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Saturday, 21 April 2012
Friday, 20 April 2012
After going through and looking at the blog and all my posts, I realised I hadn't included anything on Saul bass. Here it is!
Saul Bass (May 8, 1920 – April 25, 1996) was a graphic designer and filmmaker, best known for his design of film posters and motion picture title sequences.
During his 40-year career Bass worked for some of Hollywood's greatest filmmakers, including Alfred Hitchcock, Otto Preminger, Billy Wilder, Stanley Kubrick and Martin Scorsese. Amongst his most famous title sequences are the animated paper cut-out of a heroin addict's arm for Preminger's The Man with the Golden Arm, the credits racing up and down what eventually becomes a high-angle shot of the United Nations building in Hitchcock's North by Northwest, and the disjointed text that races together and apart in Psycho.
Bass designed some of the most iconic corporate logos in North America, including the AT&T "bell" logo in 1969, as well as AT&T's "globe" logo in 1983 after the breakup of the Bell System. He also designed Continental Airlines' 1968 "Jetstream" logo and United Airlines' 1974 "tulip" logo, which became some of the most recognized airline industry logos of the era.
Bass became widely known in the film industry after creating the title sequence for Otto Preminger's The Man with the Golden Arm (1955). The subject of the film was a jazz musician's struggle to overcome his heroin addiction, a taboo subject in the mid-'50s. Bass decided to create a controversial title sequence to match the film's controversial subject. He chose the arm as the central image, as the arm is a strong image relating to drug addiction. The titles featured an animated, white on black paper cutout arm of a heroin addict. As he expected, it caused quite a sensation.
For Alfred Hitchcock, Bass provided effective, memorable title sequences, inventing a new type of kinetic typography, for North by Northwest (1959), Vertigo (1958), working with John Whitney, and Psycho (1960). It was this kind of innovative, revolutionary work that made Bass a revered graphic designer. Before the advent of Bass’s title sequences in the 1950s, titles were generally static, separate from the movie, and it was common for them to be projected onto the cinema curtains, the curtains only being raised right before the first scene of the movie.
Bass once described his main goal for his title sequences as being to ‘’try to reach for a simple, visual phrase that tells you what the picture is all about and evokes the essence of the story”. Another philosophy that Bass described as influencing his title sequences was the goal of getting the audience to see familiar parts of their world in an unfamiliar way. Examples of this or what he described as “making the ordinary extraordinary” can be seen in Walk on the Wild Side (1962) where an ordinary cat becomes a mysterious prowling predator, and in Nine Hours to Rama (1963) where the interior workings of a clock become an expansive new landscape.
He designed title sequences for more than 40 years, and employed diverse film making techniques, from cutout animation for Anatomy of a Murder (1958), to fully animated mini-movies such as the epilogue for Around the World in 80 Days (1956), and live action sequences. His live action opening title sequences often served as prologues to their films and transitioned seamlessly into their opening scenes. These “time before” title sequences either compress or expand time with startling results. The title sequence to Grand Prix (1966) portrays the moments before the opening race in Monte Carlo, the title sequence to The Big Country (1958) depicts the days it takes a stage coach to travel to a remote Western town, and the opening montage title sequence to The Victors (1963) chronicles the twenty seven years between WWI and the middle of WWII, where the film begins.
Toward the end of his career, he was rediscovered by James L. Brooks and Martin Scorsese who had grown up admiring his film work. For Scorsese, Saul Bass (in collaboration with his wife Elaine Bass) created title sequences for Goodfellas (1990), Cape Fear (1991), The Age of Innocence (1993), and Casino (1995), his last title sequence. His later work with Martin Scorsese saw him move away from the optical techniques that he had pioneered and move into the use of computerized effects. Bass’s title sequences featured new and innovative methods of production and startling graphic design.
In some sense, all modern opening title sequences that introduce the mood or theme of a film can be seen as a legacy of Saul Bass's innovative work. In particular, though, title sequences for some recent movies and television series, especially those whose setting is during the 1960s, have purposely emulated the graphic style of his animated sequences from that era. Some examples of title sequences that pay homage to Bass’s graphics and animated title sequences are Catch Me If You Can (2002), X-Men: First Class (2011), and the opening to the AMC series Mad Men.
Thursday, 19 April 2012
I have finally chosen a layout for how my Evaluation will be laid out. I decided the way in which I will be a bit creative and use the blog to it's potential is to do part word written: including pictures and explanations as well as feedback left from the audience. Then part videos: Including of more explanations, how I feel about it, my own feedback, and videos to be precise on what bit I meant. I am well into this process and I am well on track to be finished for the deadline date tomorrow! Peace!
Wednesday, 18 April 2012
I need to get the download for the opening sequence of the Warner Brothers sequence for their logo to put onto my film. However the only place I have even seen the sequence is on Youtube and I can't download the video off of Youtube on to my Mac. It would be illegal regardless to get the video off of YouTube. I will speak with my teacher in the meantime to check my options on this matter. I will post back once I have a definitive answer. In the meantime, I will continue to work on my Evaluation. Peace!
Monday, 16 April 2012
You may ask yourself, where do we go from here? Now that all the videos are up and public for everyone to see, what else is there left to do? Well my friend, all we have left to do is the evaluation of our piece. Now that the video is up and running and public for everyone to watch and comment on, all they have to do is leave a comment with some feedback for me to include in my evaluation. What I will proceed to do is start my evaluation however leave out the parts which require feedback until I have enough to put incorporate it into the evaluation. From there the coursework will officially be finished, however just for fun I may do a directors cut of the opening sequence to show you what would've happened after the opening sequence and also improve what people highlighted through feedback on the first draft of the opening sequence. I will post more this week as I come to an end of m journey in completing my coursework for my AS media. Thank you for putting up with me today and my unusual amount of blogging posts. Take it easy, Im going to sleep now! Peace!
Done a lot of posts today which should indicate that in the next few days the whole of the coursework should be done. I've done a lot of work today including finishing off the storyboard to be able to finally upload it onto blogger, putting all the videos on YouTube and sharing them, and finally sharing the video's on social networking sites to gather feedback for my evaluation… But more about that later. Will check back with you later. Peace!
Just wanted to post a written blog to mention and inform you that on the storyboard although on the presentation it says a bunch of numbers for example: storyboard part 7 when in reality there are only 6 parts of the storyboard. Pretty much, the reasoning for this is that when trying to upload the file to slideshare, I had to change a lot of the pictures to be in different presentations, and when I finally got the file size to a limit which was acceptable, I was so excited to finally be done with the starboard I forgot all about the names of the parts for the presentations and only just noticed as I scrolled through the blog looking that all the work I'd done was OK and worked. Nevertheless, I do apologies for this inconvenience and it is absolutely necessary to change the title, I will, however I see no reason to change the title of the presentation as the title each blog with the presentation embedded on the blog is named with the right part of the storyboard. Apologies once again. Peace
Wednesday, 4 April 2012
Blogger is a very difficult website for blog. It has no capability and always has technical issues as to why you can't upload anything. I spent hours doing coursework putting together a storyboard which had arrows and everything, but blogger being the heaping sack of acne that it is can't take the file. I now have to upload each individual file in order or appearance as a way to show the storyboard. Apologies for this rant and I hope it is acceptable to present the storyboard in this manner. I will upload the pictures later as today is my birthday and am going for a meal. catch you later. Peace
Wednesday, 21 March 2012
Just a quick update to say whats going on with all the coursework. Thought I'd do this as I have not had a blog post in while and thought you deserved an update - how lucky of you. Anyway back to the point, I have done my storyboard and am trying to upload it, however I am having some technical difficulties with uploading it. I will try on once again. In regards to the main task I have filmed and edited most of it. I am currently adding all the titles and things. I have just composed the music for my piece and will add that to the blog later separatley before adding it to the main task. After which I will begin to complete my evaluation when i will upload it all. Hopefully all the coursework will be complete before the deadline date of the 20th April. Will upload more things soon, Peace.
Friday, 16 March 2012
Monday, 13 February 2012
What: The Task for this is to create an opening sequence. My opening sequence will consist of a drama genre where a neglected teenage boy who is morning over his late mother, whilst having constant battles and arguments with his evil stepfather. He is old enough to leave the house in which he lives in with his stepfather, however he does not want to leave his younger sister unprotected from his stepfather. My opening sequence will consist of an argument he has with his father at the beginning of the film on the anniversary of his mother’s death.
When: ASAP. Most probably the filming will take place over the February Half Term and from the dates of 20th February-5th March
Who: One older character, around the age of 37
One teenage character, around the age of 15
One young character, around the age of 6
Where: In the crematorium, on Dark Lane. The exit from the crematorium onto the street provides the perfect setting for the boy to run out of the crematorium and down Dark Lane.
How: The equipment I will using is a:
- Canon 60d
- Glidecam HD 2000
- Rode Video Mic
- Canon EF 50 mm f/1.8 II Lens
- Canon EF-S Zoom Lens 18 mm - 55 mm - f/3.5-5.6 IS MK II
- Final Cut Pro
Target audience: I will be taking the same age group as the film “Trust” as this is the same type of genre, using the same type of conventions and having the same kind of darkness. For this reason, my film would be rated a 12. The reason it would be rated as a 12 is because there would be no discrimination whatsoever, there would be no misuse of drugs, there would be no dangerous behavior like hanging, suicide and self-harming. Language would be moderate and infrequent if not avoided totally. The horror conventions would be moderate and there would be no psychological threat. The violence within the extract would be moderate with the only bit of violence would be a punch, then a chase.
The shot starts with landscape shots of the surrounding area. The first setting is of the crematorium so there will be landscape shots of some graves, some houses in the surrounding area, and a close up shot of a mans hand out of the window flicking ash off of a cigarette. The shot then cuts to a long shot of the teenage boy standing at a grave, looking down at the grave in despair. The boy looks over to the camera and then the shot cuts over to where the boy is looking. The boy is looking over at his stepfather in his van. The shot cuts back to where it originally was and we hear a car horn beeping. The shot then cuts back to the teenage boy looking over to the man honking the car horn in the van. He shakes his head, lets out a big sigh and walks over to the van. Whilst the characters converse Shot reverse shot will be used to show which character is speaking and the other characters expression. Once at the van the man inside says
Neil: You need to hurry up or you’ll be late for school.
Tom: You know, you could act a bit more upset, She died a year ago today and you don’t even care.
Neil: What the point in acting upset, she’s dead and she’s not coming back, so I’m not going to sit around pretending about something that is as far as I’m concerned, just another day.
Tom: That is my mother you’re talking about there, sometimes I wonder whether you ever actually loved her, or if you were just using her for her money.
Neil: That’s beside the point anyway. I just can’t believe that out of all the people you’re related to, I end up stuck with you brats.
Tom: She loved us! Which is more than I can say for you.
Neil: Just get to school
Tom: Alice start walking, I’ll catch up
Alice gets out of the van, and starts to walk out of the crematorium. Tom Stays to talk to Neil.
Tom: My mum would be disgusted. You gamble, drink, sleep with countless women and worst of all treat us like scum. You don’t even care!
Neil: Right now as much as I’d love to sit and argue all day, I do have work to go to, and can’t really afford to sit here and discuss reasons why I’m not bothered by the slightest at your mums one-year anniversary of death. But in response to your little rant there … No, I don’t care!
Tom looks at Neil for a quick moment with a blank expression on his face. He face becomes red and he lashes out by hitting Neil. He quickly pulls away and starts to run way. The camera follows the boy all the way out of the crematorium and onto the road running parallel to the crematorium. The scene will end on a freeze frame of the teenage boy running down the road when the titles will fade into the scene and the picture will fade to black.
Sunday, 29 January 2012
Similar Products to Runaway Boy
Here are some products which I feel are the same genre which have an opening which I find interesting and intriguing. I would like to produce an opening like any of these or a mixture of all three.
A suburban family is torn apart when fourteen-year-old Annie (Liana Liberato) meets her first boyfriend online. After months of communicating via online chat and phone, Annie discovers her friend (Chris Henry Coffey) is not who he originally claimed to be. Shocked into disbelief, her parents (Clive Owen and Catherine Keener) are shattered by their daughter's actions and struggle to support her as she comes to terms with what has happened to her once innocent life.
The opening of the film “Trust” begins with a black screen when some white text appears saying, “Volleygirl13 has joined the chat.” The scene then immediately changes to a close up of a teenage girl with headphones in, wearing what appears to be a tracksuit, where the young girl is partaking in sport. Judging from this, it is clear to see that the film revolves around volleyball, the film is questioning the big current affair of social networking sites. The sequence then cuts to a close up shot of the young girl cutting up some fruit. This implies that this girl is in training for maybe a volleyball game, or a tournament, or even some tryouts. After this some more text appears, again from volleygirl13, this time saying, “Hey guys I’m back!” This time the text is pink, to back up the innocence and purity of a young volleyball fan. In the background while this is happening, the young girl is making some sort of smoothie, further implying that the girl is in training. Some more text appears after this, however this time; it is from “chRLeeCA” saying: “Hey u! When do tryouts start?” this here finally proves that the young girl is training for volleyball tryouts. Volleygirl13 then replies saying: “Couple hours… AHHHH!” however we still do not know if volleygirl13 is the young girl in the background making a smoothie. Some more people then join into the conversation, with “sallyspiker” adding: “Kick ass! Don’t forget to stretch!” All of this conversation implies that the Internet is a harmless place with a good community where nothing bad happens. chRLeeCA then adds to the conversation again saying: “show coach ur best shape of anyone on team!” After this, the conversation is interrupted by BigMike saying: “Come over to my place, I’ll help you stretch ...” This indicates one of the main concerns for people everywhere regarding social networking sites and the internet in general. This could possibly introduce the topic and conventions for this film. A few seconds after this and two white lines reading: Volleygirl13 has PERMANENTLY BLOCKED messages from BigMike. This however shows the audience that the internet can be a safe place in spite of those who abuse it, if those who use are responsible. The conversation ends with chRLeeCA wishing Volleygirl13 “Good luck! :)” This shot in the background shows the girl who was making a smoothie drink going for a run. The sequence then fades to back and the titles come fade into the blackness, the music slowly fades out.
The Fighter, is a drama about boxer "Irish" Micky Ward's unlikely road to the world light welterweight title. His Rocky-like rise was shepherded by half-brother Dicky, a boxer-turned-trainer on the verge of being KO'd by drugs and crime.
The fighter starts with a black screen, immediately the audience can hear some kind of scraping noise but are not introduced to what object is making the noise. As the scraping persists a title fades into the shot reading “Based on a true story.” The title fades away and the audience is left with blackness again for around 2 seconds. Then the images fades onto the screen. The first shot is of a run down, poor american high street. The camera tilts down to the floor where the audience are introduced to the object making the scraping noise. The object is a rake being pushed along a broken, pot hole filled road. The camera then stays still and we see a man walk into the shot as from behind the camera. This is man pushing the rake.The man is well built and sweaty. We then see fists coming into and out of the shot as if throwing fake punches at the man pushing the rake. The style of which the punches are thrown simulate that of a boxer. This therefore introduces the topic of the film. Judging from what has already been introduced, it is imaginable that the film is about an up and coming boxer from the slums of America, using the ideology of the american dream to get there. As the punches continue to be thrown the sweaty man pushing the rake becomes aggravated and looks round to the camera, saying to the man throwing the punches “come on” “Dickie, I said come on, you gotta help me finish this”, however the punches continue to be throw into and out of the shot. Getting annoyed, the man throws the rake to the rake and says “COME ON!” taking on a boxing style stance. The camera moves round sticking to the 180 degree rule, to reveal the other man who was previously throwing the punches. The sweaty man who was pushing the rake throws an upper cut, but does the other man. However he does not hit him on purpose, this reveals to the audience that these people are friends and are just mucking around. The other man who has just been “hit” with an uppercut throws a right handed swing and the sweaty male falls to ground. The camera again moves round to reveal camera and camera crew filming this as well. The man who “knocked down the sweaty male known as Dickie then says “They’re making a movie about me and my comeback and my brother. The Fighters are BACK!” he says lifting up his brothers hand in a winning style. Music starts and the camera moves back down a road at an incredibly fast speed and the title “The Fighter” fades onto the moving the camera shot. The camera goes so far down the road that the people who the audience were only 2 seconds ago listening to, are now dots.
While John is on leave in his hometown, he finds Savannah, a college student visiting the town. Although love was unexpected, it doesn't mean they didn't find it. With the knowledge of John having to leave for the army, their love still lives, until his re-signs on due to the 9/11 attack. Troubles invade and their love put on hold. One cannot bear it anymore; can the other?
The opening starts straight away of soldier lying on the ground with his eyes closed, with another soldier crouching over him trying to move him and wake him. Just as the soldier moves him to a seated position a monologue starts. The monologue goes: "There's something I want to tell you. After I got shot... you want to know the very first thing that entered my mind? Before I blacked out? Coins. I'm 8 years old again, on a tour of the US Mint. I'm listening to a guy explain how coins are made: how they're punched out of sheet metal, how they're rimmed and beveled, how they are stamped and cleaned. And how each and every batch of coins are personally examined... just in case any of them slip through with the slightest imperfections. That's what popped into my head. I am a coin in the United States Army. I was minted in the year 1980. I've been punched from sheet metal. I've been stamped and cleaned, and my ridges have been rimmed and beveled. And now I have two small holes in me; I'm no longer in perfect condition. So there's something else I want to tell you - right before everything went black, you want to know the very last thing that entered my mind? You." At the start of the monologue it the soldier who is shot being moved into a seated position. Then once the person says “I’m eight years old again” the shot cuts to an eight year old boy looking at coins falling. Then as he explains how coins are made, the shot mimic this. One he explains how “i am just a coin in the united states army” the shot cuts to his point of view as he is seated looking at someone saying something to him which he can;t make out. The shot then cuts to a close up of his eyes, and as he describes the comparisons between him and a coin, the shots alternate between a close up of his eyes to the coins being made. The shot then cranes down looking vertically at him lying on the ground covered in blood. As it zooms in the shots fades out of focus and fades to black, just as he ends the monologue.
These are a few products which are of the same genre as the film I would like to produce. I would like to aim for something that is a mixture of all three. Where the opening starts by having landscape shots of different areas and objects to start the film, like Trust. With a lot of speech throughout the opening like in Dear John, and an ending to the opening like in The Fighter, where it goes out quickly and the title fades into the shot.
Tuesday, 24 January 2012
Film Institutions and Distributors
Harry, Albert, Sam and Jack Wonskolaser founded warner Bro’s on The 4th April 1923, however this was only when the company was formally founded, Warner Brothers Pictures, Incorporated actually stems back from the Pittsburgh-based Duquesne Amusement & Supply Company, founded in 1904. Warner Brothers have, over the years been very successful, priding themselves time and time again as the best institution and distributor of film, creating some of the highest grossing movies ever and series/sagas ever, like the Harry Potter series (the highest grossing film series of all time, Harry Potter also last year, with its release of ‘Harry Potter and Deathly Hallows – Part 2’, brought Warner Bros. its highest grossing movie ever. The first movie however for Warner Bros. was ‘Where the North Begins’, produced and distributed in 1923. The star of this film was a dog-named Rin Tin Tin who was hired for $1000 per week. Some films that Warner Bro’s have produced are Gran Turino, which had a budget of $33 million. The Bucket List, which had a budget of $45 million. I Am Legend and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button which both had budget of approximately $150 million. These are just a few examples of films and budgets from Warner Bro’s who produce many, many films per year.
20th Century Fox
The Fox Film Corporation was formed in 1915 by the theatre chain pioneer William Fox, who formed Fox Film Corporation by merging two companies he had established in 1913: Greater New York Film Rental, a distribution firm, which was part of the Independents; and Fox (or Box, depending on the source) Office Attractions Company, a production company. This merging of a distribution company and a production company was an early example of vertical integration. Only a year before, the latter company had distributed Winsor McCay's groundbreaking cartoon Gertie the Dinosaur. Some examples of films 20th Century Fox have produced with the approximate budget are as listed: The Beach which had a budget of $50 million, Cast Away which had a budget of $90 million, I,Robot which had a budget of $120 million, and Water for Elephants which had a budget of $30 million. The also are just a few examples of films and budgets from 20th Century Fox who produce many, many films a year.
Revolver Entertainment is a marketing-lead, all rights film distribution company. Founded in 1997, the company has operations in both London and Los Angeles. Most notably, Revolver has released Gela Babluani's French noir thriller 13 Tzameti, Werner Herzog's award-winning documentary Grizzly Man, London urban drama Kidulthood, and the Sundance Film Festival and Venice Film Festival award winner A Guide to Recognising Your Saints starring Robert Downey Jr and Channing Tatum, the follow-up to Ray Lawrence's award-winning Lantana; Jindabyne, the crime thriller Tell No One based on the best-seller by Harlan Coben, and the documentary Taking Liberties which looks at how current government policies have severely affected our civil liberties, along with the controversial documentary Zoo which screened at the Sundance Film Festival. Recent successes include the action thriller Shank, graffiti artist Banksy's debut feature Exit Through the Gift Shop, which showed in competition at the Berlin Film Festival 2010, the documentary Robsessed, about teen idol Robert Pattinson and comedian David Baddiel's The Infidel. Revolver is known for its promotional stunts, including their attempt to break the world record for a zombie gathering in Leicester Square to promote The Zombie Diaries, superimposing the faces of political leaders onto Kidulthood billboards in London, offering a trip to Amsterdam and a free bag of marijuana as a prize at the release of gonzo comedy, The Wackness, and promoting the DVD release of Dead Man Running starring Danny Dyer by dropping hundreds of customised £5, £10 and £50 on crowds in London and Manchester. Revolver also rented a public space off Portobello Road for Banksy to create a "pop-up" poster to tie into the marketing campaign of 'Exit Through The Gift Shop. Relvoler entertainment films are usually distributed by Magnolia Home entertainment. Some examples of films and budgets distributed by revolver entertainment are: Kidulthood which had a budget of £600,000, The Zombie Diaries which had a budget of £500,000, Dead Man Running which had a budget of £5 million, and Sket which had a budget of £1 million. These are a few examples of films and budgets from a fast growing, up and coming film distributor.
Momentum Pictures in a film institution founded in 2000 which is growing in popularity very quickly and in only 12 years, has had some major releases and some big, important news. Unlike other film distributors and institutions, Momentum Pictures does not have a lot of information readily available, unless willing to pay for a subscription to IMDbPro. However what information is readily available is that the company is owned by Alliance films and is based in London. Momentum Pictures is one of the leading independent motion picture distributors in the UK and Ireland and releases approximately 20 theatrical films per year. Some examples of films which Momentum pictures have distributed include: The Kings Speech, which had a budget of $15 million, The Fighter, which had a budget of $25 million, Defiance, which had a budget of $32 million, and Never Back Down, which had a budget of $20 million.
After looking at all of these four film institution and distribution companies. I think that the two institutions that would best suit my film would be either Warner Bros’s or Momentum Pictures. I think that these two would be the best choices because they have produced many films which match a drama genre, which is the same genre as my film. I feel however that out of these two institutions, Warner Bro’s would be the better choice as Warner Bro’s have a much higher reputation than Momentum Pictures and also Warner Bro’s has synergy with all other types of companies to give my film a lot more opportunities. This institution would link to my film as it has distributed many other films which fit to the same category as mine.
Monday, 16 January 2012
The link below will take you to a video of all the extra footage I filmed for the pre - liminary task. It gives a different perspective from just watching the pre lim task and shows you first hand all of the work and planning that went into the task. I have more bloopers so if I have time, I may make a montage of bloopers. Much love, Peace!
P.S: If the link does not work, go to one of the other links posted earlier, for example the second vlog, and look at other uploads. This link should work though
P.S: If the link does not work, go to one of the other links posted earlier, for example the second vlog, and look at other uploads. This link should work though
The second blog to go hand in hand with the pre liminary task. Enjoy!
This guys, is the Pre - Liminary Task, check it out, enjoy!
Here is the shooting schedule for the pre-liminary task.
P.S: Apologies for the delay in uploading the shooting schedule. There was a technical fault in converting the file onto my computer and then trying to upload the file to blogger.com. The Actual pre-liminary task will be up later, as well as the blog and behind the scenes footage.
Friday, 6 January 2012
Thursday, 5 January 2012
here are a series of pictures of my storyboard (I know the drawing isn't the best). It gives an in-depth outline of the preliminary task and if you can see from the size of the image, explains not only the shot, but the editing process of the cuts and fade to at the end.