Thursday, February 24, 2011

Sound Treatment

 One nerd kid named Ernie is bullied by two mean guys at his school for the past few months

The third month of school Ernie never shows up and is said to have committed suicide.

The two bullies hear of this news but don't seem to be  phased by the news until the fourth month.

Soon enough the two guys start feeling like they are being followed by somebody but they can never turn fast enough to catch that person... who really isn't there.

What they don't know is they are being haunted by Ernie's ghost.

Soon Ernie starts really messing with their heads by moving stuff they set down to different spots in the room.

The bullies are really starting to worry about themselves because they think they're starting to go crazy.

Ernie starts showing himself to the bullies to start scaring them. Which ends up working and has the two guys begging to be left alone and sorry for what they had done.

The following day the boys don't seem to be being haunted and feel relieved until the night time when Ernie kills one of the bullies by possessing him and stabbing himself.

The other bully hears of this and comes to conclusion that he is next on Ernie's list and ends up killing himself.


Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Part 2 Oral Exam

II. Historical and Institutional Factors

     Some institutional factors in making the movie 300 directed by Zack Snyder was having the proper team that can get into old combat warfare. Props such as swords, shields, war uniforms etc. would be needed in order to make the movie as realistic as possible at the time period it took place.

    This film takes place during the Battle of Thermopylae in the year 480 B.C. during the reign of Xerxes and the Persian Empire was at its most strongest. The movie has a huge historical background that tells of the 300 Spartans lead by King Leonidas chose to stand up to the powerful Persian Empire to show how Spartans will not surrender or bow to any man no matter the conditions.

III. Socio-Cultural Context

    The people of Sparta were thought to have been descendant's of Hercules himself because of their expertise and drive to fight in battle. Unlike all the other countries during the this time period, Spartan children were taken from their homes and trained to fight, to never back down, or to feel pain. Some would say after seeing this movie that it was very close to being considered extremely barbaric. At birth a man would closely examine the baby and if it were misshapen in anyway shape or form it would be discarded and left for dead. The lifestyle of Sparta was to be as ruthless as possible, this was how Spartans were raised to think in battle. The movie was made to entertain all kinds of audience, old, young, and those that are just really into blood and gore. During the production of this movie Zack Snyder had to do some research on the history of the famous Spartan 300 at the Battle of Thermopylae.

IV. Narrative

    The movie is broken down piece by piece with the narrator explaining what is going on during the movie to those people that may not understand whats going on or what the characters in the movie are thinking or feeling at that moment. The narration in the movie goes plot by plot and while all of the narrating the scene is really slow and kind of gets the audience on the edge of their seats wondering whats going to happen next. During this movie you wonder whats going to happen to Spartans and if they're going to wipe out the powerful Persian Empire. The longer you watch the movie the closer you feel to the characters and it almost feels like your there watching the battles happen right in front of you.

V. Film language and Representation

    When you think of the characters in the movie you think of shields and will power to fight for their people. At the beginning of the movie when the messenger from Persia shows up to Sparta he pulls skulls from past kings that failed to fight off Persia to show how powerful they are. This fore shadowed how the movie would end and how a war between the countries would start a large retaliation. The actors were really into character and played very good warriors. During the production of battle scenes, the director would speed up a part really quick and slow it back down to show the power of the swords cutting through the Persian soldiers. This made the movie even more interesting and got some audience members engrossed into the movie. When a battle scene is about to start, you look at the background to see the kind of landscape the fight is taking place. Its completely different from an enormous amount of troops going right into a town and killing everyone in their path because both sides are aware casualties will happen. Editing in a movie like 300 really helps to intensify a battle scene such as when King Leonidas is charging toward enemy soldiers while slowing down and speeding up from one enemy to the next slicing of limbs and what not. All the lighting in the movie was different throughout the movie from battle scenes to nights before battle.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Textual analysis and the Oral Exam

Part 1

I. Genre and Audience

The genre for 300 is action, drama, and war. This was the point from the directors of this movie and they hoped to get attention for the film. If these 3 genres weren't part of this movie it wouldn't have been as big a success as it is today. 

The scenes in the movie relate to war as well as action. The determination of the Spartans to not give up their land to the Persian Empire and killing the messengers from Persia causes the Spartans to go into battle and fight for their land also to show that Sparta bows down to no man.

This film can be related to the Gladiator. Both films demonstrate the will power of one man and fighting for what they believe to be true. In the movie 300, King Leonidas goes into war with the biggest army in the world at the time to show he will fight for Sparta's freedom no matter the price. In the Gladiator Maximus (Russel Crowe) fights in arena's for the entertainment of Rome but what the people don't know is he is fighting for the freedom of him people and to restore the honor of his name.

This epic film was directed by Zack Snyder. In the movie 300 Snyder worked along side his wife (Deborah Snyder).

Its really interesting to see these guys are into action packet blood and gore movies. Snyder wanted to make the Battle of Thermopylae as close to the historical event as possible. Zack Snyder cared for the film and didn't want to give the movie an unrealistic ending unlike some movie directors.

Zack Snyder is all over the place in genres when it comes to movies. For example he directed 300 but one of his most recent films in called Legend Of The Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole which was mostly for a younger audience which was one of the only movies not relating to death, zombies, and superheros like Dawn of the Dead or Watchmen.

The 300 movie was based off of Sword and Sandals which usually refers to earlier times in history where savagery was the way to survive modern day life. Like in 300 how the Spartans fight for the safety of their people and will fight to the death to defend it.