Friday, 15 December 2017
The term with the collaboration piece was hard at times. the start of the course went really well and we all pulled together had our idea ready, knew what we wanted to do, we all spoke to one another. we had many ideas. my skills at this course is not to a high standard i picked the pieces that i thought that if need be i could at least do. but when it came to what i thought was a good enough standard i found out too late that it wasn't. i know that if i would have asked for help i would have received it. its bad on me that i didn't even though i should of. i need to work on my skill of asking not sitting back hoping someone would come and ask. if this course could start again i would have done things on my behalf a lot different. i have learnt from that not to shy away but be bold and ask. hopefully this next part does go different. I need to break free from my little bubble that I have created a be out there, ask for help as i know i can. even if its a quick chat or i have a problem. this course should have gone different if i weren't to afraid to ask. i know now that if i have a problem ask for help.
Mad Max review:
Breakdown of characters:
Structure of film:
Fig 1, Earth vs the spider (1958)
The film tells the tale of a small-town arch-attack by a jumbo spider living inside a local cavern. The title is misleading as it’s a small local town who fights against the spider instead of the whole of earth. the film starts with a couple walking home. the Girl Carol has something on her mind, while the boy Mike is trying to flirt with her asking if they would both go back to her house.
As her father has gone missing and never came back. After school, Mike and Carol go to their friend Joe to borrow his hot rod, and drive off in search of her father, out in the hills. They find what looks like a thick, sticky rope lying across the road, surrounded by broken pieces of glass. Carol then notices a wrecked pickup truck in the trees at the bottom of the hill, a truck much like her father’s. They come across a cave in which they even though Carol is not particularly interested in going inside. However, when Mike suggests that her father might have gone inside for shelter from the cold last night, she follows him in. Back home, a strange and amazing thing happens to Mike and Carol, the adults believe their story. They had the presence of mind to bring a piece of the giant spider’s silk home with them as proof, and it’s enough to convince Mr. Kingman that there may be something to their tale, and he in turn convinces the kids’ parents and the local Sheriff to round up a posse to check out the cave, the spider attacks the party! Not only that, they find the body of Carol’s father, killed by a gigantic spider. this is a summery of what the story is about.
Fig 2 Cave scene (1958)
Its a B-movie because of how low budge it is. the effects are not to a good standard and it needs improvement. its funny for how bad it looks but probably in that time it was a good movie for its effects. The giant spider is mostly visualized as a real arachnid macro-enlarged to appear massive. On a few occasions, a feeble live-action spider leg is used in close ups. as CGI was known in them days many of the films would use real life objects and animals and enlarge them to make them seem big in the film. misleading title, the film is another example of a poorly executed ‘giant-bug’ movie. The spider is hardly pitted against the Earth, in fact, it is defeated by a high school science teacher…hardly a threat to the world as a whole. The special effects are awful, of course. Not to mention the spider itself has a strange characteristic of being enraged by rock-n-roll music. (Grisbeck, 2006)
some positive quality's of the film are the scenes are exciting and mildly creepy for such an antiquated production. It had a remake in 2001 with the same name and the noises of the spider are funny and amusing to listen too its so bad its good, as spiders don't say anything.
The size of the spider keeps changing throughout the movie. For instance, at one point the spider is small enough to be dragged into the school auditorium, later it is as big as the Kingman's' house. A minute later it is chasing Kingman, and is only slightly bigger than his car. (Sandys, 1996)
Its a terrible movie with terrible effects but that's why it is good and fun to watch. its a laugh and that's what makes it a B-movie in the first place. maybe with a bigger budget it could have been a bit better but that takes away the fun in it. Well, this movie was bad, but it could have been so much better. Bert certainly did his best to cut as many corners he could in the special effects department (as usual). At least he actually made a fake spider-leg in this film, which is more than I can say for "Beginning of the End". (Grisbeck, 2006)
Grisbeck, Dennis (2006) Earth vs the Spider. At: http://www.monstershack.net/sp/index.php/earth-vs-the-spider-1958/ (accessed on 15.12.2017)
Grisbeck, Dennis (2006) Earth vs the Spider. At: http://www.monstershack.net/sp/index.php/earth-vs-the-spider-1958/ (accessed on 15.12.2017)
Sandys, John (1996) Movie mistakes. At: https://www.moviemistakes.com/film7186
Fig 1, Earth vs the spider (1958) [poster] At: www.scifi-movies.com/english/poster-0000153-0-earth-vs-the-spider-1958.htm
Fig 2, Cave scene (1958) [picture] At: www.coolasscinema.com/2013/07/earth-vs-spider-1958-review.html
Fig 1, The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
Its an American drama film based on the Stephen King novella Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption. The ability of the directors behalf of taking the book and making it a film was noteworthy. the book and the film all meet up to high expectations and both are great. Stephen King is a great story teller and with some of his films including this one they become a success in their own way.
Fig 2 The Shawshank Redemption Book (1982)
Parts of the film and book have been changed as the book goes into more detail as the audience cant see what is being read but has to imagine what it is about. with the film parts can be left out or altered slightly as you have a visual of what the characters are doing and are saying.
King said his favourite adaptations of his work were The Shawshank Redemption, the story of the wrongfully imprisoned Andy Dufresne. (Flood, 2016).
The director left out parts on purpose. but both the film and the novel are told from reds point of view. A part that is different in the book and the film is Brooks scenes. he is mentioned more in the story than the film as Brooks is only mentioned once in passing so the entire section with his time on the outside and his eventual suicide was made up for the film. Visually reading the book and watching the film many parts are similar and it still feels like the story is being told from one mans point of view which in this case is not the main character but red the main on the outside.
The film captured the source material to a high standard. telling the story of a wrongfully accused man spending his time in prison trying to escape to a high chance of success. even with the writer of the books approval of being one of his greatest adaption of work and reinterpreting it into a cult classic film. which sadly didn't do great in the box office as it received positive reviews on its release, particularly for its story and the performances of some of the actors, it was a box office disappointment, earning only $16 million during its initial theatrical run. But it is now one of the best classic films of its time. Once it hit VHS it became a hit with everyone.
Flood, Alison (2016) Stephen King, with his mixed reviews. At https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/feb/03/stephen-king-delivers-very-mixed-review-of-film-adaptations (Accessed on 15.12.2017)
Fig 1, The Shawshank Redemption (1994) [cover] At:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The Shawshank_Redemption
Fig 2 The Shawshank redemption book (1982) [book cover] At: http://stephenking.wikia.com/wiki/Rita_Hayworth_and_Shawshank_Redemption
Fig 1, Mrs Brown's Boys (2017)
its a great comedy with a lot of potty humor and bad mouthing. Its a comedy centered around a loud mouth Irish matriarch whose favorite past time is meddling in the lives of her children and friends.
The comedy comes from the great mind of Brendan O'Carroll who plays Mrs Agnes Brown, a quirky, out spoken widow, who gets herself in these sticky situations.
There are many great scenes in this show and its hard to just pick one. many are relatable of the middle class family. its such a great sitcom that has many laughs. With her own catchphrases that when she says them they have different meanings, that if you watch it you will get it abit more.
It doesnt shy away with telling the audience the truth. many of the gags for Agnes goes wrong and that brings humor with it and the way she talks to her family. the comedy sitcom also keeps some bloopers in to show the audience that not ever sitcom is perfect and this makes it all that much better.
It doesnt ask anything of the audience other than to watch and empathize as O'Carroll torments and embarrasses his cast, which includes many of his immediate family members. ( Morgan, 2017)
Morgan, Will (2017) Review on Mrs Brown's Boys. At: Http:// manchestereveningnews.co.uk/whats-on/comedy-news/mrs-browns-boys (Accessed on 15.12.2017)
Fig 1 Mrs Browns Boys (2017)[picture] At: https://inews.co.uk/essentials/mrs-browns-boys
Fig 1 Mad Max (2015)
Mad Max is an intense, car chase film, with fighting and a lot of groaning from what we think is the main protagonist. Its hard to understand the film and needs to be watched more than once to understand the plot a bit better. If yo haven't watched the trilogy of Mad Max then maybe watch them first as it might help get a small picture of the premise of what Max is about and his back story. this film should have just started from the beginning again a have a film on his back story and how he became who he is today. this would maybe have worked better than an after of a old classic. the film goes on for a very long time and could have been shortened and still had all the essentials in it. There are obstacles in the road ahead. putting the pedel to the metal for 90 minutes is one thing, but carrying it on for two hours is more than a slog. (Kermode, 2015)
The film starts of with Max being kidnapped and transformed into a literal blood bag for feral warriors, who serve the whims of maniacal ruler, immortan Joe. it also follow a woman called Imperator Furiosa who rescues immortan Joes wives as she tries to travel back to where she was born. this film feels like a chase film where they escaped and get followed. The visual effects are good and over the top which give this film a purpose to watch it. but the story is weak and needs to be about Max more not the others that are in it. This film is mainly about Furiosa not about the main protagonist and it takes away from the trilogy of what Mad Max is about.
The music is rocking as it very metal base, which represents the metal of the cars and the way it looks grungy and beaten. the music suits the mood of the film. the storytelling could do with improvements. Apiece of storytelling that feels like its from an old fashion western B-movie. this is a story of a chase in the first half, then the second they are rushing in the opposite direction going back to where they just was in the fist half. (Macnab,2015)
Kermode, Mark (2015) Mad Max: Fury Road review. At: http://www.theguardian.com/film/2015/may/17/mad-max-fury-road-review
Macnab, Geoffrey (2015) Mad Max Fury Road. At: http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/film/reviews/mad-max-fury-road-cannes-film-festival-2015-movies-review-charlize-therons
Fig 1, Mad Max (2015)[cover] At: http://t0.gstatic.com
Fig 1, Megamind (2010)
The film Megamind follows a hopeless super villain who tries everything to get rid of his arch nemesis Metro Man who always saves the day. Megamind finds himself being surprised when he actually manages to defeat his long time enemy. But without Metro Man, Megamind has no purpose in life, so he creates a new opponent, who quickly decides that it's more fun to be a bad guy than a hero.
The break down of this story is that without a rivalry between two opposites, it starts to get boring. in the film you watch as fame and fortune of becoming the ultimate villain is not all what it is cracked up to be. Megamind has to find another way to still be bad. This set-up is bright and amusing, even if it does feel recycled from bits and pieces of such recent animated landmarks as "The Incredibles" with its superpowers and "Despicable Me" with its villain. "Megamind" even goes so far as naming Megamind's fishy sidekick "Minion" ( Ebert, 2010).
This film does copycat. but it show us how the villain who has beaten is nemesis, and then has it all goes into madness not being able to fight another superhero again. then gets the most daftest idea to then create his own, which backfires. the super hero in this film is not really in it. but when he is, his the happy go lucky favourite hero in the city. the end is when it all changes and the hero that was created by the villain then becomes his own villain and the villain that created him becomes the hero with the other hero that faked his death and has come back from the grave.
This film uses aspects from all superhero movies and follows what happens to the bad guys.
Ebert, Roger. (2010) Megamind. At: https://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/megamind-2010
Fig 1, Megamind (2010) [cover] At: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1001526/
Film review mockumentary (Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan)
Fig 1 Borat (2006)
The film is quite a weird mockumentary film is starts off with Borat being the leading television personality of the glorious. from a socially backward and underdeveloped nation of Kazakhstan. The film sees him travel to America to film a documentary on why America is great. he has a few hiccups when he is there and gets into a bit of trouble. He offends everyone he meets. Borat encounters many different people and situations -- some of them staged and some improvised, "Candid Camera"-style, with unaware participants, as on Cohen's HBO TV series, "Da Ali G Show." (Emerson, 2006).
The film is very hard to watch if you don't have a sense of humour relating to realign and race. He pokes fun at many things and at sometimes makes the situation a bit awkward. it’s funny as well as some of the people are not acting and it makes the film feel like a prank show some of unmistakable look of real people really being astonished and horrified by Borat. The fascination of Borat's comedy situationism, his theatre of cruelty, is that its hero is deeply unsympathetic. Borat is just so horrible, with a deplorable quality mitigated only by his ineffectuality. (Bradshaw, 2006).
There are many gag parts and funny parts. If you have seen the work of this actor, then you know a bit of what he can do. This film is a mockumentary and is not meant to really offend anyone. Its him creating a character and showing him off to the American people, who at that time didn’t really know who Sacha Baron Cohen was or of his previous work. His film takes the mick out of who he is and talks about religion and race at the same time.
Fig 2 Borat pose (2006)
Emerson, Jim (2006) Borat review. At: https://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/borat-cultural-learnings-of-america-for-make-benefit-glorious-nation-of-kazakhstan-2006 (Accessed on 15.12.2017)
Bradshaw, Peter (2006) Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan. At: https://www.theguardian.com/film/2006/oct/27/comedy.sachabaroncohen (Accessed on 15.12.2017)
Fig 1. Borat (2006) [poster] At: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0443453/
Fig 2. Borat pose (2006) [ photo] At: http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20161028-what-kazakhstan-really-thought-of-borat
Sunday, 10 December 2017
Monday, 20 November 2017
Normativity- Its relating to, or deriving from a standard or norm, especially of behaviour.
Binary opposition-It’s a relation between the members of a pair of linguistic items, as a pair of distinctive features.
Deconstruction- A method of critical analysis of philosophical and literary language which emphasizes the internal workings of language and conceptual systems
Difference- A point or way in which people or things are dissimilar
Rein scribe- To re-establish or rename in a new and especially stronger form or context
Cognitive dissonance- An anxiety that results from simultaneously holding contradictory or otherwise incompatible attitudes or beliefs.
The Canon- general law, rule, principle, or criterion by which something is judged.
DWEMS- Dead white European male. These are dominant in culture and literature.
Phallocentrism – Is a doctrine or belief on the phallus, especially a belief in the superiority of the male sex.
post colonialism – It’s a theoretical approach in various disciplines that is concerned with the lasting impact of colonization in former colonies.
Multiculturalism- The presence of, or support for the presence of, several distinct cultural or ethnic groups within a society.
Feminism- The advocacy of women's rights on the ground of the equality of the sexes.
Eurocentrism- Focusing on European culture or history to the exclusion of a wider view of the world.
1. The artificiality of the musical numbers, in turn, plays into another way the conflict between fantasy and reality.
2. For most of the piece, the film looks bleak, with mostly grey and beige hues filling the screen, its emphasizing the grimness of the real world.
3. It has controversial themes that are present in the film, such as the illusion of the American Dream and the criticism of the United States.
4. It uses song-and-dance numbers in any heart wrenching tragedy in recent memory of the main character losing her sight.
5. The jerky camera movements with rough cuts and natural lightning reminiscent. It’s hard to concentrate and watch the movie.
1. Implicating the Spectator in On-Screen Murder through "Objectification" of Film
2. It’s very hard to watch and makes the audience feel annoyed and frustrated.
3. The camera lens is always pulled away from blood and gore, and instead narrowing his focus on fear, Haneke presents his audience with the most disturbing abjection possible, without seeing any of the torture.
4. The remote scene is hard because you think that one of the boys are dead, then with a click of a button is back alive.
5. It’s unreal. It makes the audience think that it is all in your head, of how incorrect it really is.
1. It uses contemporary media in this film. In a way it creates commercial imagery.
2. Urbanization in which Truman is separated from civil life outside of the walls that have been built around him.
3. The exchange value of the film is not about how well it works it all about money and publicity.
4. The way hyperrealist is scene in the first act when the light falls from the sky and Truman starts to realise.
5. He starts felling like his being watched (paranoia) and he starts finding a pattern in his day to day life.
1. The music number is over-enforced and hyperbolic
2. It’s a story in a story
3. Its shows an act of rejecting the grand narratives to add emphasis
4. The way the costumes are over the top in your face
5. The pastiche of many different songs
Sunday, 19 November 2017
for this one I got given a pirate, which I had to create him as a side kick.
these are just some rough sketches that I quickly drew up.
I got given an existing character from a movie, I got told to make weapons for the character and add them on. I created armour and some weapons. but with more time I can still improve on it.
Tuesday, 14 November 2017
Saturday, 11 November 2017
Thursday, 26 October 2017
these were some of the gesture poses that we had to do in the lesson. It helped us understand the way the body moves and bends. this was to help use with our main character.
This is my character for this project. I wanted the mouse to look young and Justin gave me some pointers in with the way you use curtain shapes and sizes to make the character seem young or old.
this helped me a lot.