Analyzing Dr. Strangelove

As you can probably tell, I’m a bit late on the uploads this week. That is because I am awful with technology, as we all know, and I couldn’t figure out how to video. But I’m back and better than ever, and this time, with a VIDEO!!

I analyzed Dr. Strangelove this week, and I will be honest, I couldn’t figure out how to put the scene I’m analyzing in the video because I suck so I will embed that in this blog post as well for you to watch. Sorry for the inconvenience.

As I said in the video, I chose this because it reminded me a lot of the short clip we watched called Hitchcock Likes Bikinis because the main character of the scene is wearing a bikini. I also chose it because it was directed by Stanley Kubrick, and he had a lot of clips about him that were available for us to watch, so I thought it would be fun to analyze him.

I really enjoyed watching the clips and learning more about the thought processes of directors and filmmakers. I think good films seem very natural, but I’ve learned that everything is a lot more calculated and intentional than I previously thought. For example, Kubrick is known for doing one-shot scenes and also loves to utilize zooms. He uses both of these techniques very precisely to get points across.

I read Roger Ebert’s article on How to Read a Movie and found it extremely interesting. What I found most interesting, though, was the idea that pictures displayed on the right side of a shot are more favorable than when they are on the left. I think that’s fascinating because I’ve never thought about where things are placed in a shot before, but clearly that’s a bigger decision than I thought.

If you’re interested in hearing more about my thoughts, watch my video and tell me what you think! I’m still learning so go easy on me, but feel free to give me critiques. Shoutout to DKC Employee/fellow DS106er Chris for helping me learn how to edit videos. You rock.


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