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Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon (2000)

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Plot: In 19th century China, a warrior gives his sword, Green Destiny to the person he loves to give it for safe keeping, but it is stolen and the chase is on to find it.

Camera Shots: The director used a lot of long shots and extreme long shots, that showed the settings. There are many settings in the movie. Without of the long shots, the movie wouldn’t be as effective it is.

Mise-en-Scene: The movie is based on 19th century China. So the director used many props and techniques to make the movie more effective. There was a lot of settings in the movie, but all was in China. And a lot of the scene didn’t look like was in a set, therefore it was effective.

What I like: This movie was in Chinese, which made it a bit confusing and the hard to understand. However, the way the movie was made was different then movies made in Hollywood. There are so many differences. Like the movie was about ninjas, however the directer uses the ninjas was extraordinary.


Class Presentations: Short Films

During February/March, we were able to create our own film from the techniques we learned in class. On April 5, we presented our short films. The all of the movies were creative. There were many movies with the theme of ghosts or horror. One of my favorite movies was of one of my classmate who imitated a episode of TLC’s My Strange Addiction. He made his own My Strange Addiction to Sand and it was hilarious. One of the best short films I have every seen.

HUGO (2011)


Plot: Hugo, a little boy lost his father by a fire, lives lonely in the train station in Paris. Since his dad was a mechanic he was taught about a lot of clocks. Helping around the cities clocks, he hid his identity of being a orphan. Accompanied by the goddaughter of an bitter toy merchant, Hugo begins on a quest to solve the mystery of the automaton and find a place he can call home.

Camera Angles and Shots: There were many mid shots and  close ups. I really liked the clock scene where in the end they showed the full landscape of Paris with a pan. That was one of my favorite scenes I has ever saw.

Mise-en-Scene: The costumes related to the setting of the story. Hugo wore a french hat, and all characters wore coats to show the weather of France. Also the set of the trains station was amazing. It was one of the most detailed sets I have ever seen. I wonder how big the studio is.

What I Like: I really liked the actors. Also I loved how the story connected with every actor in the movie.


The Artist (2011)

Plot: The story takes place in the 1920s. The actor George Valentin is really famous and has many fans. When he starting working on his biggest film, he falls in love with his new coming co star, Peppy Miller, but George is married. So he doesn’t want to cheat with his wife. As Peppy Miller becomes more famous because the movie she did with George, George’s fades away.

Camera Shots and Angles: I found that the movie had a lot of wide shots. It did give the movie a broad ending, but I thing it was better because the movie was adapted from 1920s.

Mise-en-Scene: The costume were normal from the point of view of 1920s. And the setting was based on United States in 1920s, and I think it was a good set.

What I liked: I really liked several scenes. There was scene where George wanted to kill him self  by putting a gun in his mouth and since it was a silent film there was note card as “BANG!”.  So it gave the intensity between the audience and the actors. I got scared because I thought the man shot himself. But the bang was from an accident outside.

Airplane (1980)

Plot: Ex-fighter pilot and taxi driver Ted Striker (Robert Hays)  doesn’t want to get in airplane after he crashes. As a result, he is unable to hold a responsible job. His wartime girlfriend, Elaine Dickinson (Julie Hagerty), now a flight attendant, leaves him. Therefore, he enter a flight where Elaine is attending. 
 Rating(8/10): The movie is hilarious. The story and comedy blend amazingly well. I feel the actors acted well, depending on their role. One thing that i didn’t like was that there were few fiction editing happening and it didn’t look well.
Mise-en-Scene: The setting was a small plane. It really looked like they shot in a plane. I like the crops, and how they used a “autopilot”. It gave more entertainment to the audience. It made the comedy amazing.
Shots and Angles: Since the setting is a plane, there was long shots. And they couldn’t have crane shots, since the plane is quite. The shots are direct face shots and angles like close-up.