We were set a task of create a short film in groups and had to come up with an individual edit of the type of style we wanted to edit our films There was a list of genre styles that we could choose from, there was: French New wave, Bollywood, Hitchcock, Silent movie, Neo Realism (Italian Cinema), Indie Horror and British ‘Kitchen Sink’ Drama. These styles of editing has are unique in their own way, they all have a certain element to them that make them different amongst the other styles.
I had chosen to edit my film as a British Kitchen Sink drama; the characters in the script were from a working class background. Since Kitchen sink drama depicts on the working class I felt that editing the film in that style would be suitable. Our main character is faced with a dilemma as he finds an old letter from his mother written to his father whom he never knew.
The research I found on Kitchen Sink is a style of drama it emerged in the 1950’s and lasted until the 1970’s it was an artistic movement through in that era there was a lot of poverty in Britain especially amongst the working class. The term ‘Kitchen Sink’ comes from the gritty realism of British culture. An artist named John Bratby was part of the ‘Kitchen Sink School’ where artists who were fascinated and inspired by the domestic life of the working class, Bratby, made a series of paintings that showed the domestic reality of Britain and this was a artistic and cultural movement Britain went through after World War II. Films such as “Look Back in Anger” (1959) depicts the life of the working class living in the Northern part of the country. Kitchen sink drama mainly focused on the northern regions of Britain, as there was more poverty and it portrayed everyday life and situations that caused controversy such as sex and abortion. The pace of the films would be steady; it needed to portray realism because being a drama it needs to be at a pace of normality as opposed to an action film it would be fast paced.
The use of visuals for my edit are very gritty looking, I tried to edit my film to depict real because my style is Kitchen Sink drama and I don’t want my film to look Hollywood glamorous as it’s not portraying real life situations. The Mis-en-scene used in the film was a house with not a lot in it; it was a way to portray poverty of the working class. The colours used in the film are not bold and it’s grey and dull. We used two actors in the film, as they were the main characters. We looked for locations such as a park and a street where we could film the main character posting letters.
I tried to set a steady pace for my edit I did research on Kitchen Sink to find out the techniques used to make the style, I found that Kitchen Sink is edited at a steady pace to depict real life, it’s not an action film where there would be fast paced editing used. It’s an artistic way to show realism in a film. I used some jump cuts as well and this is crossing over to French New Wave this is because there wasn’t enough cutaway footage that I could have used to make the film shorter therefore the style changed towards the end of the film.
Overall Style: The overall style I wanted to achieve was a Kitchen Sink drama since the film is set in Britain; in the Midlands I felt that it was necessary to use a British style of editing. Portraying the working class and the real life situations that people go through on a day-to-day basis is what makes this style of editing interesting and it relates to Neo Realism in the sense that it’s used to depicts and show realism. With Hollywood during the 1950’s dominating cinema, Kitchen Sink was a new way to view cinema and the films were made on a low budget.
Sound: For Non-diegetic sound I used an ambient piano piece by Tomasz Bednarczyk – I See you, I feel that, that piece of music is very melancholy and changes the mood of the film and portrays emotion of the characters. At the beginning of the film in the first scene I used an alarm clock sound effect and I adjusted the sound to fade into the scene. I had to turn most of the sound down by using Adobe Audition because it was too loud. I used a voiceover by Vanessa (the mother) in the film to narrate the letter she had written to her partner. Using a narration allows the audience to get intimate with the characters and it invites them into their world.
During Pre-production stage we had problems with finding actors but the group worked hard on finding actors. We also had a little trouble finding a house to film in, but we found one and managed to film at a friend’s house.
I had problems with some of the sound that we had recorded during production we had the weather disrupting the recording of the audio, it was very windy and when editing it was too loud to used, I used Audition to turn the audio down and adjusted levels so that it was easy on the ears. Also there are continuity errors in the edit because we filmed when it snowed and we didn’t re-shoot the scenes.
During the beginning we had to consider what type of style of editing we wanted to do this was a difficult task upon choosing because I had no idea what I wanted to do, I researched and looked into the different styles of editing we had to choose from and narrowed it down to both Hitchcock and Kitchen Sink, and since the script was set in Britain it was easier to make sense of it.