Wednesday, 12 October 2011


For my final film I have decided to base it on Ballet mainly because its one of my main interests so I already have previous knowledge about it and wont become bored with it as it is something which I am passionate about.

starting with a spider diagram I wrote down things connected with ballet. Due to it being written in an A3 sketch book I wasnt able to scan it properly and so will write them down in bullet points here for reference.

1) Body of a ballerina (based on what a company looks for in a ballerina)

  • Thin bodies
  • Flexible
  • Muscular
  • short torso's
  • long legs with the thigh and calf being the same width
  • Long necks
2) Practice work
  • Barre work
  • Floor work
  • Pointe work 
3) Shoes
  • Pointe shoes-ripped apart and used for 1-6 weeks in some cases, usually 4 pairs on the go at a time
  • Demi-Pointe
  • Soft leather shoes
  • ribbons
  • Character Shoes
4) Injuries
  • Some ballerinas keep working even with injuries due to having a part in a performance which they want to keep. Its hugely competitive
  • foot problems from pointe shoes include bunions, callouses, blisters, cracked nails, lost nailes, broken nails, bruised nails and bruising to the foot in general.
5) Practice Clothes
  • Character Skirt/shoes
  • Leotard
  • Legwarmers
  • Tights
  • Jumper
  • Socks
  • Skirts
6) Famous Ballets
  • Nutcracker
  • Swan Lake
  • Giselle
  • Sleeping Beauty
7) Styles
  • Character Dance
  • Free movent
  • Classical  
8) Music
  • Piano
  • Trakovsky
  • Mostly Classical music
  • Music from Swan Lake is possibly the most well known
9) Anna Pavlova, most famous and loved ballerina of all time. Made the pointe shoe what it is today

10) costumes
  • Classical tutut, short
  • Romantic tutu, long
  • tutus are made with layers of netting and a wide range of fabrics that are then put on top such as satin or silk
Having made a list of themes I will now come with an idea which takes on board what i have researched so far.

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