Monday, May 19, 2014

GENRES FINAL PROJECT

      It has been a crazy awesome year with this blog, and I am ending it with a script I wrote called Doctor Who. It is a fan made script that involves another episode with my personal favorite companion that never was, Sally Sparrow.
"The Doctor and The Sparrow." It is based off of the British Sci-fi series called
     If Sally Sparrow did get another episode in Doctor Who, I imagined it going down sort of like this.
     This is merely part 1 of 3. Originally I was going to post the whole script for everyone, but then I thought it would be cool to have this 3 part script come out in increments of 3 weeks, that way I can gage the audience's reaction, and then make adjustments to anything they aren't responding well to.
      I wish I had thought of this idea back in the beginning of May that way I could've had all three parts out by now, but I think this would be more beneficial for me as a creator responding as an audience member to one of my favorite TV shows.

You can read the script on my Tumblr Page .


Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Mockumentelevision or: Erin can't think of anything more clever to title this piece

     I've been a huge fan of mockumentelevision, even before I knew it was a specific genre. I'm mostly attracted to this genre because of it's raw humor. Nothing drives me crazier than a recorded audience laughing along to all the jokes they make. I know when they make a joke, I don't need you telling me when to laugh. I'll laugh if I damn well please.
     Anyway, what adds to the humor I love so much is that the camera and style is there for a reason. It's established that they're making this documentary about this office, and therefore the interactions between the characters and the audience are justified. It's always particularly humorous when a character addresses the camera/audience and the other characters in that environment don't pick up on. We're always in on the joke. 

     It's also great how we're in this mundane world that is much more relevant to our world than other TV shows, such as "The Real World." (Ironic, isn't it?) Characters get into situations that the audience doesn't always want to see, but we have to sit through it. 
     This movement is very relevant to the digital age, because something like this couldn't be made back in the 1900s with large camera equipment, since a lot of the humor of mockumentelevision comes from the quick cuts out of punch lines, and it's just not possible to get that on older camera equipment.


Sunday, May 11, 2014

Escape from Colored Film; The Age of Tomorrow? - A critical analysis

I'm not gonna lie, most of my time spent on this blog just goes into creative titles.

Anyway.
     
     It was very interesting to see a film set at Disney World in black and white, since Walt Disney was one of the first people to embrace color film for his animations. The use of black and white in this film made it more eerie and gave it a mocking noir film feel to it.
      The use of black and white also helped make this film appear more professional and smooth than it actually was. The black and white, along with the acting, did a great job of hiding flaws, such as people reacting to the lead strangely when he reacted to incidents that weren't happening. With black and white, you don't have to worry about color schemes with actors and backgrounds. It's only textures and actors, no distractions from anything else.


Friday, May 9, 2014

The Real Monsters - Response to Guerrilla Filmmaking

     The movie Monsters was way more exciting than I originally expected it to be. Before watching the film, I looked up information about the movie and came across it's incredibly low budget. I thought to myself, how can they make an affective monster film with such a tight budget?
     I was pleasantly surprised to find that it was pulled off rather beautifully. How they managed to get graffiti on the walls, tanks, fallen airplanes, destruction, and different road signs that all contribute to the environment we're placed in.      
      That fact that this was a guerrilla styled film only added to the over all story of a journalist escorting a shaken tourist, his boss's daughter, back to America from the infected zone in central America.  The two of these people are forced to travel by foot through the infected zone, and it is a strange world not meant to be seen by people outside of the army. It is also a new place as a camera person to figure out where to shoot and how to get the best shots with the budget they have to work with. The in the dark grainy pictures didn't take me out of the piece like I thought they would initially. Instead, they made me lean closer to see what was in the dark. It was very eerie and creepy, and I really appreciated it.
     In conclusion, the moral of the story is not to judge a movie based on its budget.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Mumblehore

Mumblehore is a hybrid of the two genres Mumblecore, and Horror. The aesthetics of these films include: shakey camera, poor audio, lack of color correction, and an overall realness element to them. The content is documentary-esque horror and features unexperienced filmmakers.


Examples of mumblehore films include: The Blair Witch Project, V/H/S 1 and 2, Paranormal Activity, MarbleHornet series on Youtube (Slenderman), and The Poughkeepsie Tapes. 

YOUR ASSIGNMENT

Read the LA weekly article, and the total film article. With your new understanding of the mumblehor genre, write a response on how paranormal activity stands up. What are some mumblehore movies you can think of? What is your reaction to this genre?

Total Film Article
LA Weekly Article





Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Tiny Furnitures, Puffy chairs, and Mumblecore: Oh my!

     Mumblecore is the subgenre of independent filmmaking characterized by its low budget, amateur actors, and natural dialogue.  Some of the founders of mumblecore include the Duplass brothers, Mark and Jay, Andrew Bujalski, Lynn Shelton, and Lena Dunham.
     Two mumblecore films I watched recently were "The Puffy Chair" by the Duplass brothers, and "Tiny Furniture" by Lena Dunham. Between these two films, there are many similarities and differences.
    Both of these films feature the directors acting in their own respective films. In "Tiny Furniture" Lena Dunham plays the main character, Aura, and her own mother and sister play her movie sister and mother. The same is with "The Puffy Chair." The Duplass brothers play the brothers on the mission to get the chair to their father. Mark's wife, Katie, also stars in this film as his girlfriend. The Duplass' brother's father plays the movie father. This fits the mumblecore theme of amateur actors starring in film roles. Between these members are very natural dialogues that could've taken place if the camera had been off.
     The main difference between these two films is the camera use. In "The Puffy Chair" there is much more hand held camera use, while in "Tiny Furniture" the camera is almost entirely on sticks. It is probably for this reason that I enjoy Tiny Furniture more than I enjoy "The Puffy Chair." The hand held use with Duplass brothers made me borderline nauseous and took me out of the film experience. I was always expecting for someone to say "Hey could you get that camera out of my face?" It felt that personal and invasive. I also identified more with the general not knowing what to do in "Tiny Furniture."

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Fanfiction: A Love Between the Audience and the Artist

Humor me and imagine yourself in a coffee shop, just wanting get your cup of Joe before work, and then suddenly SHIT STARTS HITTING THE FAN.
Pictures are flying off the walls.
Tables are moving on their own.
A man is flYING UP THE WALL?

 Like, GOD DAMNIT, ALL I WANTED WAS A SIMPLE CUP OF COFFEE THIS HAPPENS.

This is exactly what happened in the video linked. And guess what else. It was all an Ad for the the remake of Stephen King's Carrie.

It's amazing me to think of how far people will go just to grab an audience. In the video, you get to see the whole set up process it took just to make a minute long prank. I think it was a good idea on their part, simply because Carrie has already been made and many people wondered "Why should I see this remake? I already know what Carrie is about. It's just gonna be done with better cinematography and graphics." If I had experienced this first hand and realized it was an ad for a movie, I would definitely go and see the movie after.

Engaging the audience with the art has been taking to a whole new level, as mentioned above. The same goes for fan fiction. I am a shameful Tumblr blogger, and I cannot tell you how many times I see fan art of characters from different movies getting together in romantic relationships. The common term is "OTP" or "One True Pair" which is simple two characters who you would love to be together in a romantic partnership.  A lot of this comes from the BBC Sherlock fandom, where there are many fan fictions putting John Watson and Sherlock together, as well as Sherlock and Molly Hooper. These fan fictions range from rated G to XXX.

I always come to wonder... why?? Why would anyone waste their time creating different art for a media company, that more times than not, doesn't see this. But that can be asked about any art form. Why do I make films? It's so unlikely that I'll make it to hollywood, why do I even bother? I, and everyone else make fanfictions and other fan art, do it for the possibility that someone, whether that be another simpleton, or a producer of a big time business, will see this and become inspired to bring this back to the original content. Thus, the never ending circle of creation, to feedback through creative stories and art, to more creation.