Welcome to Scribd, the world's digital library. Read, publish, and share books and documents. See more
Download
Standard view
Full view
of .
Look up keyword
Like this
2Activity
0 of .
Results for:
No results containing your search query
P. 1
Mummy Opening with notes to screenshot 18

Mummy Opening with notes to screenshot 18

Ratings: (0)|Views: 395|Likes:
Published by Julie Thrasher
The opening shows the Studio who has backed the film and has a financial stake in it!s success. There are several Big Studios - Can you think of them? The fact that this comes from Universal suggests that this might be a Blockbuster - knowing when it has been released and who is in it will also help with this. Certainly, coming from Universal there will have been plenty of money available to make the film. Discussing the companies that invest in, produce and distribute texts is called, in Media Stu
The opening shows the Studio who has backed the film and has a financial stake in it!s success. There are several Big Studios - Can you think of them? The fact that this comes from Universal suggests that this might be a Blockbuster - knowing when it has been released and who is in it will also help with this. Certainly, coming from Universal there will have been plenty of money available to make the film. Discussing the companies that invest in, produce and distribute texts is called, in Media Stu

More info:

Published by: Julie Thrasher on Mar 04, 2011
Copyright:Attribution Non-commercial

Availability:

Read on Scribd mobile: iPhone, iPad and Android.
download as PDF, TXT or read online from Scribd
See more
See less

03/04/2011

pdf

text

original

 
The opening shows the Studio who has backed the film and has a financialstake in it
!
s success. There are several Big Studios - Can you think of them?The fact that this comes from Universal suggests that this might be aBlockbuster - knowing when it has been released and who is in it will alsohelp with this. Certainly, coming from Universal there will have been plenty ofmoney available to make the film.Discussing the companies that invest in, produce and distribute texts iscalled, in Media Studies, the discussion of
Institution
and we
!
ll talk a lotabout this throughout the course.There is a
graphic match
between the Universal logo and the sun whichoffers a seamless slide into the film world. The sun is very bright and the hotcolours have strong
connotations
of heat, passion and sun - there is also alink between the orangey colours and sand/deserts and of course, with a titlelike “The Mummy” it
!
s a bit of a giveaway that this is the desert.In addition, the Pyramids clearly set this in Egypt. This kind of securing of animage to a particular meaning is called
"
anchorage
!
. At this moment, wehave no idea if this is modern Egypt or an Egypt of the past.As the camera
tracks
down the Sphinx we can see construction is takingplace. This indicates the setting in TIME for this part of the film. It is worthremembering that when we talk about TV and Film
Setting
- we mean
TIMEand PLACE
.We can see people actually working on the
"
scaffolding
!
and we assume, asthe audience, that these are slaves. Where do we get that idea from?
The camera has tracked down the Sphinx and across a street, showing lots ofdepth in the background. This is intended to show us that this city (which theNarrator tells us in
voiceover
is Thebes) is thriving - it
!
s a large metropolis andvisualises for us an Egypt alive with people. This helps the audience as we aremore used to seeing the pyramids and Egypt as a dead civilisation - full of ruins,tombs and archeological artefacts.The market square we see above has been filled with people and the
diegetic
 part of the
soundtrack
gives us chatter and dogs barking - all part of creating asense of a
"
real
"
world. The set has been created using
models
(for the buildings)and
greenscreen
techniques (for the people).
In this sequence we are introduced to Pharaoh Seti I - the
high key lighting
continues and the
non-diegetic
sound introduces him using a
motif
(a sound sequence that indicates his presence on screen (orhis impending arrival). This is done frequently in Action Adventure films - such as James Bond, the IndianaJones films and Pirates of the Caribbean.We can see how important he is by looking carefully at the
Mise-en-scene
- his body language and facialexpression (he looks haughty and whips his horses mercilessly) - and the costume backs this up; he iswearing a gold helmet and his horses have golden blinkers and armour. As gold is such a precious metal,we can be sure this is a rich man. The
voiceover anchors
this by introducing Pharaoh. We also use ourknowledge of the
connotations
of colour, without thinking about it, and realise that Gold equals orindicates wealth and power.
In this scene, the camera
pans
around Imhotep, a key character introduced by the narrator. The camera works in
close up
for a large portion of this section, focusing onImhotep because, afterall, he is the mummy of the title. He is
"
Keeper of the Dead
!
and as such, the
mise-en-scene
reflects this by using
low key
lighting and by ensuring hiscostume is dark. He is wearing a gold necklace which
connotes
wealth and power (just as with Pharaoh). In the background we see many buildings which connotes a hugecity and we can see the Sphinx and a pyramid which links this location with the one we first saw.The
Foley track
is used to enhance the sounds of soldiers exercising in the square below. This would be sound added in the editing process and highlights the sheernumbers of soldiers present. Although it is added in post, it is still
diegetic
as it provides clarity to an element of sound from the film world - this is the purpose of the
FoleyTrack
. The
low-key
light helps with this as the dark allows for figures that are not rendered in as much detail as they might need to be if they were in full light and/or in theforeground. The soldiers have been animated using complex
CGI techniques
developed by ILM (Industrial Light & Magic). This is all about introducing a second keycharacter - of which there are three in this segment in the film. Notice how the male characters are introduced first.
 
In this shot, the camera
tracks
backwards, preceding Anuck-su-Namun. This enable us to see theroom revealed in reverse. She uses
direct address
(looking directly at the camera) which isalmost never done - it
!
s called
"
Breaking the fourth wall
!
- as it can make the viewer realise weare watching something constructed and not real when an actor looks straight at the camera and,in some cases, even talks to the audience.The
mise-en-scene
is key in this sequence - the room and furnishing, even the priests that line theroom are covered in gold. This
connotes
wealth and power as before. Her costume is painted onand this allows for the smudging by Imhotep to provide the
disruption
. There is also a sexy andsensuous
connotation
to her costume and this is mirrored in the fact that she has two lovers - thePharaoh and Imhotep.
The rows of priests standing silently by indicate how important ASN is - sheis the concubine (girlfriend) of the Pharaoh (although these priests belong toImhotep). She is sacred and as the narrator tells us, she is not to be touchedby any other man. This is an important part of the story line -
the narrativerequires a disruption to de-stabilise the status quo
- a story is, after all,about a series of events that are usually triggered by something that upsetsthe normal order of things. (This is from
TODOROV
!
s theory about
narrative
.)In this sequence, surrounded by opulence and wealth
connoted
by thedecor and extravagance indicated by gold, we see the relationship betweenImhotep and ASN. The main way this is communicated to the audience isthrough body language. They are frequently seen very close to each otherand ASN uses the hand gesture (shown above) to symbolise their love forone another, reinforcing the no touching rule by
"
waving
!
her hand acrossand around Imhotep
!
s face. This is more chaste and yet more sensitive andsensuous - it
connotes
a deeper relationship than one just based on sexwhich is interesting (and ironic) when you consider they do not touch here.
By this stage, they are touching and the camera begins to track into a
close up
 and then to an
extreme close up
- this makes the audience focus in on the detailthat the director wants them/you to as there are no distractions in the background.The
non-diegetic
sound (which is mainly the music and the aspect that creates(or contributes the most towards creating) atmosphere) is
parallel
until the nextshot where a minor key is introduced (making it
contrapuntal
) which indicates achange in the mood - why has the mood changed? The audience will knowsomething is about to happen so the music is being used as an indicator ofmeaning just as much as costume, lighting, camera movements etc
In this sequence, in line with the change in tone of the sound from
parallel
to
contrapuntal
, the camera continues to move in to an
extreme close up
. This means that the audience cannot view anything else on the screen and shows how important the directorsees this scene - he has chosen not to allow the audience to be distracted by anything else as background details are largelyexcluded in an
ECU
.The music increasingly becomes off-key (in a minor key for those who are musical) and this, plus the extremely close focus, makesthe audience focus on the moment where Imhotep smudges ASN
!
s make-up. In terms of the
narrative
, this is a crucial moment andthe sound, camera movement and make-up all work together to highlight this importance to the audience. After all, the smudgedmake-up is what the Pharaoh spots that confirms his suspicions that ASN is unfaithful and swiftly leads to Imhotep being mummified- with the movie being called
"
The Mummy
!
this is obviously a crucial turing point - the
disruption
in the
narrative
as we havepreviously discussed.
As the Pharaoh arrives, his musical
motif
sounds and the tone of the music is regal, with the atmosphere beinginsistent and powerful. The sound is being used as a key indicator of meaning. The bowing priests
connote
 Pharaoh
!
s power and reinforce what we have been told by the narrator about him. The narrator is
anchoring
 the meaning - making it clear to the audience how the signs on the screen should be read.His body language is also interesting - he holds his head up very high and appears to look down his nose ateveryone which is another indicator of his character and power. He asks in
"
Egyptian
!
“What are you doinghere?” which shows us that he is already suspicious - these are not his priests but Imhotep
!
s and he wants toknow why they
!
re in his rooms. Here
dialogue
is being used to forward the
narrative
.

You're Reading a Free Preview

Download
scribd
/*********** DO NOT ALTER ANYTHING BELOW THIS LINE ! ************/ var s_code=s.t();if(s_code)document.write(s_code)//-->