Friday, December 20, 2013

New Era Of Film

The New Era, Globalization.
Due to the monopolization  of film. After watching the documentary on remixing I was surprised to see that everything is run by two major companies. I believe that these companies are becoming greedy and want more money. Movie cinema's are getting ridiculously expensive and also creating film is becoming really expensive and how a "micro budget" is 5 million dollars now. Due to the amount of money I believe we are going to the globalization of film, and how we can get movies around the world to make more money. With movies like Pacific Rim and Iron man you don't need to watch/understand the film. Explosion/action/CGI talks to everyone and is universally understood, where as movies heavily dialogue based can not speak to the world, usually just the language it was shot in. CGI and action is where the money is at and where the money is being made.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Revision

 Ive read that children feature prominently in Neorealist films, perhaps due to the innocent, untainted objectivity they bring to what they see an objectivity which the Neorealist filmmakers wished to themselves achieve.
The Neorealist had a unique sense of narrative form. Reacting against Hollywood and white-telephone conventions, Neorealist films tend to focus on character and the plot seems to evolve organically rather than being strictly dictated.

The story comes from the characters and their situation rather than character being determined and limited by a particular storyline. The shots not treated as they are in Hollywood with respect to editing. As units of information their job is to convey the essential information as quickly and clearly as possible. Neorealist films provide true continuity, and will even allow events which have no importance to intrude upon these events. For example when in movie Bicycle Theives Ricci’s son stops to pee.  Neorealist films also differ from their Hollywood in the sense of the lack of a happy ending or really any conclusive ending.

The ending posed two questions to me and I felt tied into Italian Neorealism. Was Ricci wrong to steal the bike? And would it be fair if he stole it to save his family? This seems to admit that the reality is just never fully knowable. In an Italian Neorealist film, just like life, sometimes there are no answers.

In conclusion, Italian Neorealism provides us with the paradigm example of Realist filmmaking.  Its main focus is on the everyday struggles of poor, working class people in difficult socio-political conditions.  In terms of narrative, Neorealism differs from Hollywood by focusing on character, and allowing plot to develop organically. 

The ending did not really have a conclusion or was concluded in a way that does not answer everything and satisfy the viewer in the way that a Hollywood movie would. In Neo-realist films judgments are made as to the morality or otherwise of characters and their actions. 


Which brings questions on morality that we can not answer. All of this allows space for the viewer to interpret the scene or film for themselves and come to their own conclusions.  Despite being short-lived, Italian Neorealism has had an enormous impact on the development of film which continues to this day.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Italian Neorealist film

 Ive read that children feature prominently in Neorealist films, perhaps due to the innocent, untainted objectivity they bring to what they see an objectivity which the Neorealist filmmakers wished to themselves achieve.
The Neorealist had a unique sense of narrative form. Reacting against Hollywood and white-telephone conventions, Neorealist films tend to focus on character and the plot seems to evolve organically rather than being strictly dictated.

The story comes from the characters and their situation rather than character being determined and limited by a particular storyline. The shots not treated as they are in Hollywood with respect to editing. As units of information their job is to convey the essential information as quickly and clearly as possible. Neorealist films provide true continuity, and will even allow events which have no importance to intrude upon these events. For example in movie Bicycle Theives when Ricci’s son is stopping to pee.  Neorealist films also differ from their Hollywood in the sense of the lack of a happy ending or really any conclusive ending.
The ending posed two questions to me and I felt tied into Italian Neorealism. Was Ricci wrong to steal the bike? And would it be fair if he stole it to save his family? This seems to admit that the reality is just never fully knowable. In an Italian Neorealist film, just like life, sometimes there are no answers.

In conclusion, Italian Neorealism provides us with the paradigm example of Realist filmmaking.  Its main focus is on the everyday struggles of poor, working class people in difficult socio-political conditions.  In terms of narrative, Neorealism differs from Hollywood filmmaking focusing on character, and allowing plot to develop organically. The ending is really not concluded or is concluded in a way that does not answer everything and satisfy the viewer in the way that a Hollywood movie would. There is often an ambiguity with reference to the outcome of events and no judgments are made as to the morality or otherwise of characters and their actions. Which brings questions on morality that we can not answer. All of this allows space to the viewer to interpret the scene or film for themselves and come to their own conclusions.  Despite being short-lived, Italian Neorealism has had an enormous impact on the development of film which continues to this day.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Poster Image/ Bibliography

Bibliography:

http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/culture/2011/12/4726463/why-actors-still-talk-about-charlie-chaplin-and-what-he-teaches-them

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000122/bio

http://www.charliechaplin.com/en/biography/articles/21-Overview-of-His-Life

http://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/charles-chaplin-bridging-three-centuries


Silent Film Chaplin Project Synopsis

With the silent film project I made a collage of Charlie Chaplin. First of all I made it in black and white because Chaplin films were in black and white. In the Top line I place all of the people that Charlie Chaplin inspired.  For all of the people he inspired I drew a Chaplin mustache on them to show that he had influenced them in their careers. I place Hitler under Charlie Chaplin because Hitler loved Chaplin and in his honor he grew out his mustache. In the middle to the left there is Chaplin and under him is a music stage, Chaplin worked in a music stage when he was 9 so he had seen comedians and that had been an influence in his life. I put question marks for his dad in a silhouette because even though we do know who hid dad was he was never really a part in Chaplin's life. Chaplin's mom is next to him partially in a mental ward because she went to a mental ward. The US (C)itizen was there because Chaplin refused to become a US Citizen and was exiled because of that, the copyrights symbol in the there was because Chaplin owned the rights to all of his films so along with exiled Chaplin his films came with him. Chaplin was accused of being a Soviet therefore the symbol is there. The bored face was there because Chaplin was a perfectionist and took a ton of takes to get the perfect take. He was the first actor to be on the cover of Time Magazine. Finally the Rocky poster was there because that is the last movie Chaplin ever saw.


Friday, September 20, 2013

Watching Motion Pictures (early 1900's)

Today I went to a movie theatre for the first time and watched what they call motion pictures. I watched a movie called the mysterious café. The most fascinating things were happening, the chairs and tables were disappearing and reappearing. The couple that was trying to have a peaceful dinner was being terrorized by these magical things that were happening and ended up beating up the waiter. It was almost like I was spying on people because they had no idea that we were there. It is hard to explain because it was like a play but it was projected on a screen in front of us but they did not say anything, all I could hear was the piano that was playing in the back and the people laughing.

I wrote this because I think that no one would understand what would be happening hence spying on them. Also I was hesitant to use the word project the image on the screen because I didn't know if the people back then could understand how projectors would work. Also the person I was writing through though that what was happening on the screen was real.