The professor was on board with the theme of introversion. It was definitely reassuring to hear that we had been given the the okay to address the topic as that it came from the heart.
The professor also suggested that we approach our film as a narrated interview. The three of us would have voice-overs and there would be characters animated to the voices. Some classmates drew parallels to the film, “Creature Comforts” directed by Nick Park. They thought it would be a very cool idea, and that it would be “different”.
I thought long and hard this weekend. I expressed my concerns to my team members and some friends. But at the end of the day, all decisions are made for the benefit of the film and solely for the film. I do not think the interview idea will work and I have supporting reasons to support my viewpoint.
- As an introvert myself, an interview is one of the last things we would want to do.
- Having the introvert “talk”, contradicts the whole theme of the film
- “Silence is Golden” becomes a new meaning
- Our introverted character, visually, speaks volumes for themselves when NOT saying anything
- ESPECIALLY if we have the extroverts doing the talking, and especially if they talk over our MC
- At the end of the day, this film approach doesn’t “grab” me, and I want to love what I am doing
However, I think this different approach of having a mute introverted main character still answers the question of “What is it like to be an introvert”, if from the POV of the introverted MC, we see her answer the questions or “conversations” with the extroverts in silence. And if we wanted to go back to traditional storytelling, we needed more ideas.
Over the weekend, I did some research about Sushi, as that my group mates and I had a vague idea of some kind of Sushi Chef Cat for our main character. (Although fish is bad for cats, it is generally universally accepted as one of the things cats would eat). A friend of mine suggested I watch a sushi documentary called “Jiro Dreams of Sushi” directed by David Gelb.
I took notes on some things that stood out to me. But there was that REALLY brought it home, on a personal level too. The owner(s) of the sushi restaurant was out shopping for fish at a fish market. We may have fish markets that exist in America, however the fish markets I am talking about are traditional, crowded, and rustic.
Here are some examples of the traditional fish markets. Right away, it gives off an unsanitary and rustic feel, with vendors packed closely together. This was the environment I want to put our introverted feline main character in.
I’ve also had personal experience at buying at such markets and seeing them first hand. I remember following my mom around during a vacation in Hong Kong, and she would be busy buying and haggling for groceries at such markets. These markets were laid in any place imaginable for the business to sell. A memory resurfaced as I recalled these experiences. I once saw a young lady, either in her teens or young adult stage hacking away at a some meat with a giant knife. Whether she was behind the counter because it was her job or her family business, I’d never know but I remember being shocked at the juxtaposition of a young girl wielding a giant knife with much skill and precision.
I excited told my teammates this weekend that we could have a female feline hacking away at fish with bothersome customers that talk to her, but she never answers them back, just gives them their order. Such questions could include, “Why are you so quiet?” These would be typical questions an introvert would hear all the time, or questions relating to fish, or why she is working there. I think our main character works at the fish shop because it is her lifestyle, and because of money.
Our character’s goal in life would to obtain the OPPOSITE of this bothersome lifestyle, which would be of peace and serenity, and to eventually move away to somewhere quieter such as the countryside. Meanwhile the film could also have images of our MC returning home for the day and showing the relaxed “recovering” side of her. ie: sitting in a comfy cushioned chair by the warm fireplace, sipping hot catnip tea.
Yes, apparently catnip tea exists.
As for the look of the film, we have decided that the film would be in 2D with a fairy tale-esque sort of feeling. Some films for inspiration include a French animated film, “Ernest and Celestine”, directed by Benjamin Renner, Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Patar and another French animated film, “The Monk and The Fish”, directed by Michaël Dudok de Wit.