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“If I drive for you, you get your money. That's a guarantee. You tell me where we start, where we're goin', where we goin' afterwards, I give you five minutes when we get there. Anything happens in that five minutes then I'm yours, no matter what. Anything a minute either side of that and you're on your own. I don't sit in while you're running it down. I don't carry a gun. I drive.” - Driver
Drive is a movie different from what we’ve seen in awhile. It’s style, the music, the vibe, just the whole feel around this film opens your mind, and put’s you in a rare world full of surprises.
Be warned if you go into this movie expected your regular “The Transporter”, type feel, you will be wrong. Drive more of an art apposed to just a straight up film. Different aspects of the film such as lighting, dialogue, setting, and the big question, “Why this day?” Meaning why should we care about this character? What makes this driver such an important aspect of the film that the viewer should pay attention to him? These are all questions that the director Nicolas Winding Refn was ready to answer.
So we are introduced to other important characters like his boss at a garage named Shannon, but the main characters that result in “Driver” showing his true colors, is a mother named Irene, and her child Benicio. We find out that the father is in jail, and that she is basically alone. So again without giving too much, it is obvious to see that,”Driver” starts to hang around the family, and become close to them growing a relationship with them.
Hearing this song as you watch an expressionless Ryan Gosling drive around a nightlife city of California really puts you in the mood. But it makes me think that there might be something odd, or wrong with this character. Since like in the song, there is something about that is hard to explain. Meaning that when we finish the movie we will find that the characters that interact with him have an odd relationship with him, because of the way he acts. And maybe the viewer still won’t understand him, and we will be, “talking about him, but he is still the same.” In that montage sequence when he enters his apartment the music fades down, and you see,” Driver” just staring into his room, and in perfect sync with the music he turns around, and turns out the light, and it jumps back to him being in the car driving around. That small scene was mind-blowing, just how they were able to have the click of the light switch sync with the single beat that restarted the song.
Lastly on the topic of music there is another sequence that is really interesting. It occurs after,” Driver,” is informed about the husband, named,” Standard” is on his way back. Meaning that the main character could lose that one thing that makes him feels like a “real human being.” So there is a welcoming back party for him, and the song that is playing is,” Under Your Spell” by Desire. And as the song plays it shows the main character in the dark working on something, but he seems to be troubled, and can’t really focus. And as the song plays it cuts to the party and Irene looking at her husband, and then cuts back to Driver. And in this sequence the song repeats the lines, “I don’t eat, I don’t sleep, I do nothing but think of you.” This was another amazing scene because we know that Irene is starting to become torn between the two so when it jumps back at forth at both men, it shows what’s going on in her mind with anyone, or without her saying it. Also the same for Driver. We are used to seeing his character acting as if he doesn’t care about anything, but we see him now struggling to focus, so he leaves. When he does he sees Irene sitting in the hallway, and the music is muffled which is really cool. Because they were able to kill two birds with one stone using this song. They used it just as music for the scene, but then showed the viewer that the party is actually playing this song, and the characters themselves can hear, it and hear the words. After that there is a scene that occurs that I will go over later, but after it occurs, we see him in his car driving, without us knowing his destination. He is driving to because it helps him cope with his problems.
One of my favorite scenes that had great dialogue that somewhat frightened me was when the husband, firsts meet driver.
[Standard comes out of the apartment with Benicio
as Driver is talking to Irene]
Standard: How you doin'?
Standard: This guy's been tellin' me a lot about you. Says you've been uh...comin' around, helpin' out a lot. Yeah, helpin' out? Is that right?
[Driver doesn't reply but smiles]
Standard: Is that right?
Standard: Oh, that's very nice. That's nice of you, thank you.
Driver: You're welcome.
Standard: You drive for the movies?
[referring to the garbage bag he's carrying]
Irene: I can take that.
Standard: No. No. I go it.
Standard: Let mommy talk to her friend.
This scene was very tense. The tone in Standard’s voice was scary, and violent and gave the viewer the feeling that a fight was going to break out. I enjoyed Driver’s character a lot during this scene because he didn’t seem scared; it was hard to read his emotions. It was clear to see that Irene was in fear that a fight would break out. Standard seemed to be bothered, and was probably expecting Driver to respond in away that a fight would start. But the way he responded didn’t give anything for Standard to take in. He could not read driver, so he didn’t know what kind of person he was.
In one scene he is a café and man walks up to him talking about pulling a job with him. And instead of giving a short answer, like,”yes, maybe, sure” he took control of the conversation. In the previous example we see driver was not in control on the conversation with Standard he was playing defense. It occurs when he is serious, or angered when he quickly takes control of the conversation. So when the man asked him for another heist, driver responded,
Driver: They came to my apartment, Shannon. How did they
know where I live?
Shannon: I told you, I was gonna call Bernie. I just wanted him to know that...that it wasn't about that you're not interested in the money. That you...you just did it for the girl.
[suddenly Driver grabs Shannon by the throat in anger]
Shannon: Calm down!
Driver: You told them about Irene?
Shannon: Calm down, kid! That's it! Just calm down!
Driver: You told them about Irene?
Shannon: I just...I just wanted him to know, that as soon as you return the money, that was the end of it. That's all! I didn't know! How was I supposed to know? How was I supposed to know that? Okay? Look, let me just...let me just talk to Bernie, okay?
Driver: Why you gotta fuck everything up, Shannon? Huh? Why do you fuck everything up? Get the fuck out of here, and never come back.
Lastly I would like to go over Drivers character, and one of the biggest props in the film, his scorpion jacket. Towards the end of the film when he is having a conversation with the final villain, the villain says, “Do you know the story of the scorpion and the frog?” and that’s it. He doesn’t go into detail with it. But if you know the story with it being about a scorpion that wants to cross the river on the back of the frog, and the frog says no because he doesn’t want to get stung, and finally the frog lets him ride. Then halfway through the frog gets stung, and he asks why now we both are going to die, and the scorpion replies it’s in my nature. This explains the main character perfectly. His jacket incorporates a lot of the different aspects of the film, music, camera angles, lighting, and special effects. The reason why is because Ryan Gosling’s character wants to help out, he wants to be a real hero, meaning he wants to be a real human being. But it is in his nature to mess everything up. So just like it is in the nature for the scorpion to sting, it is in his nature to ruin things. The jacket incorporates music because it was used in the opening credits to for shadow certain events. The camera only showed him walking but focused on the scorpion and focused on Irene walking by him. Showing that he was going to meet her soon and hurt her. Every time he does something bad, or misses up it shows his scorpion on his jacket. So the first time this occurs is in the opening scene to for shadow the up coming events. The second time is when pulls of the job with Standard and it goes wrong. And he calls Irene to tell her the news. But when he does that the camera focuses on his back as he tries to call her. So he tries to help out with the heist, and it goes wrong resulting in the husband’s death, making things worse. So he wants to call Irene to help out more, but she doesn’t answer, then later he kills two people trying to kill him. And gets stained with their blood on his jacket. So he know he has the blood on his victims that he has stung on his jacket. Next he goes to find someone who was responsible and attacks him, but before he does the camera shows his scorpion and then shows him attacking the man. Next the elevator scene used amazing lighting for this scene. Once again driver wants to set things straight and help but as they get on the elevator with this mysterious man, driver knows that he can’t have what he wants, to he kisses Irene, and then stomps the man’s head in getting blood all over his jacket, and as the Irene steps out and watches drivers scorpion unleashed the camera shows his scorpion and shows his heavy breathing making the scorpion move.
In this film it show's two completely different stores that meets up with each other. There's a story where Gosling's character is a stunt driver, and he drives for reasons on the side which are the deals. Then there's a story where he mets a girl and her son, and has a connection with them. She's married to a latino male name Standard, which brought the gang storyline to the film.
The lighting in the film really helped in the story because especially with Gosling's character doesn't speak much so most of the movie the lighting was his dialogue. The music and sounds in the film went with everything. Especially with the radio in the first 10 minutes. The camera angles were as detailed on the characters as possible. No matter what type of camera angle it was. The one I enjoyed most was when Gosling's character drowned Nino in the ocean and it was a very wide shot of the city. But you could still see Gosling's character as small as he was because his jacket stood out.
I also remember talking with a classmate who talked about the symbol of his jacket. That classmate was Anwar. He states how he has a scorpion on the back of his jacket. It represent how a scorpion acts in it's smart and sneaky ways. He had the jacket on during most of the film. The jacket was also a motif because it's the main symbol that represents his character.
A few scenes I enjoyed was the elevator scene because the lighting told Gosling's feelings towards Irene while they were kissing and the music was building up when he did the thing with his jaw, letting Irene know he's about to show his true colors and kill the man in the elevator in order to save her. Another is when he meets Bernie. The angle I liked didn't show his face, but showed his shoulders down as he reached his hand to shake Gosling character's had. His line was "my hands are dirty" I believe. It seemed powerful in my opinion. The first 10 mins of the movie was one of my favorites because there were no camera shots from outside of the car during the chase. Another is when he went into the dressing room. It was when the guy was on the floor and Gosling's character was standing over him conversing with Nino. He had the weapon in his hand gripping it tight. That type of angle looking up at Gosling showed that he had authority at that moment. The very last was after Irene and Gosling's character was hanging out for the day. They were talking while they were near the window. The way they were looking and smiling at each other was amazing. There wasn't much dialogue but their face told it all.
The only thing I didn't like in the movie was around the end when Bernie and Gosling's character was talking. They were talking about the movie and it had clips of what happens while they were discussing it. I wanted to predict what was going to happen while they were talking. I didn't want it to show me while they were talking. Other than that, the movie was great, detailed, and I loved how the different storylines depended on each other.
If you could do your project all over again, what would you do differently/same?
One thing that I would do again is working outside of class on our script and video. I would have also use the same form of presentation.
One thing that I would do differently is extending our script so that we could have had a longer video.
Drive is not the simple movie it's title makes it out to be. In fact, it is so much more than just a drive, but then again, it depends on how you interpret the title. Drive is a story focused on the character known only as "the driver," who drives in heists as a well trusted and highly skill professional driver. In the opening sequence, the driver takes us on a wild ride in attempt to outrun and escape the L.A. police. As evident throughout the entire film, camera angles are phenomenal and seem as though they couldn't have been in better places in conjunction with the color filtering and lighting scheme of the entire film. When the opening chase comes to a conclusion, we are instantly left to question his role in the film as a protagonist or antagonist or neither. The clever camera work, lighting, character traits that drag us into curiosity about the characters and the events unfolding, and the complete story that the opening sequence provides the audience with, is enough to walk away with happy to have seen the film.
Driver (Ryan Gosling) is the man behind the wheel that the story focuses on throughout the majority of the film. His character is calm, quiet, stoic, and serious, drawing out our curiosity of what kind of person he is, what his background is, why he drives, etc. While we are left to question what his "drive" and goals are in the beginning, his character quickly evolves and his goals and character become much more evident when he falls in love with his neighbor, Irene (Carey Mulligan). This is where the story takes off and leads into something entirely new and different for the driver. Though Driver takes the role similar to that of the "other" in the film, this is not your typical "other" film.
Back on the film's camerawork, Drive incorporates very unique shots of the driving scenes in this film, unlike most driving scenes and films. Most of the shots are taken from inside to the car, providing us with a unique view from inside the car instead of focus on the things that happen on the outside of the car (they are practically irrelevant). The entire opening sequence is primarily shot from inside the car with the driver, throwing us right into the intensity of the chases and the overall ride from the passenger seat. Throughout the film, there are a lot of well placed and well timed shots in which characters move into environments where surroundings and foreground make for interesting still shots. In the scene where the driver kills the first two people in the film, he stands in the doorway of the bathroom with blood on his face. The shot is so well position in conjunction with the lighting, that when he slowly moves back into the bathroom, his face goes from being in the sunlight to covered in a shadow. Many of the shots like these are somewhat symbolic of the characters in the film.
Another prime example of a very well placed shot is when the driver walks into his dark apartment and the shadow of his head is cast perfectly in the square of a window pane on the wall. Though it may or may not be symbolic, the shot is very well coordinated and artistic. Another clever shot is when the driver puts the groceries down in Irene's kitchen and is talking to her when he notices himself in the square, thin mirror on the wall. In both of these shots and in shots alike, music (if any), lighting, and camera angle/position clearly coincide with each other to deliver a full impact of the film's creativity and storytelling. Music plays a major role in the film as a tone setter and storyteller in itself. The most popular and most cited scene is the elevator scene of Drive, which amazingly combines lighting and music to tell the emotions, thoughts, and feelings of the characters, therefore telling us an aspect of the story that dialogue could not replace. The music in the film is largely connected. For example, in the elevator scene and in a the previous scene where the driver kills the first two people in the film, we hear the same scary building tone in the elevator right before he kills the man, just like the tone after he kills the first two men.
When it comes to artistic and engaging films, Drive does not fail to please the viewer with the combined theatrical elements that are incorporated into the film. The acting is without question very effective in the portrayal of the characters of the film. Many of the moments of the film where dialogue can be placed are filled with effective facial expressions and actions conducted by the characters, whom seem to build off of each other quite effectively in order to make the scene seem a realistic as possible. After watching the film and reviewing it, I notice the clever storytelling used by the characters along with the theatrical aspects (lighting, music, and camera position) that bring out the stories, traits, and parts of the characters not thought about through dialogue. When I first heard about the film, I thought that it would be disappointing and dry because of what others were saying about the film and how it's only about a man that drives, when it is in fact layered in storyline. The depth of this film is almost indescribable.
Since the story is so layered and there is so much to think about in the film, I feel as though the story and film is very effective. The full stories of all the charters are not given away, which leave me and the audience to wonder about each of them, and most of all, the ending is very "open ended," which leaves us with the rest of the story left to our imagination. Of the layers of the film, I find the story of the driver wanting to become "normal"/the love story the most interesting. We never see the driver smile, show happiness, or act as a open person until he is with Irene, driving through the L.A. gutters. Through the beginning of the film, the driver is depicted as this mysterious, quiet, and emotionless person until being with Irene changes his character completely when he is around her. Reflecting upon the driver himself, one must wonder, "What does it take and mean to actually be 'normal?'" I believe that the answer is not evident, but rather hidden in the film and only answerable though personal interpretation.
With the love story, the most important relationship that is developed in the story is the relationship of the driver and Irene. The relationship between the driver and Irene is developed in multiple ways. To initiate the relationship, the driver mets Irene on the elevator and we can see he is obviously interested in her as the camera focuses on his face and on Irene. Later in the supermarket, the driver sees Irene down the aisle and then backs up and avoids her probably because he can see that she has a kid and is "taken." Film makers typically use the story, boy meeter girl, boy falls in love with girl, and the third part is open ended. It's the same in this film, but the film is set up in a way that the driver meets Irene, finds her interesting, avoids her, helps her, takes her on a nice ride, falls in love as Irene falls in love with him as well, there is conflict in the way of their love relationship (the return of Irene's husband), and then at the height of the romance the driver has to end their relationship to protect Irene.
With the multiple story lines, Drive allows us to have more "room space" to explore the various elements and concepts of the story that the film tries to get across. Most movies contain that simple sort of straight line story plot, whereas Drive provides multiple aspects to one story that weave together to provoke thought. The love story, as they typically end happy, does not exactly end the same way in this film. Driver turns out to have the experience of the "other" where he is loved by someone as he loves them in return, but cannot be with them due to the circumstances.
5 Significant Scenes (Some mentioned earlier):
- The scene where two men shoot into the hotel and kill the lady in the bathroom and nearly kill the Driver. When the Driver moves to the wall and manages to kill the man in the bathroom and then shoots the other guy breaking through the door, there is a strong musical score that highlights the emotions and intensity of the events that just occurred. As the music intensifies steadily, the driver, with a shocked look on his face, moves into the shadow of the bathroom while standing at the threshold of the bathroom. I think this marks a very significant moment in the movies where the driver's dark side is highlighted. This is the first time in the movie where he kills anyone and it plays a significant role in the change of his character and emotions. This scene is very connected to the elevator scene as far as character development of the driver and musical score.
- One part in the movie where the driver is driving through the L.A. gutters with Irene and her son in the car. This is the first scene that is really bright and has a cheery tone. Here the driver, who seems to be this all quiet, serious, and difficult to understand character is actually smiling. This scene plays a major role in setting up the goal of the driver, which can be interpreted in many ways. What this scene highlights for me is that the driver wants to become "normal" and settle down without having to resort to crime in his life. I believe this scene in particular is extremely significant because the driver finally gets to experience something that makes him happy, which takes him from his sort of dark and mysterious character. This moment in the movie is also a highlight of the development of the love story layered within the film. Music is very joys and free in this scene, which makes the audience feel "alive."
- Elevator scene (second one) is significant for a number of reason. It is where the driver initially meets Irene and where he leaves her last in the movie. The elevator scene before the characters part is a monumental component of the film. It is a sort of climax (especially for the love story of the film) that represents the parting of the driver from the only thing that seemed to lift up his spirits, Irene. Here there is a romantic kiss moment, which can be interpreted at first as a way to look non suspicious to the guy with the gun who is supposed to kill the driver in the elevator, but this can also be interpreted as a farewell kiss. Another major aspect of this scene is that it is the first and last time the driver and Irene actually share romance. Lighting in this scene is very significant along with the musical score that sets the emotions and tone of the scene. The music and lighting shift to fit the things that go on in this scene, such as the loud sort of mystical music that shifts into the terrifying tone of something serious about to happen (the same tone as the one after the driver killed the first two people in the movie. When the driver looks back at Irene after he has killed the man in the elevator, we can see how terrified he is to have caused Irene to be scared of him. Driver reveals the dark and obviously not so gentle, kind, helpful, and caring side that Irene knew him for.
- The scene where Irene's husband is home and there is a party going on and we can see Irene in the back looking very gloomy. Here we can see that through her emotions, she has strong feelings for the driver and doesn't know how to react to her husband's homecoming. Here is another pivotal moment in the love story of the film in which we conflict is introduced to the love story. The music in this scene is a song that has the lyrics, "I don't eat. I don't sleep." I find the music is this scene very descriptive of what is going on in the film and how the characters are feeling. Interestingly enough, like the game that is on the radio in the first chase scene, there are a lot of musical selections that portray the story that the film itself is bringing to light.
- The ending scenes, where Irene and the driver have their last conversation. Here we can see that Irene, even after the sequence of events with the driver telling her about her husband and the elevator scene, is willing to be with the driver again. However, we know that the two characters will not be together again because the driver will always have to, "look over his shoulder." Therefore if the driver were to go and be with Irene again, he would be risking her life. This scene plays a major part in the resolution and of the overall story. For the love story, this is the conclusion that the driver cannot be with Irene and this is also the conclusion for the crime layer of the film because the driver has killed the man he needed to and can now drive far away. The music that picks up at this point in the film is very "free" like and makes us feel sorry for the driver, but relieved at the same time.
Due: March13th, Tuesday
A) Paper: You must create at minimum, a 3 page double spaced paper that must express both sides of the spectrum to provide an overall neutral understanding of John Brown as an activist and a terrorist. In the paper, you must include examples of historical events that were a result of John Brown's actions and explain how they are forms of activism and/or terrorism. You can use examples of other historical figures and events from any era to support your papers.
Note: If you chose any of the other options, you must create a 1.5 page double spaced paper that must express one side of the spectrum to provide a single understanding of John Brown as an activist or a terrorist, and physical art, digital work, or a poem.
B) Physical Art: In conjunction with your paper, you must create some form of physical artwork, (drawing, painting, 3D figure, poster, etc.) that expresses the opposite spectrum of your paper. In BOTH your paper & artwork, be sure to include examples of historical events that were a result of John Brown's actions and explain how they are forms of activism or terrorism. You can use examples of other historical figures and events from any era to support your physical artwork.
C) Digital Work: In conjunction with your paper, you must create some form of computer work, (keynote, short mp3 or mp4, image poster, etc.) that expresses the opposite spectrum of your paper. In BOTH your paper & digital work, be sure to include examples of historical events that were a result of John Brown's actions and explain how they are forms of activism or terrorism. You can use examples of other historical figures and events from any era to support your digital work.
D) Paper & Poem: In conjunction with your paper, you must create a poem that expresses the opposite spectrum of your paper. In BOTH your paper & artwork, be sure to include examples of historical events that were a result of John Brown's actions and explain how they are forms of activism or terrorism. You can use examples of other historical figures and events from any era to support your poetry.
If you chose option B, C, or D, your work can be personal reflections of your emotions and feelings.
Things to think about...
Activism vs. Terrorism
Weapons vs. Words
Killing vs. Life
Who did he meet?
Where did he travel?
What was his influence where he was if any?
What were his plans and how did he plan to execute them?
How did he recruit people to his militia?
What were his successes and failures and why?
What were his philosophies and principles?
1800: Born on May 9th
1805: Moved to Ohio
1812: witnesses the beating of a slave boy with an iron shovel
1816: Left his family and moved to Plainfield, Massachusetts
1820: Married Dianthe Lusk
1821: Had his first son named John Brown Jr.
1825: Moves to new Richmond P.A, created a tamery on 200 acres
1831: One of his sons dies
1832: Son and wife die
1833: June 14th, gets married to Mary Day
1836: Moves family to Franklin Mills Ohio
1837: Elijah Love bay, publisher of an anti-slavery newspaper is shot down by pro slavery mob.
John Brown makes a vow to end slavery
1839: Suffers big financial tosses in bad economy.
Arrested attempting to retain ownership of farm by occupying it against claims of a new owner.
1842: Brown became bankrupt
1847: Brown met Fredrick Douglass
1854: Kansas Nebraska Act
1855: Brown follows sons to Kansas
1856: Brown goes to Pottawatomie creek (Kills 5 men)
1857: Begins to get finical backing form “secret six”
1858: Goes to Missouri and attacks to pro slavery home stead and liberated 11 slaves.
Robert Lee takes a militia to stop John Brown & his troops
1859: Brown raids harpers ferry in July in order to get weapon
In November, John Brown was guilty of murder
In December 2, 1859, John Brown was hung.
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I learned how to apply the subjunctive and present perfect tenses to the vocabulary we had learned.
How do you feel about your final project?
I feel confident about our final project, we worked really hard on it and tried to write and produce something entertaining.
If you could do your project all over again, what would you do differently/ the same?
I think I would've better memorized my lines and tried to move to more scenic locations to record.
Describe the Q3BM:
What was the assignment? What did your group decide to do and why?The assignment was to create a radio or television show about peoples relationships while incorporating vocabulary. Our group decided to do a radio show where people were calling in and asking for advice on their strange relationships. I think this format proved very useful for making sure we had all the criteria we needed.
What did you learn from doing this project?
I learned how often we used ser and estar in everyday conversation. I also learned how to use them properly.
If you could do your project all over again, what would you do differently/the same?
I would just make sure that the audio quality was better before publishing it, but then again it was mostly just due to technical difficulties.
What did you learn from doing this project?
How do you feel about your final product?
If you could do your project all over again, what would you do differently/the same?
What did you learn from doing this project?I learned how to conjugate words. I also learned how to pronounce words better and feel like improved on my Spanish
How do you feel about your final product?I felt like the final product displayed hard work and dedication my group did on the video. It was tough and we had bumpy roads but we worked together and made the best video we could make.
If you could do your project all over again, what would you do differently/the same?I would probably manage time a little bit better. Probably film in a week span instead of a 2-3 days span