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Supplementary Post: Final Project: A Kubrickian Mashup, In Depth Analysis

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The purpose of this post is to provide the viewers with a more critical understanding of the Kubrickian Mashup. In the video I have purposely exhibited many of Kubrick filming trademarks. In the following paragraphs I will break down the video step by step, so that the viewers can fully understand Kubrick’s style of filming and why he was considered to be of the best film directors in history.

0:00 – 0:25

The video begins with an all red screen. Kubrick never really worried about his titles as being really creative or visually appealing. I took the title sequence from, A Clockwork Orange. It’s is a really good example of typical Kubrickian title screen

0:26 – 1:30

In this section I highlight one of Kubrick most famous filming tendencies. In almost all of his films he has a shot looking up at the protagonist from the ground. The shots in this section of the video show the character’s face at some sort of vertical angle. Many of these shots were filmed on the ground. The viewers will notice that the creepy classical music is in sync with each transition. Kubrick loved using classical music in his movies.

1:31 – 2:17

In this section I show one of Kubrick’s most noticeable filming trademark, shots of long symmetrical hallways and the sense of traveling. He uses this technique from his earliest films all the way to the end of his career. In The Shining he filmed the hallway scenes with a steady cam in order to give it fluidity.

2:18 – 3:07

In this section I include some famous and notable quotes from Kubrick’s films. Many of these quotes were never written and the actors had to improvise. In the scene in the Shinning with Jack Nicholson, that was totally improvised and Kubrick had no idea that he was going to do it.

3:08 – 3:55

I show Kubrick’s use of slow motion in this section. The song slows down a bit to enhance the slow motion. The movies I used were, A Clockwork Orange, 2001 A Space Odyssey and Dr Strangelove.

3:55 – 4:43

In this section I show how Kubrick can film scenes with rigidity and abruptness. This section is a strong contrast to the previous section, which was slow, and smooth. I wanted the viewers to notice this juxtaposition and have a strong reaction. The scene in The Shining especially shows the abruptness when the camera goes from a steady shot to a stand still shot.

4:43 – 5:12

Kubrick had a strong fascination with war. He wanted do a movie on the Napoleonic wars which would have been the most expensive movie ever made. I decided to show various shots of basically the same thing. I did this so the viewers could really see the differences in time periods and timelessness characteristics of war. I thought it was cool that it seemed that one battle line is charging at the other

5:12 – 5:22

I really only added this scene from, 2001 A Space Odyssey, because it really went with the music and it looked really cool. Haha

5:28 – 5:32

In this section I show Kubrick’s uses of really quick shots. They usually occur at time of high intensity in the film and also during the end. In most of Kubrick’s films the climax occurs in the final moments of the film.

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