Thursday, December 18, 2014

Film's Era of Everything

The era of cinema today is what I see as a collage of many era's together with very similar values to the early age of cinema, the hollywood studio years, the hollywood renascence, and the return to the myth. The evolution of these times and cinema they've brought juxtaposes the many sides of cinema we see in the modern day.

The structure of the business, is a varied aspect of the modern age  of cinema. The business structure exists on multiple levels. There is your mega-corporations that essentially own every major studio. These corporations include disney, time warner, and CBS. These companies compensate for the hollywood-large budgeted films of the modern day. on the other side of things there is smaller privately owned studios that produce independent films. Some of these films, if successful, will be bought by one of the major studios. Thus, the business exists of different levels but is fluent. For the studios, no matter what, its all about getting the largest budget for their next film. That's essentially it.

Film technology has been able to advance consistently over the years. Though filmmaking and film technique stay relatively the same, technology advance makes new worlds for films to take place in. The digital era has begun and shooting on film will likely die out. Despite the advance in camera's and computer technology, the internet has been the largest advance in technology for film in this era. The internet has created the ability to bring all aspects of film and filmmaking together. From the beginnings of film to the present. From the first film tests to online tutorials for the RED Scarlet. The internet has and continues to change the game for film in this era.

Cultural values in modern film have become the most mixed and varied aspect of the business. It is very alike the modern american culture we have today which is extremely varied and constantly changing. Film's wide range of topics, concept, and culture allows film to be varied today, so there is something for everybody. This id again due to the internet in most ways.  

Film's evolution to where it is today shows many aspects of film all the way up to its early ages but is still incredibly different from any era we have seen before. 

Monday, October 27, 2014

1930's Revolution in American Cinema! The Golden Age!

   Considered to be "The Golden Age of Hollywood" the 1930's was a large era for Film and it's revolution and progression to what it is today. The era was extremely influential to the evolution of film for an array of reasons. The era began by largely establishing film as a main source of entertainment for the masses, the wide distribution of films and newly defined "American movie stars" and celebrities brought a fairly new medium of art and entertainment the masses. With central LA as a hub for all of this as well as a large area for the press, word quickly spread across the country about this newly found land of cinema. The transition into the era of "talkie's" had just begun to take frame. This opening many new doors to the evolution of film that was to come. Through the "Talkie" era in Hollywood defined many modern American genre's through the creation of the western, musical, talkie comedy, and animated feature. The Motion picture business ever growing, large money was seen in it, establishment of large production studios such as Paramount and Hays began to take place. The money to be found in these studio companies and in the distribution is what largely financially guided the era, opening doors for what film and the money held in it could accomplish. 

Monday, October 13, 2014

F.W Murnau's Nosferatu

   F.W Murnau's 1922 silent horror film, Nosferatu, was widely for it time and still holds up today as one of the greatest horrors in the history of film. When the film came out, its scared audiences across Europe and then across America. Murnau worked on Nosferatu with cinematographer Fritz Arno. Together the two created a visually terrifying film through the meticulous planning of shots and lighting in the film.

   The film was widely influenced by the german expressionist movement going on at the time and it's emphasis on this is what inspired the whole look of the film and the feeling it gave off. Many of the films of this time used some of the same visual aspects to convey the ideas and themes of the movement. All of the shots in the movie are very symbolic in that they are progressive to the feeling in each scene. In addition, the shots even more visually stylized to the feeling in each scene. The Low key and high contrast seen throughout the whole movie is what gives off the ominous and creepy feeling throughout the film.  Emphasis on Count Orlock's pale and hideous face is one of the creepiest visual aspects of the film. Imagine an incredibly darkened room with a Terrifying floating white head. Can you see it? It is terrifying. This same visual style is milked through the whole film, never letting down the terrifying sense the audience gets when viewing.

      For my companion creative piece of this project I decided to do a charcoal illustration. I believe that the low key and high contrast  seen in Nosferatu is very well illustrated into one frame with charcoal pencils, giving off the same low key and high contrast. In my drawing i did the same emphasis on Orlock's Pale face contrasting the darkness surrounding it.

Creative Piece: