As you view films, consider how the cuts, camera angles, shots, and movement work to create particular meanings. Think about how they establish space, privilege certain characters, suggest relationships, and emphasize themes. In addition to shot distances, angles, editing, and camera movement, note details of the narrative, setting, characters, lighting, props, costume, tone, and sound.
6. What “happens” in the plot (Brief description)?
During a civil war in Spain, a young girl deals with magic while a plot unfolds involving the rebels and the military. As it goes along Ofelia continues to explore the magical side of stuff she discovered while a spy and the doctor help the rebellion. Eventually, Ofelia’s mother gives birth and dies during it. She attempts to escape with her younger brother but is stopped and killed at the end, right before the rebels win against the forces and kill the leader.
7. How does the film influence particular reactions on the part of viewers (sound, editing, characterization, camera movement, etc.)? Why does the film encourage such reactions?
It does it a lot with it’s dialogue and shot composition. The cruelty or brutality of what is happening is enough to solicit a reaction.
It is very realistic. The sets and grim style of the background contributed to this.
9. How are the characters costumed and made-up? What does their clothing or makeup reveal about their social standing, ethnicity, nationality, gender, or age? How do costume and makeup convey character?
It reveals a lot about the setting.
10. How does the lighting design shape our perception of character, space, or mood?
It talks about the war and what can happen during that.
14. Give an example of what a film critic had to say about this film. Use credible sources and cite sources.Example: “The Shawshank Redemption Movie Review (1994) | Roger Ebert.” All Content. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 June 2015.
“The story is a compelling and deeply involving one, and the film is both beautiful, exciting, and sometimes horrifying. The creature effects are superbly handled.” (Rotten Tomatoes user review)
15. Select one scene no longer than 5 minutes that represents well the whole film and shows relevant cinematic elements. Write a one-sentence description of the scene and record the time of the scene.Example: from 1:05:00 to 1:10:00.Explain why you chose this scene.
7:50-9:16 Shows the desperation of Ofelia trying to hold on to her innocence and disconnection from the war
16.In the selected scene: write a sentence for each of the elements below to justify why this scene best represents the film:
Watch the second episode of The Story of Film and take notes in a separate blog post
OUTSIDE (CREATIVITY, PRODUCTIVITY & THE BRAIN)
Set a timer
Spend 30 minutes in this ‘room’
To deal with negative thoughts one way is to try and change how you look at them. It could be finding a way to work around that negative thing, a way to use it to improve yourself, or even remembering that not everything negative is permanent. There are many ways to deal with negative thoughts and it is important to find the one that works best for you.
WHAT I LEARNED and PROBLEMS I SOLVED
I learned more about the film making process and it’s history.