Newer introduction (An update of current events)

Hello everyone,

Since the last time I introduced myself on my blog, school was just starting for me, I was still in search of a job, and I was currently living in Adairsville. I am now a Junior in school, a team leader at Chick-fil-a, and I have moved to Marietta (with my amazing wife).

Speaking of wife, we just got married on January 5th and it has been a crazy but exciting time for us. Our wedding was perfect (besides my issues with my weight), and we were able to have a nice getaway to the mountains right before I started back at Reinhardt University. It has been a hard and stressful time while getting to our wedding day, but now the stresses are of a different nature and creep up from day to day. I am happy to have finally married my friend who has gotten me past these many struggles and supports me beyond amazement.

I am currently working towards a bigger promotion at work and that is perhaps the largest parts of my stress. I try to move forward two steps but then it seems to go another step backwards. I have helped the store to continue to grow, but the stagnancy of my own growth at work, is what has been personally affecting my emotions and stress levels. There are things in motion to try and move forward, and I will see how things go over the next few weeks.

I have been working with several other students to get the Kappa Pi society up and running again. As their current and new president, I am working on many different things and feel overwhelmed at times, but once everything gets going, I am sure things will roll much smoother.

I am working on several projects in my other art classes. I am working on three different acrylic pieces, a new digital art piece, and will soon move on to applying calligraphy ink with a bamboo pen onto watercolor paper. I will try and create a new space at home for when I need to work on art and school projects. Currently, I work from my living room and cross my fingers for inspiration.

These are many things that are currently going on in my life. Some exciting things, some stressful things, but everything that lets me know I am alive. I do enjoy my life at the moment, but have hope that I can move forward at work, get to senior at school, keep Kappa Pi rolling along, and go on my true honeymoon with my wife this summer. Life can be good, you just have to stay positive.

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Current Events (13 postings portfolio)

1.) Censorship Speaking freely in China is very difficult, but to hear people speaking out in the Hunan province via twitter, shows some change occurring. The world is majorly different in China versus the U.S and freedoms are hard or non-existent. This is good to see that there might be a possibility of change.

2.) Gaming Systems It’s hard to realize things in your own country is something you cannot get in another country. Seeing that things are slowly changing in the republic of China, and getting to play Halo or Uncharted will be a big change to the country itself.

3.) Steven Chow – Journey to the West Ever see Kung-Fu Hustle, Shaolin Soccer, or CJ7? Steven Chow is a amazingly talented artist and to see him come back with a major success once again in China is always amazing to see. I hope we get a limited release here of his film, otherwise, I will definitely be purchasing this when it is released on Blu-Ray.

4.) Zhang Yimou One of my favorite directors of all time. Zhang Yimou can direct any type of film and can show the struggle in war, romance, and fantastical martial arts. He is being honored in Serbia, for his lifetime of filmaking. I know that Pam Wilson enjoys his films as well, so I decided to post this.

5.) Year of the Snake (Chinese New Year) Being a student, gives me a huge desire to be here during this moment. To see students from other countries celebrating the Chinese New Year is a great moment that I am sure they are happy to be a part of and will never forget.

6.) Beijing Film Festival 2013 260 films to debut over the span of a little over 1 week, From April 15-23 2013, showing in many different theaters in China. In attendance at the press conference, held on January 21, 2013, was director James Cameron. There is an official listing of all 260 films to be screened and more info will be released as each film is seen. I am rather excited about this due to the amount I am learning in 2 different classes about China and Asia.

7.) Chinese Domestic Film Release There are two valid points in this article about a Chinese comedy film released domestically in the U.S. It signifies that our culture (The Hangover) is in turn influencing theirs. The film was released in China from a small production house and in turn made a significant amount of money and taking away, Ang Lee’s Life of Pi, top spot in Chinese cinemas. The problem with films such as this getting a domestic release, is the fact that even though it might be successful in China, does not mean it will in fact do well in America. This hurts Chinese film releases in America when success does not come to all foreign releases.

8.) Film Censorship Censorship can be hard hitting. Even when it is a major film release that is respected worldwide and has been nominated for an Oscar. James Bond is no different from any other film to have been re-edited by the Chinese censors prior to a release in their country. Most times, it is reference to scenes shot in China itself. In the past, strict rules by the Chinese government keeps many films to be released in China. There used to be only an annual allowance of 20 releases per year and has been increased to 34.

9.) New Film Directors I love the idea of taking a low-budgeted film and giving it to a first time, or new director to give them a shot at the big screen business. The idea of China wanting light-hearted comedies rather than heavy handed epics is good to hear about. It shows that every now and again, we need things to help out with the bad that might surround us. Plus I absolutely enjoy both Chinese and British comedies more-so than our own American style comedies. They just feel a lot more “fluffy”.

10.) Dublin Chinese Film Festival The Years of Ireland and China converge into one awesome festival. The Year of the Snake is a big deal and the serendipity of our school having both Ireland last year China this year makes the significance of the Dublin Chinese New Year FIlm Festival really cool.

11.) Michelle Yeoh Sunshine, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, and Tomorrow Never Dies actress Michelle Yeoh will be honored at the Asian Film Awards in March with the Career Achievement Award. My favorite film out of these three I introduced is Sunshine where she starred as a Botanist sent on a mission to re-ignite a dying sun, directed by Danny Boyle.

12.) Wong Kar-Wai Interview Wong Kar-Wai is an amazing director. Most well known for Chungking Express and my personal favorite Fallen Angels. Much like his fellow director Zhang Yimou, he has taken the task as not only a director, but now a Martial Arts director. With his new film “The Grandmasters” releasing, he is now delving into the world of Martial Arts Grandmasters.

13.) Streaming Blockbuster Releases In a reference to a previous article I had posted about foreign films released in China, there is a strong possibility of streaming media of foreign films on many platforms. If this happens, it will help out with cutting down on piracy and allow distributors to make profits on films.

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Strife between one nation

Right now in my Diverse People of China class, we are watching a documentary called China: A Century of Revolution. The current part of the documentary we are on, shows the nation and its battle between each other as the Nationalists (KMT) and Communists (CCP). Its joining forces in an effect to combat the invading nation of Japan and the beginning of World War II (WWII)

All of this takes place from 1911-1942.220px-Sunyatsen1

We have the introduction of Sun Yat-Sen who is known as the “Father of the Republic” who first formed the Nationalist Party or KMT. He tried to fight against the division of the country and with the help of the Soviet Union, he gathered money to fight against the division, but with one condition; to setup a communist academy in China (Wo-Po academy). When Sun Yat-Sen dies, the party was in a weakened state and had a successor by the name of Chiang Kai-Shek. Chang Kai-Shek fought and defeated 34 warlords throughout the nation and had also began a fight amongst the communist party, led by Mao Zedong.

220px-Chiang_Kai-shek(蔣中正)The communists had started protesting against the nationalists and thousands were arrested or executed. During this time, Chian Kai-Shek had established his government in Nanking China. Once doing so, he brought Sun Yat-Sens body to Nanking China and married Suns daughter as well. Chiang had started working on modernizing China. The Nationalists helped expand education while preventing growth of the communist party.

During this time in the 1930s, Mao Zedong began organizing groups and slowly strengthening the Communist party. The communists organized further protests and started fighting more strongly against the Nationalists. The attacks were brutal and guerilla warfare tactics were being introduced by Zedong and the communists and started defeating the Nationalists at each battle. Eventually, tactics had been changed by the Nationalists and they had driven the communists into the mountains, called The Long March, where many Chinese communists had died. The Communist party had found a base in the Northern Province of Zhangshi China.


On July 7th, 1937, fighting began between China and Japan. A full scale invasion had begun. The Japanese had overtaken Beijing China in a matter of days. The World War for China had just begun. Japan had started taking men and placing them in large pits together as they killed their families. For three days and nights, Japan had burned the city. The Nationalists troops fought hard against the Japanese but had to retreat. Chiang Kai-Shek and his wife sent a message to the world asking for help against the Japanese while they were being overwhelmed. In 1938, the Japanese had invaded Nanking (The Rape of Nanking) China and had taken all of Chiang Kai-Sheks power bases.

Millions had fled China an a massive exodus where the went to the Sichuan and the Yunnan province. Mao, while in the Yunnan province, studied new tactics and showed them to anyone who came into here. The women of China were sent throughout the country to work and the communists had begun building a strong appeal with the people. The Japanese continued to bombard and fragment the communist party until in 1942, the United States declared war on Japan.

This is what we have learned so far and I am thoroughly entertained at what is going on in this documentary and intrigued into learning more and hopefully seeing all of this documentary.

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Machismo Action Films Here and Gone and Back Again

Machismo Action Films Here and Gone and Back Again

I remember lying on the living room floor as a child, watching movies with my stepfather such as: Conan, Rocky, Rambo, Die Hard, and Kickboxer.  These were what my mother would call mindless macho movies or the machismo action film as defined by me later on. This was the era during the 80’s and 90’s where action films introduced stars such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis, and Jean-Claude Van Damme. In the 80’s and 90’s most action films were filled with sword fights, brutal punches, huge explosions, and martial arts. These actors have many blockbuster hits that total in the billions of dollars, but also come with the price of box-office failures.

Eventually, the action stars began to move into politics, obscurity, and straight to DVD releases. Some of them remained moderately successful in a movie every once in a while. During this time, it gave rise to the new era of action stars such as Jason Statham, Jet Li, and Dwayne Johnson. These newer films may have some similarities to the era previously, but they were not as big or as outrageous. The new action films have begun to be bogged down with CGI effects that take away that sense of realism on screen, even as extreme the action may have been the era previously.

So as the new action stars took their places in their respective blockbuster hits such as Crank, The Rundown, Clash of the Titans, or Inception. The nostalgia of the past slowly began to rear its head with sequels to previous hits of the 80’s and began having success once again in movie theaters.

This is in no way taking anything away from the current era of action films. This is just the realization that action films of our past become something we miss and wish to see again. The idea is this; in order to remain relevant, the action stars of the past must learn to adapt and I will discuss the rise, fall, and possible return of the machismo action film.

Arnold Schwarzenegger was an Austrian body builder and Olympiad prior to coming to America and achieving success as an action star. His first film was a 1969 film called Hercules in New York. His accent was still so bad that they had to dub his voice with another actor. His first blockbuster success came in 1982 though with the film, Conan the Barbarian, in which he plays the titular role of Conan from a series of pulp comics created by Robert E. Howard. Once he finished this film, he moved onto the sequel of Conan the Destroyer along with the indie film, The Terminator.

In this film, he plays a machine sent in time to kill a woman named Sarah Conner because her unborn child will lead humanity to a rebellion against the machines. Arnold would then move onto making several other huge blockbusters like the sequel to The Terminator, CommandoPredator, Total Recall, and True Lies. In total, Arnold’s films worldwide have earned over $3.6 billion.

Sylvester Stallone’s success came after he wrote and starred in the 1976 film Rocky. The film is about a Philadelphia Southpaw boxer who has the chance to fight against the world heavyweight-boxing champion, Apollo Creed. The film garnered Stallone three Academy Award nominations, and the film itself had a total of ten nominations and won three. Stallone ended up following up the success of Rocky with its sequel, this time he not only wrote the script, he took directing duties as well. The film was not a critical success, but it was a blockbuster once again.

Stallone then moved on to another critical and box-office hit with First Blood. Stallone stars as a post-Vietnam war veteran John Rambo, who is harassed by a small town sheriff and ends up hunting the sheriff. With the success of two separate series, Sylvester Stallone would capitalize on these series by starring in several sequels for both Rocky and Rambo. Each of the sequels were less critical but still made large amounts of money in theaters. Over the years, he had other very successful hits with films such as Lock-Up, Tango and Cash, and Demolition Man. Sylvester Stallones films have a combined worldwide total of $1.8 billion.

Bruce Willis was an actor who at first, no one knew how big an action star he would become. While starring in a sitcom with Cybil Shepherd named Moonlighting, he was cast in Die Hard, as John McClane, a cop from New York, visiting his estranged wife in L.A as terrorists attacks where she works. The film shot Willis into blockbuster and action hero stardom. He had additional sequels in the Die Hard series, which were all successful as well. Willis became more of a diverse actor, straying a bit more away from action films than some of the other action heroes, but he did play action roles every once in a while. Some roles he starred in like 12 Monkeys with Brad Pitt, or a Psychologist in The Sixth Sense.

His additional action success was as the character Harry Stamper, in the film Armageddon, where he plays a deep-sea oil driller who is asked to save the world from an asteroid heading straight for Earth. At the time, it was the largest grossing film of 1998. Bruce Willis had more ups and downs than most, but he also took more diverse roles than other stars prior to him. His films have a worldwide earning of $2.9 billion.

The Muscle from Brussels, otherwise known as Jean-Claude Van Damme, came out of nowhere, just like his jumping roundhouse kick. He had starred in bit parts before his starring role in Bloodsport. In Bloodsport, Van Damme plays the title role of the fictional yet somewhat true story of Frank Dux. Dux fights in a tournament in which martial artists are secretly invited to every five years.

It was a moderate success, but it was the martial arts skill of Van Damme that helped project him to stardom. Jean-Claude had many hits directly after his first starring role like Cyborg, Kickboxer, Double Impact, Universal Soldier, and Timecop to name a few. He has stayed more cautiously close to the roles he started as that made him a success. He has earned $1.7 billion in the box-office.

Even though there is billions of dollars earned from each of these actors, there are still times when the films they starred in became box-office blunders. Making a choice to try and diversify yourself can help you, or hinder you. On the other side, staying to close to what you know can affect the outcome as well. It’s difficult to understand if it was because of the times changing, poor choices of films, or personal issues. It is all of these things, just not all at once.

Arnold Schwarzenegger’s stardom began to wane a bit in the mid 90’s after starring in Last Action Hero. The films production was cut so close to the release date that no additional cuts were made to the film prior to its release. The film was also slotted to go up against Jurassic Park on the following weekend of its release. Other films that slouched in the box office were Eraser, Jingle All the Way, and Batman & Robin. It was after this point that his box office earning became less than spectacular. He made several additional films after wards including a sequel to Terminator 2. After Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines he was nominated as the Govenor of California.

Sylvester Stallones career had its ups and down. He made the sequel Rocky V, which was a disappointment along with comedies such as Oscar and Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot. Other films that became a failure were The Specialist, Assassins, and Daylight. His films were not much of a success for the star as they once were and he had become more of a secondary character or villain in other films. His like was becoming one of obscurity for a time.

Bruce Willis had always had taken chances with his roles and he had a few disappointments as well with some films like The Whole Nine Yards, its sequel, The Whole Ten Yards, The Jackal, Mercury Rising. He had begun taking on guest appearances on Friends and doing other docu-parodies or mockumentaries.

Jean-Claude Van Dammes weakness became his need for illegal substances. He had an addiction to cocaine which led to many fallouts with his now ex-wife and other production problems on films. He starred in the 1994 film Street Fighter as the character Guile, which goes on the hunt for M. Bison, played by the late Raul Julia. The film was failing in the box office, along with some of his other releases like Sudden Death, The Quest, Maximum Risk, Double Team, Knock Off, and the sequel to Universal Soldier. All further film releases of Van Dammes were direct to video.

In the late 90’s, some new types of action stars began showing up, they were more visceral and in your face, utilizing computer generated, or smarter action stories. Jason Statham is one star that began his rise after starring in Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels. His role as the character name Bacon, showed him to the public and he moved on quickly into other roles, including action martial arts films. He starred in the film called The One along side rising martial artist and actor Jet Li, as a man on the chase for a parallel universe version of Jet Li’s character. He then moved on to films and series such as Transporter, Crank, The Bank Job.

Speaking of Jet Li, he had been on the Hong Kong martial arts action film scene for many years before being discovered and cast in the fourth sequel to the Lethal Weapon series. He has had great success since then with other American action films like Romeo Must Die, Kiss of the Dragon, and Unleashed.

Dwayne Johnson is another more current action star, more in the vein of muscle bound characters like Schwarzenegger, but trying to diversify himself like Bruce Willis does. He was cast in the sequel to The Mummy after many years being an actor in the wrestling ring. He then has moved on to making other action films like the spin-off film The Scorpion King. He has had success in both comedic and action roles for several years now which does not look like he is slowing down.

New action films seem to keep coming out in a large abundances and nostalgia sometimes creeps up behind us as we find ourselves wondering where did our stars of the past go. With that idea, Sylvester Stallone took a chance in trying to revitalize his own career with a sequel to not only Rocky, but Rambo as well. With the release of Rocky Balboa, it presented a softer and older Rocky, dealing with his life as it slows down from all the hysterics of his past. The film was made with a modest budget and became a decent success. The same became of the Rambo sequel. Except this time, it was the opposite. Rambo was trying to hide from the world and was pulled in to help out people who could not save themselves.

These films helped jumpstart the idea of a return to the machismo action films. Which for actors like Bruce Willis, allowed him to find a place and success again in the Die Hard franchise, along with the beginning of a new series of films named Red, where he plays a retired FBI agent that has been blacklisted and people are sent to kill him.  He has also recently starred opposite a younger actor by the name of Joseph Gordon-Levitt, in the film named Looper. The film is the story of an assassin who kills people from the future for a living but has a contract end date coming up.

With the success of Stallone and Willis, Jean-Claude Van Damme and Arnold Schwarzenegger were bound to have their own comeback as well. Van Damme starred in a Belgian funded film titled JCVD. A fictional story about himself where he is in need of money to help provide for his daughter and is caught up in a bank robbery and is being blamed for it as a hostage situation is going on.

Schwarzenegger served his term as the governor of California and towards the end of his term; he did a cameo in the film The Expendables that starred not only Sylvester Stallone, but also Jason Statham, and Jet Li. It also has a small cameo by Bruce Willis as well. In the sequel, both Schwarzenegger and Willis were members of the cast, along side the Muscle from Brussels, Jean-Claude Van Damme.

Everything tends to come full circle one way or another. People make remakes, sequels, or tell the same story, but in a different setting. We desire these things, some less or more than others, but we do try and have them. Our movie stars are no exception. Yes, they are only getting older, but if you could see someone run one more time, have one more homerun, one last bite of an amazing meal, wouldn’t you want that? If done properly, utilizing both the old and new and bring them both together, this is how we can share the action film genre with both an older generation, and newer ones.



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Zhang Yimou and Two Contrasting Pictures

hero-jet-li01-748138Zhang Yimou is by far one of the best directors I have ever seen. I love his films, more-so his wu-xia films like Hero, House of Flying Daggers, and Curse of the Golden Flower. Each have a place in heart, especially Hero. I have bought Hero 4 different times, twice on DVD and twice on Blu-Ray. The times I purchased it on Blu-Ray was accidental because I got confused between Fearless and Hero, both starring Jet Li.1829_1_large

Today, I am going to talk about 2 of his films. First will be about Hero and the second film is his most recent film, Flowers of War, two completely contrasting films. Zhang Yimou typically places his films in ancient China, like Hero. Yet in Flowers of War, the setting is 1937 Nanking China with a war happening between China and Japan. I am going to analyze Hero first and then move on to Flowers of War.1829_13_large

In Hero, a film produced in 2002, the basis is that of a nameless man has slain three assassins that had previously attempted to kill the king of Qin. Nameless was given the privilege of sitting closer to the king as he recollects the stories of his triumph over the assassins. These assassins names are Long Sky, Flying Snow, and Broken Sword. Each of the stories nameless recounts goes into a flashback and during that time, it changes the colors dynamically. With one strong suited color with each story. You have Red, Blue, Green, White, and Black dominating each part of the film.1829_10

The movie plays itself like a painting that is in the motion of being made. This is the Mise en scene. Everything is building itself into something that dominates the screen. At first its establishing nameless and his stories. As those stories are played out, it builds on the strength of each character, each set, and each fight being painted like the calligraphy in the “red” story. There is multiple sets in a typical Mise-en-scene setting, but the whole film feels like it is its own set of palette colors and brushes.1829_8

The cinematography, done by Christopher Doyle, is so beautiful, it is the number 1 reason I will always buy this movie. The way that it is shot with many epic shots yet having an up and close feeling with the stories being told gives so much for a person to process. The addition of an action director, not Yimou, directing the fight choreography helps in a big way. It allows Yimou to focus on the storytelling and not having to worry so much about each fight scene being plotted out.The-Flowers-of-war-wallpaper-overallsite

For Flowers of War, Yimou takes a much different approach than he ever has before. The setting is in a very tangible time, no longer ancient. It also has a grounded sense to it with the piece of history of war between both Japan and China. It follows the character of John Miller (Christian Bale) who is a mortician sent to bury the head father of a convent of schoolgirls. He is then in turn trapped and placed with a decision of protecting lives of innocent girls and that of not-so-innocent

The Mise-en-scen shows a very war torn China who seems to be losing the battle against Japan. Everything surrounding the cathedral is rubble and the girls are being sent to “perform” for Japanese soldier due to their success in capturing Nanking.chineseflowerswar

The cinematography has its moments of greatness and close-ups, but you can tell that it is a different group of people working of Flowers versus Hero. It is a brutal and contrastingly different statement then that of a feuding warlord and a man protecting innocent children.Ziyang Yimou

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Amelie is Salut Beaute (Cinematography essay)

Amelie is a film that takes you on a journey through the life of the title character and the way the cinematography displays it on film is a joyous spectacle. Each shot is beautifully rendered and pulls you into the scene almost literally with the way it establishes the perspective of Amelie, the framing of each shot, and the speed in motion of each scene. The film is an amazing journey and the cinematography helps pull you into Amelie’s life as she goes on this journey to help others and eventually, herself.

The perspective of Amelie in cinematography is typically seen from a medium shot and sets up a move into a close up, tracking, or panning shots depending on what the director Jean-Pierre Jeunet and cinematographer Bruno Delbonnel wants you to follow. Most shots place the character or object within the frame, establish the shot, and then move the camera fast or slow into the character or object.

Another perspective shot carried on through many moments in the film is the overhead shot. The overhead shot usually does not begin with a character in frame. It begins to show the scene and tracks to where a character or moment in the film is moving. One of these scenes is of where it has an overhead shot of water and then slowly moves to show Amelie skipping rocks on the water we were just looking at.

At the beginning of Amelie, the framing of the shots are more about the single characters and zooming in to the respective characters as it establishes their likes and dislikes. Later on, as the story is moving forward, the framing changes and plays out like most typical movies with the establishing character to the left or right, and introducing a secondary character. It then plays off and centers each character in frame and swaps back and forth during conversation. There are several group shots where parts of the story has multiple characters in it to show others listening or in being a part of the conversation.

Some of the most intriguing framing is when the shots are set low and don’t show the characters until they start to walk into the low frame of the camera. Another way a low shot is built on, is after showing one character moving into frame, it tracks to the left or right and slowly moves and shows another character interacting with something in the scene.

With both the perspective and framing of the shots, what makes this film different from others, is the speed of motion at which a shot is played at. Some scenes zoom in very quickly, not giving you a chance to really take in the background, but to focus on the character itself. In another moment, it shows the scene and slowly moves around so that you take in all the objects that might be cluttered in the beautiful Parisian setting. It gives the feeling of a playground, or something that feels innocent and wonderful.

The cinematography in Amelie is amazing. The shots give off so much emotion that it feels like it has a life of its own. It takes many things like perspective, framing, and the speed of motion to make a film like this move like the wind, or like a casual walk through a park. These pieces are only a small portion of what it takes for a film to have a high regard in cinematography. I feel like a child when watching this moving, albeit a grown up one.

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Green is the Color of Love (Mise-en-scene essay)

Color drives us all. Sometimes it can sooth us and other times it can stress us out. With Amelie, color is a major character for the Mise-en-scene in this film. There are other pieces that are fundamental to to what is in the scene like the settings of a film, the lighting of each set or character, or the acting of each character. Each of these things helps represent the film and tell the tale of what it is about.

There are several settings represented in Amelie. In the beginning and shown randomly throughout is Amelie’s house where she grew up. A rather cluttered home that seems simple, small, and organized. The house is where Amelie is homeschooled by her mother for a time and then later on, the place that her father resides after retiring. Some of the focus is shown to be the area outside of the house where Amelie’s father has created a shrine for his deceased wife, which looks a bit like a sandcastle, but with a gnome on top of it.

The next setting is that of Amelie’s apartment that is rather red in its decorum and simplified yet filled with different objects such as her ingredients for food, vases, her plants outside on the balcony, and pillows strewn across her couch. The bathroom in her apartment has baby blue and perhaps a yellow tile to it that pulls a nice contrast from the entire red surrounding the rest of her place.

The last setting I will talk about is that of the Two-Windmills Café, the place that Amelie works. A fairly sized place that is a café, a bar, and a smoke stand. Many pieces of the stories and characters are brought here or come into the café throughout the film. It has this softness about it that keep s it from feeling cluttered like many of the other places in the film.

The lighting of Amelie is very wonderfully done in this film and gives off this softness of yellows and greens throughout and makes it feel like a painting. There is a lot of High Key lighting in the entire film that enables you to see everything that is going on. Most of the indoor shots utilize a Three Point lighting that is what gives us an amazing amount of color separation from the characters and objects in the background. I believe that the lighting and the type of colored lenses used in this film is what helps to give off a feeling of calmness and of innocence.

With the acting in all of the characters, each feels to be a character with many quirky attributes that allows the film to move smoothly from one scene to the next. The film began with showing Amelie as a child doing little things that kids would do; like making cut-out figures, putting glue on and pulling it off her hand, and putting raspberries on their fingers and acting with them and then eating them.  You have a neurotic mother and father who each have their likes and dislikes; A woman who can’t get over her deceased husband leaving her for another woman; A jealous ex-boyfriend who sits in the bar and records things he could be jealous of; A man who collects the thrown away torn photos of other people from photo booths. All of these characters are just many of the quirky actions each of the people in Amelie’s life keeps her life spinning.

This is just the first layer of surface to the multi-layered film of Amelie. There are so many multiple pieces that establish Mise-en-scene that goes far beyond the minor explanation of settings, lighting, and acting. The film itself is carried out with excellent precision of all people involved that include the director Jean-Pierre Jeunet, production designer Aline Bonetto, and art direction by Volker Schafer. It is a fulfilling world seen through the eyes of a young and innocent woman.

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