Wednesday, October 22, 2014

A Single Man

A Visual and Emotional Showstopper

This week I watched the movie A Single Man directed by Tom Ford with Colin Firth. I have to say that I was blown away by the amazing acting in this film. Not only was I captivated by the play on visuals which I will get to in a minute, but the way the story drew me in, I felt as though I was there with him feeling every emotion he had.
Here is a trailer of the film...Please notice there are NO words, just visuals...Notice how it captivates you. Focus on how you feel while watching it.

Well...pretty captivating right? Well for me I had never heard of the film or seen a trailer for it until this week. But I have to say that, that is what I loved about the experience of watching it. When I saw the title I thought it was just going to be about a man that has never found love or had lost a great love. While this film is about losing a great love, it is also an eye opener to how deeply a loss can transform your everyday life, and how far one can fall into a depression.

The use of visuals in this film are so subtle, but important. You begin to pick up on how the director wants you to feel within the first minute of the film. The main character has a wardrobe of only black and white, he himself is depicted as unhealthy by having an almost gray town to his skin, while everyone else around him look bright, tan in color, with bright blue eyes. In this film there were moments of silence, and just various shots of visuals, and trust me it is brilliant! Sometimes words are not needed. This film is an amazing depiction of how we on the outside really have no idea what one may be feeling, and the meticulous planning that they me doing to end their own life. I encourage you to watch this film if not for the amazing story but to see just how brilliant visuals can be when there are no words.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Visual AHA

Last week I came across a blog posting on Edutopia about the common core in Action. It's is basically all about how we as teachers can be playing out our teaching to ensure that our students can put visual literacy standards to good use on their own.

I found this very helpful as I am currently taking a visual literacy course, and I want to apply this course in my teaching career. My favorite idea from the blog was the "Think-Aloud" activity to help students create meaning through visuals as they read a text. Visuals are everywhere, and children especially learn from visuals, so I think this strategy is a great way to implement visual literacy while also teaching students to incorporate visuals in their daily life.

Killing Us Softly

Recently I watched the video Killing Us Softly, and I suggest that you go now and WATCH! If you do or do not think that women are being objectified in the advertising industry I suggest you watch this video, and then ask yourself how you feel afterwards. 

Honestly when I started watching it I thought "yeah women are used as object, but I don't think its that big of a deal." Well my perspective completely changed as I was watching. Just think if the gender role was switched in the world of advertising...this is what it would look like. 

Looks ridiculous right? Did you laugh? I did! And then I had a thought...why do we use women in this way? I know I know Sex sells, but can't there be a better way? There has to be a better way. 
Personal Experience:
I have recently been changing my view on how a women or I for that matter should look at loosing weight. So often when we as women want to loose weight we say "I want to be skinny" not, I want to be healthy. I fully believe this is because the idea of healthy is not good enough anymore. She did mention in the video about how models are getting thinner and thinner and there is NO depiction of a real woman anywhere anymore. I would fully agree to this and also state that you do not have to become a size 2 to be healthy. 
Killing Us Softly...I love this tittle! I feel that it is titled this because advertisements and depictions of women are killing women slowly and softly. It's not enough to make a news report out of but, slowly over time we have lost many women to the idea that if you are not thin, and beautiful you are nothing in this world. Brains and strength are beautiful as well! 
I challenge you all to pay more attention to advertising, and I promise you, you will be surprised.