Alas, we have reached the end of the semester. While it feels like years since our first day of class, I have learned much in such a short period of time. Everything clearly happens for a reason, because if it didn’t, I would not have ended up taking this course. Unbeknownst to me, when I entered this classroom, I was really entering a world of endless possibilities for digital creativity. To me, this was no ordinary Creative Writing class, as I had previously anticipated from the course title. Instead, this class shows that society’s modes of creativity have expanded exponentially. This is the new age of transforming ideas from what may begin as notes on paper to an infinite realm of cyberspace and social media.
Keeping true to the development and expansive nature of creative thinking, I chose to create a video for my final project. I’d like to think of it as:
1. a literary, musical, or artistic piece consisting wholly or chiefly of motifs or techniques borrowed from one or more sources.
2. an incongruous combination of materials, forms, motifs, etc., taken from different sources; hodgepodge.
So enjoy my video collage of scenes from The Great Gatsby, Titanic, accompanied by “Clocks” by Coldplay.
After much thought, I have decided to stick with my idea of using my choices Leonardo DiCaprio movies for a mashup with music. However, I may not use the film Inception. I will use footage to cover area of the song that are appropriately matched for the visually imagery and meaning. Should I have enough footage with just The Great Gatsby and Titanic, I will not collect more footage just for the sake of adding in another movie. I think when a work has a sufficient amount of substance, its beauty can be soiled by being gluttonous with information.
The ultimate message or goal that I want to come through is the idea of yearning for something lost in the past. Anyone who knows about DiCaprio’s roles knows that for some reason he is constantly cast as a figure of the past, entangled in a love interest that is forbidden. However, a viewer need not be a DiCaprio fan, per say, to grasp the meaning of the mashup I am compiling. The combination of the music and the frames will synchronize as one fluid piece to reveal a sense of nostalgia, and longing for the past. Viewers will be “reaching for the green light” as they experience my mashup. I want viewers to remember their own pasts, or for the viewers to reminisce their own relationships.
I will be using Snag It once again, as well as iMovie. I feel that Snag It and iMovie are the appropriate mediums to accomplish my artistic decisions. I do not want to say what song I am thinking of using for this piece, as I would like for it to be more of a surprise. I already have cinematic ideas in my head, ones that are very difficult to put into writing. I also really like to keep my artistic choices to myself. As an artist, people are constantly stealing ideas – which I tend to loathe. However, if I were to give away the song, the idea would make much more sense.
I am aiming for a serious tone for the piece. I want my compilation and work to be something reputable, and possibly something I can incorporate into my portfolio, or share on YouTube as a “music video” representing an idea in its own right.
I have done a lot of thinking about what I wanted to create for my final project. Many ideas have crossed my mind, in fact, an entire list. It has been very difficult to decide, but I think I will go with my most recent. I am a hardcore sentimentalist, so I felt that a mashup featuring scenes from The Great Gatsby, Inception, and Titanic, would make a perfect fit for my repertoire. Each movie evokes a sense of nostalgia, and reminisces the past. In addition, all three films focus on love, a love that cannot be, or a broken love. My idea is to center around Leonardo DiCaprio and his love interests, and the idea of longing, longing for the past… or longing for what you cannot have. I will be using Snag It once again, as well as iMovie. I feel that Snag It and iMovie are the appropriate mediums to accomplish my artistic decisions. I do not want to say what song I am thinking of using for this piece, as I would like for it to be more of a surprise. I already have cinematic ideas in my head, ones that are very difficult to put into writing. I also really like to keep my artistic choices to myself. As an artist, people are constantly stealing ideas – which I tend to loathe.
I am aiming for a serious tone for the piece. I want my compilation and work to be something reputable, and possibly something I can incorporate into my portfolio, or share on YouTube as a “music video” representing an idea in its own right. I want to appeal to DiCaprio fans, but my goal is to not just make the mash-up about him. My goal is to have the mashup conjure feelings in the viewers. I want the mashup to represent memories and dreams.
I do have other ideas in my head as back-ups if for what ever reason this goal is not manageable.
To say the least, I am still shaken up over our viewing of Black Swan. I left the classroom with a big bout of anxiety, evidence that the film left the effect that was intended. Darren Aronofsky definitely accomplished putting the ‘psycho’ in psycho-drama. I could really feel Nina’s sense of mania. From the beginning, the camera angling in Black Swan can leave the viewer feeling on edge. The camera man shoots from right behind Natalie Portman’s head, only to see fragments of her journey into the studio. Natalie Portman’s acting was just on point. Her timidness and very anxious nature worked its course throughout the entire film. I think a large part of the reason why the movie had the effect on me that it did was because of Portman’s acting skills. She truly became her character, as did Nina for her role as the Black Swan.
The choice of lighting in the scenes also affected the mood. Most scenes had a dark undertone to them. Even if Portman was well lit, her surroundings may not have been. As I discussed with classmates, the choice in colors of the costumes were very telling. Nina in stark white gradually fading to gray and then to black as the movie progressed, while Lilly remained in black the entire time. The choice in costume colors played up the representations of the white swan versus the black swan. Lilly is very evidently represented as to what the black swan is, the evil twin sister. It’s hard to tell what Lilly actually does and what is a figment of Nina’s imagination. The movie left me wondering whether Nina and Lilly really had an altercation in the dressing room during the opening performance, or whether Nina was really just having a conversation with her seemingly two personalities, inevitably leading her to self-harm. I ask myself at the end, did Lilly really try to sabotage Nina throughout the movie, or did Nina commit self-sabotage the entire time?
Personally, I think the movie was executed perfectly, but I will probably never watch it again. I, myself, have suffered from depression and anxiety. After watching the movie, I was kind of a mess for the rest of the day. I found myself hyperventilating in a sense. Black Swan definitely left me with anxiety, a cold feeling in my chest and throat. With this being said, I think that Aronofsky clearly created what he intended to. However, it is not the kind of movie that I, specifically, will watch for leisure.
It was very difficult for me to choose one frame for the Paperman, but I think this one took the cake for me. This frame stuck out to me because it was a very memorable picture. This frame is something that most people can relate to, whether they have experienced this feeling of “love at first sight,” or “that one eye contact that started it all,” this frame is extremely iconic. I have seen this sort of frame countless times, and I think it is essential in a love story. *Don’t everyone jump on me and throw tomatoes at once* but on Valentine’s Day I saw the movie Endless Love. This frame especially reminds me of when David meets Jade Butterfield. (I do not care if Endless Love is cliche, I think it was great, and I definitely could use some sappy puppy love in this dark and twisted world we call America). The point of alluding to Endless Love in regard to this frame is that this “shared glance between love interests” is an absolute in telling a romantic story. Even though these two are clearly cartoons, you can see the illustrated look in the woman’s eyes, in her gaze. Someone in class mentioned a sense of foreshadowing, and I think this particular frame has just that. Despite the fact that this frame is towards the end of the short film, it carries very much foreshadowing of the potential relationship to come. It is amazing how powerful one shot can be, and in my eyes this frame captures the feelings of the beginning stages of a budding romance. Had I known nothing about the Paperman other than this shot, I would be able to conclude that there is a connection here between these two characters. There is also a sense of nostalgia; the way that the animators worked with the light designers was magnificent… There is this sense of foggy, blurry edges where the sun would hit the woman, potentially suggesting that the Paperman is re-telling the story of the memory of someone involved in the making of the short film. The artistic decision to place this tale in the past, possibly the 1940’s, as opposed opposed to the present-day suggests some kind of meaning. Today, we can all agree that there is a lack of chivalry. Many times when writers and filmmakers want to create a sense of sentimentality with love, they choose to revert back to days wherein chivalry may have been more widely accepted… Days where a paper airplane or a letter meant more than a stale text (Exhibit A: The Notebook (2004)). And let us please not think about the fact that The Notebook was already released 10 years ago. Yikes.
Here are the runners up for the best frame (in chronological film order):
If I were to give each of these frames titles, from 1-5, they would be named as follows:
1. His Only Hope; 2. One Last Attempt (as this is the paper plane he throws that has the lipstick kiss on it); 3. Love Doesn’t Stop; 4. Finds Plane In Flowers; 5. Love Leads You.
I find it especially appropriate for the fifth frame that I reference Pocahontas, as we will be discussing the Disney princesses in relevance to film next week:
For my post of different forms of cinematics, I chose Movies In Frames Analysis. Movies in frames is just that: only four frames for one movie. I think this form of cinematics is very interesting because in just four frames someone can tell you something about a movie. Even if those four frames are only from the beginning of the movie, or only show a small part, it still tells the viewer about the content of the film. One that definitely caught my attention was this Movies In Frames set from The Breakfast Club (1985)
I think this set is particularly provocative. Anyone who can scroll by the frame of Molly Ringwald followed by her crotch is clearly blind. Whoever made this Movies In Frames set clearly had an intention to be eye-catching. Obviously these four frames do not describe the entire movie, but the viewer can expect that there will be comedy without even seeing The Breakfast Club. I think that Movies In Frames is a witty way to get an attitude across to a movie-goer. It also gives those who have already seen the movie a chance to pick and choose what scenes they felt were compelling.
Another set that caught my attention was one from 9 1/2 Weeks (1986). Do you think I like 80’s movies?
This Movies In Frames set really made me want to go see 9 1/2 Weeks. Without having seen the movie, I can extract important information from this set. It is ironic that Valentine’s Day just passed, because this film looks as though it would be perfect for a Valentine’s Day flick. The creator’s repetition of hearts combined with human figure/skin lets me know that this is a romantic, potentially love-making-filled story. For movie-goers whom are very visual, Movies In Frames is a huge benefit. Perhaps I could be interested in a film, but then after seeing its Movies In Frames Analysis I may change my mind. On the contrary, I may be on the fence about attending a movie, and then the Movies In Frames makes me want to go see it. Personally, I found the Movies In Frames to be the most enticing and compelling portion of the Frames & Screenshot section. –> http://spring20902.wordpress.com/2014/02/08/frames-screenshots/
Mark Wahlberg and Michael Bale
“a KO w/ an unexpected cast that yields a raw, gaudy, frank account of a downtrodden boxer walking the ‘lonely street of dreams'”
“C’mon man! It’s Christmas Eve! I could be home drinking this really good egg nog my brother makes with lighter fluid”
BETTER OFF DEAD-
“Head to the slopes w/ a pathetic teen skiing the K-12 to win the love of the bitch everyone hates. You won’t miss your $2.”
“Juicy Couture&pink velour in monster form: MEAN GIRLS- the movie that gets better w/each view. &yes, Lady Smith Black Mambazo really exists.”
“FERRIS BUELLER- Broderick schemes with us on a sardonic dry-humored day of hookie, becoming one of the most replicated plots of our time.”
George Bailey: What is it you want, Mary? What do you want? You want the moon? Just say the word and I’ll throw a lasso around it and pull it down.
IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE
“IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE- A reinvented story of the more relatable Scrooge that makes you reevaluate your life and ditch the petty; a classic.