Hey there, I’m here to discuss just how influentail a director can be to a film. I specifically talk about the popular superhero film, Spiderman, because there were two different series directed by two different directors. The directors of Spider-man, Sam Rami, and the director of The Amazing Spider-man, Marc Webb take different approaches towards directing these films. Watch to find out what changed in the movies, and why? Be sure to comment, THANK YOU! ENJOY!
Today, I had to recover my film clips and audio via my google drive because my project was wiped from the hard drive of the Mac that I was working on. Unfortunately, I had to rearrange the clips again. But, I have a foundation, so I’m not starting over completely; but as far as editing goes, I am. I had to re-download the clips from my google drive to MY computer, not the Mac, and start a new project using Windows Movie Maker. I chose to use Movie Maker because it’s more reliable, in my experience, than the iMovie editing software. I have a windows laptop, so I can work on the project whenever I have time. I chose to attempt to use iMovie to expand my editing exposure and use different computers/try new things. Unfortunately, that did NOT work out. I will be working on my project over the weekend to compensate for the work that I could have been doing all along on my Windows laptop, using Windows Movie Maker. All in all, I need to finish up my script and I should be good to go.
Today I organized the structure of my project. It is set as follows:
I will introduce the argument and movies in the beginning. Then, I will note that the films have two different directors, Furthermore, directors source material, personal experience, and style all influence the production.( I gathered 4 video clips off of YouTube that can help support and my view of the influence on this film. )
Next, I will go in that order, showing and explaining first, the source material as a cause of differences in storyline and plot. After that, I will input the personal experiences and influences that spiderman had on Raimi and Webb’s life. Lastly, I’ll wrap it up with a stylistic approach that the directors had.
1. Video Essay analyzing how movies and t.v. series interact with and portray what is happening in reality(politics/war/worldwide conflict).
– Voice-over narration
– Clips of reality-clips of film
2. Video essay showing different variations of superheroes
– how heroes are a different race/gender in different series (include actors used for each character)
– Remakes of the same superhero with different background stories/how their powers came to exist
– Batman(DC vs MOVIES)/ Hulk(MOVIES)/ Spiderman(MARVEL/MOVIES)/Green Lantern(DC vs MOVIE)
3. Supercut of the “hip”/popular profiles of nerds v.s. cool kids/jerks in the 70’s,80’s, 90’s, & 2000’s
-characters clothing and hairstyles
-clip of characters downfall or rise in the movie
OBJECTIVE- the objective of this supercut is to argue that the protagonist(usually the “nerd”) is more likely to grow and prevail. Meantime, the antagonist(usually the “jerk”) has a downfall and everything ends badly for him/her.
This supercut’s strength lies in the scenes of characters walking away from explosions. This scenario has been used for some time now and I feel as though the supercut points out just how overused it’s been. This argument is a narrow one, within a broader list of things that define the “typical” elements of a movie. (i.e. certain songs that are always played in specific parts of movies, or certain phrases like “___ is my middle name”)
In this Quadrant System analysis, Zhou describes the multiple camera techniques used in the movie, Drive. The volume of the music is very low and quiet, but it is just loud enough to notice. The music is very laidback, the type of music you would expect to hear while shopping in the mall (the kind of music that Pacsun, Tilly’s, and American Eagle would play). The type of details that Tony Zhou points out require someone to really analyze the scene, which I find amazing. Factors that I never noticed the first OR the second time watching this movie, were completely foreign ideas to me. Zhou speaks fast and keeps running with ideas, causing the audience to feel the need to keep up with him, visually and aurally. He is constantly showing different examples but he replays the scenes that have multiple quadrants. That strategy makes it easy on the viewers, like you. Lastly, he ends the video with a sexually appealing clip. So, even though he is done explaining, the viewers are still enamored by the fervor of the scene and crescendo in the music.
“In this scene of Her, Spike Jonze’s really tried to let the audience feel the sudden pain that Theodore feels. The feeling of having your heart ripped from your chest as you’ve reached the point in your life when you are truly happy, is the objective. He wants you to feel the sudden sense of being lost that Theodore feels without Samantha, as shown by his wide-eyed head shaking, in disbelief. In this specific setting, Theodore is at the bottom of a case of stairs, on his way to the location that he first bought the operating system; back to the beginning. Samantha just told Theodore that he is NOT the only person she talks to, and at the same time, for that matter.
This type of news causes Theodore to fall into a depression tenfold the depth of his love for Samantha. The movie displays the shower scene where Theodore is looking down towards the camera as if he is looking down upon his decision to date an Operating System in the first place. Also, the shower is sort of a metaphor for washing away the pain, a type of cleansing. Everything he ever knew and ever had has been washed down the drain….
Then, the elevator clip displays the change in color scheme. Instead of bright, vibrant colors, Theodore is wearing a plain white dress shirt and a duller jacket, displaying his emotion. He’s back at work as he receives a memento from Samantha, the published book of his love letters. The funny thing, is that he is flipping the pages from the rear of the book to the front. As a symbol to his life situation, he is going back to the beginning. He is sad. He is alone.”