THE ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE: It all started with photography as a narrative


IMAGINE HOW MOTION PICTURES AND FILMS CAME ABOUT.

The idea started with the ability to give life to the already existing still camera, which gave the world a memorable, tactile representation of life.

How about a group of pictures, shown as a slide show, with a narrator?  Makes for a different kind of cinema right?

well, this is an example of such a MOTION PICTURE, called  La jetée a 1962 film, written by Chris Marker.

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ACT 1: The protagonist (Davos Hanich) lives in the aftermath of the third world war in Paris. He is a prisoner, living underground, under the research of “mad German scientists”, trying to  bridge the past and future through time travel,as a way to find answers for the present. The scientists play with the minds of the prisoners until they find the perfect subject who possesses very strong mental images.

The inciting incident begins when the ideal prisoner is tested, and undergoes traumatic mental shock-waves. on the tenth day his images of the past begin to flow. On  16th day he is on the pier, and the shocking image of a girl who sees a man being murdered.

The first point of reversal begins when the protagonist is sure that the woman he saw was the woman he had always longed for. From that moment the audience is certain that his hope and source of life will be this woman. He tries sticking to the idea of her in his dream.

ACT TWO: THE CONFRONTATION

The obstacles begin when he is transported to the future. He sees things are different and realises that the mad scientists had used him and were surely going to execute him.The protagonist makes up his mind. He wants to live in the past, not in the “pacified future” he knew not. He found a way of negotiating with some people in the world of the future. After the experiment, he is to be killed, hence he reaches a consensus with those in the future, and he is transported to his past, permanently. There he is happy with his beloved.

Only for a moment.

ACT THREE:

The resolution and the climax are reached at once, in a most shocking manner. He briefly meets with his beloved at the same pier he saw her in, when he was a child. The same pier they both saw a man murdered. The protagonist couldn’t escape his future, even in  his past. Someone was sent from his prison, to kill him. Hence the man whose murder he and his beloved witnessed, in his childhood dreams, at the pier was he’s.

The use of sound and narration in these still pictures, brings all the characters to life. Because of the technique, nature of this “slide show of pictures and sound” the abrupt end, appears even more powerful and shocking.

MUSIC AGAINST MALARIA has decided on going for something similar to Chris Marker’s work. We have decided to produce a  narrative with “pictures in motion” to serve as a short film/documentary, which summarizes our entire work process throughout our campaign against malaria in Pakistan.

The uniqueness of our project however, is our use of color to illustrate a clear divide between the Climax and Resolution segments of the documentary.


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