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Cinematography Essays

Film Review: Glory Essay

On December 14, 1989, the movie Civil War based movie, "Glory," was released to across-the-board rave reviews. Starring Andre Braugher as Private Thomas Searles and Denzel Washington as Private Silas Trip, the film gave audiences the chance to witness the close relationship between these two very different men. Starting out as men from different classes and beliefs who disliked one another, they supported each other and ended up developing a brotherly bond through the hard trials of war. Together they put away their differences and together used their passion to fight bravely side by side in the war. Thomas and Trip were character foils in Glory. Thomas had grown up educated, a free man "as was [his] my father ?. While...

World Trade Center – Movie Summary Essay

World Trade Center was released on August 9, 2006 by Paramount Pictures. It is academy award winning, full color film detailing the events and survival of Port Authority Police Sergeant John McLoughlin and Officer William Jimeno after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. The film follows the officers and their families throughout the day of the attack. The roles of McLoughlin and Jimeno are excellently played by Nicholas Cage and Michael Pena respectively. Jay Hernandez, Maria Bello and Maggie Gyllenhaal all have smaller yet supporting roles as Officer Dominick Pezzulo, Donna McLoughlin and Allison Jimeno. Sergeant John McLoughlin, William J. Jimeno and Dominick Pezzulo were officers assigned to New York City's Port Authority on September 11th, 2001 when they...

Women and Horror in Friday the 13th Essay

Friday the 13th is a 1980 American slasher film directed by Sean S. Cunningham and written by Victor Miller. The film revolves around a group of teenagers who are murdered one by one while attempting to reopen an abandoned campground which has a terrible past of murders and deaths including an incident of a drowning of a young boy named Jason. The film is also considered one of the first “true” slasher films in film history. Slasher films are a sub-genre of horror films, which typically involves a violent psychopath murdering a sequence of victims, usually with a bladed tool such as a knife. The slasher genre often has conventions that include brutal killings showing blood and gore and suffering, screeching...

Withnail & I – Screen Analysis Essay

Withnail & I is a film about the journey of Withnail and Marwood, as they travel to a country town to get away from the city, and keep their minds off their boring lives. Both their lives were dull and unbearable as they spent all there money on alcohol and drugs to escape their reality. All they both thought about was when there next high was, and to try not stay sober for as long as they could. Withnail and Marwood both were working as actors however were struggling to get jobs; this caused a problem, as they could not pay there bills and were too lazy to get another job. Marwood is a quiet, intelligent, nice man who tries to...

Wish Fulfillment in Modern Film Essay

Ever since the start of the "Roaring 20's?," Americans have had a fascination with the film industry and all the bells and whistles that go along with it. Even today, we become obsessed with movie stars, the actors and actresses who star in these films. We long for their glamorous lives and we begin to see them not as people, but as truly elite individuals. There have been countless examples of this in history - movie stars whose lives are invaded by fans, paparazzi, and other media gurus who want so badly to know every burning detail of their lives. However, if we take a step back for a second , we start to realize how ridiculous this whole idea is....

Why Marvel is Better than DC Essay

Everyone has their own preferences when it comes to superheroes. One might prefer a superhero that can fly, but another might prefer a superhero that can control steel. Different preferences creates a battle between Marvel and DC, which takes place in the aisles of comic book stores and subconscious of comic fans for decades. Marvel is a comic company established in 1939 in New York City who collaborates with Disney since 2009. Since the 1960s, it has been one of the two largest American comics companies, along with DC Comics (“Marvel comics history and Marvel comics background”). On the other hand, DC comics has started in 1935 in California, who later became a subsidiary of Warner Bro. in 1989(“ DC Comics”)....

West Side Story – Movie Critique Essay

West Side Story is a contemporary rendition of Shakespeare's classic, Romeo and Juliet. Set in the late 1950s in the west side of New York, gang rivalry and love story all in one. To todays standards these two gangs are more likely to be compared to a chess club than a gang. The two rival gangs are comprised of descendants of European immigrants (Jets), and the other Puerto Rican (Sharks). The element of racism is very apparent, but it is the underlying racism/ racial stereotypes and gendering in this film that influence an unsuspecting audience. In the first scene the two gangs have contrasting racial and physical qualities. Most of the Jets are blonde, strong and healthy. Where as the Sharks...

Ways of Seeing by John Berger Essay

When thinking of good art or bad art what is there to think? I believe that art is art. While reading “Ways of Seeing” I see that most people need to understand the true meaning of art. Art is painting, drawings, sculptures, and etc. Art can be formed in many shapes or sizes. In the essay Mr. Berger states that “Seeing comes before words. The child looks and recognizes before it can speak. ” When Berger states that children look and recognizes before it can speak shows a lot with art. This means that as a child i learn things not only from my mother but from how I seen it and remembered it. For an example I learned that my...

Watching the Movie Baraka Essay

Watching “Baraka” was both a worthwhile and painful experience. When I say painful, I don't mean it was physically painful for me to sit there but I mean that it was hard for me to process a lot of what was going on in the film because of what it meant to me. The scenes were so powerfull that they could take me back to 2 years ago when I was struggling with depression. It made me feel nostalgic about something that was so unhealthy. However, the cinematography and art of the film made it all worth it, it showed me so many different sides of humanity; it showed us the art of being human and the art of our earth....

Walt Disney’s Tangled Essay

Everything has a hidden meaning, whether it is books, movies, or cartoons. Yet the audiences only starts to recognize it while they sit back, and reflect on them. Disney studio movies are expressing their thoughts about culture, love, and reality to the audience, by creating their unique characters and presenting them. Taking in the media, people begin to internalize the themes presented. Each character has their own unique way to present their disguised ideas about culture and morals. Not all audiences have the same impression of one character. Rapunzel, the main character in, "Tangled," delivers her culture in beauty. Rapunzel is introduced to the reality of adults, is confronted with it's advantages. If we take a closer look at Rapunzel, her...

Walt Disney and Mulan Essay

In response to Deborah Ross's arguments in her article "Escape From Wonderland: Disney and Female Imagination ? (2004) against The Little Mermaid (1989) and Alice in Wonderland (1951), Mulan (1998) embodies a more realistic and valuable theme of Disney. Ross predominantly claims that Walt Disney's movies influence and brainwash girls by showing them princesses that act out of folly and pursues fantasies that are far out of reach. However, Disney's motion picture movie, Mulan, has inspired many girls across the globe to become women with high merit. Its representation of gender allows the audience to recognize the reality that women face as traditional cultured descendants. For instance, in the movie, Fa-Mulan, the protagonist, grew up in a family where marriage was...

Visual Effects in Mike Nichols’ The Graduate Essay

The critically acclaimed, 1967 film, "The Graduate,"? directed by Mike Nichols, tells the story of Benjamin Braddock, who is coming of age in the 60's; decade of a sexual revolution. As viewers, we follow his mind boggling path as he searches to find who he is as a man and what he wants to do with his life. In the mist of his quest to find himself, he inadvertently becomes sexually involved with Mrs. Robinson, the mother of the girl whom he is dating and quickly falling in love. nd he becomes obsessed with winning her love back. The Cinematography in "The Graduate"? is simply astonishing and creative, so much so that I have watched this film about four different times....

Villainous Behavior in The Truman Show Essay

Peter Wier’s film, "The Truman Show," is the depiction of the villainous immorality of using one’s life without their knowledge as a purpose for entertainment for the mass population. It is a popular television show that takes the setting of a stereotypical 60’s hometown where everything is too perfect as it seems. The protagonist, Truman Burbanks, plays the clueless and unsuspecting star of the reality show. Truman’s sadness is mainly perpetrated by Chirstof, the director of the show as he wields his power to shape Truman’s life, the actors play a part but most importantly the society that exists in the film. The chief villain is Christof, the creator of the show using Truman’s life for his own personal gain. Chirstof...

Views of War in Apocalypse Now Essay

The film, “Apocalpyse Now,” directed by Francis Ford Coppola, illustrates the psychologically damaging effects of the Vietnam war. As the story progresses, each character falls deeper into both an actual and metaphorical darkness, of the landscape and in their minds. The relationship between the landscape and mental psyche of the soldiers, is seen as the crew, made up of Chief, Lance, Chef, Clean, and Willard, venture further into enemy territory. The purpose of their mission is to escort Willard, the narrator and main character, to captain Kurtz. Kurtz is a former high-ranking military member, who has gone rogue, and seemingly lost his sanity. Each character loses their sense of self, as the horrors of war escalate around them, as their environment...

Understanding the Films of Andrzej Wajda Essay

Portraying intense love relationships throughout his war trilogy, Wajda creates significant romantic subplots that question if true love can exist during periods of war. Across these three films, Wajda highlights the idea that rules no longer apply to romantic relationships when love and politics mix. In "A Generation," Wajda speaks on behalf of the tormented nation of Poland, and tells the stories of the masses of people bound by a common fate. Stach, who is the main character and the narrator of the film, is nothing but a young boy who is toying with danger. The young but more enlightened Dorota is the beautiful Communist that provokes Stach to join the anti-Nazi organization. The relationship that develops between Stach and Dorota...

Unbreakable – Protagonist David Dunn Essay

We've all seen the typical superhero in every superhero film. They're all similar in a way and we don't realize it. They all go through similar stages of becoming a hero. David Dunn, from the film "Unbreakable"? is the so called "superhero"? of the film. This main superhero was rather different than other heroes. There were differences and similarities, which almost made the film quite unique. It didn't feel like your typical action filled superhero movie. Instead, it was a more realistic approach to the modern "hero ? of this century. In the history of all superheroes, most of them become a hero out of their own will. But this "will" doesn't come empty-handed. There's always some grief, sacrifice, or loss...

Twin Peaks – Who Killed Laura Palmer? Essay

‘Never before, in the history of television, had a program inspired so many millions of people to debate and analyze it deeply and excitedly for so prolonged a period Twin Peaks generated the kinds of annotated scrutiny usually associated with scholarly journals and literary monographs’ (Bianculli, cited by Lavery 1994). We are accustomed to our television programmes mixing genres, using dream sequences, alluding to other era’s and giving us surreal moments. Many think that this is a direct result of the American TV programme Twin Peaks, which caused controversy and gained a cult status like no other before it. It was created, written and directed by the film director David Lynch (Blue Velvet, Erasurehead), in partnership with the well established American...

Truman Burbank – Hero and Victim Essay

In a society that demands conformity, individuality is a heroic act. The Truman Show by Peter Weir portrays the protagonist Truman Burbank to be together a hero and a victim. From his lack of conformity, to his privacy exploited for millions to see and the manipulation of him, this is my essay on why Truman Burbank is victimised, yet still heroic. Trumans non-conformity was brave and determined. While the masses conformed and lived a controlled life in Seahaven, Truman was alone and stood out of the crowd. Everyone in Seahaven was the same. They all lived in architecturally identical housing, all participated in the community and conformed to the society which was controlling Truman. At the start of the movie it...

Transformations in Gone with the Wind Essay

Gone with the Wind is a famous novel which was written by Margaret Mitchell, first published in 1936, and adapted to film with the same name in 1939. Both film and novel received positive appraises from adorers all over the world. It is the story of progress of a girl named Scarlett O’Hara from the spoiled daughter of a well-to-do plantation owner to a commercially successful businesswoman who fought for her family's sake during the Civil War and the days of Reconstruction. The name of the novel “Gone with the Wind” was one of the most curious things that readers always wrestle with while reading or watching it. Consequently, what has really gone with the wind? To understand what things have...

Themes of Growing Up in High Noon Essay

Growing up is how we develop throughout our lives, and there are certain characters and people that we get used to as we grow. There are those responsibilities that we take up as we grow too. In "High Noon," Fred Zimmerman creates a film that shows how people grow up differently and shows the existence of courage and lack of it among the people of Hadleyville, Kansas. In his film, he covers how the longtime marshal and the people of Hadleyville are faced by adversity of a returning enemy Frank Miller. Growing up is the manner through which we have learned to handle situations. As it was shown, the townspeople were not going to help Kane as he was going to...

Themes of Fear in Batman Begins Essay

I believe the main theme of the film, "Batman Begins," is fear. The movie uses fear to show how it could affect the way people live and think. It shows how fear can take control of a human being, destroy them completely, and potentially destroy a society. It also shows how a person can instead take control of fear, this is what frees people, because without fear we can do almost anything. The characters that represent these effects of fear are Batman and Dr. Jonathan Crane (Scarecrow). Each of them are exposed to extensive amounts of fear to start their lives. Fear that was cause by criminals, both Batman and Jonathan lost their parents to criminals. At first the fear affects...

Theme and Audience of Gossip Girl Essay

This essay will attempt to explain why its audience including the author of this essay enjoy the programme "Gossip Girl". The theme of the programme and the main characters will be discussed. The following paragraphs will discuss the social divide regarding the characters, those from the Upper East Side and those from Brooklyn. An attempt will be made to determine when discussing the characters and their background, whether it is the case that the audience are identifying with the characters and therefore the reason for "Gossip Girl's" popularity. Within the program "Gossip Girl" there are 16 characters, the main one being "Gossip Girl" themselves. The characters all have very different roles and backgrounds. Within the next few paragraphs, they will be...

The Works of Tyler Perry and Spike Lee Essay

Despite any biased opinions, there really is no denying that both Spike Lee and Tyler Perry make great movies. Their fame and popularity of their continual movie success is enough to know that both men are talented in their line of work. Both of these film-makers create movies that dominate more toward the black culture of Americans. That's not to say that caucasian or any other race doesn't watch or enjoy their movies. In terms of representing blackness and black people in general, I believe Tyler Perry's body of work does a better job than Spike Lee. Even though Spike Lee's work is similar in the sense of Perry's work, in that he focuses towards black audiences, I just prefer Perry's...

The Wizard of Oz – Movie Essay

I was only a kid , when I first watched a special presentation of The Wizard of Oz on T. V. the next day i went to the school library and picked up L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz . Years later when i became a mother, I began reading The Wonderful Wizard of Oz to my two daughters Alexis and Neveah before bedtime. As i continued to read I was startled to find a new depth in the book which escaped me during childhood that I did not expect to find, Now all grown up i can finally grasp the underlinings and subplots scattered throughout the movie with Dorothy playing the role of the female heroine. The Wizard...

The Use of Sound in A Passage to India Essay

"Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way. " As we hear this cheery song, we are instantly transported to the wonderful month of December, imagining everything that it brings. The snow falling, the decorating of the Christmas tree, hot chocolate and time spent as a family. All these memories and feelings of joy were brought up by a simple verse of a well known song. It is the power of sound and music that can instantly transport us to different places, situations and times, whether fantasy or real. Movie directors use this same power to their advantage. The noises, sounds and music used in films have all been carefully selected to create particular feelings and subconscious thoughts in the viewers...

The Use of Mise-en-Scene – Transformers and Bad Boys II Essay

Transformers and Bad Boys II were both directed by Michael Bay. Transformers is a science fiction film about huge human-like robots who come to earth from outer space. Bad Boys II is a movie about two cops who are on the drug task force in Miami. Director Bay uses mise-en-scene quite differently in both films. However there are a few similarities with each. He also uses a wide variety of camera shots, lighting, and angles in each film to portray different things. Each film has a different genre so Mr. Bay uses different techniques in each to convey the message he is trying to send the viewer. Through analyzing the mise-en-scene used in each film we can understand what the director...

The Uber Controversy Essay

Uber has been experiencing lots of problems during its initiating years because of many complains received from the people who use this service. Uber is a huge company, but it has not yet met all required standards to lawfully operate in every city around the world especially in its original country The United States. This fast growing company provides services in small and big cities in more than 50 countries. Uber is an American ridesharing company built in a smartphone app founded in March 2009 by Travis Kalanick and Garrett Camp. (Chokkattu, and Crook). This multibillion dollar company uses a smartphone app that connects riders with their partner drivers through its powerful smartphone app. In fact, multiple issues have been affecting...

The Truth of the Big Fish Essay

There are quite a few truths to the film “Big Fish”, which are perceived differently for many people. The truth is that Edward uses his large imagination to create a fantasy that represents his reality. Protagonist Edward Bloom tells his stories from the time that he was born all the way up to adulthood, in a manner that no sane person could bring himself or herself to believe. Yet, when you look beneath the exaggerations and metaphors of Ed’s stories, the truth is in some way there. Edward doesn’t like to give away the truth easily; instead, he appreciates using his imagination to express what was happening at that time of his life so that the listener experiences what his emotions...

The Truman Show – Media Encroachment Essay

In the movie 'The Truman Show' (Peter Weir, 1998) the character Truman Burbank (Jim Carrey) is turned into the main character of a worldwide successful TV show without knowing it. He had been an unwanted child and was adopted by a company, thus becoming the first child in the world adopted by a company. The television show portrays his life in 'Seahaven' from his birth on, where he is the unknowingly the main character, while all the other persons in 'his world' are actors directed by the producer Christof (Ed Harris), who wants to create the 'perfect world' and therefore plans every single step Truman takes and all the relationships that Truman establishes. The movie 'The Truman Show' can be interpreted...

The Storytelling of Solomon Northrop Essay

In 1841, Solomon Northup was kidnapped and sold into slavery. Twelve years later, Northup retells his accounts in his memoir Twelve Years A Slave. Director Steve McQueen adapted Northup’s memoir in a major motion picture of the same title; now in the race for multiple Academy Awards. Although the book and film share a biography, each uses different conventions of storytelling. There is an elegant tone in Northup’s first person narrative. A diplomatic tone is sustained throughout the memoir, allowing the piece to act as a political voice of 1853. McQueen’s compelling take on the story gives us a visual outlook on slavery. Mr. Solomon Northup’s memoir opens with a preface by white lawyer and legislator, David Wilson. His preface grants...

The film is a collection of photographic images (frames) sequentially arranged, connected by a single plot and intended for playback on the screen

Complexity of the phenomenon

In the cinema art, the aesthetic properties of literature, theatrical and visual arts, and music are synthesized on the basis of strictly inherent, expressive means, of which the photographic nature of the image, which allows reconstructing with any certainty any pictures of reality, and editing, is the main one. The visibility of the images embodied on the screen and the availability of films to the broad masses, together with all other possibilities, determine the significance of cinema as the most important of all arts.

The creation of a film is usually a complex creative and production process in which the work of artists of different specialties is combined. These professions include:

·         a screenwriter (scriptwriter, director, who determines the interpretation and implementation of the idea and guides the work of the rest of the production;

·         actors who embody images of heroes;

·         an operator, which formalizes the action of the means of compositional, light and color interpretation of frames;

·         an artist who finds an illustrative characteristic of the environment of action and the costumes of the characters (and in the animation the external characterization of the heroes);

·         a composer and others.

The creation of films and their demonstration require a highly organized technical base and is associated with large material costs. The cinematography is not only an art field but also a special branch of industry and commerce. Consequently, in bourgeois countries, monopoly capital not only took over the cinema economy (production and rental of films, exploitation of the network) but also established a rigid ideological control over the content of the films being screened and demonstrated.

Film Types

During the development of the cinema art, its four main types were formed:

1.      Artistic cinematography which embodies adapted works of prose, drama, poetry with the means of performing art. The possibilities of epic, lyric and drama are available for artistic cinematography, but in films that have a narrative character, there are always traits that bring them closer to the drama, in particular, the dramatic conflict.

2.      Documentary cinematography, which is a special kind of figurative journalism, based primarily on direct fixation of reality. Documentary cinematography has the full breadth of the possibilities of journalistic genres of literature and journalism. It combines both works of figurative journalism and information films.

3.      Animated cinematography, which “gives life” to graphics or puppet characters. Images of graphics and volumetric animation are created by shooting fixed sequence phases of motion of drawn or puppet characters. It pays special attention to the creation of films for children.

4.      Popular science cinematography which uses the means of these three types for the dissemination of scientific knowledge. Popular science cinematography acquaints viewers with the life of nature and society, scientific discoveries, and inventions, recreates the course of creative searches for scientists and artists, and demonstrates physicochemical and biological processes. To solve these problems, it uses both purely didactic and artistic means, depending on the theme and task of the movie.

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