Transformers task 1b

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Transformers film series' purpose and form ( inc. synopsis) Transformers (2007) – Running Time 144 minutes Rivalry friendship Pride and respect Leadership Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009) – Running Time 150 minutes Friendship Pride and respect Rivalry Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011) – R unning Time 154 minutes Friendship Machines taking over Being protective Pride and respect Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014) – Running R ime 165 minutes Family values Being protective Leadership Pride and respect Revenge When teenager Sam Witwicky buys his first car, what he doesn't know, is that it's actually an alien robot. This isn't the only alien to arrive on Earth. Optimus Prime and a fellow group of transforming robots have arrived in search of the Allspark . But Optimus Prime and the Autobots aren't the only aliens to appear. Megatron and the Decepticons are also searching for the Allspark , and they would do anything to get it, even if it means destroying the world. Sam Witwicky leaves the Autobots behind for a normal life. But when his mind is filled with cryptic symbols, the Decepticons target him and he is dragged back into the Transformers' war. Forcing the Autobots to once again protect him for the sake of their own planet, Cybertron. Autobots Bumblebee, Ratchet, Ironhide , Mirage (aka Dino), Wheeljack (aka Que ) and Sideswipe led by Optimus Prime, are back in action taking on the evil Decepticons , who are eager to avenge their recent defeat. The Autobots and Decepticons become involved in a perilous space race between the United States and Russia, to reach a hidden Cybertronian spacecraft on the moon and learn its secrets, and once again Sam Witwicky has to come to the aid of his robot friends. The new villain Shockwave is on the scene while the Autobots and Decepticons continue to battle it out on Earth. Five years after the Deception invasion of Chicago, the Autobots were granted sanctuary into the Earth. Believing they are a threat, they were secretly eliminated by an elite CIA unit with the help of a Transformer bounty hunter, Lockdown. Because of this, Optimus has since lost his faith in humanity after the ambush that caused his injury and even considers leaving the planet until Cade Yeager, a mechanic, convinced him to reconsider his faith in humanity after helping him slightly recover. Together with his family, they join the Autobots to exterminate the bounty hunter, the reincarnated Megatron (in the form of Galvatron ), and the Cemetery Wind (elite CIA unit tasked in killing Transformers).


Transformers genre Transformers is a sci-fi and a action film, these are the reason’s why it is a sci-fi film. 1) it includes non biological aliens i.e. the transformers, 2) it has giant spaceships from other planets, which may possibly be from a different universe. 3) some the technology and weaponry the transformers have aren’t from earth, 4) the language the transformers originally speak isn’t from any language on earth. 5) they are from a different planet which may possibly be in a different universe. Transformers has had a strong effect on Japanese anime due to the fact that it started out as a toy line, then moved onto several anime TV series, Films and comic books which have all been popular in Japan


Transformers form Transformers is a film series, having created four transformer films already with plans for a fifth film to be made and released by 2016. With the first three films are based on the autobots saving humanity and trying to stop the decipticons, while hoping to return their own planet cybertron. However in the third film their planet is destroyed however they are granted sanctuary on earth. Yet in the fourth film they’re being hunted by an elite CIA squad, and a transformer bounty hunter (who doesn’t care for taking part in the Cybertron war so is neither a autobot or a deciptcon) as well as a reincarnated megatron, which means they have to save humanity again and protect themselves while getting revenge for their fellow autobots demise. The transformers film series has a linear narrative, as it is set out as, beginning, middle and then an end. Despite there being very few flashbacks and the film series spreading out over so many films it doesn’t make the film have a story arc, or a flashback narrative. Despite the films being in chronological order, Transformers isn’t really classed as having a chronological narrative. The reason why Transformers has been successful is due to the fact that they appeal mainly to their own fan base while also expanding out to other fan bases due to it’s form of following it’s character form the old series, toys etc. this form has echoed from not only transformers films but also superhero films such as S piderman, Batman etc. which also follows their comic books etc. Purpose A main theme throughout all of the films which is towards the educational side of things, is that whether we can trust technology or not as the films have shown us what machines taking over can do. The technology in the film shows whether we should trust technology due to a theory that with all the wearable technology, drones and social media sites are all linked to google collecting data about us . There is also a lot of surveillance cameras these days, making us feel like we are being watched and films like this remind us of these fears so we start discussing them and exploring the issues ourselves. The other purpose of the film is to entertain it’s audiences.


Transformers style U sually at the end of the movie the big fight is in a major city which has tall buildings which represents money and power. And usually they are destroyed or partly destroyed i.e. Chicago or Hong Kong. The style of the movie is mixed with sci-fi/action movie and a disaster movie. It is a sci-fi/action movie because it has the alien robots fighting in cities but it also represents a disaster style to it as the humans are miniscule compared to the alien robots. With the humans being so miniscule this provides a comedic edge to film franchise, as well as usually their being a few comedic jokes and moments as well.


Comparison In 1984, Transformers started out as a TV series which was intended for children. However since the return of Transformers through the film series, it has been aimed more towards teenagers and young adults. The main difference is that the TV series was a cartoon and didn’t show much detailed violence, whereas the film series is live-action which views more detailed violence and graphic damage towards the transformers.


Camera work https:// In the opening scene of this extract you get a crabbing movement with tilting as the camera moves to the left then when it slows down you see the camera tilt upwards to show the main characters face although he says nothing. The next scene you see three more main characters having a discussion, you see this time close up shots and two shots as well as the camera crabbing to the left slightly at the start before showing the close ups/two shots of the characters which means that the director wants you to hear the conversation if he has a close up/two shot. The next scene shows two characters arguing then having a fight, the camera first starts of with a crabbing/ pedding movment as the camera starts off going to the right then upwards then to the left, this shot is done like a medium close up as it shows up from the characters knees to his head, as he starts annoying the other character you see a quick glimpse of a over the shoulder shot of the annoyed character, then when they start fighting it goes out to arc shot cross blocking shot then to another shot which is a crane shot as it starts to go diagonally before dipping down slightly before it changes shot. Then you see a quick glimpse of two other characters in a medium close up/two shot. The next shot you see a slight crabbing movement with a slight tilt with a long shot, the next shot is a close up shot/two shot of the two characters as one has the other pinned down, although the camera slightly shows one character more before lowering to show the other character more before showing them both equally. The next shot shows another character speaking with other characters behind him the background, this is shot at a low angle, as the camera switches for a glimpse at a another character which is a medium shot, it then goes back to the other shot however this time the main character is speaking so the camera zooms in slightly while moving closer at a low angle as well as the camera tilts up slightly more, this could mean that the director is showing the importance of what the main character is saying, the next shot shows another character to be speaking while zooming in slightly while moving forward towards the character which ends up with a close up of the character. The next scene shows a over the shoulder shot which then goes out to a medium close up. The next scene shows a zoom in of one of the characters in a car while moving slightly forward but mostly zooming in. the next scene shows a wide view of most of the characters, the camera is possibly a crane shot as it is high in the air while moving down and while ever so slightly moving a little bit to the left while still being focused on the main shot. The next shot is a medium close up while at a low angle of the main characters face while showing on the right hand side the video footage he is watching, a reason for doing this is to show his facial expressions to show how he feels while watching this piece of footage, to show how much it means to him to see this footage. The next shot shows to characters one of which is speaking and the other in the background, this is a two shot/medium close up shot, the camera keeps the focus on the both characters while crabbing to the left, the camera also has a low angle. The next scene is of the character in the car still zooming in, the next scene is a close up/ two shot of two characters one of which is speaking. The next scene is of a main character and a supporting character, the camera is at a medium shot while pedding upwards and also tilting slightly upwards when the main character stands up, the camera mainly focuses on the main character, this could mean that it shows his importance as he goes on to say something so its showing his importance. The next scene shows the character in the car get out of the car while speaking, this scene is of a medium close up shot while pedding upwards remaining on this character. The scene switches quickly for a glimpse of a different character speaking which is a close up shot while not moving before switching back to the other character. The next scene shows all of the characters together while one of the main characters speaks a crane shot is used as it the camera moves slowly and diagonally. The final scene then shows the main character in a medium close up of him speaking while zooming out slightly and making very little movement although it suggests it may be a crane shot, the camera shows glimpses of two other characters, the reason maybe because the main character is saying an emotional speech which suggests the meaning of the camera and the way the scene is shot.


Sound In the extract you don’t hear the music until around 1 minute and 6 seconds but even then the music is very low and inaudible. You really start to hear the music at around 1 minute and 47 seconds. Transformers usually has a parallel and a sound bridge style to it as the sound matches the events that happen on screen, as well as some scenes where the sound follows into another scene. However for very few scenes there is also a commentary narration for certain moments of the film. At certain scenes there is also an non-diegetic sound and a hyperbolic sound style as usually there are sounds added afterwards and/or possibly during the making of the film in a studio. As this is a sci-fi cross action film so there is going to be strange sounds and noises. Also a lot of the sounds are over exaggerated like the explosions and the sound of the cars engines.


Content Transformers could fall into several genres, such as sci-fi as we see from this clip a spaceship in the background and a giant non biological alien(robot). The film can also fit into an action genre as we see the robot shooting his two guns and blowing two other spaceships. Also there is a slight monster theme like Godzilla as these robots are like gigantic compared to the humans. Just from this screenshot you can see these genres. Although T ransformers is mainly regarded as a sci-fi film and a action film.


Meaning Representation - Transformers is possibly made to look like a major war between an non biological alien race that happens to terrorise big city's, this could be shown as that war destroys city’s that represent money and power, and that war is bad financially. Connotation – from this shot on the last page you can see that the shot proves about the representation of a war in a big city, destroying some or most of that city within the process. Context – the context of Transformers is that it shows generally the main character as a leader of a supposed ‘good side’ leading his fellow soldiers against the supposed ‘evil side’, however others appear to disagree as you will see in these two posts at the bottom of the page, about the illuminati and freemasons and the other post being about occult symbols. Structure and Techniques – each film individually is structured in a slightly different way, the first film is for the main human character to figure out what is going on while they figure out where a certain object is. The second film the main human character has to figure out what the symbols in his head means, the third film the all the characters have to figure out what/why certain things happen. And finally in the fourth the character have to figure out why they are being hunted. That is the start and middle parts of the film and for the final part there is usually a fight at the end in a city. Character Representation – the main female characters within the films are referred as ‘sex objects’ in the sense that men will see the film partly to see a certain female actor play a character e.g. M egan F ox and Rosie Huntington- Whiteley . Also women would go and see the films to see what these female actors look like. This is known as the male gaze theory in which the audience can look at women/a woman, the three ways could be 1) how men look at women, 2) how women look at themselves and 3) how women look at other women. / http://


Production Process This is Transformers 4: Age of Extinction storyboard


Casting Mark Wahlberg – Mark Wahlberg is mainly known for action films or comedy films such as Ted and 2 Guns. Titus Welliver – Titus Welliver is mainly known in TV action shows such as Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D and Prison Break. Kelsey Grammar – Kelsey Grammer has appeared in the TV show The Simpsons voicing as SideShow Bob, he also recently appeared in action film The Expendables 3. Peter Cullen – Peter Cullen voiced the original transformers as Optimus Prime and Ironhide between 1984 and 1987 as well as Optimus Prime in the new film series. John Goodman – John Goodman voiced Hound in transformer 4: Age of Extinction, however he is more known for voicing Sulley in Monsters I nc. and Monsters university, he also played Fred Flintstone in the 1994 comedy The Fintstones John DiMaggio – John DiMaggio is famous for voicing Bender in futurama Robert Foxworth – Robert Foxworth voices ratchet in the transformers films and has appeared in other sci-fi shows such as Stark Trek Enterprise and Stargate SG-1. T.J. Miller – T.J. Miller is known as comedian and has appeared in comedy films such as Yogi Bear and Gulliver’s Travels. Ken Watanabe – Ken Watanabe voices drift in the transformers films, he recently appeared in Godzilla and also appeared in T he L ast Samurai. Stanley Tucci - Stanley Tucci has appeared in the Hunger Game films and made an appearance in C aptain America: The First Avenger. Michael Bay directed Transformers 4: Age of Extinction, as he has done with the past three transformer’s films. Michaek Bay also produced ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ which had similar audiences. He also directed ‘Pain and Gain’ which also starred Mark Wahlberg. Ehren Kruger wrote screen wrote the film. He also wrote other transformer films such as ‘Dark of the Moon’ and ‘Revenge of the Fallen’. He’s also wrote ‘The Ring’ and ‘The Ring Two’ as well as ‘Scream 3’ and ‘Scream 4’.


Locations The locations used in Transformers: Age of Extinction were Utah, Detroit, Michigan, Chicago, Illinois and Hong Kong. However Detroit was made to look like H ong Kong. Utah Detroit (made to look like H ong K ong


Chicago Hong Kong


Filming Transformers 4: Age of Extinction was filmed using smaller digital IMAX 3D cameras. However over formats were used such as IMAX 70mm film cameras, digital stereo 3D and anamorphic and spherical 35mm film. Sound The title song from the soundtrack of the movies for the past three films was by Linkin Park, however Imagine Dragons wrote a track specifically for the film entitled ‘Battle Cry’ whereas Linkin Park released a song that was mainly used on the Transformers game entitled ‘Until It’s Gone’. https:// This is a ‘making of’ video. Adaption The Transformer’s film series is based on the Transformers toy line, which were made by toy makers Hasbro.

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