Written by former NPR correspondent, Mary Louise Kelly, the story is interesting and kept my attention, however, I would not say it was heart-pounding.
Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick has objects or places that could be symbols for larger ideas. Each one has a completely different meaning. Whether that be to the author, the characters, or to the reader. Many of these objects include the ornithopter, the dictionary, and the empty book.
One of Alfred Hitchcock’s most famous movie scene is the ‘crop duster’ scene from North By Northwest. This scene demonstrates how the score and music of a film is incredibly important to build up tension in a classic thriller. The film’s music and scores were written by Bernard Herrmann, a well-known Hollywood composer (hitchcock.tv). In the infamous crop duster scene, Herrmann and Hitchcock used diegetic sounds to build suspense and uncertainty. The diegetic or natural sounds emphasized the distance of objects from the protagonist. As vehicles drove past, the sound started low and then increased as they came closer and in view. Using the diegetic sounds of the crop duster built up tension as the chase and close calls allowed the audience to
Disney movies are really well known for teaching kids valuable life lessons in a way that they could understand. Finding Nemo teaches the importance of family and how to face your fears for those that you love. The movie focuses on two fish, Marlin and Dory trying to find Marlins lost son Nemo after fishermen took him. Since Nemo is the only family Marlin has he is very protective over him, and before he was born he grabbed on to, what was only just an egg at the time and said, “I will never let anything happen to you”. Marlins biggest fear is loosing the only person he has left, and once he does, something like coming face to face with a shark
‘Twelve Angry Men’ written by Reginald Rose, is based on the story of a jury who have to come together to determine the fate of a young boy accused to have murdered his own father. Initially, eleven of the jurors vote not guilty with one of the juror being uncertain of the evidence put before them. As the men argue over the different pieces of evidence, the insanity begins to make sense and the decision becomes clearer as they vote several other times. Rose creates drama and tension in the jury room, clearly exploring through the many issues of prejudice, integrity and compassion, in gaining true justice towards the accused victim. These aspects have been revealed through three character who are Juror 10, Juror 8 and Juror 3.
This essay will give an analysis of sound design used in the movies and how it is as important as the moving pictures to the movie. When you use the processes of recording, editing and mixing of sounds you greatly enhance the quality of the movie. This essay is an overview of producing high quality sound from elements like music, the recording of common every day sounds and the use of hi-tech equipment. Whether it takes place in the production stage or the post- production stage of sound design. To help explain this analysis I am using the animated movie Wall-E made in 2008 by Ben Burtt as a case study .
The Godfather (1972) is said to be one of the greatest films ever made. When this movie was released in 1972, it was nominated for Ten Academy Awards and it won three: Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Adapted Screenplay. The film was adapted from the book with the same name written by award winning author of mafia fiction, Mario Puzo. This film takes place in a span of ten years following the life of Don Corleone, the head of the Corleone Crime Family. It was a film that changed the history of cinema, introducing a very talented filmmaker and several acting legends in the telling of a story of a Sicilian Crime Family. The most memorable scene in the film is the opening scene of the movie which is also my choice of scene to elaborate on mise-en-scene.
The Kite Runner has three main parts to the story, it begins with Amir, a man who lives in California who refers back to his childhood memories in Kabul, Afghanistan. These memories affect him and mold him into the man he is. Amir as a child lived in Kabul with his father Baba, who Amir had a troubled relationship with. He had two servants Ali and his son Hassan. The relationship between them is more of a family rather that of servants. Amir’s mother died giving birth to him and Hassan’s mother ran away shortly after he was born. With Ali and Hassan being Hazarats or Shi’a Muslims they don’t have the same status as Amir and Baba being Sunni Muslims. Though Amir and Baba don’t mind it the neighborhood does, this tension occurs throughout the beginning of the story especially in one event the Kite tournament. This is when children fight with their kites and where they try and take out there opposing players kites. When the kite falls down, the person who ‘won’ it runs and get it. Amir wins the kite tournament and let’s Hassan run and get the kite that fell. When Amir goes looking for Hassan he finds him being raped by a group of neighborhood punks, Wali, Kamal, and Assef. Amir even as a grown man is still tormented by guilt that he never helped Hassan. Being a child Amir was too much of a coward to help Hassan, and with the feeling of guilt he couldn’t live with it. He frames
Breathless, originally titled ‘À bout de souffle’, made in 1960 is a movie about a small-time thief who steals a car and murders a policeman. The story is about authorities chasing him while he reunites with an American journalist and attempts to persuade her to run away with him to Italy. Jean-Luc Godard, the director of the movie often quotes, ‘To make a film, all you need is a girl and a gun.’, which is probably the inspiration behind this movie. Breathless was one of the movies that kicked off the French New Wave. Like several of his French New Wave members, Jean-Luc Godard started as a film critic, and wrote for the magazine ‘Cahiers du Cinema’ in the 1950s, when he was in his early 20s. Godard’s friend, François Truffaut, who also wrote
Gus Van Sant’s film Good Will Hunting narrates about the life of a young man, Will Hunting, who is extremely gifted especially in Mathematics but simply works as a janitor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Even Will is endowed with exceptional intelligence, he faces setbacks in his life. He often sabotages himself with his self-loathing. Will’s life started to change after Professor Gerald Lambeau discovered his extraordinary potential and introduced him to Sean Maguire, a psychologist. Will’s cognitive, moral and socio-emotional development can be noticed throughout the movie.
Science fiction has become increasingly popular over the past few years as new innovative technology has made it possible for films to become more realistic. Avatar, being one of the highest ranked sci-fi films to be made, is a clear example of how the film industry is on a fast moving track towards a new era of science fiction storytelling. James Cameron’s Avatar exercised all new forms of cinematographic tools in order to bring one’s imagination to real life.
Weapons are deemed as a significant element for military strategies all over the world. Overtime, these illicit weapons distributed to police forces have caused injuries some at minor at levels and whilst some are deemed at extreme levels. Electronic stun devices and other less-lethal weapons are marketed as offering unmitigated benefits to both police and public safety, with this statement there are various problems also associated with these devices such as unnecessary injury and deaths. There are various intentional injuries that police officers are affected by whilst working, the prevalence of injury in the force is rather high. By the 1800s, after departments and police departments distributed weapons and demanded the use of force that
"Then two rows in front of me a woman goes down and a man yells that she’s bleeding and people duck down," Compton said. "And I’m just standing there."
The capture scene is presented very cleverly to communicate Noyce's point of view to the audience and shows the emotional hardship faced by Molly and her family. the medium shot gives the happy and peaceful view of Gracie, and Daisy playing, but the view is not supported by the diegetic sound of wind which gives a thrilling feeling and foreshadows that something drastic is going to happen. The start of traumatised events is accompanied with a diegetic sound and a medium shot of camel, which fades into vehicle's sound. Though there are less dialogues, the tracking shot showing the running of girls, the closing up on mother's faces and the children while they are running, The looking back of Molly again and again to view the distance between her and Mr Riggs, shows a lot of emotions flooding in through the scene, which shares the pain and the fear which was gone through Molly and her
Hitchcock Etudes were composed by Nicole Lizée in 2014, and released on her album Bookburners. With a combination of disjointed soundtrack music and dialog with similarly altered video segments, Lizée reconstructs a whole new experience of the Hitchcock films. Watching Lizée’s composition I really appreciated and enjoyed the way she deconstructed and recreated the works. As a Hitchcock fan I really enjoyed the new sense of terror and romance she brought to the piece.