Early Life – A Passion for FilmDavid Yates was born in Lancashire,England on 30 November 1963. He wasinspired to pursue a career in filmmakingafter watching Steven Spielberg’s 1975movie Jaws. Before her death, Yatesmother bought him a Super 8mm camerato assist in his passion for film. He used this to shoot short films and videos in which he got his family and friends to feature in. One of his videos, named The Ghost Ship, was shot on board the vessel where his uncle worked as a cook.
Career - Background InformationDavid Yates came into the public eye from 1988 onwards when he directeda number of short films, such as; When I was a girl, Good looks andOranges and Lemons.In more recent years he has directed more popular and well known films,such as Harry Potter – his greatest project to date.In 1994 and 1995 he directed 5 episodes of well known TV drama, The Bill.The six-part thriller State of Play in 2003, was Yates’ biggest achievementuntil the Harry Potter films. It was recognised by various awardceremonies and Hollywood film bosses.
Directorial StyleYates is said to be a perfectionist and shoots numerous takes to get the best performances from hiscast. Emma Watson, one of the leading three actors in all of the Harry Potter films, said that Yates insists on pushing the cast and crew to physical and emotional extremes.His style of work includes political themes, realism, thought provoking dramas, character-drivennarratives and social themes.Yates studied sociology, politics and literature in college which is what sparked his interest in thesesubjects and the reason he portrayed some of these views and ideas in his work.
Scenes from the last 4 Harry Potter films, showingthe deeper storylines that Yate’s has directed.
Harry Potter 2006-2011David Yates directed the last 4 Harry Potter films from theyears 2006-2011. He has been the longest standing directorin the film series.Yates’ films all became consecutively the highest grossing entriesin the series. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, the firstfilm on the series that Yates’ directed, became the highestgrossing Harry Potter film since the first instalment (Harry Potterand the Philosophers Stone). This has made Yates’ the mostcommercially successful British director in recent years.The first scene Yates shot featured a giant interacting with theyoung actors. This scene was Yates’ very first high-scale visualeffects piece.
InspirationYates’ main inspiration from an early age, was Steven Spielberg. He was inspired andfascinated with the work of Spielberg – in particular Jaws (1975).From an early age Yates’ tried to understand the production and story elementsof motion pictures, he focused on the observation of characters, timing and thereaction of the audience. He began casting short films at a young age for fun,using the camera his mother had bought him.Yates has also been influenced over the years, by well known and respecteddirectors such as Martin Scorsese, David Lean and Ken Loach.
Harry Potter and the Order of the PhoenixIn 2005 he was chosen by Warner Bros. Pictures to direct the fifth Harry Potter film. HarryPotter and the Order of the Phoenix is the fifth film in the series, continuing on thestoryline from the films before.Harry Potter is a book series written by JK Rowling in the mid to late 1990’s, about an 11year old orphaned boy who learns he is a wizard and begins a new life in a school forwitches and wizards, where he encounters many life changing events. It is the highestgrossing film series of all time.Yates believed that he was approached because the studio saw him fit to handle an "edgyand emotional" film with a "political back-story", which he said he demonstrated in hisearlier work State of Play, Sex Traffic and The Girl in the Café.Producer David Heyman agreed with Yates’ political views on the film and stated that "Thisis a political film, not with a capital P, but its about teen rebellion and the abuse of power.David has made previous films in the U.K. about politics without being heavy handed”.Before they started filming, Yates visited Leavesden Studios (where parts of Harry Potterare filmed) and observed filming of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Yates spokepersonally to Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire director Mike Newell about his first handexperiences and taking on the role as director.
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince•After Warner Bros. were impressed by Yateswork on the Order of the Phoenix, Yates wasbrought back to work on the 6th film, Harry Potterand the Half Blood Prince. During production ofthe Half Blood Prince, Warner Bros. announcedthe Yates once again would direct the next films,which were the final two. In an interview, Yatescommented on the producers decision toappoint him as director for the final films, sayingthat "they wanted to do a Harry Potter that feltrealer, and more grown up.•It was said that bringing Yates into the direction of Harry Potter was an ambition to tryand keep the franchise fresh.•The sixth film adaptation became the second highest grossing film of 2009.Yates worked alongside cinematographer Bruno Delbonnel and digital film colourist PeterDoyle on colour grading the picture and developing the "choice of angles, the extremeclose-ups, and the pacing of the scenes." Yates described the style and look of the film as"very layered" and "incredibly rich."
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows The filming of the two part final, was filmed over two years from 2009 to 2011. Yates stated that he filmed the two parts of the final motion picture differently, with Part 1 in a "road movie" style, while Part 2 was "much more operatic, colourful and fantasy orientated”.Yates’ work was complimented by critics that said his “fluid, fast-paced direction sends up thecrackling tension of a thriller”. Another review claimed that Yates had shown a knack forcapturing and demonstrating thorough sympathy of the characters, in particular the centralthree characters; Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger and Harry Potter himself.Famous film magazine Total Film wrote that Yates combines "spectacle and emotion into athrilling final chapter.” Yates was also praised for the "sharply directed" film and wasacknowledged for his "genuine visual sense", with author J. K. Rowling remarking that"everyone who watches Deathly Hallows – Part 2 is going to see that hes steered us homemagnificently. Its incredible."Half of the Harry Potter franchise has been directed by Yates, who has helmed four out of theeight entries since 2006. Daniel Radcliffe commented that Yates brought his own sense ofrealism to the film which wasn’t there before.
Luna LovegoodCharacter ProfileLuna Lovegood, was a character from the final four HarryPotter films. She was introduced in the 5th film, The Orderof the Phoenix, which happened to be the first film inwhich Yates’ directed.Luna had very set beliefs and was different to everyonearound her, she also had very specific political viewswhich suited Yates directorial style. Luna’s entrance to the Harry Potter films, coincided with Yates’ which is thought to be significant as Yates had strong ideas about politics and wanted to bring a political side into the film series, and Luna ‘s personality and character fitted this.
The film poster Through The Times The film poster forfor Philosophers the Deathlystone (the first Hallows (the lastfilm, directed by film, directed byChris Columbus) David Yates) usesuses fairly bright very dark colours, targeting thecolours in growing audience.comparison tothe later films, to The darker colours represent thetarget a younger more challengingaudience. and deeper storylines.In the final four films the storylines got darker, David Yates was thought to have been picked to directthe final films was because of his ‘edgy and emotional’ approach to directing. This suited the final filmsas the characters took on deeper storylines involving relationships and death.Originally, the film was targeted at a young audience – 8-12 and the bright colours in the first postertarget them, as they will appreciate it more. Where as the final film was 10 years on and the originalaudience will have grown up with the characters. So the producers are targeting the original audience,staying loyal to the original fans and their needs, but still attracting a new 12+ audience (the film is rateda 12A).
The colours in this film Film Posters The clothing worn by theposter are very dark, which characters is different to inrepresents a deeper the other films, as they arethemed Harry Potter no longer in school uniform,apposed to the earlier this represents thefilms which were more characters growing up andchild based. changes the scenery from the first six films which wereThe red sparks on the poster set in Hogwarts School.is the only bit of brightcolour. The sparks representthe use of wands, and thecolour red is generally used The Harry Potter title, isto represent danger, this links the same style in each filmin with the gradual darker poster, however on thestorylines as the film series later posters it goes fromcomes to an end. yellow to grey and black, this represents the darker nature of the later films. A film poster from the final Harry Potter films. ‘No where is safe’ Is written on the poster and suggests a darker storyline, but also links up the previous two films (both of which Yates directed) as they have all touched upon the future of the characters and Hogwarts the wizard school.
Film PostersThe film posters of the films that David Yates directed have a similar theme, the bluetones in the sky of the posters are all the same shades, and a frequent use of cloudscoming over the characters, represents darkness and mystery. The colours in theseposters are darker and so is there clothing. However you can tell in the last two postershere, that the characters are not wearing their uniform, representing maturity, and inturn the more mature storylines.
Magazine Cover analysisThis front cover story is The background of thebased on the first part of cover is blue, which links tothe final Harry Potter film. the blue colours used onThe actors on the front the film poster and DVDcover are the main cover.characters of the film.The leading character – The title of the magazine isHarry Potter, is the main in red which corresponds tomodel on the page, shown the red scar that Harry hasthrough being a central on his forehead in all of theand bigger image. The films.two other main characterswho have also been The broken glass which isalongside Harry in all of what the faces of the otherthe Harry Potter films, are main characters are layeredon the cover, but slightly over, represents the dangersmaller, along with the that the characters are in, invillain character who is the upcoming film, and thealso a vital character to deeper darker storylines tothe films. come.
DVD coversThe Harry Potter DVD covers are all very similar, in terms of the colours and mise en sceneused. They all consist of the same three characters, including the one main character(Harry Potter) at the front. The other two main characters are featured on all of thesecovers however they are layered slightly behind Harry as he is the most important in allfilms.On the top of all the covers, is a ‘two disc’ special edition, this promotes the films andencourages a two disc edition buy, these have only been available in the more recentyears, due to the advance in technology and the growing profit and budget of the HarryPotter films.
DVD covers and posters There are a variety of different film posters for each film, however the mainposter – used mostly in cinemas and on billboards, is usually very similar to the DVD cover, in order to keep its identity.The characters are wearingthe same clothing in both theDVD cover and the poster.This links both of the mediaformats together, and forexample in the Order of thePhoenix poster therepresentations are kept thesame as they are all wearingthere school uniform, whichgives them their identity.
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