Thursday, November 11, 2010
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
I am sort of nervous, but I am also confident I know what I need to know to get started on the work they'll have me doing.
The internship is with a company called Werc Werk Works, and is based in the warehouse district downtown (um, yeah, I have always wanted to work there - or at least since 7th grade when I had rehearsals with the MN Opera Company there and fell in love!) The company is fairly new, but they have already been working on some awesome projects, including Todd Solondz new film Life in Wartime, which is kind of like a sequel to Happiness, though apparently not as, er, graphic. The project it looks like I'll be working with is Howl which is just coming to a close in post-production, though it won't come out till some time next year. I will be working with organizing behind the scenes footage for things like press releases, and possibley DVD bonus materials down the line. Not sure yet If I'll actually be editing any of it yet, but will probably get to play around with it at least, since this is partly about me learning.
I am so excited to work with these people! They all seem very nice and obviously super professional. I will only be working two mornings a week to start with since my semester is so full, but next semester I will only have two classes and can change my (church)work schedule around to make it work - then I'll be there 15-20 hours a week. yikes!
Any way, I of course have lots of other fun film stuff going on, as well as watching as many films as I have time for, so I have lots to talk about. But, hopefully that'
s what will keep me blogging the rest of November! Remember to check back here tomorrow (or, check my other blog, Are You There God? It's me elinor) for another post!
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Saturday, May 23, 2009
For my final in Cinema History II I wrote a paper on the directorial themes of Sydney Pollack. I chose to focus on the theme of honor, as this was something we had specifically focused on in our in-class discussion of The Yakuza, Pollack's film about an American WWII veteran and his return to Japan and the world of Japanese honor codes.
The assignment was to choose 3 films from a director and write on one theme. Although I could have used Yakuza as one of the films, I decided to choose three of Pollack's other films, feeling this would give my claim a little more credibility. I won't go into what the paper's said here; basically, all three films I watched had strong themes of honor running through them.
OK, The Way We Were was a bit of a stretch.
Here instead are a few brief reviews of the three films.
Tootsie: I was happy to see that I still really enjoyed this film. It was one of my favorites to watch at my aunt's house when I was little (she had a VCR and would tape things off the TV - we didn't even have a color TV for a long time). If you've never seen it, well, firstly, do. Secondly, it's a story about an out of work actor, played by Dustin Hoffman, who decides to dress as a woman and attempt to get a job on a popular soap opera. Of course it works, and both hijinks and a hero's journey ensue.
Recently I was in an adult ed at church with two transgender people and we were talking about the difference in acceptance between generations. I cited Tootsie as an influence for me of acceptance, even though Hoffman's character is definitely not trans, or even gay. After watching the film again with fresh eyes, I still think it has a lot to say about acceptance. It wouldn't be a good story if there wasn't growth, and one of the ways he grows is by accepting the more feminine aspects of his personality and thereby identifying with the women he previously objectified.
Anyway, that's what I was thinking about when I saw this, but it's really not a heavy movie. It has a lot of humor and a little romance, but it's definitely not a rom-com. It's very early eighties in the best way possible and done really well. I especially liked the editing of the farm montage when Hoffman is really falling into his character (interesting look at how he is most honest when he is lying about a pretty bug thing!)
Absence of Malice: This film stars Paul Newman and Sally Fields. Fields plays a journalist who s tipped a bad story framing Newman as a murder suspect (which he's not). This is a pretty dark film for having Sally Fields. I mean, I'm sure she's done plenty of dramas, but that's just not how I think of her ("You like me! You really like me!"). There's a lot here about honor and integrity and truth versus accuracy, and those concepts aren't buried very deep. Some would say this makes for a shallow film, but I kind of feel like... well, as whoever it was who said it says, "If you want the audience to see the gun in the drawer, SHOW them the gun in the drawer." If you think an idea or moral is important enough to be in your film, shouldn't you do everything in your power to make sure every viewer gets it, versus hoping they'll take the time to hunt for it?
The Way We Were: I admit, one reason I chose this film was because of it's standing in pop culture. I like to get as many references as I can as fully as I can as often as I can, so I knew I was long overdue to see this. And boy was I glad I did! A few nights after my semester was over, I decided to watch an old favorite of mine, Boys on the Side. Low and behold, what movie should be viewed but The Way We Were! And, like most references to other works of art in films, this was a very apt film for the characters to watch - a tale of two star crossed lovers whose love can never really win - basically the same theme that runs through Boys on the Side!
Anyway, I really liked The Way We Were, especially because it seemed like it would be really shallow dramatic love story, but it had some depth to it with political matters entering in to it and what not. Also, beautifully shot and I really noticed the sound since one of the classes I just finished was Sound for Image.
And that brings me to the end of the semester - Three A's (Sound for Image, Acting for the Camera, and Cinema History II) and one B (Cinema Production II)! Amazingly, that brought my GPA up a little to 3.51, so I think I'm close to being back on the Dean's List. We'll see how this summer goes!
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
So, without further ado, the reworked, retitled -
Pop Goes the Sound
and in case you were wondering - I got 9 out of 10 on this one and a big "Really Good!" from my teacher!