Ian Farnham

Continuity Project

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  1. Ian,
    About half of the edits are continuity edits. The others are discontinuous. For example, there are cuts from one side to another of the bowl mixer. It would work better if you included more variety: close of subject, over the shoulder, wide establishing shot, medium shot etc.

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Time Frames

This was a very interesting story article. As I read this a ton of different thoughts and ideas came into my mind of the possibilities movies have that could manipulate time. One example that Scott McCloud used about how time can be slowed down is to expanding the panels. This made me think of fight scenes in action movies. When I was editing the James Bond footage last class it I edited it all down making it seem like the scene happened really fast. I did this by doing a lot of cutting. But if instead I kept the longer shots and didn’t cut them as much the scene would’ve felt like a lot more time was passing. I also liked on how McCloud said to use pauses that show the passing of time for when characters are talking. A way to accomplish this in cinema that I thought of was to use b-roll footage. For example, two characters could be in a restaurant having a conversation. One character could ask a character a question and instead of that character answering right away, the editor could cut to some b-roll footage of other things or moments happening in the restaurant. One film that I thought of that used time techniques was the film Shrek. The scene I thought of was a montage of Shrek and Donkey traveling through different environments and scenery gave the audience the feeling that they were traveling a very long distance. They did a very similar thing in the movie’s sequel when Shrek, Donkey, and Fiona are traveling to meet Fiona’s parents. They’re riding a carriage through different environments and scenery until they eventually make it there. These scenes are only a few minutes long but as an audience we have a vague idea of how long it took. We just know that it took a long time.

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Framing of Shawshank Redemption

The opera scene of Shawshank Redemption is my favorite movie scene of all time.

The first shot is of a close up of Andy looking through a bunch of records.

The next shot is again of a close up as it shows Andy grabbing an Italian opera record and playing it on the record player. The guard that is supposed to be watching him is in the bathroom. He hears the music play but thinks nothing of it.

While the music plays the camera makes an extreme close up on Andy’s hand as he grabs a key.

Close up

He then makes way to lock all the doors so no one else can get into the room.

Medium close up

Andy does to the PA system and then turns it on allowing the whole prison to listen to the opera music.

The next shot follows a medium shot of the prisoners stopping with what they’re doing to just listen to the music. The prison guards are now figuring out what’s going on and rush over to Andy’s location to stop him.

Medium shot

This is a extreme long shot. All of these last three shot are just an example of what the director is trying to show of how every single person in this prison is just standing still listening to the gift that Andy had given them.

This medium close up shows Andy feeling accomplished with what he just did. He knows that he’s gonna be severely punished for this action but he doesn’t care.

A close up of Andy’s closest friend Red. As Red narrates this entire scene he feels thankful for the music that Andy had given everyone. He doesn’t know what the Italian music is saying and he doesn’t want to know.

Medium close up

The Warden had now arrived and he is furious. He demands Andy to open up the door.

Close up

Andy acknowledges him by turning up the music to show him that he doesn’t care.

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Iphone Cinema

These iphone movies aren’t trying to be like traditional movies. When using the iphone, the movies that they create can be completed quicker than any other standard movie. Steven Soderbergh is a director that is changing the world of cinema. He directed the Netflix original “High Flying Bird” all on smartphone. Before that he film the psychological thriller “Unsane” on smartphone and shot the whole film in just two weeks. I would have thought that this would have limitations to film but it appears to be better. When I watched the short film “Detour” I got impressed with the point of view shot of the man looking through the binoculars. That impressed me with what you can do with an iphone. I didn’t know if it was a filter or just simple editing but it seemed like a very unique shot. I get very curious though but how far you can go with filming on a smartphone device. I know there can be limitations such as the higher quality professional movie cameras can produce but also they’re impressive about how much it can cut back on cost when filming a movie. Technology is evolving and that goes with the world of cinema as well. The beginning of cinema was just a silent black and white image. Now it’s so much more with the power of technology we have today. No honestly anyone can be a filmmaker. Everyone has access to a smartphone and we all can make short films with it. Iphones even come with the imovie app which can allow you to make quick simple videos to easily put on youtube for other people to watch on their smartphones. It’s easier, you can literally do it anywhere you want whether it’s making a film or watching a film.

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Hi everyone! My name is Ian and I am a senior at WSU. I have a big love for film and cinema and love making my own original videos.

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