Posted by: jonnyparis | October 22, 2007

Research Motion Graphics – Little Miss Sunshine


The motley six-member Hoover family treks from Albuquerque to the Little Miss Sunshine pageant in Redondo Beach, California, to fulfill the deepest wish of 7-year-old Olive, an ordinary little girl with big dreams. Along the way the family must deal with crushed dreams, heartbreaks, and a broken-down VW bus, leading up to the surreal Little Miss Sunshine competition itself. On their travels through this bizarrely funny landscape, the Hoovers learn to trust and support each other along the path of life, no matter what the challenge.’


I watched Little Miss Sunshine with my house mates, and remember in particular a section of the movie that made good use of very close-up footage. The decision to film in this way worked well with the style of the movie, and this combines with the editing worked successfully to make the audience ask questions about what was happening in the film.

This would then cause them to become intrigued enough to continue watching in order to find out more. I think this was a clever method of building up tension and drawing in the attention of the audience. From this research, I have been inspired to use the same basic techniques shown here- the use of content that attracts and keeps an viewing audience. The process of analysing Little Miss Sunshine has enabled me to gain a better understanding of the task in hand, and the forms of content presentation that could potentially work with my idea.

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