Placing your Media into Context Task 4 Part two

Today was the day that we showed our piece. We were very content with what we had made and happy with the interoperation we had on the passage we were given, like I said in the previous post we didn’t want to take it literally, we wanted to give our own take on the piece and create something different that others wouldn’t think from it. Here is a link to the final piece that we showed in our lecture.

 https://vimeo.com/groups/cinecollective/videos/144040383

The feedback we received was mainly positive but what I want to focus on were the points that could be improved within the clip that we made. Some of the criticism that we received was that within the plot we wanted it to look like the Woman was in the wrong and that as the audience you felt sympathy for the Man, but you didn’t, in fact it was the other way round, they felt sympathy for the Woman because of the colours and the way they were positioned. The mistake that we made was because there wasn’t any dialog we had to really focus on framing, expressions of the actors and the colour lighting that we used. When we first see the Man and the Woman together the Woman is curled up in the conner with the Man standing over her, it makes it seem like his has a higher status than her. That she’s almost scared of him because she doesn’t respond to him, when filming we done this because we felt it would show guilt. At a different point it showed the man with the colour predominately being red which shows anger, and the audience also took this and showing him as the villain, which is something that we didn’t take into consideration. So when doing tasks like that its important to re-evaluate  what you’ve filmed to see what the interoperation is on the piece that we made. Overall we were happy with the feedback we had received, and the points were we have to improve because it means our final short film will be better because we know what we have to improve on.

Placing your media production in context Task 4

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For this weeks task we had to take a passage from Flaubert’s Madame Bovary and turn it into a short clip, using what we have learnt in previous tasks, with the use of natural and staged lighting. The first thing that we done when we had been given the task was to sit down and understand the passage and come up with an idea to take forward, so we knew what we were doing when we went to film. Here was the passage:

“One day he got there about three o’clock. Everybody was in the fields. He went into the kitchen, but did not at once catch sight of Emma; the outside shutters were closed. Through the chinks of the wood the sun sent across the flooring long fine rays that were broken at the corners of the furniture and trembled along the ceiling. Some flies on the table were crawling up the glasses that had been used, and buzzing as they drowned themselves in the dregs of the cider. The daylight that came in by the chimney made velvet of the soot at the back of the fireplace, and touched with blue the cold cinders. Between the window and the hearth Emma was sewing; she wore no fichu; he could see small drops of perspiration on her bare shoulders.”

We also have to incorporate two staged colours into our clip. When looking at the colours we decided we wanted to use red. Red has many connotations to it, such as danger and anger. We looked at the clip and we got that from the passage, its quite awkward and cold. Everything seems very secluded, so we thought we could use the red to show anger, and the coldness of the blue to show seclusion. When we were thinking of a narrative to go by, we thought it would be difficult to create the scenery, so what we thought we could do is take the emotion, and the concept of the man and the woman in what we thought was a hostile environment, and created our clip from that. Also we want to use the blind affect in the clip because we said it gives a caged affect to the scene that is described in the passage, it adds to the seclusion of the scene, and how locked away the woman is.

When thinking about a plot to this passage, a few of us thought about domestic violence, the fact the woman seems to be locked away like she’s not allowed out, but we wanted to flip that on its head, so we’ve come up with the idea that the woman’s in the wrong and instead of her being locked away by the man, the woman is locking herself away. So far we have a strong idea for the clip we are going to create, and to help us along our way we thought it would be a good idea to go out and experiment with some Roto lights and some coloured gels and diffusers to see the sort of affects we could get, and the different situations we could use those lights in and how affective they will be when using others lights such as LED’s. We gained a lot from doing this and from what we have learned in the previous tasks.

Formats Task 5

For this task I chose to look at one of my favourite T.V formats, which is Never Mind the Buzzcocks. This is one of the longest running formats the BBC has ever produced, and only recently has it been cut. The first episode aired in November 1996. The show didn’t make it to its 20th year but was very close in doing so. What made this format stand out was the fact there wasn’t any other like it. It took comedians who knew little about the show and placed them in a team with a artist, the two teams would play different rounds such as the ‘intro’ round were 2 tea members had to try and create the intro of a song and the other member of the team had to guess what the song was. It was a programme shown after the watershed due to the guests and comedians they’d have on the show. It’s interesting to the viewers because they get to see their favorite artists or bands put into a comedic situation, which could work really well for themselves and for their fans or it could go terribly wrong such as when Preston walked off the show when Simon mocked his ex girlfriend. Obviously for Preston this wasn’t great but it made for great T.V and received over 2 million views on Youtube. What was the hook of the programme, why did I tune in every week to BBC 2? Because the show was funny, it was intriguing, you got to snoop into ‘celebrities’ lives and watch comedians time after time tearing into them. Its great entertainment, and the producers knew this. There guests wouldn’t be people like Kanye West or Beyoncé, one because they couldn’t afford them and two, they’re too good for the show, you wanted to see people like Pete Doughty and Amy Winehouse, because majority of the time you knew that at any point something controversial could happen within the boundaries of the show. This happened time and time again, for example when Preston walked off the show, or when one contestant got so made he there a mug across the stage!

To make it even more controversial they’d get the harshest comedians known to T.V to roast the contestants, more well known hosts would be Frankie Boyle and Simon Amstel. Here are some examples that I have spoke about:

 

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When you saw those people presenting you knew it would be a good show regardless of whom else was there. When looking at the quiz itself, it was never really about the quiz, they used this as a guide for the show yes, but almost always the show would go off in a tangent, and talk about a known artist or a funny story, after a while the presenter would be forced back into the quiz itself, it was a laid back show, which I felt worked very well, it was loose and easy to follow. Which when thinking about the prize replicates the show, the prize was nothing but knowing your team had one. The quiz wasn’t what made the format work so well, it’s who the producers put on that current show is what made it.

Thinking about the set design. It is quite simple and they stick to certain colours to keep continuity. When you see the white black and pink, these colours go very well with each other, and as a frequent viewer I know this is the typical set of the show. It’s bright and it stands out, and its easily recognizable. Also they have branding of the show by having the logo on the que cards. This works well because if your not familiar of the show, or you do not know what your watching, you automatically realize that that’s the logo for the show, it also adds the branding of the show, it create a shortcut for the audience so they know what they’re watching.

Egon Schiele Background Update

For our task we have been given A photograph by the famous Artist Egon Schiele. I have already done a blog post about Egon but thought it would be a good idea to delve more into his personal life and find out where his obsession with the female body, and his abstract art had come from. Egon had to deal with a lot of pain during his life, but this wasn’t where majority of his work in the early days of his career had come from.His father and his sister worked or had work connections with the railway line. Egon’s father was a manager of one of the stations and it was that very station in which Egon was born. His sister on the other hand went on to work her way up in the industry and married a chief executive of the railway company. Sadly his father passed away not too long after he was enrolled into an art academy which he later left, because he felt confided and didn’t feel he had the freedom to express him true artist self.

 

Through out Egon’s life he seemed to always have a sexual mentality. You could tell this through his artwork you see below:

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That’s really the start of his personal artistic styles. These sexual tendencies were a huge concern for his parents as it grew very early. When he was just 14 years old Egon took his twelve-year-old sister to the same hotel room his parents honeymooned in. His parents eventually found out and charged over there, “fearing the worst” , and luckily just found them innocently taking portrait photographs.

 

This was a quote from Egon ‘I do not deny that I have made drawings and watercolors of an erotic nature. But they are always works of art. Are there no artists who have done erotic pictures?’. To me Egon seems a strange character but you cannot deny that he was a very talented artist.

260MC Task 3

This weeks task has involved me watching different movies and clips form the German Expressionism movement that was very well known back in the 20’s before World War 1. The next part of the task was to use what we had taught ourselves about the movement to recreate a famous scene within a movie. The scene that we chose to recreate was from Skyfall.

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We chose the scene were James Bond is brought in and tested with words. Bond is given the task of playing the word association game. We chose this because speed of the scene, and the opportunity to use quick cuts from word to word. Also within the scene it looks closely at the shadows and use of contrast within this clip. When making this clip we used a harsh amount of make up on the faces for close ups, to intensify the contrast and to apply what we had learned from watching movies such as Nosferatu. We used quick cuts and tried to avoid fades to add to the realism of the clip. We used staged lighting also, because it really helped to add to the contrast from the white makeup to the darkened areas formed by shadows. Here is the clip we recreated in the style of German Expressionism, and also a link to the original scene in Skyfall. I hope you enjoy the work we produced.

https://vimeo.com/groups/cinecollective/videos/143291057

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pgi487sRy6c

260MC Film Devleopments

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At this stage we have completed all the tasks that we have been given and now we have to thin about the final project. We have been given an paining  and we have to use this painting to inspire us into making a film. When we first sat down we were very intrigued by our artist. Our artists was quite strange and had a very interesting background. We want our image to be focused around the wrists thought process rather than the image itself. We are thinking of leaving the literal sense out of our short film. We have all watched specific movies with the genre that we have been given, which is German expressionism. We were very pleased that we got this movement. Because we all have ideas due to the films that we have watched that can be put forward for the film. The use of harsh lighting, and the use of shadows. The ideas that have been thrown around so far is that we could go for more of an abstract piece. We have all seen the film ‘Eraserhead’ and we feel like a piece like this could work very well. The main idea is to focus on the seclusion of our artist and his thought process when making the erotic and sometimes confusing art that he does. The next stage in the process is creating a storyboard and finding location were we can film at.

The Mirror (Andrei Tarkovsky 1975)

 

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When A film is called ‘One of the greatest of all time’ by a number of well renowned critics and fans of Andrei Tarkovsky, everyone can’t be wrong. ‘The Mirror’ was this weeks screening and a film I won’t forget in a hurry. If there was one word to describe this film it would be ‘enigmatic’. The film could easily be described as boring, but being a film maker, and being someone who has to take into consideration what we have been shown for the benefit of our films, its a gold mine of information and knowledge. One scene and possibly the most memorable of the film, was the fire scene. The way everything was perfectly done, from the movement and framing of the camera, to how the audio fades from inside to outside as the camera moves. Scenes like this make the film so easy to get lost in, and with a story which isn’t very strong or solid comes out so well because of the way it is shot.

When watching this even as a media student its easy to forget about the person behind the camera, and this is one of Tarkovsky’s traits. They look effortless and almost unreal. Thats why when you watch ‘The Mirror’ you cannot tell if the story is suppose to be real, or wether you are watching a dream. A film about time and memory, which doesn’t have a narrative sounds like a recipe for disaster. But something Tarkovsky has always done was get across meaning not through a narrative piece, but through a more poetic piece, something with more meaning than what meets the eye. Using past memories and relaying them into a film like this is anything but easy, which is probably why this is claimed to be one of his best pieces of work.

There are many things that I can take from this and use in our final piece. One being that to create a dream like effect, you do not have to sit there and change a whole shot in post production, something as simple as moving the camera in a slow and flowing motion can give this affect. Also when filming at shot you change location, but Tarkovsky has taught me that wit use of space you don’t have to cut from scene to scene every 4 seconds when somebody moves, use the space around you to create a different meaning, and a different way of looking at your film.

 

Format task 3

For our show we wanted to create a quiz show. The people that we have in our group are very upbeat and feel that would would suit more of a fun show rather than a serious drama. The idea that we have is having to contestants in and they have to play the quiz called ‘Mysteries  Mission’ were they will be given selected mystery (within coventry to comply with our given brief) and they need to work out if the mystery is true or not. We’ve seen other radio shows use this quiz style and we think it works very well. When thinking about the audience that this will be shown to, we think ages from 7- 45. We have chose this because its very lighthearted, something everyone can enjoy and get involved in, it also doesn’t take great knowledge to compete too, meaning that it can reach to younger audiences, when thinking of timings of the show, the best time would be 4-6pm because this is the time were parents are picking up their kids from school.

Script

Hello and welcome back to Coventry’s Number one talk show on ‘Outbreak radio ‘, and it’s time for the weekly segment we like to call

Firstly lets welcome back last weeks winner, and back again for his third week in the row now it’s the one the only Tooommm Harris!!!!

Welcome back Tom, you’ve won two weeks in a row, do you think this week will be any different?

Well hopefully today’s contestant will be more of a challenge

now moving onto Tom’s competitor, Kelly Herdisssssss

Welcome to the show Kelly, how are you feeling about todays quiz?

Do you feel you have what it takes to beat are raining champion Tom?

Well Good luck and remember just have some fun

Right the rules are you will be given a Mystery story from Coventry and you need to find out if the mystery is true or if our producers have made it up You have 15 seconds to answer, for every right question you get right, you get a point, its rather simple, the person with the most points at the end of game wins and gets to come back next week and compete again.

And this weeks prize is iss…. A brand spanking Shinny new top of the range Cadburys Chocolate bar!!

Right lets get to it then! Round 1!!!!!!

First Mystery Story

Back in 2014 a man supposedly fell from the sky!, many newspapers and popular sites such as buzzfeed and the daily mail reported that a mystery man who literally arrived from thin air, there were no records of the man existing according to the police.

It is in fact…… True, yes back in 2014 A man turned up in Coventry, speaking verrryyy little English not knowing where he was, and when referred to the police nothing could be found out about this man!

Onto the 2nd mystery of the day, if anyone has just tuned in, we’re playing the weekly game ‘mystery mission’ were 2 contestants have to guess whether these strange spooky mystery’s in Coventry are true or false

The next mystery is…

From the dates roughly around 2004 to 2006 many students living in a particular block in Singer Hall committed suicide, although this wasn’t the first time someone had done this at Singer Halls, in the space of just two years 5 people had committed suicide in the very same block. Thinking it was strange, they called the police to find out whether these incidences were related in any way, but nothing conclusive was ever found.

Ok times up im going to need an answer from both of you!

This one was in fact…. Not true!!!

But very spooky story!

So to the scores as it stands…

We’re going for a quick break now, join us back in a minute for the conclusion of mystery mission!

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Welcome back to outbreak Radio, and we are still with our contestants Tom and Kelly for this weeks Mystery mission, and Tom is currently ahead.

And now for the Final round of this weeks Mystery Mission, and this round is the most important, because as you know it’s the double points round!

The third and final mystery

Back last year, many local residences called in to the local radio, and newspapers asking what the strange buzzing noise that could be heard all around Coventry. The noise was coming from the sky according to local residents and the police received over 20 calls regarding the noise.

What do you guys think, is this true or is this a made up story?

This story was in faaacttt, TRUE!!!! Meaning that this weeks winner COMING BACK NEXT WEEK IS… AGAIN TOMMM HARRISSS

Congratulations Tom, you’ve managed to do it again! Your coming back yet again, and also you’ve won this weeks prize a brand new Cadburys chocolate bar.

Thanks to both contestants for coming in today and playing this weeks mystery quiz!

That’s all we have time for unfortunately, if you’ve enjoyed todays shoand want to find out more go to www.outbreakradio.com. Thanks for tuning and we’ll see you the same time next week! Coming up next is Megan Smith with the travel.

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Nosferatu

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Nosferatu was the film that I chose to watch in our group, to broaden my knowlege on the movement we have been given, which is German expressionism. Nosferatu was a horror made back in 1922 by Henrik Galeen, the film was based on the classic novel Dracula. For most parts of the film it uses a quite basic angles, normally medium shots, and rare close ups to tell the story and the surroundings, they use cut scenes to words to show dialog due it being a silent movie. What makes this classic film one that is remembered to this day is the fact it was different to majority made back then, they didn’t use sets to film, hey travelled to Eastern Europe where the film is set. Using an actual castle in Eastern Europe added to the visual affects, and realism of the film. Many films made around that time were made on a very tight budget, and tended to use more abstract lighting to draw attention away from the sets.

But what Nosferatu done that many others couldn’t was combine both incredible sets with remarkable shots that made German Expressionism what it was. Ultimately thats what made this horror so frightening back then, it was the way shadows were used so often when ‘Hitter’ was walking around the premises even though Count Orlok was suppose to be asleep, it added to the suspense of the film, the fear of the unknown, not knowing whether Count Orlok was really there, or it was just ‘Hitter’s’ mind playing tricks on him due to the fact the people of the town wouldn’t take him there. Something that they did make a mistake on was the fact that many of the scenes that were filmed at night were actually filmed on the day, and because it was in black and white they thought they could get away with it, so years later in other edits of the film, the white light was changed to a pale blue to emphasize it was night time.

German expressionism

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For this weeks weekly task we have to go into our groups that we chose and look into a type of movement, in the lecture they pointed a few movements and what we should be looking at. The one that our group was given was German Expressionism.

The movement began before World war One and reached it peak during the 1920’s. Many of the artists had been well known for serving for their country during these troubling times, and two famous artists from the movement died serving their country, August Macke and Franz Marc. Many people say it was created due to a reaction against the conservative social vales. I think its important to look at the History of Germany of the time which the movement was at its peak. The country was in dark times, they had many political, social and economic problems which led to both the extreme left and extreme right political parties going head to head to overthrow the government at the time, when you look into many movements, many were created during dark times, you would especially understand this with a expressionism movement, people had a lot of built up emotion, mainly bad of course, and they used that as an opportunity to escape and create art, and people watched to also escape from the misery that they lived in. The artists didn’t comply with the traditional values of the art schools of its time. When you look at a German expressional film you will tend to see distorted images, through the use of harsh lighting, the angles that you see are quite basic and straight forward with some close ups, but the use of light is vital. These artists would use staged lights, and look more into clashing colours and shadow movement to tell a story. A few examples of popular films within this movement include ‘The Cabinet of Dr Caligari’ created by ‘Hans Janowitz’, and possibly the most influential and still very well known to this day ‘Nosferatu’ created by ‘S.W Muranu’

For the next part of the task I’m going to watch a film from this movement, and at the end our group will have to create a 1 minute clip recreating a well known scene from a movie using the style that we have been given