Posted by: emanna | December 7, 2009

Final: Theory Project (Anne Leibovitz)

Photographer Annie Leibovitz is one of the most well-known and celebrated portrait photographers of our time. She has photographed presidents and royalty, musicians and writers, and celebrities as well as everyday life. Annie has a distinguishable personal style that was influenced by other photographers under whom she studied. While at the San Francisco Art Institute, the “personal reportage” works of Robert Frank and Henri Cartier-Bresson inspired her to document her subjects and the intended messages in graphic ways. She is famous for thought and emotion-evoking images such as Demi Moore’s nude pregnancy photo on the cover of Vanity Fair, the controversial shot of Miley Cyrus covered by only a bed sheet (also in Vanity Fair), and a portrait of John Lennon and Yoko Ono taken only hours before he was killed in 1980. She has achieved many accomplishments and has also been asked to take important photographs, such as Queen Elizabeth II and the Obama family.


Posted by: emanna | November 16, 2009

Assignment #12: Painting Come to Life

Posted by: emanna | November 15, 2009

Assignment #11: Casablanca Scene Analysis

Shot Number — Shot Type — Movement — Timing — Description
1 — MCU — Static — 15 seconds — Ilsa pleads her case for Rick to give her the travel letters, saying he is their last hope and that they will die in Casablanca
2 — MS — Static — 5 seconds — Rick turns away to light a cigarette while scoffing at Ilsa’s request
3 — MCU — Static — 3 seconds — Ilsa’s expression changes and she turns around to walk toward the back of the room
4 — MS — Static — 3 seconds — Rick takes a drag of the cigarette and turns back around to face Ilsa
5 — MS — Static — 6 seconds — Ilsa is holding a gun and demands that Rick go and get the letters for her
6 — MS — Static — 3 seconds — Rick says that he has the letters with him
7 — MS to CU — Zoom — 4 seconds — Ilsa tells Rick to put the letters on the table
8 — MCU — Static — 3 seconds — Rick says no
9 — CU — Static — 3 seconds — Ilsa again says to put the letters on the table
10 — MCU — Static — 10 seconds — Rick tells Ilsa to go ahead and shoot
11 — MCU — Static — 15 seconds — Ilsa admits she can’t shoot, gets emotional over how she thought she’d never see Richard again, and turns away
12 — MS to MCU — Zoom — 20 seconds — Richard follows Ilsa and they embrace, Ilsa shares how upset she was the day Rick left Paris, she says she still loves him, and they kiss

I watched the movie Casablanca (1942) from the Classical Hollywood genre. It’s about a saloon owner, Rick, and his former lover that ends up coming to his saloon in Casablanca with her husband looking for traveling papers to flee the country for America in order to escape the Nazi’s. They both clearly still have feelings for each other, and one night Ilsa comes to Rick to ask him for the traveling papers. I chose this scene to exemplify the Classic Hollywood genre because of its theatrics and emotional acting, along with the camera shots that were used. This genre, heavily used by the American film industry between 1910 and 1960, is mainly characterized by continuity (or “invisible”) style editing, meaning that the camera work usually never calls attention to itself. The viewer is not distracted by special effects or anything other than the content and acting featured in the film. In the scene I selected, the shots flow easily and naturally; conversation between the two characters is easy to follow and expected. A common theme in this genre is human will and the struggles and obstacles that get in the way of achieving a certain goal. Ilsa is clearly in love with Rick, but the fact that her husband is back (and that Rick knows about it) have been keeping them from being together since they reentered each others lives. She tried to threaten him with the gun in an attempt to get the papers, but her giving in and embracing Rick symbolize crossing boundaries in order to achieve what they both wanted. The scene also demonstrates another element of the genre: having a smaller storyline inside of a larger one, such as their forbidden love inside the plot of getting Ilsa and her husband safely to America.

Posted by: emanna | November 9, 2009

Film

Vis Lit Film from Emily I on Vimeo.

Above is a link to the interesting film Lauren, Emily, and I made.

Posted by: emanna | October 25, 2009

Assignment 8: Title Sequence Review

I chose to review the title sequence for the movie Catch Me if You Can.  The way the lines keep moving and the little character goes in and out of different scenery really exemplifies the content and theme of the movie, which is about a con artist who is constantly running from the FBI.  The audience can tell from the title sequence that the movie is going to be about someone always on the move and successfully, cleverly switching in and out of different roles, while evading capture. It puts the audience in the mood for a clever, suspenseful and fast-paced film. There is a strategic use of color: by using black, white, and 1-2 other colors at a time, the audience can focus on the title sequence’s little story line, and the names and credits that are created out of the lines.  It is interesting to see the effect created by lines in this title sequence.  The use of lines gives a sense of repetition, while also creatively extending the lines in the graphic images to form the text. It is easy to watch, as the character is constantly moving from left to right (Western), and the audience does not have to look hard to determine where the action is and where it is going.  I would not change anything about this title sequence.  I think it is successful in serving as a preview to the movie, and its creativity and use of visual elements make it interesting to the viewers.

Posted by: emanna | October 17, 2009

Assignment #7: Poster Analysis

Dark Knight Poster

This Dark Knight poster is appealing to the viewer because of a few key characteristics.  The different components- both sets of text, the Joker, and the cityline in the background- are arranged in an organizational way that maximizes the poster’s impact.  The name of the movie, the cityline, and “Why So Serious?” are all horizontal and off-center.  It gives the poster a sense of repetition.  The grouping of three horizontal paths in the poster adds the element of thirds which creates an interesting effect.

The font used for “Why So Serious?” was obviously picked to imitate blood, in keeping with the Joker’s role in the movie.  Its Western style direction (left to right) leads directly to the “bloody smile” of the Joker, leading the viewer’s eye to the Joker’s out-of-focus face which is directly to the right of the bloody text.  This creates an interesting sense of flow.

The red, bloody color stands out against the muted blues, grays, and charcoals of the faded background.  The creator manipulated the background to create a foggy look, and the Joker himself is blurred (besides his hands, which are the only parts in focus) to create a more sinister feeling. His hands, which are writing in blood, are left in focus to suggest and highlight all of the evil acts his commits in the movie.

Overall I believe this poster is successful in conveying an intimidating image that sparks interest for The Dark Knight, all while being interesting and eye-pleasing to view.

Posted by: emanna | October 17, 2009

Assignment #6: Poster

Organic

I decided to make a poster that would encourage people to buy organic foods.  I included images of simple fruits and vegetables in an effort to demonstrate how their simplicity is actually healthier and more satisfying than nonorganic goods.  The brightness of the images should be appealing.

Posted by: emanna | October 3, 2009

Assignment #5: Museum Visit

Walk on Water
Hayden Carlyon (Fort Collins, CO)
Photographed January 2008, Uyuni, Bolivia

Assignment 5

This photograph is from the Smithsonian’s 6th Annual Photo Contest.  It was a finalist in the People category.  I really liked a lot of the entries (especially A tiger underwater by Pam Wood), but I was initially drawn to this image because of its calming attributes.  The cool colors – blues and grays – paired with the horizontal lines of the horizon and clouds give off calming vibes.  The background and scenery are very peaceful and the lone subject gives it a sense of solitude and nice tranquility.  All of the shapes in the photograph are organic which is easier for the audience, or just me, to view compared to harsh lines.  Both the horizon and subject are off center, which is appealing to the eye.  The symmetry caused by the reflection is interesting to look at, and it’s confusing to the audience to see someone that appears to really be walking on water.  The person’s red cloak stands out against the background, and he is clearly the focal point of the photograph.

Posted by: emanna | September 24, 2009

Assignment #4: Body of Work – Sally Mann

I chose to review Sally Mann’s photographs because when I was browsing through photographers on google images, I had never seen any of her work before.  At first I was kind of weirded out, but then I looked at more pictures and began to understand a theme.  It made even more sense when I began to research both her personal and professional life.

I decided to focus on Sally Mann’s early career.  Her third collection, Immediate Family, consists of black and white photographs of her young children.  They were very controversial because while some depict innocent themes, others are very raw and made audiences uncomfortable – sometimes even called child pornography.

Sally Mann 1

While this picture could just be portraying a child’s naptime, her pose seems demurely seductive.  The chiaroscuro is this photo made it seem more scandalous to me.  Also in the corner, you can clearly see another person in the bed, shirtless. I think Sally Mann took advantage of lighting and the model’s poses to create an image to evoke these certain shock factor feelings.

Sally Mann 2

This picture shows two young girls – one with a cigarette.  She is clearly too young to smoke and it makes the picture kind of depressing.  Her posture suggests she is way beyond her years, as does her expression.  Lots of Sally Mann’s work features dark themes.  The black and white makes them very dramatic.

Posted by: emanna | September 20, 2009

Assignment #3: Solitude

Gretchen
Lauren May 1

Emily Kline

Lauren
Emily I.Our group’s task was to take pictures that symbolize solitude.  I took my picture outside of the benches along the walkway between the library and McKinley.  Nobody was around and the area looked empty, so I got the sense of solitude.  The fact that all the benches are empty really stresses our group’s theme of solitude especially if you are familiar with this particular area, you know that it is rarely deserted. From the position where I was standing, the benches form a diagonal line which adds some direction to the photograph.  The sidewalk is also viewed at a diagonal.  I also liked the repetition of the benches.  I tried to get three trees (in the immediate area) in the frame to utilize the rule of thirds.  When I uploaded the picture onto my computer, I decided to change from a color photograph to a black and white one, because I felt like it caused the picture to look more dreary, which I related in my head to solitude.  I thought that the black and white effect was a positive change to the photo and highlighted our group’s theme.  In general, we all chose pictures that seemed to illustrate solitude in some way or another.  Emily’s picture of the person walking down a path alone and Lauren’s picture of the chipmunk are both examples of aloneness and solitude.

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