“[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).

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Recap- Week 8 clips

Hi Guys,

I hope if I haven't heard your final assessment story that you'll email me on pmason83@gmail.com....*hint*
Thank you to those that have :D

In the meantime, let's recap some of the clips we saw in the last class. The lecture slides are going up, my apologies if you missed the class, I simplified the shot layouts on the whiteboard, and expanded a bit, but you'll get the idea. The focal points and compositions/camera choices given as examples are those which tend to feature in particular genres. Have a look at the clips below, and see when these more advanced principles (from lecture) have been utilized in the genre clips below.

Many shots here should start to become very familiar to you ;D

Drip Along Daffy:
Parody-style films usually hit the nail on the head when they mimic the idiosyncrasies of composition and shot selection of the genre they're conveying. Check out in particular the "shoot out" sequence at the end of this cartoon, and think back to the shots we saw used in the Western examples from earlier in the semester. 

Duck Dogers in the 24th 1/2 Century:
Another example of genre parody- where referencing design, speech and themes have come into play.

Vezi mai multe din Desene animate pe 220.ro

Robin Hood Daffy:
And another, because I love Chuck Jones's "Porky and Daffy" partnership. We might see a couple more before the semester is out ;)

Live Action Examples:

Casino Royale (Madagascar chase sequence): Wasn't able to embed, but link is below.

This sequence uses everything we've touched on so far- Establishing shots, POV shots, over the shoulder, Zip pans, tracking shots, crane shots, use of diagonals in composition, strong perspectives etc. but also, some of the newer composing elements we touched on in the last class: Animating the scene (for a chase sequence- where the chasing character follows the "chasee" in the previous position, creating suspense and tension), upshots, landscape as character, action shots, beyond the standard points of interest etc. See how many you can spot!

Casino Royale sequence link: Click Me!

The Godfather (Opening scene):
Negative space and lighting to create focal points. Depth of field, Scale. Subtle truck out (camera movement).

 Tropic Thunder (opening scene):
 Not quite all of what we watched, but the "guts" of it are there. It's missing the "Big, Medium, Small" helicopter shot at the beginning, but you get the idea. Another example of parody, but again, referencing genre to get the laughs.

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