4/29/09 9:51 AM Spike Lee: crossover in mid-80?s. Directed Michael Jordan in Nike ads. Lee was in the commercials too. Public comes to know Lee as a person, not just as a name on a film. Translate this into enormous productivity. Has made 21 feature films since 1985. 50-1 profitability ratio for She?s Gotta Have it. Mid-90?s: financing for Get on the Bus 2.4 Million budgeting, sought financing from wealthy black entertainers, invest in cultural expression. Guaranteed their investment. Flops: She Hate Me: 8 million budget, brought back $366,000. Miracle at St. Anna. 36 million loss. Inside Man: 45 million budget 180 million global return. Most activate and successful black filmmaker after 1970 NYU graduate Explores issues of black history, institutional racism, and urban experience. African American sexuality. She?s Gotta Have It scenes. New York Filmmaker Stylistic traits in Lee?s work Early work makes extensive use of wide-angle lenses Do The Right Thing: Radio Rajeen Jump Cuts : 25th Hour Overlapping editing for key moments 25th Hour Almost strives for discontinuity Gliding tracking shots in which subject appears to move without walking Direct address Ex. Do The Right Thing 25th Hour as a post 9/11 Film: Independent filmmakers 4/29/09 4/29/09 9:51 AM
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