Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Extracting Filmic Influences - Ugetsu Monogatari

Another edition to the influences I intend to include into my character, suggested by Tom Beg, I must admit I was slightly unsure about why I was directed to this film as it takes some time setting the scene, however towards the end all became clear.

Ugetsu Monogatari '1953'


Presented in a manner as eerie as it is heartbreaking, this film is a gorgeous supernatural fable about the folly of men with dreams larger than their abilities and their women who suffer as a result. Genjuro is a potter who longs for wealth and luxury while Tobei , a farmer, dreams of the glories of the samurai to the point of ignoring his wife. Though a war rages around them, they venture to town to sell their wares. Genjuro becomes bewitched by a beautiful though vengeful ghost, while his wife is murdered by a soldier; Tobei becomes a noted warrior, while his wife descends into prostitution after being raped while searching for her husband.


The spirit in this story being my main focus, is a temptress of sorts, and has the ability to entrance men in into mindless love, and eventually death. This can relate to some characteristics of Yuki-Onna. I felt taking screen caps of certain moments, such as poses, lighting, scenery and expressions she pulled could help as a reference point, in order to capture the eerie, manipulative, seductive atmosphere.

4 comments:

  1. Nice one, Bob. I'm glad you've been able to get something from Lady Snowblood and Ugetsu.

    Kenji Mizoguchi easily sits within the pantheon of 'great directors',if such a thing exists. I love the incredible tracking shot near the end, when his wife appears as if from nowhere. Almost like the film reel itself is haunted...

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  2. yes! that was a pretty nice effect actually, very subtle...thanks for the shout outs man, really helped alot :)

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  3. Okay Bob - some additional links:

    http://www.daviddownton.com/fashion.html
    http://vi.sualize.us/view/sagaxtream/b1f4b4ebc83c2eeef27893c9d499c27f/
    http://www.designersnexus.com/design/free-fashion-croquis-templates/
    http://fabulousdoodles.blogspot.com/2010/02/tuesday-tip-illustration-poses.html

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  4. Thanks alot there phil, managed to find a few of these and more earlier...some really lovely stuff here....im excited :D

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