Zarraf Choudhury

  • Based on the true story of Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, the 1967 film Bonnie and Clyde was a statement film- Director Arthur Penn made sure his movie will be remembered for a long time. And he succeeds. Although the film very loosely bases itself on the true events of the real Bonnie and Clyde, […]

  • It’s an odd film to say the least. Parts where the entire gang would just go about causing mayhem seemed like something a deranged family from one of those 70’s horror movies would do (Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Last House on the left, etc). Fun fact- the annoying woman that kept screaming throughout the movie- […]

  • When a film combines tension and suspense to create a powerful and unpredictable atmosphere between itself and the film viewers, the final results can be a mixed bag. Some viewers may shrug it off proclaiming it to be another one of those movies, while other see it as an annoyance. But, when done correctly, even perfectly, the […]

  • Zarraf Choudhury commented on the blog post Psycho !! 9 years, 5 months ago

    Nice post. To add on to some of the technical details of thats scene: There were a total of 90 shots with around 70 different angles used in that entire scene, then edited to make a 45 second act. If you look closely, there were 3 shots that actually showed skin being pierced by the […]

  • Zarraf Choudhury 12-6-10 Queens College English 110 Program Notes: Jenny Lu Jenny Lu’s 2010 film Kino Pravda explores the ideas of Dziga Vertov and his belief that “cinematography’ must die so that the art of cinema may live.” Jenny’s Kino Pravda film essay on a group of sculptures in the campus of Queens College masterfully […]

  • Zarraf Choudhury 12-6-10 Queens College English 110 Program Notes: Jenny Lu Jenny Lu’s 2010 film Kino Pravda explores the ideas of Dziga Vertov and his belief that “cinematography’ must die so that the art of cinema may live.” Jenny’s Kino Pravda film essay on a group of sculptures in the campus of Queens College masterfully […]

  • Quick summary of the film essay, including the basic “plot”, who it was made by, the piece the film was based on.
    Background information on director.
    Other works by that director
    Background information on art piece.
    Why he/she chose that artwork.
    general review of film essay.
    conclusion

  • I think Jenny’s Kino Pravda is the most “Vertovian” because of her use of different images (the opening with the QC campus, flowers, art piece, etc). The favorite part of my video was how I mixed the interviews with background music, as well has the description of the artwork. Basically, I really liked my editing. […]

  • Wow, that’s a lot of information. And the whole Japanese myth- wow. That’s a fantastic find. Also, good job keeping composure throughout the video, even with all that noise in the background.

  • Released in 1960 with a budget of $806,000, Psycho gave its viewers one of the greatest stories and twist endings during that time period. First time viewers were shocked, and deservedly so. The movie itself just seems to ooze claustrophobic areas and camera-closeups that would make anyone uncomfortable. And that’s just some of the less violent scenes. […]

  • There’s a version out without that added ending? That’s awesome, because I really didn’t like the ending to this one.

    Also, the ending in the 1978 version of The Invasion of The Body Snatcher was also really well made.

  • Yep. My thoughts exactly on the ending added on. It just completely deviates away from, what I thought, was the point of the whole movie- the feeling of having absolutely no hope, not being able to trust anyone, and just the sense of loneliness even in a world full of people. It’s a provocative thought, […]

  • zac592 commented on the blog post KINO FILM 9 years, 6 months ago

    Hahaha, what an awesome intro! And good facts about the tubes- showed you really went all out to figure out what they were.

  • 1-The background of the film itself, such as what it’s about and what it’s for (reason why the film was made in the first place- which ties back with community interviews, observational documentary, etc ). 2- Thoughts on who/what the film is based on (what is Kino-Pravda, who is Vertov? Background info on artwork?). 3- […]

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oH_s_Lj_YPU&feature=player_embedded Vertovian script: Overlapping text, “Kino-Pravda” Film Essay. Image of black and white photograph of a house. Voice over, “A house.” Underneath moving shot of photograph with background music. Left, Medium close-up on photograph. Right, Medium close-up shot, going down, white text over shot, voiceover of the text. Image of house, going down-right, voiceover “Meaning […]

  • The camera going through the pink flowers is VERY striking. It both caught my attention immediately and gave a pretty good intro to the film essay.

  • zac592 commented on the blog post Simplicity 9 years, 6 months ago

    The peer review really helped me understand specific things I didn’t see before. One of those things was how I used Harvey’s Elements. When I first wrote the persuasive letter, I didn’t really think about the use of his Elements. Going through the letter after many of these Elements were identified by a classmate made […]

  • zac592 commented on the blog post Simplicity 9 years, 6 months ago

    a)More and more people are caring less about the photograph as a form of art. b)More and more people care less about photography as a form of art a)A message in an artwork, no matter how small, must remain and be intact. b)The message in an artwork, no matter how small, should not be changed. […]

  • 1- Title over blue/black screen. 2- medium to close up shot of photograph. 3- Voice over: “a house” 4- Background music, orchestra-like. 5- Moving image of photograph. 6- Text: Description of photograph (6 ft by 5 ft, glass, etc) 7- Voice over asking opinions of others of the photograph. 8- Students opinions 9- Opinion of […]

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