Virtual Reality

Today we had a guest named Paul James, who introduced us to Go pro and Virtual Reality devices. We were shown YouTube footage through a Samsung phone and to a VR device, allowing us to see the video in a 360 view.

We also had a group activity which we were in a circle and was filmed with multiple Go pro cameras. This was so the footage can be seen in a 360 view point.

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Stone Sour-Through Glass Analyses

This blog will talk about representation, messages and values, Semiotics and media language in the music video, Stone Sour-Through Glass

Representation: This video piece to me, represents the contrast between high class rich but talentless celebrity’s to honest people who are low class but are talented and passionate people. The song describes how these high class people are becoming like a disease to ordinary low class, example is teenagers who look up to the wrong celebrity’s. (Britney Spears)

Media Language:

Point Of View Shots: The piece uses a lot of P.O.V shots from Corey Taylor’s (Lead singer) vision, this is to show us what he’s seeing and how we see the celebrity’s looking at him.

Mid shots and Mid close-ups: Using a steady-cam, there are mid shots and mid close-ups of Corey walking towards the camera singing and observing his environment.

Low angle: When the song goes up-beat, there’s a shot of the bass guitarist and rhythm guitarist being shot in a low angle. This wasn’t to make them feel intimidating but to make them look powerful and full of energy, along with the song.

 

Semiotics: When we see the band playing on the Hollywood mountain, we see the Hollywood sign replaced as hollowood, this is a sign to the famous celebrity’s with no talent but rich and famous, that they are empty and shallow beings inside.

 

Messages and values:

How much is real? So much to question
An epidemic of the mannequins
Contaminating everything
We thought came from the heart
It never did right from the start

To me the song is a message to the people who look up to celebrity’s and want to be just like them, although these type of people may be rich and famous, they are missing what’s important and that’s their dignity and true passion. The music video describes how fake these people are by showing us the guitarist sitting down being an introvert, dressed how he wants in a hoodie, and then deciding to get up and walk off to play with the band members; Also at the last section of the video, the celebrity’s  turn into cardboard cutouts and get dragged off the set.

 

 

Eliot Rausch-El Pescador

This blog analyses a short film called El Pescado (The Fisherman); directed by Eliot Rausch

 

Narrative:

The story is about a businessman who enters a poor area where he finds a fisherman and discusses about his work. After the fisherman telling this man that he brings enough fish in to profit and feed his family and the rest of the time he has, he spends with his love ones and friends; the businessman tries to convince the fisherman to work harder with the time he has to make a bigger profit and build himself up on the ladder to financial success, then telling him to sacrifice and sell everything he has to be a millionaire, the fisherman disagrees with his offers as he knows that it’s not the life he wants to lead because he appreciates the things he has and what makes him happy.

 

Representations:

This piece shows us the perspective of two characters/social group, which one is higher class and the other is lower class, and how these two characters collide and have their own values and attitudes to life/living. We have a rich business man who believes in greed and wealth, enters a poor community and talks to a fisherman. Hearing how the fisherman enjoys how he lives his daily life, the businessman believes that it’s not the way to lead your life and he should invest more of his time in fishing to get a large amount and build himself up as a businessman and with the money he can leave his home town and start a business.

 

Messages and values:

To me the story tells us that leading a life of becoming rich isn’t the way of living. It tells us not wealth but more love; doing what you feel is important for you and the ones around you and not throwing away what’s important just for money.

 

Semiotics:

The first shot in this piece shows us a dog eating a small dead animal, then we see a reaction shot on the businessman, looking disgusted, this shows us the disgusted feeling this man has in this environment.

 

 

Slipknot-Snuff Music Video

 

Representation

With the twist at the ending of the music video, we discover that Corey Taylor (Lead singer) is in the hotel and he is dressed up how his ex girlfriend would dress. Wearing stockings, bra and lipstick. The idea is unique and very moving to audiences who can relate to this character, not physically but mentally. It expresses the idea of a man who doesn’t want to let his ex go and in order to feel her presence, he must be like her.

Media language

Visual storytelling:

  • The video uses a lot of cut away, this was to not reveal the woman’s identity.
  • The interior lighting in the hotel rooms and corridors are quite low key, this was to achieve a dramatic look and create shadows that make it feel moody.

 

The music video uses a few low angle shots on Corey Taylor, this confuses me, as normally a low angle shot gives that feeling of strong and powerful, but the character in the video is very fragile.

Semiotics 

Human skull: In the hotel room, there is a human skull on the side, this to me could symbolize 3 things.

  1. Due to being a heavy metal band, there fond of skulls and death
  2. To symbolize the idea that the relationship between Corey and his wife is dead
  3. Maybe the reason she’s gone is not because she left him but because she passed away and the skull is a sign to say she died and Corey Taylor is grieving from her death

Here is a link to the video.

Male Gaze

The concept of the gaze is the one that deals with how an audience views the people presented.

Laura Mulvey

Laura Mulvey believes that in the world of film, audiences have to view characters from the perspective of a hetrosexual male.

This could be in part, because most filmmakers are themselves hetrosexual males.

Features of the male gaze

Woman are relegated to the statue of objects, the movie Pretty woman is a good example. Male characters drive the narrative forward, while woman slow it down.

Woman often show

  • Frightened behaviour
  • In need of protection
  • Offering support to the male lead
  • dependent
  • pre-occupied with family/relationship
  • The female viewer must experience the narrative secondary

 

Pretty Woman Analyse

Pretty woman is a story that shows us two different people living in a different class of society but come to understand each others lives. The movie targets females as more of an object and a thing.

The first scene in the garden we see a naked female mannequin with no head just revealing it’s body. Another way of supporting this theory is the first scene of Vivian, who is in the lower class of society and is a prostitute. The first thing we see of this character is not the face but cut aways of her body.

Two types of male gaze are voteuristic and fetishistic woman

Laura Malvey argued that female characters in films are often  given two types. sexually active female and powerless women.

Terminator 1,2 and 3 are good examples

Through the first Terminator film Sarah Conner was dependant on Kyle Reese, as he was the only character who protects and rescues her from the Terminator.

Terminator 2, Sarah Conner doesn’t need protection and she is very self built and determined to rescue the world from Sky-nets plan, regardless to what harm comes in her way.

Terminator 3, The antagonist is a female terminator, (Kristanna Loken) this uses femininity to advantage

Terminator – Sarah Connor Chronicles, Is about Sarah Connor saving the world.

Sitcoms – Situation Comedy

A Sitcom is a genre of comedy which have characters that live together in the same environment or house.

Usually sitcoms have characters who don’t have a lot of depth or change throughout the shows. The setting normally remains the same and the problems that occur in an episode would get resolved at the end, leaving a message.

Using humorous dialog and methods such as slapstick, where a character would physically get hurt or get caught into a moment which goes to far and cause disaster, normally occurs due to the characters lack of common sense. e.g. Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton where famous for slapstick.

Irony: Situation comedy usually uses irony

Some popular sitcoms are ones such as I love Lucy 1940s which was very popular in USA but most are famous in the UK, such as Only Fools And Horses, Blackaddar, Fawlty Towers, Dads Army.

 

Types Of Narrative Structure

There are many methods on how to tell a story, from research I have come across methods of story telling.

  1. In medias res: This technique is used to excite the audience and hook them right from the beginning, it often throws us into the problem / conflict instead of building it up. An example in the movie. The Proposition. The first scene opens up with Charlie (Guy Piece) house, where he and he’s friend and brother are under attack by the police, then after the gun battle stops, Captain Stanley (Ray Winston) bargains Charlie to find his big brother and turn him in to be hanged to death for his dreadful crimes in return of saving his little brother from being hanged. Hooking us in with the action scene on the beginning then showing us where the story will go with Charlie’s troubled situation.
  2. Circular Narrative: This technique is when we start the story, revealing the end first, then  go back in time to show us how it reaches to that point. An example is the movie Scorpio  where the beginning shows us Al Pacino being carried away on hospital stretchers, leaving us to wonder what happened, then the rest of the story goes back from beginning and shows us how it reached to that climax.
  3. Paradigm structure: One of the most basic technique is the Paradigm structure. When planning to write your story, you need to break it down, knowing what are the main plot points. Act 1, the set up of your story and introduction the characters and their goals, etc, then the protagonist will encounter a barrier. Act 2. Protagonist is challenged with their problem or antagonist and needs to solve the problem. Act 3. As we reach the Climax The protagonist puts an end to his problem, which leaves us with the conclusion. Is it a happy ending and the character achieve their goal or do they not achieve their goal and instead they learn something valuable from what they lossed, do we have an ending, or do we leave it without a clear point for interpretation.
  4. Linear narrative: Linear narrative is the basic most used in storytelling, it’s when the story proceeds in correct order, from beginning, to middle then the end.
  5. Non-linear narrative is when the story is not told in a straight line. The story may use flashbacks to tell the story in a different timeline.

Creative Media – Music Video lesson 1

24th September 2015

On Friday 18th, Our class analyzed music videos, by their conventions, lighting, shot types and so that we prepare ourselves for when we do our own music video project. Being split into a group of 4, my team and I watched a variety of different music videos and coming up with a genre that we all feel comfortable with. I have decided, that my group and I are going to talk to students who are doing music and ask about any songs that they are writing. My group and I are going to try and get the students lyrics to their song and create and music video out of it, while making sure that we respect the musicians material. I feel this will be a good approach as not only it would be good for our portfolio but also for the music students.