The Itch is a dark comedy Sci-Fi drama that takes the viewer through a surreal journey of a people who have become entirely selfish and unable to love, lost to serve their cravings. The story centers on two people who have become dissociated with the world around them and by meeting, slowly teach each other how to feel again. It is an unlikely love story set in an insecure and overpopulated society, haunted by loneliness and addiction.
Governments and politicians become puppets of pharmaceutical companies as people are completely dependant on drugs to function in their day to day lives. There’s a huge swell in urban population as people migrate to the cities. Food production becomes mechanised and rationing returns. All of which is controlled by the pharma corporations.
Although this world is controlled by the Pharma industry its dystopic setting and the controlling regime, are not the rallying crux of the film but serve as a background condition. The plot isn't based around trying to fight back or rally against despotism, but despotism is just a fact that people are trying to cope with.
THOUGHTS ON CHARACTERS
E was only 14 when The Moment happened and this had a profound effect on her. She is fierce and strong willed but suffers from the impacts of her addictions. She is desperate to feel something always searching for the next high that will distract her from the world around her. At first C only represents a new access to get high but through their companionship she is able to access the world in a new way.
The cure allows her to access the emotions she had longed for. The world becomes full of sound, taste and touch. Things that were numbed before are now accessible.
'C' is a sarcastic disillusioned scientist working for a large pharmaceutical company who has given up on the world. He has no joys in his life. The separation from his wife has made him bitter and apathetic. He is prone to night terrors and panic attacks. C, unbeknownst to anyone, did not experience The Moment as everybody did else but still suffers from the impact as he has lost hope in people and the society he lives in.
Meeting E has a significant impact on him. He is suddenly thrust into caring for some one and through that discovers a new lease of life.
VISUAL INSPIRATION THe Itch
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The colour palette for this film should emphasize the atmosphere created in the script. The sky should appear as an ever present grey tone oppressing the image and reflecting the drab and lackluster atmosphere that the characters feel when they are not high.
This should be juxtaposed to the moments when the characters feel like they are closer to The Moment. Burst of colour should appear when hallucinations are happening.
When E takes the drug that cures her of the longing to recreate The Moment colour should start seeping into her view of the world. C's world remains grey it is only when he changes his outlook on the world that colours appear more intense. This colour shift is subtle but distinct.
Lighting and feel reminiscent of the photography by Philip - Lorca diCorcia. The obscure and the real - the battle between the mundane (the everyday) and escapism (the high). Within the composition we are creating a space for isolation. the characters are lost in the frame
Janna Kemperman is a filmmaker and choreographer based in Dublin. Her practice explores the interplay between film and movement, which come together to form experimental narrative films that examine identity and human interactions. Janna graduated from IADT in 2013 after which she went on to work in film in Germany and Ireland. She has since returned to Ireland to concentrate on her won work as a director and filmmaker. Her most recent work was HEN, a psychological thriller which is currently in post production. Her short film ‘Waiting on a Train’ won the audience award, best film and best director at the 48HFP in Dublin and went on to screen in England and America.
Her work concentrates on the dynamics between people, social structures and the interplay between the real and surreal. She likes to take people on a journey that transports them from the image on the screen into their own imagination
*taken from HEN - currently in post produciton