIE MANQUEE (happiness missed). The happiness I’ve never experienced in my life. Yes I could have left them alive, but what is life if you die and not leave traces? I didn’t need to kill them but I wanted to. That’s when I realised this is who I am a KILLER not a simple killer but a SEREAL KILLER. My brother actually forgot me when he started being successful, I did the same. When I started my life I forgot my family and he also was the kind of man my dad wasn’t. He was rich, a good husband, and an awesome father. They were all the same and if I get any chance to kill someone else on that day JE LE FERAI (I WILL).
Matthew had been killed on the 25th of September in the prison of Bas-congo (one of the DRC’s cities).
That story still remains until now. Matthew left traces that other people find and start following. We actually thought everything ended but NO, it just STARTED.

Colour Theory/ Théorie des couleurs

In the visual arts, colour theory is a body of practical guidance to colour mixing and the visual effects of a specific colour combination.
There are also definitions (or categories) of colours based on the colour wheel: primary colour, secondary colour and tertiary colour.

The protagonist of my narrative is a waitress, who doesn’t like her situation of being single. While everyone in her environment seems to find love, the only thing she can do is observing and yearning for the acceptance and relationships people around her have.
We find on the other side of the story the deuteragonist who is a young man, living such a complicated kind of relationship full of jealousy, and lack of interest from his girlfriend. That’s where we find our two characters. They’re both in the same environment, going almost through the same kind of situation but ignoring that they’re meant to like each other.
My narrative world is a restaurant (a date night). The protagonist appears professionally in a waitron uniform, all in black and white. The deuteragonist appears in a green shirt. And all the extras appear in red/black.
My colour palette which is red opposes the psychological development of my two characters. The both appear in different colours for a special night. Everyone is supposed to be happy on a night like this one.
The protagonist tries to hide her loneliness by working on that evening. The deuteragonist on the other hand tries to spend a night without dealing with his girlfriend’s accusations by spending a night alone in a restaurant having a special date night. Unlucky he might be.

In the first structure of my narrative; we find the protagonist starting her night service by taking orders from her clients.
In that structure, we see the entire restaurant which is full of flowers and candles. But the main colour is red. In this case red refers to love to emphasize the meaning of the date night, which is for all the lovers. This part supports my narrative by giving a special sense to companionship.
This part shows the colour progressing. The protagonist starts being shot in a dark red. While she’s walking to start her service, the colour is getting brighter.
In the second structure we find the deuteragonist alone on his table looking at his cell phone.
This part is the most confusing because in that entire red world, we see a light green shirt. The green eventually opposes my narrative, to show the lack of interest from our character. What’s the point of spending a date night with someone who doesn’t really show that she cares? The main idea is to see everyone wearing a colour that represents love. But when we see green, it actually messes all the design up.
The colour (green) will start declining. The shot starts on the deteragonist and as he’s looking at his phone the short will start getting wider to see the confusion of that green in red.
Looking at the third and last structure, our two characters find each other.
This part has as main colour a bright yellow (coming from lights). The yellow actually supports the end of my narrative when the two characters realise each other’s presence in the restaurant, to show comfort, liveliness, and happiness in that part of the story. The colour will be progressing. Before getting bright, it will start by a normal yellow. Once connecting to lights all around the restaurant, it might get bright. That should help to get into the characters’ eyes, which looks sad at the beginning and illuminated at the end.
The colour choices (on the characters), is firstly to show their state of mind. What the both of them are going through. And for the protagonist, it’s not only the fact that she’s working on that night but how hidden she is behind her professional life. And looking to the deuteragonist I want to show how people can react or ignore things because of what is going on in their heads (mind). He actually could wear the colours recommended for that night (red/black), but he chose to ignore it because of his relationship situation.
The red colour opposes my two characters emotionally because they are both in hectic situations. One is single and busy looking for the good companion while the other one doesn’t feel like being in a relationship. This colour won’t help them at all. It’s a way to remind them their love situation.
For the deuteragonist, green is his way of speaking. Because it’s a date night and his girlfriend is practically becoming his ex-girlfriend, he wears a different colour. Green supports the deuteragonist emotionally.
The bright yellow light supports the characters emotionally. Once their eyes lay on each other, they find finally a reason of laughing and enjoying the special night.

This is the use of colours in my term project. I want people to learn, and I want to pass a message. Love is not about what we plan. It comes and goes. At the right moment and the right place, there will be the right person. That’s where colours interfere. It’s all about who we really are.