Elements of Design
ENG225: Introduction to Film (GSK1327G)
July 15, 2013
Elements of Design
The elements of a movie are important to create an image to the audience that portrays the story in the best way. A movie is made to entertain others and with that they design of the movie has to be laid out perfectly for it all to make sense to the viewer. Each scene of a movie has to be portrayed in a certain way so that all the scenes combined can make sense. Within each scene there are many elements that help make up the scene which include actors, props, lighting, camera angles, costumes, make-up, directors, and many other elements.
One of the most important parts of creating a scene is the people that set the scene into action. The movie clip I chose was from the movie the Notebook. The scene is “If You’re a Bird, I’m a Bird”. The movie is directed by Nick Cassavetes and is based on the book by Nicholas Sparks. The directors overall role in the film is often similar to that of the foreman, translating the screenwriter’s story so that the actors and crew can carry it out. And like the foreman, it’s up to the director to turn the elements he or she builds with—words, images, and sound—into something not just coherent but entertaining, even moving (Goodykontz, 2011). Nick Cassavetes directs each of the scenes well in that he portrays each of the characters in a way that the audience can relate to each of them.
The production designer of this film is Sarah Knowles. The production designer of a film is responsible for overall look of a movie. They have a very creative role to play in the movie industry. The role Sarah Knowles has in the scene that I chose was picking the setting of the scene to portray the characters in that moment. The setting of the beach plays an important role in this scene as Allie played by Rachel McAdams exclaims how she wants to be a bird. It is a romantic scene between the characters. The...