Thursday, February 25, 2010


Last week at school we had movie week, which was an opportunity to view up to 6 movies that were photography related. It was a nice chance to take a break from all of our projects and enjoy some tasty treats! The three movies I chose to watch were O' Brother, Where Art Thou?, One Hour Photo and Pecker and I really loved all three of them!

I had seen O' Brother, Where Art Thou? before but years ago and didn't remember much about it. Before we watched the movie we watched a short documentary about how the movie was made. It is so interesting how they are able to shoot straight clean film and then post process it afterwards to give it that old looking feel. I never knew this was possible because before I never really thought anything about how movies are made. It totally makes so much sense that they go through similar post processing and editing techniques as photography because obviously it is not shot the way we view them, but it never crossed my mind how it was done... and now I know! Not all movies go through the same editing processes, like this one was shot, then digitally scanned and then put back onto film to be viewed. Not every movie goes through this for the special effect but they all must go through some kind of editing process and I give props to whoever' s job that is because that is A LOT of frames to go through!!! Having seen this movie the first time and then watching the documentary about the way they edited it before I watched it the second time I felt that I noticed a lot more in the movie the second time around and I also had a lot more appreciation for the technical side of things. Story wise, I also really enjoyed the movie! It had a cute but hilarious story line and amazing actors!
I'd give it at least 4 stars****!

The second movie I watched was One Hour Photo and wow what an interesting but slightly, no wait veryyy creepy movie! But, I wouldn't doubt there are actually people in photo labs who are just like that! It really opens our eyes up to realize we really aren't the only ones who see our photos and it is scary what other people can do! I'm totally not saying I think every lab goes through our photos but think about it people, somewhere in this world it has got to be happening!!! Before this movie we also watched a short documentary about how they shot this movie. They explained how they used different lenses for different feels in the different kinds of scenes, just like photography. They used wide angle lenses when the main character was working in the lab, this made the room look large and gave the feeling he was comfortable in there. They used telephoto lenses to make the main character look small when he was out in public and he didn't really stand out from anyone else when he was feeling alone. Just like the other movie I never thought about these things, I didn't know they could use different lenses when filming movies but now that I know it makes so much sense. I even noticed it while watching the movie and could tell the difference between lenses when I never have before when watching any movies. The coolest thing about this movie was watching actual color processing being done, I have never seen that before and it was really awesome! Beside all of the creepy things, I really enjoyed this movie as well!

And last but not least I watched Pecker! All I can say is STRANGE! But don't get me wrong it was a great movie and I actually enjoyed it, but it was just really different than the other two movies I had already watched and every other movie in general! We didn't watch any documentary about how this movie was made before, but even after watching the first two movies and paying attention to what was going on in them, I payed more attention to the technical part of this movie as well when I watched it. There wasn't anything super special about the technical part of this movie, but this movie was based more on photography and actually taking pictures of people! The main character in the movie was actually a photographer and the story was about how people noticed his photos and he became famous, but with all the fame and fortune he ruined his family and friends lives! Now I wish that could happen to me... minus the family ruining part! How amazing would it be to actually have some famous person notice your photos and make you famous for them! I can tell you now it is probably something that never happens, but I guess we can always dream! I think my favorite thing about the movie was how real Pecker was! He took pictures of anything and I mean ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING... and he was never afraid to admit when he was wrong. He admitted he didn't always have proper shutter speeds and sharp pictures, but that didn't matter! All Pecker cared about at first was taking pictures because that was what he loved to do! I think the biggest thing I got from this movie is that I want to be more like Pecker! To be able to take pictures of everything and go beyond my boundaries and what other people think, to let myself go and just be like him! All I have to do is try!!!