The main focus of Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights is the romance between Heathcliff and Catherine. The love between these two causes pain and suffering for anyone caught between them. Heathcliff’s motivations as a character are often unclear and left up for interpretation, especially after his beloved Catherine’s death. Towards the end of the novel, there is a scene that is used to great success to showcase Heathcliff’s mental state before his death. However, it does much more than that. Through closely examining Bronte’s word choice and the images she invokes when Heathcliff is talking about Catherine’s corpse, we can decipher what has been driving Heathcliff throughout the whole of the novel.
The color green has appeared in many different works over the years, and has been said to symbolize everything from nature to death to the devil. One of the most prominent works to feature the color green is Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, the classic tale of a knight whose honor and self-control in the face of temptation is tested when a mysterious challenger arrives in King Arthur’s court. The poem has been upheld as a purely Christian poem that enforces Christian ideals of chivalry and honor. The meaning of the ending of the poem, however, has long been in debate. The reveal of the true identity of the Green Knight and Sir Gawain’s decision to wear the green girdle as a badge of shame have split scholars on the meaning for decades. However, I surmise that the poem can be best understood by viewing the Green Knight as an incarnation of God, with his complex morality being explained by the similarly complex nature of the symbolism of the color green. Simply put, the meaning of the color of the Green Knight is not static throughout the poem, but it’s meaning is fluid depending on the scene, with the color overall being used as a sign of bad luck.
The following is an essay written for my American Film History 1 class.
Genres are the labels we give to a film to describe the type of film it is. When a person is asked to describe what a film is, they will most likely begin by stating its genre. When a film is labeled as a comedy, or a thriller, or a horror, there are certain tropes and elements that are associated with that genre. This makes film genres different from other systems of classification. In order to properly examine just how different film genres are from other genre classification systems, and why it’s different, one must first define what a genre is and what it does. Once that is done it is important to look at the recurring settings, character types, and plots that appear within that genre. Another important element to look at to properly understand genres is the conflict going on in the story. Lastly it is important to understand how genres evolve in order to properly understand why things are done in the way they are. Using Otto Preminger’s Anatomy of a Murder, we will examine the effects genre has on film.
To prepare for the upcoming short film i’m directing, Bad Bad Things, formally titled Snuff, I teamed up with my Art major buddy, and former roommate, Josh Dodd (linked to his Tumblr) to write a short, experimental, art film which we titled Fallacy In Fantasy. Sadly, I don’t have any pictures from the shoot since it was just me doing every job, But I was working with a great cast so everything went well. I’m hoping to do two more before I go back to college sometime in August, but we’ll see how that goes.
Yeah, so I’d like to do three shorts before I go back. One artsy (Fallacy,) one comedy, and one other genre, maybe a drama? But then again I always do dramas…maybe a musical? I can’t pull off a musical, I have no musical talent at all. Anyway the picture above is the script (which printed in landscape because that is the angle I had it in my iPad when I hit print,) and the two masks worn by The Protagonist and The Liar. Well, The Liar didn’t actually wear the mask in the shoot, due to a last minute judgement call from me. Like I said before, I should have the short up soon, since it shouldn’t take long to edit (if I can get the right FireWire and actually import it.) Look forward to it!
The following is an essay written for my Film as Literature class.
V for Vendetta was a work of major cultural importance for over a decade before the 2005 film adaption helped spread the messages and themes of the film worldwide. Originally in publication from March 1982 through May 1989, V for Vendetta is the brainchild of Alan Moore, who is widely considered to be one of the greatest comic book writers of all time. The film centers on V, a terrorist out to destroy the fascist government of dystopian future England. While the film itself makes many important points about freedom, liberty, individual choice, and the damage totalitarian control does to them, what makes this film remarkably relatable to the current cultural and political atmosphere of the world, American in particular, is its ability to unite all of these themes under one symbol: the Guy Fawkes mask. The Guy Fawkes mask has a long history, dating back to 1605 and the failed Gunpowder Plot, to its current use as a symbol for protest and the power of revolt. V for Vendetta, by augmenting a preexisting historical figure, has changed the way that the youth of the world protest, both socially and politically, by giving all protesters a single symbol to express their ideals.
Honestly I don’t have much to say here, I’m mainly posting here to apologize for not updating as much as I should. I’ve simply been busy with the Adult Swim production, and then once we wrapped I flew to Hawaii for a week. Basically we’ve been focusing all our energy into working hard on the script for Snuff (which is now a working title upon the discovery of a movie and a novel of the same name.) It’s nearing completion. We have the script ‘finished,’ we are just looking for a way to give it that kick that every good movie needs. We are going to start out Kickstarter campaign for funds pretty soon, and we have already dipped our toes into casting. That is still largely open, though. Things are moving along nicely…
As a side note you may have noticed that the TNL Facebook page has a new look (as well as a new name.) Our new, silly name is the product of something I’ve wanted to do for quite some time. You see, the name TNL Productions comes from the product of the two names of its founders, Adam Lowry and Jacob Thorpe. TNL is mainly used by me these days, as Jacob has focused his energy into studying business at Gordon as well as his job at Golden Corral. I was never particularly found of the name Thorpe ‘N Lowry, and I always thought it’d be fun to change what TNL stands for with each production that we do. With Snuff being our first production (that is actually going to work, unlike the incredible failure APV was) I’ve decided to go forward with the idea. Currently TNL stands for Totally Narcissistic Lobster. Like it? I thought so. Moving on.
Actually, other than that I don’t have much to report. I did participate in the 48 Hour Film Festival, and that was a great deal of fun. The trailer for the film we produced, “Too Late” can be viewed below. The full film should be up soon. I worked with the production group Curious Intentions Media for the festival. They have pictures from the production up, as well as an awesome blog for you to check out. I actually used to write for their blog, but due to school I kind of, how to put it, fell behind on my supply of articles. The ones I did write are still up, though. So check those out here!