Short-Film Analysis: Pumzi by Wanuri Kahiu (Essay Sample)
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Three Shorts Analyzed
Pick one of the following three films and use our discussions of time, mis en scene, the cut and sound to analyze them. You should speak to how time functions in the film, how the film looks, is shot, art directed, edited and how sound contributes to the story…I'm not interested in whether you think the film is good or bad, I'm interested in a close reading of the film from the perspective of the above. How do these films work? Please quote from the readings to support your observations (at least two or three quotes); please be very specific about the scenes from the films you are referring to (use time code if needed).
Please address all aspects of the question above. Don't skip any aspects of the question.
You should watch all three to decide which one is best suited to what you want to write.
Approx 800 words or 1 and a half pages.
Pumzi is a Kenyan sci-fi movie directed and written by Wanuri Kahiu. The project was screened at the Sundance Film Festival in 2010 and funded by the Changamoto arts fund and the Goethe Institut. Pumzi takes place 30 years after World War III when the nation is facing numerous problems and is on the verge of desiccation. The locals are described as suppressants who work hard as magistrates or bureaucrats for their survival. The lower class mainly produces power for Kenya with the help of archaic workout equipment, e.g., rowing machines and rickety treadmills. I must say that the background music of Pumzi fits all of its scenes perfectly. At some points, when there seems to be happiness and prosperity everywhere, the background music sounds great, and when there is sadness and issues seem to originate from everywhere, the background music sounds badly and violently (Pasolini, Macafee, & Owens, 1980).
In Technological and Aesthetic Influences on the Development of Deep-Focus Cinematography in the United States, we had studied that “deep- or pan-focused cinematography is a visual style of filmmaking” (Ogle, 1972). That is clearly depicted in Pumzi. From its story to the star cast, and from the background music to cinematography, everything looks unique and appealing. The filmmaker and cinematographer seem to have paid more attention to Pumzi's overall presentation than anything else. There is a combination of light and vibrant, bright colors, and the movie sets give us a feeling of being in the ancient times. Just l
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