“[A good artist is] one with imagination and the ability to tell a good story. How well a man draws cuts no ice with me, if what he’s trying to express comes out vague and choppy.” ‐ Jack Kirby
(Sherman cited in Morrow (ED.) 2004, (vol.1) p. 181).

Monday, August 20, 2012

Recap Week 4: In Class clips and comments

Quick recap for last week featuring directors Charles Chaplin, and Martin Scorsese with tie-ins to what we were talking about.

1. The pose (from 'Modern Times')- characterization through posing (Silent film "over-acting" helps) and expression.

And some shots in practice, from week 3's 'Camera Conventions'.  The no cuts Steady cam shot from 'Goodfellas'. Remember what we said about subjectivity in camera choices?

 (This shot was apparently inspired by a long steady cam shot in Brian De Palma's 'The Untouchables'. It's not just Tarrintino who homages great directors ;D)

And the POV-Steady cam shot, introducing the local 'wiseguys'.

A simple action/reaction shot scene, but effectively focusing on the main characters. A great layered composition too, where the surrounding people, objects in the foreground, and background elements work together to give a nice, rule of thirds friendly focal point on Joe Pesci and Ray Liotta respectively. And simple "180 degree rule" example in action.

(Pointless trivia: This scene was improved- based on a real story about actor Joe Pesci telling a mobster in a restaurant he was "a funny guy".)

See you all Tuesday :D

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