Last week, I examined The Blue Angel and Morocco starred by Marlene Dietrich and the element of “gender rebellion” against traditional values in these films. After discussing with my mentor T. Pat, I decided to look at the more profound cultural trend that she both represented and influenced and examine the film Shanghai Express through this lens. Continue reading
Ever since it was invented, film has always been a major source of influence that shapes the public’s image towards others and themselves. In particular, the gender norm in our society was, to a large extent, shaped by the popular films that defined each era. This is why I decided to pursue the study of this topic —– the gender dynamic in classic films and its influence on our society.
The end is near… Continue reading
Written and directed by Mike Mills, Beginners is a film that deals a lot with loneliness. After his mother’s death, Oliver (Ewan McGregor)’s father, Hal (Christopher Plummer) is diagnosed with stage-four cancer. At the age of 75, he also comes out of the closet and starts living the time of his life. After Hal has passed away, Oliver becomes depressed until he meets a French actress, Anna. They try to make their relationship work while both struggling with issues of their own.
This week I continued with my film along with work on my annotated bibliography. Most of the information is the same from my first semester independent project but there are many pictures I would need to cite. The film process is moving along smoothly so I decided to use this post as an opportunity to show some photos that will be in the video.
As you can see, this week’s blog is going to be more of a tangent. I procrastinated a little too much last week so I have to do two blogs this week and I just don’t have the time or energy to write two film reviews back to back. (Learn from my mistakes people) I’m currently binge-watching How I Met Your Mother for probably the tenth time around and I thought it would be interesting to share some of my thoughts on the show. I’ve been writing about some pretty sad and heavy films so it’s nice to have a change of direction and talk about the theme of love in one of my all-time favorite comedy.
I finally finished the senior retreat video. Continue reading
This week I continued working on my film and edited mostly. Editing is not fun and I do not enjoy doing it. My favorite part of this project is piecing together pictures and other content and seeing what fits best. It is satisfying laying out new material and working fresh on it after editing the same material for so long. Editing is tiring and much more technical than I expected. I talked to some people about my film and many have encouraged me to consider using video clips from other sources in my film. I’ve thought about this a lot this week and I decided I would save the copy I am working on with just pictures and try it out. I wonder if it will make it more engaging. I am planning on doing this next week and showing a clip to two people, one being my mentor and another being a friend of mine. Ultimately, though, if finding and editing video clips takes a long time I may not do it just for time sake. Continue reading
This weekend I focused all my energy on gathering footage during the senior retreat. Continue reading