The best way I could think of showing distractions visually was to to use POV. Eyes shifting focus and objects in the peripheral could be shown creatively this way, though keeping the shots simple and smooth to avoid too much shakey-cam would be necessary.
The first reference I thought of for this kind of film-making is the comedy series Peep Show, which is film POV style through the eyes of its two leads.
To achieve the effect of watching the lives of Mark and Jeremy through their own eyes, Peep Show‘s producers utilised new filming technology. Much of the filming in the first series and part of the second series was carried out with the actors wearing head cameras (like the one pictured). The viewers did not see this apparatus because the actors obviously do not wear their head gear whilst they were in front of camera. This process made for a time consuming production schedule and the quality of the filmed footage was poor (not HD quality), so in the later series the head cameras have been used less – instead the actors talk directly into a normal camera (as, according to Webb, this produces the same effect but is easier to do, and the picture quality is better)
I love the creativity shown by the directors in using characters and props such as mirrors to create as many different angles to cut to as possible given the tight constraint of seeing the whole show through someones eyes. The planning required to set all these angles in place and place the characters is also quite impressive.
A few films also came to mind when I started thinking about ways to visualize distractions for the camera to focus onto. As my idea is fairly simple with one persons perspective, I need something to make the film more interesting.
The opening titles to the film Stranger than Fiction, designed by Kansas City based MK12, in particular stuck in my memory. This style could potentially be used in my film, showing the fleeting thoughts in someones mind.
- ‘About ‘Peep Show’. Available: http://www.comedy.co.uk/guide/tv/peep_show/about/. Last accessed 09/03/2014.
- Albinson, I. (2007). Stranger Than Fiction. Available: http://www.artofthetitle.com/title/stranger-than-fiction/. Last accessed 09/03/2014.
- From the Desk of MK12. Available: http://mk12.com/MKXII/. Last accessed 09/03/2014.
- Imar. (2011). Stranger Than Fiction title sequence. Available: http://typedeck.com/stranger-than-fiction/. Last accessed 09/03/2014.
- Mk12tv. (2009). MK12 // Stranger Than Fiction: Opening HD . Available: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WDwTQ57YyzI. Last accessed 09/03/2014.
- (2010). Scott Pilgrim Opening Credits. Available: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5h1TSN6dIGg. Last accessed 09/03/2014.