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COMM 125 Introduction to Motion Pictures

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These notes cover the class discussion over Chapter 2.
Introduction to Motion Pictures
Ms. Marcella Marez
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Date Created: 02/05/16
Introduction to Motion Pictures – Week 2 Principals of Film Form  Misc-en-scene – composes design elements such as lighting, setting, props, costumes and other makeup within shots.  Sound – organized into a series of dialogue, music, ambience and effects tracks.  Narrative – is structured into acts that establish, develop and resolve character conflict.  Scenes – Complete unit of plot action. Combining scenes creates a movie.  Content – Subject of an artwork (what is the work is about).  Form – the means by which that subject is expressed and experienced.  Cinematic Language – tools & techniques that filmmakers use to convey meaning and mood to the view (ex. lighting and editing).  Cinematic Language – uses accepted systems or methods by which the movies have th ability to communicate with the viewer.  Shot patterns can covey character state of mind, create relationships and communicate narrative meaning.  Three basic principles of film form: o Movies depend on light. o Movies provide an illusion of movement. o Movies manipulate space and time in unique ways.  Light – essential ingredient in the creation and consumption of motion pictures. It is a key element that film artists carefully manipulate to create mood, reveal character and convey meaning.  Cels – Celluloid where the artist draws the shot on.  An illusion is made possible by two interacting phenomenon: persistence of vision and the phi phenomenon. The persistence of vision is the process by which the human brain retains an image for a fraction of a second longer than the eye records it. The phi phenomenon is the illusion of movement created by events that succeed each other rapidly. This is similar to the critical flicker fusion – occurs when a single light flickers on and off with such speed that the individual pulses of light fuse together to give the illusion of continuous light.  Lens – Determines our perception of cinematic space. It is the key to the unique power of movie to manipulate us.  Mediation – the process by which an agent, structure or other formal element, transfers something from one place to another.  Movies frequently rearrange time by organizing story events in nonchronological order. This allows the filmmakers to create new narrative meaning in ways ordinary chronological cannot.  Between 1895 – 1905, Auguste, Louis Lumiere and Georges Melies established two basic direction in which the cinema would follow: The Lumineres’ realism (an interest in or concern for the actual or real. They want to view things as they really are) and Melies’s antirealism (an interest in or concern for the abstract or fantastic).  Realism in movies implies how the world truly looks, sounds and moves. It reflects everyday life.  Verisimilitude – Whether a movie is realistic or not, it can achieve a convincing appearance of truth. This quality is better known as verisimilitude.  Both the cinematic convention and individual experiences play significant roles in shaping the reality depicted by films today.


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