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10 Directors who has directed Romantic Comedy based films.

Director of the Romantic Comedy film, ‘Our Family Wedding’ Rick Famuyiwa. Rick Famuyiwa is a Hollywood writer and film director, he has directed films such as ‘Talk to me’, ‘Brown Sugar’ and the romantic comedy ‘Our Family Wedding’. In the film ‘Our Family Wedding’. Rick Famuyiwa uses camera shots from one person to another when talking in a clip from ‘Our Family Wedding’, for example (Below). Which is a shot reverse shot. The setting is a restaurant, which means that the audience can familiarise themselves with the setting that the characters are in, this is an element that gives the audience a feeling of identification and will keep the audience intrigued.

This technique shows the audiences reactions or feelings from each character in the scene, however this technique wouldn’t be necessary in our opening sequence because this technique works well with arguments and feuds, as it is important to capture each and every characters facial expressions. However this wouldn’t be so important in our opening sequence.

2. Director of the Romantic Comedy film, ‘Valentine’s Day’ Garry Marshall. Garry Marshall is an American film director he also specialises in radio and television producing. He’s directed films such as ‘New Years Eve’ and ‘Pretty Woman’. Marshall uses camera shots that get a clear view of the characters faces, he uses close up shots frequently along with mid shots, these close up two shots that Garry Marshall has used in the film ‘Valentine’s Day’ (Below). There is a strong relationship between the characters. They immediately show the audience that they both have a lot of chemistry with one another. Within the mise-en-scene there is a lot of slowly paced editing that shows a brightly coloured setting, due to the sharp colours within the background and the clear focus upon the two characters faces, especially as the background is in less focus than the two figures. There is a sense of verisimilitude; this will create closeness from the audience to the characters as it shows them a feeling of reality.

These shots would be necessary to use within our opening sequence because it gets a clear shot of the two characters faces, so when Mitchell and Paige realise they have swapped bodies, it would be an interesting camera shot to use as it would capture the facial expressions and reactions immediately and together.

3. Director of the Romantic Comedy film, ‘He’s Just Not That Into You’ Ken Kwapis. Ken Kwapis in an American film and television director, he also specializes in screenwriting. Kwapis has directed films such as ‘Sesame Street Presents Follow That Bird’ and ‘The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants’. He uses techniques such as panning in the film ‘He’s Just Not That Into You’ for instance the camera follows the man as he walks from left to right, which is called a tracking shot (Below). There is a strong element of comedy within this film, I feel as though the characters help represent this due to there role that is also seen as a large comical element for the film. Within the mise-en-scene the editing of the footage seems quite bright and the colours of the footage are subtle and neutral.

This technique would be useful in our opening sequence as it shows the audience the movements of the character, especially due to the fact that we have a lot of scene change, then by panning and following the characters movement it can help transition from scene to scene. It also helps introduce the audience to the surroundings within the film.

4. Director of the Romantic Comedy film, ‘Music and Lyrics’ Marc Lawrence. Is an American film producer and director, he also specialises in screenwriting. He has directed films such as ‘Two Weeks Notice’ and ‘Did You Hear About the Morgans?’ Lawrence uses music as a big technique within the film ‘Music and Lyrics’ this is due to the main context of the film. There are elaborate gestures within these shots, the woman is in the centre of the frame and slowly walks away, and this represents a feeling of neglect especially due to the fact that the other character in the shot has his ears covered by headphones. This scene was filmed at a mid shot and the camera transitions are panning, to show the woman walking away.

However the music being played is Diegetic, as the characters in the clip is playing the music from their own source, although it acts as background music for the audience. Therefore the technique of Diegetic music is unnecessary however Non Diegetic music will be used in our opening sequence.

5. Director of the Romantic Comedy film, ‘When In Rome’ Mark Steven Johnson. Mark Steven Johnson is an American film writer, director and producer. He has directed films such as ‘Daredevil’ and ‘Ghost Rider’. Mark Steven Johnson uses camera shots which transition into another, for example there is a mid shot that turns into a close up shot (Below). Within the mise-en-scene there is a large element of composition, in the first image we can see that the man hanging upside down is in the centre of the shot, the two book shelves are acting almost as a border or a frame, I feel as this will help the audiences main focal point be towards the man in the middle.

This technique is expedient when wanting to focus upon the characters facial expression as well as giving the audience an indication of the setting that the character is in. We will use this technique in our opening sequence because it will give the audience important information such as the location and the feelings of the certain characters.

6. Director of the Romantic Comedy film, ’10 Things I Hate About You’ Gil Junger. Gil Junger is an American film director for ‘Touchstone Pictures’ He has directed films such as ‘8 Simple Rules’ and ‘Less Than Perfect’. Junger uses the camera shots and techniques of tracking in and out in parts of the film ’10 Things I Hate About You’ (Below). There are specific details within the mise-en-scene in this clip, for instance the closeness of the two figures as they walk almost in synchronisation help convey the compositional structures within this shot that are conveying the relationship between the two characters.

Gil Junger has used the camera technique of tracking backwards as the characters walk forwards, almost as if the camera is moving backwards in sync with the characters movement to emphasise upon the travelling of the two figures in the shot, to show the transition from location to location. This technique will be used in our opening sequence due to the fact that our film involves a lot of scene change and movement of the two main characters.

7. Director of the Romantic Comedy film, ‘Confessions of a Shopaholic’ P.J. Hogan. P.J. Hogan is an Australian film director, he also specialises in writing in the film and television industry. Hogan has directed films such as ‘Muriel’s Wedding’ and ‘My Best friend’s Wedding’. He uses filming techniques in the film ‘Confessions of a Shopaholic’ such as having a busy background full of people, with two characters in the foreground that encourages the audience to focus upon the two characters nearest the cameral, for example (Below). Within the mise-en-scene there are sounds that are in this shot that are from the muttering and talking of the people in the background, this portrays the fact that they are in a room full of many people however the focus is just on them, due to the composition within this shot. The two characters that the audience are focused on are front facing towards the camera, this emphasises upon the fact that these characters that are important to the narrative.

This technique will be useful in our opening sequence because there are two main characters that we’d like the audience to focus on and I feel that this camera technique will encourage them to do so.

8. Director of the Romantic Comedy film, ‘Knocked up’ Judd Apatow. Judd Apatow is an American film producer, director and a screenwriter. He has directed films such as ‘The 40 Year Old Virgin’ and ‘I Am Harry Potter’. Apatow uses camera techniques such as jumping from one camera angle to another without any transitions. For instance (Below). Within the mise-en-scene there is a large compositional element within this shot, the two figures on the bed are placed in a way that shows the relation between the two characters, they are sitting in different angles however still looking at one another, it gives the audience the sense that these to characters are quite close as they don’t feel as though they have to address eachother with their full amount of attention. Whereas if the characters weren’t as close to one another, in terms of friendship, then the characters would be placed in more of a civilised way.

This technique helps portray the characters feelings and emotions towards the context or dialogue that is present within the clip. In the images above we can see the first part of the clip was a two shot, therefore this gives the audience the chance to analyse the location of the shot and to become familiar with the two characters within the scene, the camera shot then jumps to the figure on the right in the first shot, we can then focus our attention towards her facial expression which can then create an overall demeanour of the scene and the characters. This particular use of camera shots will be used in our opening sequence as it gives the audience certain information such as location and feelings without physically having to say them.

9. Director of the Romantic Comedy film, ‘No Strings Attached’ Ivan Reitman. Ivan Reitman was born in Czechoslovakia and is a Canadian film producer and director; he is also the owner of ‘The Montecito Picture Company’, which was founded in the year 2000. He has directed films such as ‘Ghostbusters’ and ‘My Super Ex-Girlfriend’. Reitman uses camera angles as a useful way to focus the attention towards the particular characters that are using dialogue in that particular scene. For instance he uses mid shots with transitions into close up shots (Below). The close up shot help initiate the relation between the two characters in the shot, it shows the audience that both of these characters are involved within the particular context of the narrative at this part of the film.

This particular camera shot will be useful within our opening sequence as it creates a main focus towards a particular character, therefore if there is a scene within our film that requires the main focus then this camera shot will be used.

10. Director of the Romantic Comedy film, ‘The Break Up’ Peyton Reed. Peyton Reed is an American television and film director. He has directed films such as ‘Bring It On’ and ‘Yes Man’. Reed uses high, low and mid angle shots to show certain parts of the setting and characters that are particularly suitable for each scene, these images represent this (Below). Within the mise-en-scene the use of sound is minimal, however this is suitable for the location in which this scene is set in. The audience would be aware that a Gallery isn’t a place where people socialise and become noisy. Therefore the sound of the characters shoes on the hard floor has an impact, on the quiet location in which they are in.

In the first image above we can see that the camera is at an extreme high angle shot, this enables the audience to be able to see the location in which that particular scene is set in and which characters are present. In the second image above it is captured at a mid shot angle, this allows the viewers to see the scene from an angle in which the characters would view it, this gives a sense of realism and a feel of what the characters themselves can actually see. In our opening sequence there will be no need to use a high angle shot such as this one because there isn’t an extreme importance to show the surroundings as much as this shot, however mid shot angles will be used.