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Monday 11 May 2015

Scene 4: Ireland

The Magdalene Sisters

I'm going to take a break from the heart warming animations for just a second to talk about a different movie I saw this week. I figured it was perfect for this blog because I doubt the plot or characters would have worked quite so well if the movie was set anywhere else.

The Magdalene Sisters is about the Magdalene Asylums or also known as Magdalena Laundries, where girls who were disowned by their families for being indecent were sent. It was founded by nuns who hoped that through work the girls would repent for their sins. The girls in the laundries would clean the clothes from the hospitals however, there have been many cases of abuse in these asylums. Only after a mass grave was discovered where 1993 where 155 corpses were buried at the grounds of a former convent in Dublin did people realise the extent of the suffering.

The first asylum in Ireland opened on Leeson street in Dublin in 1765, founded by Lady Arabella Denny. The 2002 movie directed by  Peter Mullan, is based on historical facts about four girls sent to a Dublin Magdalene Laundry from 1964 to 1968.
What is interesting about the setting is that it was set in Ireland it was shot in a location in Dumfries and Galloway in South-West Scotland.

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Saturday 2 May 2015

Scene 3: BONJOUR!

The Triplets of Belleville

My next film is set in the beautiful country of France, however what makes this one interesting is that it was an international co-production with companies from France, the United Kingdom, Belgium, and Canada.
This film has a unique French charm and the animation is completely different from Japanese Anime and American films. The animation is almost satirical and the surreal details are oddly charming and make the characters more lovable.

The movie is set in Belleville, Paris which literally means "Beautiful town" so you can understand why they chose this area. It has also been the set of non-animated movies such as The Bourne identity, Madame Rosa and The Red Balloon. It also features Tour de France one of the main characters is a cyclist.

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( NOT MY IMAGES! images from http://johannes-esculpiendoeltiempo.blogspot.com,  http://slighcarpandgrimshaw.wordpress.com and http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quartier_de_Belleville)

Monday 27 April 2015

Scene 2: How To Train Your Dragon

Hello Everyone!

I must apologise for the misleading title, I am not going to teach you how to train your dragon. (Sorry Hagrid)

Instead I am going to talk about the setting and location of DreamWorks's How To Train Your Dragon. How To Train Your Dragon was set on a small Viking island named Berk both in the film and the movie. The island of Berk that we see in the movie is a beautiful island with the rocky arches cliffs, beaches, waterfalls, streams and several large forests.

So why did the author Cressida Cowell chose the island of Berk as the setting for her book and movie? 
Well, It is based on an uninhabited island on the west of Scotland that Cressida used to visit when she was a child

Therefore the small Viking village on Berk would have been familiar setting for her. That's how she was able to describe the Hairy Hooligan tribe living on their island so well and why that movie was set there.
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Monday 20 April 2015

Scene 1: Intro!

Hello Everybody.

Calling all movie lover's in the universe! Movies make you laugh and cry (some more than other's). However, what people don't realise how the geography of the movie affects it so much! Especially in Animated movies with there sometimes surreal settings. So I have taken it upon myself to watch a movie every week and see how the geography behind it either makes or breaks it!

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