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Synopsis Of The Pitch Idea Film Studies Essay

The time period is contemporary London. The story follows our protagonist Jeremy, who is a successful banker in his mid 30s, coming from an affluent family. His commitment to his profession and ambition to climb up the corporate ladder has made it difficult for him to find his soul mate. After several years of attempting to find someone he lets Tim, his childhood friend, set him up on a blind date with Kelly, Tims neighbour. Kelly is in her mid 20s, a free spirited, care free personality, working in a local restaurant.

Plot Point 1: Jeremy meets Kelly in a local diner and intrigued by her spontaneity is instantaneously attracted to her, as Kelly is to his ambitious nature. Jeremy decides to keep seeing Kelly which Kelly agrees to although deep down she realizes how different they really are.

ACT 2

Eight months have passed since Jeremy first met Kelly. Jeremy keeps falling deeper in love with her and wants to marry her. In the back of his mind he also feels that Kelly might be interested in someone else as she has been acting emotionally distant recently, the truth being that he doesn’t realize that Kelly is scared of a serious commitment. Despite all the troubles they have had on account of differences in their personality, and his suspicions, he feels that if she agrees to marry him all the problems between them will be resolved.

Middle point: Jeremy proposes to Kelly in the diner where they first met, taken aback as she was expecting a more serious build-up, like a formal dinner, in which she would have been better prepared to make a well thought out decision, she is taken in by the moment and decides to say ‘Yes’.

After further contemplation Kelly decides that she does love Jeremy but could not spend the rest of her life with someone so different. She wants to get break off the engagement. Although knowing it will be extremely heartbreaking for her, she is more concerned about Jeremy, as the last thing she wants to do is hurt him.

Plot Point 2: Jeremys suspicions increase as Kelly seems even more detached after the engagement. Against his better judgement he goes through her mobile text messages in which he sees a text from her to Tim saying ‘I rather be with you’. This sends Jeremy in a rage of fury and he decides if Kelly is having an affair with his best friend, then their engagement is over.

ACT 3

Jeremy has an altercation with Tim in which Tim denies any involvement with Kelly. Jeremy then decides that he should call Kelly to his place and give her a chance to explain. He would be willing to forgive her anything but this and wants her to tell him it isn’t true.

As Kelly is on her way over Tim calls her and tells her what Jeremy was accusing Tim off. She is hurt as through all their problems Kelly never thought of anyone else while she was with Jeremy. The text message was completely unrelated to Jeremy and was a joke between two friends on a unrelated topic.

Climax: Kelly arrives at Jeremys house only to find that he has adopted a very cold demeanour towards her. He asks her whether she had cheated on him with Tim. She thinks about telling the truth but sees this as the only way she can break the engagement without making Jeremy feel that he is not worthy of her. With bitter sadness she says ‘Yes’ and leaves the house with tears rolling down her eyes.

For the first time since they met, Jeremy and Kelly are on the same emotional place, they do love each other, but understand they were never meant to be.

Synopsis of the Pitch Idea

In contemporary London, Jeremy a successful banker in his 30s, driven by ambition and overburdened by his work hasn’t found the time to find his soul mate. After much hesitation he lets his childhood friend Tim set him up on a blind date with a girl named Kelly. Kelly in her mid 20s, works in a local restaurant as a waitress and is the polar opposite in personality to Jeremy. When they meet opposites attract and Jeremy asks Kelly if he can continue seeing her to which she agrees.

Half a year later they have grown to love each other but that doesn’t stop them from having major fights on account of their personality differences because of which Kelly starts becoming emotionally distant. Jeremy being blinded by love mistakes this as Kelly being interested in someone else. He feels that whatever the reasons for their problems in the relation, internally and externally, will resolve themselves if he proposed to Kelly.

Jeremy proposes to Kelly in the diner where they first met, taken aback by the suddenness of the gesture, Kelly is taken in by the moment and decides to say ‘Yes’. Only a few weeks later to realize that love is not enough when two people are just not compatible. Although she loves him, she realizes for both of their sake she needs to end things with Jeremy but she can’t think of a way in which it won’t

Jeremys suspicions increase as Kelly seems even more detached after the engagement. Against his better judgement he goes through her mobile text messages in which he sees a text from her to Tim saying ‘I rather be with you’. This sends Jeremy in a rage of fury and he decides if Kelly is having an affair with his best friend, then their engagement is over.

Kelly arrives at Jeremys house only to find that he has adopted a very cold demeanour towards her. He asks her whether she had cheated on him with Tim. She thinks about telling the truth but sees this as the only way she can break the engagement without making Jeremy feel that he is not worthy of her. With bitter sadness she says ‘Yes’ and leaves the house with tears rolling down her eyes.

For the first time since they met, Jeremy and Kelly are on the same emotional place, they do love each other, but understand they were never meant to be.

COLD

CHARACHTERIZATION OF LEAD CHARACTERS IN THE SCRIPT

KELLY JEREMY

OUTER MOTIVATION (Goal) To make the relationship work To make the relationship work

OUTER CONFLICT Not coping well with Jeremys seriousness of life A bit too dependent on Kelly

INNER MOTIVATION (Dramatic Need) To remain care free To control things

INNER CONFLICT Loves Jeremy but cant be herself with him Largely discontent with himself

EXTRA-PERSONAL CONFLICT None Dissatisfied and disillusioned by the world in general

SECOND LEVEL OF SELL To bring happiness to whom ever she meets None

TRANSFORMATION ARC From care free to being heart broken (negative) From being caring to becoming cold hearted (negative)

WORST ATTRIBUTE Blunt Controlling

BEST ATTRIBUTE Idealistic Determined

Kelly

Is a strong woman who likes to live life one day at a time. She is 24 years old and has lived in London through out her life. Her blunt and care free nature make it very easy for her to make friends with strangers but as she doesn’t believe in staying in one place or dependant on anyone, she has a way of losing touch with friends, although never on a bad note. The most important people in her life have been her parents, her dad is still alive but her mother passed away when she was 16 years old. She’s what one would consider conventionally pretty, not that tall and has a tendency to act and dress casual at most times. She’ll often be seen in her favourite pair of jeans, a short shirt and a wool cap. She is down to earth but firm in her beliefs of being herself and is blunt, more out of spontaneity than rudeness. She met Jeremy in a casual conversation in a bus and decided to stay in touch with him after he asked to exchange numbers. Over time she has fallen in love with him but deep down is concerned about the contrast between his controlling nature and her care free attitude.

Jeremy

Jeremy has also lived in London his whole life and is the only son of an extremely wealthy couple. He is a successful banker in his mid 30s and ran into Kelly in a bus on the way back from work when his car broke down. He’s tall, blonde and considered to be handsome. He is the strong silent type, who doesn’t say much and feels he can freely speak in front of very few people. His love for Kelly has grown as he sees himself quite differently when he’s with her than when around other people. As much as he loves her he understands that his habit of always wanting to be in control of things is an inherit part of him and doesn’t understand how that would play out in the future with someone like Kelly. He also has a obnoxious side to him as his rich upbringing makes him feel that he is better than the common folk.

He is extremely determined to stay set in his ways and finds it hard to take no for an answer.

Research Idea

(Research on the Project)

Trials and tribulations in any relationship have always intrigued me especially the dynamics of two people trying to make a serious commitment to each other yet failing to end up together when, for all intents and purposes, they seem like nice people in their own right. When a friend of mine from another University in England mentioned working together and wanting to make a short film on problems faced by young couples in the contemporary British society, we got to work searching for material online.

I looked through articles on the internet and some interesting statistics that I came across were suggesting that dwelling over the past and your ex, was a strong cause of emotional stress and depression. According to the 2011 survey carried out by YourTango.com, an online website dedicated to articles on relationship aspects and advice on matters, most people are still hung up on their ex:

- 71% of people say they think about their ex too much; narrowed to singles the figure goes up to 81%.

- More than half (57%) of singletons say thinking about their ex prevents them from finding new love.

Both women and men remain attached to their exes.

- 74% of women and 64% of men think about their ex too much

- 76% of women and 70% of men have looked up an ex on the internet

- 50% of women and 40% of men say they look at their ex's Facebook or other online profile too often.

I felt the only way to make it intriguing for the viewer would be if the story revolved around everything that one shouldn’t do in a relationship rather than discussing what one should. So after reading another article What Is The Best Way To Overcome Jealousy? I though the male counterpart in the story should suffer from jealousy as chronic jealousy according to the article leads to ‘jumping to conclusions’, suffering from paranoia, putting yourself in stress with recurring negative thoughts ultimately leading to moments of lashing out which make it difficult for the other person to stay with you.

Having characterized to male character, I wanted the story to be balanced, so it was imperative that the female character embodies certain traits that cause the rift between them and blame isn’t one sided.

So the female character being ‘free spirited’ is scared of a serious commitment to someone slightly older and more grounded than her. Although they have gotten engaged and she does love him, how does she react to realizing that they just aren’t compatible in the long run and would end up making each other miserable.

I helpful article on this front was one written in 2009 by Simon Oaks titled How To Break Up With A Man: Don't Be Ambiguous. The article suggested that the best way to go about breaking of your relationship was to ‘Make A Clean Break’, by not hinting about it but rather saying the words ‘It’s over’ so it makes matters clear , secondly to ‘Be Direct’ and not leave messages, letters etc, but by having the conversation face to face. So to make the story more complex, the female character spends more time trying to break off their engagement by suggesting, hinting and growing emotionally distant thinking that would be a better ploy and less heartbreaking for the male character but instead leads to more paranoia, suspicion and stress on his part.

The feel/tone of the film is inspired by two different films, a French 70 minute film written and directed by Olivier Roberge and Patrick Boivin called Fall Finally that I saw online which follows a couples love affair and eventual breakup. I felt the cinematography for a low budget film, with interesting and crisp color toning and camera movements was inspirational. The camera movements could be done without excessive or expensive equipment and the up and do of the relationship were handled well.

The other is a short film Symmetry made by filmmakers Will Hoffman, Daniel Mercadante, and Julius Metoyer, which plays with our yearning for balance, and reveals how beautiful imperfect matches can be, which has inspired the editing style of the flashback/memory scenes in which I’ll attempt to use point of view (POV) shots a time lapse effects in post editing to make it visually different from the rest of the film.

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