White Noises & Black light
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White Noises explores the themes of interpersonal conflict through external violence.
The film opens on a dark room with neon backlighting. A row of old TVs on stands, chest-level, that give the room a horizon that bisects the frame. Two young men stare at the far side TVs at the edges of the frame.
The stare at the TVs, not deciphering anything discernible from the static, which represents the ‘white noises’ of information that they’re giving to one another—essentially nothing.
The two look at one another, locking eyes. The evaluate one another. Both wear white T-Shirts with faded blue jeans. Both are similarly young 20s.
They walk over and get in each others faces. One is cross-lit with a pinkish neon light and the other is cross-lit with a blue light. They stare at one another for a while and then move back, like fighters preparing for a match.
They put on boxing gloves, covered in a subtle paint that glows under backlight. The ultraviolet colors of everything contrast the 1950s look of the two men.
The floors of the room are wet and reflect the colors from above as the fighters dance, testing each other for weaknesses. They dance around, weaving back and forth in front of the TVs.
Cut to the band, who play in a similar setup, though the TVs are arranged differently. The two singers sing in contrasting colors and directions to one another, as if they are shouting/screaming at each other.
The video progresses, cutting between the fight and the band. The fighters bloody each other more and more, becoming progressively more tired and wounded as the fight drags on. They scream and taunt one another as they fight. It ends with a pool of blood, growing around both of their feet as they continue to fight, indefinitely.
The visuals for this video and ‘Black Light’ will both be very Blade Runner / cyberpunk / future-neo-tokyo-noir.
The lighting setups will be different, but the colors and overall mood will be similar.
Characters (currently casting)
I’m currently casting two young 20s, white males that have a classic look. They’ll contrast the setting with a white t-shirt and jeans.
Black light explores a young couple’s relationship as they deal go through the ups and downs of a relationship and deal with grief in different ways.
Though 60% of the footage in this video will be the band performing, we get to see a subtle narrative about a couple that is dealing with loss. ‘Black Light’ becomes a fitting metaphor as we cut from their happy days of meeting each other, to a moody, blacklight-lit studio and the couple each dealing grief in different ways.
The storytelling is subtle, and asynchronous, mostly focusing on exploring grief.
The video isn’t clear what they’re dealing with, maybe it didn’t work out between them. Maybe it’s something else.
The girl looks towards the black light, cut through, like a black-lit horizon, trying to survive through the pain.
Talent & Location Footage
This footage is from a project we did with the talent (Jael and Johnny). The project never went anywhere, and so we can use it for this project as the backstory for their relationship, deepening the narrative.
I want to flag off a huge, colored backlight like a horizon line for the band and the ‘mood’ shots of the talent morning. The color for the band will be a backlit red and the talent will be backlit with an ultraviolet colored light.
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Director: pj accetturo
PJ Accetturo is an award-winning filmmaker who began his career documenting medical transformations on a hospital ship in West Africa. By the age of 18, he was first published in National Geographic and featured on the Discovery Channel for his near-death experiences filming poor working conditions in developing world nations.
His style combines the gritty style of Cinéma Vérité from his years as a photojournalist with bold cinematic images from his years as a narrative director. For over 10 years, he’s been an advocate of social entrepreneurship and has traveled the world, creating compelling stories for both non-profits and fortunate 500 companies alike.