Assignment 4

Assignment 4 - Chris Stanton Section 204 Jenn Thom-Santelli...

Info iconThis preview shows pages 1–3. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Chris Stanton April 20, 2009 Section 204, Jenn Thom-Santelli Assignment 4 Citizen Kane The film, Citizen Kane , by Orson Welles is widely regarded as one of the best films ever, but not because of the money spent to make it or the tremendous action scenes that movies today are judged by. This film had more special effects, editing, sets, and techniques than most expensive films today have. The sets were used for multiple scenes, drawing were melted together with film to save money, and camera angles were extreme, but Citizen Kane will always be remembered as on of the greatest films ever because it was ahead of its time and paved the way for the all of the current multi- million dollar films of today. Deep focus forces the viewer to choose what to look at within the scene or allows the characters to somehow direct the viewer in what is happening in the scene. There are many examples of this within the movie; in particular, the scene when Kane returns to the newspaper and is presented with a trophy cup, the writing on the cup is clearly visible as are all of the faces of the crowd. This almost creates confusion because you can see each person’s face, read the cup, and even see all the way back to the wall. This is typical of deep focus shots. To accomplish this, extra lighting was routinely used in the background of shots to illuminate the background so it could be in focus. Shallow focus will one let one part of the scene be focus, usually the background or foreground, but this movie used lens’ to give them universal focus. 1
Background image of page 1

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
The low ceilings that were used in almost every shot of the movie provided extra space above the characters so that lights and microphones could be placed in the scene without having them be seen. Cloth was draped below the ceilings to create the low ceiling effect and they were made to be very detailed and lighted from below as well to make them seem realistic. In some scenes, especially within the newspaper offices, the ceilings were lighted to make them look like “sky lights”, which also was used to shed more light on the scene, contributing to the effects of deep focus filming. Using exceptionally large scene pieces within the movie creates many emotions within the viewer. The feeling of grandeur is enhanced by scenes that included the large fireplace or the large windows and the mansion that Kane lives in is depicted as a royal palace with huge rooms and statues, when most of the time the status were made of paper-mache. The large pieces also create optical illusions within the sets to add to the mood of scenes. These optical illusions almost violate the spatial relationships that the viewer creates. Messaris describes this ability as spatial intelligence, but this film uses these scenes to disrupt this flow of reasoning to change the feelings toward a particular
Background image of page 2
Image of page 3
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

This note was uploaded on 11/05/2009 for the course COMM 1300 taught by Professor Scherer,c. during the Spring '08 term at Cornell.

Page1 / 7

Assignment 4 - Chris Stanton Section 204 Jenn Thom-Santelli...

This preview shows document pages 1 - 3. Sign up to view the full document.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Ask a homework question - tutors are online