Research-Inner Monologue

As lip sync is not an option for us we thought the idea of an inner monologue would work well. One of our main points of research here was through Scrubs, in J.D.’s inner thoughts.

Breaking the fourth wall. (YouTube, 2016).

I really like this scene, especially the reference to the inner voice itself. Elliot asks if J.D. lets him “dictate everything he does.” This is very like our own character, her inner stubborn voice dictating her path to the lightbulb to ‘undo’ her mistakes.

The final monologue. (Youtube,2016).

A reflection like this is rather nice as we get to sum up all that the character has felt. If we were to do this in our own animation, could it be a reflection on the room she as destroyed. Instead of the Nurse saying “we’ve talked about this,” could it be more along the lines of her saying “oh no,” in a more depressed matter.

This whole idea of the character being in some sort of mental hospital (due to her super powers) could be emphasised by this inner monologue- like a schizophrenia style voice.

Speaking from experience, a child I teach (I am a classroom assistant in a MLD school) suffers from ASD and schizophrenia. He is picked on, however, sometimes, the voices are actually those in his head. In our characters view, could the voices be driving her to her actions? Instead of making her correct her actions, they are in fact, driving her to the destruction of the room around her.

The principle kind of reminds me of the Gollum/Sméagol. The good and bad encapsulated in his head.

Gollum and  Sméagol. (The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, 2002).

Referring to this topic of an altered or influenced personality it’s hard no to note Dr. Jekyll and Mr, Hyde, the book by Robert Louis Stevenson. In the book itself, Dr. Jekyll and Mr, Hyde are hard to think of as one character, completely different in personality and physicality’s.

jekyll-and-hyde-pix2

Showing the change in character, despite being in fact the one all along. (Stevenson, n.d.)

 

This is used intentionally by Stevenson to show that all humans have a hidden alter ego to their normal, polite facade. When Jekyll first takes the potion that Hyde derives from, he says it is “ambition and pride” that drove him to the invention. Stevenson showing that  there is actually no divide between good and evil in a person, instead they coexist. Our character follows this- her good, motherly person, in comparison to the stubborn personality, driving her to cause chaos. She tries to battle it- but in fact both the collision of the this OCD need to fix the situation and the need to cause destruction, more harm than good occurs.

Cassie also pointed out fight club to me- the idea of confusion as the audience believes that both The Narrator and Tyler Durden are two separate people. It is later revealed (spoilers) that the Narrator is an alter ego of Tyler Durden, as he tries to renew his life and start again.

Fight Club (1999) Edward Norton and Brad Pitt (Screengrab)

Two characters or one? (Fight Club, 1999).

In our case it would maybe be interesting to play with the monologue? Could it sound like two voices- like the devil/angel on the shoulder technique- but then in fact come together as one?

American Psycho

One of my favourite scenes- Patrick’s morning routine.(YouTube, 2016).

Another example of the inner thought process that occur in movies. Another of my favourite scenes has to be this from the iconic film, starring Christian Bale. The inner monologue completely contrasts to Bateman’s outer shell- business like in looks but mentally insane inside. This could be the case of our character- how could we portray this feel?

Update- 22/04/16- After a lecture concluding Narrator, Narration and Narrative, Yuan mentioned the specific look into that of the Narrator in a plot.

In our story, the narrator is that of the character herself, her inner monologue used as a character device to tell the whole story. We thought it worked best as it puts the viewer into the actual world of the character herself.

References

YouTube. (2016). Scrubs – Kick her! Kick her in the head!. [online] Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jhTqZ7pqdhY [Accessed 16 Apr. 2016].

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, 2002 [FILM]. Directed by Peter Jackson. USA:Newline Studios.

Stevenson, R. (n.d.). Strange case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Raleigh, N.C.: Alex Catalogue.

Fight Club, 1999 [FILM]. Directed by David Fincher. USA: 20th Century Fox.

YouTube. (2016). Morning Routine – American Psycho (1/12) Movie CLIP (2000) HD. [online] Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RjKNbfA64EE [Accessed 22 Apr. 2016].

 

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