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Week 2 Notes PH 159

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These notes discuss montage, miss en scene, and begin to get into art theories. Have a lovely week :)
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This 3 page Class Notes was uploaded by Katie Schnepf on Sunday February 7, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to PH 159 at Boston University taught by in Spring 2016. Since its upload, it has received 34 views. For similar materials see Philosophy and Film in PHIL-Philosophy at Boston University.


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Date Created: 02/07/16
Week 2  1/29/15  ● Framing  ○ Sorts of shots used  ○ Ways shots connect  ○ How cuts are motivated  ● Mise en Scene (MEEZ‐ON‐SEN)  ○ Staging  ○ Everything that isn’t the actors/camera work/sound etc  ○ Costumes/makeup/lighting etc  ○ Kubrick (2001)  ■ Mise en scene overshadows actors  ○ Dogville  ■ Minimal mise en scene  ■ Doesn’t give out much information  ● Montage  ○ Putting pieces of film together and taking them apart  ○ Visual/sound editing  ○ Mixing/remixing  ○ French word for editing  ○ “Art of spit”  ○ Genres where editors do everything  ■ Found footage films  ■ Documentaries with pre‐shot footage  2/1/16  ● Elements of cinema  ○ All interconnect  ● Composite  ○ DJ made music and film are both compositional art  ○ String together different artistic elements and unify them to form a new distinctive art  form  ○ However, all art is like this to some extent  ○ Individual components can be art on their own but the parts put together form the  new composite art  ○ Authorship becomes questionable  ○ Montage is used to “temporally structure the affective and cognitive experience”  ○ Rhythm/feel→ accomplished through structure  2/3/16  ● Montage→ Expectation  ○ Montage often manipulates expectations about how a sequece will/should be edited  and what content it will contain  ○ Sometimes good to uphold these expectations  ○ Film montage puts together separate elements to create one cohesive sequence  ○ Compare films to  ■ Other films  ■ Sounds  ■ Music   ■ Literature  ■ Other art forms  ■ Pre‐existing beliefs  ○ Rough cutting/jump cutting  ■ Intentionally takes you out of the film experience  ○ Sensus strictu  ○ General definition of montage: modulating whether the audience is “in” or “out” of  the film  ● Is The Hobbit art?  ○ 2 theories  ■ 1. Revisionary Self Expression Theory  ● Sets conditions that must be met in order for something to be  considered art  ● Film is art if…  ○ It combines visuals and sounds in a way that transfers an  emotion to a viewer that was genuinely felt by the artist  ■ Not really possible  2/5/16  ● Tolstoy (cont from previous day)  ○ Revisionary Self Expression Theory   ■ Some types of art fit this definition well  ● Sylvia Plath  ● Dickinson   ● Confessional type poems  ● Strong emotions  ■ The author is meant to feel the same emotion as the consumer  ○ Criticism  ■ How can one know if their emotions are exactly the same as the artist’s?  ■ Also artwork should make you feel complex/multiple emotions  ■ Too revisionary  ● Revised theory→ Arousal  ○ Criticism  ■ Why does arousing an emotion qualify something as art?   ■ Ex. bad films are capable of arousing emotions  ● Collingwood’s Version  ○ Artwork makes the audience feel emotions they had previously felt but were unable  to put in a “lucid form”  ○ Less revisionary  ○ However still rules out certain genres like soap operas  ○ Explains why the audience for true art is smaller than the audience for fluff  ○ Still too revisionary though 


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