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CTCS 190 Week 8 Notes

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Exam Preparation Modes of Representation Realism Formalism
Introduction to Cinema
Drew Casper
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Film, IntroToCinema, usc, Casper, CTCS190
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This 3 page Class Notes was uploaded by Emma Morrissey on Friday October 14, 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 13 views. For similar materials see Introduction to Cinema in Cinema And Media Studies at University of Southern California.

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Date Created: 10/14/16
11 October 2016 Exam Prep 1.5 Hr Bring something to write with and something hard (Not film textbook) to write on Things you will be tested on: 1. Frame of a film: Visual design and composition 2. Identifications (Vocabulary terms and definitions) 3. Essays (Outline your answer to the essay questions) There will be one required question and then others from which you will choose 4 to answer. Lecture Modes of Representation ● Mode ○ How art is perceived or consumed; how it renders reality. The manner in which art is perceived. ○ Types: Realism and Formalism ● Realism- a mode or manner that represents reality. The images correspond to what we would see in real life. 1:1 representation of reality ○ Mimesis- pantomime- objective rendering of reality; focuses on imitation of the common man ○ Nature of film medium ■ The artist gives reality the power. Reveals life as it is ■ Sociological themes- issues with society ■ For mature audiences ○ Objective renderings ○ Values content over form in which the content is presented ○ Realism as method ■ Interruption of medium and artist ■ Does not guarantee truth; only representation ○ As an attitude of mind ■ Truth that can be verifiable; relatively truthful ■ Show the defects ■ Common and average man ■ Want you to see self and your world ■ Repetition of life ■ Not fearful of bringing up controversial topics; Part of reality ■ Ambiguous or bleak endings ■ Prioritizes content over form ● Content: characters, setting, ● Form: Vehicle for the content; structure of the content; the manner in which the content is presented (includes visual design, presentation, etc) ■ Want to de-mystify reality. Give audience something to think or do ○ Types (there are different degrees of realism; Depends on the time period; Realism changes with society ■ Photojournalism: the first species of realism movies ● Captures life as it is ■ Naturalism ■ Hollywood Classic Realism - romantic idealism, epitome of what life should be. Movement occurred during wars ■ Social realism ■ French Poetic ■ Italian Neo-Realism- turned cameras on the streets. Real space, actors and non-actors, Unvarnished Reality ■ English Free Cinema- film all of the problems Kitchen Sink Realism, Proletarian Realism ■ Psychological & Sociological Realism: Theatrical Realism ■ Documentary Realism ■ Dogme ○ Be able to categorize films by type of realism ● Formalism- artistic rendition of real life ○ Nature of film medium ■ The interpretation of nature and reality; The artist has the power. ■ Obviously artificial ■ Emphasis on mise en scene ○ Subjective renderings ■ Recreate it according to subjective projection; what the artist’s imagination and emotions are affected by reality ■ Use the formal aspects of film to project these interpretations ○ Method ■ Values the form over the content ○ Attitude of mind ■ The creator’s vision of reality ■ The formal aspects as tools ■ The talents ■ Emphasis on projecting life other than conscious reality ○ Types (degrees of formalism exist just as realism) ■ Trick films- came from realist films; man filmed a trolley, accidentally caught a hearse instead; looked like the trolley became a hearse. Tricks ■ Expressionism ■ Film Noir (1940-1960) ■ Soviet Expressive Realism ■ Expressive stylization- the director is the king ■ High tech- modern/futuristic technology ■ Avant garde- ■ Animation Sunset Boulevard ● Opening scenes and credits are expressive ○ Camera placement allows angles that you normally would not have


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