In the second semester of time studio and time seminar we had to watch 11 movies and choose a lens through which we could portray these movies with a narrative and hence we were divided into groups to work for the same.
My group decided on three lens initially
Process 2: Choosing our lens as drama
At first we had the idea of portraying melodrama of each movie but this idea failed since we had no idea as to how to show that into a multimedia format.
Process 3: Chossing our lens as makeup
we thought on our next lens which was makeup and decided on choosing the male protagonist of each movie and portray their makeup through a form of a video.
But this idea was again a fail because we analyised theres is not much differnce in the makeup of the male protagonist of each movie. However there is change in the hair style and costume but not any facial makeup changes.
Hence we decided on taking up each female character of the movies and portray their characteristics through face painting.
For example, an abstract form of few animals who share the same characteristics as the female protagonist have in the movie.
This idea was too westernised so we scraped off this idea.
Process 4 : Ideating on iconography
After few trial and error we thought of working with the idea of comparing each female protagonist to an indian mythological figure.
For example- Tabu was being compared to goddess Mohini, but what we released is that this concept of us was not showing time.
Hence Iconography of each female charecter of the movie through mythological figure was a fail since we were not quite sure about the concept itself.
Process 5: Fixing on a final lens
Finally we decided to go ahead with the lens of makeup and hairstyle which we originally though of but this time we changed the subject of focus from male progonists to each female protagonist of all the eleven movies.
We studied and analysed each female protagonist’s makeup and hairstyle.
We critically looked at how each stroke of makeup changed their character and how makeup in particular has changed or evolved throughout these eleven movies.
Process 6: Final narrative in form of a stop motion
We made a stop motion video where we traced the timeline of these movies through the art of makeup and hairstyle.
We studied critically our chosen len.
The video clearly shows how makeup and hairstyles changed from Do Bigha Zamine to Queen.
We have tried to show how the basic contouring of the face has changed over the period in the Indian cinema.
We have also shown how the winged eyeliner in Shahib Biwi Aur Gulam was over dramatized and how over a series of movies like Shatranj Ke Khilari it changed to over dramatic use of kajal and finally in Maqbool where there is minimal use of eyeliner on the eyelid but at the same time a thin stroke of kajal can be traced.
However the Indian cinema had evolved in the art of makeup from over dramatic and dark makeup and fancy hairstyles to minimalistic makeup for example In later movies like Queen and Dil Chahata Hai.
In the end of the video we show a face without any makeup to pose a question on the viewers mind “who’s next”.
This question will bring people’s attention and force their minds to think what could be the future of makeup In the Indian cinema, is it going to go back to from where it started or is it going to be no makeup or is it going to take a whole new transformation in future.
The Persistence of Memory is a 1931 painting by artist Salvador Dali and is one of his most recognizable works.
The well-known piece of art introduced the image of the soft melting pocket watch. It epitomizes Dalí’s theory of “softness” and “hardness”, which was central to his thinking at the time. As Dawn Ades wrote, “The soft watches are an unconscious symbol of the relativity of space and time, a Surrealist meditation on the collapse of our notions of a fixed cosmic order”. This interpretation suggests that Dalí was incorporating an understanding of the world introduced by Albert Einstein’s Theory of Special Relativity. But Dali`s idea of the soft watches were not inspired by the theory of relativity, but by the surrealist perception of a Camembert melting in the sun.
To me this painting suggests “fading past”. The three clocks suggests different times with different phases of the day. I assume the clock working anti-clockwise suggesting rewinding. Also I can see an imagery of a closed eyelids with long eyelashes which depicts deep sleep. The melting clock over the the figure looks like a blanket. Therefore, it can be said that when we sleep we get dreams and dreams are basically made from our memories, and the minute we wake up we don’t remember the dream. Hence the memories of what we dream dies the moment we open our eyes.
Agnes Varda’s 1961 is a brilliant film about a carefree young woman who is gravely awaiting for her medical diagnosis. It is a stunningly crafted film which focuses not only on space but also on time; so much so that a viewer can draw a precise map of Cleo’s (Florence Victoire) path and consider touristically re-creating her journey from the begining till the end.
Florence Victoire, who is better known by her stage name Cleo Victoire (as in Cleopatra), is a singer with three hit singles to her name. Two days ago, she went in for some tests for abdominal issues to see if it is cancer. She will be getting the results today at 6:30 pm. She is certain that it will be a terminal cancer diagnosis and hence her mind fixed on that outcome. She visits a fortune teller who predicts stomach cancer which is what she is afraid of that she mightdie.
Afterwards she puts on a black dress, takes off her wig, and tries to see things from a different perspective. The thought of the medical results affects how she approaches the day, from her encounters with friends and acquaintances to what she observes in total strangers around her. It could be as simple as how she views the lyrics to new songs presented to her from her songwriting team, to her feelings about a conversation she overhears in a café between a couple having relationship problems, to the typical sweet nothings spoken to her from her lover. There are certain things that do temporarily take her mind off of waiting for the test results but something will always bring her back to that as the issue of her day. At the end, she meets a soldier who is going to the war in Algeria the next day. He accompanies her to the hospital but the doctor wasn`t there. Sitting on the bench, they saw the doctor rolled by in his car and told her that she will be fine and completely cured with two months of treatment. she was relieved and for the first time in at least two days she was finally happy.
Cleo being the central character of the film, loves and suffers and eagerly waiting for the medical reports that will decide her future. She is also self obsessed, petulant and absent minded. But she is transformed from a distracted and vain entertainer into someone whose emotions grew deeper.
Time is as much a theme in cleo from 5 to 7. The entire film is based on the two very different sorts of time: the real clock time; passing second by second with its end point of the news when Cleo will receive from her doctor, and the concept of the experience of time that contracts or expands according to how we feel it. The film revolves around these emotional states apprehension, boredom, desire.
“An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” the twilight zone season 5 episode 142 directed by Robert Enrico was screened first on american television in 1964. It is based on a short story book “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” by Ambrose Bierce.
During the American Civil War, Union troops are about to hang a man from the Owl Creek bridge. As he goes over the plank with the rope around his neck the rope breaks and he free falls into the river and manages to unbind his hands and feet underwater. As he swims downstream, he has images of home, his lovely wife and children. He also hears the sound of the nature. He also manages to evade the troops who are trying to stop him. Just as he stands at the gates of his home, he runs toward his wife as she walks toward him, smiling and weeping.Just when both are about to fall into each other’s arms, the man suddenly stiffens and his head snaps back. The scene cuts back to his body hanging from the bridge and at that moment his escape revealed to be fantasy experienced in the moment of the drop.
The ending scenes of this episode leaves the audience with goosebumps and a surprised expression. The whole episode is extremely well plotted keeping the audiences mind curious. It shows how a man who is about to get hanged, travels back in time as his mind projects memories of his loved ones. He fantasies about his escape and the time period for him at that moment becomes longer. For him the time period at that moment seemed like hours but in reality he was just a few seconds away from getting hanged. And finally when he was hanged his true circumstances were revealed. Therefore, one can evidently conclude that time being a very crucial aspect of this short film , is very personal in nature.