Well my views on film have definitely changed when it comes to looking at camera angles and the scenes. I look at them knowing that they mean something now. I now know that colors mean something. It takes a while to make a good movie. Also editing is an interesting topic.
QUESTION: Consider the shots and camera movements we've defined, shot, and edited. Which is your favorite from those you captured for your commercial and why? Also, which is your least favorite shot/camera move and why? What has learning about all these shots/moves taught you about cinematography?
RESPONSE: Definitely one of my favorites is the "tracking shot". I really like how the camera follows the movement with the character/actor. I feel these shots show the scenery with the character. Plus it looks very cool. I haven't really developed and hatred or dislikes yet but "oblique shots" don't really intrigue me too much. It's really the idea of how to film an oblique shot. I honestly feel that this shots show nothing to a film unless done right like in Inception. The funny thing is that every time I watch a movie I notice all these angles or what's in the Mise en Scene. It's even more funny because I already talk too much when watching movies with family or friends so they find this even more annoying, but in my opinion I feel like me telling them about the camera angles and all that teaches them about all this. Now what this taught me on filming is that filming isn't easy. I began to really appreciate all this incredible beautiful scenes in movies. I honestly get impressed now. Before this I usually just watch movies you know for fun and not noticing the details. Now i notice so much which I honestly love because it makes me sound like a huge "genius" when I'm explaining the angles and shots to my friends.
QUESTION: Describe your perception and understanding of how film is a unique artistic language. Give a specific example from one of the films you have created in this class thus far.
RESPONSE: Film is incredible in showing art. Just the other night I watched the most recent Jungle Book and I will tell you right now that the scenery in the movie was extremely beautiful. My understanding of film as its own artistic language is that a film can combines things for the human eye to see that we can never see in person. Like if you watch a movie about space and see the planets and stars, it just leaves you in awe. Film is a necessity for humans to stay creative. Imagine a young boy now watching a movie about space and seeing the universe. This boy has a huge chance of being inspired to become an astronaut or maybe even a possible space ship designer. People will definitely look at a movie and feel something towards it. Like for me especially after this class I have been really amazed at some of the scenes that movies have pulled recently. Recently me and my group in class have created a full movies. Right now I don't feel like most of them are too artsy well the ones I have edited so far. Except for the melodrama. The melodrama brings this atmosphere into the movie. In our melodrama we established the scene in our school with a story. A story about a murderous wizard who is being tracked down by a few undercover cops. This gives our movie the "artistic language" that I mentioned a bit before. Not really a sense of beauty or awe but the idea of a wizard in a world gives the viewer something to really think about. That to me is what artistic language is. I believe that artistic language is the compelling ideas of a movie. These compelling ideas really get people into a film. When the viewers "get into the film" they most likely would put themselves into the world of the film and see what they could do. For instance. When I usually watch a horror movie I like to put myself into the world of the horror film. My reasoning is that people in horror movies aren't too smart. You know that going to check out that sound you heard is a bad idea but the person goes down anyways. Well that's what I'm going with this. Anyways that is what I think "artistic language" in film is.
QUESTION: This will take a paragraph or two to discuss the highs and lows of your film making journey the past months. Touch on each of the different elements of the class and how you perceive your experience learning about and creating films.
RESPONSE: I'm going to be completely honest by saying that I very rarely ever felt like I was "low" in this class. So far its been all "high" and good. The only times where I felt generally low is the amount of work. Now at the time it was never the class's fault by my own. In the beginning of the year I was extremely lazy and I allowed the work to be piled up on each other. This led to a little bit of stress and lots of homework. But now I'm different. I am now a man on getting things done as soon as possible. The less work the better. The highs pretty much include everything at the moment. I love gathering footage and editing it. I love learning about all this info. Learning about all these things in film changed how I look at film. I look at the scenes now and wonder how they filmed it. I look at the production. I even look up the directors every once in a while. I'm loving this whole "being a director/film editor" thing going on. I like being put in the shoes of them when me and my group are filming. This helps when you are trying to film things that people will like. Same thing goes for editing. The homework is something I enjoy too. I already love watching movies so having homework regarding movies is amazing for me. Also this class really helps me because right after this class I go to film and literature. All the information about mise en scene and camera angles thought in the other class is a breeze for me because I already learned about it in here. I'm very happy with choosing this class. So far it has been a lot fun and I'm considering on taking film 2 for senior year.
I'm very engaged by your writing as you have a great way of expressing yourself. You have a real voice in your words. I'm glad to read, too, that you're seeing how this kids of artistic voice can also be expressed through a visual language. The key is pressing yourself to explore the creative vocab, grammar, and syntax of film to truly express the ideas you're undoubtedly coming up with in your head. I'm excited to see how you and your group take on the tasks of the next term to really amp up your creations . Keep pressing yourself ot go bigger and bolder!
QUESTION:Describe your experience shooting this project in the film studio with the added lighting, camera, and sound equipment. How do you feel the studio time affected your final product quality?
RESPONSE: Filming in the studio changed my view on gathering footage. All the equipment and how you can control the lighting, same goes for the sound, all opened up this idea of better production, better footage, and a better film. I loved the lighting! All these different lights everywhere led to many opportunities. Either to change the tone into sad or happy or even to change the background lighting made us show the different times of day with orangery yellowy color for morning and darker, bluer colors for night. I'm going to be completely honest and say that me and my group are planning, if available to film the studio every time.
I forgot to answer the last question. I think that filming in the studio produced a better film and affected the production quality by a lot. It wouldn't have been the same without the studio room.
QUESTION:Soon, you'll be pitching an idea for a feature film in this class. What genre do you think you'll focus your creativity on? Why are you drawn to this genre? What do you find most interesting about this genre? What would you hope others would get from your work if you were to create films in this genre?
RESPONSE: I think horror. I'm almost certain it would be one of the most fun to make.The scares would be a lot of fun to produce.I hope other people will develop this love for horror movies as I recently have.
(SORRY FOR IT BEING SHORT, HAVE TO FILM A BIT MORE)
You deserve a "Best Actor" award since you have managed to improvise throughout a couple of mistakes whenever we shoot our videos.
Spring Semester Film 1