1. Writer's Block

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    from Despina Papamanolis Added 1,026 8 1

    This short confronting piece is a visual reading on the state of mind that has been deemed and accepted by popular culture as “Writer's Block”. In my judgment, writer's block is a singular momentary lapse in the creative sector of the mind. I wanted to portray this state of being and the inexorable frustration that one feels when the block takes sudden control. The mise-en-scene was wrought to imitate the hollow darkness that the mind shrivels into, and for this reason, I chose to apply a black-and-white grade and use no light other than that which was naturally cast by the lamp upon the desk. Every aspect of the film is a visual symbol. The continual snapping of the pencil represents the inability to form an idea. The repetitiveness of the motions along with the piling up of pencils and the subtle presence of the clock all work to symbolise time wasting away. The use of extreme close ups and lack of wide shots was an intentional technique used to convey the suffocation and inescapability of writers block. Multiple angles as well as dutch angles aim to intensify the obscurity of the concept. The shavings at the beginning of the film represent the grinding of the brain trying fruitlessly to form an idea. Music played a crucial role in generating the desired overall feeling of conflict within the mind. The hacksaw-like music was overloaded with unrelenting bass and an overall dissonance. This coupled with the repetitiveness of the soundtrack echoed that feeling of trying over and over to put something down on the page, but hopelessly failing. The character in my mind can be seen as an embodiment of emotion, rather than a human being. He becomes indefatigable anger and aggravation through his acting. This idea came to me while trying to design an innovative, new piece of childrens' equipment for an industrial design project. It seemed I had contracted a form of writer’s block, having sudden urges to snap pencils. Over and over again.

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