Presentation Research

My presentation will based on the three styles of photography which were covered during the On Location project. The styles are realism, expressionism and formalist.

The Unseen Beatles: Photographs by Bob Whitaker

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The book, The Unseen Beatles: Photographs by Bob Whitaker contains rare photographs of the Beatles during tours and out on photo shoots. The photographs I have picked are from Chiswick House, London, and were taken on 20th May 1966, where the band were filming a promotional video for Paperback Writer/Rain, their upcoming single. What I like about the photographs are the composition of the band mates, especially Ringo Starr as he is just leaning in the background. The low down perspective of the photos and the gap left so Starr is visible are interesting.

Whitaker, R., Harrison, G., Harrison, M., Koger, M., Lennon, J., McCartney, P., Sharp, M. and Starr, R. (1991). The unseen Beatles. London: Conran Octopus.

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 This book has lot’s of formalist photography with typography elements like unusual photos of signs from strange angles.

Godwin, F. (1990). Our forbidden land. London: Cape.

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Townsend, C. (1998). Vile bodies. Munich: Prestel in association with Channel Four Corporation.

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Frank, R. (1996). Flamingo. New York: Scalo.

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Frank, R. (2010). Black, white and things. Göttingen: Steidl.

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Arbus, D. and Arbus, D. (2012). Diane Arbus, an aperture monograph. New York, NY: Aperture Foundation.

Ross Halfin

Ross Halfin Photography. (2017). Welcome. [online] Available at: https://www.rosshalfin.com/#home-1-section [Accessed 27 Nov. 2017].

Mick Rock

http://www.mickrock.com/about/

David Bailey

http://www.davidbaileyphotography.com/

Storm Thorgerson

http://www.feelnumb.com/2009/10/10/pink-floyd-wish-you-were-here-cover-photo/

http://www.pinkfloyd.com/design/storm_bio.php

Tom Sheehan

https://www.myheartland.co.uk/viewtopic.php?t=23742&start=0&sid=99278873b0b9240f955ea10ed11deb9e

http://www.gettyimages.co.uk/photos/the-sisters-of-mercy—band?excludenudity=true&family=editorial&mediatype=photography&phrase=the%20sisters%20of%20mercy%20-%20band&sort=mostpopular

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Typographical Image

My typographical image is of myself created with words that I think relate to me – these are personalities which I thought of myself, personalities which others have said, and some of my favourite hobbies. I’ve also added song lyrics which I think relate to my personality. I chose the Gothic font because I think that associates with my personality. I chose black and white for the colours of my font because they contrast with each other and it is a balance between good and bad. I added blue for my background because it is my favourite colour.

I created my image on Photoshop where I imported a photograph of myself. I then started to add text layers which contained the individual words which make up my image. If I wanted to warp my text layer, I would need to rasterise it and transform it. I changed the scale and rotation of the words, and most words were warped and some were skewed.

Contextual_Typography

 

This is a final outcome which I decided did not work because I felt it was not suitable typography image. I felt that the other image was unique as it told about who I am without looking at my body. However, I do like this image as it is creepy.

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This is the original image I worked with.

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Sound Analysis of Breaking Bad 4.13: Face Off

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Face Off is the 13th episode and series finale of Breaking Bad series 4, where Walt (Bryan Cranston) and Jesse (Aaron Paul) try to defeat Gus Fring (Giancarlo Esposito) and his drug empire. The episode features powerful non-diegetic music which fits well to the characters both good and bad, and also the environment and mood they are in. The credited songs are Black by Danger Mouse and Daniele Luppi featuring Norah Jones, Goodbye by Apparat, and Freestyle by Taalbi Brothers. The episode’s diegetic sound is direct and straight to the point with its dialogue in some cases. In other cases the dialogue is appropriate to each character – smart dialogue for intelligent characters and slang dialogue for simpletons. Other prominent diegetic sounds are the distinct and memorable sounds made characters.

One of the most memorable diegetic sounds of the episode and possibly the show is Hector’s bell which he uses to communicate. Even though he is unable to speak, his character is very strong, and in this clip it shows it with his sense of humour. He also manages to stay calm and cool throughout the video and doesn’t seem to care about all the commotion he started.

This scene features the song Goodbye and it is where Gus decides he is going to kill Hector in his nursing home for talking with the DEA. I think it is a good piece of non-diegetic sound because it is very powerful. I think having no lyrics in the song and limited precise dialogue increases that. It relates really well to the character Gus as he is seen as a figure head. The long stare shows a lot of emotion and it gets the viewer to think what he is feeling and thinking, like the time when Hector killed Gus’ friend. Then the ring of the phone interrupts that and he continues with his plan. The deep thinking returns along with the viewers, and is increased when the scene is slowed down and you see him walk into the building. I think the music really supports the emotion and makes this scene.

This scene features the song Freestyle by the Taalbi Brothers, and it is where Walt and Jesse destroy all evidence of the meth lab and blow it up. It is a good peace of non-diegetic sound because it goes with the rush of the scene with its speedy guitar licks and increases in speed til the lab blows up and they escape. The dialogue in this scene is direct.

The non-diegetic sound works well with this scene because it is a relaxing piece of music and it coexists with the feeling of relief for most of the characters, for example when Walt stares at Gus’s car

References

Genius. (2017). Season 4 by Breaking Bad. [online] Available at: https://genius.com/albums/Breaking-bad/Season-4 [Accessed 10 Nov. 2017].

Tunefind. (2017). Music from Breaking Bad S4E13. [online] Available at: https://www.tunefind.com/show/breaking-bad/season-4/9552 [Accessed 10 Nov. 2017].

AMC. (2017). Face Off. [online] Available at: http://www.amc.com/shows/breaking-bad/season-4/episode-13-face-off [Accessed 10 Nov. 2017].

Gillian Wearing Photography

1 portrait of yourself in the style of Gillian Wearing.

1 portrait of your partner in the style of Gillian Wearing.

2 photographs of members of the public who you do not know. You must approach & ask them for their permission.

3 Photographs of different members of the public without their knowledge. Try to get close without being noticed!

Homework 17/10/17

Choose an Urban Landscape image to analyse. Find a critic’s review, the artist’s own opinion and write your own evaluation.

Effects and Reception Theory

The Effects theory is communications controlled by the media which make people powerless to resist, such as repetitive radio play of the same songs. It is said there are links between these messages and the violence of people, although the problems are usually social or psychological.

The Reception theory sees media consumption as active and suggests texts are polysemic. The theory suggests members of the same culture will decode texts in similar ways and by the way they are constructed it makes the audiences feel like they can relate.

In the media, programs are designed and made so they can relate to a particular audience.

An opening sequence for a child would be colourful, basic and friendly.

An opening sequence for a teenager would dark themed and hip.

For someone middle aged, an opening sequence would reference things from their hay day.

For someone old, an opening sequence would also feature things from their hay day.

Propp’s Character Theory on The Matrix

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The Matrix is a 1999 film where the world as we know it, is a prison for the mind, controlled by AI machines who rule the earth. The Matrix, a computer simulation, was built in order to keep humans under control and so they can be used as an energy resource for the Machines. The Agents are programs controlled by the Machines which keep the order inside the system. It is up to the cognitive humans to release mankind with the help of the One, who is prophesied to be the saviour and to end the war against the Machines. The Matrix follows Propp’s character theory very well as most of the characters have the set personas his theory states. Propp theorised that most films have 7 different kinds of characters which are the villain, the donor, the helper, the princess, the false hero, the dispatcher and the hero.

The hero in the Matrix is the One, Thomas Anderson, or as his alias Neo, who is prophesied to restore peace and freedom to mankind. Neo is the character that the audience follows from the beginning and throughout the film. In this film, it is focussed on his journey of self discovery and believing in himself as the One. The viewer also learns at the same pace as Neo. He and Trinity must save Morpheus before he gives the codes of the Zion mainframe to the Agents.

The villian in the Matrix is Agent Smith (A computer program) who tries to hunt down anyone or anything that disobeys the rules and laws of the Matrix. Agent Smith never gives up, never tires and is constantly looking for the anomalies of the system as it is programmed that way. Smith can transport into any human still plugged into the Matrix which makes it a huge threat to the hero and his team. It is usually accompanied with two other agents called Jones and Brown who both have the same capabilities as Smith. In the film, their main objective is to destroy Neo (The hero) and his allies in order to restore peace, order and balance to the system.

The donor in the Matrix is Morpheus who tells Neo about the real world and only ofers him the truth. He is the character who also trains him with such skills as martial arts and super jumping.

The helper in the Matrix is Tank who is the lead operater on the Nebercaneser, the crew’s ship. He is the character who plugs people into the Matrix and tells them where they need to go, provides resources and most importantly of all, helps them exit if they get into danger.

The princess is Trinity as she is the one prophesied to fall in love with the One.

The false hero is Cypher. He deeply regrets taking the red pill, and is fed up of living a boring, repetitive life. In order to change that, he contacts the agents so he can be put back into the Matrix in exchange for the codes of the Zyon mainframe.

The Oracle is the dispatcher in the Matrix and she tells Neo his fate and what he must do. She only says what someone needs to hear.

The film is manipulated for today’s audience so they can relate to the characters. Neo is seen as an antihero. He lived a criminal life before he was released from the Matrix.