Ritual – Week 1

This week, although actually located in Venice for me personally we had to start on our first major project called ‘Ritual’. We started by doing research into the different people who have done work on things to do with this sort of theme. The moving image collections were from such films as:

‘The Wicker Man’ (Robin Hardy, 1973)

‘Feeling My Way’ (Jonathan Hodgson, 1997)

‘The Godfather Part 1’ (Francis Ford Coppola, 1972)

‘Tango’ (Zbigniew Rybczyński, 1982)

‘Ferment’ (Tim Macmillan, 1999)

‘Father and Daughter’ (Michael Dudok de Wit, 2000)

Each of which inspired me in different ways, making me think of the different ways in which the word ‘ritual’ can be confronted, how such a theme can be shown and the different techniques in which can be used to show these things. It also made me think a little of the sound that has gone with the work, the sound effects being a major part in setting the scenes and building the emotions within each of these different types of film.

The next part was to come up with a concept for our own films so i began by listing all the different things that are to do with the subject of ritual. I also looked into the definitions of the word itself and the sorts of sentences that the word could be used in. It was a great way of thinking outside the box and coming up with concepts I wouldn’t normally think of off my own head. So with this I came up with a great deal of different ideas to work with. However my final choice was to go with the ritual of dreams. This was so I could use my trip to Venice to my advantage and actually have within the piece itself. I decided on doing a piece on a character who wishes to go away to Venice and dreams about doing so.


– Photograph in Feature Image © Jonathan Hodgson, Feeling My Way’ (1997)

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