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The Social Network

For me, The Social Network is a film that I can always look at and be amazed at how it was filmed, edited, and scored. It is not just a film about Facebook like many people think. In fact, the story is very dramatized and diverts from what actually happened to these people in real life. David Fincher wanted to make a film about greed, power and corruption, so he used the Facebook story as an inspiration and a backdrop. Yes it was a controversial film because of its misinterpretation of the truth, but the important thing to remember is that he was not trying to make a total reproduction of past events. His aim was not to make a typical college life film, which is why this film appears so dark in nature. This “darkness” is achieved by the lighting and musical score.

The particular scene I chose to examine the lighting used in the film takes place inside of a club in San Francisco. Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenburg) and Sean Parker (Justin Timberlake) are conversing together about how Facebook can grow even more, and about how Mark shouldn’t settle for anything. Parker wants to push Mark further and further towards monetary success, but more importantly he wants to show him how Mark can potentially revolutionize an industry. Parker was of course the guy who founded Napster and revolutionized the music industry by weakening record companies. He influences Mark in ways that Mark doesn’t even realize, and he pushes him farther and farther away from the partnership he began with Eduardo Saverin, Mark’s best friend. In this way, Parker is displayed as a sinister force in this film. He drives Mark to leave Eduardo behind, and he manipulates him every chance he gets. The scene in the club had to have been lit by external lighting sources and could not have relied solely on the lights inside the club. Both Zuckerberg and Parker are very dimly lit in this scene, but the light playing off Parker’s face makes him look evil and conniving. Lit any other way and this scene would not have had the dramatic effect it achieves. Parker manipulates Zuckerberg in this scene, and the light and shadows on Mark’s face also reflect how is soul and character are being corrupted by Sean Parker.

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The Misgivings of a Disorder

So this film is the first and only short film that I’ve made. It was created back in the Spring of 2010 in Danny’s intro to video class. Basically my partner and I came up with a pretty simple idea to make a comedy. We didn’t realize though how difficult making a comedy as your first film could be. The story of this film is this: This guy Matt is diagnosed with ADD. The film goes through different scenes of him doing something or talking to someone, and then all of a sudden having his ADD take effect in different over dramatic situations. My partner thought that his friend would be perfect for the role, and it turned out that he did a pretty good job. However, our other “actors” didn’t turn out so well, especially the guy that Matt attacks at the very end of the film. The story mainly just focuses around Matt and his struggle with ADD, though we decided to take a comical approach to it because we both thought that this disorder can be rather humorous at times. I think that we made this film with the absence of a central theme, and it made it even harder to convey a theme considering our film ended rather abruptly. We had an idea for how to wrap up the film at the end, with his girlfriend calling him back and him apologizing and talking to her, and then at the very end for him to be distracted by one last thing. We basically ran out of time though because of the availability of our actors. We shot this film pretty much in one afternoon which didn’t leave us a lot of time to do anything else with it. Our main actor was going to be unavailable for us to use in the future, so we just had to go with what we had. The film could’ve been much better, but we ran into some pretty difficult obstacles, specifically the availability of our main actor. It was extremely rushed at the end and it didn’t end how we wanted it too. I wasn’t too proud of this film, but it was our first effort and the only film I have to show for this blog. Our film does follow a three act structure, and we really didn’t have to put a lot of thought into that. It has a very quick beginning where we set the scene and introduce the character as well as the conflict. The middle of the film shows him continuing to struggle with his ADD problem. The only act that is sort of messed up is the end because it doesn’t provide much closure and it doesn’t really wrap anything up. But like I said, we were forced to go with what we had. If