Mixtape Marauders (2018)

Day 38: 09/01/2020

Mixtape Marauders, Peter Edlund

One particular scene struck me about this short film is where there are three people in the car, and the two dudes who are sitting at the front are talking to a girl on the back. There is the car’s rear view mirror, and when they speak they speak to “us” breaking the fourth wall. Maybe too much art and cinema education, maybe living in Spain for a long time but this particular image reminded me of Velasquez’s Las Meninas portrait and I just loved this connection.

In Las Meninas we see several subjects. The royal kids, people from the household, Velazquez himself painting, the king and the queen seen from a mirror which should make us question whether Velazquez is looking at them while he is breaking the fourth wall or at us. 

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Same goes for this scene. When these guys are talking to the camera, supposedly it is at the girl sitting on the back, you can see her from the rear mirror occasionally but at the same time you feel that they are explaining the concept to you, breaking the fourth wall.

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Loved the beginning of the movie where he is making us parts of the mixtape while washing the dishes along with cuts from his life (transitions here could connect a bit more though, there could be witty passes). Other than that loved the transitions with music. Like in this scene (great angle) she is talking about her memories but then we start hearing some hip hop beats, boys are dancing to it and we swing from one mood to another without even realizing.

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You can watch the full thing on Short of The Week: https://www.shortoftheweek.com/2018/04/19/mixtape-marauders/

 

Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

Day 37: 07/01/2020

Blade Runner 2049, Denis Villeneuve

A film like a meditative experience, almost felt like it had a zen rhythm to it. The music and rich wide shots support this. This slow motion is Denis Villeneuve’s style, like in Sicario (2015) or Arrival (2016) where slowing down time increases tension. However, I didn’t feel that this movie required that much tension. Also interests me how warm color palettes against grey, especially the contrast between orange and grey plays a big part in his films where the world created feels heavy due to the feel that you can’t escape it, almost like you are trapped in those hue and boldness of those colors. He also uses lots of silhouttes and dimly lit characters, which shows the darker, shadowy side of us humans.¬†Color communication is a big part of his directing style and Roger Deakins is the ultimate human who makes it come true.

Some in-depth analysis to Villenevue’s style: https://www.studiobinder.com/blog/denis-villeneuve-movies/

https://www.studiobinder.com/blog/film-lighting-techniques/

And this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=llXZ6xcnqOY