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Monday, 26 September 2011

3 film Analysis 3.The Joy of Destruction.


The film on analysis now is “the joy of Destruction", a film created in Germany in 2010 by Xaver Xylophon & Laura Junger, it is a mixture of Stop motion and Real motion like my own film, but unlike my own or like "Fallen art" or "Le' Cafe", this one does not have a plot, but is fun to watch, as the creators intended.

 Can it convert to a movie?
The answer is no due to the fact that the film has got no official plot and is just random clips of destruction or destroying, if you put in more clips to make a feature length then you will get bored of the film, if you extend each clip so that the movie runs like a feature length film, then the clips won't be that funny any more, and there may be too much criticism from the public that there is no plot or the movie is too long, so overall it is better to keep the film the length it is.

Like with "Fallen art" and "Le' Cafe", I found it at the futureshorts channel on youtube, and was created 2010 (full date unknown).

The description of the video is that it's "A film about the human drive to destroy and the absurd entertaining value that's attached to it." so in other words it shows "The Joy of destruction" like what the title says and is easy to laugh at the clips that show destruction or wreckage or ruin, but it does showcase all the beautiful things that are there and our tendency to destroy them (E.g. chopping the head of a fish, knocking down bowling pins and building buildings on a peaceful island, it is meant to be sad that we are destroying those things, but it's presentation is fun)

The source of the budget of this film is unknown, but it seems relatively more expensive than "Le' Cafe" and "Fallen Art" due to the need to buy props, paper and more paper to animate certain things, I personally believe that the creators of this movie have saved plenty of money for the production of this film.

It may sound like a film fun to watch from both the German side and the foreign side, even from any social background due to it’s variety-in-live-action style, but there are some scenes too gruesome for the young audience to watch due to the scene of a fish's head chopped off and even a burning lady and acts of violence and death, so it is recommended to anyone APART from the age group 0-7, and I can't do what social background this film can be recommended to due to the gamble that some clips work out and some don't.

 The genre of the film is Comedy and Action due to things that are happening on-screen (action) in a way that is humorous (comedy).

The storyline is that... there is no story, it is only clips of things getting destroyed and with a card house to symbolise the level of destruction (as it gets worse), but it is attached roughly by a song in German that help us connect these scenes together.

Despite the lack of plot, the film resolution is that all the beauty in the world will be destroyed by us or other forces if we do not do something about it.

Film Language
the film language sung throughout the film is German, but despite not being able to follow the language I am able to fully understand the film by it’s images and movements (just like what happens when I read a Dutch comic book), but even with a language some people could not understand the song is required to make the video fun and laughable to watch.

It has got the representation of the things that is lovely and beautifully arranged that is destroyed by us in the process and us (the audience) being sad about it, but to add to symbolism of the film is that a card castle is being build every level and then one level up to represent the level of destruction we see here.

The encoded message is only just about "the joy of destruction", that despite its fun it gives us the message as what we are doing as human beings.

The Camera is shot all the time at Wide-shots or medium shots so that the audience can see clearly what the object is that is being destroyed.

The Sound is a non-diegetic German song that matches with the lyrics of the film (however there are diegetic sounds on occasions to maintain attention).
The editing is simple camera cuts as it is from one destruction to the other, and the mise-en-scene can be described as surreal with the dependence on what is on-screen (towns, WW2 gas masks, etc).

A basic challenge of the film is copyright, due to a clip where Godzilla is destroying Tokyo, but the even bigger challenge is ironically those who are watching it, because some people may like it but some people may not, due to scenes like chopping the head off a fish and building on a small peaceful island, the companies that actually do these things may not like it due to the people or consumers getting the message of what they do, also it challenges the sensitive audience due to a scene near the end where a terrorist bomber blowing up a city (aka 9/11).

So in other words, it is a gruesome film that is not meant to be for younger people, as well as giving us the message of the beautiful things we destroy (from the arrangement of things the destroy them to just destroying things) but the presentation of this film makes it a pleasure and not-a-waste-of-time-to-watch, if fact it is the fun of the film that help us remember it and to allow us to think back to it and think about what we are doing and destroying.

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