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.

FILMING LOCATIONS HW#4 – Cody

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.

Presentation Order!

Alec Guinness and George Lucas on the of Star Wars (1977)
Alec Guinness and George Lucas on the of Star Wars (1977)

Below is a list of the presentation order. You get a chance to introduce your classmates to your director in a 5-minute presentation.  Don’t forget to submit your paper on Blackboard by Tuesday 5/10 night at midnight.

Film Presentations

  1. Nelsy Alonso
  2. Luis Garcia
  3. Nadeem Shabana
  4. Ese Abamwa
  5. Eddy Garcia
  6. David Perez
  7. Olivia Guitterez
  8. Raymond Jimenez
  9. Melvin Pantaleon
  10. Shawn Cuffy
  11. Christopher Ally
  12. Ahmed Abdulla
  13. Anjali Rawat
  14. Paul Inderjit
  15. Issa Mohsen
  16. Carlos Garlarza
  17. Bryan Carranza
  18. Hao Huang
  19. Cesar Sanchez
  20. Cody Hunte
  21. Bin Bin Zheng
  22. Woodrow Woytovich
  23. Jasmine Dominguez
  24. Yahir Smith
  25. Natalie Rodriguez

 

homework #4

As I watched the short film that Herve Attia made, all I continued thinking was of the ‘find what’s different’ game that everyone used to play.  There was certainly a numerous amount of differences. Buildings were demolished, some places seem drier, the color of paint was different, and even fences were built around certain areas.    Some places were still some what the same (besides the remodeling) like The Tides restaurant. Although the name changed  (it used to be The Tides Restaurant, but now its just simply The Tides), it still has the same concept – as in, its not a house, its still a place people go and dine.   I liked how the places used to look in Hitchcock’s film though just because in the beginning you see that the palm trees look bigger and healthier (obviously nature is getting ruined by the amount of toxics this present world releases now), and I love how Hitchcock shows the newsstand where it has a San Francisco poster, making it obvious to the audience where they are – unfortunately it’s not there anymore.

Attia does have a unique hobby, as I never would of thought people would do this just for the fun of it. It is kind of nice though, being able to revisit a certain place and seeing how time has effected the area. I do find it interesting that he chose this movie, is it because he loves San Francisco just as much? Or maybe because he enjoyed The Birds? I personally cannot stand this movie, I love scary movies, but this movie just creeps me out. The idea of birds being able to hurt a human that is over 10 times their size just sounds scary (plus I’m scared of pigeons overall).

HW #4 Filming Locations – Yahir

Watching  Attia’s video based on the film location of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1963’s The Birds really puts into perspective how much time has passed by since the original filming of the movie. As Attia revisits these places we can see changes in the locations the film was shot at. One of the locations that really stood out was the revisit of “The Tides”restaurant. The restaurant had a cozy neighborhood type of vibe in the movie but looks much more grand and modernized today. It looks more like a chain now than an independently owned place.

I found the matte backdrops that were painted on in the film so much more atmospheric (as it was intended to) than what it looks like in real life present day. Obviously Hitchcock had a vision in mind and decided to recreate nature in a way that seemed more fitting to him. This is also apparent in the scene where Tippi’s character Melanie, along with Mitch walk towards the hills overlooking a matte painted background rendition of the countryside.  The lighting on the characters and the fact that there is no wind indication as the grass isn’t moving makes it obvious to a modern viewer that this was replicated in the studio. It’s interesting that Hitchcock was such a control freak to the point of trying to manipulate nature for his own artistic vision.

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.

HOMEWORK #3 REQUIEM FOR A DREAM JUMP CUT

Jump cuts are used to give the effect of jumping forwards in time. In this clip from the film Requiem For A Dream we are shown a man who is selling drugs on the corner in the Coney Island section of Brooklyn to help his girlfriend purse he fashion career because of the use of the jump cut we can see the progression of the amount of money he was making  starting to accumulate it seemed to be less than a minute but in the film it was a longer period of time.

Drive Jump Cuts Homework 3

Drive uses jump cuts in a slightly different way than jump cuts are usually used here. Normally jump cuts make the in-your-face and urgency of a situation rise to the surface. Here the jump cuts work as normal, they are fast paced and motivate the urgency of the scene for the audience but  fail to phase Ryan Gossling (Driver). The Driver stays calm and professional to a degree which defies the jump cut. The Driver is not moved by the passage of time nor the neediness of the two robbers in his rear seat.  The camera constantly cuts to his very nervous passengers and the start contrast between the driver and the robbers is almost unsettling. After the viewer watches the scene they are rooting for the Driver, maybe for no reason other than its Ryan Gossling. Either way the audience is feeling the urgency of the chase scene and the calm demeanor of the Driver is reassuring and inspires confidence.  Then the Driver turn up the radio that we have been hearing between the police scanner,  The Clippers basketball game. This cut takes the Driver even further emotionally out of the scene, almost poking fun at the job he is doing. By the end we see that he has taken the criminals to the parking garage near the basketball game as cover for escaping, almost humorous. The jump cuts in Drive move the story along in a timely manner but function well as character development for the Driver. A difficult task but achieved to perfection here.

Homework #4: Filming Locations-Hitchcock’s ‘The Birds’

School house in Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds" 1963
School house in Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds” 1963

In Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds (1963), a beautiful socialite Melanie Daniels (played by Tippi Hedren in her first film role) takes a trip from San Francisco to Bodega Bay in pursuit of Mitch Brenner (Rod Taylor). Although Hitchcock preferred to film on a studio set, there are numerous location shots that highlight his love for San Francisco and the surrounding area. As a hobby, the California architect Hervé Attia produced a film short that revisits many of Hitchcock’s locations for The Birds. Watch Attia’s short film and a clip of the gas station scene. What do you think of “fan” movies like Attia’s that deconstruct films and revisit locations?

Watch Attia’s film location video here.

Watch the gas station sequence here.

Homework #4 is DUE by Tuesday, May 10 May 19th by midnight.
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