Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Visual Review 1: Mac 'n' Cheese

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Mac 'n' Cheese from Mac 'N' Cheese on Vimeo.

In Mac 'n' Cheese, we are taken though this "trippy" journey as one man tries to outrun their opponent. Basically these two guys "stop at nothing [to]...wear each other out and rip through boundaries hitherto unbroken" (Vimeo).

The characters and scenery throughout the short are in 3D. The images aren't flat and for me it brings back memories of Pixar films. 3D being a characteristic usually associated with the film company. The animation isn't your typical Pixar 3D movie because in moments where I'm able to pause the video it looks as if a 2D painting has come to life. I can see brush strokes and different colors use to form the skin tone of the characters. The characters are drawn vividly so that they stick out to and so that their emotions and facial expressions are defined and noticeable. The colors are muted, toned down to add to the setting of the short. There is motion blur throughout the chase and the colors are changed to reflect speed/motion. The cold effects put in throughout the tunnel are used to show them underground without the picture going black. There is light fog almost in the air when shots of the sky are shown and light from the sun is reflected onto other objects in range.

Wide shots are used throughout to show the chase, when the two guys are on top of vehicles. We have low angles to show the mountain sides and high angles to show the highway before the first man even jumps onto the car. A lot of elements from this short are typical of your average action movie. We have quick camera cuts from the one being pursued and the one doing the chasing. Shots cutting off the lower or upper body. The split screens that show the facial reactions of opposite sides at the same time remind me of an older action flick almost a Tarantino-esque sort of thing. Also very common in action films or any chase are the slow motion frames/freeze frames where we go inside the mind of one of the characters as they slow down the moment to think of something to do quickly. Fade to black shots, or empty frames every other second during the chase were in synch with breathing. The camera angles don't change or turn to match up when the man being pursued starts to trip on drugs. We see his world being turned upside down but we don't, as an audience join him until we are in the chaser's p.o.v.

I was highly entertained and felt like I could watch them continue the chase when the short film was over. It has all the elements of a good action flick and the music brought me even more into the scene. I definitely enjoyed the ride.

Source: Vimeo


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