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  1. Rear Window is Hitchcock showcase of how camera works with mise-en-scene to create suspense and ultimately terror. Ive decided to choose that film as a subject of my analysis, because the way it was constructed and framed visually is impressive.

    Richer Maltby argues that meaning is contained in every form of visual presentation and by exploring that we can receive a more detailed story 'We can achieve a much richer understanding of any ... movie by examining its visual presentation than we will obtain if we presume that its meaning is located solely in plot and dialogue' (Maltby, 2003, p. 353). Therefore formalism is to reflect critically and ideologically what is framed and showed on the screen. In addition, Friedberg explains that how the world is framed may be as important as what is contained within the frame (Friedberg, 2006, p.1).

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  2. We were asked to interpret the movie El Arbole Seco meaning The Dry/Withered Tree, to help us understand narrative analysis.

    7. A narrative is like a recollection - the common theme gives the events a narrative shape, there is an interconnected sequence that leads from start to finish. We are aware of the ending before we start the story. Methodology We were asked to interpret the movie "El Arbole Seco" meaning The Dry/Withered Tree, to help us understand narrative analysis. For this purpose the class was divided into groups of three, four or five. There were four people in my group- 1)

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  3. Cinematography in the breakfast scene of Pulp Fiction.

    Then when Samuel L. Jackson is talking to "Bret" there is a mixture of mid shots and close ups. The close ups are used to show the expressions on Bret due to the fact Bret looks scared and anxious. They are also used on Samuel L. Jackson when they are talking to each other to show Samuel L. Jackson's cold hearted look . Also there is a close up on Samuel L.

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    From this establishing shot we can see this is definitely a western. There is no road just dirt which is hardened by the horses that are also in the shot. Every store and house is made out of wood which is typical in western films. We can see women in this shot. The women are dressed in dresses that are typical to western movies and very commonly seen, they also wear bonnets with ribbons on them. All these factors are typical in western film.

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    the reason why throughout a lot of the film he is filmed on his own to show the fact he is an outsider and when he is shown with someone else the camera looks down on him to show that he is inferior. Other characters are Mike's mum Gina, a single mother and his older sister Jane who goes to college and isn't around a lot. Throughout the film I want to use a lot of long tracking shots when filming the character of Mike to show his loneliness so that when his role becomes very significant in the film

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    The song also fits the year that this film is set in as the music playing is what would be playing in clubs around that time. As the scene moves on there is a long shot of Begbie talking to a woman. The reason this is a long shot is to make it like the perspective is that of Renton it's like an onlookers view. In this shot we see Begbie chatting up a woman by boasting about his skills on a pool table as is apparent from his actions.

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  7. Creating a documentary

    We also had a better approach to analysing. Therefore for our drama we used our research to define certain things that could be related to the genre. These things were outfits, camera shots, as we had a lot of confrontation we used medium/ mid-close ups, POV to show exactly what the characters were going through. Location for example a night club for one of the scenes. How helpful/successful was your pre-production process? All of our pre-production work which we did was very successful.

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  8. Art/Specialist Cinema vs Mainstream

    First seen at festivals Paranormal Activity premiered at Screamfest Film Festival in North America on October 14, 2007, and was shown at the Slamdance Film Festival on January 18, 2008. Berlin, Venice, Cannes festival prizes The film was nominated for "best first feature" in the Independent Spirit Awards 2009. Reviewed by specialist media Based on 175 reviews collected by Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an overall approval 'certified fresh' rating from critics of 82%. Movie critics James Berardinelli and Roger Ebert each awarded it 3.5 stars out of a maximum of 4 stars.

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  9. Why We Fight, is a movie that examines the growth of the military - industrial complex as well as the reasons that Americans go to war. If asked the question, Why do you fight? most of us would give the same answer, for freedom and to st

    I think he`s trying to portray the extreme danger to America`s way of life and democracy. Jarecki's "Why We Fight," takes its inspiration from President Eisenhower's final address to the American nation and warns us that the military-industry complex could outpace the control the republic has over it. Jarecki makes us realise that what Eisenhower described in the 1960`s is far worse today and frankly I agree. As a way to justify my opinion I would like to state some statistics. In 2008, the US spent approximately $12 billion monthly in Iraq, which amounts to approximately $5000 spent every second1.

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  10. How Does The Use of Mise-en-Scene Create Atmosphere in the 'Briefing/Autopsy' Scene From Insomnia (2002)?

    Entrapment is conveyed through another means of mise-en-scene in this sequence: as the characters talk the camera cuts to close up after close up of each of their faces as they take turns to talk, there are only a few occasions where the viewpoint of the camera changes to show more than one person in shot. By positioning the characters alone whilst in shot it shows how separated they are from one another. Actors' performances also show this: when they talk, eye contact is not held between two of the characters for very long periods.

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  11. Media personal statement

    I wish to combine these two quotes by Malcolm X and follow my dream to become a successful producer. Taking my first step towards my dream, I headed to the UK and became a media student at Bellerbys College, Cambridge. British education has always been well-respected for its long history of successful teaching and qualifications and that is the reason why I came here. Moreover, the media industry in the UK is developing; therefore, I expect to gain a lot more knowledge here than in any other country. I have found that studying media in the UK is like learning the tricks of the trade.

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  12. Media effect

    There has been evidence showing that the more frequently a child watches films in which there are violent scenes, the more aggressive he or she tends to be. In addition, seeing people suffering, bleeding or killing each other in violent films may make the children think of the world as a rather dangerous place and thus we have a generation whose minds are dominated by insecurity and uncertainty as a result of the media. Sexuality is also another serious problem: films, music videos and all those sorts of things containing sexual content are being broadcasted widely and frequently.

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  13. How does the exposition of American Beauty establish themes and character?

    This links to the theme and it also reflects in the notice at Lester's desk that says 'Look Closer'. As it is zooming in it reminds me of the film Beetle Juice where they zoom in on his life in this fake model board. It's like the audience are spectators and are watching from a position of objective superiority as a person's life unfolds. It then cuts to the Lester Burnham the protagonist of the film asleep on his bed in his bedroom.

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  14. The movie watched was Danton, which was released in color in 1983 and was directed by Andrzej Wajda. Grard Depardieu plays Danton while Wojciech Pszoniak plays Robespierre, the two main characters.

    Not surprisingly, Robespierre is sent to the guillotine not three months after Danton. All of the major characters portrayed in the movie are based on real historical figures, and for the most part are portrayed quite accurately. Danton is based on Danton while Robespierre is based on Robespierre. Danton was always a very passionate man and was portrayed as such in the movie. An example of this would be when Danton goes into a fury that the people are not being represented his trial and his own basic liberties and rights are not being addressed.

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  15. What reasons are there for films to be remade?

    This is completely untrue as Hollywood producers agree that they are often swamped by thousands upon thousands of new scripts that come from writers all around the world, wanting their films to be made. The reason that films are remade is because of the potential that they have to be a great hit, and therefore to make money to be invested in other films to make more money and so the cycle continues. This also helps to make the film industry one of the fastest growing in the world as the huge sums of money being made are invested and reinvested again and again and again.

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  16. When considering the movie Crash we can clearly see that there is a correlation between the movie and the theory of Marxism. The characters themselves act as the different classes in the society mainly through their action and behaviour

    Such as how each character signifies the different classes that are visible in the society. Certain social issues such as exploitation and alienation are a common theme during the movie. Furthermore, the way individuals of a certain class perceive others in different classes also evident in the movie. The moral of the movie is completely in sync with the main aim of the Marxist theory. When considering the movie 'Crash' we can clearly see that there is a correlation between the movie and the theory of Marxism. The characters themselves act as the different classes in the society mainly through their action and behaviour.

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  17. Character analysis for the film "Unforgiven". The common character traits share between Will Munny, Ned Logan, The Schofield Kid, and Little Bill Daggett is that at one point in their lives they were or trying to be outlaws.

    As the film progressed, Will is torn between the vows of his deceased wife and his inner demons. William finds that in order fulfill his goals to take care of his family, he would have to break his vows to his wife. Leading him to accept the opportunity set forth by The Schofield Kid. The main drive in Will Munny decision was pure money, that is also set forth in his character name. The pure financial gain (simple fix)

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  18. Analyse the representation of the US military in Apocalypse Now

    The setting with the sunrise shows the juxtaposition of beauty against violence and war. Women and children are shown to demonise the Americans as they are attacking innocents; the excitement and tension caused by the music in the previous scenes made it seem as though they were about to embark on some heroic venture, but it is clear that they are not as admirable as they earlier appeared. The Vietnamese are clearly going to lose the battle as they have far fewer weapons and the Americans have helicopters and heavy artillery, which suggests an element of the unfairness of the situation; clearly the Vietnamese stand to lose a lot more, and they are killed even as they run away unarmed.

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  19. Explore the phenomenal box office success of blockbuster films Jaws and Star Wars and how they forever changed the film making industry?

    The movie Jaws is about a number of shark attacks taking place on the beaches of the U.S.A, in which a $3000 bounty is offered for the animal, in which sparks off a frenzy of people attempting to hunt for the shark. The Star Wars movies tell the story of Luke Skywalker, and his fight against the evil Darth Vader and the Empires efforts to rule the galaxy. Both movies were a huge success, with Jaws being the first movie to earn over $100 million dollars at the box office, and eventually grossing over $470 million dollars worldwide.

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  20. Choosing one of the story strands from the film Crash, analyse the methods the director uses to convey racist attitudes.

    Directors may or may not be involved in the editing. In some cases there is a separate "director's cut", which means the director's version of the final edit. Director and producer Paul Haggis portrays the Issues of race and gender to cause a group of strangers in Los Angeles to physically and emotionally collide. Detective Graham is the famous actor Don Cheadle who works for the Los Angeles Police Department, unluckily his brother is a street criminal, and it hurts him to know his mother cares more about his good-for-nothing brother than himself.

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  21. Essay Tom Cruise

    More information on the Oprah scene can be found in Chapter 3. 2 ANALYSIS OF FAME Cruise's recognition came at the age of 21, in the film Risky Business. From then, he went on to Top Gun where he came to fame in 1986. See Chapter 4.1 for in-depth analysis of Top Gun. Just 2 years later, Cruise appeared in the light-hearted drama Cocktail, where Cruise received his first nomination for a Razzie award in 1989. This will have boosted his fame furthermore, and, just at the age of 27, Cruise had appeared in 3 big hits.

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  22. Analysis of the marketing campaign of Alice in Wonderland

    The more a customer believes that they are what the brand tells them about themselves, the higher the brand value of the company. It is important for a film production or distribution company to create strong brand values in the mind of the consumer as it will keep them coming back for more. 'Alice in Wonderland' for example, was distributed by Walt Disney Pictures, an extremely infamous brand, renowned for its famous fairytale stories and superb animation skills. As Walt Disney is a household name, people will associate it with the films they know and be persuaded to watch new releases as they know how good previous ones have been.

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  23. Fight Club

    The film adaptation of Fight Club remains loyal to the ideas presented in the novel, with a few somewhat hidden visual clues to highlight the message within the story. Our Narrator is an insomniac, working for a big corporate car company evaluating accidents, and whether it would be cost effective to warrant a recall. To counter-attack these dehumanising factors he joins numerous therapy groups and soon finds himself addicted, that is, until another "tourist" names Marla joins the self-help group scene and he finds himself unable to open up, and his insomnia begins again.

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  24. Road to Perdition film review. Sam Mendes (the director of Road to Perdition) has introduced the viewer to a new angle and a whole new experience on the scene, inspiring emotions rather than hatred and fear.

    The good thing is that Sullivan wants to take revenge for what has happened. The bad thing is it that he is going to kill someone. Looking at this it also blends in with the light and dark side of things and this is called chiaroscuro. Sam Mendes has styled it like this to bring all sorts of ideas to the viewer's minds like for instance "what is going to happen" "is he going to kill someone". The light also reflects off the rain giving a shine, which shows emotion and pain throughout this scene.

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  25. How women are represented in horror films (comparing Scream (1996) to Alien (1979)

    The position of the female as the antagonist also seems to be a rarity in the genre. Yet in the few cases this has actually occurred, after the shock of finding out the killer's gender was not male rubs off, it becomes harder for an audience to keep fearing her in the same way. I like the new era of horror, thanks to the likes of Switchblade Romance, Pans Labyrinth and Let the Right One In. These new forms of horror films are great, thanks to the films "not in the English language category" (Sight and Sound magazine (May 2009).

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