Tuesday, 8 December 2009
Made April 1985
Gay ex skinhead in love with a Pakistanani
No famouse stars
Not stereotypically british
Working class characters central
No us perception
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
Frambunctious, Juicly, Entertainiing
DVD, TV not available in 1985
Sleves bad lots of text Daniel day lewises name, homosexuality not shown image polysemic
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
BRIDGET JONES DIARY
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
Bodyshop 282 stores
Coul receive texts from birdget
BBC ran singletons night
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
Monday, 30 November 2009
Friday, 27 November 2009
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
· 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
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)
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.
Tuesday, 17 November 2009
whats in the frame
Diagetic or Non Diagetic Music
Off scene sound
Type of shot long, close up two, hig/low angle
Tye of movement track, pan, tilt, zoom
Match on Action
Fade in and out
Flash between scenes
Ryhthem of cuts
Music changing per scene
Were originally an Indie company started in 1985
Wish You were Here
My Beautiful Laundrett
Subsigery -eg Working Title and wt2 owned by other companies
Conglomirate- eg Universal Companies built up to make one large company
working with 30-50m at most
opening scene 20%
had studio canal and universal possibly not british?
no problem therefore of export
American helicopters and police rap LA out of compton NDLA apeal to american audience
America vs British Saterical
real gang members
English version then used Drum and Base "Bu Ya" used to appeal
Hot Fuzz is a film produced by Working Title. It is about a well know Police Officer in London who is reassigned to a quiet town called Sandford, he struggles with the crime-free town.Then when a few grisly accdients rock the village, it's not long before he's back in action.British Characteristics:-Less Explosions, special effects.-Comedy is a lot more witty and British 'based'.-Seems to be a lot more dialogue than huge explosions/action that you see in American films.-Pub centre of talk etc.-Not in a big setting, like a city.-Small number of extra's.
Arab, Middle Eastern, Asia, Iraqi
NOT coloured or black
2. Binary Oposition/ Commutation Test
Look for binary oposites western, secular, wealth etc
Apply the commutation test how would it be portrayed if it were about Thais
3. Brainstorm the Stereotye
religious fantaticism/ fundamentalist
backwords, non scientific/ rational
Paritriachal, misoggynist, women invisible
non cauacasian skin pigmentation
4. Evidence from the Text
Accent-nationality though they all speek english breaking versimilitude
C lothing- head covered robes
Uncovered western on phone and pair not wholely covered in background
Military Uniform- changes from loss of power
Head Scarf- emotionally closed inhuman
Boy naked- poverty
Gender-lack of women on street, sadam tough woman cries the only woman we hear speek
pverty- car wrecks shatered window president using pay phone contrat with Samira's room
Religion- little countertypical
Terrosit- No evidence
Violent- Americans are
CLass- male servant
Wednesday, 21 October 2009
Tuesday, 20 October 2009
All About me (2004) a comedy starring Jasper Carrot and a charactre with cerebral palsy
The Story of Tracy Beaker finished 2006 childrens drama based on the books by Jacquelyn Wilson and a character with learning disabilities.
Phycoville (2009) a comedy involving a character with learning disabilities and a dwarf.
Doctor Who a sci fi involves Davross and the leader of the cybermen as wheelchair users.
Casualty a continuing series involves the character Mr Jordan who through his brain tumor has speech and memory disabilities.
Grange Hill a children’s drama in 2003 it involved a character with asperges syndrome.
Byker Grove a children’s drama where the character played by Dec known by the double Ant and Dec went blind.
Little Britain a comedy involving the character pretending to be disabled Lou.
Robin Hood (2006-2007) the recent BBC adaptation didn’t include the blind character like in the film
Bionic Woman ITV drama (2007) A character who has a car accident and is near to death is given prosthetic bionic limbs, special eyesight and the ability to jump from building to building.
Bleak House (2007) a BBC literary drama involved the wheelchair user who used the phrase “shake me up judy!”.
Little Dorrit (2008) BBC Also involved a wheelchair using character.
Eastenders a soap where Ben Mitchell is a hard of hearing 10 year old.
Saturday, 10 October 2009
In a modern day closer however the pictures are all real, the women are thinner, less natural, more expresive, more dominant, the sotries are more shocking and have deeper materail, there are celebrities which the other doesnt and the text is more gossipy and bitchy. The pictures are real and women are thinner this siginifies girls should be this unaturally thin a stereotypical view of female beuty "get super toned legs" and other such like articles also pressurise this. The girls in it have more of a voice which is counter typical "marry me or else" but they are stereotypically more emotional than physical. The magazine pushes the bounderies more which is a stereotypical teenage ambition but countertypical to the conforms of 1950. This magazine conveys a more 3 dimensional representation of woman where on one hand they're vunerable, anerexic, depressive, weight gaining ugly looking woman showing how signifying stereotypically beuty is very important but countertypically so is hapyness although steotypically it conveys hapiness through losing weight by the diets they provide and makeup the advertise. The message is confusing. The other side to they portrayed is of bitchy, in charge and tumoling relationships of celebrity women this signifies stereotypically that it's ok for a girl to be like this. The men in the magazine are idolised as sexy hunks to be fought for and judged by women this is countertyical as the women are in charge. The wome in the magazine expecially the celebrities apear not to have proffesions and are famous for being famous this is stereotypical as it signifies girls should have nor profsion and be at home but unlike the Bunty it doesnt convey them doing housewrok The magazine is a stereotypical pink.
I went to editing for beginners hosted by Chris Hazel. Chris was an editor for BBC news who later gave up his job to teach at the festival and be an A level media examiner. Also in the group was Tom and Max from Essex. We used Final Cut Pro to edit a pre filmed piece about Suzie going to work. Firstly we were shown the basic controls: command s is for turning of and on the sound that played as you rewound something or fast forwarded it, to rewind we used the j key the more you pressed it the faster it went and to fast forward we used the l key. The arrow keys help you move frame by frame to accurately get a cut off point. We needed to trim off the excess film where nothing was happening so we used the command I button to mark an in point and the command o button to mark an outs point. We then dragged the frame to the overwrite box and deleted the original this new frame was exactly what we wanted to show. We could have also used the command c keys as a shortcut. Then we realized the nearly cut frames still took ages to interchange between each other so we double clicked on the join between them, then clicked on the frame we wanted to trim and clicked the -5 -1 +5 +1 buttons depending on how many milliseconds we wanted to add. To fade each frame into each other we right clicked on the join and clicked dissolve frames. Then we unlinked the green rings in the top left corner and dragged the sound so it fit for example over two frames showing the same scene. We also dissolved the sound into each other so the sound indoors and outdoors would flow. Chris said not to use too much dissolving as it gets low marks in A level. We used the +5 button on the beginning frame to lengthen it so we could add text. We then added text there was text that constantly was in a fixed position so its easier for the audience but we used text that could be moved to any position we shortened it to only fit the frame before it moved chris said having text on a moving frame also scores poorly. We dissolved the end of the test so it it faded out. We then moved on to a racing film to edit looking at sound. We had noisy car’s racing and a very loud heavy metal track so we pressed the green buttons to the right and moved the lined down to -12 the safe decibel level doing it by numbers rather than by ear so the sound level was always accurate. We then wanted to merge the sound as before but we couldn’t because we were asking it to make its own material to fade from hence why cameramen always leave time before and after filming so this kind of editing can happen. So we had to shorten the picture frame to merge the sound frame that way they both fit. We then had to cut out some of the track to leave space for commentary. So we marked an In point and out point and deleted it. We the as with the pictures dissolved the sound at the edges so it would slowly fade down. That was the end of the session Chris left us with the advice to keep it simple and not to add clichéd effects like a scratched film effect examiners don’t like this. I enjoyed the two days but for me it wasn’t worth missing the other lessons for. Most of the stuff we got taught could have been taught in lessons anyway. The screenings especially the music videos, documentaries and animations weren’t relevant but the relevant ones to us were in-between which was annoying and a waste of time but it was fun. The best part was being taught from a range of teachers with different skills and experiences. To make the trip better it would be good if they came in to our school, we saw relevant screenings on the projector and we were told how good they were. I liked the way we filmed in large locations like Bradford so if we could visit places every so often to film it helps us get inspired. It was more relevant to unit 2 than unit one but very helpful and motivating.
Sunday, 4 October 2009
the signifier is the detail while the signified is the term that tells us when the detail has been put to it's meaning
denote & connote
denotation= description of what you see and hear
connotation= the meaning of these factual details
oposites in drama for example rich and poor when they're togother they're described as being juxtoposed
polysemic= many meanings
anchorage= fixed and precise meaning made with text or dialgue
always consider what we don't see the choices the producers have rejected
preferred/contested/ opositional reading
texts or polysemic but we mainly consider what the producers want us to follow of course they are open to contest or oppositional readings it is usefull to highlight these if the text is poorly constructed.
mysterious eliments within a text form this
when one text reffers to another eg red tint = like james bond titles
Narrative: ends happily, useing shakespear script to cast spells and end the world.
Seting familier backdrops: stereotypical tudor setting dirty, warm, globe theatre, smogy and dark.
Camerawork: extreem close ups witches face, long shots set to show set, mid shots and a two shot when both at window
Dialogue: racsim to martha comments on todays pc, jargon and suggestive single words
Music: chirpy, medieval, low notes when something evil was about to happen, trumpets for triumph and action
Icons that relate to genre: Sci fi golden light warm friendle colourfal, blue cold light somthing bad, make up, cgi effects, jargon, title sequence dramatic with tardis.