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1. Pan across the area where Arron would be standing.
2. A cloud of smoke, Arron appears from it.
3. Arron introduces himself
4.Shot of royal horns being played in fanfare.
5.arron says hes from forest hills
6. shot of trees on a hill
7. we ask what his favorite album is and he answers
8. shot of the white album by the beatles just hovering in mid air
9. the ghosts of the two dead beatles appear next to him all star wars-ey and the other two beatles appear behind them
10. we ask his favorite film
11. shot of an old projector with a roll of film flapping off the end of it
12. he says “Waking life”
13. sped up shot of a flower growin out of snow
14.explains its animated, as he dose he starts to become a cartoon
15. asks why he chose to come to queens college
16. shot of qc
17 says his parents came here and met here
18. shot of people getting married on a college campus
19. says he thinks its a good school too,
20. shot of einstein with his tounge sticking out
21. arron is thanked for his time
22.shot of flying clock

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When i read Roland Barthes’ Mythologies, the first thing I noticed was how short it was. Only three pages, I figured it would be interesting, both due to its length, and the long paragraphs, because you can’t really catch a readers attention with short and boring now can you? Barthes makes an example of the movie Julius Caesar (Mankiewicz’s), by pointing out stereotypes in cinema that cause a false stereotype of people in real life/history. He then goes on to talk about how and when these stereotypes can be used correctly (If at all).

Barthes starts off by talking about the way the Roman characters were depicted first in the movie by using their hair as an example. He says every person in the movie had a full head of curly hair all hanging dow in their foreheads, and if they were bald except for a small patch of hair then “…the hairdresser-the kingpin of the film, has still managed to produce one last lock which duly reaches the top of the forehead,”( Barthes, p.26). He’s talking about how small stereotypes like this can ruin good film because people look fake. Not only the peoples dress, but the people themselves, were poorly scripted, people cast as Roman citizens who bared no resemblance to Romans. “Yankee mugs of Hollywood extras”(Barthes p.26) Once these stereotypes exist they’re able to be used the same way over and over in films everywhere, because once you’ve got a successful stereotype defined, it’ll become what people begin to believe. Another example that is used is sweat, because if you sweat, you must be working hard. Either your brain, or your body. He says the sweat is used to show thinking, and that “Caesar…remains dry since he dose not know, he dose not think, and so he must keep the firm and polished texture of an exhibit standing isolated in the courtroom.” (Barthes p.28) This stereotype can be seen in other movies, when the good or bad guy is plotting, trying to figure out an escape, someones sweating, when someones doing labor or in a shop, always sweaty, so I can see where hes going with this.

Barthes then goes on to rip the whole process of movie stereotypes, which I love. He says that “it is a good thing if a spectacle is created to make the world more explicit, it is both reprehensible and deceitful to confuse the sign with what is signified.”(Barthes p.28) What I take from this is, there is no problem with painting a vivid picture of the world, however you see fit to do it. make it as grand as possible and let people look on and wonder in amazement. If you are going to make something for people to look on in wonder at, then don’t paint a false picture of thing. Movies are a powerful industry (and a lot of people believe everything they see) so don’t use them to send false ideas to people. If your gonna do something, do it right is what Barthes is saying, and don’t ruin it with things that are fake.

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Russel Weinberg

Looking back at the interview that I did with Aaron, a lot of feelings w ere generated. I had mixed feelings since it is one thing to  point a camera at someone, and a completely different thing to be put on the spot. The camera was placed close to my personal space and made me feel quite nervous. I was nervous while interviewing Aaron. I was nervous that I would say a question wrong, or stumble as I try to gain footing on the hill we were shooting the film on At the same time, I felt feelings of confidence knowing that even though this was my first time filming someone, I felt that I was doing a good job. I felt that I came up with fairly good questions that would help me get to know someone in a short period of time. I actually learned that his parents had gone to Queens College and met there from one of my questions. Overall I learned a lot of very interesting things.

On the other hand, being interviewed was quite difficult for me. Even though I was complimented and told I spoke well, I did not that I did. I get nervous when speaking to people, and thought I paused and stuttered a lot. I have never really been that confident as a public speaker, and did not think it would go very well. I was also nervous that I had picked a bad filming location and that the sun would be too bright or that there would be too many shadows, etc. It turned out though to be okay, and after that I felt better about myself.

On the whole experience, I think I was more nervous than anything (both being interviewed and interviewing someone else.) It is a scary thing to have a camera in your face that you actually have to talk into and not just smile and walk away. Even still I was glad to have this experience and now that I have done it, I would like to do it again.

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Arron Druifuss :Hey im Aaron Druifuss and im from forest hills New York, and this is my interview

Russell Weinberg : Alrite Aaron what would you say is your favorite album of all time is?

A: I would have to go with “Revolver” by the Beatles because I really like the lyrics in the album and it has a nice diversity in terms of styles in music and theres a lot of experimental stuff that changed the way rock and roll was made like tomorrow never knows

R: Okay and what would you say is your favorite piece of cinematography is aka movie?

A: Um, I’d go with the movie “Waking Life” its an animated film basically um its about this guy who goes around and he has conversations with people and the conversations have are realy interesting and um really intellectual and the artstyle is um its really unique. Its kinda cuz the director Richard Langlighter I think his name is he drew over actual footage so it’s a really interesting film.

R: That’s really cool and what brought you to Queens college in the first place? What made you choose here as opposed to some other school?

A: Well other than the fact that it has a reputation of being a really good school.  I was interested coming here because both my parents came here and that’s actually where they met. So and I always figured it would be a good school to come to so that’s why im here

R: Well that’s very cool and thank you for your time sir.

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Aaron Druifuss’ Interview


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