What She Wore

‘What She Wore’ is a tryptic of short, art-driven films inspired by the text ‘Love, Loss and What I Wore’, memories associated with clothing, and current representation of women in the film and television industries. This was a collaborative project with fellow student Olivia Amos. My main outcome for this project was designing and creating the three short films, ‘What My Mother Said’, ‘The Dressing Room’ and ‘Redolent’; these were displayed at an open exhibition designed by Olivia.

'What My Mother Said' begins in black and white to show the despair of the daughter, and her desire to escape. I chose not to immediately show the character’s form and then face, as not only does this then fit with the flow of the other two films, but it also shows the development she makes from small body movements to full body ones. I chose to add saturation as the film runs to show that she is slowly breaking free from her restraints and escaping, as she unties herself and rips tags off herself. The short ends by mirroring the start title, but then transitioning; this shows her growth, and her ability to make her own decisions.

'The Dressing Room' begins with abstracted shots of fabric, and previews of dresses and the model. Texture then begins to become a component as she becomes more frustrated and upset. Playing with texture was really important to me, this is not only because it demonstrates the variety and mass of dresses and choice, it also helps to distort and mask my actor’s face, as seen on this image on the left. Another feature of overlapping the texture of the dresses with my actor’s face is that it allows me to play with shape and line, and draw the audience’s attention to one specific part of the shot.

I played around with the speeds of my footage in 'Redolent', and decided to have the majority of the film play at a slower pace; this is because I’m trying to make the film reminiscent of a fond memory, one which the character is trying to prolong. Ink then slowly begins to enter the screen, demonstrating the perfume being dispersed, this slowly covers the contents of the screen until she holds the gown up to her face to breath in the familiar scent. At this point, a yellow ink enters the screen, showing how the character is being cocooned by this scent, and content in that moment. As the film approaches the end, the screen becomes more and more obscured, this not only demonstrates her being absorbed by the perfume but is also reminiscent of an old faded photograph. This made me think more about memory, and how we can forget small parts of a moment and stitch the rest together, this faded view at the end also symbolises how distant the memory is becoming.

Molly Craggs

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