Consecration (November, 2013)
Director, Writer, Editor
This was our first project for Basic Video and TV Production. Originally, this was only 15 seconds, but our ideas are best captured in this extended version. We were tasked to create a short video with strong scriptwriting and visual storytelling, while also piecing together different randomly assigned Talecraft cards. I have never actually played the story-telling card game before, so doing it in the video production context was honestly a very creatively abundant brainstorming experience! I highly recommend it.
These were our team’s cards:
· GOTHIC (Genre): Gothic Fiction focuses on pleasing people through terror. Elements in this genre include psychological as well as physical terror, mystery, and the supernatural. It is not uncommon to find death and madness in Gothic Fiction. [Examples: The Castle of Otranto, Horace Walpole (1764); The Phantom of the Opera, Gaston Leroux (1910)]
· THE DANDY (Archetype): Women are attracted to the Dandy’s androgynous and slightly feminine style. The Dandy pays attention to detail and always moves with elegance. He values aethestics and the pleasures of life. [Examples: Percy Blakeny from The Scarlet Pimpernel; Howl from Howl’s Moving Castle]
· THE EVIL ALBINO (Archetype): The Evil Albino is not necessarily an albino, but rather a plae-skinned, fair-haired villain who gives off a contrasting effect of having a white outer appearance while having a black heart within. [Examples: Silas from The Da Vinci Code; Lucius Malfoy from Harry Potter; Kunzite from Sailor Moon]
· RIDDLE (Key/Plot): The Riddle plotline is very common in the Mystery genre. It deals with the figuring out, or going around a question or puzzle.
The concept of our video questions if Filipinos practice their religion for a true understanding of it or for mere upholding of tradition and the glorified lifestyle that it seems to provide. According to my Theology 101 professor, the bell during the consecration segment of the Filipino mass is rooted in how, in Philippine history, masses were conducted in Spanish. Since the mass attendees at this segment would have their heads bowed down and would not understand the Spanish language, they needed an auditory clue of when to put their heads up. Now, however, that Filipinos actually understand the mass (at least on a language basis), is the bell still needed? In this video, we see how the sacristan uses the Filipinos’ affinity to the bell as a means to expose the priest when he is most caught off guard.