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As the second part of prep work for my drama project - The Mentalist - Flame Red scene, I have divided my one - approx. 4. min scene into a total of five scenes, to make it more organized and easier to get around to shoot. I have sketched down the shots for the different scenes, to make sure we keep track of what  has been shot, and what has not. As well as fo the most important/special shots that I need to make sure we remember on shooting day.



//Templates downloaded from filmsourcing.com 

As a part of the preparation for the drama "The Mentalist" I am directing, I have made sure that all paperwork, as well as other preparations like ordering and locating props, have been done. The script is obtained from the original series and then altered to match the directorial style I wish to achieve. I have changed locations, some action descriptions and also altered one-two lines of dialogue, to make it more natural and not sounding as formal as it did in the original script.



I have chosen, after carefully thinking through, to probably leave out the few short seconds long shots of the female and manly cop characters. As these short-cut to´s does not really affect the whole scene in another way than raising awareness of whats going on. Which I feel like I can achieve without having to unnecessarily cut to surprised faces. I will,perhaps shoot the clips, but I might leave them out in the edit. All depending on whether or not I feel like they give anything to the scene.





All paperwork is ready and finished, the only thing left is to print out and get signatures, hand out and keep track of the information. Making sure that all consent forms and contracts get signed and taken care of. Kept in a safe place and not lost on shooting day, or after.

//All forms and templates from myUCA

Quick facts:
- Crime, Drama
- Duration per episode approx. 50 min
- 4 episodes first season, 6 episodes season two-five
- Nominated Monte-Carlo TV Festival
- 18  other nominations
- 17 wins
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Created by
Stuart Carolan
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Written by 
Octagon FIlms

LOVE/HATE is a gritty crime drama based on Dublin's criminal underworld. It depicts the drug addiction, squalor and violence of organised crime that has grown in post-boom Ireland.

Following the main characters, each involved in different crimes, whereas it escalets through the story, with drugs, women, guns. And how all of these different aspects affects friends and family. Already in the first season, we are put right into action, in medias res. Where we understand that something has already happened, one of the characters we are introduced to gets out of jail. The other just came in with a flight from Spain, we dont know why or how these things got where they are. Even though as viewers there are a few hints and clues left to figure out and pay attention to. 

This series is broadcasted on RTE Television, on RTE One, as well as RTE Player, and premiered in 2010. It is mostly filmed in Dublin, altough there are some scenes shot in bordering counties. The popularity of the show has grown alot the last couple of years, and the RTE did in november 2014 confirm that a season 6 is in the planning process, even though it would not air in 2015. 

What I find quite interesting about this series, is how there are two directors that have worked on it, but that there is mainly one. David Caffrey is the main-man and has directed a total of 25 episodes (2010-2014). While Anthony Byrne has directed 3 episodes (2011). It is very clearly that the main director has set the pace and style of this sereis, and that Anothony followed that particular style and tone while directing the three episodes he did. 

The reason I chose this series to write about is because in theme and genre it connects with the drama series I am directing, "The Mentalist." I saw an random wpisode late one night during christmas, and I realized how exciting and interesting it actually was. I wanted to see more, know the story, get to know the characters. I also felt like I want to find different series, that are somewhat the same, in a way even though theyre different. And therefore I felt like chosing sereis from different countries, would be a great way to explore the genre, themes as well as to the different or same aspects of looks, style and tone. 

Due to the previous one being American, this one is from Ireland. Which I find very cool, considering the fact that I have never really heard or watched anything from that country. It can be put in context with my drama by how they both show a glimpse into the criminal world. Even though the difference lays in the fact that The Mentalist, sees it and solves cases from "the right side" of the laws side. While on the other hand, Love/Hate shows it down and gritty in the "ghetto" itself, with all these different poeple involed, and how they live and go about in their llives. 

What I really like about this series is how it uses a fast pace editing to be "in the action" - following the characters. There is mostly handheld camera, which gives a nice touch to the style, as well as it takes the stand of "being a character on its own." It is as if we as an audience is there, one of the characters, which is done very cleverly and I really enjoy the feel to it. Another great thing is how it is used alot of detail shots and "new/wierd" angles to give it a cool look. As well as the sound design is cleverly solved, using contrasts and effect sounds in a great way. Making it very realisitc, and at times ubearable to watch. A lot of emotion reach trhough, and it did make me cry at one point. 

When it comes to how this sereis has influenced my own project, it is definitly by some of the things mentioned above. Especially I want to bring out the elements of handheld, detail shots and "New/weird" angles. This is exactly some of the things I love to try out, and are techniques I would really like to explore and learn more about. Generally because of the look and style it can bring to a piece, making it stand out a bit more, than a regular A4 film. 

//All images from google.com

//Sources of information

Quick facts:
Born 1949, London
13 wins and 10 nominations
Awarded the OBE
(Officer of the Order of the Britis Empire) 2012
1 European Film Awards
1 Berlin International Film Festival
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writer & composer

What first drew you to film-making?

"First, watching films as a child. Second, putting a camera to my eye when I was about 14. My uncle and his then partner lent me their 8mm movie camera. I realised that, when you frame the world, you see and feel different things."

Sally is an English director, and screenwriter borned and raised in London with her younger brother. Potter started making amateur films already at the age of 14, when given a 8mm camera by her uncle, she early realized that looking at the world through a camera changes the way we see and feel. At the age of 16 she dropped out of school to become a filmmaker.

1968-1970 she worked as a kitchen worker and a picture researcher for BBC to support herself and her work. She made several short films during this period, such as Jerk (1969) and Play (1970), Before she later trained as a dancer and chorepgrapher at the London School of Contemperary Dance. She created both film and dance pieces, before she founded Limited Dance Company with Jackey Lansley. She has also sung in bands and done operas.

After spending years doing choreographing and composing, she went back to filmmaking, with her short film "Thriller" (1979). Which was followed by her first feature film "The Gold Diggers"(1983). After several short films and a documentary series for channel 4, she internationally distributed "Orlando"(1992). as well as some of her big sucesses like "The Man Who Cried"(2000) and "Ginger & Rosa"(2012). 

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"Choreography was the perfect 'poor theatre.' All you needed were willing bodies and some space. So it was as a choreographer that I learnt how to direct and it was as a dancer that I learnt how to work."

As to how Sally interested me, it was mainly because of her great effort of brining something into the films other than just making a film to mass produce it. How she really pours her heart and soul into the stories being told, and how she choses to make "quality before quantity." Her passion. 

When it comes to how Sally has inspired my own work, on this project, it is basically by looking for that extra something to put into my work. Make sure that the end product is something that is of good quality. And last but not least, how important that extra spark and passion is for your work, and the planning en prep you put into it. As well as to be encouraged to try out now things and take risks, as to most of her films have been risk-taking. 

Decisions have been reached a few weeks ago, where these guys were the ones picked out to play the roles of Patrick Jane, Tommy Olds and Kimball Choo in "The Mentalist" drama-scene I am directing.

Because it was quite a few interested, I decided to have an audition round a couple of weeks ago. Where all the interested actors sent an audition tape on email. After looking through them all,  I carefully chose the top two for each role, before I made a final decision on who would get which part.   Here are the results, and I have also made sure that the actors have a 100% commitment to the project, to prevent drop-outs unless it´s an important reason, like healt issues or loss in family etc.

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The Mentalist, main character - Patrick Jane (in the original series played by Simon Baker) is a former psychic whose wife and daughter are murdered by the famed serial killer known only as Red John. After the horrific crime is discovered, Jane dedicates his life to hunting down and capturing Red John.


Suspect - Tommy/Thomas Olds (in the original series played by Frederick Koehler) a mentally-challenged boy, in a case where former members of a National
Guard veteran unit were killed in various fires.


Cop, CBI - Kimball Cho (in the original series played by Tim Kang) Cho is a tough but dedicated C.B.I. (California Bureau of Investigation) agent. An ex-Marine, Cho is very much by the book and rarely smiles.

Here is the CALL SHEET that will be used on shooting day. Every actor and crew member has been emailed this and any further questions etc. will be clarified with them if they have any.  I have also made agreements with each of the actors on what clothes/wardrobe they will be wearing. And they have been very helpful in finding clothes from their own closets, due to this being a student production and I don't have the possibility to buy or rent out wardrobe. 

//All images screenshot from Casting Call Pro and Call Sheet

Quick facts:
- Comedy, Crime, Drama
- Duration per episode, approx. 60 minutes
- 13 episodes per season
- Nominated for 6 Golden Globes
- Another 33 wins
- Plus 77 other nominations
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Created by
Jenji Kohan
Based on
Piper Kerman´s memoir
"Orange is the new Black: My Year in a Woman´s Prison"

A series based on Piper Kerman's memoir about her year in a women´s prison(2010).  The series starts out with a happy and satisfied Piper (played by, Taylor Schilling), a woman in her thirties enjoying her quiet, law-abiding New York upper-middle-class life with her fiance and family. Before, one day she gets sentenced to fifteen months in prison after being convicted of a decade old crime (10 years prior to the start of the series) transporting a suitcase full of drug money for her at the time drug-dealing girlfriend. This unexpected indictment threatens the relationships with her fiance, family as well as friends. The series follows her journey as she gets right into the middle of power-struggles between white, afro-American, and Latin-American. At the same time as we get to see how her family and friends are doing outside of prison. And how they learn to cope/live with the fact of Piper being locked up in prison. 

Characters // From upper left to right, Piper Chapman, Alex Vause, Sophia Burset, Stella Carlin, Bottom left to right, Suzanne "crazy eyes" Warren, Gloria Mendoza, Big boo and Dayanara Diaz.

The series is produced by Tilted Productions in association with Lionsgate, and it is being distributed by the multinational on-demand internet streaming media - Netflix. It has become Netflix´s most-watched, when it passed by House of Cards, series over the last couple of years, since the first release of season one in 2013. The series is also the first to score award nominations in both the two different categories of comedy and drama. There are three released seasons, 1 in 2013, 2 in 2014 and 3 in 2015, as well as the fourth season, was renewed to be released June 17. 2016. The series, in general, has also been debated as well as being received critical acclaim, as to how it brings up themes such as  corruption and inadequacies of the U.S prison system and the abuse of power by some correctional officers upon female inmates. It sizes to concentrate more one this as a theme as we get further out in the series, rather than just the focus on Piper. 

The reason I chose to write about this series is because this is first and foremost a series I really like and enjoy watching myself. It is one of those series that manages to make your butt stuck to the seat and keeping you there throughout. The story in itself is very interesting, and we also get invited into the whole universe they have created. Introduced to each and every character, their stories, and lives. Cleverly done by showing the audience scenes/flashbacks to each character´s lives or stories from outside of the prison. As to how they ended up there, or what made them be who they are. 

It can be put in context with my own drama by how they both include crime, drama and comedy all in one place and one series. There is a certain rawness to both, that they manage to reach out with, as well as focusing on what is the humorous aspect in dark or sad moments. The Mentalist and OITNB both also manages to not let the comedy aspect take too much attention, even tough you get a good sense it's there throughout. This is something I really like and want to achieve in my own drama.

As with I would say all series, each episode is directed by different directors where some of them do several episodes, and others have only done one. What is interesting is to each time look if the first director has set the pace for the rest to follow or if they go their own ways, in term of style and shots. With OITNB, I would say hat there is a very distinct "same" style through all series, despite the different directors. Sure, they all bring a few elements into it each, but overall it has the same style and tone. This is a big plus because it makes the series seamless which creates a wholeness to it all. 

When it comes to how this TV-series has affected my own project, it is how to achieve a seamless look. The great choice of tone and style contributes to this, as well as the way it is shot really does inspire me. There is overall, in general, A4 shots, which is needed to get the necessary coverage, but it also uses different and more close up detail shots in a way I really enjoy. It is almost as if you feel like knowing Piper yourself, all the other characters being your friend as well. And to be able to achieve such a great accomplishment, having the audience relate, invited into the story and make them feel as if they are "home" when watching it. 

//All images from google.com

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Quick facts:
Born 1953
5 wins and 15 nominations
2 DGA Awards
2 OFTA Television Awards
Nominated for 1 Oscar
film, network, cable and
premium cable televsioion drama.
Majority of work in - TV/Televsion series

"I don’t think it’s easy for anyone to be a director, but I absolutely believe that the playing field needs to be equal. It shouldn’t be harder for a woman, and the fact that this is still an issue now in 2015 is really outrageous[..]

Lesli is an American film and television director, where majority of her work is within tv and television sereis. In the beginning she started out as an dancer and choreographer, working in Europe, Asia and the United States. Then her career began at the American Film Institute´s Directing Workshop for women. The first short film she made "Tales of Meeting and Parting"(1985) was produced by Sharon Oreck, and was nominated for an Academy award. It also won several awards at festivals throughout the country.

She has worked on numerous series and shows, amongst them, "Homeland"(2011), "The Newsroom"(2012), "The Walking Dead"(2010), "Gilmore girls"(2000) and "Pretty Little Liars"(2010). 

2010 Lesli was nominated for an Emmy Award, directing "Mad Men"(2007), as well as she in the same year won the Directors Guild Award Achievement in a Dramatic Series, for the same episode. She serves on the board of the Directors Guild of America, the Western Directors Council and is also the co-chair of the Diversity Task Force, as well as being an advisor at the Sundance Directors Lab. 

What ineterested me about Lesli´s work, was the vast majority of tv series/shows she has done through the years. In which all of these has turned out to become huge on tv, gaining loads of fans all over the world. She has worked on series across a few different genres, most of them beung the drama as well as a bit of crime. This is where it fits in with the series I have chosen to direct. 

I have chosen to especially look at det differences or similitaries between Pretty Little Liars and The Mentalist. Lesli directed the pilot to the very first season in PPL, which also shows in the series that she sat the pace of how the story gets told. The similiarties between PLL and The Mentalist is definitley the mysetry in each episode, as well as the crime aspect of it. When it comes to the style of the episodes, I believe PLL to have quite a few more detail and interesting shots. But overall both of them is very standard shot. 

The differences I will say is mainly the story, whereas in The Mentalst there is a new case in ech episode, and in PLL we are continously following/picking up the storyline from the alst episode into the next one. Again, they are both leading up to a final goal or hopefully sulution. Which a series in general need for the story to develop and have something to work/move towards.

In the series Lesli has directed ther eis definitley a certain type of style going on through the episodes. How she chooses to present the different aspects in each project, is rather interesting. And I truly admire her for being a good role-model for all women in the business. Where she in an interview with  Deadline.com, expresses her thoughts around the ´lack`of women in the industry. 

"When I started directing over 20 years ago, if you would have asked me would we be talking about this in 2015 I would have said, categorically, absolutely not–this will be a non-issue. The fact that statistically it’s the same and it’s when I started directing 20 years ago, that’s crazy. This is unacceptable. Again, directing is not for the faint of heart regardless of gender, but gender should not be an issue."
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If there is a couple of things I will take with me into my own process of directing, it is definitley the inspiriation of being able to go ahead and represent and be a part of contributing to a higher prosentage of women in the industry. As well as when it comes to overall style of directing. I really like haw Lesli sets the pace for the episode, and stratigically works through them, making it interesting and exciting to watch. I really want to be able to achive the same kind of interest from an audience, and the same kind of excitement. 


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Pantone // Grey

 I define grey to be in between black and white. 
Which is how I look at the world. 
Objective. There is a greater,
 even smoothness to it all. 
- Ida Frank

- Pantone // Grey:
The introduction will consist of if I´m successful in getting hold of a couple of grey Pantone palettes, a focus pull or a sort of camera movement between these two-three palettes. This is to establish the overall theme/context with the title of my portrait.

My idea is based around four main elements that in some way represent me or what I like.

- Milk bath - White & Pink: 
To represent purity and a sort of veil. As to how we all sometimes can hide our feelings and family lives from the people around us and the world in itself behind a veil. I am not sure whether I will be using the footage of the milk bath or the pink. Probably the pink, because it is my favourite colour and I would like to include it as an aspect in my film. I might also include footage of the pink colour drops falling into the white milk bath. To represent creativity and expressionism.

- Projector material - Glitter & Textures
In this section, I will be shooting different textures outside from the city environment, like concrete, metal rails, tarmac, tunnel walls, the sky, clouds, liquid glitter etc. To show the vast textures of life that surround us every day. As well as this can be linked up to how we can go through different periods and stages of growth in our lives. + the fact that I love sparkling stuff, like glitter.

- Projector & Polaroid pictures: 
Here I will be projecting these different textures with a projector onto myself against a white wall, as well as seated on my bed in my room. The reason I have chosen to do it like this is because I wanted that projector effect. As well as projecting it onto me, it throws these different textures onto me as a person. I will perhaps include glitter in these shots, as to adding a bit of glitter on my face.

I will also be doing a couple shots f my polaroid pictures attached on brown nature string, to give an insight into my life as with friends and family.

- Magazine faces
Inspired by a picture I found online, I will be using different magazine face, cut-outs from fashion magazines, a photoshop magazine and a printed out picture of a tiger. Basically, I found this idea to be very cool, as well as it can show how we all have different roles in life. We have one role with friends, one with family, one when were with our parents, teachers, at work and so on. It can also be drawn parallels towards how society wants you to be, how to dress, do your makeup etc. The other more creative pictures, painting portrait and tiger I am using is to express my creative sides as well as the need to defence my private life and my loved ones, and the rawness that a tiger represents. As to the rawness, feelings have.

These pictures are to show the prep-work I have done to test out how some of the elements will work on shooting day.  I tried out colouring the mixture of water and milk in my sink, with pink food colouring  to see if I could achieve the result I wanted to. It turned out exactly as I had pictured, and I am pleased with the result.

I have also prepared the glitter mixture for shooting day by mixing glitter with clear glue. I chose to mix two different batches, one with silver and some blue to give it contrast and more texture. And one with pink, where I also mixed in some gold and purple to make it less sheer and give it some more depth. Again, pink because pink is my favourite colour.

Here is the Call Sheet for the day, which has been sent out to both my camera operator, Josh and sound person, Imogen. I have not done a heavy risk assessment, due to the fact that I did not see it as necessary in this particular production. The cameraman will be wearing high viz when shooting in public to make the surroundings aware that something is going on. I do not need permission where I am shooting outside, and I will not be putting a tripod down at the ground. 3/4ths of the shooting will take place indoors, on locations where high viz will not be necessary. A further risk assessment that has been thought through is mainly the aspect of being careful with equipment in the bathroom scene. And steps to ensure the equipment's safety will be taken by double checking mounts and that extra gear is securely fastened, and properly held with a firm grip.

//All images shot by me
with iPhone 6

Pantone // Grey

 I define grey to be in between black and white. 
Which is how I look at the world. 
Objective. There is a greater,
 even smoothness to it all. 
- Ida Frank

During prep work for my self-portrait I have made a mood board to describe the mood and general pieces, I might include in my self-portrait in some sort of way. The pictures I have cut to pieces is to show texture, as well as the bigger pieces over the black and white photo to include contrast. 

I have also made a mind map, to get an overview of the elements I am going to focus on in my film. And to clarify what I actually wanted to do. I have decided on four main elements, being a milk bath, magazine faces, elements of water as well as glitter and a projector combining it all with texture and contrast. As well as maybe includen a few other details, like polaroid pictures on a string, 
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I have decided to try making an introduction to the portrait using an actual, or several Pantone palettes from a hardware store, thinking that that can really set the style and overall introduction.

Here are the shot lists I have made for this project, as a guideline and direction of what I will be shooting, where and how.  I decided to make shot lists instead of script or storyboard on the self-portrait because I found it more convenient, as well as it makes it clearer what it is that I am actually shooting. Due to the fact that my portrait will be a bit abstract, I found that to work the best. 

This is the colour palette I have chosen, it contains the colours I want to have as a general base to my portrait. However I will be going a bit outside this palette on some areas, like with pink and perhaps blue.

//Colour palette from moviesincolor.com
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