Essays on Cinematography

A Look at the Successful Careers of Movie Directors Alfred Hitchcock and Hayao Miyazaki
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Movies are a series of moving pictures that are placed together to tell a story. The medium of motion pictures has had a great influence on the lives of the audience because of the art style and stories they present. The two main categories of movies are live-action and animation. Two directors that have had major influences on their respective styles were Alfred Hitchcock and Hayao Miyazaki. Although the two directors differ in terms of their genres and mediums, they both have influenced…...
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Themes in October Sky, a Film about Homer Hickam
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Who had more influence on Homer Hickam, his teacher, or his mother? Explain. Homer Hickam was mostly influenced by his teacher because she encouraged and supported him. Although his mother still showed her support for him, it was different with his teacher. Homer's first ambition was to become a football player, so he could have a scholarship but after witnessing the launching of the Sputnik 1, he started having an interest on it. His teacher, Ms. Riley introduced to him…...
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A Movie Review of World War Z Directed by Marc Foster
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Film Review: World War Z (2013) World War Z is a 2013 action movie which was directed by Marc Foster. The film is about a sudden outbreak of a zombie plague that turns people into zombies in the whole world. So as a result of this situation, a former United Nations worker Gerry Lane is called back into service by his old boss and he heads off to Asia in search of a cure and the fate of humanity lies…...
World War Z
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The Contributions of Paul Redeker to the Zombie Epidemic in World War Z, a Novel by Max Brooks
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The end of the world is a big deal, especially if that means that the complete and final destruction is going to be due to an epidemic killing millions. What's even scarier is the fact that a nation can go up or down based on an individual's emotions or their ability to present those emotions to the public. During an interview in Robben Island the Cape Town province in Africa, scholar, and historian Xolelwa Azania give insight on a man named Paul Redeker,…...
World War Z
An Analysis of the Story of the Movie World War Z
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Over the years, society tends to follow certain traditions and attitudes towards each other. People follow rules that are demonstrated by others. Society as a whole develops its kinds of morals that are considered acceptable, however; could a sudden tragedy change it all? In World War Z, Max Brooks represents how humanity as society changes thitsegular traditions and has to unite together to survive and overthrow the epidemic. At the beginning of the story, the first attack was recorded which started…...
World War Z
The Theme of Violence in the Book World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks
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In Max Brooks's World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War, he explores a variety of scenarios occurring before and during the global Zombie War. Most of his fictional report deals with the spread of zombies and humanity's efforts to survive against the living dead. However, a running theme throughout the novel is violence within the ranks of the living. This violence runs through the entire book, appearing on small domestic scales, primarily during the Great Panic, up to nuclear warfare, and…...
World War Z
Drawing Influence by Borrowing Elements of Other Literary Works to Create a Unique and Geniune Story
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Pure Imagination? Many would argue that there is a very fine line between drawing influence from a work, and downright stealing from it. In every single medium of the arts, there is the ability to both plagiarize and be inspired by previous works.  One of the short stories that inspired me is The Cold Equations by Tom Godwin, it self heavily, The Weighty Decision, a story by Al Feldstein. While I was influenced by several novels, short stories, movies, and even television shows,…...
World War Z
A Reflection on the Writing Process and the Question of Plagiarism in Finding Forrester, a Drama Film by Gus Van Sant
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Finding Forrester Reflection The writing process is hard to master, there may be times when a writer has "writer's block" and is unable to fully articulate what information the reader must know. In the movie, “Finding Forrester” Jamal Wallace is introduced to William Forrester. Forrester is a well-known author and Wallace is a student who struggles to fully articulate information that is easy for the reader to understand. Wallace is attending a school where he is in the minority and is living in…...
Finding Forrester
The Symbiotic Relationship Between Jamal Wallace and William Forrester in Finding Forrester, a Film by Gus Van Sant
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In the Film Finding Forester' the two main characters, Jamal Wallace and William Forester developed a 'symbiotic relationship'. Or in another word they give one another something they both dreadfully need. Jamal and forester are both unlikely friends, and in a way, they are rather heroic to one another. Forester gave Jamal a few writing lessons as well as life lessons. Jamal shared a few lessons of his own. Williams's greatest lesson from his time spent with Jamal is to…...
Finding Forrester
A Reflection on the Writing Process and the Question of Plagiarism in Finding Forrester, a Drama Film by Gus Van Sant
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Finding Forrester Reflection The writing process is hard to master, there may be times when a writer has "writer's block" and is unable to fully articulate what information the reader must know. In the movie, “Finding Forrester” Jamal Wallace is introduced to William Forrester. Forrester is a well-known author and Wallace is a student who struggles to fully articulate information that is easy for the reader to understand. Wallace is attending a school where he is in the minority and is living…...
Finding Forrester
A Movie Review of Back to the Future, a Science Fiction Film by Robert Zemeckis
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Back To The Future Movie Review The movie, Back to the Future, directed by Robert Zemeckis, is known as a classic to many movie buffs. Created in the year 1985, Robert Zemeckis makes full use of his creative tools and the budget of 19 million USD, to create a magnificent story of the popular genre of time travel, elevating the work of art into a masterpiece of science fiction. The science fiction movie raked in a total of 381.1 million…...
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Treatment of Changez and His Character Development in The Reluctant Fundamentalist
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The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid At first, Changez felt great about America as he thought he was living the American dream, while he was at a prestigious university of Princeton and after graduating from it he quickly got a job at a well-renowned company, Underwood Samson, in New York. Chazngez lived in New York in Manhattan where his feelings about coming here were like he was coming home as he seemed to embrace this city. Changez got more connected…...
The Reluctant Fundamentalist
An Analysis of the Differences Between the Novel and Movie Adaptation of Psycho
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Psycho by Robert Bloch and Alfred Hitchcock The movie "Psycho" by Alfred Hitchcock is based on the 1959 novel of the same name by an American writer Robert Bloch. The two works are inspired by the crimes, featuring horror scenes, with the film having some minor deviations. Reading the novel, therefore, is like watching the Hitchcock version of the film and vice versa. In deliberating on the merits of the novel versus the movie or vice versa, seeing the movie and reading the book…...
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Gender Stereotypes from Tootsie
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There are gender stereotypes almost everywhere in society today, whether it be in advertising, movies, music, or even foodstuff they exist. I used a scene from the movie Tootsie to explain this. At the beginning of the scene Dorothy Michael (a man in drag whose real name is Michael Dorothy-original right?) bumps into a man (George: her ex employer) and asks him for directions to the Russian Tea Room, which she is standing right in front of, A few seconds…...
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The Interpersonal Tootsie
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Interpersonal communication is the communication that occurs simultaneously. With another person in an attempt to mutually influence one another. usually for the purpose of managing relationships. Dustin Hoffman encountered and altered his interpersonal communication skills while playing the character of Michael Dorsey in the film Tootsie. Tootsie examines a gender bending. cross-dressing male in the mid 19505. This movie was a script for its time as well as the future as its ideas on relationships between men and women still…...
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A Comparison of the Main Characters in “The Godfather” and “Scarface”
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Scarface and The Godfather have influenced movies about gangs and family since they have been released and are considered two of the greatest works in cinematic history. The movies play a huge role in how mafia and gang movies were made after they were released because they show more gruesome and bloody aspects of that part of life. If you just look at the plot of Scarface and compare it to The Godfather, they do not seem to have a…...
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A Report on The Godfather, a Crime Drama Film by Francis Ford Coppola
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Corleowned The Godfather takes place in New York set sometime in the mid 19005, The main characters are: Don Corleone (aka The Godfather), the “boss" of the Corleone family business and the father and grandfather of many children; Sonny, the eldest son of Don known for his short temper; Michael, the youngest son of Don that later takes over as boss. The movie begins as The Godfather, Don Corleone is first introduced handling business with a man in his office…...
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The Successful Assimilation of Italian Americans in the Film The Godfather by Francis Ford Coppola and Blood in the Marketplace by Ferraro
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American Exceptionalism in the Italian American Experience.  In my previous journals on American Exceptionalism, I discussed how Italian Americans were largely unable to assimilate themselves into the exceptionalist imagei. Yet, within Francis Ford Coppola's film The Godfather and based off of Ferraro‘s Blood in the Marketplace, one can see a situation in which Italian Americans were able to assimilate into American Exceptionalism; through the Mafia.  This argument may seem paradoxical upon a first consideration because nothing about being in a…...
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The Different Types of Violence in the Godfather, a Film by Francis Ford Coppola
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The Godfather is a critically—acclaimed movie that has shaped the way many movies have been shot and edited over the years, and it is considered one of the best movies of all time by many because of the way it portrays gang violence and family values ​​There are different types of violence in The Godfather, and that is one of the reasons this movie is as acclaimed as it is. Violence used as vengeance and violence used as security are…...
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The Combination of Italian and American Culture in The Godfather, a Film by Francis Ford Coppola
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Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather (1972) is wonderfully scored by Nino Rota, who uses just the right music at just the right times. Rota incorporates a diverse variety of music into his score, which, rather than create an unfocused score as one may expect, builds a dynamic and realistic world that reflects the amalgamation of Italian and American culture. Rota hearkens back to Italian culture through both diegetic and non-diegetic sequences. At the wedding of Connie (Talia Shire), the band…...
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Bag or Serious Trouble
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The story of the film, “Run Lola Run,” is about a bag man by the name of Manni who loses a bag full of money on a train minutes before he must deliver it to his boss Ronnie. With no time to spare, he must make a call to his girlfriend Lola in hopes that she can obtain 100 marks from her dad who is a rich banker. Lola must now run through the town and make it to her…...
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The Interpersonal Communication in Tootsie
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Interpersonal communication is the communication that occurs simultaneously with another person in an attempt to mutually influence one another, usually for the purpose of managing relationships. Dustin Hoffman encountered and altered his interpersonal communication skills while playing the character of Michael Dorsey in the film Tootsie. Tootsie examines a gender bending, cross-dressing male in the mid 1980s. This movie was a script for its time as well as the future as its ideas on relationships between men and women still…...
CommunicationTsotsi
An Explanation of Gender Stereotypes from a Scene in the Movie, Tootsie
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There are gender stereotypes almost everywhere in society today, whether it be in advertising, movies, music, or even foodstuff they exist. I used a scene from the movie Tootsie to explain this. At the beginning of the scene Dorothy Michael (a man in drag whose real name is Michael Dorothy-original right?) bumps into a man (George: her ex employer) and asks him for directions to the Russian Tea Room, which she is standing right in front of. A few seconds…...
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David in the Film Tsotsi
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David is the main character in the film “Tsotsi”, because he lives in secrecy he also goes by Tsotsi in the story. Living a life of crime he took to the shacks of Soweto in order to hide from his wrongdoing. The story is told with emotion and transformation. The audience watches David go from a heartless killer to a man who becomes selfless and loving. During the film there are key scenes where David's progress is really shown. Three…...
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An Analysis of the Film Industry in United States
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When it comes to the U.S. motion picture industry, legendary screenwriter William Goldman put it best when he said "Nobody knows anything." For the most part, this statement is true, and it's this fact that makes the economics of filmmaking such a risky business. The economics of filmmaking just do not work and what you see could best be described as the "dysfunctional economics" of filmmaking, but through various articles, case studies, and videos such as De Vany &Walls, Arundel…...
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Evolution is a Mystery
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By the 1930s and 40s, silent films were going out of style. The advancing technology and the political climate called for fuller more complex forms of slapstick. The innovation of sound in film catalyzed the shift as well as serious global issues occurring. Americans were struggling through the Great Depression and entering a second world war, so the silly comical stunts of old weren’t going to cut it anymore. They needed something with substance that could keep their spirits up.…...
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City Lights
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Charlie Chaplin; Despite the outstanding silence associated with this name I’ve heard the echoes of his works from halfway across the world. I’ve grown up laughing at and enjoying this man but it wasn’t until I studied this extraordinary being that I found out that the most comical feat Charlie Chaplin has achieved was not in his art. Masterfully, Mr. Chaplin fooled the world into loving a character that wasn’t meant for love. He made brilliance out of the most…...
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The Film Industry and That Charlie Chaplin and D.V. Griffith Contributed
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To start, I would just like to say that many things caught my eye in Chapter Two. It’s just interesting to see how detailed it is and how many things about the present that I know are being connected and told in their origins from the past. I even saw mention of Metro Goldwyn Mayer, which I saw as a kid with that Lion in front every time before a new episode of “Tom and Jerry” started. That show was…...
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Charlie Chaplin and his Captivating Comedy Techniques
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Charlie Chaplin was a famous actor, comedian, and director (filmmaker) in the early 1900s. In his films Modern Times, The Kid, and The Circus, Chaplin used multiple techniques to achieve humor for those viewing his films. He used techniques such as slapstick comedy, lighting, and sound design in his films to create quality content for the viewers and to create comedy to make the films more entertaining for the audiences. In his films, he used slapstick comedy as one of…...
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About No Country For Old Men: A Film Adaptation Of Cormac Mccarthy’s Novel
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No Country for Old Men, directed and produced by Joel and Ethan Coen, serves as one of the 21st century’s pinnacles of filmmaking. In the movie, the Coen Brothers once again explore elements of film noir, outlandish characters, and philosophical themes, but this time without the comedic overtones that characterize many of their other films. No Country for Old Men is a film adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s novel of the same name, which details the stories of the psychopathic hitman…...
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About Hayao Miyazaki And His Animated Fantasy Film Spirited Away
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Hayao Miyazaki is an academy award winning motion picture film director specializing in animation. His career spans from 1965 all the way to the current date and his works have influenced two generations of animation filmmakers all over the world. His style could best be described as fantastical surrealism, in that most of his works stem out of some fantastical story design, but are surrealized by his depiction of characters through honest emotions. He has worked in the field of…...
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Unusual Editing Style Directed by Woody Allen
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Director Woody Allen employs a unique editing style in his film Annie Hall, one that had not really been seen up until this point in film. The cuts in this film are timed out in a way so that the humor from the situation has a chance to hit the audience with full force. He often accomplishes this with a set up in the first shot then immediately cutting to the result following the setup shot. In most classical films…...
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History of Dance apart from Technology
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Dance is one of the artforms that has the loosest constructions in history. In correlation, the attribution of digital elements and other forms of technology is easier to place in the construct of time and history. Both of these have intersected into what is now known as Digital Dance. With the combination of the two, a new platform has been made available to explore the confines of what defines dance and the role of technology in that art form. This…...
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The Evolution Of The Cinema
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The creation of motion pictures has shaped the way Americans are entertained, informed, and even educated. The evolution of this medium has transformed how culture views life and processes information. It is amazing to see where this industry began and what it has evolved to today. From shadow puppetry, to picture projectors, to actual on-screen motion, the cinema is ever evolving. For ages men and women have been fascinated by the effects of motion and light. In the early 900s,…...
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Ancient Roman Art Reflection
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Some of my perceptions of Ancient Roman art and society have remained static over the past semester, while other ideas I once held at the start of the semester have drastically changed. My original ideas and thoughts came from a variety of different influences that have developed throughout a large sum of my life such as history classes, popular culture, travel, and the assumption of Greek influences. I have spent the past semester studying Ancient Roman art in much detail…...
Gladiator
An Emperor’s Pursuit of Pleasure
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Good leaders are often thought to be organized, uniting the people under them through the order. By providing firm commands for subjects to look to they gain the people's support. Then from that point on they have a responsibility to provide for their people. They are meant to look out for them and keep them secure, not run off to fulfill their desires in vain. One of the best Roman emperors, Marcus Aurelius led the empire through many achievements by…...
Gladiator
Gladiator Paper for Comparison
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The Gladiator movie is a historical movie about the ancient Roman Gladiator games. The movie received good reviews from consumers and movie review companies but just how accurate was it to the actual Gladiator games? A few things that are talked about are Marcus Aralias, how gladiators became gladiators, how fighters intimidated each other, the weapons used, the audience’s participation in the games, how gladiators became powerful, and how Maximus isn't real, and how Commodus went crazy. To start, one…...
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Secrets of Montage in the Movie Run Lola Run
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Time and space are the main features of continuity editing, the 180° rule, where the camera should not cross the line of action when two shots are edited together. There will be a jump cut if it changes position and violates 180° rule. In one scene of Run Lola Run, the left side of Lola seems like the right side in the next shot, also in the following shot, jump cuts are used intentionally to create a discontinuity in editing.…...
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Quality of Editing That Is Used in a Film Is Essential to How the Audience Will Enjoy It
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Annie Hall and The Birds are two films that set the tone that well-done editing in a film can make, and throughout my analysis the shots, transitions, and sounds were highlighted. I noticed that their significance was to add special effects to the audience’s experience. The quality of editing that is used in a film is essential to how the audience will enjoy it. Editing can give the audience a better understanding of where and when a film is taking…...
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Analysis of the Film ”Dragon’s Face” Directed By Robert Clouse
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The movie poster image I will analyze is the poster for the action film Enter the Dragon, directed by Robert Clouse. The film features Bruce Lee, who seeks revenge for his sister and looks to the evidence for opium trade on Han’s private island. The intended audience for the film is people from all age groups. This poster displays, martial arts action film conventions as Bruce Lee, William, and Roper, prominent martial artists, are displayed on top of the poster.…...
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