Friday, 9 November 2007

Phone Box

The script I have written takes place in a phone box. To get a bit of background on shots and angles, I looked at some existing examples of this technique in film making.
Larry Cohen originally pitched the concept of a film that takes place entirely within a phone booth to Alfred Hitchcock in the 1960s. Hitchcock liked the idea, but he and Cohen were unable to figure out a plot reason for keeping the film confined to a booth and hence Hitchcock never made the idea into a film. Cohen picked the idea up again in the late 1990s when the idea of the sniper came to him.
The most recent example of a major movie featuring a phone box was Phone Booth. The idea of making a whole movie based around a phone box requires a lot of thought because it will obviously so hard to keep people's attention. The film uses many different camera angles and techniques.

In this sample clip from the film, there are lots of close-up facial shots but they still have parts of the booth visible. There are also some 'boxes' which appear in the top corner showing action on the other end of the phone line, meaning action is split and the camera never has to move from the actor's face (right).

For my piece, there would be no need to overuse this kind of effect but it might be good to see what it might look like. The background is also blurred, I will look into how I might achieve this in my version.

Obviously my version is going to be less dramatic. I plan to use a number of angles focusing on different areas of the phone box, capturing the actor's facial expressions and reactions, their body language (he will get more fidgety as the piece progresses) etc. So, I will use a mix of facial shots, side on angles and so on to give the piece some variety. Influences will include home made videos and CCTV but I don't necessarily want the piece to look like either of these - I want to keep the camera as still as possible, cutting between close ups, wide angles and of course the interior (office shots) spliced in between.

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