Friday, 30 September 2016

Friday, 23 September 2016

Narrative: Empire of the Sun

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Steven Spielberg's Empire of the Sun takes inspiration from a novel by J.G. Ballard, based on his own experiences in a Japanese prison camp during World War II. The film follows Jamie "Jim" Graham (Christian Bale), who goes from living with his wealthy parents in Shanghai to being a prisoner of war after losing his parents as they attempted to flee. Despite being completely dependent on others at the beginning of the film, Jim learns to survive through a man called Basie (John Malkovich). The dynamic between the two male characters is interesting, as Basie believes he is using Jim for his own gain, but at the same time Jim is surviving, thriving and helping others to do the same through completing tasks for the older man. 

While the film feels arguably too long, it's beautifully filmed, and all the locations feel realistic and intriguing; from the prison camp to the graveyard-like football stadium filled with confiscated luxury items. Though some critics felt the film fell short, it still shows the kind of films Spielberg was capable of making.

Reviews:
http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/empire-of-the-sun-1987
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/style/longterm/movies/videos/empireofthesunpghinson_a0a8cf.htm

Maya Tutorial: Poses

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Critical Perspectives: Kill Bill: Volume 1

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Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill: Volume 1 is a vibrant and colourful film that uses outrageous, over the top violence and inspiration from different film genres (e.g. spaghetti westerns and samurai flicks). The film follows Uma Thurman's character, known only as The Bride, as she seeks revenge against the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad for murdering her fiance and unborn child on the day of her wedding. The use of colour, music and cinematography make the film visually stunning and vastly enjoyable to watch, despite the plot being very simple. Had anyone else attempted to make this film, without Tarantino's style and inspirations, it would have failed to capture the interest of any audience.

Reviews:
http://www.rollingstone.com/movies/reviews/kill-bill-vol-1-20031009
http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/kill-bill-volume-1-2003
http://www.empireonline.com/movies/kill-bill-vol-1/review/

Kill Bill and Postmodernism:
http://jolantasketch.blogspot.co.uk/2010/09/how-postmodernism-relates-to-kill-bill.html
https://prezi.com/uvyqfic1x9xm/postmodern-elements-in-kill-bill/
http://hitchikercinema.blogspot.co.uk/2009/07/kill-bill.html

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Narrative Project: My Roles

ROLES:

Art Director
CG Modeller
Marketing Manager
Production Designer
Researcher
Screen Writer
Storyboard Artist

Narrative Project: Conflict and End Sentence

CONFLICT:

Man vs. Self


END SENTENCE:

"As soon as the words came out of his lips he felt as though someone had said them for him."