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CTCS-190: Lecture Week 1

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CTCS-190: Lecture Week 1 CTCS 190

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These notes are from the first week of lecture, and cover the topic of aesthetics. The movie watched this week was "Singing in the Rain"
Introduction to Cinema
Drew Casper
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Date Created: 09/12/16
Week 1 Lecture  Aesthetics  What in the movie is making you talk about the movie?    How does a film reflect culture  How do films affect us? What can we learn about them? How do they reflect us? What’s fun  about movies    4 sides of a motion picture: tech, business, art, culture    Technology  Film began in the industrial revolution  Movies were born from the scientific spirit of the 19th century  Recreation of life in motion  Want to control movement and time  Developed in multiple places at the same time    6 things had to be in place   Persistence of vision­still images in film are put in motion from our mind and eye. Frame  A and B are put together because for 1/30 of our mind frame A stays until frame B appears  Thaumatrope­ thauma & tropine; to turn out wonder  Still Photography  Motion Picture Camera­ came about from series photography; something had to be  invented to make motion picture easier; a machine that could rotate glass plates (photographic  gun, 12 rotating plates in 1 second)  Film Stock or Celluloid  Motion Picture Printer  Projector­ something that could methodically and rhythmically send the strip of film onto  a screen    1895 they got it together  1927­ sound/dialogue enters film    “If we had a keen vision of all that is ordinary in human life, it would be like hearing the grass  grow, or hearing a squirrel’s heart beat, and we should die with that roar, which is the other side  of silence.”  “We are all so deaf and dumb and blind” ­Drew Casper, Ph.D.    Film is powerful because the technology is powerful and its power is growing and will overtake  us all oh no the robots are coming    Business  Movies could make money  A novelty becomes and industry  Film does realism better than any other form of art or media  Other art forms moved on to other things  Many people come together to see movies  Social event  In america poor people and immigrants went to go see movies because they were pictures and  not words and they were cheap  Movies showed immigrants and poor people proper etiquette  It was a socializing force  Ohana means family; sense of community  Movies showed what we felt; put people in touch with their own instincts and pleasures  Movies are dreaming: Dream in dark, Dream in another reality, Problems stop when we dreams,  Dreams help solve problems    Movies are better than dreaming; when you dream you dream alone, when you watch movies  you dream together    Producer: financial and organizational  Distributor: gets the movie in theatres to screens  Exhibitor: screens the movie    Vaudeville: a theatrical experience with several acts; clowning, songs, dances, parodies,  acrobatics, skits, sketches  Most popular form of live entertainment in 18th century  Movies were used in vaudeville as a signal to take a break, but the people stayed to watch the  mechanical entertainment and mechanical entertainment overtook live entertainment    Movie houses were built like european palaces to attract middle class and upper class patrons    Entertainment Medium/Art Form  Epicenter of class  Entertainment = that which holds us  Art: abyss to abyss  All art is entertainment, but not all entertainment is art  Movies have components of all 7 traditional arts; it is different bc it is 7 in 1 but also it is an  industry and a mass medium (an agency or channel of communication) and it’s modern    Cultural Product: movies have a social dimension  Movies are made by many individuals that are subject to the same pressures and problems that  the audience and society deals with  Movies come from society and culture (in coming from them movies are about them)  Once movies are made they become part of that society and culture 


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