Assignment 1B writing - updated
The opening sequence of Jim Jarmusch’s 1986 film ‘Down by law creatively captures the elevation of various New Orleans streets and roads through a series of panning shots to communicate the diverse architecture that they contain. The use of panning shots throughout the intro provide motion to the still and persistent architecture, taking the viewer on a journey that highlights the various architectural styles of the city, in order to achieve a the same effect in my film, I recorded the streets in the area around UTS from a bus to show this motion , similarly to how Jarmusch recorded the films version from a moving car, also, my film was shot in the rain as I felt that this better communicated the current state of the city and its environment. The film utilises a black and white scheme in order to highlight the intricate effects that light and darkness can have on the the way we view architecture, an effect which I emulated in my film for the same reason. Jarmusch creates a contrast between images in his film by editing the shots in a way that they appear in a kind of rhythm, where each shot will be framed to follow a specific style of architecture in a specific environment which is not present in the previous or following shot, communicating the diverse range of views of architecture that can be seen throughout the city, I attempted to emulate this editing technique with my film by placing shots of tall and short buildings in a sequence. While Jarmusch’s film was shot in landscape, my film was shot in a portrait orientation, the reasoning for this is that a landscape view was more suitable for Jarmusch to document the relatively short buildings of his environment, while a portrait perspective was more suitable for me to truly capture the height and atmosphere created by Sydney architecture.