Right now I’m hunched over on the floor in front of my laptop, trying to fit my entire body in front of the fan in my room. Yes, it’s that hot. For those of you not sweating in New England right now, there’s an heat wave swamping Massachusetts, and campus seems to be moving in slow-motion. I think the campus squirrels have taken permanent refuge in the trash cans, and the sports camp kids look incredibly miserable. Luckily for Kelsey and I, the MRC is air-conditioned, so the extra hours we’re putting in to finish up our project are actually a nice reprieve from the un-air-conditioned dorms.
We’re in the final stages of finding and uploading the clips to CINEGLOS; now it’s gotten down to the last dozen techniques or tomas (shots) that are near-impossible to find. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve googled “deep focus in Spanish film” in hopes that some website will point me in the right direction, to no avail. I can only imagine how much more frustrating this must have been for Spanish film students who have to be able to explain and identify a Dutch angle without ever seeing one. Even though I’m an English major, and have a pretty strong attachment to the written word, studying film this summer has given me an appreciation for the ‘visual’ language of films- I can only imagine analyzing a film without a glossary like CINEGLOS is kind of like trying to write an essay for the first time without Strunk & White.
As we take stock of all of the film clip’s we’ve uploaded, Kelsey and I have realized that we show blatant favoritism towards certain movies. I think Kelsey would fill the entire website worth Pedro Almódovar films if we had permission, and I would do the same with any film with Ricardo Darín. However, we want a pretty even spread of the 50 films we watched, so we’re also replacing certain examples with others from less-utilized films. We’re also scrounging for tomas during our Spanish movie nights, so I apologize to any of the other students who had to listen to us whisper (not so quietly) about good prop shots and whether or not a characters monologue could could as an aparte (aside).
Soon I’ll be able to post the URL of CINEGLOS officially on my blog and show the proof of all the hard work we’ve done! Until then, I’ll be under the nearest air-conditioner.