001: Rosemary

The Character

Next year, Rosemary will become 40.  She got married a year ago, with Guy, a man she has dated for 9 months.

Guy is a man who values traditional beliefs, his ideal family comprises of husband and wife, and a pair of children. Rosemary is the eldest of the family, her parents are divorced when she was 15.  Personally she is not fond of children, but she thinks having children is something a normal married couple should do.

The couple is trying to get pregnant, but it takes longer for women to get pregnant when they hit their late 30s. Rosemary listens to her friends and starts to take better care of her body – every day she takes vitamins, measures her temperature, and takes the awful theraputic Chinese herbal tea.  It has been almost a year, but there is no sign of pregnancy.

Recently the couple begins to go to see the reproductive endocrinologist, who advised them to try IVF (In Vitro Fertilisation).  The doctor explained to them about the process – rounds and rounds of pills, blood works, injections, lab tests, consultations… until the pregnancy test is positive.  After thinking about it for a week, the couple decided to give it a try.

The first night when she began the treatment, Rosemary starts to mumble in her sleep.


The Visuals

(1) WAVES

#ocean #floating #waves #surreal #drowning

The visual to deliver Rosemary’s dreamscape, which represents her feeling of being lost.

(click for more drafts)

Some info found online:

“Ocean is a feminine symbol and connects us with our divine feminine nature.” (full article)

“The state of the water shows your emotional state.  Calm water shows peaceful emotions, while harsh waves suggest more aggressive emotions.  Big waves may suggest waves of strong emotions.” (full article)

‘To dream that you are underwater suggests that you are being overcome with emotions and are in over your head regarding some situation. You need to gain greater control of your life.” (full article)

“To dream of being underwater represents being overwhelmed by negative thoughts, emotions, or uncertainty. It may also reflect preoccupation with sadness, guilt, or fear.” (full article)

 

(2) SCENT

#recursive #stress #absurd

A montage of found footages (or remake) to represent the ideal women image created by the media; Rosemary is affected by these widely accepted ideas of what women should do, should be like.    

 


The Sound 

Initially, Bisschops suggested to use harpsichord to deliver Rosemary’s emotions:

#tension #stress #unsettling #lost #reminiscence 

 


Reference

Aronofsky, D. (Director) & Rabinowitz J. (Editor) (2000). Requiem for a dream [Motion picture on DVD]. United States: Artisan Entertainment.

Haisha, L. (n.d.). The Three Biggest Fears Women Have. Retrieved September 22, 2016, from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/lisa-haisha/women-fears_b_809148.html

Polanski, R. (Director). (1968). Rosemary’s baby [Motion picture on DVD]. United States: Paramount Pictures.

Somniloquy. (n.d.). Retrieved September 22, 2016, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Somniloquy

The Vivid Dreams of Pregnant Women. (n.d.). Retrieved September 22, 2016, from http://www.webmd.com/baby/features/vivid-dreams-of-pregnant-women#1

 

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