Dalies for those that are not familiar with film language are prints of some of the film exposed during the day. I had seen some of the dailies on DVD. But today I saw them projected on the big screen, and some of my spirits lifted..
The DVD was a false colour rendition. And I got concerned. It looked to bright, the costumes looked garish. But on screen, the right colour contrasts were shown and I had to apologise for criticizing the director of photography and the costume person. Especially as they are two of the best in the bussiness, and both of them did Elizabeth with me.
It was however on the second day of the shoot that I found the style fo the film. Of course this may be totally and falsely predictive. It may be just what I feel right now and all may change tommorow. But then I must express what I feel today and be open and confident enough not to imprison myself in today’s thoughts if they are no longer relavent tommorow,
Today I feel I want to explore the outer boundaries of film grammer. I am not the only one. Many have tried before and some suceeded spectacularily and some failed. Most of the time such extreme ideas of the outer edges of film grammer must be matched by story telling of such extreme nature. One famous example is the first Matrix. It existed on the outer edges of both form and of content.
But what of Golden Age ?The story telling, or rather the immediate plot of it does not lie on the outer edges of stort telling. It is a good, solid touchable and ‘relaiable’, if you like, story. However in the subtext lies the outer edges of exploration of character relationships. Of meanings. Of the conflict between mortality and immortality. Between the infinite and the finite.
I began to see this as a dance between the opposites. And I begin now to see the possibilities of treating the camera and the choreography between the actors and the camera as if I am filming a dance film. An Opera. A musical. Not very obviously , but subtly. Encouraging the audience to start to see the film as part of a great symphony where each component part is just a note in a symphonic whole.
So if I have already decided that the film is Turner, what symphony or any one piece of music would complement the paintings of Turner ?