WORKING TITLE: ‘What Remains’
Background of the documentary
Our film surrounds the 2014 flood in the South of France, La Londe. Lauren’s uncle was one of many affected by the flood; his house was torn down by the water. The house is sentimental to him and his family as he built it himself many years ago when he first came to France. The main theme of our documentary is nostalgia and memories. We want to evoke empathy from the audience and to portray a feeling of calmness as he looks back on the past. We will interview Chris Carnell as a voiceover. He will talk though his story of the flood and how he got to where he is now. The purpose of the documentary is to convey the message that although a house and the objects within it are sentimental, you can find home in other places.
Part 1 – The first part of the documentary will begin with a black screen then fade into a montage of the current place he lives in to give a background and an insight to his surroundings. It also shows where he is now which will juxtapose to where he used to live. There will be static shots showing things around his house such as the swimming pool, significant ornaments, pictures/frames, tap dripping etc. There will be connotations of the flood as the montage will have shots of water droplets from a tap, the swimming pool etc. During this montage, a voiceover will begin which will be in French and this will introduce the main theme of the documentary but it won’t specify the flood. This is so as the story develops and reveals more about his past experience, the audience feels as if they are following his story.
Part 2 – The next part of the documentary will be Chris going to the location of his old house. It will start with a wide-angle shot of the beach with Chris walking into the shot. There will water featured throughout the film to foreshadow the flood. He will then arrive at the location where his old house used to be.
Part 3 – There will be a wide shot to show the emptiness of where the old house used to be with Chris standing in the middle. It will then cut to a mid-close up of Chris to show his emotion of being back there, with all the old memories. We will then overlay an archive image over the current location to show the old house in reference to how it is now, and the effect of the flood. We will then introduce archive videos and stills of the flood itself.
Part 4 – We will then continue to film around the area to show the surroundings and possibly the river next to his house that caused the flood. We will end the documentary with a mid-shot of Chris at the old house which will then cut to the same shot but at his new house. Chris will look calm in the first mid shot and he will begin to smile when the shot transitions to the new house. This is to show that he has moved on and is content in his new home.