Actor Classification from the movie Ghost

Director,  Jerry Zucker

Writer, Bruce Joel Rubin

Starring, Whoopi Goldberg, Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore in this Drama, fantasy, mystery film

Whoopi Goldberg plays a psychic in this drama, fantasy, mystery movie. I would classify Whoopi Goldberg,  as a wild card actor. She has played many different roles, so it is difficult to classify her as one certain type of actor. In these two movie clips Whoopi Goldberg is able to convince the audience through her realism that Oda Mae Brown was a real psychic. Shown here in this clip as Whoopi Goldberg moves around the room looking for the spirit of Patrick Swayze, she avoids eye contact and actor positioning.

Demi Moore I would classify as a personality actor. Her strong emotional personality that she plays in this role as Molly Jensen.

Patrick Swayze is a star in my opinion. From his love scenes, dancing and fight scenes. Patrick Swayze is one actor that has always pleased his fans.

   Still of Tom Cruise, Emilio Estevez, Rob Lowe, Patrick Swayze, C. Thomas Howell and Glenn Withrow in The Outsiders (1983)

Based on other films Patrick Swayze has played in, he’ll always be considered a star. His role in the movie , The Outsiders. He plays a thug trying to keep his brothers out of trouble while he works to keep the family together, but if trouble with rival gangs becomes an issue Darrel Curtis played by Patrick Swayze gets down and dirty.

Goodykoontz, B., & Jacobs, C. P. (2011). Film: From watching to seeing. San Diego, CA: Bridgepoint Education, Inc.



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Sixteen Candles-Sounds

Initially, movies were made without sound. Movie makers added music from organs, pianos or even a full orchestra band for dramatic or scary scenes. “Without sound actors often relied on overstated gestures and heightened mannerisms. The use of conventional gestures and movements, melo dramatic facial expressions…coupled with appropriate musical score all done with the knowledge that the audience would not hear what actors were saying but instead rely on title cards, music and using established acting techniques to follow the story” (Goodykoontz, 2011).

The three basic categories of film sound is dialogue, sound effects and music. These three categories require careful balancing to serve the story. Because of this, each category is typically recorded separately and mixed together during the final editing process.

Dialogue is used to establish character and advance the story. Dialogue is communication between each character in a film. “Dialogue from movies has become so ubiquitous that it is used as a form of cultural shorthand” (Goodykoontz, 2011). Using dialogue is a more proficient way to move the plot along then by simply showing what happens. Action from the characters and the use of dialogue work together to create the entire film experience. 

In this clip “Am I Turning You On?” it opens with the Geek walking down the aisle of the bus as the theme from Dragnet plays. The diegetic sound of the music playing helps enhance the Geeks seriousness as he approaches Sam. This scene has diegetic sound effects which are:

  1. The Geek placing his backpack next to him after he sits behind Sam on the bus
  2. Sam turning pages in her magazine
  3. the school bus brakes squealing
  4. the doors to the school bus squeaking

The sounds used in this scene were overall realistic. Using the theme song from the Dragnet movie as the Geek approached Sam was exaggerated, but in my opinion it showed how serious he was about asking a girl out. If there was no sound when the bus came to a stop or for opening and closing the doors the audience would assume that no one ever exited the bus, nor that the bus actually stopped.

Goodykoontz, B., & Jacobs, C. P. (2011). Film: From watching to seeing. San Diego, CA: Bridgepoint Education, Inc

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Sixteen Candles “Lighting”


In movies lighting is the job of the cinematographer, he/she is responsible for ensuring there is enough light and designing the lighting or look of a movie (GoodKoontz, 2011). In “Sixteen Candles” there is high-key lighting, low-key lighting and bright key lighting used through out the movie. In this scene, Sam and Jake Ryan are seated atop a table with an open window in the background and a lit birthday cake in between the two. The two actors both have a harsh shadow casting across their faces which is caused by using bright key lights. The scene with Sam and the Geek riding on the bus, uses high-key lighting to give a more natural look. For each scene the difference in lighting was very important, for instance the table scene would not have had an romantic feel if the cinematographer would have used high-key lighting and the same for the bus scene. If the bus scene had a low-key lighting one would expect to see something scary happen. As a romantic/comedy the lighting technique suited this film perfectly. 

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Sixteen Candles


Samantha Baker’s (Molly Ringwald) 16th birthday should be perfect and memorable, but her whole family is so preoccupied with her older sisters (Blanche Baker) wedding that they completely forget her big day. But catching the eye of Jake Ryan (Michael Schoffling) would make everything better for Sam.  

Release date: 1984

Actors: Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall, John and Joan Cusack, Justin Henry, Blanche Baker

Director: John Hughes

Producer: Hilton A. Green

Writer: John Hughes

This film is presented chronologically, watching one scene unfold right after another. Having the film presented in a chronological order made perfect since for this movie. As Sam continued with her daily routine as a teenager, school dances, house parties and family life and the occasional encounter of the Geek she also helped her sister prepare for her wedding day. The camera angles and lighting used in this film gave a realistic view of a teenagers life which made it more believable for the audience. 


The annoying Geek

The forgetful Grandparents





The Geek and the Panties





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Believe in YOURSELF


I never thought that receiving support from family and friends would be like extracting teeth. Well, after the release of my first self-published book. The realization came full-force when everyone began to make excuses of why they couldn’t purchase it. However, I was forewarned that the majority of my support would come from unknown sources or people who I haven’t seen or heard from in decades. Needless to say, some support is better than none at all. Although I’m often baffled at times because of the encouragement that is given when one speaks about taking a leap of faith and when that achievement is flourished no one utters a word. I assumed those same words that were spoken would ignite my soul when the subject was a conversation piece verses now a reality.

            As adolescents we are motivated by our teachers, family, siblings and friends that whatever our hopes and dreams are we can make those dreams happen. Ultimately, after a certain point in our lives that reinforcement stops, you graduate leaving the teacher to motivate other students, siblings start families of their own and friends become acquaintances no longer feeding you that line of reassurance that you felt you needed to move forward. At some point family begin to criticize your dreams generating new feelings about your journey of building a brand or leaving a legacy behind.

            I have learned along the way that you cannot count on family and friends to push you to your limits of success nor cheer for you when success has been accomplished. A person must realize that believing in yourself, cheering yourself on and motivating yourself is what has to take place in order for your hopes and dreams to be fulfilled. Although, it may be scary and often times a lonely journey, but the realization of it all is you are alone. The energy that goes into the work to pursue your life’s satisfaction was done by you. Whether your goal is to complete high school with a certain GPA or complete a Master’s degree before a certain age, those are goals only you can meet. For many of us, dreams of becoming entrepreneurs, entertainers or in my case, a novelist and it can be done with self-discipline.

            God blesses everyone with intuition, so if you can dream it, you can do it, you just have to put in the sweat, tears, time and effort and your God-given talent will emerge, so dream big and work hard!

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A Talented Individual

A Talented Individual.

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Meeting new family members is so thrilling


My guys met their cousins (from New Zealand), for the first time today.


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