In fact, all of our moods and emotions are reflected in the work of fiction we create. If we have a great story to tell, we will be happy. If we’re writing about a bad day, we’ll be sad. Our characters and situations will be in conflict and the conflict will create the mood.
There are many ways to create a mood, but I think of “the mood of a piece of fiction” as being a combination of the following things. The mood of a piece of fiction is defined by the author’s intent which can be very clear, or it can be more ambiguous. For example, in a well-written piece of sci-fi, the mood is defined clearly by the universe itself.
This is a very subjective topic, but I think the mood is made up by something as well. If you’re an author, the mood of your work is probably made up by your own mood whether it is happy or sad. You can also create your own mood by your own actions. For example, when writing in a negative mood, I’ll often put a dark look on my face and say something to make myself feel better.
I could probably talk for days about how to use your own mood to enhance the mood of your writing, but that would be a little bit too long. Like I said, its probably pretty subjective, so I’ll leave that to you.
In the case of Deathloop being a work of fiction, Ill talk about how this particular mood can have the power to make our characters’ moods shine through. This is why I love stories so much. You know, it’s just like when you see a painting in a museum where you can walk through the picture and watch the colors play like a real museum does.
When I was a child, the whole thing about art, was always to make it look real. The whole thing about art, was to make it look like you where there at the museum viewing it. I think in a way, it’s a very real thing the way we live our lives, our emotions are just so real. It’s only when you really look at something that you realize how real they are.
So it’s not just making art look real, but making your emotions real. That’s very important. What we do with the art we create is what makes it real.
If you’ve ever done a movie you know that when the director tells you to do something, he often has a bit of a “what if?” in there somewhere. Which of course is exactly what we were doing in the trailer. We asked ourselves what we would do if we were not our normal selves.
We knew the trailer was a bit of a tease, but we also knew that if we really understood the mood and the setting of the story, it would help us create something that could be a part of it. Since we worked with a story that we loved, we knew we were going to push ourselves to do our best work.
That means being careful not to try too hard. Most of the time, if we go too far, it will come off as disingenuous and fake. We didn’t do that in the first trailer, but we are still pushing ourselves to produce a film that’s as immersive and believable as we can make it.