Acting and Acting Styles

Identify three actors from your film and classify each according to the types of actors listed in your text.

John Travolta- Star

Olivia Newton-John- Star

Jeff Conaway- Wild Card

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Explain your reasons for classifying the actors as you do. Use specific references to the film and pay special attention to how these decisions impacted characterization. Also, consider the impact of any realistic or stylized portrayals within the film.

John Travolta- John Travolta is a a star due to his many roles in many major films. Movies such as Grease, Pulp Fiction, and From Paris With Love are just a few examples of movies that has helped in John Travolta’s success in the movie industry. John Travolta made himself a star in Grease by taking lead in the movie and playing the character with top notch acting. Travolta’s personalty and acting abilities allowed him to create a unique style to his character that is forever associated with the theme of Grease.

Olivia Newton-John- Olivia Newton-John would also be considered as star. Thanks to her successful music career, her popularity in movie roles has been successful. Like John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John was able to take supporting main actor to a higher degree in the movie Grease, with ability to seamlessly combine her narrative and musical abilities with her character Sandy. Like Travolta, Olivia’s style of acting is uniquely associated with the theme and musical theme of Grease.

Jeff Conaway- I would classify Conaway as a wild card actor. Jeff Conaway has appeared in over 50 movies. However, only in a hand few has he been the actor that many recognize as a star. Conaway’s role in many films has been roles that he has had to play a completely different character than the other films he had appeared in. In every film he is able to bring a distinctive personality to the screen. Particularly in the movie Grease, Conaway brings a style that is just as unique as Travolta’s and Olivia’s, and an acting style is relevant to that of a Wild Card Actor.

Focus on one of the actors you’ve discussed. Based on other films the actor has been in, would this actor always be placed in the same category? If so, what does this say about the category or actor? If not, what can you infer about the flexibility of these categories? Provide evidence (references from other films, including film clips and stills) to support your argument.

John Travolta- Based on other films, John Travolta would not always be placed in the same category of acting as in the movie Grease. For example, Travolta takes on a completely separate role as in Pulp Fiction and From Paris With Love. John Travolta’s ability to switch roles so well from a musical broadway-feel actor to a character of romance or to a role of a bad guy has earned him roles in many major films and has brought him the attention that every star in Hollywood has.

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Sound Analysis of Grease

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Describe each of the three basic categories of sound (dialogue, sound effects, and music).

Dialogue- Dialogue, when referring to film, is the spoken language between two or more characters in order to push the story and plot forward.

Sound Effects- In film, sound effects are artificial sounds other than speech or dialogue, which provides film with extra effects for dramatization.

Music- Music in films is often times referred to the score, which is the background music during the action of a scene (Goodykoontz & Jacobs, 2014). Music comes in many different forms and can either be a part of the action (as in a musical) or provide dramatization from scene to scene.

Explain how the different categories of sound are being used in your chosen film.

Dialogue- In the movie Grease, the dialogue is used in an over dramatic way to give the film more of a staged and Broadway tone. Additionally, the dialogue is used in a way that coincides with the musical aspect of the film.

Sound Effects- Sound effects are not used in a major way as that of the dialogue and music in Grease. However, enhanced sound effects such as car engines roaring, people clapping, rain falling, etc. all enhanced the dramatization of different scenes contained in the movie Grease.

Music- The most creative element and the component that made Grease a blockbuster hit the musical aspect of the film. Popular songs such as Grease Lighting and Summer Nights and number of Grease soundtrack songs are still popular today. The special effect that music had in Grease was that much of the dialogue and the music was intertwined and fit perfectly with the action and drama of each scene. The music in Grease easily made this film a timeless classic.

Assess the impact of sound in establishing the theme.

The theme of grease was the transformation and up’s and down’s of relationships that are apparent through the main characters Danny and Sandy. The dialogue and music was both centered around these two characters and the dramatic relationship between the both of them. The dialogue and music provided up’s and down’s of emotions that coincide with the movies theme of the difficulty and up’s and down’s of a relationship.

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

The sound informs and controls the mood of each scene of this film because this film is mostly based around the dialogue and music which it contains. When the director wanted the audience to feel a sad emotion, sad dialogue and music was used. When an energetic and happy emotion was intended, the proper music and dialogue was used to evoke this type of emtion.

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

The performance of dancing and different songs such as Blue Moon and Sandy that was performed by the characters inferred the apparent genre of a musical.

Since each category of sound may produce a range of effects, how might you characterize the effects in your film? For example, realistic and expected sound effects may have a different effect on a viewer than exaggerated or unexpected ones.

The dialogue, enhanced sound effects, and musical aspects may be characterized as realistic, relatable, and projected. I believe that these categorized effects allowed the viewer to become fully delved in the film while offering dialogue and music to enhance the story and plot.

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

I believe if the element of music was taken out of Grease it would change the entire concept of the film and would completely change the genre of this film. The unique combination of music and dialogue us what makes Grease such a surprising film.

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REFERENCES:

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

Lighting Analysis of Grease

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Identify the type of lighting used in the film (traditional three-point, high-key, or low-key) and assess the impact of the lighting used to establish the theme.

In the movie Grease the lighting that is used is a combination of three-point, high-key, and low key. The impact that these styles of lighting had on this movie were ones that made each scene unique from one another. Some scenes were more dramatic than others due to low key lighting, some scenes were more energetic and bright due to high key lighting, and other scenes were more focused on the actors and the scene at hand due to three point lighting.

What are the benefits of the style of lighting used?

Three-point lighting is used in some scenes to properly highlight the frame, and faint shadows are visible in the background, adding more depth of frame.

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High-key lighting is often times used in musicals such as Grease. The even illumination of the key lighting and fill lighting. This style of lighting impacted the movie by creating a very soft and bright tone, with very few shadows.

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Low key lighting was also used in many scenes. Low key lighting is the opposite of high key lighting because it casts large dark shadows within the frame. This style of lighting impacted Grease in a more serious way that made the musical scenes more dramatic.

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How did this technique contribute to the theme?

These techniques contributed to the theme by giving an aesthetically and musical cinematographic touch to each scene and each frame. Making the theme of musical theme of Grease more apparent to the audience.

How was the lighting technique suited to the genre of the film?

The lighting technique suited Grease because it gave it provided a stage performance tone that is often times associated with musicals.

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