Fast and Furious 7

The ending scene of “Fast & Furious 7” uses multiple camera angles and audio effects to intensify the scene’s message. It begins with a medium close up shot type with an eye level angle of many of the main characters along with soft dramatic music as they speak about Paul Walker’s character in the movie. This camera view is great for intimate, emotional scenes because you can see the detailed expressions on a character’s face. It is as if the message of the ending scene is to honor and remember Paul Walker in reality since he died while the filming of the movie was taking place. A full shot is used to view Paul Walker’s character with his family as the other characters are talking about him. A mid shot is used as a bridge between the two and allows Vin Diesel to interact with the other main characters he is speaking with as he stands up to leave. This shot allows the focus to still be on Diesel while incorporating the other characters around him. A telephoto lens is used to zoom out over the ocean as the beginning of another emotionally intense song starts to play. An over the shoulder shot type is used to show Vin Diesel’s character’s point of view looking over to Paul Walker’s character when he pulls up beside him. The scene finally ends with a zoomed out view of the characters driving cars through the mountains. During this time of the ending scene the memorial song “See You Again” for Paul Walker is playing. The choices of audio, camera shot type and angles all help to intensify the emotions felt during the scene, whose main message was the remembrance and mourning of Paul Walker.



Avant Garde and Ear Piercings

The words avant garde mean new and unusual ideas or expressions. I would argue that as a male having both ears pierced is avant garde to older generations in our society now. I recently got my own pierced, as you can see in these pictures, and caught hell from my father who is in his fifties. Jokingly, he said I looked like a little girl and explained that if his father, my grandfather who died at an early age, had seen them he would snatch them right out of my ear! Just as Michael Jordan’s iconic single gold hoop earring in the nineties, or for my father long flowing hair during the seventies, having both ears pierced is becoming an avant garde style for men in my own generation.


Number 5

Number-5-1948-Jackson-Pollock.jpgJackson Pollock is one of the most controversial artists of the twentieth century. One of his most outstanding paintings is simply named Number 5, done in 1948. In November 2006 this painting broke the world record for the highest paid for painting at $140 million dollars. It can be described as a canvas splattered and dripped with yellow, red, black, white, and grey paint. This specific technique is called drip painting, which Pollock was best known for. The painting can also be described as an abstract image. The technique used and final abstract image is what’s so controversial about this painting because some did not view it as art, but simply randomly splattered paint on a canvas. Because some people look at this painting as random splattered paint this piece can mean so much for some people, but at the same time have almost no value at all for the people who have this perspective. This technique and abstract design is far from the norm for most art viewers. Number 5 has an iconic political importance and value. In 1948, the Cold War was going on in this time period. The United States embraced Pollock’s abstract expressionism in a push to devalue socialist realism. As shown by its symbolism in the Cold War and the mind-blowing amount paid for it in 2006, it can be said that the painting’s message is much more powerful then it’s shape at first glance.