ENG 225 Week 4- Acting and Acting Styles- Bruce Almighty

Bruce Almighty (2003) Poster

The movie I chose for this week’s blog assignment is Bruce Almighty directed by Tom Shadyac.  Bruce Almighty was written by Steve Koren, Mark O’Keefe, and Steve Oedekerk.This movie was released in May of 2003 and stars Jim Carrey as Bruce Nolan, Morgan Freeman as God, Jennifer Aniston as Grace, and Steve Carrell as Evan Baxter.

The three actors that I have chosen from this film to discuss are Jim Carrey, Morgan Freeman, and Steve Carrell. In this film Jim Carrey and Steve Carrell are both character actors. Morgan Freeman is a personality/ impersonator actor in this film. Character actors are able to fit into a wide variety of different characters and are able to adapt to the need of the script (Goodykoontz & Jacobs. 2014). A personality actor uses their own personality when playing a role, they are the foundation of their role. An impersonator does exactly what the name suggests, they impersonate another real person or being in a film.

Character Actor

Jim Carrey  For this film Carrey took the role of  Bruce Nolan and funnied it up. Although Carrey is known for being over the top, he toned it down just a little in this film,in my opinion.

Personality/ Impersonator Actor

Morgan Freeman Morgan Freeman took on the role of God in this film and I think he was the perfect pick. Freeman is known for his voice and calm demeanor and that is exactly what he brought to this role. Although no one knows exactly how God looks or the way he behaves, I’m sure that Morgan Freeman pulled off the best impersonation that one could imagine.

Character Actor

Steve Carrell  In the role of co-anchor and arch nemesis of Jim Carrey’s character is Steve Carrell. The role of Evan Baxter was perfect for Steve Carrell. He has always been a very sarcastic, dry humor type of actor and the scene above showcases his comedic humor in the film.

MORGAN                                                                    FREEMAN

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When thinking of Morgan Freeman one can only help but hear his voice. Morgan Freeman has such an authoritative voice and he speaks so intelligently that he can be cast into any role of authority or intelligence. Some of his film credits include: Evan Almighty (2007) which is a spin-off from Bruce Almighty, Batman Begins (2005) and The Dark Knight (2008). He has also  acted in movies such as Nurse Betty (2000) and The Big Bounce (2004) which were both comedies. Knowing this about Morgan Freeman helps me to place him into the category of a Wild Card actor, which is to say that he can’t be placed under a particular acting style because his acting style isn’t necessarily traditional( Goodykoontz&Jacobs. 2014).


Ageless Trailers. (25 April 2012). Nurse Betty Trailer. Retrieved from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xllcE7TMXyk

Goodykoontz, B., & Jacobs, C. P. (2014). Film: From watching to seeing (2nd ed.). San Diego, CA: Bridgepoint Education, Inc

HomeRoomToo. (9 August 2013). The Big Bounce Trailer. Retrieved from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GMsFypFQCv8

Internet Movie Database. (n.d). Morgan Freeman. Retrieved from: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000151/

Movieclips. (30 May 2011). Bruce meets God. Retrieved from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bjAM2J_D4UY

Movieclips. (21 June 2011). Evan’s Unique Broadcast. Retrieved from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iplfWUtKMzI

ENG 225 Week 4- Acting and Acting Styles- Bruce Almighty

Week 3 ENG225- Categories and Functions of Sound_ The Great Gatsby

The three basic categories of film sound—dialogue, sound effects, and music—require careful balance to serve the story; because of this, each category is typically recorded separately and mixed together during the final editing process (Goodykoontz & Jacobs, 2014).

Types of Sound:

Dialogue: used to give life to the characters and momentum to the plot and story line. It is the most important and easiest way to inform the audience of plot points and where the story is headed. Dialogue takes place between the characters in a film.

Sound Effects: used to give life to the movie’s environment and enhance the viewer’s experience. Amplified and stylistic sounds embrace the audience’s imagination and pull them into the film.

Music: Music is used to set the tone of a film, or define the genre. It utilizes the audience’s participation and captivation. Different music cues allow the audience to foreshadow plot points or brace for impact or get caught up in the emotion of a film.

As discussed in Film: From Watching to Seeing, there are two terms when referencing sounds in film.  Non-diegetic which doesn’t exist in the story world inhabited by the characters and diegetic sounds which match the sources seen on the screen (Goodykoontz & Jacobs, 2014).

The film I have chosen to discuss this week is The Great Gatsby which was released in 2013. It was directed by Baz Luhrmann and starred Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, and Joel Edgerton.

Assess the impact of sound in establishing the theme.

The Great Gatsby was centered around the 1920’s so the music that was used for the movie was of the Jazz genre which gave the theme a 20’s feel.

How does the use of sound inform the mood of the scene, or the film overall?

By using Jazz music for the parties and meetings throughout the film and using different sound effects for the fast car scenes, the use of sound helped the audience to feel more involved in the film. Voice over dialogue was also used to fill the audience in on what is happening at times in the film.

Can you identify specific sounds in your film that allow you to infer a particular genre?

The orchestrated sound mixed with the jazz sound helps  this film to identify with the dramatic romance genre with which it belongs.

Since each category of sound may produce a range of effects, how might you characterize the effects in your film? 

When watching the film it is amazing to see and especially hear the car that Gatsby drives. Wayne Pashley stated that “15 or so vintage vehicles were recorded”(Farley, 2013) in order to get the best realistic sound for the scenes where the car was seen speeding.

Assess how the scene or sequence would play differently if you changed or removed a key category of sound.

Jay-Z was the executive producer for the music used and he did a great job. Where some would have used their own music from the current age, Jay-Z mixed his music and the music of the other artists and infused it with the sounds from the Jazz age. If music from today was used the entire mood and theme of the film wouldn’t have been as exciting and fascinating as it was.


Faisal Tabibzada. (2014). The Great Gatsby Racing Scene. Retrieved from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqA1ISMJJQY

Farley, S. (2013). Interview with Wayne Pashley – The Great Gatsby. Designing Sound. Retrieved from: http://designingsound.org/2013/07/interview-with-wayne-pashley-the-great-gatsby/

Goodykoontz, B., & Jacobs, C. P. (2014). Film: From watching to seeing (2nd ed.). San Diego,CA: Bridgepoint Education, Inc.

Nona Shengelaia. (2014) Epic Party-The Great Gatsby. Retrieved from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IgcuBOVMGsg

Week 3 ENG225- Categories and Functions of Sound_ The Great Gatsby

Week 2- Lighting- Love & Basketball

For this week’s blog post I chose the movie Love & Basketball. This movie stars Sanaa Lathan as Monica Wright and Omar Epps as Quincy McCall. The above scene is Kyla Pratt as young Monica and Glenndon Chatman as young Quincy. This film was released in the year 2000 and was written and directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood.

This week we are discussing the type of lighting used in film. For this film there were different types of lighting used throughout the film. The scene above uses natural lighting which comes from the sun because it is an outdoor scene (Goodykoontz & Jacobs, 2014). There are also other parts of the film where the protagonists are competing on the court during their basketball games and the cinematographer chose to use the high key lighting design in order to allow the look and feel of being in the gym or arena where the basketball game is taking place. According to Goodykoontz and Jacobs (2014), high key lighting design” has very bright light over everything, with few shadows and relatively low contrast between the lightest and darkest parts of the scene,”(ch. 6 sect.4, para.1). With Love and Basketball falling into the drama/romantic/sports genres it is expected for the film to use multiple sources of lighting. This trailer provides a look at a few scenes and have perfect examples of the film’s lighting Love & Basketball Trailer.

The benefits of multiple styles of lighting being used is apparent in the film. Using the high key lighting allows the audience to get a good look at the overall games when the sports part of the film is showing and it also allows the viewer to see the character’s feelings during the games. The use of the authentic or natural lighting gives the audience a chance to feel involved with the film because of the feeling of realness the lighting brings. The use of all of the lighting techniques contribute to the theme of the whole film by flowing smoothly between the real life situations all the while giving the audience a peek into the competitive sports world. Love & Basketball

I honestly feel that the right choices were made when choosing the lighting for this film. I don’t think that the film would have turned out as good as it did if the scenes that called for high key lighting had low key lighting and vice versa. The cinematographer did a swell job with this film and it will always be a favorite of mine.


Goodykoontz, B., & Jacobs, C. P. (2014). Film: From watching to seeing (2nd ed.). San Diego, CA: Bridgepoint Education, Inc

IMDb. (2000). Love and Basketball Trailer. Retrieved from: http://www.imdb.com/video/screenplay/vi697762073?ref_=ttvi_vi_imdb_1

Nomad. (2011). Love and Basketball You wanna be my girl scene. Retrieved from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0W8QAKf1oYo

Week 2- Lighting- Love & Basketball

Week One Blog -TROY

Title: Troy

Writer: David Benioff

Director: Wolfgang Peterson

Major Actors: Brad Pitt, Eric Bana, Orlando Bloom, Diane Kruger, Brian Cox, Sean Bean, Brendan Gleeson, Peter O’Toole 

Year Released: 2004

Story Summary: In the movie Troy the film tells of the battle between the kingdom of Sparta and Troy. When the Trojan prince Paris, played by Orlando Bloom, falls in love with King Menelaus of Sparta’s wife (Helen), played by Diane Kruger, prince Paris convinces Helen to leave Menelaus and sail back to Troy with him. Menelaus’ brother, King Agamemnon (Brian Cox) uses the situation to declare war against Troy. Troy is the last kingdom that is preventing Agamemnon’s control over the Aegean Sea because he has defeated every other army in Greece.

Plot: Prince Paris takes Queen Helen from King Menelaus of Sparta. King Agamemnon sees the taking of Queen Helen as an opportunity t declare war on Troy so that he can have control over the Aegean Sea. The movie follows the different ups and downs of the battles and the feats of the Greek battle hero Achilles (Brad Pitt).

The film Troy was presented in a chronological way detailing the events from the beginning to the end. I think that the way the movie was presented helped give the feeling of actually being there on the battlefield with the characters. If the movie had been presented any other way, the audience may have become lost or confused. The aesthetics of the movie helped it to flow smoothly from beginning to end resulting in a clear, easy to understand classic war story.


Troy-imdb Retrieved from:  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0332452/plotsummary

Week One Blog -TROY