Our first ideas were based on the place Bath, as we wanted to subvert from the expected ideas based around an actual bath. As starter research for this we looked into the history of the place. As it turned out, Bath has more history than we had expected. Here are a list of the ideas we established with the image of Bath:
- In the 16th and 17th century, Bath was infected with the plague. The plague spread quickly and people were desperately trying to come up with immediate healing solutions. One of these solutions was bathing in the springs to rid yourself of the disease and cleanse your body. Inevitably, this spread the disease more than it did abolish it. From this we developed the idea that we could film a plague spreading and represent the contagion of the disease via the communal bathing: portraying the naïveté of society during that period.
- During the same period, there would be designated people to the role of “scavenger” to clean the streets. This was another ‘curing’ method, because of the foul stench of the plague. We didn’t really develop this idea any further, as we had the base idea but had no story to follow it up with. This suggestion was also not very accepted by the whole group. This is because it seemed plain and eventless.
- Our third idea was going to be based on when in 1642 civil war arose between the king and parliament. In 1643 Bath was occupied by parliamentary troops as they fought a battle against the royalists north of the town. The parliamentary army withdrew from the area and the royalists occupied Bath. We had the option to develop this idea into a historically accurate, parliamentary film. However, this didn’t appeal to us as we wanted something more thrilling.
- Shortly after we discovered that in 1849, there was a cholera outbreak in Bath, and we had the initial idea to expand this and merge it with the very first idea, but set in a more modern time to make filming easier.
After figuring that these ideas were probably too far fetched, and difficult to make, we decided to manipulate the word ‘bath’. To do this we looked up associations and connotations with the word bath.
We came up with a short list:
We derived ideas for the film using each of these words and by doing so, we were able to eliminate the ideas we liked the least.
As it turned out, we couldn’t come up with any good ideas that consisted of the ideas. All except for one that included the production and sales of acidic bath bombs that is the start of a series of bathtub deaths. However, we soon realised that this was cliche and creating so many different murder scenes would be far too difficult. Finally, I went home and did further research and looked at pictures of baths for inspiration. I remembered that a while back I had seen a Korean myth about a narcissistic teenage girl who hears that sesame seeds are good for exfoliation. After this discovery, she tries bathing in the seeds and the hot water of the bath opens up her pores where the seeds get stuck. After this, she frantically tries to remove the seeds, she starts to rip her skin. As a result of this, she destroys her previously-perfect image in the search for further beautification. This idea carries a moral, and is based on a real believe in a foreign county which adds value to the concept.