Fight Club (1999)

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Fight Club is a portrayal of an insomniac corporate drone’s desire to feel something in a society that has become numb. The result is violence, comedy, and some soap making. The Narrator, portrayed by Edward Norton, becomes a vessel for the audience showcasing a modern middle class consumerist hitting rock bottom in an indifferent reality. The concept of Furni (loosely inspried by Ikea) gives us a satirical look of how what we consume defines our personality which eventually evolves into the film’s anti-consumerist culture theme. The formation of the underground society of fighting is a commentary of how “a generation of men being raised by women” find freedom and self-actualization.

The cinematography, done by Jeff Cronenweth, contains an all-natural, realistic photography. Spherical lenses were used instead of anamorphic because of lens choices and speed. The majority of the film was shot in long close-ups with low-light conditions, giving Fight Club it’s perfectly suited grainy, high contrast look. Cronenweth aimed for a dramatic rich, yet toned down exposure. Shallow depth of field was also used heavily to keep the audience focused on what needed attention, i.e. Edward Nortons character seeing Marla walk away into the dark night with a rack focus revealing a “subliminal Tyler Durden”, who appears five times in the film.

Kevin Haug supervised the VFX for Fight Club, which extensively used photogammetry and image based lighting, a process that involve the use of photographs to integrate CGI with live action footage. It also allowed for creative camera moves such as flying through walls and floors of office buildings and close up of an apartment kitchen exploding. Richard ‘Dr’ Bailey, who animated the collapsing buildings at the end of the film, prophesied the danger of CGI: over usage. As the software and knowledge gets better, approximations gets smaller but the demand and use goes higher.

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Posted on December 31, 2010 at 4:02am

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