Film 100 Week 1 Notes (Chapter 1, Mon/Wed classes, Pre-screening Notes)
Film 100 Week 1 Notes (Chapter 1, Mon/Wed classes, Pre-screening Notes) FMS 100
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Date Created: 08/24/16
As a preface, I will be formatting my notes in chronological order of how I make them and the date of the class so reading notes might shift around weekly. I will always try to have reading notes, class notes, and pre screening notes in a single document for the week. Thank you! Film 100 Week 1 Notes 8/22/16 ● Overall elements of the class: How images convey meaning, what the industry produces (and doesn’t) ● Don’t just say ‘I liked it’. Talk about a movie’s elements: acting, direction, technical qualities, cinematography, framing, score/music, believability, narrative, character development, pace, references/homages, symbolism, color palettes, etc. Chapter 1 Reading Notes ● Cinematic Language- Composed of technical terms, concepts, and other elements to describe a film and its components ● Often ‘film’ is applied to more challenging and complex movies, ‘movie’ is applied to something common we might see in the theater (summer blockbusters, rom coms, etc), and ‘cinema’ is applied to lofty films that are considered art by the film community ○ All of these terms can really be used interchangeably though ● Narrative is the key to what defines something as a movie, but the pace, point of view, or other elements vary depending on culture, director, or genre even ● At the simplest level, films are composed of shots cut and edited to create a narrative that the director wants us to see, nothing is extra or irrelevant ● The director’s role in a movie is to be the coordinating artist. They work with their team (editors, producers, artists, technical crew) to create their ultimate vision for their project ● Visible vs. Invisible editing Savannah Wakefield University of Kansas ○ Visible editing is editing that is noticeable and meant to be noticeable. Fade in/out for example is visible because we understand the edit to mean that time has passed between scenes ○ Invisible editing is seamless and unnoticeable. Cutting on action gives us the illusion of continuity, for example ● Film Analysis ○ Film analysis focuses on sequences, scenes, tools, and techniques as well as the effect of these elements combined ■ Formal analysis is concerned with a film’s form: how was it shot, lit? What kind of framing does it use? What kind of edits are used? ■ Other types of analysis focus on films as cultural artifacts: Why is the movie important? What was its message? What has it both contributed and borrowed from pop culture? ○ Implicit Meaning vs. Explicit Meaning ■ Implicit meaning is what the deeper meaning of an image is while explicit meaning is what is seen at face value ■ Example: My brother bought another toy robot. ● Explicit: My brother bought another toy robot. ● Implicit: My brother had a toy robot, or even multiple toy robots, before he bought the one I am currently talking about. ○ Viewer expectations play a giant role in a movie’s success or failure (going into a movie with high expectation and coming out disapointed can definitely leave a movie with bad reviews) but analysis of these expectations can tell movie makers what audiences want to see, what they’re tired of seeing, what they like and dislike, and well as enabling them to subvert conventions of their story to leave an audience pleased and surprised Screening #1 Notes ● There are multiple ways of viewing and interpreting a movie Savannah Wakefield University of Kansas ○ Formal: camera shots, lighting, editing, narrative, sound, editing ○ Cultural: Social meaning relative to gender, sexuality, race, class, etc ○ Industrial: Conditions of production and distribution: what was the world like when the movie came out? Was there controversy surrounding its release? What did audiences think of it? 8/24/16 Class ● Film as Text (What are we trying to achieve in this class?) ○ The things that cause emotion or make you feel a certain way during a movie are meant to be invisible. We are trying to visualize them and pick out what elements create what effect on audiences ○ We are never just watching something. Our brain automatically makes connections and assumptions and we are always analyzing, dissecting, and digesting the information given to us on a screen. ○ Using how or why questions gets you on the right train of thought ■ How is it constructed? How does it convey meaning or emotion? Why was this choice made? Why do we understand the meaning? ● Formal analysis ○ Examining the effects and utilizations of cinematic language ● Cultural analysis ○ Taking a film as a reflection of the culture it came out of as well as its relevance in that culture ● Industrial analysis ○ What about the reception or production of a film is significant? Savannah Wakefield University of Kansas
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