Monday, October 3, 2011

Run Lola Run Presentation Critique: Sound



My groups presentation focused on the sound design of the movie Run Lola Run. My slides are 4-6, Sound effects, Emotional Effects, and Symbols and motifs.

I. Interpretation
Sound Effects: The director uses many expressive sounds to emphasize many objects or actions within the shot. Lola falling down the stairs is an example because there are many sounds that a person wouldn't normally here and this gives awareness to the audience by making the fall seem more dramatic than it actually is. Since these sounds seem to be enhanced, it creates focus for the audience and also gets their attention. In one scene , the gun dropping makes an expressive yet almost surreal sound effect. This is the scene where many drops the gun when Lola gets shot and this is the only sound we here. The sound makes the noise of a heavy metal barbell hitting the floor instead of a more realistic noise. This id to grab the audiences attention because since the sound of the gun seems very heavy, it can mean that Manni has to deal with more weight on his shoulders and how he feels down and shocked by Lola's injury. 

Emotional Effects: Sound is constantly used to express the emotion of the characters. A faced paced beat is used to create a rise in tension throughout shots where the main characters seems most agitated, worried, or in most motion. When Lola speaks on the phone with Manni or when she is running, there is a faster tempo or beat. The sound also gives insight on what the characters are feeling. In conversation scenes, there is no sound which creates a sense of calmness and leads the audience into focusing on dialogue. This sense of calmness may serve to create a bigger surprise in the audience in the next scenes with a much faster pace.

Symbols and Motifs: Rapid beats may symbolize warped time as Lola runs to Manni in which she has 20 minutes to get the money, but it seems to last way longer. This shows how the time frame can be seen through sound as a faster tempo means Lola has less time as to no tempo or sound at all makes it seem like Lola has all the time in the world. This makes her 20 minutes seem impossible to achieve. Sound of camera flashes is a common motif throughout each run to represent a flash forward, as well as the flash forwards style. The tempo is a repeating motif as well, as a fast paced tempo is used throughout action scenes, but not in scenes with conversation. This shows a pattern between slow paced vs fast paced scenes as there is a certain tempo affiliated with the type of scene.

II.  Strengths of the Presentation
Some of the strengths of my presentation was that I was able to not use my note-card at all. I believe this allowed the audience to follow what I was saying and not become lost. This also allowed me to control my pacing because if I've noticed that when people read off their notes, then tend to read fast and the audience can understand what they are saying or have time to think.

III. Challenges and Areas for Improvement 
Some challenges that I faced was that when I am presenting, I tend to forget what I am going to talk about, so I start relying on what parts I remember. This is a challenge because I don't say all of what I want to say and then I feel like I am not portraying the important points and the overall message. Areas for improvement include using good film language or terminology. One student did say that it would have been better if I included more sound terms to get a better understanding or to show how much I know. I can also improve on speaking skills and learning not to get nervous would really help me stay calm and focused, which would help me present better.

Short Film Treatment 1: Fear

Logline:  A mystery... a boy is stalked by a HAUNTING figure.

Trucking shot starting from the right to the left of a boy doing push-ups in his room. The camera stops at the boys face. The boy does one more pushup. Establishing shot of the whole bedroom. Extreme closeup of the alarm. The alarm goes off at 6:00. Extreme closeup of the boy's face. Then back to the alarm, then boy's face (this repeats multiple times while getting faster and faster). Closeup of the alarm, the boy's hand slams it to turn it off. Close up of the boy sitting on his bed, rack focus to the agenda board behind him. The board reads "6:00". The boy sits there with a blank stare on his face. The camera pans over to the left, there is a dark shadowy figure of a man standing in the doorway staring.  The lights go out. Long shot of the house with all the lights going off. We hear a loud scream. cuts to black.

It's a bright day outside. From a distance away we see the boy walking towards the camera (in slow motion). Medium close up of his face, His face his happy. The boy is walking through a busy street. (still in slow motion) The boy walks past the camera covering what's in the background. and as he gets out of the shot, all we see is what's in the background.

Point of view shot. The boy is running from something (the camera is filming from his perspective). The camera turns, we see the shadowy figure chasing us. The bot wakes up from his dream. We are in his room. Close up of the clock. It is 6:00 exactly.

It's a bright day outside. From a distance away we see the boy walking towards the camera (in slow motion). Medium close up of his face, His face his worried. The boy is walking through a busy street. (still in slow motion) He walks toward the camera. As the boy passes the camera and is out of the shot, from a distance we see the same shadowy figure that was in his doorway.

We are back in the room. The boy does his daily routine of pushups. The boy stands up and turns to the mirror. He looks to the mirror to see the same dark figure in the reflection, standing outside his window. The boy turns to the window to see no one there. Close up of the clock. The clock reads 6:00.

The boy sits outside on a park bench. It's a nice day outside.

We are in the house. Close up on the ticking clock. It is almost 6:00. The ticks get slower and slower. Cuts to the opening scene where the boy is doing pushups . . . cuts to where he slams the alarm. Cuts to long shot of the house. The power goes out. We hear a loud scream. The front door of the house slams opens and the dark shadowy figure comes out. It quickly runs to the side moving out of the shot. It suddenly pops in front of the camera revealing a scary monstrous face. Cut to black.