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Ladybridge Film Studies: Skyfall
Terms in this set (39)
Genre of Skyfall
Spy Thriller/Bond FIlm
Settings of Skyfall (linked to genre)
Exotic Locations, London, Istanbul, Shanghai, Scotland, Macau
Narrative/Plot elements of Skyfall (linked to genre)
Opening action sequence, 3 part structure, linear narrative.
Significant Props/Objects in Skyfall (linked to genre)
Aston Martin, tuxedo, Walter PPK gun, Martini - shaken not stirred, gadgets
Themes and Issues in Skyfall (linked to genre)
Good vs Evil, power and control, world domination, new technological way of spy vs the old grittier way of spying, cyber crime
Characters in Bond Films (linked to genre)
Villain with a unique feature, Bond girls, Q, M, James Bond
Characters in Skyfall
James Bond, M, Q, Patrice, Eve Moneypenny, Severine, Silva, Kincade, Ronson
Definition of Aesthetics - Full definition
Aesthetics refers to the style and look of a film. The director uses a combination of key elements to construct the style of the film which prompts the audience to respond to characters, situations and locations in a particular way. The construction of the scene/film also allows the director to explore themes and develop messages for the audience.
Aesthetics (Style and look of Skyfall) x 9
1. Beautiful and Glamorous with a bit more grit
2. Film of two worlds (virtual vs reality)
3. 'Cool Britannia'. Make Britain cool and slick
4. Film Noir style influenced by Nolan
5. Symmetrical - mirrors and reflections
6. More complex character with more emotions. Darker than we are used to.
8. Gritty dirty oranges and technological blues
9. Bond as protector of Britain
Director of Skyfall
Writers of Skyfall
Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and John Logan
Eon Productions/B23/Columbia Pictures/MGM/United Artists
List the 5 main social, cultural and historical contexts of Skyfall
1. Olympic Games were about to take place in London - 'Cool'Britannia'
2. 50th Anniversary of Jame Bond films - Nostalgia
3. Cyber crime and cyber terrorism becoming more of a threat - Technological blues, drone shots and Shanghai
4. Bechdel test - call for women to have more complex roles
5. Back to 'Fleming' after the failure or previous film - darker, more dangerous and emotional Bond.
6. Converted to IMAX - Audience feel like they are there.
Technological context of Skyfall
Screen in IMAX cinema meaning its is more immersive with a full panoramic view. Provides high production values and links to glamorous and beautiful aesthetic
What does 'aesthetic of a film mean' - basic summary
The look and style of a film
List some responses/emotions that the audience might have or feel to Skyfall
1. Like they are part of the action (immersed)
2. More emotionally attached to the character
5. Nostalgic when they remember growing up with James Bond Films
6. Sympathy for the darker Bond
What do the establishing shots suggest?
1. Reveal glamourous beautiful aesthetic of the film. 2. Creates a sense of spectacle.
3. Shows the characters to be isolated in their surroundings.
What effect do the POV, Low Angle, 'straight at the viewer' have in the action sequences?
1. Immerses the audience into the action so they feel like they are there.
2. Creates a heightened sense of danger
What effect do the CU and Mid Shots have in the film?
Emotionally engages the audience with the character
What does the use of hand held shots suggest?
1. Allows the audience to feel like they are in the action
2. Reflects the unstable and shaky relationship between M and Bond and the tension between them in M's living room.
Why is symmetry used in some shots?
Forces the audience to compare characters such as Q and Bond in the Art Gallery scene and Bond and Silva in the Silva's Lair scene.
Why are Bond and M always in the centre of the frame?
Suggests they are stable , calm and in control even though they may be overwhelmed by their surroundings or situation.
Why have they chosen low key lighting, shadows and silhouettes in some parts of the film?
1. MI6 are 'working in the shadows'
2. Eerie, mysterious atmosphere.
3. Reflects the darker, grittier 'film noir' aesthetic
4. Forces us to take Bond's character seriously
What is the effect of using the Bond theme in a new way?
Reflects one of the films core themes which is old vs new
Why is Bond making sarcastic jokes?
Shows that Bond is still in control and calm, despite the situation.
Suggestion of the ticking rhythm
Time is running out
Effect of brass instruments in the score
Similar to 'The Dark Knight', Brass instruments giving the feeling that Bond is rising up from the ashes. He is being rebuilt at a hero
Why are diegetic sounds used?
1. Links scenes together
2. Draws the audience from one place to the next
3. Audience often hear the sounds before we go there so they are being used as a sound bridge
Effect of Orange and Blue tones
Blue indicates the virtual technological world and the new way of spying. The dirty, dusty oranges represent the grittier reality and older way of spying - killing and getting your hands dirty.
Effect of Bond's changing costume and make up
Shows how in control and comfortable he is during parts of the film. Washed out look at the beginning indicates that he has lost his edge. The more in control he feels the smarter dressed he becomes.
Effect of facial expressions in Skyfall
1. Daniel Craig plays Bond as darker and more emotional that other Bond's from the past
2. Silva's facial expression delivers menace showing him to be macabre, sinister and malevolent.
3. Severine's nervous smile and subtle trembling creates tension.
Effect of the 'Old Warship' Painting.
Drives home the message to the audience that the old way of spying is being 'towed away for scrap'. Makes the film clever aesthetically.
Effect of cross cutting during the Istanbul chase sequence
Forces the audience to compare the grittier and dirtier way of spying with the more technological way of spying.
Effect of cutting between Long shots/establishing shots and Mid shots, close ups and POV shots
Creates and spectacle and immerses the audience in the action. Creates a sense of tension and excitement for the audience.
Effect of cuts to Close Ups
Makes the film more emotional and character driven. The character's reactions to situations are important, like the fact that Bond does not want to leave Ronson to die.
Effect of continuity editing
Editing is used to drive the narrative forward
Effect of montage
Moves the story forward quicker such as Bond recovering from his injury and setting up the Skyfall mansion for the final battle.
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