Tuesday, 8 December 2009

The first working tilte film

My Beautiful Laundrett

Made April 1985
Working Title
Thatchers London
Gay ex skinhead in love with a Pakistanani
Low budget
No famouse stars
Not stereotypically british
Working class characters central
No us perception
Stephen Frears
Tim Bevan
Hanif Kahnfiski
Oscar Nominated
Bafta Nominated
Evening british standard film award
Special ditintion Award
Danial Day Lewis now a star can sell more
Stephen Fears 34 wins 41 nominations
Noises weird in trails frambuctious juicy richly entertasining
Funnier British comedy dark humour american’s like
Poster,s Trailers, TV
Unusual so selling point
Gay love
Frambunctious, Juicly, Entertainiing
DVD, TV not available in 1985
Sleves bad lots of text Daniel day lewises name, homosexuality not shown image polysemic

Film research

Richard atenborough
Eisabeth and picture polysemic
No massive stares
Not much text
Colourfull so typical in this sense
No tag line
Red Haired Protaganist
For film younger woman TV odler careased my man stereotypical
Woman on film in armour
48 teaser posters
Unknown lead Cate Blanchet Unkown Indian Director
Posters tough female character Helen Miron boob tube = male gaze
Teaser close ups soley on Blachett

Hides homersexual highlights comedy brave race issue
Trailer exaggerated bubling day glo not social rialism

Based on book sold different to uk and us
Co produced WT, Studio Cana & Little Bird
A conglomerate form 1 of the big 6 67% owned by universal
Homogenisation = same throughout the world conglomerates can’t cope
Distributed by Miramax Films
$26m budget T is England only $1.5m
$72m takeings cross over appeal
Used virgin atlantic make our butt look big
If miram
Bodyshop 282 stores
Coul receive texts from birdget
BBC ran singletons night
Audio Book
No artist details Americans owuldn’t know
US reshuffle soundtrack for audience
Either rz on own or between male co leads rz American so important
Ironic sexism ladish touch
UK dvd all about fame
US dvd all about Christmas
Cannot block from youtube

auteur theory = the director is the author
Not many female directors
Marketing BJD- tie insost/music videos fanproduced media/ user generated content
Tie Ins- offers and competitionsnromally disributer but WT do it BJD not include $10m spent on setting up tie in campaigns virgin atlantic
OST-official soundtrack cd
Hybrid genre- the rom com is designed to appeal to both men and women
Richard Dyer- we don’t just consume the fictional character but the actor as well

Tuesday, 1 December 2009

Camera Work in Merlin

The camerwork is used in many way’s to convey meaining. Firstly we see a high angle point of view shot of the people as we begin with the conflict, shield and sowrd falling on the ground to signify that this is of low status and framing the floor to fill the flame to signify the fear the characters are facing. The close up on the shields signify that it is a competition. The fight is conveyed in a 2 shot and medium shot because that is where the action is the camera changes angle round the fight to signify that it is fast and huffly. The angle is not low angle to signify that this is normal for the times it signifies it is set in. However there is a low angle medium shot on the villain as he comes away from the fight to signify he is feared the framing of flags infront of the frame connotes that we are hiding as if a fly on the wall or he is that fearfull. There is a shot reverse shot of him and the protaganist talking using medium and low angle to signify emotion and fear. The camera zoom out on the medium shot of the protaganist and the f to signify that they are reduced as he is given the armour a non stereotypical manly trait yet the desperser is stereotypical as he is in charge. We then see a lthe camera pan through the special effects to signify these as significance and the entertain the audience by making them prominent within the frame. The protaganist on the bed is flimed in a long shot the camera panning signifies he is the protaganist and gives the production a film like quality. We see a low angle on the old man to signify he is in power but to get there we see a cut of the camera panning speediliy to signify the protaganist must not be doing what he is. The camerawork convey’s the youth as laxy and the elderly as wise and inpower stereotypically. We see a high angle shot on the castle to signify wealth and to draw significance to the expensive parts of the production. We see a shot reverse shot over the shoulder of the conversation between the princsess and the villain the King is framed next to her to signify his power a stereotypical manly trait the rection of the princsess to the villains flirting is also stereotypical however countertypically to use the commutation test she is stood alone signified she is in power by her dress and confrontationoinally talks to the characters. So the audience keep interest we see a cut out medium shot to get the desperser’s reaction to signify this signioficance and a cut out when he is talking to the viallain to signify a conflict of love a stereotypical relationship involving stereotypical men. The two shot of the princsess and the peasant is framed so that one is taller than the other signifying one has more power yet it uses it to signify she is also important in the narrative. We see a high angle in the courtyard again to show the setting and create versamilitude in the extra’s. The store room is also conveyed with the set in the foreground blured to signify something lurking and the eriness. The camera uses close up of his face to signify his fear at the time. As wee see the snake we also zoom in as the character would to convey the characters perspective. We then see a two shot of the villain pointing his sowrd at the protaganaist it is a medium shot to signify he is feels small. The characters walks away from the camera to a long shot to signify again he feels minute in comparison a countertypical manly trait could signify he is homersexual. We resolve this sequence in the way the conflict begun with the close up of shields to further signify the conflict and to signify that it is not resolved despite this new equilibrium

Monday, 30 November 2009

Mise en Scene In Merlin

The mise en scene helps to tell the narrative. Firstly the shields being put up signify that this is set in the past, involves violence and pride in some way a stereotypical manly trait. We see scruffily dressed dirty people next to brightly dressed clean people signifying the binary opposite rich and poor. The man is wearing a crown and is on a throne signifying a king while the woman is stereotypically second to the man on a lower chair signifying a high rank lady. The fighters are dressed in armour, outside and surrounded by a wooden stand signifying this is set in the past. The colours of the tents and rich person’s costumes seem too bright this creates bad versamilitude as it is set in the past where bright dies would never have been available but it signifies that this drama is not supposed to be a record of actual events more a made up universe the preferred reading of the text. We see a large castle and set signifying that this production is big budget. The filming of the villain signifies he’s a villain by the use of hidden camera behind the flags signifying fear from the audiences perspective. The beginning scene is a miserable grey day but light which signifies a tainted reality the use of kitchen sink lighting here also signifies normality despite aspects of the mise en scene being exaggerated. The protagonists house is dirty and uses bland colours signifying poverty and the past, although given the time this is signified in the preferred reading signifies relative wealth. The protaganiost is laid on bed a stereotypical view of youthful men is using the commutation test the old man would have been on bed the audience would signify illness or death. The old man’s hair and robes is unrealistic so creates bad versamilitude but agaian signifies that he is a mysterios character his aged face and hair signify wisdom. Despite his age and poverty he is empowered in the scene juxtaposed next to the peasant stood next to the lady this shows how stereotypically the text portrays views on gender within the same social class. The hut has candles signifying night time and warmth and friendliness so does the castle. While outside the castle the lighting is more blue signifying coldness and spookiness. The special effects and dialoge of “magic” anchor the meaning that this setting is magical. The soldiers outside the castle and peasants create verisimilitude. Stereotypically the producer has decided to have men cuing up for the lady yet ignoring the poorer lady signifies by there dress. The next seen uses dark lighting to connote eriness the snake a signifier of evil.

Editing In Merlin

We see a range of editing techniques to evoke the proffered reading of the text. Firstly we see short takes to signify the scene is an action scene. They use audio bridges of the music and sound effects to connote this is the same scene. The take at them end of the scene where the protagonist is left with the armoury is left long so the audience have time to connote the proffered reading that he dislikes this It also juxtaposes the next scene which in comparison uses lots of action with the special effect of the magical cleaning. There is no audio bridge here because we have changed scene the editing creates bad versamilitude in the way it doesn’t show realistic time though it is chronological it cuts out time from him being at the tournament to him in bed this keeps audience interest. The special effects of the cleaning signify that this is a big budget production. We then ut time once more to him the courtyard then. In the castle we see shot reverse shot to see peoples actions and reactions we see a cut out show of arther to see him looking on a stereotypical male trate of jealousy. There is a match on action of him walking in the store room. Tension is signified by the use of long takes juxtaposed next to the short takes of the fight after. It also exaggerates how counter typical the protagonist is as a male in his non admirable dropping of the armour and how stereotypical the other character is. The fight uses lots of short takes to signify huflled action with audio bridges to relate the sound effects to the scene. We often cut out and cut back into the action using this narrative enigma creates tension and entices the audience into the scene.

Friday, 27 November 2009

Sound In Merlin

Sound is portrayed in many ways in Merlin. We begin with clashes a clasps of the fight this sound effect creates versamilitude. Men fighting is an aspect of the Male Stereotype. The music at this point is tense to signify to the audience that this is a gripping moment. We also hear shouting and cheering a primitive form of communication another aspect of the male audience as they mainly are. The only female in thwe audience is stereotypically dressed revealingly and seems to have little intrest in the fight wich is stereotypical. Next we hear diconcerning music as the men argue to signify tension and apprehension. One is stood infront of the other connoting he is in charge. The women in the castle are surrounded by men signifying male dominance the wealthier dressed woman signified from her eloboratye has a voice compared to the scruffily dressed woman signifying a peasant. They usethis binary opposition to signify the wealth divides therefore the time it was set. The wealthier woman speeks more flirtatiously therefore is more stereotypical than the other this representation signifies why she is confronted with a cue of men her stereotypicalness signifies that she therefore can have more than the counterstereotypical woman. The bells signify old fashioned perhaps in the past a stereotypical view of Britain which signifies this drama is made to sell to a wide audience. The sound effects such as the birds create versamilitude. The room the prtaganist enters is given ery music to signify something isn’t quite right we hear snake sound as wee see the snake the music becomes more ery to signify the snake is the causal of the badness. The shocking clash of the villains sorwd is used to frighten the audience. His clumsiness as he walks out the room rather than fighting back is countertypical. As we see the protaganist on his bed while the work is done round him chirpier more comical music is played to signify a happier moment in the text. The portrayal of the older male hasd long white hair which signifies mysteriosness the dialogue provides exposition that he is wise a stearoetypical view of age in the male gender. While the young male is lazy. As we see the next character heroic music is played to signify what he is about to do will be a stereotypical attitude to men. The fight music is fast to create tension but as we see other shots the music stops and instead we hear the crowds reaction to split up the seen and entise the audience in.

Monday, 23 November 2009

Warp X

· Warp Films a sister company of Warp Records is the parent conglomerate while warp x is the subsidiary
· Madman Entertainment announced "a collaboration" with Warp Films#
· Warp Films was set up in 1999
· Warp X originally started as a branch out of Warp Records about 6-7 years ago in 2001
· My Wrongs #8245–8249 & 117,
· Dead Man's Shoes £16,000 Paddy Considine won "Best British Actor" at the 2005 Empire Awards, beating, amongst others, Simon Pegg for Shaun of the Dead and Daniel Craig for Layer Cake
· This Is England Budget £1,500,000 Opening Weekend $18,430 (USA) (1 Screen) shows didn’t get the preferred reading of the film £207,676 (UK)) (62 Screens
· Come To Daddy peaked 36 in the singles chart
· Windowlicker music video Scummy Man Budget £60,000 ,
· "Grow Your Own" Opening Weekend £27,765,
· Donkey Punch Budget $3,000,000, Opening Weekend $4,744 (USA) (2 Screens) £144,953 (UK) 155 Screens) SEK 119,650 (Sweden) (9 Screens) Most of the budget would have gone on the Boat. The actors were most likely unheard of before, so they cost little. Which means the acting may have been sour, etc.unusually large budget ]
· The Taxidermist Budget £22,000
· Hush Budget £1,000,000
· Dog Altogether,
· All Tomorrow's Parties
· All Tomorrow's People
· A Complete History of My Sexual Failures
· Funded by UK Film Council Lottery, Optimum Releasing, Film 4, Screen Yorkshire, EM Media Budgets are usually between £400,000 - £800,000
· UKFC said "The New Cinema Fund is fundamentally about finding, nurturing and bringing on new and emerging talent to British audiences. This years Cannes has selected Andrea Arnold's debut feature film Red Road to be shown In main Competition on the heels of her Oscar®-winning short film Wasp which we supported through our Cinema Extreme shorts programme. Warp X has all the tools in place to continue to deliver unique British film talent
· A low budget film. No big American or Global actors or film crew. No special effects (Although not needed in This is England). The location is local to the company.
· The US film audience are very into British History/Culture. This may be one of the reasons why This Is England is much more successful in America than most British films, because the film is about British Culture. Also, Cultural films (aka Social Diversity Films) aren't huge or made alot in America, due to the Big 6 with their almighty 'Run, Gun and Explosion' (I made that up) films.
· Website includes trailers, job opportunities, information about them
· Warp films website includes playlists, news, events, releases, records, films, events, bleep, explore facebook and myspace page
· Small contains mainly short films and music videos, language is british, websites have to contain information because they’re not widely known.
· Amy Neil, Chris Morris, Aphex Twin, Chris Morris, China Moo, Shane Meadows;Paddy Considine

Warp Films:
1. Le Donk & Scor-zay-zee (2009)
2. The Taxidermist (2009) .
3. Four Lions (2009)
4. Arctic Monkeys at the Apollo (2008)
5. Crack Willow (2008)
6. "Fur TV" (2008)
7. The Archivist (2008)
8. Exhibit A (2007)
9. Dog Altogether (2007)
10. Grow Your Own (2007)
11. Dog's Mercury (2006)
12. This Is England (2006)
13. Scummy Man (2006)
14. Rubber Johnny (2005)
15. Dead Man's Shoes (2004)
16. My Wrongs 8245-8249 and 117 (2002)
Warp X:
1. Bunny and the Bull (2009)
2. She, a Chinese (2009)
3. All Tomorrow's Parties (2009)
4. Hush (2009)
5. Donkey Punch (2008)
6. A Complete History of My Sexual Failures (2008)
A low budget film. No big American or Global actors or film crew. No special effects (Although not needed in This is England). The location is local to the company.