Humber CollegeUnderstanding Movies EssayTopic 3 Discuss how the type of shot and the angle impact the meaning,how the lighting impacts the meaning, the symbolism of the colours that Anderson uses to depict the human and animal characters. HyunJu LeeN01162316Prof. Lesley Thronton-CroninARTS 138-0AGJan. 23. 2018 Throughout human history, expressing one’s idea developed dramatically. Initially expressing one’s idea probably started from simple shouting just like all the other animals. However, with development of human society, human beings develops multiple other ways to express themselves in terms of language and arts. Moreover, with such tamed life in current society, many of rough body languages are prohibited and not considered as communication. As a result, most of human beings have to hide their wild side to be considered more social. Therefore, most of human beings nature is shown in arts. Furthermore, art pieces are much more complicated to understand due to nature of itself and since viewer and/or reader has to predict authors intentions. But, with many mistakes and wrong assumptions human beings made, we developed more accurate way to analyse art pieces especially for movies. There are several technique to analyse movie, but analysing by shots is considered one of the easier and accurate one.  Therefore, this writing will analyse the movie “Mr. Fox” will start from choosing one shot followed by detailed analysation of  its type, angle, colours and lightning to find out their impacts and purposes.First of all, main theme of Fantastic Mr.fox is the conflict and of comparison. Throughout the whole film, stories are based on conflicts which comes from comparison. For example, if both human beings and animals have exact amount of food, there would be no story line to develop from. Therefore, film’s central conflict is about food which is main symbol of the most basic instinct of all animals hunger. Moreover, due to the nature of basic desire of wanting others’ food,both human beings and the animals are struggling to keep their own from others. Many scenes in the movie includes vivid descriptions of the food as symbol of basic instinct which is most important motif of the film since it is the single items that creates conflict and comparison. In addition, there is also the protagonist’s inner conflict among domesticated life and wildlife. This conflict clearly shows during the wolf scene which has most crucial role of showing main symbolism of this film within the scene. Director Wes Anderson, even said that wolf scene is the reason why he filmed this movie (The Rushmore Academy, 2018). Wolf scene comes right after the scene where Mr. Fox got his tail shot off after fighting against three farmers Boggis, Bunce, and Bean. This scene also has crucial role in this movie because not only this scene is used as build up to the climax but as scene itself since the losing tail means of loss of Mr. Fox’s wildness, masculinity, and identity of fox itself since fox’s tail is often described as its own identity. During the Mr. Fox’s ways to get it back from three farmers, he encounters a wolf, with its tail on. Lone standing wolf means Mr. Fox’s iconic symbol of being masculine and also is a symbol of pure wildness. The wolf is standing on a distant hill alone without any sound or saying any words, not wearing any clothes, and does not show any domesticated habits as comparison to Mr. Fox. Unlike the other animals in the film, this wolf shows all the typical figures and symbols pure wilderness. Encountering  wolf’s pure, unbridled, rugged wild power, Mr. Fox was reminded of his hidden desires that were lurked for 12 years beneath his honesty and desire for stable life and his family’s happiness. Throughout the film, Mr. Fox said that he has a phobia of wolves. However, Instead of fearing wolf itself, he seems to be afraid more of how encountering wolves will make him realize the fact that he is not that wild anymore even though he wants to be. Moreover, life as father suppressed his ravenous appetites, selfishness, and  his wild side that he used to love. In this scene, which framed the wolf in a extremely long shot, with his icy, and wild nature of standing alone, is completely compared to the Mr.Fox’s shot that fully packed on yellow motorbike with his fellows. This scene is the climax of the comparison between Mr.Fox’s inner conflict that every elements are showing their difference completely.  The surrounding of the wolf shows in cool grey color scheme with high-key lighting, and Mr.Fox’s surrounding is colored in warm brown colors with low-key lighting. Even the wolf’s land seems solitary, freezing and wild, which was the protagonist’s dream, the wild nature. The shot closes-up his face, showing his eyes with full of tears, the moment of realization his true nature. The next shot towards the wolf, framed in low angle to show it as unrealizable status. Finally, wolf returns to its silent forest, and Mr.Fox leaves to go back to his domesticated life, where his family and community existed, onto his settled road, in neutral color.  As suggested previously, Wes Anderson uses colour sources to express his intentions visually. Limited palette of autumn colours like yellow, orange, red and brown are mainly composed through the film. Even the characters are from same palette and not very remarkable from the background and blending in with their surroundings. As the film shows a limited range of hues, a shift of colour hues emphasis the contrast and has big impacted the meaning of those scenes dramatically. Compare to the animal’s space in autumn colours, the humans’ space is shown with chromatic colours, which are mostly white, gray, and black. Roads, buildings, Bean’s family’s kitchen, the supermarket and the refrigerating storage house are used in gray hues with cold light is which make it easily recognizable. Also, the high-key light emphasize the feeling without warmth in their space. As the three farmers, Boggis, Bunce, and Bean, are used to symbolize humanity and its greedy nature. They are depicts greedy and lacking compassion for animals and the environment. This contrasts with the way director Wes Anderson depicts dreary industrialized city, and the human nature. In addition, Yellow, has the role of emphasising the specific elements. There is a scene where Bean’s annex that mostly has gray portion, and has a large yellow door. The door is distinguishable from other environments and was given important role on win a victory on the humans, by being able to open the rabid beagle. Also, the digging machines are also in yellow color to emphasize its important symbolic role during the film. Machines are much stronger and faster than the animals, and with its ability to be incredibly fatal due to its nature of being emotionless and finishing order most efficiently. These symbols criticize human beings how they increasingly used technology, especially to destroy the environment to add more wealth to their lives.Fantastic Mr. Fox is a film with extreme opposites. However, more than a conflict between human and animals, the film wanted to show human beings endless greed by showing conflicts between the technology and nature, which represents  different aspects of humanity, and their various other desires. One of the most crucial underlying meaning of Fantastic Mr.Fox is our yearning to live more natural, and instinctively. Despite of having desires of wilderness, yet we have to live in very controlled society called as reality. Moreover, to gain our wealth we have to follow our daily routines without much consideration towards others including environment. The wolf symbolizes the lost side of human beings other nature. The aspect that truly belong to our own desire that is forgotten during our tamed lives in current society. ReferencesErica, Wagner. “Fantastic Mr. Fox: Vulpine Nature.” Current. The Criterioan Collection. Feb 17, 2014. Web. Accessed Jan 23, 2018https://www.criterion.com/current/posts/3062-fantastic-mr-fox-vulpine-natureLora, Xaeon. The Rushmore Academy. (2018). The Times London Talks to Wes. Oct 3, 2009. Web. Accessed Jan 23, 2018. https://rushmoreacademy.com/2009/10/the-times-london-talks-to-wes Oswald, Iten. “Fantastic Mr. Fox: Prolific Limitations: Autumn Colors (5/5) Part II.” Oswald Iten’s Colorful Animation Expressions. Mar 17, 2017. Web. Accessed Jan 23, 2018.http://colorfulanimationexpressions.blogspot.ca/2011/03/fantastic-mr-fox-prolific-limitations_17.html

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