Essay on The Black And White

863 Words Oct 26th, 2015 4 Pages
This current semester I am enrolled in Professor Zack’s Media Production I class. Our first project of the semester was a silent film that would focus on someone or something involving a lock and a key while expressing an emotion. This project wasn’t a solo project, but instead involved working with one other person. The lock and key could be metaphoric or literal and from that concept we had to tell a story in twelve to fifteen shots. Our idea was to convey a young musician finding the right “key” on his guitar and “unlock” the excitement (which was our assigned emotion) inside of him. I believe the project turned out successfully in the end and met the guidelines, but there are aspects that could be improved and things we could’ve done to make the project better. There are a lot of aspects of this project that I truly like. I believe that the project greatly benefitted from the use of the black and white, because to me it really made the silent film aspect seem more realistic. It also added to and emphasized the lack of determination our actor felt at the beginning, and with a hint of contrast and more bright whites at the end, made the excitement and hope come alive. The mise-en-scene also helped this idea. The beginning starts out with a lot of dark colors and we see the crumpled papers on the floor, and then at the end the lights are brighter and everything is more organized. Our use of shots matched the piece well, utilizing similar shots in the beginning and end and…

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