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Production design
Dec 2006 - DKDS

In this project I was presented with the task of creating character sketches and seven main shots from the short story "Hvad man kan hitte paa" by Hans Christian Anderson.

Below is a basic sketch of the two main characters. The young poet and the old woman.

#1 The introduction

In the first shot we are at the young poets appartement. The poet is in the side of the picture, merely a shadow. He is standing by his bookshelves that holds the books of the great writers which he admires. A blank sheet of paper on his desk presents the situation of the poet: he cannot write. His mind is stuck on all the great books that has been written and he blames the world for his misfortune of being born to late. Everything there is to write about in this world, has been written before he was born. And thus exist his inner and outer conflics: he cannot write and he blames the world.

#2 He acts!

The poet decides to leave his appartement and go out to visit 'the old woman'. He thinks she will be able to help him. The perspective, creating diagonal lines in the image, creates a contrast to the steady, straight lines of the previous image. It creates a dynamic composition that supports the action of the poet. The poets silhouette seen in the bright light of the doorway to the world outside; his outer conflict which he now confronts.

#3 At the old womans house

The poet is now at the old womans house, complaining to her about his situation. There has been a total change of light since we are now outside. This creates a sharp contrast to the sad world of the small, dark city-appartment of the poet. We are in the world of the old woman.

#4 Point of no return

In this shot we se a close-up of the poet. He has been given the old ladys glasses and hearing-aid, and has been presentet with the potato which now sings to him. Through the hearing-aid and glasses he has entered a surreal world, which is emphasized by the motion blur pointing to the center of the image and the teinted colours of the world around the poet. The old woman exists only as a shadow behind the poet.

#5 Climax

The climax of the story happens as the poet nearly falls over from dizzyness. He and the old woman are standing on the small hill looking towards the folks on the main road. We are still in the surreal world of the poet, with the weird colours and the blurriness, this time rotating around the poet to emphasize his fuzzy state of mind.

#6 The old woman

The poet is now back in the real world, being told some wisdom by the old woman.

#7 The end

We are now back at the poets appartement. But this time he sits in the bright sunlight from his window, writing! He has finaly got something to write, although not poetry. He is reviewing litterature.

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