The Wizard Of Oz : Film Review Essay

2291 Words Apr 29th, 2016 10 Pages
The introduction of computer graphics and extensive use of technology into the film making process has led to the loss of film making as an art form. The Wizard of Oz is considered one of the best visual movies ever made and yet it was made with only limited technology and the creativity of the movie makers. The movie made in 1939 by MGM Studios was a film interpretation of the 1900 published book written by L. Frank Baum, and for the most part directed by Victor Fleming. Dorothy a lonely, curious girl living on a bleak Kansas farm is swept into a tornado and dropped abruptly into the astonishing land of Oz. Her arrival causes the death of the Wicked Witch of the East, and she is proclaimed a hero by the miniature residents of Munchkinland. She and her dog Toto are told to follow the yellow brick road to see the Wizard, who will help her find her way back to Kansas. The mis-en-scene a French term meaning put on stage (Corrigan/White) included very basic staging for the scenes depicting Kansas and elaborate staging for the scenes set in the magically world of Oz. The manual lighting techniques of the use of both low lighting and high lighting bring a magical world to the viewer after the dim grayness of the setting in Kansas. There was no adjustment using computer technology, the lighting personnel filmed the scenes with the use of basic lights. The producers actually rented over 400 birds to use in the movie. If the film were being made today the use of computer graphics…

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