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Film History - Week 2

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Film History - Week 2 FLME 2700


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These notes cover Mise-en-scene and Cinematography.
Film History
Dr. Harper Cossar
Class Notes
Film, cinematography, mise-en-scene, history
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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by JeanEricson96 on Monday August 29, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to FLME 2700 at Georgia State University taught by Dr. Harper Cossar in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 35 views. For similar materials see Film History in Arts and Humanities at Georgia State University.

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Date Created: 08/29/16
08/29/16 Film History Mise­en­scene Patton (clip 1) General in front of American flag. Iconic, large. Military scene (on stage); close  up on costume (very intricate and unique), very little panning. Flag looks bigger with zoom;  High key lighting – evenly lit, low key – soft light, hard shadows. THX­1138 (clip 2) White everything, dehumanizing, sterile vibe. Jump cuts are used several  times; blank, featureless characters with better contrast than humans in white. Wide­angle shots  for giving perspective. Some characters contrast dead­like ones with talkative ones. Lighting is  difficult with all white background. Man from UNCLE (clip 3) Elaborate garage, iconography of the main character’s suit; setting  described by costumes, historical reference. Low key lighting. Blocking: man in suit stands  above woman under car, but then becomes eye to eye. Neutral color grading gives an old feel.  Actors play as other nationalities. 08/31/16 Film History Cinematography – Audience POV – Everything inside the camera. The camera changes that world it records. The director of photography controls the viewpoint  (3d to 2d, color, etc.) Color correction fixes camera color issues. Effects are done post­production nowadays instead of on shooting days. Film Stock – Actual film or digital. 24fps standard speed. Color was expensive effect back in the day until the 60s. Black and white considered old today. Lenses – Focal length: short = wide angle (distance of focus is short), medium = normal human  vision (maintains special references), long = narrow space for far away action, zoom lens is  variable. Old cameras had three lens on a rotating wheel to switch perspectives.  Focus (selective attention). Depth of (focal) field – how much of the composition is in focus.  Racking/pulling: switching focus from foreground to background (and vice versa). Soft focus –  slight out of focus for a dreamy, youthful effect. Deep focus – everything is in focus, but no  selective view. Framing – long, medium, and close­up (with extremes). Establishing shots are  extreme long shots and provide location/character information. High angle shots show power;  Low angle is lack of power. Canted/Dutch angle = world is somehow not right. Aspect ratio – it’s change a lot over the years; fitting to screen can cut off important things. Camera movement – pan (left, right), tilt (up, down), dolly (rolling platform), tracking (on tracks, is used for repeat shots), Steadicam (camera harness for operator to wear, gyro platform for  stabilization).


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