Our group film task will be focused around Aesop’s fable The Miller, the son and the donkey. In this unfortunate tale the miller and his son take advice from different people they meet on a journey and in the end the conflicting advice they are given causes them to lose their donkey, which they had intended to sell at a market. Morally, the story explores the idea of not being able to please everyone, and the idea that sometimes it is better to stick to what you think is right rather than taking the advice of other people. The second point is what we have decided to base our 2 minute film around.

Initial Research

After exploring the fable itself we decided we wanted to create a film that had features of the typical 1920s black and white silent film. In order to grasp a better understanding of these sorts of films i decided to look at several from this era. The following clips show areas of film that are close to what we hope to achieve– Safety Last- Harold Lloyd- music corresponds with the actions taking place in the film, adds to the emotion whether it be worry, or elements of humour. Tension is created and then relieved by the soundtrack. – metropolis- dancing section- encorporates high speed clips with editing to express emotions and ensure the audience are aware of what is going on. Black and White film, with two main characters- they are the focus of the story. Use of cross fade transition- keeps the action flowing. Serpentine Dances- use of tinting- film is tinted a shade of sepia in order to express a certain time of day, could consider using this technique in our own work as a way of expressing the passing of time- similarly intertitles do the same. – use of intertitles here is prominent- sets the scene and is relevant to the era the film is set in- Continuity important to the success of a film. – ‘THE BIRTH OF A NATION’ importance of intertitles more of a documentary style, stitching together footage in order to convey a message- informative rather than entertaining. Lack of music expresses the serious nature of the subject.


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