ONE MISSISSIPPI; (2009) Rebecca Louise Tiernan; Music: I Will be Done by Amigo Male Singers D.O.P: Ben Jones; 16MM ; TRT: 5:05
A psycho-narrative of four girls playing skipping rhymes in a barren field with a lonesome Scarecrow.
I shot this movie when about 5 years ago in Cornwall, England. I was in art school over there at the time and decided to make use of the beautiful landscape for my movies. The actors were either friends of mine or I found them from a local theater group.
The origin of the title is a direct reference to the counting children’s rhyme ‘One Mississippi, Two Mississippi, Three Mississippi Four’. The purpose of this title is to capture the playful spirit of a childlike curiosity, as well as hint at notions of suffering and sorrow that occur within so many children’s stories and fairytales.
The sound and music choice are incredibly salient when it comes to filmmaking. For me, understanding how well sound and image come together is about understanding rhythm. The sound can help formulate a rhythm and movement to the editing process that brings synchronicity between the audio and visual components.