The depiction of a character's mental state through visual design in dramatic film (The Machine)

Craft, Michael (2002) The depiction of a character's mental state through visual design in dramatic film (The Machine). Masters by Research thesis, Queensland University of Technology.

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There are many films that deal with the subject of altered mental states and psychotic experiences. Some films present these experiences objectively, recording and presenting events as they unfold. Other films present these experiences from a subjective perspective, attempting to directly portray a character's experience. The use of different cinematic devices to directly represent the mental state of a character is my area of research.

In this paper I explore the direct representation of mental states in dramatic film. During my research I studied films that have done this, with reference to how they have used cinematography, narrative devices, montage, sound and production design for this purpose. The main body of work for my thesis is a sixteen minute short film, The Machine. This paper, an analysis of my film, is an adjunct to the video presentation. It describes my attempt to make a film about a mental breakdown represented by the progression from one distinct visual reality to another. It describes how a variety of directors, films, video clips, books about film, photographers and fashion designers have influenced my thinking about film making with regard to this project. I describe in some detail my experience of the dramas of preproduction, the shoot, post-production, and exhibition of my film. In the reflective analysis I discuss the strengths and weakness of my film, what I would now do differently and some theoretical aspects of its meaning.

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ID Code: 36442
Item Type: QUT Thesis (Masters by Research)
Supervisor: Frost, Stephen
Additional Information: Presented to the Creative Industries Faculty, Queensland University of Technology.
Keywords: Motion pictures Production and direction, Mental illness in motion pictures, Characters and characteristics in motion pictures, thesis, masters
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Copyright Owner: Copyright Michael Craft
Deposited On: 22 Sep 2010 13:05
Last Modified: 23 Jun 2017 03:54

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