What is beneath the surface of using a topshot?
I made a short film where I recreated a family moment from an event during a therapy session. From my perspective in the room, I start to explain the constitution of the family characters in relation to the space. The notion of the mise-en-scène was touched upon at the level of my point of view on connecting the positions of my family during that moment, and at the level of reflection on the meaning behind the positions of the family members in relation to the space: the therapy room. Besides my testimony in voice over of this moment, I wanted to map this situation in a drawing to convey, on a graphical level, the relation between the room and the characters. This drawing is my set-up of this room from my point of view on how this moment was perceived by me.
Using the topshot as an angle for researching a certain moment within a family gave an overview of the constitution of the whole scene. Yet, it was a very subjective constitution, which was built from my own memory.
Being aware of my own point of view within the story created an interesting way of playing with a top shot, which is normally a highly graphical shot in order to showcase positions. The friction between the graphical explanation of the room versus my testimony of the event created an opening to research the relation between characters and the perception of a space.