Beauty and The Beast Review

I went to see the new Beauty and The Beast this evening with one of my friends as we both like Disney. I greatly enjoyed the film as they linked it to the original which was made in 1991. Adding to the similarity’s in the film itself, both films were released on March 17th. The video below is a comparison of both of the trailers and portraying how they are almost identical.

The film has reenacted almost the entire original make of Beauty and The Beast with the similar story line, costumes, set designs. There are a few differences including how Belle and her father Maurice escaped from being held captive after Gascon declared them both ‘insane’ and got them locked in the carriage to be taken away. Furthermore, Gascons secondhand man turns against him at the end when they have a ‘disagreement’ on how he treated Maurice and Belle.

Multiple low angles were used to portray characters such as Gaston and the Beast look powerful and dominant over the other characters. However high angles were used to portray Belle and other characters to look inferior and weak in position to their surroundings and other characters. The lighting changes throughout depending on the scene as it sets the atmosphere to be dark and eerie or a bright and cheerful. It followed the Tzvetan Todorov theory of narrative, just like a typical Disney film.

Group evaluation update

On Wednesday 15th March, most of my group got together and finished the sequence. Josie, Tash and I worked together to complete our sequence, Klein however didn’t show up as he was ill the whole day.

Luckily, we all agreed on it and have now come to an agreed decision for our final sequence. We have all therefore, made up and are happy with everything.

Editing of the sequence

When it came to the editing side of the sequence, I wasn’t much help. However, I did watch occasionally when Josie was editing each one to understand what to do and how to add in different effects. I learn’t quite a bit from watching both our editor for the main task and Klein, our editor for the continuity task as he helped me understand how to edit.

We added a yellow matte colour grade on our main task. In addition to this we changed the opacity, brightness and contrast for each part with different lighting using key frames so it all looked the same. Furthermore, the durations of the shots all varied due to the importance of it in the sequence and the possible film. The shot reverse shots of the door and the protagonists face zooming in each time had longer screen time as it was of high importance.

When it came to improvements, the main thing we focused on was the voice over as because we recorded it separately we could control it and edit it to our requirements.

Group evaluation

As a group towards the end we became divided as we all had different opinions on the end sequence therefore, Me and Josie (editor) made our own edit and Tash (DOP) and Klein (Producer) made theirs. We showed them to the class and got good feedback and we have decided to work together and create one edit merging them both together.

As a whole we have all done work for the edit but in different ways and not all together, which is where we have been failing as working together is a vital importance to this task and is needed to get a good end to show to the class and all be happy with.

On Wednesday 15th of March, my group is going to sit down for half an hour and work out a way for all of us to agree on one edit by combining the two and making one really good title sequence. In my opinion, we should use Josie’s edit with Klein’s credits and voice over as they are better and fit more with a thriller film, but at the end of the day Josie is the editor so that one should be the base and we can use Klein’s effects on top to make it better.

Even though we have split, I really hope by the end we are working together and get on better and the end result is better then the two edits alone.

Audience Feedback before Final

When we screened both of our edits for the last time before we finished our last sequence, we had a focus group and verbally asked questions. These are the questions we asked:

Do you prefer the sequence with or without sound?

The sequence we presented before this didn’t include any sound, therefore when we asked the class what their opinions are on sound, they all agreed on it being better with sound.

Do you think the music was effective?

The whole class thought the music was effective which is a great response as we decided to add it after feedback from the previous sequences.

Do you think the lighting was good?/better than before?

When we first screened our edit, the lighting was very bad and that was our main feedback to go off and reshoot with better lighting. When we asked the class this question they all agreed on it being good and a lot better than before.

Is the voice-over effective?

Similar to the music, we added a voice over in response to the feedback from previous sequences as our audience though it would be better to include one. Then when asked, majority of the class approved of the voice over.

Does the title sequence make you want to watch the whole film?

Most of the class would like to watch on which implies that we were successful with our idea.

Order of Titles

My group researched the ordering of our titles and this was the final outcome.

  1. Immerse cinematics
  2. A Klein Shelton Production
  3. A Gaby Gordon Film
  4. Starring Lauren Gulliford Brown
  5. Hunted
  6. Cinematography By Tash Ward
  7. Music and Editing By Josie Coyle
  8. Six Weeks Earlier

This is the typical ordering of titles and we therefore stuck by it as we tried to make it as professional as possible.

Forth Main Task

After the improvements we decided to change,┬áJosie (editor) and I went away and got everything done with the help of Tash writing the new script for the voice over. We had three scripts over all for the process of our sequence, but we came to the conclusion after reviews from our screening, that Tash’s script was preferred.