The semiotics of the movie vary by using different technologies for a film and makes the moviegoer feel more immersed in the story in different ways. For 1940’s audiences, it was the realism of Korda’s 40-acre jungle that he brought to life by “importing vines, bamboo, elephant grass, taro plants and more and collecting over 300 animals from local zoos and farms” (Turner Classic Movies). For 1967 moviegoers, it was the use of xerography and in the 2016 version it was the use of motion capture and computer-generated imagery known as CGI. As we look at the history to see these techniques being used, we can see that they all are not so different in their psychological tactics to attract audiences in another way as well, casting. All three movies employed movie stars to vamp up their productions.
The camera and editing styles help us to identify with the characters in the scenes. The point of view editing was used by Alfred Hitchcock in Rear Window (1954), it is a technique using a series of three separate shots, one of the character looking off screen, a point of view shot showing what they see, and a reaction shot of the character reacting to what they see (Belton, 2013). Lastly, I had forgotten that Humphrey Bogart was a very handsome man and that the film made his skin look very smooth for a man. I like the way that Bogart’s face for the majority of the movie was shown with shadowing on it.
The novel “12 Years A Slave”, written by Solomon Northup depicts Solomon, a free man living in Saratoga New York with his wife and three children. One day he is offered a job playing violin with a circus group, and is kidnapped and sold into slavery. Northup is freed 12 years later by an abolitionist working on a plantation with him. While enslaved he meets a woman named Patsey. Their master, a man known as Epps, has a complete infatuation with Patsey, and shows how many slave owners develop an obsession over the “ownership” of their slaves. However this is not the case for his mistress, who strongly dislikes Patsey. Epps also shows the intense amount of work southern slaves are forced to do with little praise, and often many beatings.
INTRODUCTION “We conclude that in the field of public education the doctrine of ‘separate but equal’ has no place.” -Chief Justice Earl Warren Separate But Equal, directed by George Stevens Jr, is an American made-for-television movie that is based on the landmark Brown v. Board of Directors case of the U.S. Supreme court which established that segregation of primary schools based on race, as dictated by the ‘Separate but Equal’ doctrine, was unconstitutional based on the reinterpretation of the 14th amendment and thus, put an end to state-sponsored segregation in the US. Aims and Objectives:
O Brother Where Art Thou? is a film that will take you on a perilous journey with Ulysses Everett McGill and his simpleminded cohorts. This film may be set amidst the early 1930’s Great Depression era, but it still has a Homer’s Odyssey feel to it. Down in the dusty and highly racial south, Everett recruits a couple of dimwitted convicts, Pete Hogwallop and Delmar O’Donnell, to help him retrieve his lost treasure and make it back home before his wife marries another suitor. These three convicts manage to stay one step ahead of the law while finding themselves in all sorts of trouble. It was nominated for 35 other awards, one of which was for best screenwriting. Released in December of 2000, this film won 7 awards, some of which for best soundtrack and score, album of the year, as well as best cinematography.
The film “Dear White People” written and produced by Justin Simien is based on a campus culture war at an ivy league University. The University mainly consisting of white students causes mayhem when a Halloween party occurs and actions take things too far. Justin focused on four black students, their encounters and interactions with their peers. One character in particular brings me to my topic of race. Samantha White, a biracial student who is set on fixing things on campus between white and black students. Instead, she causes a situation between the administration and students criticizing white people and racial transgressions at the school. Dear White People is not only the name of the film but also of Sam's radio talk show. On the talk
The Abolitionists Growing up as a Christian I never could understand how people claimed to be saved or god’s servant but yet can discriminate against skin color. I was taught God is of love regardless of skin color, size or how the person looks. Such as Caucasians with African Americans and even so how could they attend church but yet have slave servants in their home? As shown in the documentary most of the film was a conflict about slavery and the few whites that was against it. Such as “Angelina Grimké” a Caucasians female Christian who despised slavery and watch her parents live with it with no moral or self-respected.
In addition to the lack of education, there is also a great deal of ignorance in our communities when recognizing those who may be forced into sexual exploitation. It is not their fault but in a sense it is ours for the lack of involvement. We must pay our communities more attention and speak out for the voiceless, it is our job to help prevent this horrific crime from happening to these innocent women and children. The lack of involvement is also one of the largest epidemics on the widespread of Human Trafficking. For example, Theresa Flores was a 15 year old teenager, just like any other teenager, loved track, enjoyed school, and was an exceptional student, so most would assume, but what you didn’t know about her is she had been forced into a lifestyle unimaginable.
12 Years A Slave Do you care about human rights? Do you feel like injustice, racism and oppression has been and still is a huge issue in America? And most importantly, do you care about the cruel and brutal history of slavery and the consequences it has had for the future generations of African Americans? If the answer is yes to all of the above, then it is an absolute necessity for you to watch the movie 12 Years A Slave!
The motion picture Runaway Jury touched on several aspects of moral rights and duties. There is probably not a better topic than guns in which an individual would be forced to make a decision between what is morally right and what is legally right. When the question was first introduced as to whether a gun company can be held liable in some form for the death of a person, I knew then that the plaintiff would be in for a fight of their life against the gun companies. The movie got my attention during the voir dire. It pitted the big company with unlimited funds against the “common man,” almost like David versus Goliath. I began to play close attention to the jurors that were being picked, and I attempted to figure out their motives before the
In the film, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, some of the natural rhythms of the moving screen objects would be one of the first few scenes when they’re riding on the bike because they seemed happy and goofy and the music sounded like it was also very light and happy. You can find an example of the editor or director doing this by looking at scene 18:30 in the movie. In the film, the music plays a big role especially in the three big scenes where the editor decided to play the sort of musical like song pieces when they’re trying to show that both Sundance and Butch were happy, carefree, and just not having to worry. The music was added on to represent the emotion of Butch and Sundance and also in what situations they were in or what was
The show Band of Brothers was produced by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks who, at the time, recently had success with a World War II film entitled Saving Private Ryan. Spielberg and Hanks used their expertise on war films to craft the exceptional television series Band of Brothers which originally aired on HBO in 2001. The show follows “Easy” Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, of the 101st Airborne Division, from the moment they begin their training to the moment their deployment ends. Throughout the show we see the men of “Easy” Company mature a thousand times over. The men experience love, loss, and death at rate that is inconceivable to someone that has never experienced the theatre of war. Band of Brothers is a perfect example of the saying, “Out of the greatest tragedies come the best stories.” Through beautiful cinematography, storyline, and historical accuracy Band of Brothers is the ultimate glimpse into the lives of the brave men of “Easy” Company.
Furthermore, the shot styles between the films are reflective of each other. The extreme close-ups, slow moving camera, and mis-en-scene are impactful in creating atmosphere. In the third film, the slow moving camera takes on a presence rather than a character, which embodies the omens that are essential to the films