Ernest Goes to Camp

Screenplay By: John R. Cherry III; Coke Sams; Steve Leasure; Glenn Petach

Director: John R. Cherry III

Staring: Jim Varney; Victoria Racimo; John Vernon; Lyle Alzado

Release Year: 1987

When making movies sounds and music selections have a lot to do with projecting feelings of the audience.  “Sounds may be added, subtracted, and manipulated to suggest states of mind, to anticipate or recall other events of the story, or any other reason a filmmaker decides upon” (Goodykoontz; Jacobs, 2014 Film: From Watching to Seeing).  In the beginning of “Ernest Goes to Camp” the movie starts off with an intense testing of faith by the Indian council.  The scene shows a young “brave” tied to a totem while a knife, hatchet, and an arrow are projected at him.  The music and chanting that are played give the sounds of wonder and worry.  Wonder because of the narration asks if the “brave” has the courage to face his fears.

When the bulldozer scene happens near the end of the movie again they add both music and special sound effects to give it a more eerie sound as it demolishes buildings and threatens to destroy the ones trying to defend and fight for the camp.  Even though a large bulldozer like the one in the movie is scary enough with just the size of it adding the extra effects just makes the movie and scenes like these that extra edge.

When dealing with sound sometimes it is often good to keep the audience drawn in with the use of emotions.  Many movies always have that happy ending or that villain that everyone hates.  In some cases they use certain songs to illustrate and express emotion to the audience.  For instance in the movie “Frozen” you have Elsa with the song of “Let it Go” expressing her hard times and struggles that she has with her powers.  She is so fed up with it that she has to let it go.  In “Ernest Goes to Camp”, Ernest is so brokenhearted about his messing up and causing the camp to be signed over.  His feelings are also hurt because he has tried so hard with a group of misfit boys and has failed.  You feel and hear his depression by the song that he sings called, “Gee, I’m Glad it’s Raining.”  He mentions that no one can see his tear drops when it pours and pretty much how they can’t hear his heart breaking over the sound of thunder.

Without key parts like this a lot of movies would not have any feelings or emotions embedded in them.  You would have nothing that an audience could relate to.  All of the actors would just go through the motions without emotion.  The plot wouldn’t really come together as it should because you would have to feel and understand the situation that the characters are going through.  By the addition of the sounds and the music it allows something that is simple with no sound and without feeling to have those sounds and feelings for us to not only enjoy but to also laugh with and cry with.

Goodykoontz , B., & Jacobs , C. P. (2014). Film: From Watching to Seeing. Steve Wainwright

III, J. R. (Director). (1987). Ernest Goes to Camp [Motion Picture]


What Dreams May Come Lighting

Written By: Richard Matheson

Screenplay By: Ronald Bass

Director: Vincent Ward

Staring: Robin Williams, Cuba Gooding Jr., Annabella Sciorra and Max von Sydow

Release Year: 1998

In the movie, “What Dreams May Come” there are a number of different ways that lighting is use to give many different effects. Through out the movie the director uses many different styles in which to use lighting to give cause, effect and emotions.  We see how the lighting is bright, bold and vivid near the beginning of the movie because the main characters are happy with what they are doing.  If the lighting in this area would have been darker then it would have given off a feeling that may have been more of a depressed feel when Annie says that she is having a melt down about some paintings that did make it in.

(Ward, 1998)

Another area where we see the director using lighting as an emotion is when Chris begins to yell at Albert about the feelings and love that he has for his wife.  Albert tells him that his wife killed herself and said that there was no way to get her out of Hell.  As Chris’ emotions began to enrage you begin to see a massive thunderstorm build in the background.  The storm lasts for the time that Chris is angry or upset with Albert.  Most of the time when there is a thunderstorm the light from the sun usually gets blocked out thus turning the area dark.  If this scene had been lighter then it would have made it appear to be more of a sun storm and the emotions would not have fit the environment as well and the flashing of the lights would not have shown the effects as well either.

(Ward, 1998)

Finally the last scene that I will discuss is from the boat ride that Chris, Albert and The Tracker are on when they seek out to find Annie in Hell.  They start off in the boat going down, what appears to be, a dark tunnel.  As the tunnel fades away they begin to find themselves in a large storm.  Again the director is using the storm as a sort of feeling frame but is also using it to show conflict.  Again, as it is on the porch scene, you see a dark sky with lightning in the background.  As the light flashes you see the size of the waves and how it shows the only thing out there is a small sail boat.  If the boat had not had the red sail on it then all a viewer would have seen is just the waves.  Because the lightning was flashing and the red sail was the only thing in the water that drew your attention to the size and the detail of how large the waves were and how small the boat was.

(Ward, 1998)

The storms are the representations of struggle.  It shows the constant battle between right and wrong as well as good and evil.  When you think of evil or something that is wrong you always thing of a punishment that you will/are going to receive.  You see something dark coming at you and I feel that it’s mostly how we were raised.  We constitute bright and bold with emotions such as love, joy, fun, excitement and so on.  When we see darkness we see emotions such as hate, sorrow, depression, and death.

Works Cited

Ward, V. (Director). (1998). What Dreams May Come [Motion Picture].

Schindler’s List

Written By: Thomas Keneally

Screenplay By: Steven Zaillian

Director: Steven Spielberg

Staring: Liam Neeson,  Ben Kingsley and Ralph Fiennes

Release Year: 1993

The Story of Schindler’s List list is actually based on a book written by Thomas Keneally in 1982 titled Schindler’s Ark.  Both the book and the movie are about a gentleman by the name of Oskar Schindler that is in high standing with the Nazi party.  Then later ended up being a hero to over 1000 Jewish citizens.

During the war and the raids on small German towns to rid the area of every Jewish person that resided in the area, Oskar sees and watches a little girl in red that soon changed his whole outcome of who and what he was to do.  He began his quest in saving as many Jewish people and families as he possibly could.

He used his Nazi power to persuade the Nazi leaders to give him and/or even sell him some of the Jewish prisoners to operate a factory to make pots.  His goal was to get as many as he could before they ended up at concentration camps in Auschwitz where they would be tortured and finally killed.  He would tell the inspectors that he needed the small children because they had the small fingers to get in to the crevasses of the pots to clean and polish.

Finally he was confronted by his most reliable companion, Itzhak Stern, who maintained the roster of names and people.  As a simple thank you to Oskar the 1200 Jews got all the gold that they could muster up and made a ring to present to Oskar Schindler as a present to say thank you.  With all the money that Oskar had it wasn’t enough to save as many as he wanted to save.  His grief began to get the best of him as he was looking at things that he wore on a regular basis that could have purchased just one more person and all the money that was wasted that he could have used to get just one more.

After the war was over they had been notified that the war had ended and that they were all free to go.  Today there are more than six thousand Jewish that are the direct descendants of the over twelve hundred Jewish people that were saved by Oskar Schindler.

The film was presented in chronological order of events because it took him seeing a little girl wondering aimlessly through the chaos to only find her jacket at the burn site later on.  It is at that moment that he decides to save as many Jews as he can with the power that he had.

The film being shot in the black and white setting was to show and give the effect that the movie was shot during the 1940’s era.  The era in witch not many color television and cameras were designed.  The creation and development of the characters was based on events and design of the times.  The attitude that was portrayed by many of the actors was to show the harshness and cruelty of how the Nazi members acted and the fear of the people as the Jews were trying to hide in every way possible.  The movie was designed to tell not only a story but to show history of events that truly happened during the Holocaust of WWII.