Category Archives: Homework


one step back and two steps forward,

Looking back for reference to make a better film is fantastic, to take whats good and discard whats bad; to use something good to make something better is not a only smart, but innovative to see how using some different resources can do this better; they have have to do something completely different to reproduce something that is the same or something similar.

Homework #5: Endings (God Help the Girl)



God Help the Girl is an amazing film about a girl who discovered a great summer with her new friends and she has to choose to stay or start a new life somewhere else. She is on the edge of adulthood and she has to make a choice of writing her own music or going to college to get a degree. in the end she chooses to go to college, abandoning her love and friends to become an adult. this film speaks to me because I know how she feels. the ending of this film has the girl’s love speaking and monologing about how everything comes to an end and choices can be difficult. it was hard watching it, goodbyes are always hard, but they are a part of being an adult. Love is not always something that lasts. The music also adds to the sad tone of the ending. The thought was what could happen.




Well, since my first Homework post was about the beginning of the Breakfast Club. Its only natural that my last homework post is about the ending of The Breakfast Club. In a way The Breakfast Clubs’s ending is rather typical and predictable. The bad boy(Bender) and the princess(Clair) get together and the jock(Andrew) and the quiet girl(Allison) get together. The nerd(Brian) on the other hand gets pressured into writing one final paper that all five of them can take credit for. What sets this apart from other movies that follow the same pattern is that you actually feel that each one of the five main characters have actually grown from the eight hours or so that they spent together. Each one of them almost does a complete 180 from the first time that we see them.

Bender is no longer the degenerate criminal that he once was at the beginning. Clair isn’t the stuck up, high maintenance girl anymore. Andrew has learned to relax and not take his wrestling competition as seriously anymore. Brian becomes more confident in not only his school work, but with his new found friends. And quiet Allison gets a new makeover and becomes more outgoing.  The Allison makeover part of the movie is pretty controversial, and it’s worth delving into. A lot of critics were upset that she needed to change herself and look more like a Claire-type girl in order to fully win Andrew’s affection. I personally believe that this really isn’t a big deal. The scene is less about becoming more “Clair like” and more about being able to see her face clearly for the first time in the movie.

The film’s final image freezes on Bender as he pumps his fist in place as the song “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” plays in the background. Its almost as if the movies is saying that it hopes that the five major characters don’t forget about each other and that the friendships will continue to last forever. Truly a great end to a great movie v

Homework#4- “The Birds”

I think it’s always interesting to see films from a different perspective. In this case, in  a deconstructed view. It almost makes what you’ve seen in the movie more real. Tangible. But, at the same time it’s almost like you’re intruding in a way. You’re supposed to see it the way it was originally presented. By seeing the locations as they are almost feels like entering into another dimension too. Like something is off but it’s almost familiar. Scene at 6:33 into the Herve Attia film is a good example of this feeling. It shows the stark difference in landscape from the present outlook to the films original scenery.


After watching Herve Attia’s fan film of Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds”, I thinks it cool and really shows the length some people will go to show us the beauty of film and the work that comes with it. It’s clear to me that there has been some changes to some of the locations and that is to be expected. It’s  impressive how much work his team and him did to make this film. It was a very nice touch when we saw a side by side comparison of his film and the original Hitchcock classic. From the looks of it took blood and sweet for them to get the best result. It  makes us appreciate the film even more to know that they went and did all this  for our viewing pleasure.


Homework#5: Ending of Inception

I thought Inception was an overall great movie. Throughout the movie we witness the characters attempt to navigate the dreamworld while simultaneously fighting for their lives. Should they die in the dream, they should also die in reality. The difference between the two often becoming skewed. It is only with objects like Cobb’s (DiCaprio) totem is he able to discern the real from the fake. At the end of the movie he finally reunited with his children. The totem he has attempted to spin long forgotten. As the audience that last thing we see is the totem spin then almost come to a stop. But we never see it stop. Both Cobb and we have no idea if he had actually awakened into reality. It is an ambiguous ending. It leaves us with many questions. Perhaps even questioning whether Cobb even knew what reality truly was at all.

Homework #5: Endings

It seems fitting to discuss endings as our class draws to a close. For this last homework assignment, please consider the importance of endings to films and discuss one of your favorite endings. Note how the ending to Truffaut’s The 400 Blows ended with the freeze frame of Antoine facing the camera, an ending that is intentionally ambiguous, forcing the viewer to continue the story. The ending to Truffaut’s film is so iconic that it is frequently quoted or parodied. See this short clip that shows how Truffaut’s ending was used for the final shot of Nelson’s film in a Simpsons episode. To complete this homework assignment, please submit your favorite endings in a comment.

Homework #5 is DUE by Tuesday May 17th (2 days BEFORE the in-class Final Exam) Thursday May 19th by Midnight. 
Everyone should submit a POST on their favorite ending.


To be honest, after watching Herve Attia’s fan film of Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds, i came away really impressed. At first i thought that i wouldn’t like it because normally i’m not a big fan of “fan” films sort to speak because they always look cheep to me, but this was actually really well done. I’m a big fan of visiting old historical locations or movie locations and seeing what they are like today, so this video was somewhat of a treat for me personally. I loved how he had a side by side comparison of his film and the original Hitchcock classic. It really puts in perspective just how much things have changed in the time between the two films.  Some of the locations are almost unrecognizable, like the TIDES which has been remodeled and redesigned. I wonder if anyone has done this with a old New York movie like Breakfast at Tiffany’s  or Taxi Driver and just went around and filmed some  of the locations just to see how vastly different they are today than in the past. It could make for an interesting project

Homework #4: Filming Locations

To think that people can actually go back to an area, deconstruct and check different locations similar to an original film and have it remade in a way that makes it look the same as the original is outstanding! A lot of time and preparation must have been taken in order to be precise in doing this. Anyone can get an idea of the original film and redo it in as aspect that displays the same idea, but to bring a different location back to life in the way that the original portrays is not as easy as it sounds. Also, if this was a random job description for someone to complete, it would not of came out the way it did. A major reason it came out the way it did is because of his hobby, which is more of being passionate and drawn to a certain aspect that makes you want to perfect its image, literally. I also believe that having workers and supporters are great to pull this off, but the overall thought process should be done by the one main person who wants to get the job done because they’re the ones that have all the evidence in front of them that they can compare and work to reconstruct the perfect location in every aspect, all the way down to the minor details.

Homework #4- Filming Locations

I think that it is amazing how some people can go back, deconstruct and revisit different locations of a film and compare it to the original look that was filmed. It’s clear to see, from the side by side video, that there has been some changes to some of the locations that has been made since the shooting days. From the videos there has been some remodeling done on certain buildings, some painting done, and some environmental changes. It’s really impressive how Attia can go to these Sonoma County and point out the various locations that were used to film “The Birds”. There must be a lot of preparation and research done to achieve this. The fact that it’s his hobby also adds to the quality of work he has put into this video. Everything is his work is so authentic all the way down to the small brief moments of the scene. He films the roads that Tippi Hedren drives on, to other smaller scenes by the bay.He’s also exposing and informing a lot of information for other fans of this film as well. It also makes other people further appreciate “The Birds” by being more knowledgeable and for others, a little nostalgic perhaps.