Film Analysis: Pan’s Labyrinth

Summary

  • This film is about a young girl, Ofelia, who goes to live in Spain with her new father. Around the house, there is a labyrinth where magical creatures live.

Film Analysis

Film TitlePan’s Labyrinth
Year2006
DirectorGuillermo del Toro
CountrySpain
GenreFantasy
If you could work on this film (change it), what would you change and why?I would have removed some of the gore, I think that it doesn’t add anything to the film.

Film information can be found at imdb.com

Ask yourself the following questions:

TOPICYOUR NOTES
1. Who is the protagonist?Ofelia
2. Who is the antagonist?Capitan Vidal
3. What is the conflict?Ofelia needs to complete 3 tasks before the full moon, and struggles to do so.
4. What is the theme or central, unifying concept? (summarize in one or two words)Good vs. Evil
5. How is the story told (linear, non-linear, with flashbacksflash-forwards, at regular intervals)Linear
6. What “happens” in the plot (Brief description)?Ofelia has to complete 3 tasks that she is given by a faun, and she manages to complete 2. Meanwhile, the house is being attacked, and the soldiers are having to defend it. In the end, the Captain kills Ofelia, but is then killed.
7. How does the film influence particular reactions on the part of viewers (sound, editing,
characterization, camera movement, etc.)? Why does the film encourage such
reactions?
The music fits the scene that the characters are in and the emotions they are feeling.
The camera angles are also really good, and sometimes show just the character, and sometimes a larger view of the surrounding area.
8. Is the setting realistic or stylized? What atmosphere does the setting suggest? Do particular objects or settings serve symbolic functions?The setting is realistic for most of the film, but for some parts of the film, it is fantasy.
9. How are the characters costumed and made-up? What does their clothing or makeup reveal about their social standing, ethnicity, nationality, gender, or age? How do costume and makeup convey character?The costumes and make up is really good. All of the outfits look appropriate for the time period, and the monsters looked pretty good as well.
10. How does the lighting design shape our perception of character, space, or mood?The lighting worked really well. In the tree trunk, the lighting was dim, making it feel like we were there. Also, for some of the darker scenes at the end of the movie, the lighting was a bit darker as well.
11. How do camera angles and camera movements shape our view of characters or spaces? What do you see cinematically?The camera angles are pretty good in this movie. The make you focus on either the character with a close up shot, or have you focus more on the scene with wider shots.
12. What is the music’s purpose in the film? How does it direct our attention within the image? How does it shape our interpretation of the image? What stands out about the music?The music’s purpose is to add more than just what is being shown on screen. It was tense at times, and sad at other times. We also heard a similar melody throughout the film, making it seem familiar to us.
13. How might industrial, social, and economic factors have influenced the film? Describe how this film influences or connects to a culture?The film takes place in 1944, and the people who were making the film did their best job to make the way that people acted, the cloths they wore, and all the props be from that time era. This was also a very wealthy family, and they showed that with the cars and the house.
14. Give an example of what a film critic had to say about this film. Use credible sources and cite sources.Example: “The Shawshank Redemption Movie Review (1994) | Roger Ebert.” All Content. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 June 2015.Stratton, David. “The story is a compelling and deeply involving one, and the film is both beautiful, exciting, and sometimes horrifying. The creature effects are superbly handled.” Rotten Tomatoes, 12 Nov. 2014.
15. Select one scene no longer than 5 minutes that represents well the whole film and shows relevant cinematic elements. Write a one-sentence description of the scene and record the time of the scene.Example: from 1:05:00 to 1:10:00.Explain why you chose this scene.01:33:15 – 01:35:58 In this scene, Mercedes is running away from the soldiers. They catch up then get shot.
I chose this scene because it had good music, camera angles, and camera movement. It shows the emotion that is being felt during the scene, and this accurately represents the movie.
16. In the selected scenewrite a sentence for each of the elements below to justify why this scene best represents the film:
a. Screenwriting:All of the shots are very well done, we travel with Mercedes through the forest, it is clear that we are focusing on her.
b. Sound Design:All of the sounds, music and effects are on point, and sound very realistic.
c. Camera Movements/Angles:The shots and cuts are very good, and portray the intensity of the scene.
d. Light Setup:It starts out lighter when Mercedes is in the direct sunlight, then gets a bit darker when she enters the forest.
e. Soundtrack/Score:The soundtrack climbs to a climax, when she is captured, and portrays how she is feeling in the moment.
18. What’s the socio-cultural context of this film?It makes you think about good vs. evil, and the movie does a good job at capturing that.

This worksheet was developed with ideas from many IB Film teachers, thus should remain in the Creative Commons

Film – Week 11 – Updating Workflow – Mind Like Water

“‘Be shapeless and formless.. like water’ (Bruce Lee)” by Akinini.com is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

“Have a mind like water.”

― David Allen,  GTD

SUMMARY

  • This week is still a make up week for me, I’m getting everything I need to get done done.

PRACTICE ROOM (TUTORIALS)

Screenshot from sneakonthelot.com
Screenshot from sneakonthelot.com

WHAT I LEARNED and PROBLEMS I SOLVED

  • I learned how to begin the screenwriting process, and what is involved. I also learned a lot about different films and how they changed throughout the years. One problem I solved was making sure that I can use sneakonthelot better.

Film – Week 14 – Intro to Analysis

“Judy Garland, Hedy Lamarr and Lana Turner” by classic film scans is licensed under CC BY 2.0

“Analysis gave me great freedom of emotions and fantastic confidence. I felt I had served my time as a puppet.”

Hedy Lamarr – Read about 1930s actress Hedy Lamarr-inventor of cellphones, Wi-Fi and GPS

SUMMARY

I really enjoyed watching the movie and reviewing it.

OUTSIDE (CREATIVITY, PRODUCTIVITY & THE BRAIN)

Image from bananatreelog.com
  • It was good to reflect on some of the ways to self care during the pandemic.

THEATER

WHAT I LEARNED and PROBLEMS I SOLVED

  • I learned how to judge a movie better. I also learned how to find a reliable source of reviews for a movie. One problem I solved was figuring out how to put a link into words in a blog post.

WEEKLY ACTIVITY EVALUATION

Film Analysis: Ford v Ferrari

Film Title: Ford v Ferrari
Year:2019
Director: James Mangold
Country: United States
Genre: Action, biography
If you could work on this film (change it), what would you change and why?I would have made Lorenzo Bandini and Leo BB less of antagonists, and made the main antagonist the race and taking down Ferrari.

As you view films, consider how the cuts, camera angles, shots, and movement work to create particular meanings. Think about how they establish space, privilege certain characters, suggest relationships, and emphasize themes. In addition to shot distances, angles, editing, and camera movement, note details of the narrative, setting, characters, lighting, props, costume, tone, and sound.

Ask yourself the following questions:

TOPICYOUR NOTES
1. Who is the protagonist?Ken Miles
2. Who is the antagonist?The race, Leo Beebe
3. What is the conflict?Ford wants to win the 24 hours of Le Ma, but disagreement on the side of Ford makes it difficult.
4. What is the theme? (summarize in one or two words)The theme is making sure that you have the right priorities, and making decisions that may not be the best for you, if they benefit others.
5. How is the story told (linear, with flashbacks, flash-forwards, at regular intervals)The story is Linear, but starts with a brief flashback at the beginning.
6. What “happens” in the plot (Brief description)?Ford tries to partner with Ferrari, and they are declined. Then, Henry Ford the 2nd wants to beat Ferrari at the 24 hours of Le Mans. Ken Miles and Carroll Shelby have to develop a race car in a very limited amount of time.
7. How does the film influence particular reactions on the part of viewers (sound, editing,
characterization, camera movement, etc.)? Why does the film encourage such
reactions?
The film influences reactions with camera angles, appropriate editing and effects, and great sound design. The film does this to make the film more real, and of higher quality.
8. Is the setting realistic or stylized? What atmosphere does the setting suggest? Do
particular objects or settings serve symbolic functions?
The setting is realistic. The atmosphere makes it feel like it is around the time of the mid 50’s, and in the appropriate area. The Ferrari factory was set up in a very realistic way, that it may have been set up in the 50’s.
9. How are the characters costumed and made-up? What does their clothing or makeup
reveal about their social standing, ethnicity, nationality, gender, or age? How do
costume and makeup convey character?
The characters wear very appropriate costumes. The executives at Ford all wear nice suits, where Ken Miles and the pit crew wear more casual clothes, like a t shirt and jeans. The make up is good. At the end of a long day, or at the end of a race, they have some dirt and grime of their faces and clothes, like you would have if you were working on cars all day.
10. How does the lighting design shape our perception of character, space, or mood?The lighting is good. It is dark when it is supposed to be dark, and there aren’t any weird reflections. In Ken Miles’ house and the airport especially, it reflects on where you are.
11. How do camera angles and camera movements shape our view of characters or
spaces? What do you see cinematically?
The camera angles and movement are really useful to adding to the story. In some shots, the camera in shaking to convey fast movement. In others, it delivers a very wide shout to convey how large an area in. In others, it gets a super close up to show the intensity of something.
12. What is the music’s purpose in the film? How does it direct our attention within the
image? How does it shape our interpretation of the image? What stands out about
the music?
The music is really powerful in conveying the mood of the scene. In the part where Ken Miles wins Daytona, the music is triumphant and feels victorious. In the Ford motor company scene, the music seems very classy and executive, like the people who we see in the scene. When Bandini gets taken out of the race, the music is triumphant, but in a more emotional way, like he had completed something in a way that only he could appreciate. I really loved the music. It felt like it was from the era that it takes place in, and it fits every scene very well.
13. How might industrial, social, and economic factors have influenced the film? Describe
how this film influences or connects to a culture?
I could relate a lot to the film because I like cars. I think the film was important because it showed how Ken Miles struggled to get to the point where he could race in Le Mans, and how he was “cheated” out of his win.
14. Give an example of what a film critic had to say about this film. Use credible sources and cite sourcesExample: “The Shawshank Redemption Movie Review (1994) | Roger Ebert.” All
Content. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 June 2015.
“Ford v Ferrari is a little too long; some scenes leave unnecessary skidmark trails. But the movie still has amiable style and energy to spare. It’s fast but never furious. (2019) | Stephanie Zacharek.”All
Content. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 November 2019.
15. Select one scene no longer than 5 minutes that represents well the whole film and
shows relevant cinematic elements. Explain why.
My scene is “Go Like Hell”. I chose this scene because it shows all the aspects of the movie really well. It shows how dedicated Miles is, how much he enjoys racing, and just how good he is. It also shows Ken Miles’ and Carroll Shelby pursuit of perfection, and all that they are willing to do for that. I also really liked the cinematography and music. The music shows the tension, and the eventual victory. I really like the camera work when Miles passes
the other Ford driver. It shows Miles slowly creeping up on him, the nervousness on his face, and his eventual fall from 1st place. The music in this scene in also perfect in my opinion. It feels raw and real, and captures all the emotions felt by the characters perfectly
16. In the selected scene: write a sentence for each of the elements below:
a. Screenwriting:This was on point, nothing felt too long, and the shots focused on what was important in the story.
b. Sound Design:The sounds were great, the cars sound very real and beast like, just like in real life.
c. Camera Movements:Also great, speed was captured and we were shown a good mix of characters and enviroment.
d. Light Setup:Good, it felt like it was early morning, which it was in real life.
e. Soundtrack:This was perfect. They couldn’t have chose a better soundtrack
18. What’s the socio-cultural context of this film?It is meant to be a story that is being told, a story masterfully put onto the big screen.