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.