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Intro to Cinema Week 4 Notes

by: Emma Morrissey

Intro to Cinema Week 4 Notes CTCS 190

Emma Morrissey
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Visual Design Meet Me in St Louis Elements of VD Functions of VD
Introduction to Cinema
Drew Casper
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CTCS190, IntroToCinema, Casper, usc
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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by Emma Morrissey on Friday September 16, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to CTCS 190 at University of Southern California taught by Drew Casper in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 14 views. For similar materials see Introduction to Cinema in Cinema And Media Studies at University of Southern California.

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Date Created: 09/16/16
Visual Design Mise en scene (everything in the screen) ● Elements of visual design ○ Costume, hairstyle, makeup ○ Decor ■ Set (studio built, location, computer generated) ■ Set dressing ■ Prop ○ Lighting ■ 3 point lighting ● Key lighting ○ High key lighting is when there is a lot of lighting ● Back lighting (separates people and background) ● Fill ■ Direction of light ■ Quantity of light ■ Film stock ● Fast stock is more light sensitive ● Slow stock is less light sensitive, less sharp ■ Film gauge ■ Filters ○ Color ■ Components and uses ● Border conveys thoughts feelings ■ Black and white vs color ○ Title design ■ Representational ■ Abstract ○ Special effects (4 types) ■ Makeup ● Character and costume ■ Mechanical/ stage/ practical ● Trap doors, explosions ■ In-camera ● Using the camera to trick the eye as opposed to editing ■ Post- production / computer generated ● Visual design as a part of film space ● Functions of visual design ○ Direct attention to or away; lighting as molding objects and establishing depth ○ Shaper of story setting (spatio-temporal dimensions) ○ Mood and atmosphere ○ Delineation of character ○ Objective correlative; projection of a state of soul ■ Relation between object and its meaning ○ Visual motif ■ Repeated, means something ○ Enunciator of subject, theme, conflict ○ Character and plot catalyst ○ Color ■ Metaphoric associations ■ Relation to spectator ○ Visual analysis ● Introduction and screening Meet Me in St. Louis ● Episodic ○ Structured, but only slightly


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