Monday, 2 November 2009

Final Film - BELIEVING FOR BEGINNERS - Production Progress

Production Shots
Enterance to the warehouse.


Having the mic while filming was very important, as there was a lot of dialogue.

The cast! From left to right: Maxine, Conor, Josh, Fergus.

The waiting room.

Tuesday, 15 September 2009

Analyzing 'In Bruges'

Which Characters in the film correspond to each archetype? Do any of the characters fulfill more then one role? Are any of the roles fulfilled by more than one character?

Does the film subvert any of the archetypes? Which characters seem to fit into one category but twist it or surprise us?

Archetype dictionary definition: the original pattern or model from which all things of the same kind are copied or on which they are based; a model or first form; prototype.

The general Archetype story follow begins with a hero who has suffered a loss or is facing a dilemma. The hero is then set on a quest to resolve the predicament. other points to consider are: in the plot the hero faces numerous challenges physical or psychological. The hero escapes death more then one time. The hero has flaws which makes him/her seem more human. Generally the hero has a sidekick, or a helper/dispatcher (in propps theory). The hero escapes the villain. Finally, the plot would end with the problem solved.
These are the main characters which correspond with the general archetypes:

Ray (victim/hero): Ray is the protagonist of the movie, he is the flawed hero (even though it is ironic as ray is a hit man). The tragic flaw which makes him the hero is the guilt that succumbs him after he kills an innocent young boy during one of his jobs.

Ken (villain/hero): Ken is an interesting character as he fulfills different archetype roles. He begins as the villain, as he is assigned to kill Ray. However after he stops Ray committing suicide, he understands Rays guilt. his close friendship with Ray and his religious morals he disobey orders by not killing Ray. Thus not fulfilling his role as a villain. Instead, changing it to hero. He then tries to save Ray by sending him away, eventually this leads to his own death for disobeying orders. However even through his death he attempts to help Ray as his suicide gets the attention of Ray who then see's Harry moving in to kill him.

Harry (villain): He is the villain, as he plots to kill Ray i.e the hero. He is also interesting as his desire to kill Ray is drawn from his morals and principal that one should kill himself if he murders an innocent child even by accident. This is odd as generally villains dont live by morals or principals. Thus the character of harry subverts to his archetype in a slightest form.

Evaluate Propp's theory as a method to help us understand the film. How much does it apply? How much does consideration of the archetypes and characters and the extent to which they are similar or subverted help us to analyze the movie?

Propp's Theory: similar to archetype, however it is compared to folk stories rather than film plots. His theory is based on the idea that after a initial incident a certain number of functions will occur. He states that, this could be seen in almost every folk story. If using the theory on a general film plot, the theory can usually be proven correct. Reasons for this can be because that many films are based on books, which could explain the similarity in plots. If the theory is proven to be correct this can help us understand the structures of film plots easily.

Sunday, 6 September 2009

Film List

Final Production List
As it turned out there were more things that we needed, and other things that we didn't. For one, we no longer had 6 characters, so we only needed 4 tops, pants, and chairs. And we decided that if the characters didn't have shoes it would be more suitable for the situation/ story. We also decided that we were not going to paint the location or the room as the dirty walls were what we actually wanted. Monique and I were exploring an alternative perspective of the afterlife in our film. The dirty walls and the stained/rusty windows was something that was contrary to a stereotypical scenario of heaven/ the afterlife.

-Duck tape
-Broom (for cleaning the site and to attach the mic)
-White tops x4
-White pants x4
-Black skirt (for the receptionist)
-White chairs x4
-Name tags x4
-Enter/Exit sign
-Coffee mug
-Coffee table
-Vase and flower

FINAL FILM - Location Shots


The location is an abandoned warehouse in Sai Kung. Lots of level, mostly covered in graffiti.
From different angles, you can get different effects from the lighting (lighter/darker).

We picked this floor because it was the cleanest and not a lot needed to be done to improve it.

We will have to make sure we are able to exclude the more obvious graffiti. The size of the rooms will make for interesting shots.

(From the door)
The room we picked is on the far end of the third floor. It hasn't got too much that needs fixing up, and it's got great natural lighting.

(From the opposite corner of the door)

We are going to leave the room and the feel of the warehouse slightly grubby and roughed up so that it doesn't have that pristine clean feel to things.

We found this security camera in the room next to it. If possible remove it and put ti in our room?

Tuesday, 16 June 2009

Student's Final Film

Another very good film! I find the angles used creative, good storyline, overall pretty great!

Film Techniques

Very usefull!

IB Film - Student Work - The Oblivious - Daniel Silva

The Oblivious from Daniel Silva on Vimeo.

Example of a film student's final film. I found their use of sound particularly effective, and the fact that there wasn't any music and not a lot of dialogue and just limited sound effects really added to the suspense. Over all I felt that this would have been a very successful piece.

Formal Requirements

Another slide show, could also be usefull in my Personal Project.

IB Film Independent Study

Check out this SlideShare Presentation: Just started researching and brainstorming ideas for our final script.

Tuesday, 19 May 2009

Psycho Scene Analysis

How does film language represent gender and power?
Analise the scene where Marion and Norman dine together.