A view through my window
February 3, 2006
@uthor: Pavan, dt: Feb 1, 2006 A.D.
A paralysed person lives with his family. His family of son, daughter, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, wife, wife's mother, grandkids, blah blah the usual muclear family found (for instance in Indian families). He is narrating a story.. his story:
"I never thought something like this would ever happen.. NEVER.. EVER"
This marks the beginning of the narration, in his own voice (flashback, not obvious to audience).
Our family is like any soap-drama family, fit to be shot for a serial. The laughs we shared, the tears we wiped, the pains we saw and the hardships we underwent. They seemed to be washed away with the smiles of the kids running around. I was in military, happily married with my wife.
I had blah kids, blah blah about family. Then there was the time for retirement. A month before my retirement, I was called for my last assignment, my last chance to prove my worth, to show my love towards my country.
Scene changes to hospital, where somehow the message is conveyed to the audience that there was some explosion which badly injured this commander, leaving him paralysed for life, and.. yes he says "AND" and pauses, screen fades, this should be subtle and not obvious.
Scene cuts there, fast forwards to: he back at home.. henceforth there is a change in the way camera shows stuff, some change in color, or appears to be blurr, the deep hidden meaning unravels later..
He rarely moves from his bed, and the camera is always, note ALWAYS, shown from his viewpoint. People come to him to converse, he calls people, but he rarely moves (as is the case due to his paralysis condition). But the thing to note is the camera angle, and the camera effects.
So, his family reunion happens for this festival/holiday season. The night that makes him, or?
Now this is the trickiest part (and maybe the most challenging part to make this more thrilling), insert a intelligently woven plot that creates this situation:
there is some discomfort/rivalry that was boiling from months among his kids or whatever that leads to one of the son shooting the daughter or somebbody, and then one leads to another and the elders die except for his only son, while the grandkids run away.
This (above) is the best part, hence great care has to be taken to picturize this, including the dialogues. Yes, the dialogues have to be ambigous, yet making lot of meaning, and should involve minimal names, but also refer to the general by name.
Shooting sounds should be heard, and not shown, as the general cant move. But show the son shooting with a gun once, through the door.
Remember: the camera does not move with the characters, it stays with the general, and the charaters have to somehow come to the room this general is in, or to the room adjacent so that he can listen to them, or see them through the door.
So, from the shooting festival, the general asseses that his son was behind money or whatever and shoots the remaining family members and is entering this room (the general heard sounds like "what are you doing son", shot sound.. etc to confirm his suspicion). So as soon as his son comes close to him, he pulls his gun and shoots him (when the son touches the general, and is about to carry or something).
Scene fades, cops come and clear the scene, charge the dead son for the murders and the general goes to care center, hoping to see his only alive family: his grandkids alive sometime, or maybe not.
Scene fades, and the camera is restored to the usual style (that was before he met with the accident), and the important/prominent scenes are re-enacted for the audience, with the same sounds and dialogues, but the story unravels in a different way, such that there was some outsider/some thief/some burglar who was chiefly responsible for the murder fest, and the son was innocent and actually had come to rescue his father (after killing the burglar). The family was actually shot by the gang or whatever.
The scene fades..
The scene style/color restores to the type after the general was paralysed.. the camera zooms out of his bed, where he is lying with his back faced, and then the table next to his bed, has a pair of black specs (prominent), pause for GOD's sake,
and then continue zooming out, and the words repeat:
"I never thought something like this would ever happen, EVER.."
Now, things to take care of: after the accident/paralysis, all the characters have to remain in the same clothes for the rest of the movie. So, one has to intelligently morph this fact, that days pass, but their clothes remain the same. So lot of distraction has to be created, and minimal use of 'grand' clothes is to be ensured.
And dont forget the camera angle, most important, and the camera blur style/or b/w style, as this isnt Sixth sense, we have to show people interacting with the paralysed general, to show he is alive, and is NOT dreaming.
The re-enactment of the scenes has to be slicky, not revealing much facts, leaving the person watching/reading this thinking.
My explanation/spoiler: A blind person is not blind by his brain. He still watches things in his brain, from the sounds he hears to. Sometimes, he is right, ah sometimes..
The thing to focus here is: narrow the viewing perspective of the movie/story to that of the general, so that we see only through his perspective, and the audience is made to believe that what he says/thinks/sees is damn right. But the reality is something else.
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