Essay The Blind Side

1154 Words Apr 17th, 2012 5 Pages
The Blind Side: Do You Have Any Place to Stay
ENG 225 Instructor
October 9, 2011

The Blind Side: Do You Have Any Place to Stay?

Based on the 2006 book The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game by Michael Lewis, the 2009 film The Blind Side is the true story of Michael Oher. Oher is an under privileged African American teenager living on the streets of Memphis who is taken in and adopted by Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy, an affluent white couple. As much as the Tuohy family changed Michael’s life he may have changed theirs even more. With no real special effects to speak of, the design team had to rely on the basics such as lighting, camera angle, costumes, and props to recreate the events and
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In the Blind Side Art Director Thomas Minton and Production designer Michael Corenblith worked closely together in designing the sets. Since this was a true story they really wanted the audience to relate to the story and identify with the settings. It was vital that they capture the reality of the different environments that the Tuohys and Oher were brought up in.
The next step was for Hancock and cinematographer Alar Kivilo to work out lighting and camera angles for the movie. This particular scene takes place on a cold damp night and it appears they chose to use natural light. The idea of course was to capture the natural look and feel of night. The camera focuses on whoever is speaking whether it is Michael or Leigh Anne in order to let the audience get a better visual feel for the individual traits and emotions of the character. The camera also lets the viewers see and get a feel for the emptiness on the road and how alone Michael Oher really is.
Along with how cold and alone Michael is this scene also gives a glimpse in the differences between the Tuohy’s and Ohers places in life. The Tuohy’s arrive on the scene in the warmth and comfort of what appears to be a rather new luxury suv, while Michael strolls slowly alone in the cold wet night. When Leigh Anne gets out of the Touy’s suv and approaches

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