After looking at Faces in the Crowd, and being a little disappointed by it, I decided to look at a short film (17 mins) called ‘In Vivid Detail’ (Bratt, 2007), it is a love story between a man suffering from the condition and a woman who tries to come to terms with his condition. It was full of stunning shots, the music score was beautiful, and the concept was simple and so effective. It didn’t require a crazy storyline such as in ‘Faces in the Crowd’ to be understood and was way more powerful in the sense that I felt amazed, and yet more dramatic without any over the top effects. It has no flaws in terms of accuracy and subtlety yet accurately demonstrates how the man copes with his condition, how he pays careful attention to objects. It also feels like it is more realistic and life-like and not over-exaggerated Hollywood.
The problem I am faced with creating a short film for my artefact is that I am limited to only 2-5mins; establishing anything with nice, artistically slow-paced shots would be difficult to conform to the time limit. The following idea is a script based on my research and ideas, which I think is accurate and without flaws. It’s a simple story based on the idea of someone taking advantage of a person suffering from the condition, which unfortunately is common place in society.
Intro: Define prosopagnosia, face blindness. It is better if the condition is defined at the start of the film, because I will not be able to strongly define it in the film itself, the audience will find out the character will suffer from it.
Scene 1: Guy #1 who suffers from Prosopagnosia is attacked and almost mugged by Guy #2 at a cash machine but manages to overpower his attacker. This scene establishes a victim, and the two characters, also showing that the victim is not so weak himself.
Scene 2: Guy #2 bumps into Guy #1 at a park and some friendly banter occurs; Guy #2 mentions them meeting at a bar not long ago, how they had a good time and they should meet up again. This scene shows that the victim suffers from prosopagnosia and does not recognise his face.
Scene 3: Later on, Guy #1 passes Guy #2 (exchange looks) but does not recognise him due to the condition. He is then promptly attacked and robbed by Guy #2 who takes his cash and expensive necklace. Again shows that he will not recognise his attacker.
Scene 4: Last scene: Guy #2 is making his way to a pawn shop and receives a distressed phone call from Guy #1 who tells him that he has been robbed and does not know what to do. Guy#2 consoles him (speaking with an accent implying that he is a different friend entirely) and insists that everything will be alright. He then enters the pawnshop.
End: Statistics about the disorder, credits.
In Vivid Detail (2007) – IMDb. 2012. In Vivid Detail (2007) – IMDb. [ONLINE] Available at: http://uk.imdb.com/title/tt0997458/. [Accessed 29 November 2012].