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Final Major Project - Masters

'Room 237'

Room 237 is a project which is founded from the film ‘The Shining’. I used a ‘non-dialogue’ scene from the film to show that there is a lot more to film than just speech. Room 237 is entirely speechless, but it holds a lot of information that the viewer still has to take in. I challenged myself to create a typography-based outcome around different aspects to the scene.

Each experiment used different bits of information from the scene. Experiment one focused on mapping the area of the room and the movement of the characters. Experiment two was pre-production of the room, using Stanley Kubrick’s summary, and notes of the scene. Experiment three looked at describing the scene. Finally experiment four used concrete poetry to describe the sounds.

Focusing on experiment 4, it uses a reference from another scene where Jack has written on a typewriter ‘All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy’ over and over again. I used my old typewriter from a similar era to his, to create my work, using a thin paper that reflects the same kind of paper that he used. Each piece of paper represented one second of film that the sound was created. Instances where there were multiple sounds in one second, I put the most predominant sound on the top.

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