Welcome to the blog of Rasam Production's Asa Newmarch (The Cinematographer), charting the evolution of the opening to the new feature film "Test Drive", jointly produced with Sam Pollock (The Director) and Rob Shaw (The Producer). You'll be able to see the final cut on YouTube [will be linked on a future day] as well as various short videos and vod/podcasts right here on this blog! Enjoy, and please feel free to comment/add suggestions!

Wednesday, 16 February 2011

AN - Deconstruction of Spirited Away (Practice Evaluation Task)

Spirited Away (2001, Hayao Miyazaki)

Budget: 1,900,000,000 Yen
UK Box Office Takings: £542,530
US Box Office Takings: $10,049,886

  • The company idents appear, Optimum Releasing (Distributor) and Studio Ghibli (Production)
  • Production and distribution companies appear together all at once to form the opening credits.
  • Piano playing in the background (Non-diagetic)
  • Close up of a bunch of flowers with a message written in Japanese.
  • High angle shot of a girl lying down on the back seat of a car.
  • Equilibrium - family driving to a new town they've just moved to.
  • Regular family conversation taking place.
  • No opening credits, since it seems that they would get in the way of the action.
  • Film title appears in big, white font.
  • Dis-equilibrium - family get lost and end up in an abandoned town, but they then decide to explore it and due to a turn of events, the parents are turned into pigs, this symbolises the parent's greed.

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