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The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

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Transcript of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

FILM ANALYSIS
OLIVER CATCHICK
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
Oliver Catchick
PLOT SUMMARY
An employee at Life magazine, spends day after monotonous day developing photos for the publication. To escape the tedium, Walter inhabits a world of exciting daydreams in which he is the undeniable hero. Walter fancies a fellow employee named Cheryl and would love to date her, but he feels unworthy.
COLOUR
PRODUCTION DECISIONS
Directed by
:
Ben Stiller

Produced by:
Samuel Goldwyn Jr, John Goldwyn, Stuart Cornfield & Ben Stiller

Staring:

Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig, Shirley MacLaine, Adam Scott, Kathryn Hanh & Sean Penn

Cinematographer:

Stuart Dryburgh

LIGHTING
All interior scenes were all lit with standard lighting set ups and all exterior scenes were shot with natural lights
The New York City scenes were shot during the summer
The crew relocated to Iceland
All of the global destinations were shot in Iceland
FRAMING & CINEMATOGRAPHY
Clear visual separation of Walters imaginations & real life
Shot in Iceland for its naturally strong colours including rich greens, dark browns and bright, clear blue skies.
Dryburgh chose Kodak film and shot on Arricam SP and LT Cameras with Hawk V Lite Lenses
PROTAGONIST
Walter Mitty
Average everyday man
Gets lost in his imagination
Submissive & passive
Keeps to himself
ADVERTISING AND MARKETING
Viral Marketing
Twentieth Century Fox offered indie film maker Casey Neistat a $US25000 advertising budget to create a promotional video with the theme “live your dreams” for the upcoming film The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.
Neistat accepted the challenge but with a catch, to take the studios money and travel to the Philippines where a massive typhoon had hit days earlier.
DISTRIBUTION
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty was released in many countries all over the world across different continents during the late half of 2013 and beginning of 2014 by 20th Century Fox
SOUND
A more niche style of sound was used compared to traditional sounds in films
Not afraid to use silence and uses it to it’s advantaged to enhance scenes

EXAMPLE: Opening scene on eHarmony all you can hear is the typing and clicking of the computer.
TARGET AUDIENCE
Film is pitched towards families, teenagers and adults even though it slightly includes adult themes such as online dating
Not a broad comedy like Ben Stiller’s previous, Night at the Museum nor is it a straight drama.
Released on the same day as other films which were not suitable for families and younger people.
SPECIAL EFFECTS
Green screen was used in certain scenes
VFX was used to create the encounter with the shark
VFX used in the fighting scene
CONTROLS AND CONSTRAINTS
No major constraints regarding money
Big budget of $90,000,000
Filming in harsh conditions
Hard to recreate New York City without people chanting or screaming Ben Stiller’s name out
ECONOMICAL FACTORS
In America of 2013 Americans were not happy with the direction of the economy due to three main factors.

Rise in price of gas and consumer goods
Healthcare costs
Joblessness and Underemployment



Rich in colours and textures
Various colour palettes to make the real life and imaginary one of Walter Mitty differ
Once the imaginations begin, colours are more vibrant and brighter
Dull and bland colours are used for his everyday boring life.
MEDIA AS AN ART FILM
Unusual use of aesthetics
Variety of different camera angles
Cinematography
Narrative


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