Maybe they grabbed the wrong costumes? For the photo for this assignment, I put a couple of odd balls in a scene where they do not belong. They look like naturals though, I don’t even think they noticed. The assignment was to put something in a movie scene that was totally out of place. I have been waiting all semester to use something from LOTR, so I knew now I have my chance. I just grabbed a couple other random photos of people, watched Return of the King in 8x till I found a good scene, and put them in to the scene. I lightened them and did a few other things to make them blend. I didn’t realize how wide a suit of armor makes a guard till I tried to cover him with a guard wearing just clothes.
I was searching through the assignment bank looking for ways to incorporate my character, Merrill Shale. When I found this one, I considered how I might make a video of an animal talking go along with an old Western gambler, and the answer came straight to me… If you aren’t with me yet, we are not on the same wavelength: dogs playing poker. Or in this case, dog losing poker and complaining about it. So… I went in search. I aimed to find a dog barking video that looked had a dog that looked like one in one of those paintings, and I found a St Bernard. I recorded some audio, muted the dog track, and put them together. Then, I put Kenny Rogers in the background because it fits.
This assignment used the same basic idea as one I did last week. The emphasis here, though, was to show the age progression in the character and not just highlight some of his interesting roles. I chose Leonardo Dicaprio as the focus for this assignment since he has such long film history and most of his roles were big enough to make getting good footage easier. I tried to use his best roles, but many of them were left out as I found that I wanted to use the clips themselves to tell a story inside the story, inception story style, fitting for the subject. I start with Leo getting your attention, an interview with him as a young man talking about his Oscar prospects, and them move though his career. I tried to make the clips flow with one another; I move from his anguish over his mother’s death in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape to his own anguish and death in Romeo and Juliet. Then, he is on the titanic talking about waking up and not knowing here he will end up, then he is on a plane in Catch me if you Can. In the inception clip, he is talking about wondering how “we” get here, then I cut to the climactic end clips of Wolf of Wall Street and Reverent. After that, he is giving his Oscar (or maybe it was the Golden Globes but he did win an Oscar) acceptance speech for Revenant where he is talking about the story of the journey in Revenant, but I frame it like he is talking about his life and career. In each of the clips, where possible, I tried to cut on his face or really near to it so that his age progression is noticeable. Also, in the sections where the camera spends a long time focused on someone other than Leo, I use a blur filter to make it clear the importance of his face. Also, to make it smooth, the only place I fused two scenes facing him together, I used one of the movie maker transitions to make it not choppy.