ANI230: Shot Deconstruction

Hello all, and welcome back to my blog, and today I am deconstucting a shot from a movie so that I can use the knowledge gained for my World Builder project that is my main assessment for this trimester in Studio 3.

The film this shot is from is “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe”, produced by Disney in 2005, and is a fantasy film. It follows the story of the Pevensie siblings as they find their to Narnia and their adventure, where they met Aslan the Lion and fought the White Witch, eventually becoming Kings and Queens of Narnia. The scene I have chosen to deconstruct is when the White Witch gains her audience with Aslan. The Witch is carried through the camp and demands the blood of Edmund Pevensie, as he was a traitor. She however left, giving up her claim on Edmund, having recieved Aslan’s word on an alternative. The genre, fantasy, is quite prominent here, with the talking lion, the witch, creatures like minators, dwarves and ogres, and the medieval aspects.

With that out of the way, lets get down to deconstructing this. This was a really hard scene to find, so I apologise for the video quality.

Almost immediately we can see the White Witch, being paraded through the army camp, being watched on both sides by the Narnians, who are crowded in two coloums on either side of the path. The atmosphere is created through the forebodeing music, tense expressions and disgruntled background chatter. The viewer’s attention is drawn towards the White Witch as her entourage brings her foward.

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The stark contrast between the White Witch and the blacks, browns and reds around her also draws attention to her, as she is the odd one out. Even at a different camera angle, the White Witch is still the most contrasting character in the scene, standing out amongst the earthy colours. It is important for the White Witch to stand out in this scene, as she is in her enemy’s camp, to talk with Aslan. In the whole scene, Aslan and the White Witch are the most unique characters. The main characters, the Pevensie siblings have been made to stand out slightly less in this scene too, wearing outfits that fit in more with the surrounding army.

The depth in the shot is well laid out, with Aslan in the foreground, alone, with nothing else cluttering his space, the White Witch approaching in the midground, and her contrasting colour making her stand out from the soldiers surrounding her, and then the background that doesn’t steal attention from the main focus of the shot. This allows attention to remain on Aslan and the Witch while they converse.

Colour in this scene is utilised well, the Narnians are earthy browns and blacks, keeping them comfortably placed in the scene, the White Witch is stark white against this, to show that she doesn’t fit there, that she is the enemy. The colours in this scene are also used to mute out the characters who aren’t important in the shot, and bring out the characters who are. The Narnian soldiers and the White Witch’s servants are all darker colours, while Aslan is golden brown, and, to say it again, the White Witch is dressed in white, giving the two precedence in the scene.

The light in this scene falls naturally on everyone, which prevents unnatural shadows from falling in odd places, giving more to the illusion of Narnia being a real place. The tents take advantage of the space, and are placed to create a convincing medieval style warcamp.

Now how do I bring this knowledge into my own shot? The book that my partner and I agreed on for the World Builder assessment was “The Horse and His Boy” by C.S. Lewis, the third book chronologically in “The Chronicles of Narnia”. Below I have the first pass of thumbnails created for my scene.

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My main focus is the streets of Tashbaan, where Aravis, the female protagonist, discovers her old friend, and from her friend, discovers her father, whom Aravis ran away from, is in Tashbaan too. I want the focus to be on Aravis’ friend with Aravis staring on. To bring this focus more to the friend, I need to bring in more leading lines directing towards the carry litter. I also plan on giving both Aravis and her friend outfits that show their position in society, being daughters of nobles, while also fitting in with the setting of the city, being in an Ancient Persian kind of theme.

Thanks for reading this post.

~Icetail~

Reference
IMDb. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005). IMDb. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0363771/?ref_=ttfc_fc_tt
The white witch bows before Aslan-Chronicles of Narnia. (2011). YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zgl4tqw2OKs
Lewis, C. (1980). The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. London: HarperCollins.
McDonald, J. Medieval Warfare. Medievalwarfare.info. http://www.medievalwarfare.info/
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005) Bloopers & Gag Reel. (2015). YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WBJ7hMVkDLo
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Assignment: Visual Timeline

Animation has brought forth many characters that have touched the hearts of fans, and last year the character of Otosaka Ayumi from the anime ‘Charlotte’. This timeline seeks to outline the potential inspiration that helped create Ayumi.

Otosaka Ayumi (2015)

1 Otosaka Ayumi

Ayumi is the cheerful, supportive younger sister of Otosaka Yuu. She can be annoying at times but she always means well, her annoying tendencies springing from her excitable personality, such as leaving annoying messages on her brother’s bento, making her a cute character that is impossible to hate.

1 Otosaka Ayumi casual

She has huge expressive eyes that shine with happiness. Her long hair is always flowing behind her as she excitedly bounces and runs around. Ayumi only has four outfits seen in ‘Charlotte’, her school uniform, casual clothes, winter clothes and her pyjamas, and all these outfits are some form of a red, orange or yellow colour palette (discounting the uniform, which only has the red bow.) These colours are vibrant and reflect her happy personality.

Ayase Alisa (2013)

2 Ayase Alisa

Ayase Alisa is from the anime ‘LoveLive! School Idol Project’. She is very much like Ayumi, sharing an interest in music, and loving her older sibling.

Like Ayumi, Alisa is the cheerful, supportive younger sister of Ayase Eli. Alisa’s supportiveness is shown through her willingness to voice her opinion, without fear of people shooting her down. Her character design is also cute in appearance, and helps with her personality when she makes adorable mistakes while trying to help her older sister.

Alisa wears a lot of white clothes, occasionally wearing black or dark blue, reflecting her innocent nature. Most of the time its her uniform, in a simple sailor outfit style. Also in likeness to Ayumi, she has the same expressive eyes and, though shorter, free flowing hair. While she might not bounce around like Ayumi all of the time, she is no less cute.

Dojima Nanako (2008)

3 Dojima Nanako

From the game ‘Persona 4’, Dojima Nanako is the younger cousin of the protagonist.

Nanako is shy when she first meets the protagonist, but very quickly shows that she cares for him, and wants to help her older cousin, and while she may be more mature than Ayumi and Alisa, Nanako still shows the childish innocence that both of the aforementioned characters have, calling the protagonist and his friends her “big brothers” and “big sisters”.

She wears a lot of pink and white throughout the game. The white showing her innocence, like Alisa, and the pink representing her cheerfulness, like Ayumi. She still has the same expressive eyes as the previous two characters, but her hair is different, being tied into two ponytails on either side of her head, instead of flowing free, giving her a slightly more childish look.

Aryll (2002)

4 AryllIn the ‘Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker’, Aryll, like Nanako, is a mature and helpful character. Aryll is the Hero’s little sister, and she tries to assist her brother and grandmother in any way she can, lending the Hero her telescope for his birthday. Ayrll is also compassionate, shown when she asks the Hero to help Tetra, whom she has seen being dropped by a giant bird.  She also loves playing with seagulls, showing an affinity for animals.

The simpleness of Aryll’s dress, like Nanako’s, shows off the childish innocence of the character. Her eyes are less expressive, stemming from the lack of colour to them, but they still show the excited nature of Aryll through angles. Her hair is the exact same style as Nanako’s, also adding to the childishness of the character.

Lucy Pevensie (1950)

4 Lucy PevensieAs the youngest of the Pevensie children, Lucy is often disregarded by her older siblings, as seen when she insists that the Wardrobe leads to Narnia, and several other times during the series. She is compassionate and willing to help everyone, when she want to help Mr Tumnus the Faun. She is also brave, adventurous and very curious.

In ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’, the first time we meet Lucy in ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’, she wears simple dresses, common to young girls during the time the story is set, 1940, World War II. Her hair, once again, is like Aryll and Nanako’s, in twin tails on either side of her head.

Alice (1865)

5 AliceAlice, like Lucy, falls into a magical world which she then explores. In Wonderland, Alice displays her curiosity and courage as she traverses, meeting many strange and weird characters like the Cheshire Cat and the Queen of Hearts. Alice is also somewhat helpful, in her (sort of) assisting the Duchess look after the baby which turns into a pig. Alice tries hard to be polite, but seems to fail to take into consideration others feelings.

The original Alice, drawn by John Tenniel, has free flowing hair like Ayumi and Alisa, and a simple dress like Lucy. The style fits in with the style of the time period.

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From Alice to Ayumi a clear archetype is formed, as the supportive younger sibling. It shows the character in a cute and encouraging fashion. These characters can’t be hated, and can cause much change to the emotional atmosphere of the world around them.

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