Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Analysis of a Film Opening - Atonement

After looking at various film openings and learning how to analyse them, we were asked to choose our own to analyse. I found it really hard to choose which film I wanted to analyse, but I finally decided to analyse the first few minutes of the film "Atonement". I wanted to choose something a bit different; other than a horror, which a lot of people decided to look at.

I watched the opening of the film a few times before taking screen shots and looking more closely at the mise-en-scene. This is the analysis I came up with.....

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Research Task – The Life of a Film

The Lovely Bones

The Lovely Bones is a 2009 thriller/fantasy/drama film which is based on a novel of the same name by Alice Sebold.

The story centers around the short life of 14-year-old Susie Salmon, who is brutally raped and murdered by a seemingly harmless neighbour. When the police confirm her death, Susie’s family struggle to come to terms with the loss of their daughter and the mystery behind it.  Whilst her mother isn’t coping well, Susie’s father has a photographic films developed and begins the task of trying to piece together her disappearance. He finally narrows it down and is convinced that Susie’s killer was someone she knew. Just as he begins to piece together Susie's final few hours, the family's life falls apart even more. Susie's sister begins to carry on their father's investigations, but it isn't without danger.
Meanwhile, Susie is watching over her family from somewhere between Heaven and Earth called “The In-Between”. Here, she meets others who share her past. Susie realises that she must decide whether to help her family take vengeance on her killer or whether to leave them to heal on their own........

Theatrical Poster & Teaser Poster

Trailer & Interview with Saoirse Ronan (Susie)

The budget for the film was estimated to be $65, 000, 000. The production companies Film4, DreamWorks, WingNut films and Key Creatives financed it.

The film was released in cinemas on 19 February 2010. It was also shown in 46 different countries at cinemas around the world. Premieres took place in the UK, USA and New Zealand. It was also shown at Santa Barbara Film Festival in the US. In most countires it was distributed by the large Hollywood company, Paramount Pictures – the parent company of DreamWorks. It was also distributed by United International Pictures in Argentina and Singapore; Universal Pictures International in Belgium and Netherlands; Zon Lusomundo Audiovisuais in Portugal and Finnkino in Finland.

On it’s opening weekend the film made £1,637,579 in the UK (shown on 420 screens) and $116, 616 in the USA (shown on 3 screens). The gross taking for the film was $43, 818, 839. The film was shown almost all large cinema’s in the UK as the film was a massive box office hit and very popular. Although the subject of the film was quite dark the motion picture rating was PG-13, therefore the film had a large audience.
The Lovely Bones was released on DVD later in the year and then on Blu-ray format. The DVD is available on both Region 1 and Region 2 platforms with a selection of different languages and subtitles.

The film is horizontally integrated because one of it’s producers, Film4, is a subsidiary of Channel 4. In other words, Channel 4 is it’s ‘parent’ company.
It is also vertically integrated, as another of it’s producers, Dreamworks, is linked to it’s distributer, Paramount Pictures. So the film is both horizontally and vertically integrated.