This is for a business visual litracy class. Just any movie you have seen last year or in last couple month.Explain your criteria for giving a positive review of the visual elements of the film. How did the visual elements work to express/add to the content or message?
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My choice for the film would be The Help. The criteria I would use for giving a positive review of the visual elements of the film would include how they added to the message of the film, how they recreated the time period setting, and how the visual elements illustrated the characters' fear and trepidation in telling stories about their employers. The visual elements of the film added to the message of the film by showing injustice when building separate toilets for the help as if they were diseased or subhuman. The humiliation shows up in the close up shots of faces. The visuals helped put the viewer back in the time period with the dresses of the women and the close up shots of the meetings where you can feel the tension of trying to keep up with the club officers. You can see the fear and danger the women feel which illustrates the theme when the help gather together to decide what to do about the stories they could tell. This film The Help shows its message clearly through the visual elements.
The best movie I have seen recently is The Devil's Island, a Scandinavian film about a boys' correctional facility on an island. What was particularly good about the film was the way the cinematography matched the content of the story.
In a film about a difficult and highly regimented life for boys that are being punished for past mistakes, the film uses greys, blacks and slate blue colors that work in sync with the situation of the story nicely. Also, the colors of the characters clothing and the buildings of the campus where they live match the colors of the cold sea that surrounds the island, effectively trapping the boys in a drab and depressing existence.
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