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  • Writer's pictureAshton Blyth

To sum up the chapters

The headings for each section of the film have always been temporary place-holders, enough to summarise the chapter for an observer looking at the Storyboard (live document), but not what I would want them to be labelled as during the film. I still want the film to be split into the chapters though, it separates points in my life clearly, rather than it feeling like there's lots of time-jumps without explanation, that some chapters (the growing up parts) will contain minor time-jumps throughout as the two chapters cover about twelve/thirteen years altogether.


I started off by trying to build on the heading names I already had: Coming Out fit and Growing Up Tom-boy wasn't so bad, Family became Meet the Family, TransTape changed to Compression and NHS was renamed Lost and Forgotten.


I then started to consider how the songs I had chosen to soundtrack the chapters could work as titles: some worked well like No Matter What, Reflection, She's So Gone, Ready To Go and Brave Man. However, some didn't fit as well - like iT for the transtape chapter - doesn't really say much! Rebel Rebel as a name didn't fit for the chapter about high school/college, or Still Breathing as a chapter that's solely an interview between me and my parents about how things have changed for the better (aka a lot better than still breathing).


Finally, I started to consider why I chose those songs as an option: the lyrics. The songs were chosen because the lyrics fit the chapter perfectly, so surely they'd make sense as the chapter titles?



The (as it stands) finalised chapter headings:

  1. Presenting... An Ashton Blyth Animation... Definitive Times

  2. A family man (from Family Man - Fleetwood Mac)

  3. I gathered all the courage in the world (from No Matter What - Calum Scott)

  4. Can it be, I'm not meant to play this part? (from Reflection - Lea Salonga, Mulan Soundtrack)

  5. Not sure if you're a boy or a girl (from Rebel Rebel - David Bowie)

  6. Here I am, this is me (from She's So Gone - Naomi Scott, Lemonade Mouth Soundtrack)

  7. Hold on tight, this ride is a wild one (from Missing You - All Time Low)

  8. I'm ready to leap, I'm ready to live, I'm ready to go (from Ready to Go - Panic at the Disco)

  9. Not scared to feel the pain (from Brave Man - Will Young)

  10. Is there room for one more son? (from All These Things That I've Done - The Killers)

  11. I bought it for myself, I'm a man now (from iT - Christine and the Queens)

  12. Feeling like a drop in the ocean (from OK Not To Be OK - Marshmello & Demi Lovato)

  13. And we will never look back, at the faded silhouette (from Silhouettes - Avicci)



The brain storm part:


Introduction

Family
  • Family Man

  • Meet the Family

  • I am what I am, a family man

  • A family man


Coming Out
  • No Matter What

  • They love me no matter what

  • I gathered all the courage in the world


Growing up tom-boy
  • Reflection

  • When will my reflection show who I am inside?

  • It's as if I play a part

  • Can it be, I'm not meant to play this part?


SPLIT: New chapter for high school/college
  • Rebel rebel

  • Not sure if you're a boy or a girl


Socially Transitioning
  • She's so gone

  • Here I am, this is me

  • I want to go forward, don't want to go back


What changed
  • Still Breathing

  • Hold on tight, this ride is a wild one

  • It only takes a little push to pull on through

  • I'm ready to give this all I have


Gendercare/Egg Freezing
  • Ready To Go

  • I'm ready to leap, I'm ready to live, I'm ready to go


SPLIT: New chapter for egg-freezing
  • Brave Man

  • I'm a brave man

  • Not scared to feel the pain


Testosterone
  • The Way I Am

  • Is there room for one more son?

  • I wanna stand up, I wanna let go


TransTape
  • Compression

  • I bought it for myself, I'm a man now


NHS Gender Identity Clinic
  • Lost and Forgotten

  • Let Me Be Myself

  • Lately I'm so tired of waiting for you

  • Feeling like a drop in the ocean


Top-surgery
  • Brave

  • And we will never look back, at the faded silhouette

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