|If it could happen to chickens, it could happen to you.
||[Mar. 3rd, 2004|02:53 pm]
Miss Von Trapp
|||||Suede : The Living Dead||]|
I've slept just 6 hours after being up for 24 hours yesterday...
Tried to have a snooze yesterday afternoon, but couldn't manage it, so by the time I got back from work at 6:30am this morning I'd been up 24hrs and was KNACKERED!!!
I've noticed it's getting lighter in the mornings now...must get that film project done soon!!
Going back to work last night was kinda weird...I fell asleep more than once after 4am lol... Jui-ehh!! continued our random conversations...nothing really had changed...
Diane and I compared our experiences with the same hairdye, talked about the usual crap at lunch...Jui-ehh!! and I had a very long chat which began with discussing chickens... How they continue to run when their heads have been chopped off, and (my great grandmother, who used to live on a farm told me this) that they attempt to fly for a metre or two after beheading...with arterial blood spurting everywhere...
This 'chicken beheading' conversation turned its way to guillotenes...and some material I had read which suggested that the head of the executed person is able to scream silently (no lungs attached, naturally) and look about for 3 minutes or so after actual beheading...
I wonder what the Aristocracy were thinking when they looked up from the basket...
"That's my body up there!" "AAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!" (silently)
We got quite into this conversation...trying to visualise what it would have been like... And then began another topic, discussing the origin of the phrase 'Baying for Blood'. My supposition is that it stems from Fox Hunting...and it's what the hounds do...
Anyway, walked home at 6am, slept till 2pm...
I'm off to theatre at 4 (and must collect my film from the chemist along the way);Weird Cabaret rehearsals as per usual...and then to work again. Bleh!)
Box Of Delights
Pilfered from elves_uk and czol :
(popular one, this!)
The rules: "So, say you were meeting a new person - blind date, new friend, who knows. And you wanted them to have some idea of what kind of person you are, and who you are. But you can't actually tell them in so many words. Instead, you have to give them a box, with a dozen things in it for them to ponder over. What would you put in the box? No cheating - you're not allowed to include things such as links to your live journal."
1. A big squashy over-cuddled Snoopy
2. A pair of fangs and a bottle of fake blood
3. Copy of 'Wuthering Heights' (the book...nothing to do with Kate Bush)
4. Box of black hairdye
5. Video of Edward Scissorhands
6. Various art materials...crushed up bits of chalk/squeezed out paint tubes...and some pictures.
7. Feathers on a leather headband
8. John Donne's 'A Valediction Forbidding Mourning'
9. Book of Snoopy comic strips
10. Videotape of Weird Cabaret show/last years panto
11. The Damned - Phantasmagoria album...or anything by Nick Cave.
12. My GBA sp with Pokemon Ruby in it (and Tetris close to hand)
"must get that film project done soon"
Is this the Alice in Wonderland project that I think I read about somewhere. Either here or in some other place, I can't remember...to early in the morning for something like that.
No, it's the 'Journey Home' project I'm working on with my friend Spikey...‘Journey Home’ : A short film
“A regular walk home from work at 6am becomes a tense stalker/horror nightmare sequence ending in supernatural death.”
(Filmed over about 2 hours – along route with a few pauses for angles – but mostly walking. Cut/edit rushes later if roads are too long and boring.)
Begins in colour, establishing shot : bright lights of workplace doorway onto street as staff are leaving at 6am. Cam at shoulder height/eye level as subject comes out of work with a workmate, nods to cam as if it’s a recognised person, 2 walkers turn and walk up road toward roundabout.
Cam stays static for a moment, then descends to hip height (stalker view) once 2 walkers (myself and Michele) are at 50 yards or so ahead then begins to follow.
Slow steady heartbeat starts up.
2 walkers cross road at pub on corner. Stalker cam follows and crosses to middle of roundabout to view 2 walkers crossing at bottom of main road (panning shot).
Stalker cam moves to shop side of road to follow (still 50 yards or so) the walkers as they continue along toward/through tunnel, and then cross to the same side of the road as stalker cam after tunnel/billboards.
Followed by cam about 100 yards behind as 2 walkers approach junction – 2nd walker leaves and goes up another road to the right. Subject continues on alone.
Long following shots along behind subject as far as shop on corner opposite Spikey’s house where stalker crosses road to shop side to follow subject from opposite side of road. Stays 50yds behind (bit closer) as subject passes derelict, burnt out whorehouse, deserted shop, scaffolded house and mirrored window (reflection?) of takeaway.
Continues to film from other side of road as subject crosses at millbridge.
Whilst crossing road, camera fades slowly into muted tones.
Heartbeat increases steadily in pace.
Stalker crosses behind subject after garage, and follows up hill – film is now fully b&w strobe effect – long shots of 100/200 yds or so going up hill.
Shot of the church, focus on Jesus message about life on billboard. To move stalker to church side of road.
Watch subject from corner at top of church as she crosses the wide entryway of the boys school opposite – then cross road to be on same side of road as her again, following over bridge.
Cam follows along (might chop road here) – look up at big Victorian building as subject rounds corner and goes up the hill alongside the park.
Large avenue of trees and park in darkness on the left. Cam directly 100 yds behind as subject walks up middle of avenue.
Pan to a bright light in the park and back to subject – try to keep light in shot – subject ‘notices’ light and veers off into the park through the trees.
Cam goes to tracer effect.
Heartrate almost at full pace.
Stalker cam follows – shot through trees – keeping war memorial pillar and freddy the skeleton’s light in shot ahead of subject.
Subject heads toward war memorial pillar – stalker gains distance across park until, 10 yds behind subject – at about 30 yds from war memorial pillar – subject full length in shot up quite close.
Subject turns round and we see expression of fear. Close up.
Heartrate pounding ridiculously fast now.
Cam then pulls focus (10 yds from pillar, subject no longer in shot) (whip pan?) to Freddy – fully lit at base of war memorial pillar – (freddy is a 4ft high robed skeleton holding a lamp) the source of the bright light.
Focus in on Freddy skull face (still tracer) – 4 or 5 VERY fast flashes in and out of subjects face/eyes fear expression and freddy’s grinning skull then cam stops.
1 second of blackout.
Heartbeat flatlines and stays at a continuous beeeeeeeeeeeeeeep!!!
Blurred cam comes back into focus on Freddy’s face, (no more tracer) then pans slowly up the war memorial pillar past the angel with no head – all the way coming back into colour – up to the cross at the very top of the pillar.
The sky breaks into dawn above – full colour now – camera continues to pan upwards into clouds and pink sky as the long beep of the flatlined heart fades out.
Bleach out to white.
I'm now glad that I drive home and not walk ;)
*wishes she could drive*
Of course, it's easy to see where I got the inspiration from!!
While i've wondered about the "chicken continues to run about after its head is chopped off" thing for many years (owing to likely impracticality of cutting said chicken's head off while it's running), I can personally vouch for the fact that if you suspend the beheaded chickens from a line/rope by their feet (in order for the blood to drain) they do indeed continue to move about for some time afterwards, generally in a twisty, thrashy motion. Electrical impulses in the muscles, the vet told us. Pleasant.
My great grandmother (lived to 104) used to be sent out into the yard as a young girl...with a big knife and instructions to 'get one for dinner'...
I'd like to see the suspended chicken phenomena...fascinating!!!
My family used to keep chickens. My 'auntie' Irene (she's my mum's aunt, so not sure what relation she is to me) had the job of killing and preparing them. She says it's pretty easy, once you've had a few goes, and as she puts it, the others don't seem that upset.
"I've noticed it's getting lighter in the mornings now...must get that film project done soon!!"
You'll have to film it earlier, that's all. :) You may not be able to shoot it entirely the same morning, by the way.
Living bodies can have such odd reactions from severence of a part in the case of the heads, the shite is truely kinda weird and fascinating at the sametime. =op