Sep 29, 2014 - Communication    No Comments

Accents

Accents present a picture of who we are. In today’s world it can change lives for example being successful in a job interview. In a recent survey people feel more comfortable with the Yorkshire accent because it is perceived to be friendly,trustworthy and intelligent. On the other hand the Liverpool accent is perceived to be unfriendly, unintelligent and untrustworthy. The roots of many accents can be traced to many countries. Some people take elocution lessons as they are not happy with their accent as it may prevent things from happening in life such as giving presentations in a business. Received pronunciation is seen as the best way to speak but many foreigners don’t understand it.

Jul 1, 2014 - Communication    No Comments

Line of enquiry

How are female protagonists portrayed in society?

I plan to read Hunger games catching fire and divergent. Then I can watch the films and compare for other sources I may look at news articles about women.

Assessment Re-draft

In act 2 scene 2 Lady Macbeth is presented as commanding, unsympathetic and harsh. Shakespeare uses a variety of punctuation, sentence structure and language devices to show characteristics of Lady Macbeth’s personality.

This is shown in act 2 scene 2 when Macbeth return with his bloody hands and bloody daggers saying ‘This is a sorry sight,’ he clearly feeling guilty so instead comforting him and showing support Lady Macbeth scolds him saying ‘A foolish sight, to say a sorry one.’ The word foolish connotes that Lady Macbeth is not viewing Macbeth as equal in their relationship and expects no more soft feeling.

Also in act 1 scene 7 Lady Macbeth insults Macbeth’s manhood to get him to do her bidding ‘But screw your courage to your sticking place,’ Lady Macbeth is saying Macbeth has not got enough courage to kill Duncan.

This characterisation of Lady Macbeth is not as obvious in act 3 scene 2 but is still recognisable. the scene is when Macbeth starts to use his initiative and starts to take charge ‘You must leave this’ said by Lady Macbeth shows she is still in command this language used by Shakespeare is directive.

Shakespeare also uses punctuation to enforce the portrait of Lady Macbeth. This is shown in act 3 scene 1 where Macbeth says’Prithee, see there! Behold, look, lo! How say you’ this implies he is going paranoid and is clearly distressed about seeing something unusual. To this Lady Macbeth replies ‘What, quick unmanned in folly?’ what the audience then gather from this is that Lady Macbeth is still uncompassionate towards Macbeth. Throughout act 2 scene 2 Lady Macbeth is seen as powerful, evil and uncaring for anyone around her, and at the time the play was written this was most uncommon for a woman to possess such qualities.

In the Jacobean Era women were supposed to have kind, obedient qualities so they could look after children and their husbands. If they didn’t ‘follow’ the stereotype they would be shunned from the high society however in the play Lady Macbeth doesn’t follow the stereotypical woman but wasn’t shunned from society this shows that Lady Macbeth was a very powerful woman.

I think Shakespeare purposely made Lady Macbeth powerful to question thinking and to bring a fresh perspective so a wider variety of audience will come and view the show.

May 13, 2014 - Communication    1 Comment

Jacobean Era

In the Jacobean era women were played by young boys as their voices were still tender and high but were not masculine. Also women in the Jacobean era were view as weak, less powerful and less ambitious than men and it was unheard of for a woman to be involved in high society like politics and acting so they were meant to bear capable,healthy children while being a housewife or they were classed as witches and useless (try telling that to Lady Macbeth). Men were expected to go into battle and help produce sons to serve the country when needed otherwise they were classed as weak and feeble.

In terms of religion the country followed whatever religion the monarch was, and if they opposed the teachings of the religion or criticized the religion itself they would be executed. At this time people were very superstitions and would believe absolutely anything to fit in with the crowd including ghosts and witches, because if you didn’t you would be frowned upon and discarded from society.

May 5, 2014 - Communication    2 Comments

Portrait of Lady Macbeth

I’d characterize Lady Macbeth as ambitious and ruthless. In either case, Shakespeare is clear in his portrait of Lady Macbeth, which we can see by examining her behaviour throughout the course of the play.
The first time we meet Lady Macbeth, she is reading a letter from her husband telling her of the witches’ promising predictions for his future. There is, apparently, love between them; Macbeth wants to share his fortuitous news with the woman he loves. She undoubtedly loves him; too however, she seems to know him well enough to be nervous for their future.
The first words she speaks after finishing the letter is about her husband “a man great in valour and unafraid of battle as a man lacking in ambition.” That’s not entirely true, as we find out later, but he clearly has less ambition than his wife. She’s afraid he won’t be willing to do what needs to be done (kill King Duncan) to achieve the goal of becoming King of Scotland. Once he arrives in person, she begins her campaign to spur her husband’s ambition into action.
On the night of the Duncan’s murder, Lady Macbeth has to convince her husband to do the deed. She is ruthless in her ambition, insulting his manhood and impugning his courage, saying she will do it if he is unwilling or unable. When it comes down to it, though, she can’t commit this cold-blooded murder. Soon after, though, Macbeth must sense some softening in his wife, for he fails to confide his next murderous plans to her. He plans and completes the murder of Banquo and the assassination of MacDuff’s family without telling her. His resolve grows as hers, apparently wanes.
As a result of ruthlessness in Lady Macbeth’s ambition she achieves the crown. She is racked with guilt and dies separated, at least emotionally, from the husband who she was a partner to at one time. Lady Macbeth is not a sympathetic character; however, she may not be an evil one, either.

Apr 28, 2014 - Communication    1 Comment

Analysing my cauldron

I choose to make a cauldron because I feel it represents the Witches who play a vital role in the play, especially the way that they plant seeds in Macbeth’s head and wait for them to grow. For example in the beginning of the play after the battle Macbeth didn’t come across as corrupt however once the Witches told him a prophecy and part of it came true the seed began to grow.
“Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn, and cauldron bubble. Fillet of a fenny snake, in the cauldron boil and bake; Eye of newt.” This connotes the Witches are up to something using a cauldron. This can be interpreted as a symbolic part of the Witches stereotypical look. In Macbeth the Witches most of the times are predicting the future, reciting prophecies or helping other characters with their evil deeds e.g. “Come, you spirits that assist murderous thoughts”. this is the witches influencing Lady Macbeth.
This explains why I choose a cauldron.

Mar 11, 2014 - Communication    2 Comments

Life of Pi Film Reveiw

Life of Pi is about a young man who survives a disaster at sea and is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure, survival and discovery. While cast away, he forms an unexpected connection with another survivor.

This film is very religious, in terms that Pi’s mum is a Hindu, his dad has strong atheist views along with his older brother. Where as Pi uses religion to help him survive. Also the presence of another survivor helps keep Pi alert and diminishes all other dangers he faces.

In term of the characters personality his (Pi) dad is very confrontational with the choices Pi makes as a young boy and makes sure he teaches Pi essential life lessons that will guide Pi in the future.His mother is very supportive in what Pi wants to do in life but tends to agree with her husband on many occasions. Pi’s older brother follows/listens to his father and often teases Pi about the choices Pi makes in life. He regularly relies on his dad to step in if Pi is disobeying his father’s commands leading to danger.

Ang Lee, the director has turned Yann Martel’s master piece into a elaborate film fit for Hollywood, he uses intricate detail to emphasise Yann Martel’s message in the book is about struggling to survive through seemingly insurmountable odds. With out this desire to live and evolve humans would of died, Ang Lee faced the problem of portraying this while not destroying the meaning of the book. I would say Ang Lee successfully portrays the meaning in a positive light as a result of this it was easier to understand.

Overall this film has done Yann Martel’s book justice and credit to Yann Martel for a fantastic book that we can all now see on the big screen.I would rate this film a four out of five.

Mar 4, 2014 - Communication    3 Comments

Life of Pi

He cut up a flying fish and tossed a piece onto the side bench. After he had gathered what he needed for the day from the locker and was ready to go, he tossed another piece over the tarpaulin in front of me. It had the intended effect. As he drifted away I come out into the open to fetch the morsel of fish. My head turned and I noticed the other morsel and the new object next to it. I lifted myself. I hung my huge head over the bucket. I wasn’t afraid I would tip it over. He didn’t. My face disappeared into it, barely fitting, and I started to lap up the water. In very little time the bucket started shaking and rattling emptily with each strike of my tongue. When I looked up, I stared him aggressively in the eyes and he blew on the whistle a few times. I then ignored him and disappeared under the tarpaulin. It occurred to me that with every passing day the lifeboat was resembling a zoo enclosure more and more: I had my sheltered area for sleeping and resting, my food stash, my lookout and now my water hole.

Feb 9, 2014 - Communication    No Comments

Film review; Lego movie

For more than 60 years, LEGO’s been a peerlessly popular toy brand.
Despite its ‘educational value’, the minifigures have charmed with their cute simplicity – an unassuming blandness that’s seen them seamlessly adapt various big-name properties (Star Wars, The Lord Of The Rings, Harry Potter, all the key marvel and DC characters), which has skyrocketed their popularity and collectability far beyond the specified age ranges listed on the boxes. The spin-off videogames – with their slapstick cut-scenes – haven’t done any harm either.
Ignoring previous straight-to-DVD features (made for the likes of Bionicle and Clutch Powers) and the Star Wars shorts, a LEGO movie has felt like a long time coming. But can a toy best known for its miniature scale really fill the big screen? And how do you resist making the thing feel like one extended commercial break for the Danish company’s latest wares?
Thankfully, The LEGO Movie is so madcap hilarious that you never feel like you’re being sold out. The appointment of directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller was a shrewd move. Having cut their teeth on the immensely likeable Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs, they went live-action with high-school cop-com 21 Jump Street. On paper, that should have been a shameless cash-in too, but it ended up being one of 2012’s most satisfying comedies.
Here, they’ve assembled a cast of regulars from your favorite US sitcoms (Chris Pratt and Nick Offerman from Parks And Recreation, Will Arnett from Arrested Development and Alison Brie from Community) and teased great work from A-listers (Liam Neeson, Will Ferrell, Morgan Freeman) to ensure that the funnies fly thick and fast. Bigger than the star names, though, are the supporting cast of LEGO favorites who’ve been roped in to fill out the ranks.
Arnett’s Batman is inspired: a moody blowhard who’ll only work with black bricks (“or very, very, very dark grey ones”). He might get the lion’s share of the belly laughs, but there’s plenty more to go round – 21 Jump Street stars Channing Tatum and Jonah hill have a cracking dynamic as Superman and Green Lantern, and Neeson’s terminally conflicted Bad Cop (whose rotating yellow brick head occasionally flips to the Good Cop side) is an unexpected highlight.
Front and centre, though, are the new creations. Emmet Brickowoski is a bog-standard construction worker who follows every instruction to the letter, until a run-in with punky Wyldstyle (Elizabeth Banks) – imagine a cuddlier Lisbeth Salander – sets him on course to fulfill a prophecy.
Their banter creates more sparks than your average romcom and, like many of the gags, you wonder if it’ll be lost on younger kids. On their travels, they take in the Old West, ‘middle Zealand’, Cloud Cuckoo Land and the high seas, teaming up with Batman and souped-up pirate metalbeard in an effort to stop the dastardly Lord Business (Will Ferrell) putting an end to freewheeling creativity with a mysterious weapon known as ‘the kragle’.
If the plot sounds creaky, rest assured that it’s skewered and subverted as much as Batman and co. possibly can – genre tropes are mocked, ‘chosen ones’ are in for it, and The Terminator’s just one classic movie touchpoint up for parody. There’s an anarchic childlike glee to the way it’s all thrown together – as with actual LEGO sets, pieces can be reassembled to create something entirely new – and the various set-pieces, including freeway chases, shootouts and laser-sharks play like blockbuster versions of the fan videos you’d find on Youtube.
Reportedly part stop-motion, part CG-animation, you won’t notice the joins. There’s an insane level of invention on display – the world is brimming with hilarious background detail, and everything you can see is made of LEGO pieces, even the water. The characters are given more expressive eyes and mouths than their toy counterparts, but their movements are just as restricted – and the animation makes a virtue of this, from their clippy hands to their plastic wigs.
The world lends itself to 3D, the stereoscopy making it feel like you could reach in and take part. It’s not without its flaws. Some of the set-pieces feel a little too noisy, and the resolution to one particular plot mystery isn’t entirely satisfactory, taking you out of the moment ahead of the climax and given the irreverence for just about everything, there’s rarely a feeling of genuine peril.
Even so, it’s likely to be a film that you’ll want to revisit, to catch some of the background gags you missed first time and to wallow in its joyously nostalgic environments.
Verdict:
Ridiculously funny and meticulously detailed, The LEGO Movie is far better than a toy tie-in movie has any right to be. Despite a couple of dips, you’ll be grinning throughout.

P.S The annotated version will be printed off

Jan 21, 2014 - Communication    1 Comment

Showing V.S Telling

Close up
Extreme close up
Mid shot
Long shot
Extreme long shot

I picked a close up shot because you can see in depth the character emotions or feeling and it seems more realistic. for example if you have a close up picture of Sherlock when he is shocked his facial expressions show that emotion, using that photo we can deduce the particular emotion with the help of his facials parts and their shape/position. Many close ups used can tell us a lot about the characters personality also it may help tell the audience part of the scene. An example of this would be if the emotion is scared the scene may be very sinister or have a dark tone/feeling.

(P.S I had difficulty uploading a picture.)

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