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How to be a Superhero Part 3

Suit Up Superheroes!

In order to be a truly successful superhero, you are going to have to hide your identity. Why? Well for one, you don’t want to make it easy for the super villains to find you. For two, sometimes it’s useful to go incognito into a situation to scope it out and see what is needed; and for three, even superheroes sometimes need a break from superhero-ing!

So you’re going to need a costume…

Will it have a long dramatic cape like Storm?

Or Hyperion?

 

Will you need a face mask like Batman?

 

Maybe you’ll have hood to make you seem more mysterious like Green Arrow?

 

Superhero costumes have to be practical for fighting but they are a great way to express exactly who you are. What would you choose? Red? Blue? Green? Dramatic armor? Or a full rainbow of colors? Yours doesn’t have to be perfect! It just has to be you!

Time for some industry notes:

Today, let’s talk a little bit about cameras and more specifically camera angles :

First of all , what is a camera angle? It’s simply the way (or angle) you are going to film your actors. Will you film only their eyes? — An extreme close-up.

Or on the contrary will you film them from the third floor of the Eiffel tower? — An extreme long shot.

You might think it doesn’t really matter how you film your actors as long as they say their text , we can see them and understand them. But in fact each shot has a special meaning, and whether you know it or not , it will have an impact on you when you watch the movie.

Now, there are many many many many (did I mention many?) different kinds of camera shots that can be done. But we are going to have a look at just a few and their meanings.

First let’s look at the “Establishing shot” : it sets up or “establishes” the setting of movie, it is typically at the beginning of a movie. It gives you the context of where the story is taking place : a city, the desert, Space, a castle, a futuristic world.. this will help the audience understand where and sometimes when, the story is taking place, as soon as they see it.

You can even find them in animation movies , check out this “establishing” shot from Monster’s Inc

Now let’s have a look at the “Close up” shot : the close up is when you film your actors close enough so you can see their faces very well and therefore their emotions. It is done so you can really feel and experience , as an audience , what the character is feeling. You have different kinds of Close ups, from “medium close up” which is framed for the head until the belly button , the “big close up” where only the face is in frame, to “extreme close up” where you can see only for example an eye, or mouth . The closer you get to the character, the closer you should feel what they are feeling or thinking.

Can you spot the different “close up” shots in the merchant scene from Aladdin?

The “Low angle” shot : This is when the camera is held very low making the actor look very big. This is usually done when we want to show that the character is heroic, or scary even ! On the contrary the “High angle” shot is when the camera is held high to make the actor look “small” , this is done to show they are feeling uncomfortable or inferior to someone.

The “Bridging” shot : This is done to show that time is passing by, or to show the characters moving from one place to another.

And lastly the “cowboy” shot : this is known for it’s use in westerns, the camera is framed from the mid thigh up, and when it comes you know Clint Eastwood is about to win a showdown !

Here’s a link with a few of the examples of different angles in one video just to give you a better idea :

More to read and see:

For something super silly, try reading Charlie’s Superhero Underpants by Paul Bright.

 

On a wild and windy day all the washing blows away. Socks and vests, a woolly hat, and far worse than all of that – Charlie’s Superhero Underpants! Disaster! Charlie sets off around the world to find them. He discovers a fine French Fox wearing sister Sophie’s Socks, he finds a pair of llamas, wearing brother Ben’s pyjamas…But Who has got Charlie’s Superhero Underpants?

 

 

 

 

If you liked the Superman movie from last week, you might try Superman: The Story of the Man of Steel by Ralph Cosentino.

It?s a bird! It?s a plane! It?s Superman!

All children love Superman, now, there is a book written and illustrated specifically for the youngest fans of the earth’s greatest superhero. Ralph Cosentino’s Superman: The Story of the Man of Steel tells the tale of the caped crime fighter”s amazing journey from the planet Krypton to the town of Smallville, Kansas, to the big city of Metropolis. There he lives a double life as Clark Kent, mild-mannered journalist, and Superman, protector of humanity. It is the perfect introduction to this beloved American icon.

 

 

The movie Iron Man starts during a modern war, and that can be kind of scary, but for some of our older children superheroes it can be great fun and an opportunity to talk about some important things in the world.

 

Did you know that the script was not completely prepared when filming began, so the dialogue was mostly ad-libbed throughout filming? Some scenes were shot with two cameras to capture lines improvised on the spot. Robert Downey Jr. would ask for many takes of one scene, since he wanted to try something new.

Alright then, till next week!