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    Gus Van Sant created his 9th film, Gerry, in 2002. It was caused audiences to split, from those striking the film down, claiming it was tedious and boring, while others called it an art piece. I can see both sides. I was tempted to skip past the lengthy scenes while watching, however, the further I got into the film, the more I realized its significance. Gerry is very long, but there’s reasons for it. Gus Van Sant used the landscape as more than the setting; it signified the character’s inner turmoil as well as cast the audience into the situation. (fix to use real thesis) Gus Vant Sant clearly favored long shots in this film. It was not restricted to just capturing the beautiful landscapes. He shoots most of scenes with the characters in a similar fashion. He rejects the typical technique used by majority American cinema for dialogue. In most dialogue sequences, the scene cuts to where the first speaker stood. There are many cuts in a scene, to get a feeling of the entire setting, because a camera usually can show no more than 180 degrees in a shot. This takes the camera out of the situation and blurs the line between audience and spectator (Silverman, 200).Vant Sant’s lack of shot/counter shot merely prevents the audience from delving into the characters’ point of…

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    The environment one lives in, whether it is the setting or the people around us, is influential and can change one's life for the good or the bad. Specifically, Gus Van Sant, the director of the movie, Good Will Hunting urges surrounding yourself with well educated, advanced people in contrast to low life people who hold you back because doing so will enable you to express yourself, step out of your comfort zone and voice emotions that allow you to have a fulfilling life. Firstly, by…

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    techniques such as camera shots, angles and movements, lighting, cinematography, special affects and sound are all great ways to capture the audience’s attention. Without these unique techniques it will be like watching a movie through a camera phone. . Many books are turned into movies, even though some people argue that the movie is never as good as the book. Then there are people that enjoy watching the movie more for the simple reason that they do not enjoy reading. Gus Vant Sant is an…

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    This paper will be comparing the theme of how directors Gus Van Sant and Russell Mulcahy use father figures as a tool for character development. This strategy is present in both good will hunting and swimming upstream. Both main characters in these films suffer from different types of abuse from their fathers and find different ways of coping with the damage done by the abusive childhoods that they had suffered from growing up in dysfunctional homes with horrible fathers. The following…

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    who are not ready to be pushed and to try of changing their dramatic life. By using melodramatic elements the filmmaker tries to show to the audience that even of having a dramatic life, with some help and love everything can be overcome. The aggressive and problematic character of main movie character has roots since his abusive childhood. With this melodramatic elements, like the bad behavior of the main character, the filmmaker is showing that how important is the way we treat children and…

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    Dr. Seuss once said, “Why fit in when you were born to stand out?” Many people seem to know this quote, or have at least heard of it. Most of them even agree wholeheartedly with it. Why is it then, that we still feel the need to fit in? When watching Finding Forrester, the theme of struggling to fit in and the reality of how hard it can be when you stand out, become the most apparent to me. In the beginning of Finding Forrester, Jamal Wallace does his best to fit in with his group of friends…

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    return. Jamal wants to teach Forrester how to love again; to truly accept the new world and what is to come of it. Not only does Jamal realize that bad things can happen to the best of people, but he also knows that one can only grow from it; he sees that William has been hurt, and wants to teach him his new found way of life. In the moment of scattered memories being shared between them, William learns to accept himself. Later, Jamal gets accused of plagiarizing one of William’s previous work,…

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    “Someone I once knew wrote that we walk away from our dreams, afraid that we may fail or worse yet, afraid we may succeed” (IMDb, 2000, p. 1). This is a quote from William Forrester in the movie, Finding Forrester. The quote is saying that one does not conquer their dreams without courage. Finding Forrester is set in the busy city of New York. Here lives the teenage boy, Jamal Wallace, and an unlikely mentor named William Forrester. As a dare, Jamal breaks into Forrester’s apartment, and…

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    Change is inevitable. Change is also necessary for people to develop. “Finding Forrester” has many examples change. A black teenager named Jamal, who is a literary enthusiast, hides his intelligence and; appear to be an average kid in high school. Jamal's friends however, are a diffrent story. Not only are they the stereotypical teenagers who cause trouble but they also try to bring Jamal down to their level. They dare Jamal to rob an apartment. Jamal, going against his beliefs, breaks into the…

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    University of Michigan – Dearborn Abstract Will Hunting is the main character from the movie Good Will Hunting (Armstrong, Gordon, Weinstein, Weinstein, & Van Sant, 1997). Will is incredibly intelligent, loyal to his friends and has the potential to do great things. He is also deeply flawed, the ones that I will be focusing on in this paper are from two humanistic perspectives and one behavioral perspective. Each flaw will be explained as part of the theory, then where they can be seen in the…

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