Category: 360MC CW2

360mc cw2-Evaluation

During my time doing the work for 360 cw2 I felt like I have developed a great number of different abilities that will overall make me a better filmmaker. Along with this I have enjoy the overall freedom that we have been giving when doing this work. I have always thought that some of the work we have done over the past couple of years had been limited by guidelines we had to follow, so it has been so what freeing to be able to create a project that is only limited by myself.

I wanted to come into this project with the same eagerness and youthful drive I had when I first came to university in some sense I have done this. While learning the importance of research when it comes to any project (something I will always do from now on) one issue I have had this year is the motivation to write all of it down on a blog. Academic writing has never been my strongest point and due to my dyslexia many things that I write never end up on page the way they sound in my head. While I have a newfound respect for research and how useful it can be when starting off a new project, I have also found the way we need to show everything pointless. While I understand the need to do it as we are in university I have found the need to prove every single point of my work with some random piece of research nothing but a pain. I have also found the need to create meaning for everything by what some guy said in 1925 to hold no benefit for myself and can’t see how it is meant to develop me.

While I have some negative thoughts about this module I do really believe that it has been one of my more enjoyable ones I have done during my time in university. The overall freedom that I have had during the past couple of months has really built up some of my passion again for media. While I know that the next couple of months will not be without it’s challenges giving that this is the first real time that I will be making a movie from the ground up I am also looking forward to testing myself when they up. Creating a story, finding the locations, hiring the actors, filming, editing and promotion are only some of the things that I will have to take head on.

While my proposal may not have been as good as it could have (felt like I should have had more test footage among other things) I do feel like it clearly displays what I want to do with this movie and what it is about. Something will always be lost from mind to paper and the fact that my film is still in development means that something’s may change but the overall story and themes should stay the same. I did have to lower the quality to be able to upload it to vimeo.

Overall I have found this module to have both positives and negatives but you will find that in most anything that you do. For the first time in what seems like forever I am looking forward to doing my university work and feel ready to give this fmp 100% to hopeful create something that I am proud off.

360 cw2 R&D

Montages are wholly cinematic, born entirely from the womb of editing, and are able to elicit emotions from an audience simply by the way they’re constructed.

Montages are a great way for films to display compressed story lines without having to show everything, it’s a great way to save time while also continuing the plot.

Different ways montages have been used:

  • Narrative Sprints: Telling any story takes times and this type of montage is all about moving the narrative on for example you could so the downfall of an individual why spend 30 minutes showing all the events that lead to this when you could do it in minutes.
  • Joke Delivery: More of a subgenre as it links heavily with the narrative but can be used to serve up some jokes in a neutral segment in a film
  • Training: The type of montage that everyone knows is a classic use of the montage. It allows the development of a character without having to show everything they do.
  • Combining Multiple Storylines: Says what it is, allows filmmakers to combine multiple storylines and run them all at once so you don’t have to show each independent sequence.
  • Compare and Contrast: Allows the audience to compare multiple characters and see the differences. It has a stronger impact on the viewer as you see they at the same time.
  • Gestalt: All about less is more, by given small bits and pieces of a story a filmmaker is able to boil an entire relationship of characters down to a small snapshot of their time together.
  • Boiling Up: The other side of Gestalt instead of focusing on one thing like the relationship of two characters it zooms out to something bigger then the sum of its parts. So for example showing multiple people being robbed around a town would show the overall state of crime in that city.
  • Poetic Details: It focuses on the grandeur of small details like a person eye it’s all about nuance, highlighting the subtleties of life in a poetic way to build emotion.
  • Mental Construct: All about places shots together to create a sequence that speaks to the mental state of a character. This is used a lot in film and TV a good example is when someone in under the influence of drugs.
  • Intellectual Montage: Combines images that create an intellectual meaning like a metaphor.

I think this song from team America explains what a montage is:

References:

YouTube. 2017. Top 10 Best Montages of All Time – YouTube. [ONLINE] Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DhQHlCaSR_w. [Accessed 19 January 2017].

No Film School. 2017. 10 Different Kinds of Montages That Can Help Make Your Film More Dynamic. [ONLINE] Available at: http://nofilmschool.com/2015/12/10-different-kinds-montages-can-help-make-your-film-more-dynamic. [Accessed 19 January 2017].

YouTube. 2017. Team america montage – YouTube. [ONLINE] Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pFrMLRQIT_k. [Accessed 19 January 2017].