“Insidious” is a 2010 horror movie centralizing around the lives of protagonists Renai (Rose Byrne) and her husband Josh (Patrick Wilson). The movie mainly focuses on the supernatural activity going on within the house, and it is later revealed that the cause of the hauntings is due to demons attempting to take over the body of their unconscious son, Dalton (Ty Simpkins). The scene I have chosen to use from “Insidious”is the scene in which Renai sees and peruses a demon resembling a small Victorian child in her house. The extract begins 38:07 into the film and ends at 41:41. I have chosen to focus on the camerawork and sound in this particular scene as I believe they are both used to an excellent standard to create the feeling of tension and claustrophobia in the audience that this scene relies upon to create the perfect atmosphere for the rather major “jump scare” at the end of the scene. This also helps towards the overall tension and claustrophobic atmosphere that the movie creates as a whole, allowing the audience to not only be truly immersed in the story, but also to feel on edge throughout, empathising with the protagonist’s situation as they are trapped, alone and confused in a hostile environment that they cannot fully comprehend, nicely mirroring the audience’s confusion as to why the “hauntings” in the house are occurring. All of this is achieved by the superb sound and camerawork used throughout the scene.
The scene begins with the movies protagonist, Renai, cleaning her son’s room and gathering trash to take to the bin outside her house. While she is doing this, slow and relaxing instrumental music plays in the background from a nearby record player, given this part of the scene a sense of peace and serenity that is contrasted by the camera slowly following Renai very closely, also given the feeling that something is watching her and is intruding in the house, and as this is a horror movie, the audience will expect that this means...
The set up is kind of slow, yet story-building. Seeing as this is the last movie of the Blade saga, the script becomes more intense that the two prior. A band of vampires finally stumble upon a diamond when they discover the remains of the legendary Dracula in a cave in the middle of the Iraqi Desert. When they reach his body which was buried deep underground they come to realize he is still alive.
In a chase with some "familiars" as Blade calls them, he rams the back of the car with his vintage Black Mustang and causes the car to hydroplane and flip over. The other passengers ash, as the one in the back seat tries to make a break for it. Silver stakes rounds fired off by Blade's sawed off shotgun echo through the air. He's been set up, the target was human. He runs off into the darkness retreating to his hideout where Whistler is.
Whistler, Blade's "partner in crime" and also longtime father figure dies in a shootout with the SWAT Team who stealthily followed Blade back. Blade attempts to make an escape, but to no avail. While incarcerated, Hannibal King, the best friend of Abby, Whistler's daughter, breaks in and rescues Blade.
They later share the details of what exactly is happening and brings Blade up to speed about Dracula and what is being planned. How the vampires started a blood bank and potentially will run the country if they don't act soon enough.
One evening, Dracula mauls Heather, Whistler's eldest...
...Korean Films: “My Sassy Girl” & “The Classic”
Characteristics of Korean and Chinese Films
We think that the characteristics that make Korean films different from Chinese films are, first and foremost, the most basic structure or skeleton that they use when making their movies. We think that Chinese movies, compared to Korean movies, are usually more complex. Chinese movies usually have many parts that needs to be put together to see the bigger picture of the movie. In contrast with this, we think that Korean movies have a more simple framework, example is in Sassy Girl, the story mainly revolves around two characters and their interactions, while in the movie Eat, Drink, Man, Woman you need to look at and analyze how the different events in the lives of all the family members affected the final scene where the father regained his sense of taste.
Another difference that we saw between Chinese and Korean movies are the main trends that were prevalent in the movies we saw in class. For Chinese movies, we saw how keen they were in the use of symbolisms. An example would be how in the movie Eat, Drink, Man, Woman, the lost of the fathers sense of taste symbolized his loss for the zest for life, while the movie Together is in a sense a symbol of or representation of the actual life experience of director Chen Kaige. In China, the use of symbolism...
...as a source for a film?
A film cannot be compared to a book. A book can be compared to a serie; where the viewer has time enough to know the character deep inside. A film can be compared to a short story; where the writer has to engage the readers with limited information.
Hitchcock: “There's been a lot of talk about the way in which Hollywood directors distort literary masterpieces. I'll have no part of that! What I do is to read a story only once, and if I like the basic idea, I just forget all about the book and start to create cinema. Today I would be unable to tell you the story of Daphne du Maurier's The Birds. I read it only once, and very quick at that.”
What does H say about suspense and how does it work?
The doubt of that is going to happen next is very intriguing and exciting. The most powerful medium of captivating engagement is suspense. Suspense is playing with information.
Hitchcock: “For me, suspense doesn’t have any value unless it’s balanced by humor,”
As reported by Hitchcock, humor does not weaken the potency of suspense. Actually he believe that humor improves the contrast making it even more persuasive.
What does H say about the ‘whodunit’?
Hitchcock: “A whodunit generates a curiosity that is void of emotion and emotion is an essential ingredient of suspense. Mystery is seldom suspenseful.”
“I generally avoid this genre, because as a rule all of the interest is concentrated at the ending.”...
...Suicides, use a range of stylistic features (film techniques) to display the movies themes and with what effect on the audience?
Director Sofia Coppola uses a range of film techniques to display themes of obsession, the superficiality of vision and isolation from the real world in her film The Virgin Suicides. Through use of symbolism, characterization, setting and techniques specific to a film such a soundtrack, Coppola is able to construct the intricate, mysterious and unfathomable world of the Lisbon sisters. The story of the five sisters, told through the eyes of a group of neighborhood boys obsessed with their mere existence, becomes somewhat of an urban myth. Their tragedy translating to the downfall of the community of which they lived. Coppola portrays the five Lisbon sisters as ethereal entities existing on a level separate to the rest of modern society through her unique and specific directing style; creating an unearthly, pastel world of femininity. Through these film techniques, the prominent themes of The Virgin Suicides are effectively communicated to the audience, allowing them to see past the facades and illusions of stereotypical 1990’s American suburbia.
The theme of obsession and the power it possesses is prominent in Sofia Coppola’s The Virgin Suicides. Obsession in this film relates to the infamous Lisbon sisters; portrayed with assistance...
...internal landscapes of the characters with the external settings.
Sharpness plays a major part in Pan’s Labyrinth, from the architecture to the props. With the props, Del Toro places emphasis on keys and knives. Keys posses an obvious denotation of being able to unlock things that previously stayed out of reach. In the film, they are used as a means of breaking into the military camp, a literal example of unlocking. However, they also hold the connotation of being able to unlock deeper, more meaningful things, such as emotion. Knives also carry symbolic weight within the context of the movie. While keys act similarly, knives even more so act as phallic symbols. They entail power. This can be clearly seen with Ofeila, whom as a woman, lacks phallic quality on her own and therefore the viewers find her more helpless, but with the knife she holds some level of power. She can protect herself.
Again sharpness comes into play with the architectural qualities of the setting and helps to create two different worlds. The realistic side of the world in the film is portrayed as harsh and unforgiving with the lack of smooth edges or surfaces. Throughout the film, Del Toro invokes German Expressionism in the use of landscapes, which mirror internal emotions. The harsh nature of realism shows itself in the hard edges and sharp lines when Del Toro depicts scenes with the Captain. Ofeila’s scenes demonstrate...
...1. a. Perception means understanding a situation, and having insight on it; individuals connecting to their environment. In negotiation you need to interpret what the other party says and means. (Lewicki, p139)
b. In the movie John Q the main character John acts like he is a threat and the cops think he is going to kill the hostages if he does not get what he wants. The cops have a different perception of the type of man John is. He won’t stop until his son gets the help he needs to survive. The public sees the situation as a man desperately trying to save his son any way he can and he is looked at as a hero. John’s son needs a heart transplant and he cannot get on the transplant list because Johns insurance does not cover that. The hospital will not help John, so he is left with nothing else to do. He will do anything; he will not let his son die because they didn’t have the money to save him. The people that John holds hostage all realize what John is doing and that John doesn’t want to hurt them, he just wants to help his son. The police see John as a violent man holding hostages in the ER, while everyone else sees he is trying to save his son. (Lewicki, p139)
4. a. There are five examples of what is communicated throughout the negotiation process. One way to communicate during the process is to know the offers, counter offers, and motives. The offers can change and the parties must both face different factors in the negotiation. Another way to...
‘Serenades’ is a film set in central Australia that explores the mixing and relations between cultures in the 1890’s. It follows the story of Jila, the child of an aboriginal woman named Wanga, whom was given away for one night to an Afghan cameleer Shir Mohammed as payment of a gambling debt. Jila was raised and taught about aboriginal spirituality by her grandfather in her early childhood, but when her mother and grandfather both die, she is brought into the German missionary and is baptized into Christianity. She is then taken by her father and pronounced a Muslim. Unsure of her identity and beliefs, she grows into a woman which we come to sympathises with. In deep distress and finding no comfort from the Muslim or Christian faiths, she is deeply affected by the intolerance of the people around her.
There is a lot more intolerance than tolerance of other cultures which prevalent through the film. The Lutheran church pastor doesn’t approve of the fact that Muslims have a right to practice their religion. When practicing Salat al-Zuhr (the early afternoon prayer) and after dropping the supplies, he states; “I wish they didn’t have to put on a show every time they deliver the goods”, which is a very disrespectful and ignorant statement. They are simply performing the ritual movements, not “putting on a show”, as he says. Again, when they want pork for Christmas, he is very indifferent over the fact that touching swine meat is against his...
...In the first scene, medium close-up shot of a teenage girl as she talks about her disappointment in her father and that she pitys him; suggesting almost sarcastically that someone should 'put him out of his misery', another male out of shot suggests that maybe he could kill her father himself. This first establishing scene sets up the film and brings up the question why does she want her father dead, and does this male out of shot end up actually killing her father. The way the first scene is shot also brings up other information about the first two characters, implied to be filmed from a shaky handheld camera; the teenage girl speaks directly into the camera almost as if she where talking to the viewers, this almost brings us closer to her true feelings as if she where talking to a diary - but also implies she's comfortable with the male who's filming. The low-key, very artificial lighting suggests that they're in a living area and as she seems to be in a blanket or some kind of bedding, this could imply that the two characters are in a sort-of relationship where they're intimate with each other.
The next shot is the 'American Beauty' title card, meanwhile you hear the sound of the camera turning off, though this scene is over and very different from the next ariel view scene of the suburban streets; you understand that the previous scene may have been out of place (or maybe from a different part of the plot line possibly hinting at future story-arcs) as...