Saturday, 19 December 2015
Wednesday, 16 December 2015
Tuesday, 15 December 2015
While working on this I had a lot of issues in Maya on my laptop. I finally managed to deal with these issues but that slowed down my production time greatly. Overall I am happy with the outcome of my final city based on the work of Constantin Brancusi. But from this I have learnt that I need to work on my time management a lot as that was a big issue throughout this project which I am not happy about.
Monday, 7 December 2015
Sunday, 6 December 2015
Another aspect of this film that creates is eerie and creepy feel even when just normal acts are taking place, such as Danny riding his big wheel throughout the hotel, is by Kubrick's brilliant direction and shot selection. As said in a review by James Beradinelli "The combination of unimpeachable set design, perfect shot selection, long tracking shots, and an impeccable score (comprised primarily of a selection of classical pieces) creates an atmosphere in which suspense and dread ferment." (James Beradinelli 2009) When riding his big wheel through the hotel Kubrick uses a shot from just behind Danny following him from the exact same distance the whole time. Majority of the time he does this he doesn't play any music but uses the sound of the wheels on the changing surfaces to build a slow suspense that the audience can feel build up throughout.
Ebert, R 2006 Rodgerebert.com - http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/great-movie-the-shining-1980
Lambi, R 2011 DenOfGeek - http://www.denofgeek.com/movies/18283/iconic-set-design-the-shinings-overlook-hotel
Beradinelli, J 2009 ReelViews - http://www.reelviews.net/reelviews/shining-the
Fig 1 - http://t0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSuyZ3Ido0NkD-KSJAoY7eosym_AHdZ891pvUaUOryPCIDJZFdy
Fig 2 - http://cdn.collider.com/wp-content/uploads/the-shining-overlook-hotel.jpg
Fig 3 - http://assets.nydailynews.com/polopoly_fs/1.1477835!/img/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/article_970/mcdshin-ec023.jpg
Fig 4 - http://www.emlii.com/images/article/2014/02/52f7ad2abdb65.jpeg
Another way in which Polanski represents Carols mental health deteriorating throughout the film is from the way in which throughout the story she has two main encounters with men that stand out for obvious reasons. The first one takes place with a man named Colin, who is her admire and wishes to take Carol out. When Colin turns up at Carols apartment and forces his way in when she is not responding to him. His intentions are good but unfortunately for him Carols mental state was in no condition for an event like this to happen and she reacts by striking him over the head with a candle stick and this results in Colin dying and Carol putting him in the bath tub. One of the more disturbing factors of this altercation is the way in which she shows no remorse for what she had done, as if she had not just killed someone. This is not the only occasion an incident such as this takes place within a short period of time. Shortly after what happened to Colin, Carols landlord comes to inspect her apartment after noticing the door is broken due to the incident with Colin. From this the landlord tries to complain about the late rent cheques and this turns into him trying to sexually assault her. This is one of Carols worst fears and you can see this come out as she grabs a shaving razor and cuts him several times in an attack fuelled by fear which results in the landlord being killed.
Shulglasser, B 1998, SF Gate - http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Deneuve-a-revelation-in-Repulsion-3088836.php
Bradshaw, P 2013, The Guardian - http://www.theguardian.com/film/2013/jan/03/repulsion-review
Miraudo, S 2010, Quickflix - https://www.quickflix.com.au/News/PlayItAgain/Repulsion/6997
Fig 1 - https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/8/89/Repulsion_(1965_film_poster).jpg
Fig 2 - https://tinribs27.files.wordpress.com/2011/11/repulsion6.png
Fig 3 - https://blog.blcklst.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/repulsion-1.jpg
Fig 4 - http://www.tvbomb.co.uk/wp/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/repulsion1900x506.jpg
Saturday, 5 December 2015
Black Narcissus 1947 is a film directed by Michael Powell and Emetic Pressburger. Is based on a group of nuns who get sent to the Himalayas to start a convent in a palace called Mopu. The palace had previously be owned by Kublai Kahn as a harem. The nuns have been sent to this palace to spread their religion to the people in the local area of the palace. This film is based a lot around the limitations that the nuns have to follow. We can see their lusts starting to come out shortly after arriving to the palace. We can see attraction from the nuns to some of the men present at the palace and throughout the film we see this develop within certain characters. We can see this backed up from a review in the Guardian by Peter Bradshaw as he said "the ruler's ruggedly handsome English agent, who triggers a batsqueak of hysteria among the brides of Christ."(Peter Bradshaw 2005)
One of the features of this film that really stands out is the set design. The film is set in the Himalayas but was filmed within a studio in England. The way in which Powell and Pressburger conveyed this wonderful setting was by the use of matte paintings. If you look at Fig 2 you can see the use of this. Everything apart from the small stone area in which the nun is standing is matte painting. From using this technique the viewers get drawn into this wonderful setting and give a very realistic feel. We can see this point backed up from Time Out magazines review "those matte-painting vanishing perspectives and cinematographer Jack Cardiff’s harshly exaggerated lighting cues—creates a psychologically charged space in which an ungodly tragedy can unfold." (Keith Uhlich 2012)
Overall Black Narcissus is seen as a revolutionary film within the British film industry and has inspired many of todays top directors. For example Scorsese has said before how influential both Powell and Pressburger have been to his work, and have even stated how Powell was the one that gave him the idea for Raging Bull to be in black and white. The use of the different colours to represent moods and emotions would later be used throughout cinema but this was on of the first influential films to do this.
Bradshaw, P 2005 - The Guardian - http://www.theguardian.com/theguardian/2005/aug/05/3
Uhlich, K 2012 - Time Out magazine - http://www.theguardian.com/theguardian/2005/aug/05/3
Dawson,T 2005 - BBC - http://www.bbc.co.uk/films/2005/07/29/black_narcissus_2005_review.shtml
Fig 1 - http://www.cinema.online.lu/loi/MovieImg/2014/5/20140523143517_29490.jpg
Fig 2 - http://www.cinemas-online.co.uk/images/632-black-narcissus.jpeg
Fig 3 - http://celluloidoptimist.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Narcissus.jpg