Title Design – Juno

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Titles are the part of a movie which always tends us to press the forward button. But Juno’s is an exceptional case where one seems reluctant to use the same button. You will not even realize that you are watching the whole title of the movie unless and until it’s finished and the movie start to roll.

Juno is a Canadian-American comedy-drama film directed by Jason Reitman and written by Diablo Cody. The story is about the life of a teenager penned by the actress Page and the occurrence of events following an unplanned pregnancy. Juno won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay and earned three other Oscar nominations, including Best Picture and Best Actress for Page.

The title design was done in a promisingly creative manner. The sequence is an amalgamation of live action and animation. Along with the tiles, it also shows the life of a teenager and the surroundings where she grew up. One will get the overview of her life and on the same hand it evokes curiosity as to know where is she heading to.

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Title scene introducing Juno

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It is clear that this story is about a teenager and whatever that happened in her life. But the way they showed is what that makes it interesting and the interest remains through the whole movie. Also, they have paid attention to all the details possible in the sequence.

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Juno’s neighborhood shown during the title  sequence

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The soundtrack played during the title sequence helps to portray Juno’s character in a big way. It was quite a journey they took us while they were showing titles; we travelled through Juno’s neighbourhood to the convenience store where she takes her pregnancy test. Even the typography was an admirable work, which looked all handmade and was done in a balanced and creative way.

An immense amount of work has been put into the sequence to make it is for sure. It is such an admirable work by Smith & Lee for the movie Juno.

References

http://smithleedesign.com/juno/

http://www.watchthetitles.com/articles/0069-Juno

 

Production Design – The Great Gatsby

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The Great Gatsby is a 2013 Australian-America 3D drama film based on F. Scott Fitzgerald‘s 1925 novel. This film narrates the story of a millionaire Jay Gatsby and his neighbor Nick. The story takes it turn after their encounter at the party organised by Gatsby at his mansion.

The story is happening during the roaring twenties.  Baz Luhrmann’s direction is appreciable; he has shown how the 20’s life in New York looked like. The movie is definitely a feast to the eyes. For Jay Gatsby’s mansion they used the college building of The International College of Management, Sydney. The interior of the mansion is something commendable, especially on the day of party. The loud rich colors used throughout made the party sequence perfect. The house next to the mansion was the right one to one’s imagination, in which Nick lives.

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Jay Gatsby’s Mansion

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Even the costume has been taken care of very efficiently. The film portrayed the 20’s look very well. Though the costume wasn’t as authentic as it should be, it is slightly a modern version of 1920’s.

Through his designs, the director took us to an entirely different era, the 20’s. The important fact about the movie is that it is visually appealing in every way possible. They have also showed the making of railway tracks just like the 20’s when it started building. Also you get to see the vehicles, luxury cars of that time in which the Jay Gatsby and Tom drives.

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Jay Gatsby’s car

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They have also tried to show how will the place of a middle class person’s looks like through the scene in which Tom goes to meet his mistress Myrtle Wilson who is a wife of workshop man.

 

Sound Design – Titanic

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Released in 1997, Titanic is an epic romantic disaster film directed, written, co-produced, co-edited and partly financed by James Cameron. It was nominated for fourteen Academy awards one among was for the best original song. Titanic was the highest-grossing film of all time worldwide in 1998 until Avatar which was again a James Cameron’s film. Known for its sound design, it is a fictional account of the sinking of the RMS Titanic ship.

The movie starts with a clip showing people saying goodbyes to their dear ones who are waving goodbyes from the ship, titanic. All of them are excited and happy. The song playing in the background takes you to their world; suddenly you will feel like you miss someone. You will be surrounded with a nostalgic feel and some good old memories.

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People bidding goodbyes right after the ship Titanic takes off

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Even the technical sound in the scene in which equipment are used to explore the shattered titanic under the sea was precise and gave the whole feeling of excitement as if some hidden treasures are going to be explored from inside.

The music from the era 1910 has been played so beautifully in the scene where Jack takes Rose to the party of second class people like Jack after the fine dinner he was invited by Rose’s fiancé.

Even the chaos which followed the hitting of the iceberg and the sinking of the ship is also well edited. You can feel the tensions arising among the passengers.

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Ship breaks into two half after hitting the iceberg

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The sound designing can be considered as divided into two- mechanical and emotional. The emotional side of it is much stronger than mechanical. The background sound throughout the movie fills you with anxiety, surprise, nostalgia, wonder, happiness, sad (by the end) and of course love. The background sound of every part of the movie just adds on with the scene and makes it the best for your senses. Titanic is a brilliant example for a well done sound editing.

References

http://filmsound.org/studiosound/pp_titanic.html

http://designingsound.org/2009/07/gary-rydstrom-special-titanic/

 

 

Editing design – The Dark Knight Rises

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Directed by Christopher Nolan, The Dark Knight Rises is a super hero movie written by Christopher Nolan himself with his brother Jonathan Nolan and the story is done by David.S.Goyer. It is a well edited movie.

The opening scene of the Movie is a stunt scene in the CIA flight. The scene shows the huge flight and it is shot above some mountains and for the stunt scene that happens inside the flight they clearly used the studio to shoot. They have brilliantly put together both the scenes, that it is really hard to understand the difference.

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The starting scene – flight stunt scene

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The stunt scene after the stock exchange robbery is the introduction scene for batman. All the street lights goes off to enhance the feel of Batman’s entry. Cameras are positioned in different and interesting angles through which the viewers are provided the entire view on what’s happening on the scene.

Batman has a plane, ‘bat’ in this movie. It is not animated but the vehicle doesn’t fly on its own. Trucks were used to make it move which were erased later from the scene.

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Batman’s plane, the bat

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The scene in which the bomb explodes is another brilliant shot in this movie. They animated the bomb exploding in all over the Gotham city. The scene in the Football ground where it explodes and the whole ground is destroyed, you can see the inside of it. They have achieved something hard and showcased a great editing skills.

The prison that is shown in the movie is said to be a location in Rajasthan. It is yet another remarkable scene in this movie. With the help of editing they have showed how hard it to escape from a place like that is. It showed the viewer’s how depressing the place is.

References

http://jerrygarrett.wordpress.com/2012/07/22/how-the-aerial-stunt-was-filmed-in-dark-knight-rises/

http://www.hollywood.com/news/movies/45414399/the-dark-knight-rises-5-behind-the-scenes-details-that-prove-it-s-a-stunt-movie-classic/