I will be making a short film using surrealist conventions exploring dreams and the subconscious. The theoretical inspiration for my film comes from the original surrealist movement and the concept of channelling ones subconscious mind into a form of art, be it painting, photography or film.
A famous surrealist film artists is Bunuel; the writer of Un Chien Andalou and ‘The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie’. It is documented that Bunuel and Dali sat down together one day and discussed the dreams they had the night before, and decided there and then to make them into a film (Un Chien Andalou).
This idea appealed to me as a creative way to inspire a film, and I will be keeping a diary of my dreams to use as ideas for my own film.
My research developed from looking into surrealism, into exploring films about dreaming and the subconscious, their relationship with surrealism, and most importantly what sets them apart from surrealism. I was able to draw a relationship between the two in some cases, such as ‘Inception’ which I felt was clearly a film about dreams, yet featured some surrealist concepts about the subconscious within it, such as the visual manipulations of the architecture within the film which I felt mirrored the manipulations seems in Dali’s ‘Clocks’ painting.
I did however find that the films about dreams that I focussed on generally had other discourses running through them, for example the idea of technology being used to ‘invade’ dreams reflects on current debates about technology and how it has the potential to invade and destroy the private sphere.
Despite my film being based around my dreams and subconscious, I am not interest din weaving different discourses into the plot and am more interested in creating an abstract piece of film that looks directly at the subconscious, rather than the real world that surrounds it. The most important factor of the film to me is to generate a strong feeling in the audience that they are immersed in a dream like world. I want to replicate the feeling that one has when they’re dreaming, where they know that something is different, but it doesn’t seem as strange as it would in reality. My film will follow a non linear structure, in an attempt to replicate the disjointedness of dreaming and abstract visuals in intervals throughout the film to signify the ‘non dream’ time while you are sleeping, or the time between dreams that we do not remember when we wake up.
‘I thought that dream space would be all about the visual, but its more about the feel of it’
To create this atmosphere, I will be using a large range of filming techniques, editing and a lot of focus will be on the sound. I am still yet to pin down exactly what these techniques are, but am in the process of researching and trial testing.