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Discussion 2 Jerry Patrick 11/17/2011 6:31:25 PM How does the cinematography inform the setting? Sometimes, stunning camera work adds significant value to a film’s overall merit. The cinematography in GERONIMO is absolutely gorgeous, the film being shot in the scenic expanses of southeastern Utah. GERONIMO contains beautiful cinematography of the rugged South-western United States and credible acting. How does it inform the characters? The movie uses all Native actors to play Native roles. Authentic Chirachue Apache language is used throughout the movie by the Native American actors. What do the choices made by the cinematographer tell you about the mood at this point within the story?The cinematographer’s mood throughout the movie is essential in setting up different scenes within the movie to hold the viewers attention. How does the cinematography contribute to symbolism and/or metaphors in the clip? The cinematographer captures the visual collapse of a race of peoples way of life that was slowly shrinking. The uncertainty of reservation life could be seen on these peoples faces has they were forced into a life that was not of their making. Not all Apaches were able to adjust to a life of dry soil and corn as farmers. And finally when Geronimo, and all of his people were moved to Florida in train-box-cars. As the camera slowly pan the faces of those who will never see their birth land again. Only in their mind will they return to a time that is no more. The cinematographer captured to sickness, the sadness, and the emotional hurt that symbolized who these people were and still are today. Cinematography in addition to natural surroundings does wonders for the popularity of the film. The movie makes use of local actors and expects them to act in a natural way. This way, the scenes also look natural and not as if these have been superimposed. By capturing the day to day activities of ordinary people the cinematography helps in portraying the reality. Beverly Williams 11/17/2011 9:30:03 PM Movie clip selection: When the President Does It, It’s Not Illegal Although only viewing a clip of the movie the cinematography appears to be great. The photographer used the normal lens which is standard focal length 50mm GoodyKoontz, B., & Jacobs, C.P. (2011) which covered a moderate depth for normal perspectives. The framing in the clip in terms of distance was close-up GoodyKoontz, B., & Jacobs, C.P. (2011) and at a height of eye level. The angle of the frame was head-on GoodyKoontz, B., & Jacobs, C.P. (2011) creating a more dramatic viewing of the actors. If I had to take an educated guess I would say the zoom method GoodyKoontz, B., & Jacobs, C.P. (2011) of filming was applied as well. The Actors heads were near the top of the frame with a small amount of headroom and the shots were taken using CU and MCU footage GoodyKoontz, B., & Jacobs, C.P. (2011) indicating the facial features of both characters were of importance. The setting was informed precisely the way it should have been. Two chairs were placed opposite each other to show opposite ends of both characters as opposed to having a couch. The characters were both of a distinguished nature by the attire worn although I couldn’t see any unusualness’ initially in status. The mood or tone of the clip appeared serious or somewhat dismal symbolized by the black and white color contrast of the scene and both men’s attire. The metaphor used was the visual symbol of the television blaring without words showing one of the men on the screen, which identified his position and my understanding of what was taking place (I used the title of the clip for inference as well). Use of camera and proper lenses was one of the factors which contributed to the success of the film. Similarly proper use of props is essential in conveying the message to the audience. The metaphor is an excellent example of how the scenes are portrayed. Discussion 1 Angela Adams 11/15/2011 8:08:51 PM The text defines five types of actors: Impersonator, Personality, Star, Wild Card, and Character. Come up with examples of each type of actor (in addition to those identified in the text) and explain in detail why you think they fit each particular category. An example of a impersonator is Denzel Washington in Malcolm X. The reason I feel that Denzel Washington fit this particular category is because Denzel Washington was protraying a historical figure (Malcolm X). The filmmaker wanted to tell the story and life on Malcolm X, therefore in order for the story to be told Denzel Washington had to impersonator. An example of personality is O'Shea Jackson (Ice Cube). The reason I choose Ice Cube, is because most of the movies he play in is about the street life, and before Ice Cube became a star, he lived the street life. Because of his street life, his personality fit a lot of his movies. An example of a star is Sandra Bullock. I choose Sandra Bullock because in all the roles that she play in, she masters the role. Sandra Bullock is popular, and well-known. Sandra Bullcok is a actor that movie fans sometimes become deeply curious about her private life. An example of a character actor is again Denzel Washington. Denzel is able to play any role that is put in front of him. Denzel Washington can play a serious role, a comd An example of a wild card is Will Smith. Will Smith can play all types of roles. He have played to bad guy role, (Bad Boys), a comdie role ( Fresh Prince), and a powerful heart felt role (7 pounds). All examples chosen are basically from popular movies and go to show that the writer has done a wonderful job in analyzing the importance of each role. Thes activities can be done by any established actor, The only difference is that he / she should be versatile. Jerry Patrick 11/17/2011 6:26:50 PM Impersonators are the actors that imitate other actors. However, personality actors play roles as though their characters are pretty much the same as themselves. Celebrity status play a huge role when an actor is a star and they can do pretty much whatever they want, because they are cast on the basis of their star, not their ability. Character actors are actors who create a character by drawing upon their personal experiences, their observations of others, and their own creative inventions. Wild card actors often becoming totally unrecognizable as themselves. I think any prominent actor could be proficient with any of the categories. While generic definitions are perfect, examples of these should have been provided by way of movies where these roles have been played. This in turn , would have helped the reader in reinforcing his / her views about these roles.