Sunday, January 30, 2011

Oral Presentation Part 2- Historical and Socio-Cultural

 The Departed

II. Historical and Institutional Factors

Institutional factors that may be important to the film are the producers, Brad Pitt and Brad Grey (also a producer is Graham King). Their film production company is Plan B Entertainment which currently holds a release deal with Paramount Pictures, along with Warner Bros. (which distributed "The Departed") and 20th Century Fox. This was essential to the film "The Departed" since it won an Academy Award for Best Picture at the 79th Academy Awards. It also won Best Director, Best Film Editing, and Best Adapted Screenplay.

The film's historical significance has a lot to do with actual people. An Irish-American mobster who was an FBI informant named James Bulger; John Connolly, an FBI agent who typed off Bulger; and an undercover state trooper who joins Bulger's mob. Characters in the movie are based on these actual people. Since "The Departed" is a remake of "Infernal Affairs", its significance of history of film is connected to this movie which is a 2002 Hong Kong film.

III. Socio- Cultural Context

The film is a representation of Boston, Massachusetts in the United States. It relates to Irish Americans, specifically Irish American mobsters also representing the Boston metropolitan area which focuses on Irish mobs and the state police. The specific audience could include Irish Americans who connect to the culture and history of Boston since it was heavily incorporated into the film. The reason it was made like this was because the writer, William Monahan was born into an Irish American family in Boston which in the movie includes riots of the 1970s.
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Friday, January 28, 2011

Sound Treatment

Logline: A boy grows increasingly aware of his girlfriend who won't stop following him he will have to make a choice at the end.(during each scene, sounds of the place/environment the scene takes place)

Treatment: A boy is seen walking through the streets (music plays suggesting he is very cool). He sees a girl and (as he walks past her, music plays very calm and soothing) she ends asking him for his phone number and he gives her his number.

In the girls room (close up of hand with phone seeing and hearing her dial. Phone rings in boys room and picks up. we see them talking on the phone (to shots in one frame showing both people). Shot of the clock reading 7:10(can hear the clock). we see both faces: boys seems tired and somewhat annoyed while the girl is blabbering and taking really fast. fade in shots of them over time. fade to the clock reading 12:25. fade to boy and girl in same frame. boy is sleeping while still on phone while girl is still talking really fast not noticing that the boy has gone to sleep. fade shot off the scene. (throughout this whole scene, sounds of enjoying girl voice plays).

Boy is seen walking through the streets. he sees the girl and he and the audience can hear the enjoying voice everytime she walks in the scene. he stares blankly at her and she comes up to him saying hey lets go hang somewhere and she grabs his arm and they go off somewhere. next shot they are seen sitting somewhere and she is still blabbering on and on. the boy has a blank stare on his face(sounds of annoying voice when closeup of boy). sound of car passing(sound bridge to him walking on the street)

boy walking on street and hears ennoying voice of the girl. looks behind and sees the girl. starts walking really fast and gets away.

boy is the store looking at the shelf of food. hears the enjoying voice and looks around worried. sees the girl and he avoids her.

shot fade in to boy picking up phone in his room. can her the dial tone. shot of both boy and girl in the frame. girl picks up shes, outside somewhere. boy tells her something that upsets her. he hangs up. frame expands only to girl in the frame. shes outside his house walking away. boy looks out the window confused.


The film meets the requirements because it sets up a leitmotif for the characters so when the girl comes into the scene an annoying voice can be heard. Each scene has the sound of each enviornment like hearing cars or the clock or the phone. Each action in the film should have a specific sound relating to what the character is doing. there's a sound bridge from one scene to the next with the sound of the car passing to the scene on the street.

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Monday, January 24, 2011

Oral Presentation: Part I Genre and Audience

The Departed
1. The genre of the film is a crime/drama/mystery/thriller.

2. The features determining genre is the setting which takes place in New York and the plot which involves mobs and violence.

3. This is connected to the 2002 Hong Kong film Infernal Affairs because The Departed was a remake of this movie.

4. This was Directed by Martin Scorsese and written by William Monahan and Scorsese appreciated the works of Hong Kong cinema and liked the script Monahan put together.

5. The creators have and intrest in New york especially with Irish-American main characters and also appreciate other filmworks.

6. Connects to other works by the Italian-American male protagonist and his concern in society. In most of his works, the setting  takes place in New York.

7. Theme is that identity affects one's actions, emotions, etc.

8. The target audience is people who enjoy a good mystery movie especially one that is an intense story about the undercover work of the police as well as the mob.