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August 12, 2011

We started our first audio post-production for film class this morning, many topics were the same as the topics we learnt we out audio communication class, However there were also come interesting parts that I found it very useful and I even had a feeling like I might be able to bring it up and use it later on for my next projects. Dan Pavelin, the professor showed us a short clip from a movie ‘Jerry Maguire’ the scene where Tom cruise is quitting is job and Rene Zellweger decides to go with him (same clip we were shown in our intro to film class or film analysis class..I can’t remember) right after the walked out of the frame, the director chose to add the sound of an elevator in and once we hear it is closed, everyone in that office id rushing back to work. I don’t know if other people find this interesting or not but for me this is totally smart! It’s epic! I was like… how come I never thought of this technique before? In one shot the audience get to understand it all that they have already left the floor. You add a little extra sound in which is all can be done very quickly in post but at the same time you save perhaps a half day working on set and as well as your budget. I’M SO USING IT! (if it happens to suit my project though). Anyways.. then we moved to Motion cap. (Actually before that we had a short break for our snack time, thanks for arranging it. It really did help us a lot J). Well, motion cap was nice, looked fun and interesting. It was a good experience although I don’t really fancy much about technology since I’m already bad at them but this was cool, worth watching and learning. Followed by a visual effect class was a brain crash for me. Actually I think I make it sounds too bad when I put it in this way, the class was fine though. I just didn’t get much of them. I only got the ideas that there are many types of CG (if I didn’t mistaken it). For the directing workshop III we were introduced to some…machines. One of them was amazing it allowed us to transform out footage from one medium to another, says from a DVtape to DVD without having to capture or burn or anything. The machine just does it all for us. After that we got to played some scene.. did some shooting and switching. It was cool.

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August 12, 2011

So today was the first full-day study of this trip, unlike yesterday where we had the free morning section for the Chapman University and the Old Town Orange tour. We started off with a producing presentation class where I had to face with tons of numbers and charges on the papers that were provided by the instructor. I have to admit that I’m not so good at this but still most of the information I received was considered as very useful. For example we got to check out the worldwide gross and as well as the 2010 box office performance for six major studios, basically this course focus mainly on how can we make money out of this business. One of the method she showed us is to make a deal with the producer: you ask for a very little amount of money (around 30 billion dollars, she said nowadays it’s nothing) but then once the movie starts to make profit, a very first dollar and so on will be completely yours. To be honest, I admit that this class gives us pretty good advises and techniques but I find it might be a little bit hard to apply it to myself since most of the techniques were to basically make a hardcore Hollywood type of film which is not really my style at all. Yet, it was nice getting to know the information she gave. Later on we went straight to a marketing class and I’m not going to lie, it was very hard for me to stay concentrate. The instructor was really nice but for me he seemed to move on kinda fast, plus he mostly mentions on the elements that based on TV channels (I don’t really watch TV that much I guess) besides, I was starving already. So… pass. After lunch we got a directing workshop II, it was pretty much like an acting class we had back in Thailand but I think it was because of the atmosphere here, the setting and all, made it much easier for us not to lose our focus. I was very impressed on how the instructors manage to get us work on really fast without pushing us or forcing us to act out.

 

Btw, I ended up my birthday watching cowboys vs. aliens.. and Bryan if you are reading this, I’m sure we both agree that this movie is really is a legend.

Outline [Act 1]

February 8, 2010

–       Jake sleeping on a big couch facing down, the room appears dark- knocking sound comes from off screen, pizza box and coca-cola bottle are on the floor, Halloween DVD cover and Nikon camera are on the table.

–       Jake starts to hear the knocking, he pulls the blanket over his head, pauses for a while, the knocking sound from the off screen continues. Jake rolls himself up-pulls the blanket out off his face and sighs.

–       Jake stands up and walks drowsily to the door, passes a lot of photos that are on the wall.

–       He opens up the door, sees the lady who owes the apartment.

–       While listening to the lady complaining Jake then realizes he has a job interview. He turns his head to look at the clock and finds out he is going to be late. He then panicky rushes the conversation and closes the door.

–       He runs back in and gets change as fast as he can, he also opens up all the big curtains, suddenly the strong sunbeam gets in and brighten up his entire room.

–       He grabs his camera and puts it in the back and runs out of his bright room.

– – – – – – – – – – –

–       He sits still opposite three men that are looking at his work on the table.

–       Three men raise their heads up and look at each other, then one of them turn to Jake and start the dialogue.

–       Jake walks out of the building, smiling. He takes his camera out of the bag and turns back to the building.

–       He looks through the viewfinder and pushes the shutter.

–       A brunette girl walks pass the frame

–       Jake raises his head up and looks at the girl.

–       The girl bends her head as if she is saying sorry to Jake, and without saying a word she walks into the building.

–       Jake doesn’t really mind. Just confuses a little bit.

–       Jake enters the door, finds out the girl he met yesterday and one of the men he met at the interview room are standing and waiting for him.

–       A man introduces a girl (Kate) to Jake, and says that she is his partner.

–       Kate shows Jake around the office. They spend time together for a whole day.

–       Jake walks back to his table, finds that there is a video camera on the table. The boss walks in and asks him to do the shooting task, which is due in a week.

– Jake keeps thinking about what he is going to shoot; however he quits thinking at the end.

–       Jake gets into his room, closes the curtains, the room suddenly appears dark again.

–       He walks to his couch and lays himself on it.

– – – – – – – – – – – – –

–       A bright sunny day, Jake is outside at the park with the video camera.

–       He sits down on a bench and tries to understand the function of the camera.

–       He accidently turns on the play mode, and sees some record it in.

–       He gets a little bit surprise as he didn’t expect to see any footage in the camera,

–       The footage is very low in quality, it’s dark and sharking however Jake tries to identify what it is, he keeps looking at it then he starts to hear the voice of woman crying and from the crying it turns into the painful scream. Jake feels a little bit strange here. For some reason the voice of her sound very similar to him, however he can’t recognize it.

ACT 1 treatment.

February 4, 2010

It was 10.00 o’clock in the morning, someone was knocking on the door. Jake Miller was still sleeping on the conch in his dark bedroom where light could hardly get through the thick curtains. An empty pizza box and a half-full coca-cola bottle were still in the same place as they were last night, as well as the original Halloween DVD’s cover and the Nikon camera. The knocking sound started to get harder and harder. Jake began to hear it but still his body was not yet ready to get up. It took him about 5 seconds to roll his body up and another 5 seconds to get himself out of the warm comfy couch. Jake walked drowsily and opened the door. It was the lady who owes the apartment, requesting for the extremely late payment of Jake’s. By listening to her complaining he suddenly realized he got the job interview appointment today and he was already late for it. He ended the conversation hastily and ran back into his bedroom and got change. Right before he left he opened up all the curtains, the strong sunbeam that came through windows made his room look totally different than before. Jake took his camera, put it in the bag and left.

He sat still in the interview room. In front of him there were three men looking at his works that were on the table. Jake hated to put himself into this situation where he could do nothing but waiting for someone else to decide his destiny. But since he had been broke for a while, and so far none of the companies that he applied had accepted him yet. This company became his only hope he got left. After a long moment of discomfiture, three men raised their heads up and smiled at each other. After that moment, Jake then no longer was an employed man, as he became a new cameraman of this small production house company.

He walked out of the interview room with the different feeling comparing to the one before he walked in. Everything in the office seemed to be brighter and friendlier, even the same goldfish in a tank did look more interesting for him. He walked out of the office and took his camera out of the bag. For him taking photo was like writing a diary. Everyday he would take at least a shot of something that was the highlight of the day, of cause; the highlight of today couldn’t be anything else but his new job. He looked through the viewfinder everything was clear and perfect. He pushed the shutter but suddenly one brunette lady stepped into the frame. She turned around and said nothing but the way he bended down her head a little bit gave Jake a little sense that she was saying sorry. Jake did not have a chance to say anything back to her, as she disappeared quickly into the office.

They met each other again on the next. Her name was Kate and it turned out she was his partner. Nothing much happened for the first day; Kate sort of showed him where everything was and how things worked here. At the end of the day, Jake was given a DV camera and a task to complete within a week. While he was on the way home, he tried to think of what he was going to shoot but then stopped. There were plenty of times left, he thought. He walked into his apartment and closed all the curtains leaving the room dark and silent. He walked straight to the couch and took a deep sleep.

It was Saturday and Jake decided to start the shooting. He took out the DV camera and put the DV tape in. Then he tried to go to the shoot mode but he accidently went to the play mode. Surprisingly, the tape contained something. He tried to identify what it was but it wasn’t so easy with all the dark lighting and the shaking camera movement. He then started to hear the woman’s voice crying and mumbling, the crying got more and more panic and turned into the painful scream.


Jake Miller

Jake is a 31 year old, 6 ft tall American citizen who has been a long term employed. He currently lives by himself in the small rented apartment that is located in California. His parents are still alive, however the relationship between Jake and them is not so close, they only see each other once a year or even less. Jake is not the type of people who expects a lot in life, he just lives his life day by day without planing for the future. He is a risk taker, and despite from the fact that jake seems to be such an unorganized guy, still, there are some certain things that can really pull out his attention. First of all, he is a big fan of the young british artists. He loves all the wild- art works. His most favorite artist of all time is Damien Hirst, and his favorite artwork is the one that’s called “This little piggy went to market, this little piggy stayed at home” where Hirst actually sliced the whole body of a big and stuffed it in the glass box, showing all the entrails that are still in the pig’s body. So basically, Jake likes art a lot but again he is also interested in the human and animal biology. When he was young he once cut out his own dead goldfish, only to know what all the entrails look like inside that little fish. He was going to do exactly the same for his dog but then his father took it away, so unfortunately Jake didn’t get a chance to take the guts out of that poor dog.

It’s very hard to find him dress in a formal style. He usually wears plain t-shirt and jeans. However this becomes his style and it is the way people recognize him.

Jake doesn’t really believe in marriage. He doesn’t even think about it that much. Yes, his sexual orientation is straight, he does like girls but he just doesn’t look for a serious relationship. He loves his freedom. He loves to have his private world and he doesn’t feel like sharing it to anyone just yet.

He likes .. .

– watching horror movies

– taking photos ( He takes his camera to everywhere he goes )

– rock music

– black and grey color

– spagetti meatball

– cheese burger

– pizza

– coke

– girls

– his couch

– etc .. .

For Character Reference..

I’m not so sure about it yet, I’ve been searching for the photo but haven’t got the perfect one.

pretty much what I am searching for is a guy who has sharp mysterious eyes (like Wentworth Miller), messy hair style (Robert Pattinson, maybe? but then he is too young to be my 31 year-old Jake)

so … . basically, Old Robert Pattinson+Wentworth Miller’s eyes = Jake Miller. =)

Breathless or A bout de souffle is another french film I’ve watched and still can’t figure myself out whether it’s just me or that all of the french films have such perfect lighting and framing. However, I have to admit that the film was a little bit confusing to watch at the beginning because of all the jump cuts that seem to occur so often. And to be honest I don’t really understand why they are there, the only reason I can possibly guess is that maybe the directer, Jean-Luc Godard, intentionally put them there to represent the life of Michel which is unexpected and also it can’t really be controlled. He starts off with the car thief then jumps to the murderer role and somehow ends up being a lover who is almost for the whole film trying to persuade the main actress (Patricia) to sleep with him and run away to Rome with him.

Anyways, to ME, it seems that in the scene where Michel and Patricia are both in the hotel together, jump cuts do not appear anymore. There is a very very long shot that contains no cut at all when Michel is talking to Patricia, the camera movement works really fine with all the tilts and pans from Michel’s face to Patricia’s face. It gives me the feeling here that Patricia is the one who gets to control Michel, and for the whole film it is just like that, Michel is the one who chases over Patricia. For Patricia, she controls everything, even the life of Michel.

The relationship of them reminds me a bit of before sunrise and before sunset. Maybe it’s just me again who feel like that. the relationship of Michel and Patricia is loose, it seems like they are in love but once you look again you don’t really know if they are in love or not. Same as the relationship of Jesse  and Celine (Before Sunrise and Before Sunset) the love of them looks more like they are having a good time together, they don’t know if things will change in the next minute or not and they don’t really care about it.

Scream (I)

November 17, 2009

Scream has picked up the ideas of horror, thriller, crime, mystery and mixed them all up together as a one good film. Apart from the fact that it is a horror/ thriller film, this film is also added a little sense of humors within itself as well. To compare with the last film we have watched it class together, the original halloween, it is obvious to see that as time went by, there are many elements that have been changed and developed. For example, Scream is way bloodier than Halloween, the household technology becomes one of the important subject in the film. Even though we had some scenes that showed the use of telephone in Halloween (when Laurie is picking a phone and hearing her friend dying but she actually though her friend was having sex).

However, the telephone becomes much more powerful in Scream as it is how the killers use to reach to their victims. Another thing that makes Scream different from Halloween is that all the main characters do have inner conflicts and back stories. Sidney Prescott, Billy Loomis and Gale Weathers are sharing this same linked back story and which the audience get to understand it at the end of the film.

But there are also rules of the horror film that both Scream and Halloween did follow perfectly the example for this is the idea of the virginity. All the innocent ones get to survive and the rest just have to die. The idea of using government (in this case ‘the police officer) as a symbolic of something incapable, Dewey is nice but somehow he always accidentally shocked other characters in Scream, he is also sort of hopeless, he does not help anything or anyone really. We as the audience always get the sense of how his sister, Tatum Riley, seems to have the power over him, even when he is at the police station.

The Terminator [1984]

November 9, 2009

One of the best well known action movies of all times, directed by James Cameron and starred Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton and Michael Biehn. Without any doubt the red robotic eye along with the silver skeleton have became one of the remarkable elements of the film that were continued to be used over and over again in the other episodes of the Terminator.

The first thing that is nice about The Terminator 1 is that even though it is an(a) action/ Sci-Fi/ Thriller, still the main character that drives the story in this film is a female. Sarah corner, the girl who fails to fit in the society she is living somehow becomes the reason that the cyborg and one man are sent back from the future, one aim is to kill and the other is to protect.

Sarah Corner’s character arc is obvious. At the beginning of the film we see her as a normal girl who just wants to make a live, she even says to Reese (the man that is sent to protect) he might misunderstood or something, she has no belief in herself and also has lack of hope at the same rime. However, as the story gets further, she changes. There are many scenes that support this idea for example the scene where she makes bombs for Reese, the driving scene and definitely the ending scene where she destroys the terminator by herself. I also like the point that apart from the males, this movie has shown that females can also represent the braveness and the strength too.

For Reese, al though he is counted as the hero for this film (even though he dies at the end), however we can still see so many soft sides of him, he expresses his feeling to Sarah a lot, and the more he speaks, it’s just like we receiving more pains and emotions from him. But it makes sense a lot if we look back a bit and focus on one of the main points of this movie, was it about the contrast of the cyborg and the human beings? on in the easier words, the robot and the soul?

Los Cronocrimenes or Timecrimes directed by Nacho Vigalondo proves that an excellent  science fiction film does not have to come with the word ‘high budget’. Nacho Vigalondo did a great job for telling. Although the plot for Timcrimes seem to be complex and easy to get misunderstood, the director still managed to get it done beautifully. The theme of this film is about looping back in time, which is very simple but classic in a way. I assume that another thing Nacho Vigalondo has pointed out to the audience in this film is about how a man can create such problem which later on causes him to solve it all by himself. It is also very easy to notice the character arc within this film. Hector one as a dummy and it goes up to Hector three, the killer. etc.
At the beginning of the film there was no sign of Sci-Fi it in but once it reaches ACT 2 the audience now realize that they are actually watching a film where the informations are being given bit by bit. There was no rapid cut or even a fast pace in this film but still the film does grab the audience attention.
However apart from the fact that Timecrimes seems to have a complex plot, I still think that the film is a little bit easy to predict. The audience start to get the idea of double up characters since we have Hector 2 and still the story keeps going on with this point and reaches Hector 3. So for me I think it’s more like watching something you’ve already understood but you are still watching it because you want to know how well and smooth the director would link it all up. In conclude, the film is nice, it was easy to watch and understand even though it is complex.

Charley Varrick

October 27, 2009

charley_varrick Apart from Dirty Harry, Charley Varrick is another film that is directed by Don Siegel. Despite the fact that these two movies are both crime dramas, I also found that there are some similarities hidden in the films, for example; the use of female characters and also a sense of film noir in the movies. First of all, I think it is fair and safe enough to say (in here) that Don Siegel does not focus much on the role of female. For me it seems like the women are there only to support the ideas of film noir. They are used in the film as either a sexual symbol or someone that receives the impact of violence. For instance, Dirty Harry does not even have the main actress within the film! the only reason female (extra) characters were used in this film is to show to nudity which emphasizes the stereotype of Harry. Now for Charley Varrick, same as Dirty Harry there are also scenes that use women as a sexual symbol, such as the scene where Molly is entering a brothel, and the passport-making scene where we have a sexy-looking passport maker. Charley Varrick’s wife, Nadine, who we may count as the main actress (?) is also died at the very beginning of the film. It’s not that she is only shot by a gun but Varrick himself has also burned her right after she passed away (to be honest, I’m not even sure if she has already died or not, since it was so obvious to see that she was still breathing when Charley is taking of the ring from her finger). however, this shows and supports the idea of Charley is following the code (the code of crime drama), he left his wife burning, he also did not care about his partner (the scorpio guy from Dirty Harry) and therefore, it leads him to success in his criminal career.