Wednesday, February 15, 2012


Logline: A boy lives in a corrupted society and is disgusted by the people he sees around him as he is isolated and has nothing to do and nothing to live for, but acts no differently when he comes across a women in need.

Boy stares at himself in the mirror, examining himself with curiosity, trying to figure out who he is and why he’s here. The boy is in a public bathroom. It’s beaten up and wore down as society has taken its toll on the place, reflecting its true nature on its walls.The boy doesn’t look that great either. His eyes are dark and swollen. He is worn out. His clothes are old. The boy looks at the writing on the wall, there are many words, but only chooses to look at one. “Home”. He leaves the bathroom with a limp.

He enters the street, walking under an overpass. Its daytime, yet its dark under the overpass, the boy likes the shade. As he transitions from the dark overpass to the bright day, he squints with his hand blocking the sun from his eyes. He’s not used to the light, he despises it and puts on his hood. He continues walking. He’s walking through the streets of the city. Analyzing every person he passes. Looking at them with piercing eyes. Looking at them with disgust. Looking at everyone with disgust.

He walks to the park and sits on the bench. A dog with a leash around its neck approaches him. The boy is excited and pets the dog with childish fun and friendliness. The owner rushes in their direction, apologizing to the boy and treating the dog with disrespect. Ferociously grabbing it by the collar yelling at it. Even before the dog is yanked away from him, he mugs the owner. We see that the owner has this awkward look on his face as if he did something wrong. The owner walks away, awkwardly saying goodbye with a sense of confusion. A few seconds pass, the boy gets up abruptly and walks away. He is annoyed.  

He walks on the street again. The city buildings are dirty. The people around him are corrupted and filthy. Many homeless and many who seem like criminals. He passes by an alley. He looks into it as he is walking, but doesn’t intend to go in. Yet something catches his attention. He sees two men hiding something behind a dumpster. They run off. The boy stops walking and looks with confusion and concern. He walks to where the men were hiding the object. He walks in fear. He reaches his destination and slowly looks over behind the dumpster. It’s a foot. He moves the dumpster to reveal a body of a women lying on the dirty ground, badly beaten up. The boy drops to his knees and picks the women up to find out that she is still alive. She mutters help. She becomes unconscious. The boy gets up and takes a few steps back and turns away.

The men return. They are behind the boy. The boy turns towards them. He looks at the two men. Their faces are rough and their clothes are worn out. Then he looks back at the women. He starts to run, but doesn’t even move two feet before the men grab him. They beat him up. They leave the boy on the ground. They walk away. The boy continues to lie on the ground. A few seconds pass before the boy gets up. He sits for a few more seconds coughing. He stands up and limps away to exit the alley. He leaves the women.

It’s night. The boy is limping under the under pass. The same under pass that he walked through earlier that day. He walks to the bathroom and enters. It is the same public bathroom he was in before. He stumbles to the floor, his face to the wall and his chin on the floor.

The boy gathers up the strength to raise his hand. His hand is raised up against the wall. He’s moving his hand profoundly. He seems to be writing something. He writes the word “Home”. He stares at it for a few seconds and then passes out. He wakes up. Its daytime. He washes his hands and face. Uses his shirt to dry them off. Boy stares at himself in the mirror, examining himself with curiosity, trying to figure out who he is and why he’s here. The boy looks at the writing on the wall “Home”. (It is the same exact scene as the beginning). He leaves the bathroom with a limp. Its a bright day outside. He walks.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Genre Study Chart

Ideology in Film

1. Ideology refers to the values/viewpoints and meanings/messages that a media text might be able to communicate to the viewer. Explicit is what a character in a film or a director/producer/writer themselves declare to be the subject of the film. Implicit is what the film implies through the movie and is not declared by the director/producer/writer and require analysis and a reasoned argument.

2. Sam Worthington seems to produce characters that are strong willed and determined to fulfill his objectives. His most successful movies are Avatar, Terminator Salvation, and Clash of the Titans. The characters that he usually plays are those that have training in combat and seem to be more unique than those around him. Five adjectives that best capture their typical role are brave, strong, rebellious, determined, and unique. I think his next role will have to be someone who has to use his combat skills in order to save certain people or take down a villainous leader.

3. I film that I enjoy is The Dark knight and my favorite character is Bruce Wayne as Batman. What I like about this character is the way he tries to help others even if the people are against him. He needs to be whatever Gotham needs him to be and I respect that. The filmmaker has portrayed him in a way that makes him feel like an outsider yet he seems to be the most uncorrupted. The values that I share with this character is self sacrifice in order to help those in need.

4. Ideologies of a given era or time period change the way a narrative is presented to its audience because cultural ideologies are developed through a set of beliefs embodied within political, religious, media and educational institutions within society and are open to change. A film narrative that I see has changed over time is Batman. There have been multiple batman movies created, each tell a different story even though some have the same characters. Though they are different stories, the message still remains the same in that good conquers evil.

5. I feel that films can affect me and my behavior without me being conscious of it. For example, when I watched horror movies as a kid, I was implemented with the idea that evil things can take place anywhere and can happen at anytime. Though I never realized this, I began subconsciously to pay attention to my surroundings and not trust strangers.

6. Suspension of disbelief is when we accept something as real in film even though we have no personal experience of it. For example in the filmThe Prestige in order for one of the magicians to do the transported man magic trick, he needs a double that looks exactly like him. They end up finding a man who looks exactly like him, but I thought it was highly unlikely for this to happen especially since the found him in the same city and the setting took place near the end of the 19th century. Yet the movie still flowed and people believed that this was possible.

7. Financial support of a film and the ownership of a production company does influence the ideology represented in a film. For example Marvel Studios only seems to be associated with movies that are based on marvel comics. The ideology that is always portrayed is superheroes conquering over evil. We wouldn't see Marvel Studios associated with anything other than marvel comics.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Writing About Film

     5 kinds of film writing include Formal Analysis, Film History, Ideological Papers, Cultural Studies, and Discussion of the Auteur. Formal analysis is taking parts of a film and describing how each part is significant to the film as a whole and why it is significant and also trying to find the purpose of each one. Film history is that all films involve history and reflect the culture's history and it's values and ideas. There is production history (how, why, when the film was made), they have distribution and release histories, and might reflect historical trends. Ideological papers are about the film's beliefs and ideas that it promotes and may be manipulating our feelings about a certain set of values. Cultural studies shows how films reflect the cultures and nations they are produced in and since other nations have different values, they produce different sorts of films. Differences in films may reflect trends in national cinema. Discussion of the Auteur is the understanding of a film based on the director or single person and that one person retains control.    
     This helps us understand the common themes in films by the same director.
Annotating shot sequences involves labeling each shot in the scene. This will help us see a pattern in camera movement and editing decisions that helps us understand how the director made the film and why the film has a certain effect on the audience.
     When the author says "think beyond the frame", she implies that there is more meaning within the film, by thinking about the outside factors that one considers like who made the film and what can we learn from the films genre.