Homework #4 – 5 Centimeters Per Second

Out of all the movies i have seen i believe that 5 Centimeters Per Second is of the best ones. This animated movie is directed by Makoto Shinkai who also wrote the script too. Even though the movie is animated it still cost around 25 Million Yen to make which is only about 270K in US. It may not cost a lot in USD but 25M Yen is also not a small amount for a animated film being made in Japan. The reason i picked this movie is because at first you look at the movie and a lot of people would pass by it because it is animated but when u see the movie this movie created a master piece with a small budget compare to movies made with actors. The movie draws the viewers in with a simple yet touching story that is told in three different parts but not only is the story really good the art work they used in the background which is based off places that can be found in Japan is beautiful to look at. The backgrounds used were so good that it has been found that another animation company has said to plagiarized them in their own animated movies. To inspire those who have not watch this movie or any of Makoto Shinkai movies i will leave a picture a background used in the movie.

Homework #4: Spectacular Cinema

Scarlett O'Hara in front of Tara, Gone with the Wind (1939)
Scarlett O’Hara in front of Tara, Gone with the Wind (1939)

Hollywood in the 1930s was filled with spectacles, from the musical fantasies of Busby Berkleey to surreal costumes and sets in The Wizard of Oz and the attention to historical accuracy in Gone with the Wind. These large budget films (the Oz budget was 2.77M and Gone with the Wind cost approx. 3.9M) demonstrate the desire to create an immersive cinema that transported audiences from the somber realities of the Great Depression. Listen to the short NPR news story on the making of Gone with the Wind and note the grand scale of the production, from the long casting process to the interest in historical accuracy as well as the subsequent controversies.

Share with your classmates examples of films that function like spectacles. What big-budget movies have produced similar spectacular settings to captivate audiences?

Listen to the NPR Gone with the Wind Story here.

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Homework #4 is DUE by Thursday March 10th.
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