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Tuesday, 16 November 2010

British Board of Film Classification

It is impossible to predict what might upset any particular child. But a ‘U’ film should be suitable for audiences aged four years and over. ‘U’ films should be set within a positive moral framework and should offer reassuring counterbalances to any violence, threat or horror.
If a work is particularly suitable for a pre-school child to view alone, this will be indicated in the Consumer Advice.

General viewing, but some scenes may be unsuitable for young children.
Unaccompanied children of any age may watch. A ‘PG’ film should not disturb a child aged around eight or older. However, parents are advised to consider whether the content may upset younger or more sensitive children.

Exactly the same criteria are used to classify works at ‘12A’ and ‘12’. These categories are awarded where the material is suitable, in general, only for those aged 12 and over. Works classified at these categories may upset children under 12 or contain material which many parents will find unsuitable for them.
The ‘12A’ category exists only for cinema films. No one younger than 12 may see a ‘12A’ film in a cinema unless accompanied by an adult, and films classified ‘12A’ are not recommended for a child below 12. An adult may take a younger child if, in their judgement, the film is suitable for that particular child. In such circumstances, responsibility for allowing a child under 12 to view lies with the accompanying adult.

No-one younger than 15 may see a ‘15’ film in a cinema. No-one younger than 15 may rent or buy a ‘15’ rated video work.

No-one younger than 18 may see an ‘18’ film in a cinema. No-one younger than 18 may rent or buy an ‘18’ rated video work.

The ‘R18’ category is a special and legally restricted classification primarily for explicit works of consenting sex or strong fetish material involving adults. Films may only be shown to adults in specially licensed cinemas, and video works may be supplied to adults only in licensed sex shops. ‘R18’ videos may not be supplied by mail order.

How does “Nolan” convey ‘Memento’ as a psychological thriller?

Nolan conveys ‘Memento’ as a psychological thriller by using a wide variety of methods. The opening scene lures the viewers into a sense of confusion through the techniques Nolan uses to create mystery and build the tension. The films order is non-linear due to it jumping from one scene to another. The opening scene starts through a Polaroid picture which fades mirroring the memory of the protagonist ‘Leonard’. The title appears bold which makes us think is it trying to make a statement? We also see blood through a close-up shot which could signify death. 

There are two main characters in Memento, Teddy and Lenny. Lenny is the protagonist as he is the leading character and also he comes across as a hero as he is seeking justice. He is very independent and we get the impression he is unable to lead a normal life with society as of his condition.  Teddy comes across as a very orthodox bad guy as he seems very relaxed and calm about committing a serious crime. He seems like a positive and nice character but then we later discover he is corrupt.

The soundtrack is non-diegetic which creates a dark and gloomy effect which adds to the psychological thriller genre perfectly. The orchestral instruments create a real sense of tension as it builds up to the point of action creating as much tension as possible. There is also a drone in the background which creates tension but it could relate to the protagonists paranoia. All the sounds stand out for effect, it could be used to emphasise that he’s killed someone.

Friday, 15 October 2010

Saw 3D Trailer

Just watched the Saw 3D trailer looks ******* disgusting. Was nearly sick it looked that gruesome but somehow I still want to watch it.

Friday, 1 October 2010

The Happening

Elliot Moore is a high school science teacher who quizzes his class one day about an article in the New York Times. It's about the sudden, mysterious disappearance of bees. Yet again Nature is doing something inexplicable, and whatever science has to say about it will be, in the end, only a theory. Scientists will bring out more theories, but no explanations, when a more urgent dilemma hits the planet. It begins in Central Park. Suddenly and inexplicably, the behavior of everyone in the park changes in a most bizarre and horrible way. Soon, the strange behavior spreads throughout the city and beyond. Elliot, his wife, Alma, and Jess, the young daughter of a friend, will only have theories to guide them where to run and where to hide. But theories may not be enough.

The first scene starts with a sense of danger as if you know something is about to happen. The behaviour of the individuals is unconventional as we see them freezing and becoming still suddenly. Certian characters then start to walk backwards and begin to kill themselves, this shows unconventional behaviour. This then leaves the audience to wonder why this strange behaviour is happening and leaves mystery in the audiences minds. One women is not affected which also makes the audience wonder why not? We can infer that some sort of virus has caused the behaviour and we can deduce that the fim is a horror film by the actions of the characters and by the dramatic music.

Th sequence starts with music which projects tension as it is spooky, the music increases to create maximum tension throughout the scene then it haults to create an effect. Because it was an outdoor scene the wind was also used to create tension but it was over exaggerated to enhance it's prominence. A sharp scream is then heard and immediataly the audience is aware that there is danger. We then have dialog from the women who is unaffected from the virus, this adds mystery to the film as she is the only character unaffected while everyone else remains motionless.

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

  • white on black front
  • serious facial expressions
  • we could infer that the fim contains death as the colour red signifies death
  • mise-en-scene, is very glooming and has a negative conatation
  • the sins may link to either religion or to the thriller genre as it gives a sense mystery 

More Key Terms ...

Thriller - a book, film or play depceting crime, or espionage in an amosphere of excitement and suspense.

Convention - an effective way of doing something

Infere - to take a logical guess eg. "we can infere that a the man is unaware of this situation"

Duduce - what we already know "we can duduce that the man is breaking in"

Saturday, 18 September 2010

Use of The Camera,

Camerawork should be analysed in three ways: 
  • Framing - distance, angle, viewpoint of camera from subject
  • Movement - of the camera in relation to the subject
  • Composition - where the subject(s) appear within the frame of the picture

Rule of Thirds - divide the shot screen into 9, the main points of interest are in the centre.

Golden Mean - points of interest are balanced along the diagonal line 

  • camera's distance from the subject
  • camera's angle in relation to the subject
  • point of view
Long Shot

Extreme Long Shot

Mid Shot

Close Up

Extreme Close Up

High Angle Shot

Low Angle Shot

Point of View Shot

Angle in Relation to the Subject ... Meaning?
  • High Angle - Taken from above, looking down on subject
  • Low Angle - Taken from below, looking up at subject  
  • Wide Angle - A lens which allows the audience to see more peripheral details
Point of View Shot
A camera shot as if through the eyes of the protagonist, this will give the audience more infomation on what the character knows and share the experince(often we are asked to empathise with the character).

Key Terms - Framing
  • Extreme/Established Shot(ELS)
  • Long Shot(LS)
  • Medium Long Shot(MLS)
  • Mid Shot(MS)
  • Medium Close Up(MCU)
  • Big Close Up(BCU)
  • Close Up(CU)
  • Extreme Close Up(ECU)
  • High Angle
  • Low Angle
  • Point of View Shot
  • Wide Angle
Key Terms - Movement
  • Pan(Whip Pan)
  • Tilt
  • Doly/Tracking Shot
  • Zoom
  • Crane
  • SteadiCam/Handheld
  • (Aerial Shot) Flying Cam
Panning Shot - The camera operator stays still and the camera moves to follow the action, or often a moving object like a vehicle.

Crane Shot - Using a crane or similar to create high angle shots.

Tracking Shot - Where the camera operator moves alongside of the action.

Aerial Shot - Using a helicopter to provide an extreme high angle shot.

Establishing Shot - A shot often outside, indicates where the action will take place.
Master Shot - A shot that is used at the beginning or end of a section.

Framing Shot - Using a piece of set or scenery to frame a shot.

Two Shot - When two people are in the shot.

Key Words,

Genre - The category that of Media is put under, such as Music or Film                eg. Music - R&B, Dance, Metal
                     Film - Thriller, Action, Comedy

Mis-En-Scene - The location, setting, props, different conventions. An expression to describe different aspects of a scene or film. What is put in the picture.

Linear- A film that is shot through one story line.

Non-Linear - A film that jumps back and forth between different times and dates

Saturday, 11 September 2010