Part one of a series of experiments in monologues.
With one actor and a short monologue, is it was possible to make a self-contained and interesting piece of film, without relying on a huge amount of other visual material to add to the drama or comedy of the scene?
In theatre, monologues to the audience are frequently used when a character might share their inner thoughts and reveal something of themselves which other characters in the play may no nothing of, or perhaps describe an event from the past or something to come. It is the actors job to create the imagery and take the audience with them on a journey. Film, being a visual medium of course relies on *showing* rather than *talking about* - and rightly so - and the monologue is rare. A long speech may appear but will generally be delivered to another on-screen character and cut with other visuals.
I wanted to try an experiment to see whether it is possible to take the audience on a journey (emotional, dramatic, comedic) on screen using only words and visuals featuring the performer - i.e. no other actors, no "flashbacks" or other such devices - and without it becoming simply a piece of "filmed theatre".
This is the first film in a series...
Here the words (taken from "After", a play by Kenneth Emson) describe a first meeting of a young couple. Performed by Bronya Deutsch, with music taken from Thomas Dybdahl's song "Stay Home"
Bronya Deutsch: "Amber"
Kenneth Emson: Words
Thomas Dybdahl: Music
Matt Jamie: Direction, Camera, Edit