Semester 1 Production (Agoraphobia)

 

Brainstorming Phase: 

Zoned (Surrealism)

  • A group of students in preparation for their exam study together. One student of the group has completely zoned out of the discussion, and begins to daydream. The film then proceeds to cut to a collection of various scenarios built around notions of violence and sex. The film repetitively cuts from reality to fantasy, where in reality the other students ask the zoned out student “Are you listening!?” and so on. The film concludes with one of the other students giving up on trying to get his attention, and begins to daydream as well.
  • E.g. The zoned out student imagines playing call of duty in real life, thus from his point of view. He imagines himself carrying a gun and shooting other marines.

Maroon Petals (Film Noir) 

  • A friend’s life is at stake when she is captured and held hostage by a terrorist. The terrorist contacts and threatens her friends demanding that they collect a large sum of cash by a certain time. If they are unable to deliver the money, the terrorist claims he will kill her. Her friends innately know that even with their money combined, they will not have enough to satisfy the terrorist. So they decide to rob a local convenience store.

 > Agoraphobia (Film Noir/Surrealism) < 

  • A teenage boy suffers from severe depression, in response to the death of his mother who died from a brain tumour. The boy’s sanity begins to diminish, and some of his friends start to become more and more concerned with is health.

‘Agoraphobia’ Film Treatment: 

A Working Title: ‘Agoraphobia’

The writer’s name and contact information:

Ben Wyre, Peri Angelo Libao

ben.wyre@gmail.com , periangelo@hotmail.com

A short logline:

An ordinary teenage boy’s life turns for the worst when his mother passes away from cancer. In reaction to the family’s loss, he begins suffering from severe depression and cannot bear to re-enter the real world and overcome his anxiety.

Introduction to key characters

Connor: The central focus of the film. He is intended to appear to the audience as their stereotypical teenager, that is until he receives the bad news

Who, what, when, why and where?

The protagonist’s name is Connor; he is the focus of the film.

The protagonist tries to overcome the despondency in his life and accept the loss of his mother.

Contemporary Australian society

The protagonist is like this in response to his mother who passed away in hospital from an unstated type of cancer.

Set in Perth, Western Australia

Act 1 in one to three paragraphs. Set the scene and dramatize the main conflicts.

The art film commences with a brief montage of an ordinary Australian family, living happily and spending time together on a regular basis. The montage clearly presents the amounts of joy and cheerfulness that this family felt. This feeling gradually starts to decay as family members start to appear concerned and worried about the well-being of the mother who later is unveiled to be severely ill.

Suddenly a greatly thematic noise is heard which breaks any feelings of contentment that may have been remaining. This takes to a shot conducted with an absence of sound, which is only comprised of the mother’s son (the protagonist) who is informed of the untimely passing of his mother. His facial expression is dead-still as he struggles to comprehend this drastic turn of events.

Act 2 in two to six paragraphs. Should dramatize how the conflicts introduced in Act 1 lead to a crisis.

The art film from this point begins to follow the life of her now depressed son, Connor, who gradually begins to develop a fear of the outside world; agoraphobia. It can be interpreted from this point that after the loss of his mother, he does not want to experience this loss ever again and thus chooses to break off all interactions with his friends and the outside world.

All the liveliness and happiness that was brimming brightly from the family before is now gone with the departure of their dearly beloved mother. Several segments are presented at this point reflecting the bitter sadness in Connor’s life as he locks himself in his room for hours, listens to bellicose music, plays and daydreams with scissors and knives and wears a lot of black clothing.

His family try to interact with him after a certain amount of time has passed but Connor still remains dismissive and somewhat hostile to the remainder of his family. This goes the same for one of his friends in particular, who is persistent in regularly calling and messaging Connor to make sure that he is okay and more importantly, still alive.

Act 3 in one to three paragraphs. Dramatize the final conflict and resolution.

In Connor’s severe state of agoraphobia, he begins to perceive abstract hallucinations and absurd beliefs. These include certain ideas such as that he is the only person left on this world, that nothing is real, that nobody cares about and that everything would be better if he were to die. There is a particular segment where Connor attempts to leer out the window shades and reacts to the light of the sun as if it were a blinding light.

A poorly-lit figure starts haunting Connor more and more to the extent that this sudden and unsuspected creature chases him throughout the house. Connor cries for help but he can’t find his family anywhere, they’re gone. He tries to hide from it but it always finds him no matter where he is. Connor can’t help but wonder ‘how!?’

This creature chases him constantly without end, making it a rather extended montage of mayhem and chaos. It chases him to the front door, forcing Connor to face something he fears even more; the outside world. He turns the knob of the door with great pace and forces it open.

He hears a friendly and familiar “hey” and turns back to see that the creature has disappeared. He looks back in front of him and sees his friend looking back at him with a smile. Connor lets out a short laugh and says “hey” with a light smile.

The Blues (9) Agoraphobia Script

Finalised Cast and Crew: 

Cast: 

Ben Wyre as Connor the defeatist 

Peri Angelo Libao as The Friend

??? as The Creature

Crew: 

Peri Angelo Libao as Editor and Director

Ben Wyre (myself) as Cinematographer and Scriptwriter

Costume Design: 

Connor (Ben Wyre) : Connor will be dressed in dark-coloured clothes as well as a black hoodie over the top. Thus symbolising notions of death, something that is deeply considered by Connor throughout the entire film. In comparison to what the other characters are wearing, Connor will be wearing more winter-made clothes to therefore suggest he is much colder in his current state as he persists to overcome the loss of his mother. Connor may also just simply wear more layers of clothing than the others.

The Shot List: 20140414-174246.jpg

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