The statement we are looking at exploring and wanting to present to the class this week is the following:
A threshold may affect one’s’ consciousness and evolve their emotional and spiritual state of mind. Explore this tension concerning rational and irrational thought in relation to the senses.
We have divided the research topics which we believe can be categorised under this statement. They are all topics that interest us. We have shared this information on a google doc to collaborate and develop research and ideas further and identify links between topics of research.
I had an interest in researching the ‘witching hour’ and witching – which was commonly ‘practiced’ in medieval times. I considered the presence of witches in literature and film.
Shakespeares’s Macbeth (1606): The Witches
“I’ll drain him dry as hay.
Sleep shall neither night nor day
Hang upon his penthouse lid.
He shall live a man forbid.
Weary sev’nnights, nine times nine,
Shall he dwindle, peak, and pine.
Though his bark cannot be lost,
Yet it shall be tempest-tossed”. (1.3.19-26)
“Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn, and cauldron bubble”. (4.1.10-11)
The witches speak in chant-like lines. They are very prophetic – speaking of things to come. They speak in riddles. In the second quote, the happenings within the kingdom are likened to the mix and state of their cauldron. This analogy prevails in most of the play. Perhaps such chants would be effective spoken over our visuals. Maybe the narrator could speak with a rhythmic chant.
In our presentation, we must also discuss techniques we wish to employ in our film. I chose to discuss an editing technique involving the post-production editing stage; short cuts of film compiled in an abstract, nonlinear manner which leaves a lacuna of understanding and association to be bridged. The above music video which I have lightly referenced in one of my previous blogposts is a compilation of short-cropped clips of film in a sequence that is repeated. The film is ambiguous and inconclusive due to these quick cuts and nonlinear order. The viewer must draw their own associations between each clip to make sense of what they are seeing. The music assists to draw these associations.
Shakespeare, W. 1606, Macbeth, 3rd edn, Cambridge University Press, England.
Snakadaktal 2013, Fall Underneath, music video, YouTube, viewed 14 March 2017, <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TmDS_shIvQ8>.