Monthly Archives: November 2014

Reading 7: Chapter 16

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What have you learned about the interplay of text and images from this class?  Use the reading to back up your answer and submit through a blog post using text and images of your choice.

The chapter summarizes the idea of text and image interplay perfectly in one phrase:

“You have to leave something for the Audience to Fill in.”  In other words, visuals and text can be collaborated in a way that sets up unanswered questions for the viewers to figure out the answers to.

Looking at a number of intro Movie or Television show titles was a great way of exploring this concept.  Most of the introductions to the titles showed very little or just enough to allow the audience to wonder and make predictions about the remainders of the film or show.

austin powers

In Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, the opening credits scene involves a lot of creative wordplay that leaves little to the imagination for the audience, while still leaving some imagination as names and words dance across the scene in strategic places.

Halloween

In Halloween, there is a lot of mystery in the opening credits.  The eerie theme music helps build suspense, but even with just looking at the images, the screen is pitch black in the night, with nothing but a flickering Jack O’lantern and vivid orange lettering leaving the audience to only imagine what horror awaits for the rest of the film.

wonka

Like many movie openings, the original Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory begins their opening credits with a “making of” kind of scene, in which viewers witness chocolate being made in the factory.  It plays with contrasting, bright letters to tell us who created the movie, as we watch the chocolate being created.

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Project 3A: Opening Movie Title Proposal

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Choose from a list of sample movie plots to create the opening titles for.  Submit a proposal with concept and plan of execution.  200 words minimum submitted as a blog post.

I choose to re-create the opening Movie Title of Halloween.  It is a classic horror/thriller film, and an especially go-to movie around, appropriately, Halloween time.  The original opening title was simple, but spooky.  Images of a glowing Jack-o-Lantern, with matching orange colored, bold and slightly shaking then fading fonts appear.  The background is completely dark, if not black, which gives a stark contrast to the foreground.  The camera zooms in slowly on the Jack-o-Lantern, but it is not distracting from the text, and the text is not distracting to the Jack-O-Lantern either.  If anything, the image and the text compliment each other.

I want to take advantage of the fact that Regis is such a creepy, woods-y location and would be perfect for filming a horror movie or some type of Halloween movie.  I will have a couple actors in the movie title, one to play Michael Myers, the infamous killer, and one to play a victim.  Not much of Michael Myers will be shown, maybe a quick flash of his face, or a silhouette view from behind, or a flash of him holding his weapon.  Just a hint of Myers to give viewers enough of a chill to know to fear this character.  If I decide to show a victim, it will be a young woman and because of the time period that the original Halloween movie took place in (1978), she will have to be dressed in the disco-era type style, with big, wavy hair, maybe some floral or a knit sweater or layers, etc.  I will keep Jamie Lee Curtis in mind when designing this character.

I will continue to use the theme song, most likely throughout the whole movie title, because it is vital to the film’s suspense, fear and recognition.

 

Sharing 3: Opening Movie Title

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Choose an opening movie title to share with the class.  Be prepared to explain why you choose it.  Have two as backup.

 

Game of Thrones:

Game of Thrones is one of my all-time favorite shows right now.  Its opening credits is a long two minutes or so, but you know the show is going to be epic.  There is a lot of animation and beautiful orchestral music.  at first glance, we are looking at a map of Westeros and the nearby kingdoms, but it zooms in and everything starts to become three-dimensional, like an advanced pop-up book.  Names and locations are incorporated in the showing of these places, as they are some of the most important components of the stories of the show.  I chose this as my number one opening title, even though it is a show rather than a movie, mostly because it is exciting, epic, beautiful, and suspenseful.

 

Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me:

On the other hand, the Austin Powers trilogy is absolutely silly and highly inappropriate, but consistently makes me laugh.  This is the intro title for the second movie in the series, The Spy Who Shagged Me.  I chose it because the creators of this scene strategically placed all of the words and names as well as a lot of objects to hide or highlight…certain aspects of the scene, (and Austin, for that matter!)  In addition, like the other two in the series, the movie starts with a big music number and a lot of dancing to get viewers interested in the remainder of the film.

 

Breakfast at Tiffany’s:

Simple, but classic, Breakfast at Tiffany’s is another one of my favorite films, and the intro to this movie is a classic often repeated but never as beautifully done as Audrey Hepburn and the creators of this movie.  Famously, Holly GoLightly, the main character in the film steps out of a cab in New York dressed fashionably in Givenchy and sips her coffee and nibbles pastries while adoring the treasure Tiffany’s Jewelers has on display, which she admires but can not afford (which we wouldn’t be able to realize based on the way she is dressed!)  It is simple, but symbolic for the rest of the film, and a classic masterpiece for classic Hollywood film.

 

 

Viewing 2: Music Video

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Choose a music video that has a non-dramatic storyline.  Discuss what you think it means.  What symbolism is used? Submit your answer as a blog post with the video embedding.

P!NK is absolutely one of my favorite current artists today, and she at least co-writes all of her songs, which makes me love her even more.  Her creative videos combined with her great lyrics and her powerhouse voice are powerful yet for the most part relatable and always tell a story.

In her Just Like a Pill video, it starts out with a dizzying, shifty camera and a piano with keys moving on their own.  P!nk is lying on the floor in a grungy, dark open mansion room wearing barely anything, a black cloak draped over her, open in the front, making her look vulnerable and knocked down.

Next we see this dark creature–a magician–in a garden and we aren’t really sure who he is but he begins to pop up throughout the rest of the video, popping out of corners and sneaking behind her.  It could be the person who she began this relationship with and keeps coming back to haunt her.

There is an elephant standing behind her, maybe the “elephant in the room,” or the obvious problem, and it’s something she doesn’t want to deal with but knows she has to.  There is a part with her in a room full of pure white rabbits, maybe tying along with the idea that what started out as magic only ended up “making her ill.”

Also throughout the video, in the background, there is a group of people who appear to be really intensely making out and being all over each other, but by the end, it appears that they all ended up in a massive fight.

The video ends with her walking upstairs and into a bright light, and I believe she is escaping the toxicity.

In summary, the video is mildly trippy but still pretty deep in meaning revolving around either a toxic relationship with another person or with oneself.  The relationship has become unsupportive, false, and unstable.

Every line in the chorus is a metaphor: “I can’t stay on your life support, there’s a shortage in the switch, I can’t stay on your morphine ’cause it’s making me itch, I tried to call the nurse again, but she’s being a little bitch, I think I’ll get out of here.”