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Wednesday, 28 January 2009

An Art-House Film - "American Beauty" Concept Map on Production Issues

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Useful for comparing art-house "indie" films with films like "Once" made on shoe-string budgets.
Production Notes
Dreamworks's Production Noteshttp://thora.org/magazines/drmwrksinfo.html

5 comments:

Ron C. de Weijze said...

I wonder if film-scenario's are or could be created using concept maps. Seeing the whole situation or scenes from different (psychological) angles, using the same 'objects' in different settings etc.

Dog said...

That's an interesting idea -which I hadn't thought of before. I created the three "American Beauty" maps as examples to help my media studies students produce case studies of their own films - by seeing the bigger picture.

As a way of planning scenes for making films or interpreting scenes from multiple viewpoints I'd say concept mapping would be an interesting way to do it, as you'd get an overview from several perspectives.

Quinton Tarantino's "Jackie Brown" does something like this giving several viewpoints in the Shopping Mall scene in which the money is smuggled into the country and one of the characters loses it by shooting a female accomplice. Of course, it's possible, still, to accomplish this through storyboards, even if concept maps may give a better overview. Concept maps' best use is possibly for analysis and overviews.

Interesting point, though, Ron. I've used concept maps to give talks and planned books with them.

write any thing said...

im 17 year old student from england London studying film
im here writing to any body who has seen the film american beauty and thought to themselves
i am going to change my out look on life due to the mind set of Lester Burnham or any other character in this brilliant film.

this is going towards a A level case study so i will enjoy any sort of responses
thank you

write any thing said...

im 17 year old student from england London studying film
im here writing to any body who has seen the film american beauty and thought to themselves
i am going to change my out look on life due to the mind set of Lester Burnham or any other character in this brilliant film.

this is going towards a A level case study so i will enjoy any sort of responses
thank you

Dog said...

Yes, it's a fascinating film. If you haven't got all three concept maps for this film click on the concept maps tag at the foot of the post. If you click on the "American Beauty" tag only two maps will show.

One of my media students also liked the film to the degree of making a case study out of it, focusing on Dreamworks.

All the best with your studies.