The Horseman and The Music

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The scene opens, you are focused on the dramatic characters. There faces catch they light and allowing you to read their emotions like a book. The orchestra is playing. The music moves you from scene to scene as you slowly forget that words are not spoken. The imagery is so powerful, the focus on light and how it can change an image from exciting, to peaceful, from sadness to anger. We forget the importance of music during a silent movie and how carries us through ever scene provoking emotion.

The role of music is to embellish the movie. Making every scene more dramatic and more powerful. Claudia Gorbman writes in her book Narrative Film Music “music for silent films developed as an outgrowth of nineteenth century dramatic traditions” (Gorbman 185). Music has been an important part of society and entertainment for years and is important to silent films because of the lack of language.

The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse utilizes music to its full advantage. Though in my opinion the music is a little cheesy for the serious parts of the movie, it really gives a good atmosphere. The music flowed from one scene to the next, allowing the film to be easily watched. The director did a good job making sure that the music matched what the images were portrayed . However, the music in the beginning should have been more dramatic. I believe this because in the beginning scenes they show an evil man who is cruel to his people. The music playing during this scene was not dramatic or scary sounding but instead it was epic and powerful. I would have preferred more dramatic music as the tyrant beat his people. Overall the music did match the scenes and it was a good movie. For a silent movie to be a good movie, the music must not take away from the film but embellish it.

 

 

Work Cited

Gorbman, Claudia. Unheard Melodies: Narrative Film Music. London: BFI Pub., 1987. Print.

Powerful Images vs. Powerful Words

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Pride and Prejudice vs. The Piano

                Films are an influential part of our society today. They have the power to make us laugh, the power to make us cry, scream in fear and be filled with guilt.  There are many styles of film, and depending on the directors style it can make us feel a different way. The Pride and Prejudice and The Piano are two films about society that are filmed in different ways. The Pride and Prejudice uses captivating language to entice us, and The Piano uses powerful imagery to provoke emotion. In my opinion powerful imagery in a movie is better than eloquent words, because an image you can immediately focus on, where as eloquent language you have to decode the words to understand.

The Pride and Prejudice is one of my favorite movies. It’s a powerful love story with eloquent words that pull you in. However, I feel it is better as book than a movie because of the language. Like Shakespeare the greatness of Jane Austin’s work is how she controls the words to make beautiful imagery which is hard to convert to movie form. To watch The Pride and Prejudice I feel you have to be in the right mood; you have concentrate on the words spoken to understand the story and what the characters are trying to portray. In contrast to The Piano, which uses strong imagery to tell a story.

The Piano style of cinema is what I prefer to watch. This is because images are meant to provoke emotions, they are meant to have dramatic lighting and meaning. Like a good photograph that makes you see something in a new light. The Piano’s imagery was beautiful and set the mood for the movie. The piano on the beach, or Ada dancing her hand on top of debating life or death, are both some of the images that stayed with me. Powerful images are simpler to interpret. Maybe because it’s a different part of the brain or maybe because an image can sum up what a thousand words try to describe, either way I feel as if strong imagery in a movie sense is better than eloquent language

Concerning Dragons

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The Importance of Dragons.

On a beautiful day at the end of winter, I find myself on the steps of an old classic Washington D.C building. The red bricks completing the outside of the building hold a sense of mystery, egging passerby’s to wonder inside. The Textile Museum is not like any other museum. To see the clothing from the past, to see the art work and the skill put into one article of clothing, is breathe taking. One of my favorite parts was the current exhibit on Dragons, Nagas, and Creatures of the Deep. The Dragon has been a symbol of Chinese culture for ages and is of high importance to their culture.

Dragons are a mythical creature that can be found in many cultures. As the textile Museum states “Across the world and over the centuries, dragons have taken many forms” (Textile). Dragons have been a big part of Chinese’s culture. The first sign of dragons where found in tribes in early Chinese life (Chinese Dragon).  Dragons are most associated with emperors. They symbolize masculine vigor and fertility (Chinese Dragon: A). Emperors would associate them self’s with dragons claiming that they have descended from dragons themselves (Chinese Dragon: A). So when looking at the beautiful ornate robes of the powerful emperors, I truly appreciate the greatness that those golden dragons give to each article of clothing.  Dragons started appearing on robes in the Tang dynasty and have been used ever sense (Chinese Dragon: A) Five clawed dragons called long were worn by important nobles and four clawed dragons called mang were worn by lesser princes (Chinese Dragon: A). The Chinese dragon has other symbolic meanings as well. The roles the dragon can have is both good and evil (Interesting). But mostly the dragon represents the power of ancient folklore and emperors (Interesting). There are other beliefs of what dragons represents too, for example dragons represent males, the bringer of rain, and an aid to agriculture (Interesting). Dragons have been a part of the Chinese’s culture from the very beginning.

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Works Cited

“Chinese Dragon: A Powerful Metaphor in Chinese Cultural History   Tags: China, Chinese Dragon  .”Home. Web. 07 Mar. 2012. <http://resources.primarysource.org/content.php?pid=55421&gt;.

“Chinese Dragon, the Symbol of Oriental Culture.” Chinese Dragon. Web. 07 Mar. 2012. <http://www.cits.net/china-guide/china-traditions/chinese-dragon.html&gt;.

“The Textile Museum | Upcoming Exhibitions | Dragons, Nagas, and Creatures of the Deep.” :: Textile Museum ::. Web. 07 Mar. 2012. <http://textilemuseum.org/exhibitions/upcoming/DragonsNagasCreaturesOfTheDeep.html&gt;.

“Interesting Facts & Information: Tourism, Travel, Culture, Language, Business, People. » Blog Archive » Chinese Dragon Symbols.” Interesting Facts & Information: Tourism, Travel, Culture, Language, Business, People. » Blog Archive » Chinese Dragon Symbols. Web. 07 Mar. 2012. <http://www.kwintessential.co.uk/articles/china/chinese-dragon-symbols/1606&gt;.

“The Innocence and The Horror”

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” The Innocence and The Horror” by Carol Guzy

As I slowly walk through the Newseum many things catch my eye. I enjoy looking at the many photos and looking up into a tower from the Berlin wall. Reading the mysteries of the FBI, and watching Jon Stewart kept me at the Newseums for hours.  However for some reason I am always drawn to the same picture. Found in a dark room, but laminated by a single light. The Pulitzer Prize Photography room has many photos that shock you, and bring every emotion out of you. Images of war, poverty, and civil rights gets you to think about our world in a new way. They one image that always pulls me in, the one image that I always have to see whenever I go to the Newsmeum  is the Pulitzer prize winning photo “The Innocence and The Horror” by Carol Guzy.

The image is of a baby being passed through a barbed wire fence being kissed and loved by his family. The gray background and clothing of people make the baby in blue clothes really pop out of the picture. You immediately notice the brightness of the blue clothes the baby is wearing. After you look at the baby your eye fallows the barb wire that leads you across the image, you notice the faces of the refugees. After you notice the faces, you are drawn to the background, the gray mountains and the tents that really frame this photograph. Over all it’s a powerful photo that brings the viewer in.

This image appeals to me because Carol Guzy captures an moment of happiness in a time of war and grief. It’s interesting on the perspective she chose with this image. Many of the images in the Pulitzer photo gallery are of war, the images show soldiers, or people suffering, or of civil rights. Every photo is really powerful, and sometimes painful to look at because you feel so bad for the people in them. Guzy photo shows us something different about war and refugees, showing us happiness and hope, because of the smiles that are on the refugee’s faces.  Carol Guzy really expressed the “innocence” and the “horror” of war in her image.

Resist. Rebel.Reform

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Resist. Rebel. Reform, this photo is meant to make the viewer feel the need to be free. The paint splatter face and the expression the girl gives a sense of “crazy” or out of control. For this photo I wanted to express the emotion of pure happiness and letting go. The way the girl is acting is very important to the photo. The un tamed smile and the way her hair is flying everywhere gives the viewer the sense of letting go. This is because in most portraits people have a nice smile and look their best. The font I chose is bold and direct. This is because I wanted to make a clear point about Resist, Rebel, and Reform. I chose those words because I wanted the viewer to feel rebellious after looking at my sign.

Girl with the Pearl Earring

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Ever sense I was little my father would take me to art galleries. He loved classic paintings especially the artist Johannas Vermeer. I didn’t understand why my father loved his paintings so much, until I saw one in person. The Young Woman with a Water Pitcher was the first Vermeer painting I saw, the softness of his paintings with the impressive skill of showing light fascinated me. Soon enough I was obsessed. Vermeer is such a mysterious painter, not much is none about his life and where he got his inspirations (WebMuseum). However Vermeer’s paintings to me give a sense of insight into the Dutch world, something so rare and unthought-of in history at that time. The Girl With the Pearl Earring  is one of my favorite paintings. I have no idea why, but the painting is simple, modern, and yet powerful. Secretly and foolishly I believed I looked like her, and decided to take my own image as the Girl with the Pearl Earring.

“WebMuseum: Vermeer, Jan.” Ibiblio – The Public’s Library and Digital Archive. Web. 13 Feb. 2012. <http://www.ibiblio.org/wm/paint/auth/vermeer/&gt;.

SLIDE GLOVES!!

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SLIDE GLOVES

The photograph and advertisement that we created this week focuses on the skateboard accessory “sliding glove”. It is a lesser-known accessory to people that don’t skate and even to people that do skate. However, the point of advertising is to effectively bring attention to a product in order to get customers to purchase it. With our advertisement we used various research done on skateboarding and skateboarding accessories as well as photographic and design techniques to make our advertisement as affective as possible.
 
Our brand targets male teens and young adults as seen by various skateboarding brand advertisements associated with companies such as Element, Volcrom, and Flip(Element). These skate boarding and skate boarding apparel companies heavily feature athletic teen males as the animate subject in order to persuade other male teens to buy their products. Although the female population of skateboarding is growing, advertisers note that only 15% of the skateboarding population is comprised of the female gender, making it reach more of their audience if they feature male teens (Skateboard Statistics, 2). Advertisers in the skateboarding industry also note that 1 in 7 youth are skateboarders, meaning that out of the 13-million skateboarders in the U.S., 93.7% were younger than 24 (Skateboard Statistics, 1). Clearly, a heavy majority of these skateboarders are young male teens/younger adults who enjoy the sport. With that being said, it only made sense for our advertisement to feature a young male in order to reach the concentrated population of the skateboard community.
 
However, just because females compromise a minority in the skateboarding/skateboard apparel industry does not mean that advertisers should not feature them as well(Skateboard Statistics 2) . Reports state that skateboarding is one of the fastest growing sports among females today, allowing for many brands and companies to have new market opportunities. Advertisers who include females in their advertisements in marketing skate products will be able to take up a new untapped part of the buying population that they may have previously not targeted.
 
We believed in creating an advertisement for the skating accessory of a slide glove since skateboarding has become a staple and hobby for many young teenagers today. Skateboarding and the skateboard has become a sort of pop-culture staple in today’s society, similar to the pogo stick and hula hoop in the past. We felt that skateboarding accessories, like the slide glove, could be effectively advertised for since as stated before 1/7 youth owns a skateboard. By bringing attention to an accessory you can target buyers that already own a skateboard and new customers that may want to give skateboarding a try. With that being said the photograph we used was a shot that used motion, continuous shoots, font techniques, and colour to attract buyers.
 
The shot is captioned with black and white font, colours that are enough to catch the targets eye but not give the advertisement more chaos and confusion that is not needed. In this case, the simplicity of the font and its colour aids the audience in reading and figuring out the purpose of the product rather than distracts the audience because of a terrible font. The slogan is coloured differently than the actual product in order for the audience to notice the difference between the slogan and the product (Williams 186-187). The product, highlighted in white rather than black, becomes something the audience distinctly remembers. We also paired the white font highlighted product “Sliding Gloves” with a curvy font. This felt appropriate for the shot since so much action and motion is conveyed in the photograph where that it would only make sense to continue keeping that motion with the way the font was presented, allowing for the direction of the sliding to also be presented in the font type (Williams 182).
 
This motion of the photograph pulls the reader into the action of skateboarding and sliding instead of just presenting a photograph of a skateboard. The photograph, taken with continuous shooting, allows for the motion and action of sliding and skateboarding to be realistically presented. The editing and splicing of three photographs together creates more motion than if a non-continuous type of shooting was used (Krause 166).
 
The colours of both the gloves and skateboard pop also help create a contrast that draws in the audience. The colours of the sliding gloves and skateboard pop out against the more cool colours of the street and grass while the subject skates, allowing the audience to focus more on the gloves and skateboard which helps drive the photograph. (Krause 106-108) The neon and vibrant red found on the gloves and skateboard is the right mixture of being visually stimulating to the audience without being too overbearing and distracting.
 
Overall our project combined vibrant colours, motion, and font styles in order to bring in and retain the attention of the key targeted demographic, young adult/teen males. Photo and design aspects such as continuous shooting, colour schemes, and font design helped us produce an advertisement that we believe effectively entices the market to
 
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“Skateboard” Stastics” lakesidepark.com. Lakeside Skatepark Committee,
 
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Williams, Robin. “The Non-Designer’s Design Book.” Berkeley, California: Peachpit
 
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