In relevance to my character concept,I thought that the movie Million Dolla Baby would be ideal inspiration.

The story line;

‘Frankie Dunn has trained and managed some incredible fighters during a lifetime spent in the ring. The most important lesson he teaches his boxers is the one that rules life: above all, always protect yourself. In the wake of a painful estrangement from his daughter, Frankie has been unwilling to let himself get close to anyone for a very long time. His only friend, Scrap, an ex-boxer who looks after Frankie’s gym, knows that beneath his gruff exterior is a man who has been seeking, for the past 25 years, the forgiveness that somehow continues to elude him. Then Maggie Fitzgerald walks into his gym…’

Maggie Fitzgerald wanted more than anything to be a fighter but couldn’t be taken seriously because of her gender.

While watching the movie I took notes on ; Lighting, sounds, atmosphere and any props and objects within the mise-en-scene that inspired ideas for my character and environment.

  • Rough painted walls
  • Silhouettes ( on the punch bags in the gym)
  • Painted breeze block walls
  • Boxing ring
  • Maggie wears no make up
  • Hair tied back
  • Paintings of boxers on the wall in the gym
  • Support beams
  • Boxing bell
  • Wooden floor
  • Hanging roof lights over the boxing ring (spot lighting )
  • Exercise bikes
  • Steal doors painted
  • Air vents
  • Barred windows
  • Sky light windows
  • Support beams
  • towels hanging off the boxing ring
  • cupboards with boxing gloves and shoes and bench in front
  • exposed plumbing pipes
  • different colours walls ( dark green up to shoulder hight then cream to the roof)
  • wooden ring side chairs

Wide shot of the gym

Screen shots from the movie, visual notes.