Communication Design School of Design

Beth Mackle (She / her)

I am a multi-disciplinary illustrator and filmmaker based in Glasgow, Scotland.

My practice involves building work adjacent to moving image. My illustrations and mixed media work serves to aide my process of filmmaking. From experimental text work to set design to storyboarding, all this body of work serves to convey my vision for the narrative. 

Contact
bethmackle@hotmail.co.uk
b.mackle1@student.gsa.ac.uk
@snapdragooninstagram
@snapdragoonwebsite
Series
Experimental Type
Jist (The Marrow of a Rejection Letter)
The Pang of Hunger
Moving Image

Experimental Type

In the project, i created text base work based on sentence prompts. I wrote out several prompts and chose ones at random to spur a narrative. Prompt titles are written in red above the text.

A short poem about changing your name

Poetry

A monologue about the importance of platonic relationship

Monologue

A story from my childhood

Narrative

What does Pang do ?

What happens

Jist (The Marrow of a Rejection Letter)

Over the course of a year, i have been adapting my practice as a film maker into refining my vision for the films i want to produce. Jist (The Marrow of a Rejection Letter ) was a short story that was created with the intention of being produced into a short film. Through experimental creative writing pieces, story boarding , set design and screen test, a full vision of a short film was created.

It tells the story of a production assistant, who’s role is to type up rejection letters for unsuccessful scripts for a film production company. In the middle of typing, their paper becomes jammed in the feed of the typewriter. In frustration, they leave the bustling writing pool to make a phone call to their significant other. When they head back to their desk the space is empty. They shrug off the atmosphere as they reach their station, the half finished rejection letter lies loosely across the typewriter. As they fix the registration, to finish their last letter – their finger snags.

 

Opening page

Title page

The process of constructing a short film

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Original writing prompt

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The concept art and the motion of the typewriter morphing

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Form of the typewriter

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Further development of the structure of the narrative

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Excerpt from fluxus experiment

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Retelling of the original story

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Set Design

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Stage Lighting

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Chiascuro

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Except from moving image lighting experiment
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Jist A Screenplay

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The Studio

A film test for the production of the short film - Jist . This film depicts the performative manner of typing a letter and forming the appropriate sentences. It also reflects how it feels to process a rejection letter of any kind.

Fluxus Type Experiment

Building a Typewriter

Building the clay typewriters

The Pang of Hunger

A liminal space is the time between the ‘what was’ and the ‘next.’ It is a place of transition, waiting, and not knowing. Liminal space is where all transformation takes place, if we learn to wait and let it form us.

 

With a story about someone entering liminal space(s), it can’t really have a linear plot because for a liminal space to exist it needs to be taken out of its original context. Using a typewriter i had created an experimental writing prompt from the perspective of someone in this position, who would be moving through liminal space. I was trying to evoke this mercurial pattern in the direction of the pattern of speech. This then became the main bulk of the script that the storyboards and then the final film treatments. Due to the lack of linear storytelling, i had decided to format the final outcome as a spiral bound film treatment to consolidate it into a medium that could be absorbed professionally.

Title page

Locations

Costumes

Props List

Motion Graphics/VFX

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End of Treatment

original writing prompt

Pang of Hunger Original Drawings

These are the original pastel drawings i designed for storyboards. These are available for purchase on request .

Moving Image

My approach to filmmaking, is that i am involved with the conception, the shooting and post production.
I want to design my own opportunities for making films and tell stories that i regard as important even if others do not.

Artery of MADRID

Filmed in early February before lockdown, a short film made in Madrid, Spain about the intersecting fountains and water sculptures found around the city. In this we see the contradictions between the cool baroque structures and the warm setting.

Bound About

Over the break , i set myself the task of creating a short moving image work that conveyed me (the viewer) falling in love with an object/space. With that, i then created a narrative around falling in love with Underpasses and how they create this intimate atmosphere clandestine activity. The score i made for the film i wanted to be produced with a lofi quality with dreamy guitars, interrupted with a solid drum beat to create sounds akin to how you feel a heartbeat in your chest or the casual rhythm of your footsteps. I included a short clip of a bus stop to offer some contrast in the quality of light and intimacy

ᏉᏉᏉᏉᏉᏉᏉᏉᏉᏉᏉᏉ

A visualiser reflecting the sensorial experience of being outdoors after a considerable length of time in seclusion. Inspired by the illustrations of Junji Ito - the xerox line work contributing to the atmosphere of existentialism.