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Written on the Wind 10/??/11

Filed under: Uncategorized — glennis at 5:36 pm on Saturday, December 3, 2011

Another blog folks and it’s a melodrama. Let’s get ourselves some ice tea and hope for the best. (Melodrama is not my forte)

Written on the Wind is a tear jerker to say the least. It depends who felt attached to in the movie. I myself felt oddly connected to Lucy, the good girl to say, not because of well…her personality but more because of the situation she was put in. Her husband let’s face it was a loser. He had a perfectly good woman and didn’t take care of her.

Sucks for him.

 She loved his best friend, or not. During the film she seemed uncertain about that because there were plenty of times she could have snucked one with him but didn’t. Blindly faithful or did she have no interest in Mitch?

 And to put the cherry on the smoothie her sister in law is well….mind me for saying this but an overall

 BITCH!

Yup I said it, she was a bitch! I care not what you folks say about loving her wild personality, Lucy may be a snore but at least she didn’t kill an old man. If Mitch really wanted Marylee he could’ve had her already but he doesn’t

SO GET IT OVER IT!

Freak she’s filthy rich, you think she can do better and marry a boxer or navy man or the president. Sheez….

Anyway, I kinda liked how Lucy stayed clear minded throughout the film and didn’t pop on Mary shows class and dignity. But what bother’s me what made her fall in love with that half pint Kyle? That will always bug me…like really? She could have went with Mitch to begin with and never had to deal with icky Marylee and having Kyle’s baby…oh well that’s what you get for playing hard to get….

 

 

Note, I’m in a very grumpy mood while writing this. But dang it my opinion still counts! RANT RANT RANT!

Independent Shorts 12/2/11

Filed under: Uncategorized — glennis at 1:41 pm on Saturday, December 3, 2011

Wow…what a wacky little film screening that was. I didn’t sleep very well last night because of that Meshes in the Afternoon clip. Confound this class.
Well time for another epic blog time, and a cup of tea of course. A tea to match this weird array of clips…BUBBLE TEA! *sip*
Anyway I have to say this has been by far the most head tickling class of all semester, independent films are really something. One of the most entertaining for me to watch was the Rhythm in the Light and Thimble Theater. The first one was extremely curious as to how one managed to get such abstract shapes into film, the materiality of film so to say. What are those spiky figures? How did she make that rotating spiral figure? Was it animation? Computer graphics?(Obviously NO!) maybe is an actual object in her house and she’s edited to a point that it unrecognizable? Either way this clip is one I recommend if you’re doing the second question for the project, as it makes you wonder why the director chose such quirky shapes to translate music to art. I honestly think of dancing gummy bears when I hear music, but drops of water works as well.

Thimble Theater…kangaroo fighting cop…instant classic! It was THE most erotic (non sexual please) clip I’ve seen, such strange collection of clips mashed up into one with an eerie circus theme in the background. Did anyone else think the four cartoons in negative were a bit satanic? I did….creepy…but to me that whole thing seemed like a creepy pasta (go Google it). The end was comical though, with slow motion kangaroo hops and a battle to the death. As the fight went on the clip turned into slow motion and you could have sworn you heard some epic battle song in your head. Admit it, you did. You so did. Sadly for this little beauty and for Rhythm of the light you actually have to pay to see it but Meshes of the afternoon and Kustom Kar Kommandos( I know you boys loved that) along with Hold Me While I’m Naked can be seen online in YouTube or simply Google them. Thanks for reading everybody :3

Assignment #2: Formal analysis of a scene (don’t grade till due date, might add to this)

Filed under: Uncategorized — glennis at 1:22 pm on Saturday, December 3, 2011

(normal version as seen in the end)(the wacky part(has been edited a bit))“Dames” is a 1934 Warner Bros. musical comedy film directed by Ray Enright with dance numbers created by Busby Berkeley. The clip that will be subject for this analyzation will be one of the music pieces from the film, “Only Have Eyes for You.” I personally love this clip, I even danced all the way home singing it one day, but the main reason that I found this interesting enough to write about is about because of the odd-ball dance number in the clip with abstract shapes and girls. Lots of girls.

The clip begins with a young lady who goes by the name of Ruby Keller, standing around in a corner street in front of a theater. She waves to a man, possibly her boyfriend, Dick Powell, as he works in a ticket booth while humming a love song. He sells the last ticket, ecstatic to reunite with his lover and then he begins singing “I Only Have Eyes for you”. They stroll down the streets and when he sings “Disappear from View.” Then all the people in that were around them faded off. When they finally do fade back in one by one the civilians join in on the song, even Ruby as she enters the train with Dick. Normalcy ends here.

As this clips moves on, things begin to get even weirder up until the point where Dick Powell and Ruby Keller are on the train and there are floating dancing heads. If the dancing floating head scene doesn’t signal to folks that this isn’t real then I worry about them. Editing wise the events stream through perfectly, the cuts are not choppy or obvious. It’s what is happening in the film that brings out this realization of fantasy. There are hundreds of copies of Ruby’s face in rows, then suddenly they all belong to doppelgangers of her and they’re on this elaborate moving platform with stairs and everything. The girls all line up and start wailing their arms around the floor and lift their skirts to reveal more of Ruby’s face. The final bit of this act is where there are girls sitting on a couch and one is in the middle of this arch, the girls stand up and line up the center girl then all of a sudden they form into a mirror and Ruby grabs the handle and looks at herself.
The film “Dames” has a strange history to it. It was released in 1934 around the middle of the Great Depression, movies were an escape from the grim reality. Warner Brothers hired Busby Berkeley to create musical numbers in “Dames”, a man who once was known to put on shows and spectacles for army men to boost morale. He accepted of course and went on to combining theater play with camera editing. Berkeley was known for using a mass group of women dancers to create geometrical shapes, give a man with a love for abstract strange shapes a camera and you’re bound with something…interesting. What people is a trippy sensation on screen, it was the gimmick that were luring people to theaters back in those days. Busby knew how to work the camera and he would make his audiences think if not confused out their grumpy minds. In my opinion it was a much more effective way to boost the moral of the civilians, why make a movie that centralized around money when you can have girls creating quirky shapes?

THE INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS! -10/28/11

Filed under: Uncategorized — glennis at 6:37 pm on Monday, November 7, 2011

If mankind ever had to give up their human emotions to live in a pain free world, would they? That’s the type of world Dr. Miles saw right before his eyes in the famous classical horror movie, “The Invasion of the Body Snatchers”, directed by Don Siegal. A film that has been noted to be one of the greatest horror movies of all ages yet it lacks any bit of blood shed or high quality special effects, its beauty lays within its ability to frighten its audience with its story.

In the fictional town of Santa Maira, local doctor, DR Miles Bennell, comes back home to a strange epidemic where citizens claim their loved ones aren’t really themselves. The dilemma gets even more eerie when the doctor finds a body that resembles Jack, a friend of his, on the table of his house and a copy of his girlfriend, Becky Driscoll in her basement. They soon find out that space pods were being planted all across town, giving birth to copies of the townsfolk and draining their minds as they sleep. The replicas then take the physical identity of the human but they are unemotional and have identical personalities. The doctor at the end of the movie is the last human to escape from having his brain drained in his town and he rushes to a highway to warn the others in vain.

The invasion of the Body Snatcher’s, an adaptation of a novel written by Jack Finney’s, has been applauded for generations and have multiples remakes in the past 50 years or so. It’s interesting how a film was capable of scaring its audience without the use of blood shed or extreme major effects. The Allied Artist studio constricted Don Siegal to a tight $3,500 budget, which called for the use of creativity while producing the film. Many replacements were made to accommodate the budget such as a location change from San Francisco to straight to Hollywood and the use of novice actors. The special effects themselves used in the movie were mere cheap gimmicks of paper mache and dish soap for the bubbling pods that held the aliens.

We take a look at today’s movie industry and wonder how is the director going to surprise us next. They relay on tricks, special effects, or even some editing tricks to make the film look like a home movie to convince the audience that it’s real. Why then 50 years ago people thought that “The Body Snatchers” was such a realistic movie? It is the story that truly forces those reactions out of the targeted audience, watching other human beings up on the screen go through such an experience conveys secret emotions within us.

Umberto D 10/4/11

Filed under: Uncategorized — glennis at 6:00 pm on Sunday, October 9, 2011

Blog Challenge #2
Posted on October 4, 2011 by Amy Herzog
In what ways can you see the historical and political context of post-war Italy reflected in Umberto D?

One effect that I noticed that happen after the war is the protesting workers demanding for their pension during war time. In the beginning of the film the protesters demand money for all the damages during the war yet it appears they have been simply brushed aside. Another thing I remember was one part of the movie Maria had asked Umberto if there was a chance they would be bombed again and her boy friends who are soldiers patrolling the city. The last effect I noticed of the war is when Mr. Umberto commented that he was with his land lady since she was a little girl and when the war was taking place she began to change. To him he believed that the war had turned her crazy.

Analysis Project #1: Shot by shot breakdown of a scene

Filed under: Uncategorized — glennis at 9:02 pm on Saturday, October 8, 2011

Movie:”M”
Time frame os shot:1:03-1:05

1)
The scene begins as it fades away from the shot where the underground committee received a phone call that the homeless marked the murderer and were in pursuit. Everything is silent as the scene dissolves in a long shot of the child murderer walking down the street with a little girl. The camera angle is placed so it was from the angle as if we were watching them across the street. Two hobos casually followed behind them and looked very much out of place from their usual stand and beg routine. It continues as it shortly dissolves right after the characters leave the frame beginning with the murderer and the child again. Just like the last shot, the men are following behind them and they pass by a pole from behind that contained many ads and warnings about the child murderer.
The camera angle shifts as it dissolves into the 3rd shot, we are now watching from inside a store where a hobo is waiting outside by the door and watches as the man and the girl crosses the street. From inside the store the lighting is dark then the streets are illuminated by the outside light. As they cross the hobo on the door switch places with one of tracking hobos and he now is following behind the pair. Dissolving as the characters leave the frame we return to the across street spectator angle though the shot is much closer now, putting more detail to the shot. As the girl and man walk pass a store a hobo stands behind and knocks on the window of the passed by store, exchanging posts with the in store man, and he does the hunting for him.
The 5th shot sharply cuts in as the focus goes to the man and girl. A medium shot where we are looking outside of a toy store display, the duo stand from the outside looking inside the store. Though no audio is heard we assume the man asked the girl which toy she would like as she points to the left and the smile on before leaving the frame, not before the hobo passes by them and leaves the frame first. It goes to cut of an establishing shot where we see the duo as they’re about to enter the door before the little girl tugs on his jacket and breaks the silence of the scene by asking what was on his shoulder. The mirror by the entrance reveals to the viewer the M chalk mark on his back and soon he too can see it, turning his back completely to the mirror and observes closely. It cuts to an eye level angle with a close up on the murder’s shoulder through the mirror. He spots the marking and his eyes go wide.
Back to the establishing shot the girl offers to wipe the marking for him where he watches her wipe the M away then spot movement in the mirror. The 10th shot is a medium shot where we see a hobo peeking out from behind a truck and pulls his head back in when he realizes he’s been spotted. It cuts back to the man and the girl, realizing he’s in danger he pulls on the girls hand to run. The whistling of the hobos frightens him and he lets go of her arm to make an escape.

2)
In this scene the director uses silence like he does for much of the entire film. Another repeated editing technique we see is the use of dissolving into the next shot when we are trying to string the movements of a character walking out the frame. Most of the shots are still and do not move with the character and are long shots. The camera watches the characters from a side angle, as if they were scrolling down the background.

3)
In this scene, they used dissolving transition techniques shot after shot while the man and girl were walking to perhaps suggest movement within the frames. That and for at least 4 shots they used the same camera angles and transitions as the characters came in and out also suggests that this theory is true. I thought the scene made the right choice in keeping its silence. The man and girl looked like a normal father daughter bonding, but the silence made it seem sinister. We the viewers know of the danger the girl is in and the lack of sound made everything more suspenseful.

Citizen Kane -9/16/11

Filed under: Uncategorized — glennis at 2:52 pm on Saturday, September 17, 2011

Citizen Kane is the highlight of director Orson Welles work and the foundation of all editing tricks we seen today. His innovative techniques were astounding for his time and revolutionized the world of editing. He used layering of spacing and specific framing of the characters to give the film a more visual meaning rather then just watching the character’s faces in close up as they talk to each other.
One example of such techniques could be found in one part of the film where the reporter finishes his conversation with Charles Kane’s guardian and manager.

The reporter and the general manager stand in the middle of the living room, behind the manager stands a large portrait of Charles Kane above the fireplace, dozens of smaller frames surround him and Kane’s face is covered in shadow. The only two things that are well lit are the two men in conversation, everything other furniture is covered in the dark.

Kane’s portrait could be seen looming over them both hidden in the darkness and how his general manager is in the light directly in front of it. To me it felt like Mr. Kane was a ghost trying to speak because of the way he is directly looking at the reporter above the manager. The frames covering the wall around the portrait is one of the interior designs used in this film where there is never a space left empty or undecorated. I see some sort of meaning for the frames to be surrounding Kane’s though, maybe it represents his obsession with material things in life but when you take a closer look inside the frame you see nothing. This style of positioning his actors forced the viewers to think deeply about the film and why he purposely designed the scene in such a way. He wants us to look beyond what we see.

The Lady Eve – 9/9/11

Filed under: Uncategorized — glennis at 10:16 pm on Saturday, September 10, 2011

Have to say first of all that when I left the class after watching this I had a british accent that drove my mother insane. LOVED IT! Simply loved this film it’s so quirky and delightfully charming! First film in class to start with a woman, and far from what I expected to see with the 1930’s views of women. I’ve already been insopired to create a character for my comic that would represent Jean, her personality is so refreshing.

One of the things that added to the whimsical nature of this film was the various representations used to sybolize the story of Adam and Eve. We all know it right? Bad snake, tricks girl to eat apple, girl tricks guy to eat apple, they’re bad now.

I thought the apple in the second scene was a cute way to start a connection between the two love birds of the flick. Especially with Charles clueless gunk expression, priceless. Though I can’t help but wonder why they didn’t involve the references of apple more. Maybe have her eat them in her bed room or something. Just seems like it could have been featured more.
The snake references are unlimited in this film, can’t help but wonder when the slithering creep will appear in the next scene. And the rattle snake in the beginning sequence, talk about freaky. I don’t know why but that hand at the end of his tail was weird. The guy comes back from an exhibition looking for a rare snake, he reads a book about snakes, he owns a snake, come on! Obsessing much! And on top of that what furiated me the most was that pointless scene with the escaped scene coiled in that butler’s leg? The could have at least had that snake stick around for dinner and have Mugsy chase after it or even Jean freak out. Pointless scene is pointless.

As for Adam and Eve; come on its obvious. Charles and Jean. Charles was the oh so gullible type, who even fell for that lame twin excuse when trying to figure out if Jean was Eve. Jean on the other hand is the perfect example of Eve, the temptress. The way she toys with Charles endlessly, even getting him to marry her is exactly the type of power I picture Eve with Adam. Like the great Mugsy would say, “They’re the same dame.”

 

 

-On another note to save posts (AND TREES!)
I’ve been stuck with this song now…thanks…thanks alot. Been singing it and tap dancing all the way to Brooklyn to this song…this is exactly how I sounded.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tTrkGyq3Ym0

A little sip of tea~

Filed under: Uncategorized — glennis at 10:46 pm on Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Welcome to my little blog, I am your host GG.

Just like the rest of us here I too am writing as a requirement for Media Film Studies class. Is that a bad thing though? Not at all. For you see I love to blab on about what runs through my jumbled little head while watching a movie and unfortunately for you all, you’re stuck here as my audiance. Isn’t that neat? A little sip of tea is all I need to get the fingers flying and mind buzzing, so I’ll be up here very often entertaining you guys.

 

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