Marie Stopes Advert

Is this advert commodifying abortion?

Whilst it does appear like abortion is becoming commodified I personally feel it works very well in exploring another option to having a child if it feels like you or someone else isn’t ready.

I also think it shows a variety of people from young girls to mothers who already have children.

At the time this caused a great deal of controversy.


Emmy the Great- We almost had a baby

The video I think is incredibly silly, I think the song is wonderful.
Fairly apt when it comes to considering the issue of Abortion.

I am sure the days before the woman knows she is pregnant, before she has taken the test or found out for sure, it is all about the possibility of her actually being pregnant. I think this song highlights the worry, as well as the feelings of the relationship which may be attached to the prospect of having a baby. However another undertone of this song I believe is almost about rape, in this way it also brings up my own personal feelings that, I don’t feel that the man can ever really be justified in his right of having a 50% choice, even if the sex was consensual. But this is a topic which largely (in my experience and conversations with both sexes) tends to be that men see it as a 50/50 decision and women less so.

For me music can convey a depth to a situation, through lyrics or the sound of the music. For the past few months, I have been trying to find the songs which either ouvertly or subtly mention the idea of pregnancy or abortion, largely through the lyrics.

I think through the fact that the songs I have found are often a very subtle reference, perhaps up to the interpretation of the listener just confirms my belief that abortion needs to be talked about.

Love, Lust, Loss and a whole host of other things seems to be conveyed in songs, but  not so frequently the decision of Abortion.

I also really like this cover, to me it is almost like telling an alternative story, largely from the perspective of a man.

White Heat

A girl in it called Lily, had an abortion, interesting seeing how in the 70’s it wasn’t legal. Also fascinating how you could only go on the pill if you were married. 

Despite the fact that abortions are now legal in the UK, still taboo right. 
I have also discovered how awkward it is, when ever someone asks what my film is on, and I am like. Abortion.

Queue Awkward silence or, sentences such as oh, that’s interesting. sometimes interjected with one of my friends saying she filmed our friend telling an abortion joke, to which I usually have to say Well it’s a topic which needs to be discussed. Comedy often raises issues which aren’t spoken about.


Lake of Fire (2006)

Kiri and I tried to watch this online last night. However we were unable to find one which was not in sync, but from merely flicking through I liked the use of the black and white imagery, and the first image which started with a shot of an advert saying ‘Life’. I found this very apt.

However my immediate complaint simply from looking at the ‘Cast List’ is how can this film be described as a balanced debate when on the credited cast list of 15 people, only 2 were woman. How can this even be balanced when the sex/gender balance can’t even be reached? Firstly when dealing with the topic of Abortion, it is the woman who is carrying the baby. She has to go through the physical pain of abortion of birth. So this is my initial complaint.

However, this looks like a film which will be very beneficial to my own film. Hopefully Kiri will be able to download a synced version.   Youtube: Trailer to the Ring of Fire…

Powerfrased Quote: : A miscarriage is when your body isn’t ready, and an Abortion is when the rest of you isn’t ready.

The Cutting Room-Week 19-

Firstly Final Cut express is simultaneously easier and harder than I expected, it’s an oxymoron in itself. I love the fact that I’m learning something practical, as well as learning the complications that are involved in the subtleties of filming. I’m still very worried about not getting enough ‘visual’, as well as worrying that my film is going to be a couple of rubbish blurred interviews with some vague images not related shoved in. This is the last thing that I want to happen.

Back to the Reading:
The reading is exactly about my fears, how  a film is not merely about stringing things along, how anyone can do that, but rather it’s more instinctual. So there is another huge fear, perhaps I have no instinct, and rather my instincts is rather like a 1000 monkeys trying to write like shakespeare at a 1000 typewriters, despite what the theory says, very likely it’s actually impossible.

So it’s all about the putting together of a sequence, in a way which of course is watchable, and achieves the effect that is happening in your mind (i.e. the script). Final cut is non-linear, I guess this makes it easier to interject footage, and add stuff. Pretty good as my script changes every time I end up thinking about it. Learning about the “In” and “out” points, was so useful especially the short cuts.

I find myself thinking about shots all the time, and not the alcoholic kind, I am also becoming  a little bit obsessed with the BBC short films. Especially the slightly dark humorous ones.

My friend told me the other night that he saw a 3 minute film clip where it was literally a woman waiting the three minutes to find out the results of a pregnancy test, and you never found out the answer.

I have been thinking of getting shots of someone opening a condom, or filming a pregnancy test, to overlap any interview’s I might do.
However there is definitely something embarrassing about asking someone if I can film them opening a condom. I shall see.

Just A Quick One

Abortion Video

This film looks at an American generation when Abortion was illegal. It tells of haunting stories, and how it made many people feel as well as dealing with the legalities of the time. I would have liked my documentary to include someone who had had to make the decision, but instead my film is on the topic of ‘we need to talk about abortion’.

I feel this film is done very well, emotive but gets to all the feelings that people may feel.