visualizing a panic attack?
Posted 12 December 2011 - 11:24 AM
Anyone have any ideas or references i could look at?
Posted 12 December 2011 - 11:32 AM
perhaps reverse it, though, so the background compresses onto him/her.
Then, maybe some POV stuff with a lens-baby, really focus on the smaller details in the scene (perhaps macro work as well).
It's pretty open to you and the director to figure out how you want this panic attack to look.
You could also try what they did in The Aviator right after he has his first "locked on sentence" moment where he's in the car and the lighting gets very harsh and pulsating-ish (going off of memory here).
Posted 12 December 2011 - 11:42 AM
Posted 12 December 2011 - 11:48 AM
Posted 12 December 2011 - 02:51 PM
I really dont want the audience to mistake it for a drug induced experience , thats what im most worried about. I want to avoid the whole room spinning thing ive scene dozens of times.
Posted 12 December 2011 - 05:06 PM
ah good point.
I really dont want the audience to mistake it for a drug induced experience , thats what im most worried about.
Panic attacks may be a form of internally created drug experience. The mind and body are generating something to create the panic attack feeling. I think your instincts are great in worrying about this scene (ha ha), because panic attacks would probably turn off most viewers, whereas a drug induced scene appears easier to get the audience to laugh or stay involved.
Maybe another question to ask yourself is, from what point of view do you want to show the panic attack. If it is too self absorbed, the urge by all others to flee (including the audience), may be too difficult to overcome. However, if we see another human being relying on the panic attack person, then the scene, writing and acting may overcome your concern about it looking like a drug induced experience.
Maybe Cher is available to slap the person and say, "snap out of it".
Posted 12 December 2011 - 05:31 PM
Maybe another question to ask yourself is, from what point of view do you want to show the panic attack.
I think that's a key question.
If you want to show it from the panicking character's POV then some of the above might work well.
If you want to show things from the outside though you should rely on acting and editing more than camera tricks. Panic attacks are internal things, the only external signs should be the character's actions. They're panicking when they have no reason, freaking out in a situation that doesn't call for it. That's disquieting in itself.
Posted 12 December 2011 - 08:18 PM
Does this make any sense?