Citizen Kane Videos Research & Analysis

Notes:

Orson Welles interview on Citizen Kane

There was an effort to stop the film during shooting

Studio politics effected who owned the film & whether or not it would be made

Meant to be a social document

He got that big kind of contract because he didn’t want to make a film

Greg Toland wanted to work with Orsen Welles

He believed that anything he could dream a camera could do, he could do & was unaware that there were things that he couldn’t do

He doesn’t regret making a great movie so early because he felt it was the only time he could do it

Kane was a version of himself that is “Everything that he is not, the good & bad”

Docudrama RKO 281

He didn’t care about the money, he cared about film & theater

Herman J. Mankiewicz was a washed up writer & alcoholic

Hearst feels his life was sabotaged by Orson Welles’ film (Citizen Kane)

The Battle over Citizen Kane

Orson Welles was full of ego as people saw him as unique

Media controlled mostly everything in the movie industry

Citizen Kane (or his film) considered greatest “Talking picture ever made”

The movie was almost destroyed

William Hearst was a fan of theater & entertainment & got everything he wanted when he was young. As he was flunking Harvard, he started writing newspapers. He would create situations to see how people would react then write about it. He made a name for himself as a great reporter & writer.

Orson Welles made Hearst look fierce

Controversy benefited Welles but it didn’t when encountering Hearst

Welles didn’t have a childhood

Orson Welles was dealing with a lot for his first film

He abused, yelled, screamed at people during theater

4 men attacked him one night outside the theater

Welles grew in popularity making him wealthy

He poured his income into his stage plays

Welles exuded so much power & security

He’d eat a lot & hated himself because he wanted his plays to be better & his audience to have great reactions

Welles made single most important play of Shakespeare

Hearst’s ambitions were for the white house

People were killing each other to sell their newspaper

Welles did radio & adjusted lines & order for radio work. (only live news was radio). Orson staged an alien mass abduction on the radio

The radio Alien Broadcast got some backlash but was overall good for Welles giving him jobs at Hollywood

Hearst’s popular reputation was plummeting as he became older (he was past his prime)

Hearst could make any paper he wanted

Citizen Kane didn’t win all of the awards during the first times it was showed

Show Analysis: Daredevil

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Daredevil Summary:

Daredevil follows the life of Matthew Murdock who got into a car crash at a young age causing him to lose his eyesight, but also enhancing his other senses due to the toxic acids that were spilled on the ground. The show follows him as an adult now well trained with his powers & fighting ability, working with his best friend Foggy Nelson as part of a small law firm “Nelson & Murdock”. They try to find more clients through a police friend who gives them the latest news on criminal cases around Hell’s Kitchen. He gives them the latest intel on a very recent murder case. This leads to them going to the police station to try to get the alleged murderer as a first client named Karen Page. When they meet with her she claims that she didn’t kill him & that there is some shady business going on at her work. Noticing the consistency of her heartbeat, Matthew concludes that she is telling the truth & says that he believes her, leading him to invite her to his house for safety. Later at Matthew’s house, he asked her if there is anything that she may still have that could make her a target to whoever is framing her & she denies it. Listening to her heartbeat, Matt knows she is lying. Karen decides to sneak out to her apartment to grab a flash drive but Matt hears her & follows her in his black suit. When she gets into her apartment & grabs the flash drive, she is predictably attacked as someone was waiting for her in her apartment. Matt then comes out & attacks the man & defeats him choking him unconscious. This makes Matt realize how dangerous the situation is. One night as Matt listens to the city, he hears a child being kidnapped & goes to rescue him. The interaction happens off camera as it ends when he hears the kid at the end of an episode, & starts with him beat up in a dumpster in the next episode. After some kid sees Matt in the dumpster, he calls his nurse neighbor named Claire Temple & she takes him into her home. Claire examines his body to find many injuries, including his pupils not dialating. Claire patches him up as much as she can while Matt explains that the kidnappers were waiting for him & he was jumped while trying to save the kid. While telling her all of this, he hears & smells a man checking all of the rooms, asking if they saw any suspicious activity. Knowing that it’s actually one of the men who jumped him, he hides until he makes his way down the stairs & Matt drops a fire extinguisher on the guys head, knocking him unconscious. They interogate this man on the roof, & find out that he is Russian, & he tells them where the kidnapped boy is. Matt then rushes to the location, fighting everyone until he saves the boy. A few days later another murder case happens & Matt suspects that the killer could connect him to the source of the shady business. he goes out at night to find & interrogate him. After doing this, the guy tells him that the man at the top of the shady business is named Wilson Fisk, the most powerful mob boss in Hell’s Kitchen who has connections to drug companies Russian cargo, lawyers, & crooked investors. After telling him this, He kills himself, sticking a metal rod through his own face.

Throughout this time, we start to see how life is for Wilson Fisk. We see him visit an art gallery run by a woman named Vanessa Marianna who shows Fisk around the place. Fisk becomes very fond of her & asks her out on a date which she agrees to. The date goes well until a few of Fisks Russian cargo people show up, telling him that a man in a mask has been beating up their men & freeing people from the cargo. Not wanting to be interupted, this upsets Fisk but he remains calm & ends his date to have his assistant bring a limo around the back for them. Fisk’s assistant brings him to a closed location near a bridge. Confused, the Russian asks what is going on. Fisk then angrily opens the door from the outside, beating the Russian up telling him that he embarrassed him in front of Vanessa. The Russian tries to fight back but it ultimately ends in Fisk crushing his head repeatedly in between the car door.

The next day one of Fisk’s lawyers goes to visit Nelson & Murdock as Karen is claiming to have a case against the company she worked for (who is working for Fisk.). Fisk’s lawyer tries to make a deal with them telling them that if they keep quiet that they’ll be clients for them, paying them enough to afford their office as they are near bankrupt competing with larger companies. They agree to these terms. Meanwhile, throughout Matt’s attempts to get closer to Wilson Fisk, he finds it difficult to balance his life as Matthew Murdock & Daredevil as he also has to keep it a secret from his friends. He has many encounters with Wilson Fisk’s men almost dying multiple times. One of these times, he came close to hurting Fisk, cutting into his suit only to find that it was heavily padded with thick protective material. Luckily, he got away by jumping out of a window into the water. When he gets back to his house he is exhausted & passes out on the floor. That night Foggy also went to Matt’s to check up on him only to find him in his black suit passed out covered in deep cuts & large bruises. This confuses & upsets Foggy, making him demand answers when Matt wakes up. Matt tells him that he feels the only way to stop what’s happening is to do what he does at night. Naturally, Foggy disagrees. He reminds him that he believes the right way for things to be solved is use of the law. Foggy then threatens to call Karen & tell her everything because he feels she has a right to know. But not wanting her to get involved, he refrains. The argument ends in Foggy leaving the “Nelson & Murdock” Law firm & leaving Matt’s house. Meanwhile, Karen is at the bulletin wanting to investigate the case herself she meets a man named Ben Urich, a tough investigative journalist working for the New York Bulletin. She gets information on locations where secret possibly illegal biding is going on & she decides to go to the location without his knowledge. When she goes to the location, she brings a notebook to draw the faces of people making buds until Ben sits behind her & tells her to stop.

During the flashbacks, it shows Matt’s young life fresh from his injury & his struggle to control his

Character Analysis

Matthew Murdock:

At the beginning of season 1, Matthew seems to have everything under control. His life as a lawyer is just getting started & he’s saving people at night without anyone knowing about his double life.

Wilson Fisk:

Wilson Fisk is the main antagonist of the series.

Foggy Nelson:

Karen Page:

Review:

Session 5 Production Project

Self Portrait
Self Portrait” by Billy Wilson Photography is marked with CC BY-NC 2.0.

SUMMARY

Role

Sound

Intention (SMART Goal)

By May 10th as part of team 4, I will show evidence of Recorded ADR &/or Sound Effects in Premiere Pro or WeVideo by following the instructions in WeVideo 15 Adding Sound Effects

PRE-PRODUCTION – INQUIRY

Leader(s) in the Field / Exemplary Work(s)

Ben Burtt

Ben Burtt is known for is Sound designer works in Wall-E, Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, & Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith. When making sounds in his earlier work, he would use more natural sounds, blending “found sounds” to create the effects. For example for lightsabers, he would use a film director idling combined with a feedback from a broken TV set, and the blaster effect started with the sound from hitting a guy-wire on a radio tower with a hammer. Burtt was known to also put the “Willhelm Scream” in his works.

Project Timeline

  1. Pre-planning: April 22nd
  2. Script: April 25th
  3. Rehearsal & other film setup nonsense: April 27
  4. Filming: May 3rd
  5. Editing: May 6th
  6. Slideshow: May 10th

PRODUCTION – ACTION

The (FILM, SOUND, or GAME Creation)

Skills Commentary

For this session I was the sound designer. my job was to record audio during filming & include dub-overs for shots that needed it. I was able to record the audio & save it before I got covid & wasn’t able to put it into the film.

POST-PRODUCTION – REFLECTION

21st Century Skills

Ways of Thinking (Creativity, Innovation, Critical Thinking, Problem Solving)

Ways of Working (Communication & Collaboration

Communicated through text when people were gone with covid.

Tools for Working (Info & Media Literacy)

Ways of Living in the World (Life & Career)

Reactions to the Final Version

Jupiter: “Some scenes were a little quiet”

Brie: “Some cuts were unorganized”

Josie: “The opening shot was good”

Robbie: “Some shots could’ve been slightly trimmed.”

Self-Evaluation of Final Version

Simple: Log line was simple & easy to understand without giving too much of the plot

Unexpected:

What I Learned and Problems I Solved

Grammar and Spelling

Editor

S.W.A.T movie scene breakdown

Reason of scene choice

I chose this scene because our film is going for the same feel of a cop show. Scenes such as answering the phone & possible sneaking around the back to surprise the criminal will be similar to our film.

Notes

CueNotes
Answering Phones
-Focusing on person slightly further back, phone ringing, camera focuses on phone up closer instead, then focus on person answering phone again
-When phone is in pocket, have camera pointed towards pocket then then follow hand when it is picked up & answered
-Wide shot of people having lunch, cuts to low shot facing person w/ ringing phone
-Over shoulder, looking down shot at phone ringing

Guy has Idea to get in house scene
– Slow zoom in on face of person who has idea
– Cuts to what the idea is

Summary

Doing multiple types of shots with the phone ringing, it’s important that the focus is on the phone that is ringing. The camera should be focused mostly on the phone. When one of the main characters has an Idea, the camera should be on his/her face & should slowly zoom in for a second.

Andrew Stanton Storytelling

CueNotes
1. Storytelling is joke telling. The build up is the story but the ending is the joke
2. The story should make you care
3. stories should fundamentally make a promise that it’s gonna lead up to something
4. Storytelling without dialogue is the most cinematic of all storytelling
5. Make the audience put things together (unifying theory of 2+2, don’t give them 4)
6. Good stories are inevitable but not predictable
7. Good characters have a goal that they are striving for, even if they don’t know what it is. These goals could make them make not great decisions
8. Stories have guidelines, not hard fast rules
9. Always running through a well told story
10. Invoking wonder
11. Use what you know, express values you personally feel at your core
CueNotes
1. Storytelling is joke telling. The build up is the story but the ending is the joke
2. The story should make you care
3. stories should fundamentally make a promise that it’s gonna lead up to something
4. Storytelling without dialogue is the most cinematic of all storytelling
5. Make the audience put things together (unifying theory of 2+2, don’t give them 4)
6. Good stories are inevitable but not predictable
7. Good characters have a goal that they are striving for, even if they don’t know what it is. These goals could make them make not great decisions
8. Stories have guidelines, not hard fast rules
9. Always running through a well told story
10. Invoking wonder
11. Use what you know, express values you personally feel at your core
SummaryStories should be like telling a good joke. it should have build-up with a promise of getting to the punchline or good ending. It should also make you care for the characters. The characters should have depth & a goal they strive for. This could also be accomplished without dialogue. When done correctly, it is the most cinematic of all types of storytelling. it’s also important to not over-explain things & let your audience piece things together (they are smart). Stories are best when you’re using what you know at your core.

Production Project Session 4

Film
Film” by adpowers is marked with CC BY 2.0.

SUMMARY

Role

Screenwriter

Intention (SMART Goal)

By March 2nd as part of Team X in Film, I will how to write with tone by looking at The Visual Story by Bruce Block, I will have been able to put this in the film by the end of session 4.

PRE-PRODUCTION – INQUIRY

Leader(s) in the Field / Exemplary Work(s)

Sylvester Stallone:

Sylvester Stallone is well known for writing & acting in the Rocky movies. He prepared to make these films by watching boxing matches such as the Muhammad Ali & Chuck Wepner championship match. The match motivated him to write the film Rocky. He also may have gotten inspiration from the boxers Rocky Marciano and Joe Frazier. The original script had a darker tone.

Training Source(s)

The Visual Story by Bruce Block

Affinity- Coincidence Contrast Non-Coincidence
Coincidence showing the person as to be good. Non-Coincidence don’t show them EX: Person with back turned is a bad guy.
People look at the brightest area of the frame.
Color isn’t tone
Brighten important objects, blur or darken un-important object

Project Timeline

Proposed Budget

Nada

PRODUCTION – ACTION

The (FILM, SOUND, or GAME Creation)

Skills Commentary

POST-PRODUCTION – REFLECTION

21st Century Skills

Ways of Thinking (Creativity, Innovation, Critical Thinking, Problem Solving)

When working with my team, I contributed as an observer & actor. I did whatever they needed me to do, asking some questions along the way.

Ways of Working (Communication & Collaboration)

Contributed with acting & doing whatever my team needed me to do.

Tools for Working (Info & Media Literacy)

My peers

Ways of Living in the World (Life & Career)

Observing a group & contributing anyway that I can in this group will help me when seeking a job that requires me to be in teams.

Reactions to the Final Version

“Laughing cheering applause Roses swooning” -Class

“Fast cut shots took away the suspense of the scenes.” -The Writer guy

Self-Evaluation of Final Version

What I Learned and Problems I Solved

while observing, I learned that lighting is very important for scenes. I don’t fully understand it but the film looked good so I’ll have to do a bit of research if I’m in charge of lighting for future films.

Grammar and Spelling

On point

Editor

Visual Story Structure Research

movie
“movie” by van Ort is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0

Seven Visual Story Components

CueNotes
 Space:
Affinity- limited Contrast- deep
 Line and Shape:
Affinity- Straight Contrast- Curved
 Tone:
Affinity- Coincidence Contrast Non-Coincidence
Coincidence showing the person as to be good. Non-Coincidence don’t show them EX: Person with back turned is a bad guy.
People look at the brightest area of the frame.
Color isn’t tone
Brighten important objects, blur or darken un-important object
 Color:
Affinity- Desaturated Contrast- Saturated
 Movement:
Affinity- horizontal contrast diagonal
 Rhythm:
Affinity- slow Contrast- Fast
  

Summary

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