Eng 225 Week 2 Assignment
In: Film and Music
Eng 225 Week 2 AssignmentThe movie Forrest Gump was released in 1994 and directed by Robert Zemeckis. The production designer was Rick Carter who is also an art director. The film also earned Mr. Carter an Oscar nomination, as well as other numerous nominations. Most of which were earned while working on the films of Amistad and A.I. The art directors mentioned were William James Teegarden, and Leslie McDonald.
As far as the lighting goes for the film, a satellite was actually used to determine the position of the sun for the best picture when the film was shot outdoors. Most of the lighting of the film was bright and cheery. This type of lighting would be known as high-key lighting. This is to keep the audience in a good sense of optimism throughout the film; it caused you to pay attention to the details. When films are shot with a dim light or back light it causes a more dramatic affect to give the audience that type of feeling. Costumes are used as a tool to tell part of the story of what is going on in the movie. For instance if a man were wearing dirty garments and was full of filth obviously in a film he could be construed as being “low class”. The same goes for makeup and hair styling no matter how subtle they may be. The costumes tell about the era and the social class of the individuals in the movie.
The film is shot to depict the time of late fifties through the sixties and seventies. A time when Vietnam was going on and hippies had a major impact over the minds of many. It tells the life story of a man who was born with the intellect below average and still managed to achieve much in his life – after having problems with legs and wearing leg braces Forrest manages to enroll to the football team at school, then enlists to the army and gets to Vietnam, returns from the war and starts the shrimp business. His life path crosses much with the life of Jenny Curran, the girl who has always been close with him but has chosen a different life path. Due to Forrest’s...