Rear Window

Scenes in the following playlist divide the whole movie that I watched into ten scenes. Please refer back to the playlist on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLE082F5FCEC9F4631

 

In the first scene, the video mainly uses panning. By panning from windows to windows, the video gives a clear view of the scene outside of the rear window to the audience. The clip also made a significant effect when the panning stopped suddenly when a lady shouted.

In the second scene, it is mainly talking about Jeff using his telephoto lens to see what the man on the other side is doing. After Jeff saw the man went to sleep on the sofa, the MCU became a CU to show the suspecting expression that appears on Jeff (because Jeff saw the man hiding saws).

In the third scene, the camera is switching from frames to frames to show the reactions of people after they heard the woman cried for her dead pet. I think the filmmaker is also reflecting the cold society during that time, which is criticizing people are unfriendly and don’t care much about others. The camera then gives a VWS to show the whole neighbors reaction of the woman screaming which is impressive.

In the fourth scene, when Jeff is writing the note to Thorwald, the filmmaker choose a high angle to show all actor’s action and the follows up with a close up to the letter. When Jeff’s girlfriend is sending the mail to Thorwald, it gives few scenes that are portraits for Jeff’s girlfriend, and Thorwald. This gives the audience a vivid expression for the two people.

The fourth and fifth scene uses different close ups like MCU and CU of Jeff when he is calling Thorwald and when his girlfriend is threatened by Thorwald. By doing this, the filmmaker can show us how anxious Jeff is during the two scenes.

It is also interesting that almost at the end of the seventh scene, the film uses two-short of Jeff and his servant both using magnify equipment to see what is happening in Thorwald’s room. This shows that both of them are worried about the situation happening on the other side.

In the eighth scene, the movie uses close ups MCUs and CUs to show the expression of Jeff when he knows that Thorwald is coming to his house and wanting kill him. When Thorward entered, his face was first dark and then only his eyes on his face was highlighted by the light, which gives him a creepy look that matches what Jeff feels like in that situation.

But in the ninth scene, Jeff is portrayed in a dark lighted situation which gives him a mysterious feeling, which also matches Thorwald’s feeling because this is the first time that he sees Jeff after Jeff starts to investigate him. I also like the orange scene after Thorwald is blinded when Jeff flashes him because it takes me the scene by doing this. The clip also uses low angle for Thorwald, to show how threating he is to Jeff. In addition, the video gives CU shots when Thorwald is hanging Jeff on the side of the window, which makes the audience see how painful Jeff is.

In the tenth scene, the movie gave different windows a short time to performing after Thorwald is caught, and stops at Jeff’s upper body, then panning to his legs to give us some humor. The movie ends with Jeffs girlfriend reading a magazine.

Morgan Norman

Morgan Norman is a professional photographer for fashion. What makes Morgan outstanding among other photographers is he choice of exposure, white balance , and selection of colors. It is said that the scenes that he works at actually inspire him the choices of exposure, white balance and colors that he choose, and I think this is why the color choices matches the background and clothing of the models perfectly.

   

For the choice of colors, the photos has a large color variety. I think this is very unique because usually when you take portraits of models, people usually choose warm tones. However, he uses different themes like black and white, cold tones and warm tones in his projects. With different type of color choices and white balance, he can match the models clothing naturally in the whole picture. For example, in black and white photo bellow, the suit that the male model wears fits perfectly in black and white theme than warm color tones or cold color tones, which contrasts the suit and the shirt.

      

In addition, Morgan’s pictures have a really nice exposure and light choice. When the photo is taken in the outdoor, the exposure of the background is bright enough but not overexposing the models face. While the scene is shot in the indoor, the light that Morgan lays on the background is dim, but the light on the model is good enough to see the model’s face and clothes clearly (this is because dark backgrounds can make people see the model more clear).
   

Beside Morgan’s light and color choice that make him a great photographer, the models in his projects also have extreme expressions that make his photos look impressive and sharp. For example, the smoldering expression of male makes them sexy looking, and the fierce expression of female, makes them seem powerful looking.

    

 

Overall, I really like the color and white balance choice that  Morgan chooses, and the expression that he makes the models do. These are all powerful portraits not only for magazines but also for art.

All photos are originally from Morgan Norman: http://www.morgannorman.com/#.

Original – Contrast


I discovered this photo after I finished taking a bunch of photos of my roommate with a mask on. In this photo, my roommate was taking off the mask that I gave him while the light was hitting on the mask and his face. I think this is a great picture about contrast because the dark background contrasts the mask and the face of him, which strongly made my roommate look serious/creepy .

Lumiere Project

Our video tells the story about being board and tired of doing homework in the library. After doing homework all day and into the night our character is really tired and does not want to read for her class. She tries so hard to stay awake and pay attention but to no avail. She is distracted by her cell phone, people walking around and just being plain old tired. In the end, she succumbs to her sleepiness and boredom and leaves the library.

Video Review – Hermit Crab Migration

The video Hermit Crab Migration focuses on showing the audience how magnificent the migration of the hermit crabs is. In filming the video, the director of this video uses a lot of different shooting techniques like pull downs, high angles, low angles, sliding (from right to left and from up to down), close ups, filming different depth of fields etc.. By using these techniques, we can clearly see all the details of hermit crab migration: how they migrate, how difficult the migration is, how large their population is, and what the hermit crabs look like.

Before seeing this video, I have no sense about how large or small the migration is. After clicking on the play button, the video starts at the skyline and slowly maneuvers downwards until you see the beach filled with thousands of hermit crabs. To be honest, I was really surprised by the number of crabs that there was on the beach after the camera view shifted. So I can say that the pull down effect gives the audience a really good surprise.

After the set frame, the video continues with a slide from the left to the right. This gives the viewers a clear horizontal view of how large the crab population is. I think that this is a good decision to make because it lengthens the time needed to see the total population and also helps the viewer grasp at the enormity of the crowd as they are also forced to take in amount of land covered.

The video also has some close up frames of the crabs. When the camera gives the portrait of a crab, it captures most of the details of the crab’s movement and shows how difficult it is for the hermit crab to move from one place to another. This also gives a strong contrast of the previous frames of the whole landscape of crabs that will show the audience how difficult it is for the whole population to migrate from the sea to the inner land. In some close up scenes, the camera is set still to picture the rocks, and the sea. The rule of thirds is applied when shooting set frame scenes.

High angle is also used in this video, of which I think the purpose is to make the audience have the same angle that the filmmaker had while filming the scenes. Furthermore, it shows us how dense the population in his or her angle of the view.

In the ending, the shooting returns the scene back to the place where it starts. The meaning behind this, in my opinion, is that every migration will come back to its original place, which is in this situation, the sea.

This is the link for the video: ((http://vimeo.com/48466065))

Addictive – Photo Essays

The man in this photo represents a person that is addicted to cigarettes. While having a break to catch some fresh air, the man chooses to have a cigarette. The expression of the man in picture number four and five (start counting from the upper lefthand corner to the bottom righthand corner) show how addicted he is, willing to sacrifice his fresh air for nicotine. By the time he finishes the cigarette he disappears in the dark to continue doing his work.

Thanks M.W. for helping me shoot this precious series of photos.