Sarah Love

Looping Assignment

Infinite Loop:

Continuity Loop:

Montage Loop:

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Run Lola Run and Time

Run Lola Run is a movie that emphasizes the idea of time. This 80 minute long movie is based off of the same 20 minutes that branch out and span over the course of the entire movie. You get the sense of the importance of time at the very beginning when all you see are various clocks and the constant ticking sound in your ears. This gets the audience in the mindset “Okay, something about time, or being late.”

In each one of Lola’s attempts to get to Manni the editing is very fast. Constantly switching back and forth from lola and other various objects. This re-enforces the fact that they have such a small amount time and it’s all very tense for the audience. And vise versa, when something dramatic is happening, usually near the end of the attempt, it is all slow motion to emphasize the lasting moment.

 

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Continuity Video

 

For my continuity video I wanted t film my morning usually when I wake up at 4am for work. I was going to include making breakfast and other minor details like grabbing the cup from the cupboard, washing my face, etc, but due to the 60 second time constraint I felt very limited in what I could do. I knew I wanted to start the video with me waking up, and end with me falling back into bed because that is very much like my mornings.

As far as frames go I was really happy with the frames I have chosen. Starting off with just my legs walking out of the bedroom, the close up on the showerhead, mid body after that and the frame of me grabbing the juice out of the fridge etc. But I do think they could have been cleaner with the stabilization, and even the lightening. The shots are very grainy. I think I did a good job on the continuity, but I could have put more emphasis on the bathroom. The taking the shower part is the longest part of my morning, but in the video it is the shortest part.

I know now to add more subjects, more objects, to emphasis just how much I do in the morning and less of me just walking from room to room.

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Time Manipulation in Digital Cinema

So in McCloud’s “Time Frame” visual essay, the concept of time manipulation is talked about in the world of Comics and how the use of panels of images can manipulate time without actually having to say anything.

This can be said about digital cinema as well.  Say you want to explain the growth of transportation over the course of the last 200 years in about 1 minute. This can all be in one shot where a horse carrying a carriage walks into frame and then off. Then sudden;y the scenery and the color saturation changes. The we see a 1950 mustang roaring into the scene. Once again they drive off frame and the camera floats down now onto a city, the newest Lamborghini now screeching. This gives the audience the notion “Okay time has passed obviously if they started with horse carriages and is now driving a Lamborghini.” All in the span of a minute.

Or you could do something as simple as show a calendar and show someone ripping the months the months off, or have the camera still, recording the daylight go to nighttime and vise versa. Someone growing a beard. The options are limitless.

Time manipulation is very much a possibility in Cinema.

 

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Framing in Lord of the Rings

So for this weeks blog post, we were asked to take still frame shots of one our favorite scenes and talk about them. Well obviously I had to choose Lord of The Rings and their reaction to the Balrog entering.

Close up(CU)

Close Up (CU)

Medium Close Up (MCU)

Close Up (CU)

Extreme Long shot (ELS)

Close Up (CU)

Close Up (CU)

Close Up (CU)

Medium Close Up (MCU)

 

Now obviously most of the scene are CU’s, with the occasional MCU, but I really enjoy the framing here because of the narrative that is seen in little diversity. From the start we have a CU to really set in the tone, the fear and the seriousness of the situation they were in. From there we get a mix of CU’s and MCU’s of their reaction and that gets the audience into the mind set “Oh no. This is bad. They are all scared.”

The camera pans up an Extreme Long shot to show us that something wicked this way comes.

Followed by some more CU’s and ending with a MCU on Gandalf. But the narrative of this story is shown by their faces, their reaction. That one shot where Legolas is shown, half of his face hidden in shadows, all you can really see is his one eye and it is wide with fear. Their acting is what gives it narrative and this could only really be done with up close shots to capture their fear. The editing and the lighting. The shadows on their faces and the out of focus characters in the back. These factors all play into the narrative. Which are why the CU shots were needed.

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