Unit 11.

 

  • 1.1
  • Personality test

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I recently took a personality test, my result was ‘’a debater’’ I was satisfied with my results as I feel like the information provided explained my personality very well and I wasn’t surprised at how the debater personality described me. The majority of the careers I researched and want to go into divisive controversial skills by using art and film as a form of tool to provide those factors as well as being an observant character and outspoken personality, which are some characteristics that I have.

’’The Problem is not the problem, the problem is your attitude about your problem mate.

This is a quote from my type of personality which is Jack Sparrow for the Pirates of the Caribbean series.

ENTP Personality (“The Debater”) | 16Personalities (2017) 16Personalities. Available at: https://www.16personalities.com/entp-personality (Accessed: 26 June 2017).

I often find myself in thought, dreaming of creative ideas of how to make certain sequences in movies to impress other people so they can understand on what I am trying to say and achieve. My fear is being close to death, to confront other people when necessary and social abilities in certain aspects.

I am at my happiest when I am working or doing things alone or the way I would like them to be done but most of all just simply watching movies and making things and have other people react to them and being in conversations that interest me that enables my true personality to shine through. My natural ability to interact with people makes me often uncomfortable due to people’s own interest that doesn’t interest me of the way they are in general as I like to involved in subject matters that people don’t understand or don’t have any interest. I am only confident when I am interested in something and often leave a ground breaking impression on everyone I meet whether it’s good or bad. I consider myself incredibly loyal and trustworthy either due to my vulnerability and understanding people’s own emotion and I love making impacts on other people that they have never seen before and I am only a good listener if I am interested in what I am hearing if not I am terrible at it. My horoscope is Leo, which I would say represents me very well. I have an ego and love being in centre stage as well as being creative have strong idealism and leadership without any little ambition while fun in the same time. And I get angry over things that have not enough authenticity.

  • 1.2.
  • Evaluating music video

For my project I have created an independent music video to artist Jon Smith song ‘’My Own Effigy’’. The aim of my project was to find out what makes an art house music video as well as introducing the younger generation into independent art house music. I chose to create a music video as it is something that I have never done before, I watch thousands music videos daily but never see the work that goes into them, therefore I thought this would be a great opportunity to learn more about this area of media.

 

The few strengths that feature within my final major project were the editing skills, camera angles and shots, the takes, the acting, the research and the locations used to film. Changing the colour in the editing room from black and white to colour really helped set the style and mood and atmosphere at was I was aiming for, it really helped me give the video more of a smooth atmospheric feeling and allowed the audience to relate to the psychological complexity the protagonist is going through in the video. Using a range of long camera shots and angles helped tell the story and gave an insight as to what the independent rock genre is about. The locations used helped set the scene and worked well with the music giving it more emotion. Overall the research and pre-production was also a strong strength as it had allowed me to get a solid idea of what makes an experimental music video as well as finding out the point of view of other fellow classmates as well as friends, tutors and family before filming and editing.

  • 2.1 Evaluating 3 creative CV’s

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  • Strength’s

In the CV’s up above I really like the way the CV is constructed it resembles an actual newspaper only coloured with certain dots of advertisement this is a good point for getting a great interview because it really explains more of your personality by not only what is written on the paper but the way the CV is colourfully constructed.

  • Weaknesses

However the creative colourful look of the CV also can seem like a low point simply due to the lack of professionalism even if the person is absolutely professional on what he does. The CV would do well in a creative arts studio or even media but it wouldn’t be too well in business works.

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In the CV up above is a lot more simple as well as it is stylish than the above this one.

Strengths

This CV has personality yet cool and professional in the same time the fact that it looks sharp and simple while being creatively articulate in the same time. This CV would suit well for business interview as well as entering the arts.

Weaknesses.

There are very little weaknesses that I can see in this CV however there are some minor glitches that could be seen as a minor issue as some of the words are spelled sideways instead actual normal shape which could be a slight confusion for the interviewer in a job interview.

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In the CV up above resembles a lot like the TV show Mad Men.  However it is unflinchingly stylish but there is something that could be seen a little arrogant for the CV.

Strength’s

In the image up above the significant sharpness is uncanny and stylish as hell. It is straight to point simple and utterly cool which would give a good personality opinion especially during an interview.

Weaknesses.

The low point is that there are no real flaws in the explanation of what the CV is telling however there is an ounce of ego because it feels like the person who the wrote the CV is trying to be Jon Hamm’s character from Mad Men.

  • What do I know about myself Interview

 

  • Your childhood and music you listened as a child ?

When i was a kid i used to listen to movie scores. Including the theme from Robin hood and Disney Pixar movies like the original Toy Story.  But if there was a song that stood out to me till this day when i was around 4 was a song called high by Lighthouse family. I would listen to the themes of Harry Potter, Spider man and others. Rock and all the great artists of that time which were in the late 90’s early 2000’s i wasn’t really aware of and did’t catch my interest until much later on.

  • What was your favorite music and artist you listen to as a child ?

High by Lighthouse family.

  • What was the first CD you had and listen to ?

I don’t really remember the full title but it was something like TV express in which all the songs were from themes of TV in England from the 60’s, 70’s and 80s.

  • Did your parents influenced your taste in music or who did ? What is the story behind ?

They partially did, My dad less so than y Mum.Because he was into John Lennon and David Bowie and still is. Those singers i didn’t thought they were really good.  My mother was into European music but also Pet shop boys and so forth. My interest in music was a more independant approach. It was the songs put in movies that influenced me the most.

  • What was the music you listened to in your early teens and who were your influences?

80’s music like Blondie, Michael Jackson, Billy Ocean, New Order, early 90’s rap like Ice cube.  This was all because of Rockstar games and Grand Theft Auto.

  • What was your favorite music video at the time and why ?

Still is to this day Alizee Moi Lolita. I fall in love with Alizee every time i watch the video because it’s super romantic and sexy.

  • Is there an interesting story or anecdote from your teen time influenced by music you listened to ?

When I was in College in France i was with a group of friends who were deeply inspired by the gangster rap of 50 cent, 2 ac, Eminem etc and we would copy there attitudes and listen consistently their music.

  • Has your taste in music changed now and what kind of music you listen to now ?

I despise commercials songs of today, i have to bear the trash they put on in Clubs. But i search for more older music which i think is better than modern day music experimental, independant, motivational music that i can visualize for a movie sequence. But i like all sorts of genres of music but i don’t really pay attention to the lyrics and make just sure if i like the sound of the song being played.

  • Who are your favorite music artists and why ?

Leftfield because they play electronic music but have a deep atmosphere in each song that feels original unique and dreamy other world like.

  • What does music mean to you and purpose does it serve in your life ?

Music is huge source of inspiration for me to have an idea for movies and stories and sequences. It helps jogg without stopping and think of thinks better and clearer.

  • Research

Research topic for report

Music interests me because it is a Grande inspiration for catching ideas. I don’t necessarily focus to much on the lyrics to the song but more on the music and the Rhythm. I like all types of songs especially the ones that have an exotic motivational boost to them occasionally I like uplifting songs but I love cool songs and atmospheric ones too. Example of my preferences is in the vain of something like Depeche mode, Leftfield, New Order, Chrysta Bell, Exotica, Mylene Farmer, Prodigy, Goldfrapp, Julian Winding. Howver I despise the likes of Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Chris Brown and other modern day junk in that vain. Aimed for mindless tweeny teenagers.

At this moment I am currently working on a song called My Own Effigy.

  • What makes a good video

A great music video is one that fits the style of the song not necessarily the lyrics but the mood and vibe.

Emotion.

Style.

Colour.

Vibe.

Atmosphere.

visuals.

terrific editing.

unpredictable source of creativity.

http://www.nme.com/blogs/nme-blogs/what-makes-a-great-music-video-770846

3.1. Analysing my Own CV.

Icarus Pryor

6 Edward Road, Canterbury CT1 1UH

icaruspryor@hotmail.co.uk

07375602402

Personal Profile

I was born in London on July 31st 1994. I moved to France at the age of 6 and spent 14 years of my life there. Therefore I am completely Bilingual. I am currently a student at Canterbury College and study Media. I have already some work experiences in both France and the U.K. as a Waiter and I am keen to gain more work experience.

I am a very organised person who likes to be kept busy. I am eager to learn new skills , I work well in a team as well as my own initiative. I am enthusiastic and like to work hard to ensure that i am successful in everything i do.

During my experiences as a Waiter, I have been able to cope with pressure and learnt how to deal with different types of customers.

 

Employment History

In my role as a Waiter my responsibilites include :

Breakfast Waiter , Hotel Mercure, Rouen , France : 2012-2013

Night Porter, Hotel de Plage, Dieppe, France : 2013-2014

Restaurant Waiter, Fenwick’s, Canterbury, U.K. : 2014-2016 ( Employee of the month , August 2015 ).

Staff Worker, Cuban, Canterbury, UK, June 2016, October 2016

 

Qualifications

I spent 2 years in a French High School entitled Lycée Polyvalent Anguier, Eu, France. 2011-2013

I took a foundation year in a Conservatory to study acting in Rouen, France 2013-2014.

Currently studying Media in Canterbury College, Level 3, Film and TV. 2014 –

Grade A, French level GCSE.

 

Skills and Abilites

I can speak two languages fluently. ( English and French )

Hobbies and Interests

I have an immense passion over Movies, I like to spend time with friends and family, I like Music, Video games and I go Jogging 3 times a week.

This is a copy of my CV.

The Strengths.

For a while now both English and French I have been trying to work my CV’s throughout the years due to the experiences I have had in courses and other job  works this makes my CV more and more authentic and bigger.  And I like the font colour of how I have written my CV.  And by the fact I have done it all in one page.

The Weaknesses.

The Weaknesses are the fact in comparison to the other 3 CV’s I have just reviewed in lacks colour and personality without much creative sources going for it. So What I need to do is work on how to create a colourful CV.

References.

Creative CV Inspiration (2017) Pinterest. Available at: https://uk.pinterest.com/giveagradago/creative-cv-inspiration/ (Accessed: 5 July 2017).

ENTP Personality (“The Debater”) | 16Personalities (2017) 16Personalities. Available at: https://www.16personalities.com/entp-personality (Accessed: 5 July 2017).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Unit 11.

Unit 12: Week 2

  • Introduction :

To find out about music videos, I am going to look at a range of videos produced by my favourite music artists

  • Choose 3 music videos

 

  1. Leftfield: Afrika Shox

This music video was made in the late 90’s and it is a form of urban gritty Fantasy as a genre. It is electronic song with a mix of cultures of Africa and America. With visual style that resembles the Matrix and the works of J.G. Ballard. It also has some significance to humpty dumpty with a blind character who is incredibly fragile as he is made out of terracotta and can break into little pieces very quickly. It is an imaginative stylish video mixing punk rock with a cyberpunk atmosphere.  There is also an ounce of hip hop culture going on as the character walks through the streets and discovers hip hop dancers in a parking lot. This video was directed by Chris Cunningham and produced by Cindy Burnay and Frank Linkoff

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The Influences of Afrika Shox.

  • The works of JG Ballard
  • The Matrix
  • Humpty Dumpty
  • The world of Cyberpunk

Chris Cunningham is a British Music video film maker who had started off working as a technician in the 1995 film Judge Dredd. He then was hired by filmmaker Stanley Kubrick to design the central character of the film A.I. Artificial Intelligence until it was directed by Steven Spielberg.

The history background Political context of Afrika Shox

Afrika Shox political aspect of the video is that it resembles themes of African slavery in the sense that the protagonist in the video is a broken and blind looking hobo , he is incredibly skinny to the point he resembles a Jew who has only just survived the holocaust.

The electronic music matching the atmosphere is also inspired by some of the novels written by William Gibson. The other political context of the video is that since it is set in an expensive side of a big city where multiple corporations reign supreme and are also non attentive to poor individuals including coloured people. An Example of this would be that in one scene a character bumps into a more smart looking person and accidentally breaks his arm into many pieces since the main character is made out of terracotta.

The video was made in 1999 and in the lyrics of the song, it is said that the past has got to stop and the future has got to rock. And that it is a song representing the end of a century and the begging of the 21st century, in other words the song it is a glamorising commercial theme for the begging of the year 2000, As it said already in the lyrics. In that era of 1999, The Matrix has just came out and it was a decade of roaring swinging growth of punk rock and a massive leap towards creativity. Dance music was turning into Electronic techno music Hip hop was at it’s golden age Quentin Tarantino, Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg and James Cameron were the kings of cinema, Friends was on every Thursday nights, there was no IPhones, Facebook and the immense amount of Internet that was being used , Everything was neon in fashion and in design as a new style and it was the beginning of the digital era. All these cult factors represented a decade that was relevant into it’s culture of that time and thus the song Afrika Shox is an electronic piece that is also a semi representation of that era.

  • Analysis

The Clip was one of the first music videos to be put on DVD quality. It was shot in New York City and features actors like Caspert Hunte who plays the protagonist, London Reyes as a Break Dancer, Mitchell Mertinez as another break dancer, Raymond Ramoz as another break dancer and Afrika Bambaataa ( the singer of the song) who plays a car parking attendant.

  • Camera Movement

The Camera movements and visual look of the video is portrayed with a dramatic sinister tone yet the tone of the video has a Sci-Fi quirky tone to the source material. The colours used for this video are mostly dark green and grey whilst balancing between blurry and POV on it’s central character to create this dreamlike feel. Also since it is shot primarily on the protagonist’s point of view the camera is mainly focused on what is going on through his mind. So there some shaky shots that is done of purpose because the central character is going through a very confusing moment in his short life. And every body around are like alien to him. It is highly similar to a film made by Jonathan Glazer called Under the Skin. In which an Alien is walks amongst planet earth and has immense difficulty connecting with humans, it’s like an E.T. for the mature audiences.

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2. Coldplay Paradise

This video was directed by Shynola and was made in 2011 staring Chris Martin as a dressed up Elephant searching for his crew mates aka Coldplay dressed in other Elephants. The video was filmed on Location in London, Cape town in the Klein Karoo in the Western Cape and Johannesburg . The video is a semi quirky comedy piece with similarities to cartoon episodes in the reign of the Looney tunes like the road runner and SpongeBob.

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  • Analysis

This video has a large budget, it was shot on multiple locations and some of the shots in the video are quite cinematic. There are shots of Aeroplanes and island during an instrumental of the song. The mood that the atmosphere give changes to a more positive feeling. When the elephant is in the tube station with the flash cards asking for money he’s just standing with the lyrics in his hands, however when he is in the new location, he’s asking for money by dancing and putting on a show for the people showing how much happier it is. The music builds up as the elephant is reunited with the rest of the elephants which the audience can assume that are the rest of the Coldplay band. Showing the Elephant running in slow motion emphasises that he’s in paradise and achieved what he set out to do. When the chorus plays again, the audience can see how the elephant has fit into the rest of the elephants and how happy he is compared to how he was at the beginning of the video.

 

3. Alizée Moi Lolita

 

This video was made in France as it is completely French it was written by French pop star Mylene farmer and the music was composed by Laurent Boutonnat. In which both produced the clip. The video gained wide recognition. The inspiration of Moi Lolita was inspired by Vladmir Nakobov’s novel Lolita. Alizée was meant to represent this seductive Lolita character in order to make ( primarily male) audiences charmed.  The video was made in 2000 and was a major hit in Europe and made a star out of Alizée.

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  • Analysis

The concept was to mix adult hood, childhood innocence and possibly the lost of Innocence. In order to this the atmosphere of the clip had to be as authentic as possible adding natural beauty with colourful flour while giving an exotic vibe to the source material. With one of the quotes of the song My name is Lolita that is the start of the monologue That revolves around egocentrism, as well as the affirmation of the novel itself. Ergo a teen who amuses you with the sole purpose of entertaining herself, she toys with the idea of having an actual sexual relationship but it stays as just an idea.

It has inspiration to other sons like Vanessa Paradis, Mylene Famer, Britney Spears, Blondie and Madonna.

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  • What do I know about myself

 

  • Your childhood and music you listened as a child ?

When i was a kid i used to listen to movie scores. Including the theme from Robin hood and Disney Pixar movies like the original Toy Story.  But if there was a song that stood out to me till this day when i was around 4 was a song called high by Lighthouse family. I would listen to the themes of Harry Potter, Spider man and others. Rock and all the great artists of that time which were in the late 90’s early 2000’s i wasn’t really aware of and did’t catch my interest until much later on.

  • What was your favorite music and artist you listen to as a child ?

High by Lighthouse family.

  • What was the first CD you had and listen to ?

I don’t really remember the full title but it was something like TV express in which all the songs were from themes of TV in England from the 60’s, 70’s and 80s.

  • Did your parents influenced your taste in music or who did ? What is the story behind ?

They partially did, My dad less so than y Mum.Because he was into John Lennon and David Bowie and still is. Those singers i didn’t thought they were really good.  My mother was into European music but also Pet shop boys and so forth. My interest in music was a more independant approach. It was the songs put in movies that influenced me the most.

  • What was the music you listened to in your early teens and who were your influences?

80’s music like Blondie, Michael Jackson, Billy Ocean, New Order, early 90’s rap like Ice cube.  This was all because of Rockstar games and Grand Theft Auto.

  • What was your favorite music video at the time and why ?

Still is to this day Alizee Moi Lolita. I fall in love with Alizee every time i watch the video because it’s super romantic and sexy.

  • Is there an interesting story or anecdote from your teen time influenced by music you listened to ?

When I was in College in France i was with a group of friends who were deeply inspired by the gangster rap of 50 cent, 2 ac, Eminem etc and we would copy there attitudes and listen consistently their music.

  • Has your taste in music changed now and what kind of music you listen to now ?

I despise commercials songs of today, i have to bear the trash they put on in Clubs. But i search for more older music which i think is better than modern day music experimental, independant, motivational music that i can visualize for a movie sequence. But i like all sorts of genres of music but i don’t really pay attention to the lyrics and make just sure if i like the sound of the song being played.

  • Who are your favorite music artists and why ?

Leftfield because they play electronic music but have a deep atmosphere in each song that feels original unique and dreamy other world like.

  • What does music mean to you and purpose does it serve in your life ?

Music is huge source of inspiration for me to have an idea for movies and stories and sequences. It helps jogg without stopping and think of thinks better and clearer.

  • Research

Research topic for report

Music interests me because it is a Grande inspiration for catching ideas. I don’t necessarily focus to much on the lyrics to the song but more on the music and the Rhythm. I like all types of songs especially the ones that have an exotic motivational boost to them occasionally I like uplifting songs but I love cool songs and atmospheric ones too. Example of my preferences is in the vain of something like Depeche mode, Leftfield, New Order, Chrysta Bell, Exotica, Mylene Farmer, Prodigy, Goldfrapp, Julian Winding. Howver I despise the likes of Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Chris Brown and other modern day junk in that vain. Aimed for mindless tweeny teenagers.

At this moment I am currently working on a song called My Own Effigy.

  • What makes a good video

A great music video is one that fits the style of the song  not necessarily the lyrics but the mood and vibe.

Emotion.

Style.

Colour.

Vibe.

Atmosphere.

visuals.

terrific editing.

unpredictable source of creativity.

http://www.nme.com/blogs/nme-blogs/what-makes-a-great-music-video-770846

  • Mind map

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Conclusion.

Music is one of the main influences in my life and for this reason my research topic will be research around music.

Research report.

Intro

Throughout the 4th term I had to conduct research in order to start creating my own music video for a song provided to me by a an independent band because I am passionate about music in films, I believe it is a grand source of inspiration and I enjoy filming so I felt it would be a good path to take. I investigated through primary, secondary, qualitative and quantitative methods to ensure the research stayed interesting and varied. By using reliable sources I looked into different topics such as ‘How do music videos change their style according to their genre?’ and ‘How has one artists music videos changed with their music over the years?’. To start with I simply watched dozens of music videos from famous filmmakers like Jonathan Glazer, Alan Parker and most recently Xavier Dolan I created a research plan to draw out everything I planned to study which was very helpful for organising myself. Also, I examined what research techniques would work well along with delving into their advantages and disadvantages. From my findings, I have gathered what makes a good music video and can justify how.

Methodologies

To start with, I did some secondary research by watching music videos of one artist and explored how they had developed over their career. The Artist in whom I have researched with is Michel Gondry.   I felt that this topic was relevant to my work because I could learn what the artist had changed and made their videos more modern along the way, giving me ideas for my own video. As well as that, I delved into analysing different styles of music videos as secondary research. I watched an array of genres and compared their styles which gave me an insight to what codes and conventions would go with my song’s video to help me create my own.

Whilst doing secondary research I went onto the YouGov Lite to take what I had learnt further. I used this internet tool to find out some information on who listens to folk music because the song I am making a video for is of the folk genre meaning I could have some knowledge on my audience before beginning the next stage of production. Despite my findings being relevant to finding my target audience, I am unaware of how trustworthy the source was and therefore would be wary of continuing to use that information to help me with the rest of my project.

From doing secondary research, I answered some of my questions enabling me to carry on with my project. I discovered that music videos tend to differentiate depending on the genre of music therefore now know what works well with what kind of music and have broadened my knowledge of the styles as I watched a lot on YouTube. Additionally, I studied how Ed Sheeran’s music videos have changed over the last 7 years and can now take his influence onto my own. Overall, this research was helpful since it has widened my awareness of music videos of all genres and can take what I like and think works well for my own ideas. However, my secondary research is somewhat weak due to the fact that there is not a variety of sources from where I got my information. If I had read music magazines or books as well then I could have had even more data to work with and have a better understanding of what would make a good music video so to overcome this I will be continuing my research into my pre-production work and will be using more resources.

Moving on, I began my primary research with a range of methods. Firstly, I designed a survey on Survey Monkey and sent it to around 20 people in order to receive a variety of answers allowing me to get information leading me to find out what makes a good music video. For example, I asked ‘what is your favourite thing about music videos?’ so that I could examine what the most popular answers were and take that into account when I start planning my own. Also, I asked ‘what is something you dislike about music videos?’ with the most popular answer being ‘when they are too long’ which taught me what I should be avoiding when creating my video. This method of qualitative research has been useful to me as I know that the sources are credible and I have an insight as to what the audience of music videos like and dislike about them.

Findings

Conclusion

 

Evaluation:

While working on Unit 12, week 2 while researching music videos to understand the craft I found myself interested in discovering how music video directors make music videos and how some them are current A grade filmmakers.  Making a music video is almost exactly like making a feature film. Because is a from of making a story out of the sound of the song is telling us and arguably even more so than the lyrics it tells us.

References :

 

Leftfield ft Afrika Bambaataa – Afrika Shox (2017) YouTube. Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQ_J3K9sjRM (Accessed: 18 April 2017).

Langen, Y. and →, V. (2017) July book review – Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov, The Unputdownable Book Club. Available at: https://unputdownablebookclub.com/2013/09/03/august-book-review-lolita-by-vladimir-nabokov/ (Accessed: 18 April 2017).

SpongeBob SquarePants (2017) En.wikipedia.org. Available at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SpongeBob_SquarePants (Accessed: 18 April 2017).

15 Things You Didn’t Know About Wile E. Coyote | GetMovieNews (2017) Getmovienews.com. Available at: https://getmovienews.com/15-things-you-didnt-know-about-wile-e-coyote/ (Accessed: 18 April 2017).

Under the Skin Archives – Home of the Alternative Movie Poster -AMP- (2017) Home of the Alternative Movie Poster -AMP-. Available at: https://alternativemovieposters.com/portfolio_tags/under-the-skin/ (Accessed: 18 April 2017).

Alizee – Moi… Lolita [Me… Lolita] (2017) YouTube. Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P3uhPQZpjFg (Accessed: 19 April 2017).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unit 12: Week 2

Week 1-Week 2 : Broadchurch case study

  • Opening scene Analysis

Broadchurch is a British Thriller for TV about a child murder that occurs in a small town. 2 detectives are hired to solve the case, it stars David Tenant and Olivia Colman.

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  • Analysis

The first couple of shots of the first 10 minutes contains landscape shots mood atmopheres, dramatic music quickly switching the genre into a lighter mood as the first few scenes go from moody thriller to happy sweet drama. After the first couple of suspensfull and mysterious shots of a boy standing beside a cliff, staring at the sea and shots of the town. The following day we get a positive vibe from the series . We get a look at the everyday routine the town of Broadchurch goes through, where people wake up go to work and kids go to school. We meet a Family in which we see the dad played by Andrew Buchan goes to walk his way to work saying hello to the community of Broadchurch walking past stores buying the newspaper drinking coffee, we get a glimpse of the characters who will be relevant later on in the series. Meanwhile the mother of the family packs snacks for the kids, however one has gone missing. After a few shots of introducing other characters including one of the lead protagonists played by Olivia Colman. We get a sequence on which the mother played by Jodie Whittaker a kids soccer game getting increasingly suspicious over the fact of where her son could be since she hasn’t seen him the entire day.

From this point the atmosphere changes from peaceful  to uncomfortable mood piece. Later on it is discovered that a dead body had been found at the beach. It is then that we discover that the dead victim is the missing son. There is no cloudy weather to build a depressing mood instead the sky is blue making the series even more disturbingly sinister representing a compelling series with bleak outcomes that stands somewhere between Twin Peaks and a French Mini series called Zodiaque…..

Nothing is at seems in the opening sequence of Broadchurch. It is focused primarily on a mood piece rather than shoving an in your face dialogue oriented fast pacing ride. It’s more of a slow burn taking it’s time representing it’s characters

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  • Target audience

The series of Broadchurch is aimed for a widespread audience both conventional and unconventional it’s something to be shown to a much younger audience but definitely a source of pure entertainment even though the subject matter is bleak it’s dazzling and compelling to watch suitable for a mature audience.

  • Social

The World in which Broadchurch is trying to depict is a realistic take of ever day life gone wrong and the emotional outcomes of any single sinister action that takes place.

Their is a message in Broadchurch that is trying to say this can happen to anyone.  The idea of a much more innocent town in comparison to major cities or more well known grittier towns in England makes the story of Broadchurch more sinister because it’s saying that sometimes the lost of innocence is often Ugly to watch.

  • Political

Broadchurch presents itself as a world of innocence and it’s focus on every day life in a British middle class town.  But the sudden shift of child murder and the obssession of the press exposing it on the news.  In a way the political aspect of the series describes the fear of people and the unknown of what they can do to one another.

In the first episode after the murder of a child the obsession of the media becomes grand and begins to intrude in the investigation.

  • Chronological

What has gone before the genre.

In previous genres of Broadchurch which is marked as a dramatic thriller in the vain of a David fincher’s work and other TV series like Gracepoint, endeavor, the fall, Wallander, Lewis, The Bletchley Circle, Marcella, River and others more…

 

The Technology that will affect the production

Broadchurch is not a series in which it’s plot and themes rely on technology.

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Harvard Reference :

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Sprogis, K. (2017) Recap of “Broadchurch” Season 1 Episode 1 | Recap Guide, Recapguide.com. Available at: http://recapguide.com/recap/53/Broadchurch/season-1/episode-1/ (Accessed: 15 March 2017).

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Week 1-Week 2 : Broadchurch case study

Unit 12 week 1: Personal music question and answer notes

  • Your childhood and music you listened as a child ?

When i was a kid i used to listen to movie scores. Including the theme from Robin hood and Disney Pixar movies like the original Toy Story.  But if there was a song that stood out to me till this day when i was around 4 was a song called high by Lighthouse family. I would listen to the themes of Harry Potter, Spider man and others. Rock and all the great artists of that time which were in the late 90’s early 2000’s i wasn’t really aware of and did’t catch my interest until much later on.

 

 

 

  • What was your favorite music and artist you listen to as a child ?

High by Lighthouse family.

 

 

 

  • What was the first CD you had and listen to ?

I don’t really remember the full title but it was something like TV express in which all the songs were from themes of TV in England from the 60’s, 70’s and 80s.

 

 

  • Did your parents influenced your taste in music or who did ? What is the story behind ?

They partially did, My dad less so than y Mum.Because he was into John Lennon and David Bowie and still is. Those singers i didn’t thought they were really good.  My mother was into European music but also Pet shop boys and so forth. My interest in music was a more independant approach. It was the songs put in movies that influenced me the most.

 

 

  • What was the music you listened to in your early teens and who were your influences?

 

80’s music like Blondie, Michael Jackson, Billy Ocean, New Order, early 90’s rap like Ice cube.  This was all because of Rockstar games and Grand Theft Auto.

 

  • What was your favorite music video at the time and why ?

Still is to this day Alizee Moi Lolita. I fall in love with Alizee every time i watch the video because it’s super romantic and sexy.

 

 

 

  • Is there an interesting story or anecdote from your teen time influenced by music you listened to ?

When I was in College in France i was with a group of friends who were deeply inspired by the gangster rap of 50 cent, 2 ac, Eminem etc and we would copy there attitudes and listen consistently their music.

 

  • Has your taste in music changed now and what kind of music you listen to now ?

I despise commercials songs of today, i have to bear the trash they put on in Clubs. But i search for more older music which i think is better than modern day music experimental, independant, motivational music that i can visualize for a movie sequence. But i like all sorts of genres of music but i don’t really pay attention to the lyrics and make just sure if i like the sound of the song being played.

 

  • Who are your favorite music artists and why ?

Leftfield because they play electronic music but have a deep atmosphere in each song that feels original unique and dreamy other world like.

 

 

  • What does music mean to you and purpose does it serve in your life ?

Music is huge source of inspiration for me to have an idea for movies and stories and sequences. It helps jogg without stopping and think of thinks better and clearer.

 

 

Conclusion.

Music is one of the main influences in my life and for this reason my research topic will be research around music.

 

 

Unit 12 week 1: Personal music question and answer notes

Week 3: TOPIC SOUND

 

Unit 1 LO 2.2

Unit 4 LO1.2 and LO2,2

PART A

  • Diegetic sound

Diegetic sound  is the sound whose source is visible on the screen or whose source is implied to be present by the action of the film for example, the voices of characters in motion pictures or the sounds made by objects in the story and music represented as coming from instruments in the story space. Sound whose source is visible on the screen or whose source is implied to be present by the action of the film. In any cases Diegetic sound is any sound presented as originated from source within the film’s world, it can be either on screen or off screen depending on whatever it’s source is within the frame or outside the frame.

  • Non Diegetic sound

Non Diegetic sound is the opposite of Diegetic sound. It is neither visible on the screen or has been implied to be present in the action. For example there is the narrator’s commentary in a motion picture or the sound effects which is added for the dramatic effect and mood music.

But also Non Diegetic sound is represented as coming from a source outside it’s own story space and it’s distinction between diegetic or non diegetic sound depends on the understanding of conventions from film viewing and listening.  Certain sounds are representing as coming from the world of stories, meanwhile others are represented as coming from outside of narrative events. an experiment with diegetic and non diegetic conventions can be used to create mystery, ambiguity and the unknown, a great example of that would be Thrillers and Horrors in order to surprise it’s audience. And in other terms for non diegetic sound is commentary sound.

  • Off screen sound

Off Screen sound is a from of editing trick in which  you have one location whether it’s interior or exterior where in you have a scene in which for example in a house  a child is playing with his toys and the child’s father is watching TV downstairs but instead of hearing the child actually playing with his toys we hear the TV that the father is watching.

  • Voice over

Voice over in Movies, video games, radio or I TV shows. Tend to be a form of narration or a description in the visual story told b one of the main protagonists or from a genuine storyteller explaining mostly the premise or a situation a movie. Like henry Hill in Scorsese’s Goodfellas or The main protagonist in Double indemnity.

  • Thought voice-over

Thought voice over or Interior monologue is the thinking of words during voice over, it’s what is going through the mind of a character through words in a movie.

  • Ambient sound

Ambient sound is the soundtrack going on behind the main characters for example when 2 characters are talking at a café, an example of ambient sound would be what we hear going around the 2 characters talking in the café like the other customers around them or the noise of other people walking in and out. And other examples of Ambient sound would be if a protagonist in a film is chasing down an antagonist in a nightclub the ambient sound would be the techno music playing and the people cheering or shouting.

  • Special sound effects

Special effects in movies are commonly used when a sequence requires a stunt that cannot be done in real life by doing the impossible in movies SFX is used by computer techniques. SFX are illusions or visual tricks they are here to simulate the virtual world in visual storytelling.  But in the case of special sound effects they artificially created or enhanced sounds it is the sound for the visual special effects.

PART B

Investigating the relationship between sound and visual images.

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Europa (1991) Directed by Lars Von Trier

The clip below is the opening sequence of the film.

Europa is a German noir war thriller set at the aftermath of Germany after WW2. About an American trying to bring a sense of kindness as sleeping car  conductor but gets enrolled with a Nazi terrorist conspiracy.

In the opening sequence of the film the sound that is used is ambient sound of a train driving through Railtracks. And a violin score playing. The Voice over isn’t thought voice over. but instead it is a voice guiding the main protagonist to do the mission of the what is yet to come. An example would be like in a video game telling the main player to guide him on his objectives.

The voice over in Europa is a guide and the voice is told by Max Von Sydow.

The camera position in the opening sequence is on extreme close up with the railway tracks. It’s shot in black and white. It’s one long shot and the audio was recorded in different locations the shot was filmed without a microphone and pointed down on while the cameraman was on a moving train. Then recorded either the same tracks or found sound footage of general railway tracks.

Lars Von Trier films tend to use minimal special effects, he is one of the co founders of the dogme 95 movement in which it is all gritty handheld realistic perspectives and environments. So with his scenes they tend to involve close up shots and intense melodrama while the atmosphere is drenched in dread. And his soundtracks for movies contain a lot of classical music. So in the case of Europa, it is one of his most ambitious films to date that resembles Schindler’s list. But the opening sequence is incredibly simple in comparison to what is yet to come in the feature. The voice over is a told with a serious dreamy hypnotic tone in order for the first shot of the film to be immensely hypnotic. This is an influence that Von Trier took from Powell, Tarkovsky and Bergman.

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2) The built of atmosphere

Europa starts off with a very dreamlike tone while recording the sound for the railway tracks Von Trier used and the colour of shadowy black and white to provide the atmospheric quality.

The only narrative device used in the sequence is The voice by Max Von Sydow telling the main character revealed later to relax as he is about to enter the world of Germany at the end of the war and to relax before the film slowly pulls us ( the audience) and the character   this is an atmospheric method to hypnotize the audience.

The rhythm that is provided is slow in pacing and tense in tone it is a setup of an art house film the colour of black and white the dreamy trippy vibe and quality of the shot and the dialogue of voice over is as a form of relaxation exercise is to suck the audience in the film and then slowly building the rest of the film while tense violin plays in the background.

3) The background piece music.

The background music is violin’s bringing a tense mood while the sound of rail tracks deliver a dream like tone in the same time. However with Max Von Sydow’s voice over guide the minute he says I will now count from 1 to 10 , I say 1. The music get’s more intense as it goes along until the voice reaches up to 10 and instead of the music getting more intense it becomes more somewhat melancholic.

And the minute the voice says 10 this is exactly the right moment to slowly cut to the next scene while the music slowly changes tone and instead of hearing railway tracks we hear rain drops.

The Music is a perfect piece of calm tension dreamlike quality slowly building into something maybe sinister that may happen. And suits the visual look because while the music is intense and the railway tracks are dark and grey and the audience is left in an unknown territory except for a voice.

The End.

References :

Movie Posters.2038.net | Posters for movieid-58: Europa (1991) by Lars von Trier (2017) Movieposters.2038.net. Available at: http://movieposters.2038.net/movieid-58 (Accessed: 2 March 2017).

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Trier, L. (2017) Lars von Trier, IMDb. Available at: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001885/ (Accessed: 2 March 2017).

 

 

Michael Powell (2017) En.wikipedia.org. Available at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Powell (Accessed: 2 March 2017).

 

Andrei Tarkovsky (2017) MUBI. Available at: https://mubi.com/cast/andrei-tarkovsky (Accessed: 2 March 2017).

 

20 Classic Ingmar Bergman Quotes about Storytelling | Industrial Scripts® (2017) Industrial Scripts®, Screenwriting and Screenplay Consultants. Available at: https://screenplayscripts.com/ingmar-bergman-quotes/ (Accessed: 2 March 2017).

 

 

Week 3: TOPIC SOUND

2017 in film. Silence review 4/5

 

Ok the first film i see in cinemas this year is a late one because i saw this one 2 weeks ago and haven’t bothered to analyse it and it’s a film made by arguably my favorite film director which is none other than the legendary Martin Scorsese. Here he goes art house making a passion of his since 1990, the sort likely to found in the criterion collection. Miles away of anything he is usually known for including Hugo, there is no loud brash rock’roll intrusive gimmie shelter song playing in display while the camera zooms and swings and dazzles in an exhilarating format, no Dicaprio or Deniro. and the editing is a hell of a lot more slower even if it is Thelma Schoonmaker 5 the greatest editor alive at the moment) doing the cutting, it dosen’t feel Scorsese at all. The film is indeed a genre that Marty has explored before with The Last Temptation of Christ and Kundun but even those films had noise and an ounce of radical brashness in his more known work like Goodfellas and Casino. 2 Christian Portuguese Missionaries that is Spider Man and Kylo Ren head to Japan in order to find their mentor priest played by Oskar Schindler or in blockbuster standards Qui gon Jinn. From this point the film echoes the works of Kurosawa and Ozu as the 2 priests begin to discover a world of fear and torment as the religion they believe in and a handful of poor old Japanese bees will be tested to extreme lengths to see how much they believe in god, this means crucifixion, decapitation and psychological torture and it’s cold unsentimental and brutal and occasionally powerful to watch, hell there is a Japanese Judas laying about. Now like i said with soundtrack, there is not one single song in this movie, not one. Instead the soundtrack is the sound of nature and waves and wind being blown. Scorsese himself being raised in New York having to go to church a couple of days a week and was going to become a priest instead at some point earlier in his career and you can tell why here, the level of detail, the film’s tone and outstanding execution could have only been made by a master with a passion in his brain and a skill unlike any other. It’s without a question not his most accessible film to date, at 2 hrs and 41 minutes long about the meaning of christ, faith, heaven, hell, Buddhism and so forth, this is no Wolfie Wall Street and the pacing is much more slower but it’s also Scorsese’s best looking film in ages. It’s a test of patience for a conventional audience but for Art house conveniences it’s grade A.

 

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2017 in film. Silence review 4/5