Big #Assignment! Watch a movie

Your big assignment for the Winter Break is to…….

WATCH A MOVIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

You need to choose a movie from this list and comment on this post with the following information:

  • Title of the movie watched
  • Overall impression of the movie’s cinematography
  • A brief description of one scene – describe how the camera shot/angle contributed to the impact of the scene.

DISCLAIMER – PARENTS

These movies have different ratings and some of them are R rated. I am not recommending that any student watch an R rated movie, but will allow it if parents have agreed to allow it. There are movies on the list that are PG, PG-13, and one is G rated.

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  1. EXAMPLE COMMENT:

    The movie I watched was “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly”.

    I really love the cinematography used in the film. The movie is gritty and dirty and that helps us really imagine that we’re there, viewing the story in real time. The cinematography moves from up close shots to wide scenic views, really expressing the expansive and gritty/dirty reality that was the old west.

    In the famous scene in the graveyard when all three main characters are in a showdown, I see some amazing cinematography. The close-ups of their faces, their eyes with sweat pouring down, and their trigger fingers just itching to reach for their guns add so much tension, we can feel for a moment the anxiety that each character must be feeling. These shots help us have more empathy for the characters.

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    1. The movie I watched was the “Life of Pi”.

      I really enjoyed watching this movie, the cinematography used in this film was great. The movie included great camera angles from different perspectives of the events going on in the movie which lets viewers know more of what’s taking place.

      For most of the movie the setting was overseas. They used this to their advantage and made some very cool effects with the ocean. Such as they did in one scene where they fixed the camera angle so it shows the boat and some of the water around it and the water reflects the clouds in the sky which make the water seem smooth and makes the scene more attractive. The cinematography makes those certain events in the movie so much better and lively. This movie wouldn’t be the same without its amazing camera angles and cinematography.

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    2. The movie I watched was “Avatar”

      The cinematography in this movie is really good. The movie has many bright colors that help you feel like your really there. The movie has scenes where the camera is moving up and down to give the viewer a better idea of the scene. The camera is showing the scenery of Pandora from wide shots to up close shots and vice versa.

      In the scene where Jake Sully starts to run for the first time the cinematography is really great. The camera has a close up of his legs running, a side view of him running, and a wide view from the side of him running. You can tell that Jake is happy because he is paralyzed in the real world, but as an avatar he can run again. This scene is important to cinematography and the plot because Jake starts off not used to his avatar body but soon gets used to it and is attracted to being an avatar. The camera angles and how the cinematography is used helps show the plot of the story because it adds more intensity to the scene.

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    3. The movie I watched was “The Life of Pi”.

      If you are looking for good cinematography then this movie would be one of the best. The movie has many great pieces of cinematography used such as in the beginning when the movie showed the tiger close up as it stalks toward the chained up goat and how the cinematography made the scene have much more suspense than if the camera angle was to the side.

      One scene that cinematography really caught my eye was when Pi dangles off of the boat. In that scene you see Pi being pushed off the boat to a smaller boat by the crew members. The camera angle is to the angle that you can see the roaring water beneath him and Pi’s face as he is dangling. This shot helped add a lot of anxiety for the watchers than if it was any other way.

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    4. The movie I watched is “Gravity”

      I think the cinematography was extremely well recorded and the camera angles move all around the place. The main thing the directors want you to look at and that allows you to see the main subject of the film and their actions while you see how relaxed or calm the situation is and it speaks to you of how would you feel in a situation like that would you be panicked, happy, or comfortable in the position the main character is in.

      One scene has that feeling of rush when the main character gets detached from the explorer by the debris passing by and the camera angles show the broken ship and fast moving debris and parts of the explorer getting hit and the parts are flying all over the place. and the main character flying aimlessly into space. and it zooms into her face showing that she is panicking and trying to get out.

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  2. The movie I watched was “The Life of Pi”.

    If you are looking for good cinematography then this movie would be one of the best. The movie has many great pieces of cinematography used such as in the beginning when the movie showed the tiger close up as it stalks toward the chained up goat and how the cinematography made the scene have much more suspense than if the camera angle was to the side.

    One scene that cinematography really caught my eye was when Pi dangles off of the boat. In that scene you see Pi being pushed off the boat to a smaller boat by the crew members. The camera angle is to the angle that you can see the roaring water beneath him and Pi’s face as he is dangling. This shot helped add a lot of anxiety for the watchers than if it was any other way.

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  3. The movie I watched was “La La Land.” The cinematography in the movie made it feel like a romantic type of setting. In the famous scene, “A Lovely Night,” the camera was turning and spinning while the main characters were dancing. It shows the viewers how much the main characters love each other. It also does some close-ups while the characters are singing, and it brings attention to what the characters are trying to say to each other. These camera angles help us readers understand how much the main characters are in love.

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  4. The movie I watched was “The fiddler on the Roof”.

    The cinematography used is great. The movie is very talented in bringing you into the town and era the movie is set in. The way it is accomplished is by doing several jump cut of showing what ever is need to expained to the audience at that moments. For example the main character (Tevye) would be talking about the town’s Jewish traditions and then the movie would cut to several shots of the town in the work of their rituals. They do this in such an amazing way with fast jump cuts that clearly explains. All jump cuts are all accompanied
    by a wonderful music score.
    As I watched the movie right away I noticed that there was something a little different. It was the cinematography, the shots and angles were really something I’ve never seen before.
    In the opening scene in the town in Russia, when the main character introduces us to our basic frame of the story, complete with a song. I see some amazing cinematography. The jump cuts are used a vast majority of the time in this scene. I believe this is because it takes a while to get used to this style of cinematography.

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  5. I watched ” Life of Pi ”

    The story was really touching it was so beautiful I kinda cried the was the movie was set even in the mid beginning to end there was a shot of the water it looked as if it was pure gold it couldn’t of shined brighter.

    Since the movie was based on the water there were many many different transitions of the water it was rough then still then completely disastrous I really loved how when the water was transitioning it didn’t seem as if it went from water to water but it was all one sea.

    Apart from the sea the story it self was touching I loved how in the end even though they told Pi to tell the truth he did it was only up them to figure which one they wanted to believe .

    In conclusion I BELIEVE because Pi was on the sea right after his spiritual finding out god sent him a message with being on the sea got told him you need to trust that whatever I do you will follow because Pi had done everything but, surrender himself as he said he does in the movie and because he gave god that message got brought him to a island to rest and journey again but, this time find the rest of humanity and then be set free .

    Thank you ,

    Tyra Fleming

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  6. The movie I watched was “Inception’

    The movie was really cool, different from a lot of other movies, and made you feel like you were there in the movie. The movie is moving from scene to scene focusing on different characters and I think that is very good to have in a movie. The cinematography dose a close up then a good view of what is happening in that scene.

    In the scene where the character Arthur is fighting off bad guys the camera angles where really good, the two characters were fighting on a wall and the camera then leans sideways, and zooms out a little to see the two characters fighting. And I think all of the different camera angles really show how they are fighting.

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  7. The movie that I watched was “La La Land”

    The cinematography was amazing and showed a lot of things for the movie. The colors used in different scenes showed a different setting and mood for each part the movie.

    I’m going to choose the most famous scene, the dance scene between Mia and Sebastian, “A lovely night” The camera follows around the main characters as they dance around. The camera closes up to both of their faces as they were looking at each other shows the intensity between them and zooms out as they both dances. As I have mentioned, the movies uses a lot of color for each scene for setting. In the scene, the color of the sky sets a perfect mood for them to dance.

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  8. The movie that I watched was “La La Land”

    The cinematography was amazing and showed a lot of things for the movie. The colors used in different scenes showed a different setting and mood for each part the movie.

    I’m going to choose the most famous scene, the dance scene between Mia and Sebastian, “A lovely night” The camera follows around the main characters as they dance around. The camera closes up to both of their faces as they were looking at each other shows the intensity between them and zooms out as they both dances. As I have mentioned, the movies uses a lot of color for each scene for setting. In the scene, the color of the sky sets a perfect mood for them to dance.

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  9. The movie I watched is “Gravity”

    I think the cinematography was really good and the camera angles move all around main thing they want you to look at and that allows you to see the main subject and their actions while you see how dire or calm the situation is and it speaks to you of how would you feel in a situation like that would you be panicked, happy, or comfortable in the position the main character is in.

    One scene has that feeling of rush when the main character gets detached from the explorer by the debris passing by and the camera angles show the broken ship and fast moving debris and parts of the explorer getting hit and the parts are flying all over the place. and the main character flying aimlessly into space. and it zooms into her face showing that she is panicking and trying to get out.

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  10. The movie I watched was number 10.)gravity.
    In the movie I watched “gravity” I loved the cinematography that the creators of the film decided to put in the movie. I like the cinematography in the is movie because in a lot of the story is a very intense part of the characters life, so with the very intense parts of the movie the camera has to pull right up next to the character and shows how much the character is under lots and lots of presser .

    In one of the last scene of the movie we have the main character making her way down to earth to reconnect withe the actual world in a small broken off part of an space craft. In this scene you can see lots of things happening even when you just see a close up of the main characters face and even when you can just see her guessing different controls to get herself to safety. As the main character is selecting random buttons you can see her push another button then he takes not that there in not a count down for 56 seconds going down to zero. As the timer counts down to zero the character started to talk about outcome of what may happen, but as all of this is happening a bunch of shaking is taking place and the even the story shows every beautiful cinematography and camera angels of the outside of the air craft.

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  11. The movie that I watched was The passion of the Christ.

    I really love the setting and the scenes of this movie. The movie was like how the bible described the way Jesus acted in the bible. That helped us think that we were actually there. The scenes were close to the actual character which made us feel like we were the actual person who was acting.

    My favorite scene was the Crucifixion. It showed when the Jesus and the two other people were being crucified. This scene seemed like how the bible described it which helped us imagine that we were there watching Jesus getting crucified. This scene had good quality angles because we could see the the blood on Jesus to show when he was getting beat by the soldiers.

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  12. Dear Mr. Owens the movie I watched was “La La Land” The camera angles that they frequently used were where when someone would sing the camera would follow them. Another thing I realized was that whenever there was a song with singing the camera would usually be CONSTANY moving.

    My favorite scene is where Sebastian and Mia are arguing about how they aren’t each other’s “type”. After that they start tap dancing together. I love this scene because even though they aren’t each other’s “type” they are still CLEARLY in love.

    From,
    Eliana Arce Johnson

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    1. But how does the cinematography specifically contribute to that scene. And when you say the camera is moving, what do you mean? Is it one continuous shot or does the camera jump from one shot to another quickly?

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  13. The movie I watched was the Life of Pi.

    The shots and angles in the movie are very dramatic and theatrical
    And suspenseful. And one thing that the movie does really well is the show when the movie is taking in the past and when it’s taking in the future.

    One of my favorite scenes in the movie is where he discovers the human tooth on the island. The glow from the water makes the scene makes a beautiful seen to look at.

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  14. The movie i watched was the fiddler on the roof. Fiddler on the Roof is a musical movie. The shots of the movie were in many different angles and they were pretty good angles. MY favorite part was when one of the singers were singing in a barn looking place and the camera shot between the upper deck and the ground.

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    1. Ethan, there’s nearly no actual description of the cinematography being used. Saying that they use “pretty good angles” doesn’t tell me anything. You get half credit until I see more thought put into this response.

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  15. The movie that I watched was the Avatar. The Avatar is about a marine who was sent to Pandora and falls in love with a woman of the species there. He is then not knowing whether he should do his orders or save her planet. The cinematography on the movie was very precise in what they were trying to get and emphasize in the scene. On some scenes they would show the view of the land. These shots moved slowly to catch everything. They also made sure to catch it from high altitude to really show off just the beauty of the place. I think they knew if they caught it high in the air and moved the camera smoothly, it would produce a much crisper and nicer view. One example of his is when they are flying on dragons. The way they keep it up in the air and smooth really makes you feel like you are flying on one to. My favorite part in the Avatar is the final battle. I have never been much of a violence guy but the way they move the camera. They move it to make it more intense and really show the action, just at real life speed. Angles and shots really do make up a big part of a movie. It gives off different perspectives of the movie. For example, if the camera was moving at grandma speed no one would have found the action scenes fun at all. So cinematography contributed to making scenes more intriguing, more interesting, and made the movie one with you watching it on the edge of your seat.

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  16. The movie I watched was “The Life of Pi”.

    If you are looking for good cinematography then this movie would be one of the best. The movie has many great pieces of cinematography used such as in the beginning when the movie showed the tiger close up as it stalks toward the chained up goat and how the cinematography made the scene have much more suspense than if the camera angle was to the side.

    One scene that cinematography really caught my eye was when Pi dangles off of the boat. In that scene you see Pi being pushed off the boat to a smaller boat by the crew members. The camera angle is to the angle that you can see the roaring water beneath him and Pi’s face as he is dangling. This shot helped add a lot of anxiety for the watchers than if it was any other way.

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  17. i watched the movie gravity in the movie it is where Dr. Ryan Stone is a medical engineer on her first shuttle mission. Her commander is veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky helming his last flight before retirement. Then, during a routine space walk by the pair, disaster strikes: The shuttle is destroyed, leaving Ryan and Matt stranded in deep space with no link to Earth and no hope of rescue. As fear turns to panic, they realize that the only way home may be to venture further into space.

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  18. The movie I watched was Avatar

    I liked the cinematography in this movie and the movie in general. All the zooms ins helped you make out what was happening better and all the scenic scenes helped add an aesthetic factor in the movie that I really liked.

    The scene where Jake Sulley comes back to his body and almost died but got saved by Uhura had great cinematography because of when they zoomed in on both of their faces and after looking into their each other’s eyes. You can tell that they really care for each other even though they Uhura first found out what he really looked like. This is the most important part of the movie and the cinematography.

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