Gay Mountain

Gay mountain, began on the last leg and is now used by Channel 4 itself. Rap lyrics done by Alex Brooker and the other presenters will be explained in the next post.

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Too sexy for Sochi

a song created by the last leg on channel 4 to ridicule Russia for their views on gay rights. (not a great quality video, but no other recordings of it on youtube)

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Having been a fan of Russell Brands from about 13 years old, I’ve watched his journey through the past 6 years and feel immensely proud of who he is now. He speaks out about things now that a majority of society has a problem with, he’s began to speak for people who have struggled to have a voice, who have felt reluctant to feel like they have a right to say anything about the subjects he has begun to target.
From his work to change societies views of addicts to now looking at the political world many are heavily dissatisfied with, he is beginning to speak out and slowly change the way some people are seeing the world we live in. Though the main issue he now faces whilst trying to do this is being brushed off due to his past, as an addict himself, whether that is drugs, sex or now meditation, as a comedian who has had more than his fair share of large scale media blunders and a large amount of criticism for his conduct. People see what he is saying now and merely ignore his speeches because of the things he has done in the past, which, if people in this society genuinely feel is an acceptable thing to do, they may want to look closer at the hidden away past and present personal lives of their own beloved idols.

I particularly admired the efforts of his in trying to change the way addiction was viewed, rather than being something that people developed, he began work to show that it was a legitimate illness that people were born with, which needed far more funding to be able to help those who have been struggling with the illness and seen their lives devastated by it. For him to have shown that when an addict moves away from one addiction, they will need to find something else to satisfy their needs.

I think society needs to be more adaptive to things like this, to ignore to discard valid points because of what they have done in the past is something which will generally be a hindrance to any social development?

Having watched multiple shows related to Russells interview on the subject with Jeremy Paxman including Gogglebox on Channel 4 which shows the reaction of the public from various areas to things being shown on TV, I found that the audience was split on the issue, some agreed with him and acknowledged that his points were valid, stating that something did need to be done, others shunned him for no reasons other than his past and the fact he’s a comedian.
The interview itself sparked a huge row in the media and amongst the public alike, with even Nick Clegg supposedly criticising Jeremy Paxman for his ‘sneering’ conduct with Russell.

After his work with addicts, it will be interesting to watch what comes of the comedians statements during the interview and in his article.

SMCP Part 2-Music video

although this video does show many of the techniques which we are wanting to use throughout our own film for particular shots, it also strongly illustrates exactly what we are not wanting to do with our film which is produce a music video.
I am hoping that the narrative within our film will be strong enough to show through any music which we put onto the film. This particular video just purely shows the party side of what we are wanting to show but because that is all that there is in the video without any kind of story line, it makes it look like a music video. If I can bring the story through enough to overshadow the music I think the film could be quite successful.

Skins Series 1 Trailer

Skins is a well known television series which shows the lives of teenagers involving excessive alcohol and drug use, and also mental illness. Although many don’t feel that it is a very accurate representation of teenagers lives, others feel that it is all too accurate in relation to some individuals however.
It is the trailer in particular I am interested in, because it is short, and includes the kind of shots I feel will make our short film the most successful it possibly can be. The really quick shots of party scenes are the most important to our film, without these the film will not flow very well and because they are so quick, it would leave time in the film for speaking parts and more important establishing shots whilst still showing how much the main characters life has changed.

Project X Trailer

This video is one of the main influences for the film due to the quick moving shots throughout, having these shots creates a chaotic flow to the film which we need to contrast with the slow moving beginning which will cause the audience to understand just how much the main protagonists life has changed as a result of the drugs and alcohol.
Project X illustrates the impacts these kinds of things can have on people and even change their psychology into a mob mentality where they begin to act as an anonymous person in a large group rather than an individual who will need to bear the brunt of their actions. However the film my group is producing needs to really concentrate on the individual rather than a large group of people and this will need to be done through establishing shots in the beginning of the film and a majority of the shots being concentrated on the singular character.
The use of a really bright light throughout the scenes creates a look for the film which is something I am really interested in for the look of the project, the technique is used in quite a few party films and it shows the party atmosphere really well due to the concentrated light in darkness and highlighting only a small area in front of the individual, which is quite representative of the effects of drugs and alcohol on people.

Samesies

I really love this video, not only do I think the use of humour within it is absolutely brilliant, but I think the overall concept of it is great.
To me this video is poking fun at homophobic males who pride themselves on being completely ‘masculine’ and believe that gay men are not really men, giving them emasculated nicknames etc
The idea of saying ‘this is how men used to be’ when the idea of the typical ‘man’ now are quite similar to those of acting like a caveman and how some men act in that way to exhibit their manliness even further I think is quite a brilliant piece of work.
Using this kind of humour to address issues like this, I feel is really clever and important in tackling the problems we have in society today, because it isn’t a ‘you cannot do this’ its more of a ‘we will ridicule you back for doing what you do, just as you have to them’ rather than creating a mass of controversy and people becoming aggressive over not being able to express their own views, it could be far more effective in changing these opinions over time as they may see that they don’t actually need to feel this way.
The humour and the way the piece of film is put together really gives it a light, interesting and fun feel which really draws the audience in, I feel when tackling sensitive issues like homophobia this type of technique should be considered further as it isn’t in your face like other techniques can be, and this may not be the best way to address peoples views when they have been brought up to believe these things or feel they may be protecting themselves in some way.