In The Mood For Love (2000)

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In the mood for love is a very well constrcued love story set in Hong Kong. The Director (Wong Kar- Wai) clearly thought about the relationship between the audience and the characters within the movie. The story draws you in a considerable amount, which is quite surprising because when watching the film the set isn’t that big. With films like this you normally think the film isn’t going to be as good as it could be because of a low budget, but this was purposely filmed like this. What Wong Kar Wai did was create a small world where the characters lived. You rarely saw them outside this location to make show how secluded they are.

You could tell the location worked well with the setting because it was small and didn’t have much space, which made their situation with each other and the audience more intensified because it was shown, as they couldn’t get away from each other. Like any other films that we have watched so far the meaning of the story had a similar message. It was again about right and wrong, but this time it was shown through a love story. The husband and wife of these two people were having affairs, but although there is clear chemistry between these two characters they feel they cannot be together because that then makes them just as bad as their other halves.

You feel sympathy for both characters because you know their story and their relationship with each other, but what Wong Kar Wai done that was clever and something that I will take on when creating our movie is that fact he chose not to show the other people in their relationship, this means we cannot have any emotional connection with them. This then gives the opportunity to the director to deicide on how he wants to take the story, because no matter what way the film plays out the couple that clearly love each other will always have more of a connection with the audience.

Bibliography
In the mood for Love Movie review (2001) (2001) Directed by Roger Ebert, Chaz Ebert, Jana Monji, Brian Tallerico, Matt Fagerholm .
Hatke Cinema (2014) In the mood for love (2000) full movie with English subtitles. Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bhwCnL7Tv-Q (Accessed: 3 December 2015).
In the mood for love reviews & ratings (2015) Directed by .
Walker, P. (2014) My favourite film: In the mood for love. Available at: http://www.theguardian.com/film/filmblog/2011/dec/19/in-the-mood-for-love (Accessed: 3 December 2015).
Citations, Quotes & Annotations
In the mood for Love Movie review (2001) (2001) Directed by Roger Ebert, Chaz Ebert, Jana Monji, Brian Tallerico, Matt Fagerholm .
(Ebert et al., 2001)
Hatke Cinema (2014) In the mood for love (2000) full movie with English subtitles. Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bhwCnL7Tv-Q (Accessed: 3 December 2015).
(Hatke Cinema, 2014)
In the mood for love reviews & ratings (2015) Directed by .
(In the mood for love reviews & ratings, 2015)
Walker, P. (2014) My favourite film: In the mood for love. Available at: http://www.theguardian.com/film/filmblog/2011/dec/19/in-the-mood-for-love (Accessed: 3 December 2015).
(Walker, 2014)

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Bicycle Thieves 1948

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‘Bicycle thieves’ is an Italian film made back in 1948. Its’ about a man who has had he bike stolen and his journey on trying to retrieve it. He needs his bike because without it he cannot provide for his family. The film was given an Oscar in 1949 and has been called one of the greatest films ever made. ‘It is a little startling to visit it again after many years and realize that it is still alive and has strength and freshness.’ (Roger Ebert 1999). The film is played a huge part in the movement of cinema, and is still one of films greatest creation.

The film was directed by Vittorio De Sica. He was well known for being a perfectionist and this came across in this film. Everything had a reason nothing was accidentally done. Everything from the way the film was cut, to the position of the camera. To immerse himself in the idea of his film he visited brothels in the area before shooting. He did this because he was fascinated with the characters within his films. He once said ‘everyone can play one role perfectly. Within the film there is a wise woman who gives him guidance. This was the role he used the brothel for. He was known for casting non-professional actors and this film was no different.

The film is all about family, morals and right and wrong. The families goes on a journey together and make some smart decisions and also making some very poor discussions on the way. At many points in the film set in Rome the main character is put in scenarios were he can himself steal a bike. Which obviously questions his morals, because he would be doing what happened to him. It’s a constant battle between right and wrong. You don’t just go on a physical journey with them, you go on an emotional one too. The non-professional actors worked very well within the film. The film highlights the need for wealth from the main character and the economical depression in its time in Rome, which is represented well by Vittorio. The film flows well, and it’s an easy watch, which is quite surprising because many films within that genre and time can often be hard to follow and understand, but this had a clear message and meaning portrayed well throughout by a great director and well casted actors.

Bibliography
Ladri di biciclette (1948) Directed by Vittorio De Sica .
The bicycle thief movie review (1949) (1999) Directed by Vittorio De Sica, Roger Ebert, Chaz Ebert, Jana Monji, Brian Tallerico, Matt Fagerholm .
TheFunFlicks (2013) The bicycle thief | HD trailer. Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oqib1EaY5G8 (Accessed: 3 December 2015).
Citations, Quotes & Annotations
Ladri di biciclette (1948) Directed by Vittorio De Sica .
(De Sica, 1948)
The bicycle thief movie review (1949) (1999) Directed by Vittorio De Sica, Roger Ebert, Chaz Ebert, Jana Monji, Brian Tallerico, Matt Fagerholm .
(De Sica et al., 1999)
TheFunFlicks (2013) The bicycle thief | HD trailer. Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oqib1EaY5G8 (Accessed: 3 December 2015).
(TheFunFlicks, 2013)

Film development 260MC

As we are getting closer to the deadline, this is the part where things are slowly starting to come together as a group now. We have all sat down and spoke about the style that we are looking for within our movie. Chris has come up with a shot list/sotryboard for our film, and we have sat down and spoke about the shots and what order we want them in for then we come to film. Here are some of the shots we look to include within our film that Chris drew out:

 

We have also found a actor to feature in our film, and we have recently sat down with him and discussed the plan and outline for our film. He seems very happy to feature in our film. We were looking for a more professional actor rather than use someone on our course that we knew. One because it wouldn’t look great it someone on our course was featured in our film, and two getting someone with experience would enhance our film dramatically. For him also it gives him more experience working on set with a team. We now have been given individual tasks to test certain shots used within our film. Myself and one other member have been out to scout  different locations that we can use for the exterior shots.  Here is the location that we want to use, because it shows seclusion is is a running theme within our film.

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Mommy 2014

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This film was film was released back in 2014 and was made by Xaiver Dolan. I was very surprised by this film. The director set you up, making you think you knew what was happening and straight away the plot would take yet another twist. You couldn’t look away for 2 seconds because if you did you’d miss something vital.

The uses of flash forwards are known for putting the audience in control. It gives an insight into what you expect to come, putting your mind at rest, whilst creating a enigma of what happens in between, but with this film it doesn’t take the path you are told. Within the film it shows the boy graduate from University. By showing this it portrays the end will be happy, but this is not the case as the film ends up with the mum sending her son to a mental institute. In an interview with the Director he states ‘I don’t know many great mum’s’. This shows within the film, she’s never perfect and as a character you feel many different emotions towards her. When you see she is physically abused by her son who has ADHD, you feel nothing but sympathy for the woman, but as the film goes on and as you see the end it proves the point no body is perfect, everyone has the flaws and faults and that she or her son is no different.

The reason why this film stands out to me is because the connection you have to the film, although it has a level of high drama, you can connect to the moral of the story making it more believable. But the film itself is very cinematic. The structure of the film and the way the film was edited in post production was something I haven’t seen in many films within the last few years. The most baffling of this was the aspect ratio of the film. The traditional aspect ratio for HD video is 1.78/16:9. Whereas Dolan decided to film this in 1:1 something you don’t see many filmmakers do in the current day. By doing this it doesn’t leave much to the imagination because it puts you at the centre of the screen. An example of this would be when Steve is walking down the street with his headphones on, you attention is just on Steve and not on what is happening around him. It gives the film a more personalised and sincere feel to it. Also the use of filters and slow motion shots add to the film. Many films that attempt to do this could really loose the viewer’s attention, especially for a new and current film. But the slow motion shots really put you in the position of Steve and his mother. As I have stated the film is full of drama, most which isn’t happy, so when a happy moment comes along Dolan could recognise in a film like this it would be good if you could cherish moments such as these, and he did this by adding these slow motion shots.

Bibliography
Bradshaw, P. (2015) Mommy review – outrageous and brilliant, a daytime soap from hell. Available at: http://www.theguardian.com/film/2015/mar/19/mommy-xavier-dolan-film-review (Accessed: 3 December 2015).
Citations, Quotes & Annotations
Bradshaw, P. (2015) Mommy review – outrageous and brilliant, a daytime soap from hell. Available at: http://www.theguardian.com/film/2015/mar/19/mommy-xavier-dolan-film-review (Accessed: 3 December 2015).
(Bradshaw, 2015)

260MC Lecture notes 30th October

For todays lecture we were looking at a film maker who focused on creating moving images from art. This is clearly important for us as we have to do the exact same. So here are some of the notes that I made from the lecture and some of the clips that we watched from different films created by the filmmaker and the artists his was inspired by.

David Lynches films

‘Two things that films have the painting lack in, is movement and sound’

‘Sometimes a picture gives you an idea of what sound should go with it , that’s the place to start’

He started as a student at the Pennsylvania Academy of Arts Philadelphia, and he started to experiment with film in 1977

His influences were Frank Daniel, and the Dean of the Czech school of film.

You should treat your film set like a untreated canvas’

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‘Francis Bacon is the number one guy, my hero painter’

He focused of capturing movement within a painting, which is something not many people achieved.

Love is the Devil (John Mowbry)

(Blue Velvet) At the start of the film he finds a human ear, this is an important metaphor which backs up what David Lynch believes, which is the fact that a film is 50% movement and 50% sound.

What I take away from todays lecture is how you can turn a picture into a good piece of moving image. Just like an image everything within it has to come into consideration, nothing within it is not thought about, so when creating our peice we have to think about everything within the frame, and the reasoning for it. The shades, the patterns and the props all adds to the short film. Most importantly we have to really look into the painting and go further into, what sounds can we create by looking at the colours and the background he’s in. What sort of lighting we use and the atmosphere the painting gives us, if we can capture all of these things within the piece we are definitely going to be on the right track, to making a good short film.

The mill and the cross is a film that turns a painting into a film with the use of three cinematic devices;

Long shots

depth of field

editing

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.

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.