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ICONOGRAPHY OF VAMPIRE FILMS: Nesferatu: This movie has a few vampire iconographies. We get a sense
ICONOGRAPHY OF VAMPIRE FILMS: Nesferatu: This movie has a few vampire iconographies. We get a sense
ICONOGRAPHY OF VAMPIRE FILMS: Nesferatu: This movie has a few vampire iconographies. We get a sense

ICONOGRAPHY OF VAMPIRE FILMS:

Nesferatu:

This movie has a few vampire iconographies. We get a sense of horror when we see a shadow, with long creepy fingers walking slowly towards the room. Where there is a female victim. Women are often represented in vampire films as those who need saving, a damsel in distress, and that is exactly what we see about the girl. She is wearing a white night gown indicating she's about to sleep. It also shows her vulnerability and the white suggest innocence.

Dracula:

The vampire iconography used in this film is violence as shown by the war. When we see the opening of the clip, we see a cross being covered by dark fog, this gave us a sense that it was a vampire movie because we vampires are usually vulnerable when they see a cross. Furthermore we see that the women who is Dracula's wife is represented as a weak, love-sick woman due to the fact that she can't live without her husband as shown by the way she kills herself because she was given the impression that Dracula died in the war.

MOVIE ANALYSIS:

SEVEN The first visual we see is a dull book being turned over. This automatically gives the audience a sense of mystery. However as soon as we see the razor we find that it is not mysterious but it is scary. We see more mystery as we see more of this trailer as we see an unknown set of fingers. The person is cutting his skin with the razor. The mystery if this being that we don't know who this person is or why he is cutting himself with the razor.

The sense of mystery and horror continues as we only continue to see flashes of the unknown character doing random things, for instance writing a letter. However it did not seem that he was writing a letter, more like a book. The fact that he was threading pieces of paper together made me believe that he is writing a book. The director is probably intended for the audience to be convinced he is writing a book to indicate that the character is an isolated person.

Throughout the opening of the movie, the soundtrack and the abstract colors also made an impact on the audience. The music had been very diegetic to show suspense, tension and horror. The abstract colors also showed us that this film was not going to have a nice and happy opening but rather open in a bad note. Which in my belief the director intended for us to read in order to ask all these question as to what the character doing?, what is going to

happen next?, etc

The reason the director chose to use such a mysterious opening is to

.. draw the audience and make them stay to watch the rest of the movie.

CHILDREN OF MAN:

When the movie starts we don’t get a visual. Instead we see a blank screen. However we do

hear a news report. As soon as we I heard the news report, I understand the purpose of the

blank visual. The news report was to report a homicide and it was a way to show some respect of some sort. Where that is usually done by silence, we needed to know hear the report so a blank screen was the best way to do it. This kind of thing would not have been done should it have been someone else, however the death was of the youngest person. This automatically gave me a sense of what the movie was about; the reason why the title is

called “children of man”: humanity is becoming extinct. Therefore everyone is extremely

upset that the youngest child has been killed.

Main characters of all movies stand out in one way or another. This is how I guessed the main character was. The scene where we hear the news report is at a coffee shop. People are gathered around the TV with sad expressions. This is when a man- whom I guess the main character is- comes in and buys a copy. He only glances at the TV, differentiating himself from everyone else. My other reason as to why I guess he is the main character is because of the fact that the camera follows him. My guess is that the director intended for us to find out that he is the main character by this action.

The main character has said one or two words, which where to order his coffee, however we found out a great deal about him from when he leaves the coffee shop. When he exits he walks a bit and stops as he finds something to put his coffee on. He takes out a bottle of - what we assume is alcohol- and puts a bit in his coffee. This and his postures and his costume tell us that he is a very unhappy person. His costume is very dull, no bright colours. His posture is unprofessional despite his profession which is yet to be told, however we know that it is a well paid job. These are all the things we could tell about his character without any words about himself.

THREE COLORS BLUE:

In class we have watched the French film three colors blue and discussed in pairs the importance of the opening scene and how much information you can get off just the start of the movie.

I think the most important shot in the opening scene is the part when they show the car break leaking, immediately telling us the story line is of the car crashing however the question being which character survives?

The shot where the car stops determines which actor/actress plays who. the man who stretches when he gets out of the car being the father and the women who calls for the child is the mother, and finally the child who runs out of the as soon as the car pulls over is the daughter. We establish the name of the child, who's name is the first word spoken. From what i gathered the girls name is Diana. As I said before we hear the mother saying the little girls name however we don't see her.

The screen time at the right beginning of the movie shows us that the car going through the highway. This could imply that the passengers of the car are bored. My suspicion was confirmed when we see the shot of the girl in the car with an extremely bored and tired expression on her face. An even more exact example would be when the girl yawned.

I personally believe that sound and picture is both very important. However you could tell so much from just the sound. An example of this would be the start of the movie when the car is driving through the highway. If you haven't had watched it you would have assumed it was a plane on a runway. You can hear things so much clearly if you just focused on the sound and not the picture.

WOMEN’S REPRESENTATION IN VAMPIRE FILMS:

Women are represented differently in vampire films, whether they are week or strong, antagonist, protagonist. Vampire the new movie vampire academy that is coming out February 14, we have two different types of representations.

The picture to the right shows one of the female leads, Rose Hathaway. She is not the stereotypical female lead who wears pretty dresses and is helpless. She is the complete opposite. In the picture you can see that she is wearing dark clothing and is holding a sharp stake, which looks like she is about to stab someone with it. She is represented as strong, independent women who can handle herself in fight as shown by the stake.

The shot where the car stops determines which actor/actress plays who. the man who stretches when
The shot where the car stops determines which actor/actress plays who. the man who stretches when

The other female lead in Vampire academy is Vasilissa “Lissa” Dragomir. Who is

Rose’s best friend in the movie and is also a vampire princess. In the picture she is

wearing a dress and has straight posture. This makes her look very girly. Her facial expression is very soft and shows she is friendly. Overall the image just shows the contrast between her and Rose.

By Resenting Lissa as a helpless women and Rose as a strong and capable woman, the director of the movie, Mark Waters, wanted to show contrast between them so that they stand out in different ways.

VAMPIRE ICONOGRAPHY

  • Red Blood

  • Pale Skin

  • Bites

  • Teeth

  • Bite marks

  • Sucks/Drinks blood

  • Night

  • Time

  • Forest

  • Graveyard

  • Bats

  • Burn in daylight

  • Coffins

  • Churches

  • Dark

  • Garlic

  • Cross

  • Holy water

  • Invincible

  • Immortal

  • Strange behaviours

  • Alone

  • Speed

  • Fangs

  • Supernatural

Directors Research:

David Slade

David Aldrin Slade (born 26 September 1969) is a very well known British Film director. He has 3 very well known films such as:

Twilight Saga- Eclipse 30 Days Of Night Hard Candy.

Directors Research: David Slade David Aldrin Slade (born 26 September 1969) is a very well knownBreaking Bad, Awake, Hannibal, and Crossbones. It was also announced last year in May that David Slade will be directing The Widow , a "psychological thriller which is about a young woman who befriends a lonely widow only to discover that their encounter was not a coincidence. " id="pdf-obj-4-14" src="pdf-obj-4-14.jpg">

Slade is not only known for directing movies, but he also directs music videos, short fims and TV shows like

It was also announced last year in May that David Slade will be directing The Widow, a "psychological thriller which is about a young woman who befriends a lonely widow only to discover that their encounter was not a coincidence.