MSCH 326 SPIKE LEE NOTES - WHAT IS A SPIKE LEE JOINT WHAT...

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WHAT IS A SPIKE LEE JOINT? WHAT IS SPIKE LEE ALL ABOUT? Having his voice heard in the way he wants it to be heard Creativity as an artist Transformative in regards to African-American history Emphasis on street art/murals - Writing always on the wall Individuality/uniqueness in how he addresses life and characterization throughout his narratives – personal style Empathy/sympathy with controversial men Being woke/aware: Wake Up! Challenging white Hollywood (ex: Oscar boycott) The setting/place as a character In-depth in political, social, aesthetic lenses – social conflict Frequent violence and occasional murder: He Got Game – unintentional murder, prison/jail – sudden violent outburts Close attention to detail – everything has a purpose (ex: the music he chooses to play in the background of scenes, expressive title sequences) Use of camera angles, close-ups in particular, direct address: intimate and confrontational Foreshadowing in the opening sequences/invocations Cinematic shots – dolly shots similar but different use in films.
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  • Spring '16
  • Terri Francis
  • Tina, Brooklyn, Spike Lee work

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