film analysis

review your first four Film Journal Entries and then use them to write a 3-4 page essay describing your “take” on the evolution of American film from its inception through the innovations of Orson Welles. Make sure to address the following elements:
What were the major stages in the development of movies thus far?
Pick 1-2 scenes from films that we have watched that represent each stage and discuss how this is done. What do you want us to notice about each scene? How does each scene demonstrate the important, defining elements of that stage? Make sure to use the terminology and concepts that we’ve been learning. Hint: these could be scenes you wrote about in prior Film Journal Entries or they could be different ones. But definitely feel free to adapt what you said in the first four entries for this essay. That’s the point!
Make sure to frame your discussion in terms of the specific genres we’ve discussed.
Quote and/or paraphrase from the readings we have done (see below for further info).
Requirements
3-4 pages, double spaced, with one-inch margins
12 point, standard font
A thoughtful, interesting title Hint: the titles “Midterm Paper” or “Paper 1” and so on are neither thoughtful, nor interesting!
An introduction that explains what you are going to discuss in the essay
4-5 well constructed body paragraphs
2-3 quotations from sources we’ve read so far this quarter (including in-text citations)
A conclusion that offers your hopes or expectations for what you’ll learn about next or that presents lingering questions you have regarding the academic study of film
Works Cited Page.
1(A)  Using the film you wrote about in the Week 1 Discussion (or a different film that you have quick access to) assign the film a genre and a sub-genre.
Collateral Beauty, genre:- drama, sub-genre:- Domestic drama
(B)  Pause the film during a specific scene that you enjoy (this is called a Freeze-Frame) and describe, as best you can, what you see on screen. Think not only about characters and scenery, but also objects, colors, and so on. Think about how the frame you’ve paused on fits within the overall film. Where does it fall within the arc of the story (beginning, middle, end?) What information does it establish about the characters or about the world within the film?
This scene is a conversation between the main character Howard Inlet and  Amy (who is love). This scene falls somewhere in the middle and the end as it is where Howard Inlet starts to accept what love, Death and Time have been saying to him. In this scene ‘love’ is telling Howard Inlet that she didn’t betray him after Inlet accused her of betraying him by taking his daughters love away.
‘love’ tells Intel “I’m in all of it, I’m the darkness and the light, I’m the sunshine and the storm. Yes, I was there in her laugh, but I’m also here now in your pain, I’m the reason for everything, I’m the only why, Don’t try and live without me Howard, please don’t.” During this dialogue, Howard looks at ‘love’ with a very sad expression on his face and the expression of analyzing every word she says. What makes this scene great for me is even when there are bright colors like his red beanie, and orange hood, added with a blue scarf his sad expression is all that you focus on and sympathize with. And the effect of only focusing on his face & body by doing close-ups and only showing his shoulder and face makes a great contribution to the scene. and the most important part is blurring of the background so the audience only focuses on the characters face making a great impact on this scene.
2= In his article, Hal Dolby informs us that in the early days “Motion Pictures were not well regarded by upper society.” Making specific reference to at least one of the clips included this week, explain why you think that was the case.
Regarding the Thomas Edison – 1894 Boxing cats clip I think there are a few reasons that upper society would n’t accept or have a good opinion about the clip. For instance humor in 1894 was very different than humor these days. If this clip was to come out in today’s world it would’ve had a very different response. One of the other reasons this clip was not well regarded by an 1894 society is because a video of two cats boxing was not sophisticated as well as any form of theatrical. As sophistication and theaters were in high regards in the upper class society of the 1894.
1= Pick an example of a wide/long shot from The Gold Rush, give the time stamp (e.g. 34:14), and explain what is in the shot. Then explain what you think the role or purpose of that shot is in the film. In other words, why the wide/long shot at this moment?
The wide/long shot I chose from The Gold Rush is at 3:01. In this scene, there is a long shot of the snow-capped mountain, and we see the main character walking carefree at an edge of a mountain cliff as the upbeat tempo of the music seemed to follow his steps. One of the significance of this wide/long shot is it’s the first introduction to the main character in the movie.and this long shot was not only an introduction to what the main character looked like and what situation he was in but an introduction to who he is as well. What I mean by  it’s an  introduction to who Tramp(the main character) is, it’s that  in this long shot we get a look at what type of personalities or characters Tramp has, by looking at this long shot we see Tramp walking carefree around the cliff of the mountain with no care or fear in the world, as  well as a man who is oblivious to his surroundings.and I think this establishes what type of man Tramp is, which is a man who is not beat down by the circumstances that are presented to him as well what type of humor this movie presents, which is a humor based on his lack of situational awareness. And we get to see this personality and humor in Tramp throughout the movie.
2=Do the same for a close-up.
The close up I chose is at 1:01:36, this is the iconic ‘ocean roll dance’ scene. In this scene Tramp   (Chaplin) dances the ‘Oceana Roll’ for Georgia, piercing a pair of dinner rolls on forks and playfully dancing them across the table. This tabletop choreography is dazzling enough, but what’s really mesmerizing about the scene is the subtler choreography of Tramp’s(Chaplin’s) eyes,  rolling and flitting from side to side in counterpoint to the rolls footwork. The reason for this close up is to show the visual humor present in this scene.if it wasn’t for the close up this scene would not have been as effective, because we might not have gotten to see the choreography of his eyes, which made the scene iconic.
3= Pick a scene from The Gold Rush and give the time stamp (the point at which the scene starts). This can be the scene you talked about in this week’s discussion or not.Discuss your scene in terms of its set design, costume, and location. How are these elements used and to what effect?
34:10, in this long shot of the dance hall we see Tramp standing in distance from the crowd. The elements of the costumes in this scene were to show how Tramp didn’t belong in this crowd by showing the fancy dresses the women wore and the well-groomed suits the man had on compared to Tramp who wore a beat down bowler, had a wooden cane and walked like a penguin. The location and the long shot had a key role in the conveying of how Tramp doesn’t blend in with this crowd as well. It was conveyed by how the location was a dance hall where high-class people gathered and the long shot was an element because of how it showed Tramp standing awkwardly and still, while everybody else danced in front of him.
 
 

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