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ELECTIVE 8TH SEMESTER

Guidelines for First Assignment ( 1A), due on 23rd January 2019


Topic - Architecture in Cinema

1. Take one or more movies. Get the titles approved immediately.


2. Study the following aspects in the movie. Show your study through slide presentation.
a) Genre – crime, thriller, drama, etc.
b) Type of narrative – Linear, non-linear, broken, etc.
c) Style of architecture depicted in the scenes. What materials have been used? What
colour palette has been used? What colour filter has been applied to the overall film in
order to evoke a particular emotion? What are the different elements which dominate
the scene(s) ? e.g. walls, windows, grills, roads, pavements, open fields, etc. Illustrate with
citing specific scenes. The parkour chase scene shown during class held on 16th January
2019 used predominantly exposed concrete and asphalt.
d) What is the name of the city in which the scene(s) is/are depicted? For example, in
Marvel Comic Universe, New York city is a major backdrop. Dark Knight series is set up in
Gotham. Spider-Man(2002) is set in mostly New York and Los Angeles. Befikre (2016) is
set in Paris.
d) What are the relationships of the protagonist, the antagonist and the other characters
with the overall urban or rural fabric in the city that is depicted in the movie? Moreover,
what type of building is shown in a particular scene or throughout a movie clip chosen for
case study? Illustrate with citing specific scenes.
e) How architecture is a crucial element to drive the entire story forward? Illustrate with
citing specific scenes.
f) What is the use of changing colour tones in the movie? The movie Limitless changes
shades between bluish greens and bright yellow tones based on the mood of the scene.
Illustrate with citing specific scenes. For example, David Fincher and Steven Soderbergh
use a lot of colour filter in their movies. Some of their key movies are:
David Fincher Steven Soderbergh
Seven (1995) Traffic (2000)
Fight Club (1999) Erin Brockovich (2000)
Panic Room (2002) Ocean’s Eleven (2001)
Zodiac (2007) Ocean’s Twelve (2004)
The Social Network (2010) Ocean’s Thirteen (2007)
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)
Gone Girl (2014)

Francis Ford Coppola and Martin Scorsese directed many films featuring crime. Some of
their key films are :
Martin Scorsese Francis Ford Coppola
Goodfellas (1990) The Godfather (1972)
Casino (1995) The Godfather Part II (1974)
Gangs of New York (2002) The Godfather Part III (1990)
The Aviator (2004) The Conversation (1974)
The Departed (2006) The Great Gatsby (1974)
Shutter Island (2010) Apocalypse Now (1979)
The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)