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Lawrence Bender was born in the Bronx, New York City, New York. Throughout his career, Bender has amassed three Oscar nominations including those for his work on Pulp Fiction, Good Will Hunting, and Inglourious Basterds. That being said, my favorite film by Lawrence Bender is Pulp Fiction.
Pulp Fiction was released in 1994 and was a film that wasn’t like anything else in cinemas during that time. This film tells the tale of multiple people living in a world of crime including two hitmen, a boxer, the wife of a mob boss, and many more colorful characters. What makes this film personally enjoyable is how well the story is told that weaves these seemingly unrelated characters together so seamlessly.
One reason that this film has been so well-received is that it is hard to pinpoint this movie to a specific genre. Pulp Fiction contains elements of comedy, drama, and even throws in a few love stories. While this film is over two hours, it’s a movie that I can watch and be continually engrossed in no matter how many times I’ve seen it. While this film does feature a decent amount of graphic language and violence, it helps this movie to achieve a sense of realism.
To summarize, my favorite film produced by Lawrence Bender is Pulp Fiction. This film tells multiple tales surrounding a group of people with seemingly unrelated stories. That being said, the viewer quickly finds out that these characters have more in common than they might think. Pulp Fiction combines multiple genres into a fast-paced ride with plenty of characters and unforgettable moments for the viewer to enjoy. This film combines elements of comedy, action, drama, and noir, and suspense genres in order to create a unique masterpiece. In addition, Pulp Fiction continues to remain ranked quite highly within many top movies of all time lists.
For centuries plays were the enterity of the theater world. Silent films burst onto the scene, but they only served as an alternative to live theater. It wasn’t until the origins of visual effects that film began to overtake live theater as the main form of entertainment. The 1902 film A Trip to the Moon is considered one of the early pioneers of visual effects. It introduced many techniques such as stop motion and matte painting that are still common in amateur films. With the dawn of the digital age, most of the classical techniques have fallen by the wayside, but that doesn’t mean that visual effects are any less prevalent. Modern cinema could not exist without some of these kinds of visual effects.
In the late 20th century, the green screen emerged. It allowed editors to digitally change a film without risking the recording of the actors. The technique works by setting part of your set or actors with a specific color of green. The recording is fed into a computer, and with the aide of editing software digital images are placed over the green parts of the film. Only green parts of the film are affected so entire backgrounds can be recreated, and the actors will look natural in the scene. Green screen started as a novelty in early films. The technique caused things not painted green to have an unattractive white border around them. In recent versions this has been fixed. Now entire movies are shot with only a green screen as the set.
Matte Painting is a technique that has existed since the early days of cinema and continues to be used today. Initially artists would paint a flat scene with the illusion of depth onto a screen to be placed in the back of a scene. The technique is now down with digital art programs, but it is still used for landscapes. The digital backdrops are placed in areas where the actors will not be going. They allow the studio to create locations that are impossible to use. Digital matte paintings have replaced the use of miniatures for most sprawling cities.
Some old parlor tricks have been re-purposed in the digital age. John Textor is an award winning visual effects artist who led the charge to bring Micheal Jackson back for a performance at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards. He talked to USA Today about the technique used to do this stunning visual effect. Most people think it was a hologram, but that technology simply isn’t up to the levels needed for practical usage yet. Instead Textor and his team projected an image onto a glass plane. They spent 8 months animating the song to make sure that every movement was as realistic as possible.