Monday, September 27, 2010

Short Film Treatment #1

 Logline: A boy finds his true self by spending a day with the person he likes and learns to stop living the same boring routine everyday and in the end they become a couple.

A boy wakes up at 7:00, brushes his teeth, gets dressed, eats cereal, leaves to go to school at 7:35, reads a book during class, goes home, watches t.v., then sets his alarm for 7:00 to repeat the same routine everyday.(shots say mon-fri) (shots of him sleeping sat-sun)

One day, during class, teacher assigns different book with the theme - A person's true self can lead to happiness. A student(a girl that the boy likes), who is often in class on rare ocassions, raises her hand and ask "how can a person find their true self?". Teacher responds with by going after the things you want. Class ends and the boy goes home with the same daily routine not questioning the theme he has learned during class.

Later that night, while the boy is sleeping, his alarm suddenly turns off without a disturbance in the room.

Morning comes, the boy continues with his daily routine, but while eating his breakfast, he notices the time on the microwave clock(9:10) and rushes out the door to go to school. On his way to school, he sees the girl he likes(who seems worried) and he makes the decision to visit this girl instead of going to school.

 He approaches the girl(both seem confused), he askes her a question, but before she can answer it, she sees some person she's trying to avoid and and they both run away together. The girl explains her story that she often has to run from her stalker ex-boyfriend and explains that she misses some school occasionally. The boy comments back and the girl askes him to come with her and he says yes.
Both the boy and girl travel around the city encountering different adventures:
  1. walking down streets of a city and meet a random homeless guy(follows them) who won't stop talking about different women.
  2. walk into a mall, where they encounter the jealous ex-boyfriend and are chased away(chase sequence where the boy and girl escape).
  3. run into a gang who is about to rob them, but as this happens the jealous ex-boyfriend is in the boy and girls sight, so the boy and girl trick the gang into thinking that the ex-boyfriend has all the money and his making fun of how poor the gang is, so the gang chases after the jealous ex-boyfriend.(last of the jealous ex-boyfriend we see).
  4. almost night they are about to depart ways, but girl stumbles and falls on the boy(very awkward). They both try to explain what just happened(also very awkward) and they turn away. When they're walking away from each other the camera has extreme close up on the girl's face smiling, then on the boy's face also smiling, then pans out into another scene.
The boy lies in bed with a big smile(can't beliving the day that he has had) and sets his alarm to 7:00.

The next day he gets dressed, brushes his teeth, and instead of going to school, he meets up with the girl and they hold hands(boyfriend and girlfriend) and continueing their next adventure.The boy realizes that he has found his true self.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Amelie Textual Analysis

The director of Amelie uses the ideological style of magical realism to show what type of character Amelie is and what type of environment she lies in. By using this image, the director can show that Amelie is very lonely and unsocial, which contributes to the plot later in the movie. The director also wants to show that even though Amelie lives in a boring environment, she can use her imagination to make her life seem more fun and interesting, thus making the movie more fun and interesting. By giving Amelie's imagination life, the director is trying to give the impression that Amelie is a unique person. Also he brings her imagination to life because it would make the movie more interesting and easier to follow.

In this scene, the director uses a different color or tinting from the film to show that this is a flashback. He uses this style to show the difference between past and present. He wants to make the movie more simple in which the audience can understand whats happening and know that this scene is taking place in the past. The director also wants to reveal that the memories of other characters are not as important than the main character's, but at the same time he uses less color to show that they're still important to the movie. If they were less important, the flashbacks would be in black and white.

The director of Amelie uses this scene to contribute to the story by Amelie discovering who she is as the movie progresses. He uses the painting as a symbol of Amelie that fits into the plot of the story. Amelie wants to do good things for other people, but she doesn't see who she is while she does these things. By showing the painting to Amelie, she can figure out who she is and what she wants, which expresses the theme that if a person doesn't know who they are, then they will never get what they want. The director wanted to show this theme throughout the whole movie and wanted the audience to learn from Amelie that everyone's life is interesting. 
The director uses a motion where the character seems to be spinning around. He uses this to show that the character has either realized something or is deeply worried about something else. In this case, the character has realized something that was a mystery throughout the movie. He also uses the color orange as a symbol throughout the movie to show the culture and style around the character and where the scene takes place.