Thursday, February 24, 2011

Sound Treatment

A boy is just doing his homework on another average day.

As he's finishing up his last problem for math, he hears a sound downstairs.

He puts his homework down and he gets up to see what happened.

As he comes down the stairs, he sees something move in the shadows.

Before he gets caught up with terror, he walks towards the scene, only to find nothing there.

As he opens the door to the kitchen, he sees a figure in the distance.

The figure begins walking towards the boy, and the boy jolts back upstairs.

When he looks back to find nothing there, he looks forward and sees the figure right in front of him.

He then jolts downstairs and hides in the garage.

As he begins panicking and sees nothing after him. he hears the door open.

He sees the figure walk towards the middle of the garage.

As the boy wipes his face and looks back, the figure is gone.

When the boy sighs with relief, he feels a presence behind him.

He looks back, and see's the figure there....

In the opening shot of the film, it'll show the boy in his room doing his homework. In the background, there will be a storm sound effect used. As the boy comes downstairs and sees the creature and runs away, rhythmic match will be used. When it comes to the suspenseful part when the boy is hiding and the creature is after him,  scary music will be incorporated into it.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Textual Analysis/Oral Exam Part 3

Part III

IV. Narrative
The Road was told throughout a short period of time.It shows the father and son trying to survive this post-apocalyptic disaster in most of the film with some flashbacks to the the father with his wife. With the flashbacks to the fathers previous life, it gives a sense of sadness because the father was such a happy man with his wife, and now that's she's gone, he only has one person left in his life: his precious son. At some points of the movie, there are parts that express horror and suspense that add on to the film's genre. The Road really makes us attached to the father and son, especially the son. The father would do anything to keep his son out of harms way, which includes death, and this really makes viewers understand his intentions. With his son, we see him as this innocent little child who shouldn't experience what he has experienced, and this makes us really feel sympathy for him.

V. Film Language and Representation
The father and son are represented as basically the last people on Earth. They are wearing dirty, worn out cloths and their usually always covered in dirt. Their acting contributes to this because they act desperate as in they are always looking for food and water that is very scarce. Many of the shots capture the father and son being seen as the last people left on Earth and survivors of this epidemic.

The style of editing gives the film a unique feature. In some of the shots, such as when the father and son were running away from the hunters, they are quick and fast pace. The lighting is also very well because it really makes the environment which they are living in look really desolate.

The sound and music is also very well because it matches well with the situations the father and son are put in. The location was perfect because it really does display an post-apocalyptic world. For some of the special techniques, Hillcoat used hollow tress that were designed to fall down when triggered during the scene when the father and son were running away from the hunters.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Part 2 - Historical and Instituitional Factors/Socio-Cultural context

II. Historical and Institutional Factors

Institutional factors that may be important to the film is the producer Nick Wechsler, who also produced The Time Traveler's Wife. Their film production was distributed by Dimension Film and The Weinstein Company, who has agreed to acquire a 25% stake in Starz Media. This was essential to the film because it won the Utah Film Critics Association award for Best Cinematography, and San Diego Film Critics Society Award for best actor.

The Road is the story of a father and son witnessing the apocalypse. Unlike many end-of-the-world films, there is no explanation for what happens and no hope for the survival of human life. The last people on Earth that are alive have nothing to look forward too other than the inevitable: death.

III.  Socio-cultural context

The Road was really able to open many people's eyes of what can happen to us. It made people really frightened because this movie is an example of what Earth would be like if we continue to do what we do. Not only did this movie frighten people, but this really did set the fact of what a disaster or war could do to the Earth and impact it so severely.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Textual Analysis/Oral Exam

Part I. Genre and Audience
The Road is a post-apocalyptic fictional movie. This movie is based off of Cormac McCarthy's novel The Road. The Road directed by John Hillcoat and produced by Nick Wechsler, Steve Schwartz, and Paula Mae Schwartz. This movie is connected to The Book of Eli because they have similar themes and storyline. He created this movie because he wanted to show how devastating a major disaster could affect the whole world and show how surviving it is an extreme challenge.

Destruction, survival, isolation, and death express the film's theme. All of civilization, buildings, and wildlife has already been obliterated by this catastrophe.

The love and sacrifice a father has for his son is another theme expressed in the film. Throughout the film, the father has been put in numerous situations where he has had to put himself in the way of danger to protect his precious son.

The target audience could be anyone because this movie basically explains how we need to be cautious of our actions. These actions could lead to major disasters that can affect human life, and basically this is what the movie emphasizes.