– Film Club –

Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind:

Film plot – 

‘A man, Joel Barish, heartbroken that his girlfriend Clementine underwent a procedure to erase him from her memory, decides to do the same. However, as he watches his memories of her fade away, he realizes that he still loves her, and may be too late to correct his mistake.’

VFX that were most identifiable –

  • Multiple flashbacks from before Joel’s memory is erased – scene transitions between the DVD shop/his home/library
  • Whilst Joel’s memory is being wiped, he chases after Clementine – scene repeats itself, flips between scenes and sets. Also applies to the film and characters, where each repetition of the scene, actors appearances gradually get distorted, along with the whole image being manipulated
  • Tv, when Joel enters the room, the scene is applied to the television screen

This clip shows a detailed breakdown of some of the biggest Visual Effects shots from within the film. This allows me to gain an understanding of how to achieve certain effects within film, also giving me an insight to what techniques are used more commonly – however this film takes a strange spin compared to most other films, so the effects put into this wouldn’t be as relevant to future work.

With the film, I enjoyed it, although with all of the twists within the story and the vfx shots working together, I found the storyline difficult to follow, especially with the flashbacks being used in large quantities and rapidly; this made it hard for me to fully understand the whole story as I watched, although it is clear that this was Michel Gondry’s intention as this is his particular style.


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