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The Drummer: Emotional Subtext in Video Narrative.
The Drummer is a four-page script I wrote with intentions of producing as an experimental short film. (4-5 minutes long) The film follows a slightly misplaced man as he wanders through the city beating a drum. There is one odd minute of dialogue, but the major feature is the steady rhythm of the drum. The film features mundane, urban locations, and could be shot either here in the U-District, or in downtown Seattle in half a day. My plan is to cast and rehearse with the two speaking actors, cast the handful of bit parts, and then shoot on a weekday morning. This shoot will require a camera, tripod, and a production monitor. We will also need a decent boom mic and a mixer. The lighting will come from natural light, possibly with the aid of a reflector. After shooting, I would edit on Final Cut Pro with the intention of exporting to DVD and VHS. I have access to editing systems and would not need to use CARTAH^Òs. The goal of The Drummer is to create a film whose impact comes form emotions, and whose narrative comes from subtext, rather than from explicit dialogue or action. Therein lies the lesson.