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Film Aesthetics - Week 2

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Film Aesthetics - Week 2 FLME 1010

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These notes cover Mise-en-scene and Cinematography.
Film Aesthetics
Dr. Harper Cossar
Class Notes
Film, cinematography, mise-en-scene, aesthetics
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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by JeanEricson96 on Thursday September 1, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to FLME 1010 at Georgia State University taught by Dr. Harper Cossar in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 9 views. For similar materials see Film Aesthetics in Film at Georgia State University.


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Date Created: 09/01/16
08/30/16 Film Aesthetics Mise­en­scene Patton (clip 1) About Entering WWII, “A film teaches you to watch” 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; Patton dresses how he wants because  he has no boss. THX­1138 (clip 2) The Government controls everything (jobs, ability to have children, etc.)  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.  08/31/16 Film History Cinematography Mise­en­scene and Cinematography are usually hand­in­hand on film sets. The camera changes that world it records. The director of photography controls the viewpoint  (3d to 2d, color, etc.) Film Stock – Actual film or digital. 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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