Cinematography

Yesterday Conann was discussing Cinematography and showing us some beautiful examples of good cinematography for us to carry through into our paintings in our ‘New World’ projects for Creative Elements. One particular cinematographer who i thought was great was Roger Deakins. He did the cinemaotgraphy for The Secret Garden, The Shawshank Redemption, Wall-e, How to Train Your Dragon, Skyfall and many more amazing films. However, Conann showed us some of his work from True Grit (2010),  and i was amazed, the shots he captured were beyond beautiful. Image

The light beaming through these windows in the dusty room is just beautiful.  Capturing the golden, warm colours really sets the mood. 

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When seeing a landscape image like this, i truly understand the need for widescreen film. 

Another film by him i adore is Skyfall. I remember watching it in the cinema and just thinking, wow, this is incredible. 

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the opening credits were entertaining, beautiful and had me glued to the screen.

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Again Deakins uses strong light beaming through windows to create a strong silhouetted figure.

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Only someone with great talent can strategically create an image in darkness and highlight in such a skillful way. It truly is inspiring. 

After becoming so inspired i decided to go to the library and took out the book ‘Cinematography Theory and Practice, Image Making for Cinematographers and Directors’ by Blain Brown. 

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Already from only reading the first few pages, its a great help and opening my mind to new possibilities. It is making me think of the image im creating completely differently. When i make my film/painting etc i need to take into account…

  • The Frame
  • Light and Colour
  • The Lens
  • Movement
  • Texture
  • Establishing
  • POV

Splitting things into the rule of thirds helps me visualize what i’m trying to create much better. Something people seem to overlook is in thinking that this is only important in photography, or only important in live action, as you can see here, it is always important. 

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The main thing i feel i need to focus on is light and colour, what makes an image go pop? What leads you into the image? IS there only one basic colour from dark to light? Is it an array of colour? Where is the light coming from? and why?

This is something i feel i personally need to research to become better at not just film making but painting and photography. 

Something i hadnt even picked up on until a few years ago was filters in film, or one colour scheme throughout, i find it it be beautiful and is something i want to focus on now, take Pans Labyrinth for example, the entire film has a cold blue/grey or golden filter.

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And take Honeydripper for example, it takes its name literally bringing warm honey shades into the film throughout. 

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Other films focus only on one colour for a specific effect, a very basic idea of this comes to mind from Schindlers List. This film is done fully in black and white until we see a lone child in a scene of war disaster, this childs coats red colour is kept fully saturated in the film. It represents so much more than just highlighted an innocent child, the red represents the fear, anger, blood, love and loss of war. 

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We later see a body in a red coat along with the other dead bodies in a cart being took to the incinerator, the first time i saw this film i cried my eyes out when i realized this revelation. This really does show how use of colour can be used for more than just an aesthetically pleasing image. 

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I am looking forward to reading the rest of my book and hope to learn and work well from what i am learning.

 

 

 

 

Prosthetic Makeup in Film Making.

Yesterday, we began shooting our film which meant spending quite a substantial amount of time preparing to shoot due to needing Niamh to look beaten and cut up. We decided to ditch the tissue paper and PVA glue and we purchased liquid latex which worked much better!

We began by painting on the liquid latex using a paint brush, it was put on white but dried clear. We applied this to Niamhs nose and chin.

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Once dry, we very carefully pulled and cut the latex away from Niamhs skin to make it look like skin cut open and ripped apart. As you can see from this photo, its very stretchy and effective. 

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We painted in the wounds using face paint, lipstick and red food dye. The food dye was deep, thick and gunky and portrayed the idea of blood fantastically. Once it had dried a bit we put white face paint down the centre to look like bone peering through the wound. Once this was done we watered down mascara and painted and sponged it down Niamh’s face to give the idea of her having been crying.

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As you can see in this shot, we feel this looks very effective. I am very pleased with the outcome.

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As you can see below we all worked well and efficiently in a team to create this.

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As effective as this was, we felt we couldn’t have Niamh in a film with just a beaten up face, there would need to be something more, we decided a beated, ripped about finger nail would have just enough ‘gross’ factor and effectiveness without over doing it.

We bought fake nails, eyelash glue and tissue paper to create this effect. We began by cutting up a fake nail and filing it to look beaten and battered. We stuck half on teh nail on using the glue, then glued on a very thin layer of tissue paper onto her actual nail and poured red food dye onto it, we then stuck the other half of the fake nail so it would like like it was hanging off her finger. We used eyelash glue instead of nail glue as we wanted it to look like it was barely still attached to her finger, this worked very well.

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After doing all this we began shooting our film and luckily got it almost all shot, we will begin editing next week and capture the final shots in good time.

Experimenting with colour.

In this week of our ‘New World’ we have been asked to focus on use of colour. I decided to experiment by putting colour over my tonal studies to give our group an idea of what the world could be like. Here they are.

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I was experimenting with the idea of a floating island and didn’t begin it using tonal. I decided to experiment thoroughly with textures and brushes. I then added a blueish multiple layer so that it gave the impression that its under the sea.

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Fake Wounds.

In our film based on the seven deadly sins, we decided to focus on the sins Vanity, Anger and Pride. We feel that these 3 sins coincide with one another nicely. In our story the lead character is having mental and physical issues with her appearance and how she sees herself. In one touching scene, we will see her draw on surgery lines onto her face to portray were and what she thinks needs changed, however due to this vanity her face becomes sliced, burnt and gashed to the point were we can see bone. To do this successfully we need to spend some time working with prosthetics, face paint and makeup. Today we spent some time working on this and made a quite convincing wrist gash.

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 As im sure you can tell, this is not the finished piece. When it comes to filming we will take into account all the problems with how these turned out and then work together to improve it to look like a real wound, but as they say, practice makes perfect.