directed by Samson Jacob
I have mainly been experimenting with comedy film this year, after trying to make much more serious pieces in the first year course, and my film 'Slap-Face' grew out of the Specialist Study assignment, where I chose to research slapstick and silent comedy.
Slapstick comedy is primarily a physical kind of comedy based around pratfalls and mild comic violence - smacks in the head, pokes in the eyes, people falling down, etc. slapstick is more action than words, well suited too - and largely springing from - the silent movie era of cinema. Silent movies paved the way for today’s film industry, with great actors and innovative technology, silent films poked fun at society and helped America - and the rest of the world - get through some tough times.
I wanted to make a piece that honoured the tradition of silent cinema, but that also poked fun at the critics holding it up on a lofty pedestal, so I drafted a script that would allow me to do both. This was primarily a chance for me to keep experimenting and to continue developing ideas for my Final Major Project, which I intended to include elements of this style of physical comedy, but also to feature a more complete narrative - one that utilised tropes from several different genres, not just comedy. However this film, 'Slap-Face', did allow me to play around with some of the ideas I was going to use - and I was very happy to include a scene that saw one of my lecturers get a (fake) slap!
A piece I made earlier this year, 'Painting Faded Colours', allowed me to experiment with more surreal comedy, using both dialogue and very homespun sound effects to achieve that end, and you can watch that too, if you like, beneath this text. I hope you enjoy them both.
Shot on Canon 60D and BMPCC, and edited in Adobe Premiere and Adobe After Effects