Charlie and the chocolate factory

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The next actor is Freddie Highmore. He plays the character of Charlie bucket. To me he is more like a character actor. A character actor is an actor that can become character that he is playing. He is still a young actor so I am not sure that he put a peace of himself into his role. He is a good actor I have seen him in some other movie that he did great in. one I have seen is the spider wick chronical. Both movies are on the fanciful side and I have not seen enough of his movies to really classify what type of actor he is.
For the third one I chose in this movie is Helena Bonham carter. She plays the character Mrs. Bucket. In this movie she does not have that big of a role but she does it well. I would put her as a wild card because of the different types of character I have seen her play. Several ranges but it does seem that she dose like to play in movies that are on the fantasy side like harry potter, Alice in wonderland, as well as this one Charlie and the chocolate factory.




why is sound important in movies?



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For this week’s blog I am going to talk about sound. There are three basic category of sound. You have dialog or narration, then there’s music, and last there’s sound effects. I looked in different places for the best way to describe what each means. I did find one. It’s from so I don’t mess it up I will use their words.






  • narration;  while the camera can act as a narrator as equally as any other film concept or technique, oftentimes, a film will use a traditional narrator, usually a character involved in the action of the narrative.  Voice/over (v/o) is a term reserved specifically for dialogue that is presented without the person speaking visible.
  • Word choice and semantics.   just as in any literary work that takes advantage of narration, a film reading pay close attention to the words themselves as words (denotation and connotation)
  • Words can have symbolic or poetic meanings as well based on how they sound.  In the English language, the word “rough” has a sort of rough sound to it, while something like “boing” has a playful, onomatopoetic value to it.
  • Dialogue can have a subtext that alters the denotation.  (Consider how some new lovers can talk about the most mundane and innocent matters, and actually be referring to their romance.)
  • Cinematographic effects such as slow-motion, fade outs, etc. can be used in an aural capacity as well.





  • Consider formal and theoretical properties of music as music (tempo, rhythm/pace, tenor, key, pitch, volume).
  • Lyrics that are part of the music can work like dialogue.
  • Ambient music generally refers to the types of music we would expect given the tone and context of the scene.  Romantic music makes sense in a French restaurant, even if we do not see the band or orchestra performing.
  • Instrumentation often can provide symbolic meanings based on the types of sounds and the arrangements.
  • Often music can supplement the meanings of the action provided by the visual information.  Consider music that coincides perfectly in synch with action; cartoons do this in a playful sort of way with a technique called mickey-moussing.  Consider also music that slightly foreshadows or slightly shadows an action revealed through the visual information.  Between and among scenes in sequences and among intercut scenes in parallel editing, music can “bridge” the theme of the narrative form one part to the next.  A recurring musical piece, in fact, is called a motif.
  • Pay special attention to how the apparent meanings from music can actually work in ironic counterpoint to the meanings provided by visual information.





·    Noise, All those sound elements that do not fit in either category of music or dialogue fit into this catch all category.

·   Sound effects are more specific and patterned than music, but less specific and patterned than dialogue.  So, a bell ring can be as literal as spoken dialogue (“hey, wake up–it’s time to get to work.”) and more tactful and perhaps interesting, while being more literal than the suggestion offered by a complementary musical presentation.

·    Sound effects can have a musical quality, and so can carry the strengths of music.



So I am going to use the movie Tangled. Watch Tangled Online – Find Full Length Movie and Trailers, I chose a cartoon because I think it harder to do the sound than a normal movie. In a regular you have the characters do the talking in a cartoon the characters are animated and you have to match the part of the movie with the voices of the people that are playing the part of the animated characters.

For starter you have the voices of the characters, they talk and sing as well, so that is the start of the music. You then have music throughout the movie. In this movie you have the conversations of the people, you have also had a narrator of and on in the movie especially in the begging to fill in the pre story of where they plan to start. The director also has to fit in all the sound effects as well. In this movie if you do not have all the different parts of the sound in this movie you would have no movie? The voice over is much needed then you have the sound effects. You need though so you can have the feel of what you are watching. The only one you could get away with not using is the singing of the character. That is only really needed in musicals. The main genre is animation then its fantasy. You have to watch it and have the whole effect to see what genre it is. I think it all depends on the movie if you should have expected or unexpected sounds. With this one you need a little bit of both to make the movie as good as it is.

So let’s look at it like this. Say you take all the sounds effects out you leave the talking and had just the music. You would not know the wind is blowing unless you can really see it. If you are watching the part with him getting hit with the frying pan you would not see how hard he gets hit. That for me would cause a big problem. I would not be able to get in to. it would not be worth watching.,8599,2033166,00.html  is the reason I chose to write about tangled. It reminds me of a paper I had to write about the princess complex, and how I felt about it. It caught my attention again and made me think how it would be to use this movie in an assignment.




lighting on the movie underworld

For my second blog I chose to write on the lighting on my chosen film. I will explain the type of lighting. Some example of lighting types are traditional three-point, high-key, or low-key. I would also like to point out the impact of the lighting used to establish the theme of the movie, what the benefits of this style of lighting, how the technique contributes to the theme, how this lighting technique is suited to the genre of the film, and see if I can explain what the movie would be like if they used a different style of lighting was used instead.
So let’s start with the type of lighting the movie chose. I chose to write about underworld. It’s an action/fantasy/thriller. For this movie the type of lighting that was used was low key, this is a lighting type that is basically has an overall darkness to it. This type is usually used in horror films, dramatic scenes, and some types of thriller movies. Some movies have a combo of high and low key lighting in it through- out the movie.
For this movie it is needed to be dark because the vampires cannot go out in daylight, so with low key it is light enough to see what it going on and the darkness that is needed to pull off the movie as it is intended to be. This movie has a blue tint to the darkness in this movie; I think it was a great idea to give more shadows and reflections to trip the minds of the watcher of the movie. I helped with the spookiness of the scenes that you are watching, which is also needed to have a good horror film or thriller movie. To get this type of lighting you use one source of light coming from the back or side of the main character. With this type of lighting you get a look at the flash of the weapons in the fight scenes. That is something you would not see in a movie shot or made to look like it was shot in the daylight. Without this lighting you would lose the scariness and the dramatics of the horror and thriller part of the movie. You would lose the suspense and tent ion the audience is supposed to feel. The technique that contributed to the theme is shadows for the suspense and dramatic feelings in the movie.
I think the lighting was very good. You got everything to pull the movie into what the writer wanted to portray in the movie, for the action part and the thriller as well as the horror parts of the movie. If you used high key you would simulate daylight and that would through it off because of the vampires. Also the lighting that is used is to enhance the impact of the danger and the fighting in the movie.


Goodykoontz, B., & Jacobs, C. P. (2011). Film: From watching to seeing. San Diego, CA: Bridgepoint Education, Inc. This text is a Constellation™ course digital materials (CDM) title.


MV5BMTY4NjMzNDY2N15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNDMyMDI5MQ@@._V1_SY317_CR7,0,214,317_AL_I chose to write about sleepy hollow. I think it’s a great way to do the legend of the headless horseman. The main character is Ichabod Crane play by Johnny Depp. Christina Ricci plays Katrina and other great actor and actress. It was released November 19, 1999. The movie starts with an investigator with new ideas and technology that most people in that time distrusted. He is sent to sleepy hallow to get rid of him on a case that no one wanted or really cared. People were losing their heads. Through his investigation he learns of the headless horseman’s legend and thinks there is a logical not superstition that is behind the beheadings. He meets a girl that makes everything a little more complicated. He continues the case and towards the end you get that you need logic and imaginary to see and deal with life as it comes. I think it goes in chronically order with flash backs here and there. There are a few different plots and turns in the story that make it all fall in together in the end. If they scattered the order of the movie any more than they did I think it would have made the movie hard to fallow. If they did it straight forward more like from point A to point B you would not being able to have the different sides and plots and twists in the story that it had. The music was great it flowed smoothly with the movie and that does make a difference. The foreshadowing and there way the movie was down was very well done. I feel if they did it any different the movie would bomb.