Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Tarantino Pulp Fiction

When a film becomes a classic piece of film history it can be for various reasons, the plot, the characters or the actors themselves. Well in the case of Pulp Fiction (1994) it could be said that everything above counted, but it was Quentin Tarantino’s direction that really brought this piece to life. Pulp Fiction is one of those films that are intertexually referenced throughout contemporary culture and is one of the first ‘cult’ films that most people see.

Tarantino’s films take completely unbelievable characters, dialogue and situations, mix them with heaps of violence and a great soundtrack and somehow come out with a flamboyant realistic story. Tarantino’s authorship is a big part throughout the film as it has his typical comic book style exaggerated fights mixed with Kung Fu and Grindhouse, that being an odd subject matter, sex and violence. In the un-linear timeline of Pulp Fiction there are stories that seem laughable and unbelievable, such as when Butch gets into the predicament in the basement, but Tarantino makes us believe every moment.

The shots in Pulp Fiction are something that Tarantino likes to make his mark on, as the long tracking shots behind the character, such as when Butch is walking up to his house, are used in his other films such as Kill Bill (2003) and Reservoir Dogs (1992) . Not only does this add to the realism of the piece as it makes the characters more open and vulnerable to the audience but it adds to the tension of the piece without jumpy shock cuts,  as we (the audience) get to see the surrounding location and wonder just who will meet our hero. The gangsters or will he gets away?

It could also be said that Tarantino’s work is edgy and stylised so much, it is critiqued of him idolising the drugs and violence he features. Pulp Fiction is no different in this case as the gangster lifestyle is full of the drugs that, although cause unfortunate events, nevertheless leave them unharmed and unfazed by what they are doing.  Colour is another way that Tarantino likes to express his authorship on a piece. In Pulp Fiction most of the world is bright and bold colours are juxtaposed against the stark black suit of the gangster and further again contrasted to the vivid blood he uses. On Butch’s shirt after his nose bleed and Mia’s shirt after ‘that’ incident. Again homage to the comic book and grindhouse world he creates within his work where blood and the good and bad guys are clearly defined.

Pulp Fiction is debatably one of Quentin Tarantino’s most influential and true piece of work, showcasing not only his skills as a director and the great performances he can motivate but his unique style and drive that his films have. Pulp Fiction is Tarantino, in movie form. 

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Radio Documentary

Hi everyone,
So above this blog post right now is a small bar full of a few links. If you haven’t I suggest you should go have a click around with them now.  Heres a link to my soundcloud just incase
 Now one of the most exciting ones if the Soundcloud link, which takes you to everything I have put up that I have produced for radio. There are mostly adverts but currently im really working on improving my radio documentary skills, not just the technical stuff (although that is important) but im trying to improve my journalism skills. So this is my best, to date, documentary I’ve produced and honestly Im really proud of it.
This was produced for my radio documentary class where the brief was literally create any sort of documentary that is 5 minutes long, which was great because I really got to get creative. So everyone go and comment! I’d love to hear everyone’s thoughts so I can really improve my skills.
Luckily this has led to a lot more people talking to me and asking me about my progress, as well as the chain makers I made the documentaries for being really pleased with the results. This was hard to do though, not the getting of the information but rather the piecing it all together, as there was no brief as such it was hard to know what it is I wanted in my piece. Also I wish I could of realised before it was too late about the static on the piece and fixed that, as I feel it really brings the piece down.
Alas, you live you learn and I learnt a lot from this.

R xx

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Radio 101

Radio is fast becoming something I really love doing, whether it’s the making of adverts and documentaries or even just researching a topic and finding out more about it. As you've probably noticed I've uploaded quite a few Soundcloud files recently and whilst I'll admit they aren’t perfect, I like to think they help me to showcase my skills to the best of my ability.

Something that does really appeal to me in Radio or at least the way mu university course does it, it how everything depends on you. When making a documentary for example it’s all your own ideas and your own time and effort that make it happen. Now im not saying that real Radio Production is like that because I don’t know, I haven’t had any experience within a radio company (its coming, trust me) But I like to think that radio documentaries are your own speed, and while you have deadlines and boundaries to meet,  it’s you that ultimately is in charge of your own piece. I think that is amazing.

Take for example the recent documentary I made about chain makers. Firstly I choose the topic because I already knew two contributors and knew that they would be interesting to talk to and be able to tell me lots of good things. I went down to them,  spent the day with them recording  them talking and sound effects and really enjoyed the whole process. Admittedly I think I may of gotten over zealous as I had 27 mins of audio for a 5 minute piece but that was the exciting part.  During the editing process I realised there was so much good audio I couldn’t possibly cram it all in a do it justice. So I made 1 piece focusing on the story telling aspect of chain making and when I have some more time off from uni, or less assignments too meet, (everything is in this week) I plan to play around and create another one.

I really loved the fact that everything was off my own back and felt truly proud of what I had accomplished, one of the reasons I love being in this industry! 


Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Photography 2

Another recent set of photos I have taken showing a local estate full of character and interest. Again i feel as though these photos look better in black and white and have experimented alot more with photoshop and sharpening the images.  

Photography 1

Here are a few photos I took on a recent trip to a local allotment, these are my favorite out of the group as i feel they each tell their own story. I like the use of black and white photo shopping on them to make them feel more dramatic 

Sunday, 4 March 2012

Ever since I was little all I have ever wanted is to live in a penthouse flat, afford designer shoes and handbags and drink cocktails on the roof. Now, of course I know now that there are things more important, way more important, but a part of me still wants that. Luckily, my dream has also coincided with my passion for the media. I love TV, radio and journalism and can honestly think of nothing better than playing a part in people lives for the rest of my own life, luckily, if im good, this passion can (hopefully) pave the way for me to be living the lifestyle and happy life I want.

Im currently in university and working really hard to try and learn as much and gain as many experiences as possible in as many different places as I can. I’ve currently managed to pull down placements as the BBC, The Clothes Show and independent companies. Whilst I feel as though I am doing as much as I possibly can I always feel, in the back of my head, like I should be doing more. I want more placements, more experience, more skills and of course more contacts!

I want to use this blog for a number of reasons:

Firstly so I can document what I’ve done and what I’ve learnt. Of course if this works out it will look good for future employers but I want to do it for me. Not only so that I can plan out what areas im missing in, or what I feel I could do more in, but so I don’t forget things. So I can look back in 2 years and feel proud that, if this does or doesn’t all work out (it will) I can know I have done as much and learnt as much as I possibly could of.

Secondarily everybody (at least everybody who isn’t in the media) thinks it’s a glamorous exciting lifestyle.  Well I may only be new to this industry but I can tell anyone for a fact that glamour isn’t the first word in media, nor the second really. Yes there are gorgeous parties and freebies, but these are far and few between and unless your important these don’t really concern you. What I can tell you though, is that long hours and hard work as well as the occasional mud drenched field (BBC im looking at you)  are the bread and butter of this industry, and I kind of like that though as I know that though as know that these will enable me to one day, receive the freebies and attend the parties.

Lastly, this is my life. I can honestly say I have no idea what I want to do right now apart from working within the industry I love. Even within the industry there are so many roles that I can’t possibly choose right now. So im going to keep working as hard, and learning as much as I can so that one day, those handbags and cocktails can become a reality.

R xx