Living in Oblivion is a film that focuses on an independent film maker’s attempt to make a film. Everything that we see happening occurs on just one day of filming. The film is split into three sections – the first part is a dream that the director has just before waking up; the second part is the lead actress’ dream from the same night, and the final part is the filming of a dream sequence. Each section takes about half an hour. In the first hour of the film, the only real occurrences that we see are Nick and Nicole awaking from their dreams. In the final half an hour of the film, when we are watching what “really” happens, we get interrupted by a few daydreams. These daydreams, of which there are six, all happen in the same half a minutes silence.
Tom DiCillo doesn’t follow the classic Hollywood narrative, which comprises of a beginning, middle and a climax at the end. Living in Oblivion starts in a dream, (which we do not realise is a dream until Nick wakes up) continues into another dream, and then finishes with the end of the filming of a scene, with everyone still on the set, except for Tito the dwarf who stormed out a few moments earlier. It has no climax.
Mainstream cinemas usually start dreams by zooming in on the dreamer’s eyes. The screen then becomes hazy and fuzzy, and then a dream will begin. Occasionally, the audio in the dream sounds slightly distorted so that you are aware that this isn’t reality, and often the dreams are in black and white. DiCillo uses black and white in his dreams, but we don’t realise that these are dreams at the time because there is no fuzziness around the edge of the screen and there were no close ups of people faces before they begun. We just went straight into them. The day dreams in the third sequence do begin with close ups, but maintained their correct colours. The only indication at the start of the film that there are dreams involved is the title – oblivion is a state of unconsciousness and complete unawareness of what is going on around you, like when you’re dreaming.
A Mid Summer Night's Dream Film Analysis "A Mid summer Night's Dream" is another entry into Shakespeare's recent rebirth on film. Michael Hoffman's film dose not stay true to the text, but he must take liberties to allow for this classic story to be entertaining to today's audience. In this essay I will discuss the differences between the text vision and the film vision of this story from the ...
We only realise Nick was dreaming when we see him waking up. He had just been freaking out because he could hear a beeping sound, but no one could find it. It turns out to be his alarm clock. Most of his dream was in black and white, but the parts which we see through Wolf’s camera appear in colour. Nicole’s dream is the complete opposite of this, with the filming appearing in black and white whilst the rest of it is in colour. We don’t expect this to be a dream because we’ve just spent half an hour in Nick’s dream, even though we watch her lay back down after Chad leaves from their one night stand. The third part of the film has no black and white. People use the phrase “it’s not all black and white” as a metaphor to say that something isn’t easy, and I believe that DiCillo continuously switches between colour and black and white to emphasise his point that film making is not easy, especially if you are a low budget independent film maker.
Most of the disasters that happen on set during Nick’s dream would not occur on a Hollywood set full of professional film makers. The boom mike might fall down in front of the actors, but not twice in one scene. A car playing very loud music wouldn’t drive past during filming; the director’s senile mother wouldn’t walk on set after escaping from her care home; the dwarf actor would probably laugh when he is supposed to; and they wouldn’t have out-of-date milk on set. It is possible that these things happen in the film because they have happened in DiCillo’s career as an independent film maker, and even though he would have found it very stressful at the time, he can look back at these disasters now and laugh at them.
Explore the ways in which Hill creates sympathy for Arthur as the hero of the Woman in Black Key to the success of TWiB is Hill’s expertise in encouraging the reader to identify with the main character, Arthur Kipps. She achieves this by stimulating feelings of sympathy towards Arthur. Some of the ways in which she does this are by using a variety of different methods such as a range of ...