Friday, 19 April 2013

Monday, 15 April 2013

Sunday, 14 April 2013

Unit 4: Rough script/plot outline.

INT. day, lab
Comic book animated intro

Our scientist is sitting at his desk looking into a microscope.
He looks up at the camera and scratches his head

Scientist: I must better understand these Eukaryotic cells...

He jumps up out of his chair and begins to walk over to a chalk board on the wall.

Once there the camera changes to a complete view of the board, which depicts the cell cycle.
Scientist scratches his head again
Scientist: Sighs

He starts to walk back to his desk.
He trips on a co-workers chair leg, this prompts him to fall into his own desk and land on the floor pulling items from the desk down with him. As he settles, the microscope slides and falls onto his head knocking him out.
Cell cycle awakening

The camera shimmers into the scientists face, his eyes are closed as if he is asleep.
His eyes slowly open, and his pupils become very large as he is in shock from what he has awoken too.

The camera fly’s backwards away from his face to reveal the environment and the fact that he is just a floating head.

The Camera now jumps to a view from behind the scientist, in the distance there are stange faces coming towards him.

These are the cells during their first stage. As they fly pass him the camera freezes like an image and the cells name shown on screen. The text then fly off the screen.

As the cells fly past the scientist He is pushed up into the air and forced to follow the path they are taking.
The Cycle
Now following the common path the cells take the scientist is at the front of the current line. They begin to fly towards the hexagon-patterned wall.
Scientist has a look of fear in his face as he thinks he is going to crash.

The wall then proceeds to open up in a spiral motion, a tunle is reviled and the cells start to poor into it along there current path.

They near the end of the tunnel and the scientist is frusated out into a large orange environment.
The camera follows the path of the scientists vision.

He looks in amazement as the walls begin to open to reviel a spiral pattern going up and ending at an opening in the ceiling. The walls continue to open and close, in a sort of heart beat motion.

The camera cuts back to our scientist and he is now slowly drifting along towards the centre of the environment, his gaze is still fixed upon the opening in the ceiling.

Small objects begin to rain from the opening, this is the cells food. He watches as they fly around and gulp it down, almost in a similar fashion to how a fish would eat.

After a brief time watching the feeding the cells begin to group in the middle of the room, they then start to move towards the sientist again and he is pushed forward to wards the opening and closing wall, he notices theres and opening behind the wall this time though.

As he nears the wall he tries to time himself as not to get squashed by the closing motion.

 In the next environment, the cells begin to grow and end up being double the size of the scientist. He struggles to find a space as the ever growing cells beging to take up a lot of the room in the environment.
He manages to 'pop' out of the group but is propelled towards the next opening like a rocket as the cells begin to move again.

It begins to get very dark as the scientist flies out of an opening at the top of the next room at high speed.
The camera shows this by shooting from one side of the pitch-black environment, as he fly's out of the light filled hole in the ceiling.

As he nears the bottom of the dark hole the hole has become so small the it looks like a small star in the sky at night, he looks up as the sky begins to fill ith small glowing balls of light that drift slowly down towards him, they seem to be increasing in amount as the get closer.

Once they have reached a good viewing distance he realises that the balls of light are actually the cells! They have started glow and become near transparent allowing him to see what they are made o. He watches on as they split and become two different cells, and then realises that he ha just gone through the cell cycle, a brief flashback accours where he remembers each phase, and environment he has just been through.

The camera cuts back to our scientist but he doesn’t look so good! He has a look of pain in his face, but all of a sudden his eyes burst open wide and he freezes...

The something magical happens, HE BEGIN TO DEVIDE HIMSELF! he pops in two, which leave the original confused a nd worried, he faints as he looks at himself moving around with all of the other new cells.
Lab awakening
INT. day, lab

He slowly opens his eyes, and relises that it was all just a dream, as he gets up from the floor he picks up a pen, and walks over to the board where he has all of his research. He starts to fill in all of the blank pieces he has been looking for and smiles as he puts the pen down. The camera now shows the completed board, whcih now shows a diagrame of the cell cycle and the different phases a cells takes along its jorney.

The end.

Unit 4 - Enviroment Concept Piece

Thursday, 11 April 2013

Review - Jaws

Jaws is a 1975 Thriller directed by Steven Spielberg it was based on a novel by Peter Benchley that shared the same title. Jaws is often regarded as the starting point for the movies industry’s yearly  ‘summer Blockbuster’.

Jaws begins with a girl named Chrissie Watkins (Susan Backlinie), she leaves a party on to go swimming. While she is out in the ocean near a buoy, she is attacked by something from below, which in turns drags her down under the water.

She ends up listed as missing and her gruesome remains are found washed up on a beach by chief of police Martin Brody (Roy Scheider). The medical examiner later concludes that a shark killed her. Brody then decides it is a good idea to shut the beaches to avoid further incidents, but is overruled by mayor Larry Vaughan (Murray Hamilton), because he doesn’t want to ruin the forthcoming tourist season, the town's primary source of income. The medical examiner then lies about the death claiming it to be nothing more than a boating accident.
Brody reluctantly has no choice but to follow along with the lie, this however was a grave mistake as the shark goes on to kill a young boy swimming along the shore. This leads to the boy’s Mother placing a large bounty on the shark, sparking an amateur shark hunting frenzy along the beach; however, a local professional shark hunter named Quint (Robert Shaw) offers to kill the shark for $10,000. A large tiger shark is caught by a group of fishermen, leading the town to believe the problem is over. Brody asks to examine its stomach contents, but Vaughan refuses, as he wants the whole thing to be over. Later that night Brody and  Marine biologist Matt Hooper (Richard Dreyfuss)secretly open the tiger shark's stomach, only to discover it contains no human remains, meaning it could not possibly be the attacker.  This leads to Brody, Quint and Hooper heading out to sea to find the shark. Only to end up being hunted themselves.

One of the key factors that makes jaws such a successful thriller are the cleaver use of camera angles to create suspense and shock audiences. One key factor is the fact that the shark hardly has any physical on screen time. The viewer’s instead get to see things from the sharks point of view as he swims thru the water towards victims, watches on from a distance or as he is eating. “We see the shark close up, we look in its relentless eye, and it just plain feels like a shark.”  (Ebert, 2000) Viewers are also led to fear the sharks power by being shown the left overs from his destructive path. All of this adds together to create very tense and scary moments, where you genuinely fill that this could be happening, and is not just some cheesy robotic shark nomming on actors. “Spielberg knows exactly how the human mind works, and he uses that knowledge to plumb the elemental fear buried deep within.” (Scott, 2012)

Sound wise, the film has a very good score composed by John Williams, the music just before an attack is probably one of the most known horror songs of all time and can instantly be recognised, and associated with Jaws around the world. “The use of silence is far more powerful and effective than the score” (Ewing, 2010). However, complete silence often plays a huge role in horror movies and Jaws is no exception. Scenes where it is dead quiet and all you can hear is the ocean are often more chilling then some of the attack scenes. For example the scene at the end of the movie with the trio battling the shark has very little music of fake sound effects, this adds to the realism and great sense of danger these men face in their struggle.

3: James Blake Ewing:


Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Review - Psycho (1960)

Psycho is a 1960 horror film directed by Alfred Hitchcock, the film is bassed on a 1959 novel of the same title.
Marion Crane, played by Janet Leigh, is a secretary living in Pheonix, arozona. One day she is intrusted to take $40.000 dollars from one of her bosses clients to the bank, she however decides to steal the money to help her money troubled ex-boyfriend, Sam Loomis, played by John Gavin. She rents a car a runs away to California to see Sam, mid-way into her journey she pulls over along side the road to rest. A highway patrol officer, who becomes suspicious of her current state, later awakes her. He alter begins to follow her, so she decides to switch cars in a nearby car dealership. 

Later that night she becomes tired from driving through heavy rain and decides to stop at an isolated hotel called The Bates Motel. Its owner, Norman Bates, played by Anthony Perkins, tells Marion he rarely has customers since the new highway bypassed the place. He later invites her to have dinner with him in the creepy looking house overlooking the hotel, this is where the movie begins to take a turn into the land of horror.

“Alfred Hitchcock should be credited with making the first slasher film for the ground-breaking narrative template he created for Psycho.” (Cole, 2009) Hitchcock’s unique style can be familiar sight for regular viewers of his movies, but the films sudden jump into a horror ‘slasher’ film was a surprising shock to viewers, as the first half of the movie completely leads the audience away from the blunt scenes later on in the film. “What Psycho does is it takes an audience right out of its “comfort zone” (Becker, 2012). This is of course why Psycho is considered to be Hitchcock's most successful and famous film that has opened many doors for many of the  future horror movie directors to follow.

The tension during the movie was created using a mixture of single scenes and shots the heavily lead into the next. With some of the most memorable iconic scenes in the history of Cinema. Tense, horrific and a superb lesson in filmmaking, it offers complex characters and revealing dialogue with a huge regard for details.” (Magalhães, 2010) Possibly one of the most known scenes in cinema is the ‘shower scene’ that shows the murder and later on the corpse of Marion, this scene has led to much controversy and discussion because at the time nothing as graphic had been seen before. And the shocking nature of the unexpected was masterfully down to how Hitchcock shot the scene using nearly 70 shots ranging from a mixture of shadows to extreme close-ups. Psycho is arguably one of Hitchcock’s greatest movies, his cleaver use of techniques and his ability to draw the audience in, is without question the work of a true master of film.