Monday, 28 November 2011

Film Deconstruction: The Sixth Sense

The Sixth Sense is a 1999 American psychological thriller film written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan. It was nominated for six academy awards, aswell as Best Picture. It starred Bruce Willis, whom in my opinion is one of the best actors ever.

Similar to Black Swan, It begins with a pitch black screen and then the titles came across the screen, the fonts were white and they faded into the background, then expanded. It looked as if the titles were coming towards the viewer, and then they dissolved into the darkness. Throughout the titles was a non-diegetic sound, which went in harmony with the titles because the music was very staccato and sharp; which could connotate danger approaching.

The film begins with a hint of light. We then see a wide-shot of the location, from what I can see it looks like a basment as it's quite bare, and it's underneath the house. I then see a woman coming down the stairs. The camera is at a low angle, so it seems as if we're looking up at this woman coming down the stairs. Then walks towards the camera, which is placed in front of a shelf, she picks something up that looks like a blanket. We then hear a diegetic sound of her shivering, which is a negative connotation of possibly fear.

The first 2 minutes was majorly the titles, as they took up a lot of time. However, I am intrigued to see the rest which means I need to make sure that my main task makes people want to keep watching.

Sunday, 27 November 2011

Film Deconstruction : Black Swan

When researching psychological thrillers, I came across the phenomenon that is Black Swan. Last Year, this movie reached critical acclaim with being nominated for every award ceremony and actually receiving the awards. I decided to buy the dvd and I can truly see why it was worthy of an oscar. The cinematography was perfect, the editing was flawless and the acting was captivating. Therefore, I decided to deconstruct the opening two minutes of the film and see how it wowed the audience. 

The clip begins with a pitch black screen. The black could represent evil or fear of the unknown. We then we hear the music. It's very classical and it seems gentle, elegant and artistic. Whilst the music is playing, the titles appear on the screen. They fade in and out, which I would take in account when creating the titles for our main task.  The font is very contemporary and classic. The colour of the white font contrasts with the dark background. The connotations of white and black together could mean  a power struggle or it could mean good vs. evil because white is associated with purity. However, black and white do look good together therefore instead of contrasting they could be complimenting each other. 

After the titles, we see a spotlight on a girl dancing in the dark background wearing a white dress. There are several panning shots of her feet, this girl is doing ballet and creating different lines and intricate footwork. There is then a mid shot of the ballerina, whom is the actress Natalie Portman. There is then a point of view shot of a male dancer wearing all black coming on camera, the camera is very shaky when introducing him which could represent trouble. We then hear Natalie Portman's character breathing heavily insinuating that she is in fear. The music at this point turns very operatic and striking which symbolises a struggle between the white and black dancers, ultimately meaning good and evil. 

This is all that happened in the first two minutes, however, I became hooked as soon as the classical music began, and continued watching the movie until it finished. I can definitely see why this movie was considered number one. As well as the acting, and filming being excellent, a lot of thought went into the lighting and the costumes and the different angles the camera could do. The little things matter such as props or location, which means we have to research and consider all the different possibilities for our main task. 

This is the only opening scene I could find, however it doesn't show the titles. 

Main Task: Brainstorming Ideas

Friday, 18 November 2011

Main Task: Genre

We have decided to do a  PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER because we feel that we can be as imaginative as we want. We also think that we can make the first 2 minutes and opening titles very creative. With editing, we can make the two minutes look very proffesional and quite haunting.

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Main Task: Brief

The titles and opening of a new fiction film, to last a maximum of two minutes.

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

The Unloved

Last week, I went to film club at my school and it's where we watch films and gain more knowledge about films that are not necessarily well known and made independently. We watched 'The Unloved'. I had watched this prior to film club, as it was shown on channel 4 
a couple of months ago. 
It is about an eleven year old girl called Lucy growing up in a children's home due to her abusive alcoholic dad, and her mum abandoning her. It was shown through her point of view. It was part of the 'britain's forgotten children series' that ran two years ago.
It was extremely emotional, but a good film nonetheless. 

Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Preliminary Task: Concept/Idea

My group which consists of Hazel, Abi and I, have been toying with the idea of doing an action/comedy based clip. We came up with several different ideas such as 
  • A CSI themed clip with comedic stunts.
  • 3 MI5 agents (2 of which are clumsy and hopeless) on a mission to find a missing agent.
  • Charlie's Angels with a definite comedy balance.
We finally decided on the second option, as we felt that option would let us think outside of the box, and give us experience on how to approach the main task. This idea entails 3 MI5 agents (Agents T, B and K) who are on a mission to find one of their team members; Agent P. The clip begins with Agent T appearing on film, doing an impresive somersault, following her, are two luckluster agents (B and K) who don't know their left from right. We incoprate many shots into the film; the main shots we must have are the 180 degree angle, shot reverse shot and match on action. We include a shot of Agent T coming through the door, walking across the room, sitting down and articulating in a conversation with Agent B and K. We then find Agent P. That is the end of the preliminary film task.