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Interlock Media: Turned Out

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    Turned Out: a documentary on prison rape, created by Director Jonathan Schwarz
  • The documentary is just what it sounds like. At no part of it, is the film dressed up with pretty lighting or exotic camera angles to make things seem surreal or outrageous. Rather, it is a very front-on, in your face, narrative of the inner society that really takes place behind prison walls. It strips away any of the myth or speculation, refuses to justify or psychoanalyze, and only shows prison life for what it is. 

    Originally, the film cover was in only red and black and the application of color and multiple images read more like the horror film "Cabin Fever" than a straight forward documentary. To give the film the respect it deserved, I did like the director did with the film: I stripped the images that gave too much or unnecessary information and kept only three images: the cuffed hands, a prison door and that of the narrator. I manipulated the images to be black and white only, and clipped parts of the images that stuck too far out into the layout, or otherwise proved unnecessary. Then I layered the images to slightly overlap the spine of the DVD case, creating a frame for the title and a flow from front to back.