November 4, 2008

Music Video Review: Stars – Your Ex-Lover Is Dead

This video has a huge amount of artistic elements crammed into four minutes.  Most of the unique elements are achieved through camera angles.  A majority of the video is filmed from directly above the musicians or at the ice skaters’ feet.  Both angles create interesting silhouettes of the darker people laying on lighter-colored ice and the dark shadows moving along the lighter ice rink.  When the camera films from up above, it makes the symmetry more obvious, such as during some of the synchronized skating parts.

I also like how there is a large amount of contrast.  The video is in color, but there are more blacks and whites than grays.  This, along with the camera angles, creates many unique shapes that are similar to a kaleidoscope.

The filming moves well with the music; the camera pans and spins quickly when the song speeds up and moves slower when the song’s tempo slows.

October 14, 2008

Title Sequence Review: Gattaca (1997)

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Gattaca (1997)


Gattaca is a film about genetic manipulation and its consequences in the future.  For someone new to this movie, the title sequence would be foreign and confusing.  However, to someone that is familiar with the film, they’d recognize what is going on.

The title sequence begins with an extremely tight, almost microscopic shot.  The picture and the sound is amplified to exaggerate the hugeness of an object that in reality is very small, such as a fingernail clipping or a hair.  I remember the first time that I saw Gattaca, I thought that the falling skin cells were snow.  Slowly, the camera pans out and the audience recognizes the larger-than-life objects for what they really are.

The entire title sequence is very controlled.  There is a specific, monochromatic color palate; first blue and then yellow-orange.  There is some sort of symmetry or linear movement in each frame.

I also like how the letters C, G, T, and A are bolded in the credits, since these letters represent the four bases that form DNA.  This small detail is still significant.

There really isn’t anything about this title sequence that I would change.  Its purpose is to prepare the audience for what is to come in the movie, and it is successful.

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