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by: Michelina Letourneau

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These notes were taken from a mix of the class discussion as well as the reading material we were assigned for homework. The book is called "What Media Classes Really Want To Discuss" by Greg M. Sm...
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Date Created: 08/26/16
AMH4317 08/24/2016 What does a movie aim to accomplish amongst its audience? It asks its audience to get caught up in the story being told  Not to be aware of the behind-the-scenes effort that brought the story to life. Why doesn’t cinema or television send a single message to viewers? Cinema is to be considered a richer form of communication. Often send mixed messages or even multiple messages to keep viewers on the edge of their seats. They never present a right or wrong answer but rather allow viewers to assume their own interpretation. What is Realism? Realism comes in many forms which can be variations or recombination’s of two broad trends (dramatic and documentary look). Keep in mind that the media often simplifies or distorts the truth about the real world. Dramatic Look- “invisible Hollywood style. Engrosses you into the characters’ lives without becoming aware of the filmmaking process. Documentary Look- Limited number of cameras capture events that often ca not be repeated. Messier, and appear less controlled and/or planned. An interpretive frame builds credibility for a television program or specific producer because audiences or viewers are knowledgeable of who the media makers are. They gain a sense of believability based on previous works the program or director has aired. An example would be 60 minutes. Plausibility is an audience’s expectation of consistency. They recognize if the details line up to what the director or program is trying to convey. They size up the situation in the movie based on an assumption that the world they’re viewing is consistent with the theme of the media. For instance, there are no Ford Escalades driving around in the background of a Western film featuring Cowboys in a time where there wasn’t A/C and the only means of transportation is a horse or train. Reflexivity occurs when characters “break the fourth wall” by interacting with the audience directly. This could be looking/speaking towards the camera, or characters poking fun at the program in which they air on, or a subject of a documentary attack the camera. They create a realization that the audience is not simply viewing the film but are interacting with the characters as they acknowledge our existence. A genre allows us to predict and/or manage our viewing experiences. They can also act as a brand. Genre Codes provide media makers with the opportunity to either confirm or tweak our expectations of a film. They help balance predictability and variation throughout a film. They also help to shape our narrative expectations from moment to moment. They can act as queue’s for the audience to anticipate what will be viewed in the next scene. For example, in a horror film, when the scary music queue’s as the woman washes her hair in the shower, we can anticipate that the killer will take action in the next few moments. What differentiates genres visually? Visual cue’s  Tumbleweeds and guns signify a Western film as would a spaceship and astronaut would a Sci-Fi film. Narrative situations  Sci-Fi climactic battle’s between spaceship armada’s  “meet queue” for a romantic comedy when the two main characters meet for the first time. Places and Spaces  Interrogation room of a police show  Time and era of characters clothing and settings What’re characteristics of a genre?  Theme  Style  Setting  Narrative situation  Imagery/iconography  Character


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