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Media - Director Project
Transcript of Media - Director Project
His parents, Charles and Catherine, raised him in New York City's Little Italy
Suffered very bad asthma as a child, as a result trips to the local movie theater were more common than trips to the sports field
This sparked Scorsese's interest with painting & drawing, in which he would reflect Hollywood's most recent films, mainly Westerns and Dramas
As time progressed, he aspired to become either a painter or an actor GoodFella's This film displays the life of 3 mob gangsters, and tells the story of how the main character, Henry Hill, lives day to day life as a member of the Mafia. The movie is based on true events, and follows these men as they grow from comitting petty crimes to violent murders. Scorsese gives his audience an extremely realistic image of the mob, and shares details of the rules of organized crime.
In this film, Scorsese's style for directing truly emerged. He includes voice narration from the main character, which helps us to better understand the mind of a sociopath - something that all the male characters in this movie are. He also begins the film with a clip from the middle of the film - the three main characters opening the trunk to display a violently murdered body. Scorsese glamourizes violence to rock music from the time period, uses frequent slow motion, and sets the film in New York. "considered among the most impressive of the young filmmakers who emerged in the seventies." At 14, Scorsese was inspired to become a priest. He began studying at theological college, as he noticed that local clergy in his neighbourhood received respect.
As both puberty and rock&roll fads progressed, Scorsese became distracted and less interested, and was soon expelled.
Due to this, reoccurring displays of catholic guilt and redpemtion are present in a lot of his films
Scorsese now turned to his first love, movies
He majored in film at NYU, graduating in 1964 with some student films to start him off
These films displayed a large range of influences, from foreign classics to Hollywood musicals
His student films managed to catch the eye of director Roger Corman, who is nicknamed the 'King of the B-Movies', and took Scorsese under his wing
Years In his films... We are presented with a gruesome battle on the Five Points district in New York City between two gangs in New York. The main character, Amsterdam Vallon is only a child, and witnesses his father being killed. Some years later, Amsterdam returned to New York in the year 1863, seeking vengance on the murderer of his father. But when he returns, he learns that New York is run by gangs, the most powerful being the Natives, who believe America should only be open to pure Americans only. He finds the man who killed his father, and befriends him, hoping to get close enough to him to have an easy kill.
Scorsese once again uses voice narration of the main character, which is very helpful in building the story. Slow motion is used often to ensure the violence in the film has a large impact on the viewers. Once again, set in New York, and the dipiction of corrupt authority figures is very prevelant. Two men from opposite sides of the law are undercover
within the Massachusetts State Police and the Irish mafia. One of the main characters, Billy Costigan is assigned to work undercover with the Irish mobster Frank Costello to get evidence to arrest him. His true identity is only known by his superiors Dignam and Oliver Queenan. The protégée of Costello, and the other main characrer, Colin Sullivan, is promoted in the Massachusetts State Police and is the informer of Costello. Each police officer gives his best effort trying to disclose the identity of the other "rat".
Once again, Scorsese gives us insight to corrupt authority figures, and brutal violence that occurs around us, set to upbeat rock music once again which gives the effect of glamourizing it. Taxi Driver We follow the life of Travis Bickle, an ex-marine and Vietnam War veteran who has moved to New York City. He suffers from insomnia, and takes up a job as a taxi driver. We get an inside look at this mans mind, and find out that he has very strong opinions on the right and wrongs of the world. When he becomes a taxi driver, he becomes increasingly disgusted with the low-lifes around him, and becomes obsessed with the ugly corruption of life. He starts to become disturbed by his own lonliness and alienation in society, and purchases 4 handguns to do what he thinks will make the world a better place.
Once again we are inside the mind of a sociopath wanting to be accepted by society, which is set in New York. Violence is present in this film, and slow motion is very frequently used. The Departed Gangs of New York FIN Media & Present day Finally, Kurt Vonnegut had made a name for himself, and was a respected writer. His novels first caught the imagination of young adults everywhere. His books could be found in almost every students dorm room, and original paperbacks would be in the back jean pocket of almost every college student. Vonneguts writing career was the right path to take. Success! AWARDS & NOMINATIONS Success # 1 3 Martin Scorsese believes that building his characters is more important than builing a direct plot in his movies. Do you agree or disagree that the focus in films should be based more so on the characters? 2 Based on movies you may have seen by Scorsese, do you think he deserved to win an award for best director sooner than 2006? The Scorsese Style... Scorsese was best known for filming lengthy tracking shots Such as his 3 minute continuous shot in 'GoodFellas' In his more recent films, he depicts corrupt authority figures (ie. Police men in 'The Departed', politicians in 'Gangs of New York', and the Aviator
Guilt is a very prominant theme in his films, such as creating and dealing with guilt
Some of his films are inspired by true stories (ie. Raging Bull, Goodfellas and Casino)
Often includes voice narration/ voice overs of his characters from beyond the grave (ie. Good Fellas, Gangs of New York, Casino)
"I love voiceovers. Sunset Boulevard is narrated by a man who's dead, floating in a swimming pool. He's telling the whole story and there's a sense of irony in that. I'm not interested in the character describing what's going on, but what he is feeling." Directing Style Often begings movies with scenes from the middle or end of the story
His lead characters are often sociopathic and/or want to be accepted by society or in a society
Often glamourizes violence to rock music in many of his films to set the mood for his characters
"Violence usually manifests itself in a very specific world. I come from Italian descendants. My grandparents' way of life was quite tribal. Living in Manhattan then was like being in an old Sicilian village. The nature of the violence in the world I was growing up in was not pointless. It was very serious. It was something that I experienced and objectively saw. Even a slap in the face was a very serious thing that had to be addressed. When I try to express it by showing it in my films, I'm not glamorising it to make it look great." Frequent use of slow motion [ie. Mean Streets, Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Good Fellas, Gangs of New York]
Combines rapid editing with slow motion scenes set to very distinctive soundtracks
Includes very bold music in his films (which display his love for good musical influences he grew up listening to) which range from jazz to classical rock. This has been imitated by other directors such as Quentin Tarantino
Frequently uses New York as the main setting in his films (ie.Good Fellas, Gangs of New York, Taxi Driver, Age of Innocence, The King of Comedy, After Hours, New York New York and Mean Streets) Never rat on your friends and always keep your mouth shut. I ride around most nights - subways, buses - but you know, if I'm gonna do that I might as well get paid for it That's what preserves the order of things. Fear. When I was your age they would say we can become cops, or criminals. Today, what I'm saying to you is this: when you're facing a loaded gun, what's the difference? Kurt had many careers before his profession in writing really took off. He was a newspaper reporter, teacher and a public relations employee for General Electric. Scorsese shows us what this world is all about: money and influence. The effect is that viewers feel like they are part of the action; since their perspective is constantly changing they are active participants instead of observers.
Discussion Questions Do you think tracking shots are more effective in fiilming than standard cut scenes? Question # Question # Martin Scorsese, a talented director who practically defined the cinimatic world during the 70's and 80's. He's won numerous awards, received multiple nominations, and inspired many other popular directors we know today. Although his road to becoming such a successful director is not too well known by many, it's well worth the time to examine. About astrology and palmistry: they are good because they make people vivid and full of possibilities. They are communism at its best. Everybody has a birthday and almost everybody has a palm. Because Fox news couldn't say it, I will : Vonnegut's death was saddening, but he still survives in the past, making him just as alive as he ever was. What Is This Man's Story? Bio Overview Full Name - Martin Marcantonio Luciano Scorsese
Ethnicity - Italian American
Born on November 17th, 1942 in Flushing, Long Island, New York, U.S. Early Years Most Important to Making his Films Scorsese believes that the "psychological interiors of the characters is what grabs the audience's attention, not what's going on around them." For example, in the film 'Raging Bull', the size of the boxing ring changes with every fight depending on how the main character is feeling. Scorsese says "You only get a sense of the fight from inside his head."
Most comfortable working with male protagonists as opposed to female, "I've made films about the male psyche, so that must be what I'm comfortable with." He believes his best work is done when he feels comfortable, although he does encourage people to step outside their shell to gain more experience.
Most importantly, Scorsese focuses more on the characters story rather than building a sturdy plot for the movie itself Best Director - 2006 Broadcast Film Critics Association
Best Director - 2006 Directors Guild of America
Best Director - 2006 Hollywood Foreign Press Association
Best Director - 2006 National Board of Review
Best Director - 2006 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Best Director - 2006 Boston Society of Film Critics
Best Director - 2006 Chicago Film Critics Association
Best Director - 2006 Dallas/Fort Worth Film Critics Association
Best Director - 2006 Las Vegas Film Critics Association
Best Director - 2006 Oklahoma Film Critics Circle
Best Director - 2006 Online Film Critics Association
Best Director - 2006 Phoenix Film Critics Association
Best Director - 2006 Southeastern Film Critics Association
Best Director - 2006 Washington D.C. Film Critics Association
Best Director - 2006 New York Film Critics Society
Best Director - 2004 Broadcast Film Critics Association
Best Director [Runner-up] - 2004 Los Angeles Film Critics Association
Best Director - 2002 Hollywood Foreign Press Association
William K. Everson Award for Film History - 2001 National Board of Review
Best Director - 1993 National Board of Review
Best Picture - 1990 British Academy of Film and Television Arts
Best Director - 1990 British Academy of Film and Television Arts
Best Director - 1990 New York Film Critics Circle
Silver Lion for Best Director - 1990 Venice International Film Festival
Best Director - 1989 National Society of Film Critics
Best Director - 1989 Los Angeles Film Critics Association
Best Director - 1986 Cannes Film Festival
Best Director - 1985 Independent Spirit Awards
Best Director - 1976 National Society of Film Critics
New Generation Award - 1976 Los Angeles Film Critics Association
Best Picture - 1975 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Wins Best Director - 2006 British Academy of Film and Television Arts
Best Director - 2006 National Society of Film Critics
Best Directing for Nonfiction Programming - 2006 Academy of Television Arts and Sciences
Best Director - 2006 Iowa Film Critics Association
Best Director - 2006 London Film Critics Association
Best Director - 2006 Satellite Awards
Best Director - 2006 Toronto Film Critics Association
Best Director - 2004 British Academy of Film and Television Arts
Best Director - 2004 Directors Guild of America
Best Director - 2004 Hollywood Foreign Press Association
Best Director - 2004 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Best Director - 2003 Broadcast Film Critics Association
Best Director - 2002 Broadcast Film Critics Association
Best Director - 2002 Directors Guild of America
Best Director - 2002 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Best Director - 1995 Hollywood Foreign Press Association
Best Director - 1993 Directors Guild of America
Best Director - 1993 Hollywood Foreign Press Association
Best Adapted Screenplay - 1993 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
In Competition - 1992 Berlin International Film Festival
Best Director - 1990 Directors Guild of America
Best Screenplay - 1990 Hollywood Foreign Press Association
Best Director - 1990 Hollywood Foreign Press Association
Best Director - 1990 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Best Adapted Screenplay - 1990 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Best Director - 1988 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Best Director - 1980 Directors Guild of America
Best Director - 1980 Hollywood Foreign Press Association
Best Director - 1980 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Best Picture - 1976 British Academy of Film and Television Arts
Best Director - 1976 Directors Guild of America Nominations total - 31 total - 33 Question #