The Pursuit of Happyness is a true-life story of a single father, Chris Gardner, who went from living on the streets to owning his own brokerage firm. This film charts the hard times and eventual comeback of Chris, a suddenly single salesman who had custody of his son, but encounters a challenge in providing for him and his son. Chris struggles his way as life continues to offer him setbacks to working as an unpaid intern at Dean Witter to being offered a permanent position as a broker on his last day of the internship. The names of the artists involved in the film’s production: the director, Gabriele Muccino the production designer, J. Michael Riva and the art director, David Klassen. The artists utilize lighting in the scene to display happiness from a beautiful sunny day. The conference room has natural lighting from the sunlight shining through as Chris Gardner was offered a position as a broker. The lighting affects our emotional understanding of Chris Gardener particularly because of the financial and life obstacles encountered struggling to provide for him and his son. As Chris was in taking the offer at hand, his dark brown eyes became red and full of tears. His bosses kept a straight face and displayed no sign of emotion. The natural sunlight shining through an upper floor conference room with view from the surrounding glass and no shades, displayed a mood of happiness and tranquility. The lighting impact on the overall story the filmmaker is attempting to tell is that the sun can shine bright in the midst of a storm. This film takes place in San Francisco, during an economic recession in the early 1980s when Chris and his wife spent their life savings buying a bunch of bone-density scanners. Chris was attempting to sell these to doctors, which turned out to be unsuccessful since doctors considered them to be an pointless luxury. Costuming can explain what hardships or success a character is experiencing. It can also tell us the...
References: Muccino, Gabriele. (Director). (2006). Pursuit of Happyness. [video file]. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=56fngopihOo&list=PLDEFFE3754F720FC7
Radford, Elaine. (2003-2006). Character Development in The Pursuit of Happyness. Retrieved from http://www.scriptologist.com/Magazine/Tips/the_pursuit_of_happyness.html
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