October 9, 2011
The Blind Side: Do You Have Any Place to Stay?
Based on the 2006 book The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game by Michael Lewis, the 2009 film The Blind Side is the true story of Michael Oher. Oher is an under privileged African American teenager living on the streets of Memphis who is taken in and adopted by Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy, an affluent white couple. As much as the Tuohy family changed Michael’s life he may have changed theirs even more. With no real special effects to speak of, the design team had to rely on the basics such as lighting, camera angle, costumes, and props to recreate the events and capture the feel of the story. A look into the scene where Michael is first approached by Leigh Anne Tuohy and invited into their home will give a good indication whether or not they were able to accomplish their task. The responsibility of creating a quality motion picture lies with the members of the design team. Individually and collectively the director, production designer, art director, and cinematographer must combine their knowledge and creative abilities to create a great movie. Each of these areas is vital to creating a great movie that will capture the viewers’ attention and make the movie an enjoyable occasion for them. In a movie like The Blind Side where the movie is more of a character study and the events are true the design team faces some challenges. They have to work without the benefit of special effects to keep the audience interested while depicting an accurate portrayal of the facts and the characters. All movies really start the production process with a vision from the director when they read a script. With The Blind Side the story was originally written and released as a book by Michael Lewis in 2006, then was adapted for screenplay and directed by John Lee Hancock in (2009). The story involves Michael...