MonLovesFilm

Monique. 23. Coffee. Veggie. Films. Editing. Music. Photography. Green. Dresses. Sunshine.


Currently Studying for an MA in Film.
It has always been a great passion of mine!
Time to share the passion I think ............

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  1. Editing & Audience Manipulation

    One aspect within the film industry which I really admire and appreciate is the post production stage - The Editing.

    A film which uses editing extremely well in manipulating and shocking its audience is Fernando Meirelles’ Cidade de Deus (2002) edited by Daniel Rezende. Cidade de Deus happens to have been Rezendes first feature film which he has edited, and the quality and expertise within his editing skills don’t make this apparent. He went on to win a BAFTA Award for Best Editing in 2003 for his work on Cidade de Deus. His use of editing to manipulate temporal and spacial verisimilitude is outstandingly effective. Rezende couldn’t have edited a better, more effective opening sequence even if he tried. It straight away sets the location, the theme and the narrative up effortlesly, being, in my opinion one of the best opening sequences I have seen in a long time. The opening credits come on in silence, to be met by a knife being sharpened against a large stone, this is cross cut with extreme close ups of people playing traditional music, a chicken, and women preparing food along side blank shots creating an effective opening montage. The use of traditional Brazilian music welcomes us, as the audience, to a Festa favela style. As the montage accelerates, and the music gets louder the audience is filled with anticipation which is then present throughout the whole film. In a scene where Lil Ze and his gang go off into the night and where they end up raping Galinha’s girlfriend, effective editing techniques are used to portray time and tension. As Lil ze and his gang leave their place, with a birds eye view shot, we see them walking almost ant like, with bursts of accelerated montage, adding to this effect. This happens again after the rape takes place. The rape scene too, like the opening sequence to the film, has a montage of action on screen, cut with blank, black shots. In the rape sequence, we have short burts of his girlfriend screaming, cross cut with the blaank shots and Galinhas reaction as they make him watch. This I feel works more affectively than just showing the audience all that happens, with these montages a lot is left to the audiences imagination, which I feel works effectivly, why give everything away? The sound within this sequence is beautifully worked out, with silence complementing the blank shots, making it almost deafing to the audience.

    When asked what he learned from editing Cidade de Deus, Rezende states that “A lot! To be able to work on something of such good quality as my first job, something so authentic and innovative…. It was definitely not an easy film to edit. As none of the actors had actually read the script, all of the scenes evolved from the actors’ improvisations, and of course each take was unique. Literally no single take was the same as any other. Many of the interpretations were “created” at the cutting stage. I wouldn’t ever want to take away all the credit from the “non-actors”, who for me are the biggest key to the film, but to tell a story so rich in characters, with so many sub-plots, without a loss of rhythm seemed very challenging. And if that is what we have achieved then it’s imperative that I remember and use this experience throughout my whole life.”  

     
     
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  6. “An actor must interpret life and, in order to do so, must be willing to accept all the experiences life has to offer. In fact, he must seek out more of life than life puts at his feet. In the short span of his lifetime, an actor must learn all there is to know, experience all there is to experience, or approach that state as closely as possible. He must be superhuman in his efforts to store away in the core of his subconscious everything that he might be called upon to use in the expression of his art.” James Dean

    An actor must interpret life and, in order to do so, must be willing to accept all the experiences life has to offer. In fact, he must seek out more of life than life puts at his feet. In the short span of his lifetime, an actor must learn all there is to know, experience all there is to experience, or approach that state as closely as possible. He must be superhuman in his efforts to store away in the core of his subconscious everything that he might be called upon to use in the expression of his art.” James Dean

     
     
  7. totalfilm:

Rooney Mara goes topless in Girl With A Dragon Tattoo poster
The first poster has been released for David Fincher’s Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, giving us a chance to examine some of Rooney Mara’s more intimate piercings.
The remake, currently in production in Sweden, sees Daniel Craig as investigative journalist Mikael Blomqvist, opposite Mara’s goth-hacker Lisbeth Salander.
Mara, who starred in last year’s A Nightmare On Elm Street and played a small role in Fincher’s The Social Network, wasted no time throwing herself into the role, originally played by Noomi Rapace.
The unlikely duo team up to investigate a decades old disappearance, uncovering danger, conspiracy, and each other’s clothing along the way.

    totalfilm:

    Rooney Mara goes topless in Girl With A Dragon Tattoo poster

    The first poster has been released for David Fincher’s Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, giving us a chance to examine some of Rooney Mara’s more intimate piercings.

    The remake, currently in production in Sweden, sees Daniel Craig as investigative journalist Mikael Blomqvist, opposite Mara’s goth-hacker Lisbeth Salander.

    Mara, who starred in last year’s A Nightmare On Elm Street and played a small role in Fincher’s The Social Network, wasted no time throwing herself into the role, originally played by Noomi Rapace.

    The unlikely duo team up to investigate a decades old disappearance, uncovering danger, conspiracy, and each other’s clothing along the way.

     
     
  8. MonLovesFilmLovesMusic - Explosions in the Sky

    Last night I went to watch Explosion in the Sky at Manchester Academy. I love music and I especially love live music and watching Explosions last night was utterly breath taking. It was absolutely just stunning.

    I’m not going to lie; I was a bit dubious when I first bought the tickets, as I had never been to watch an Instrumental gig before. It took my breath away; a room packed with admiring fans and the attention was all on the stage as the band made sounds which went right through you, I could feel every vibration and every note run through my body. 

    Each song merged into the next beautifully and elegantly, they succeed so powerfully to tell stories and express emotions without a lyric to be heard. Something which I’m sure so many people would fail to do, they absolutely epitomize passion and love for music. To me they are alternatives answer to classical music, there is no orchestra, there is no conductor, but four amazingly talented musicians having the absolute time of their lives on stage.

    From Your Hand in Mine, The Moon is Down to Last Known Surroundings, it was just breath taking. 

     
     
  9. HAPPY CAKE DAY

    A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO SIR DAVID ATTENBOROUGH : ) HAVE A SPLENDID DAY 

     
     
  10. Too True

    Too True

    (Source: twentyfallseven)