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Lecture 1: Compositional Elements of Film

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Lecture 1: Compositional Elements of Film ETS 154 - M001

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Interpretation of Film
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This is the first weeks worth of notes for ETS 154 Interpretation of Film class.
Interpretation of Film
R. Hallas
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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by Mitchell Jones on Sunday September 6, 2015. The Class Notes belongs to ETS 154 - M001 at Syracuse University taught by R. Hallas in Fall 2015. Since its upload, it has received 55 views. For similar materials see Interpretation of Film in Foreign Language at Syracuse University.

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Date Created: 09/06/15
Theme underlying message of lmstory Setting necessary to show plausibility and relationships within story Anchors and enhances the realism of the story Props the physical objects of the lm curtains guns cars etc Central to story the ring in Lord of the Rings Can be used to create comedy Costume what characters wear important to relate to the setting Performance relates to audience with the way actors speak andor act Frame on screen vs off screen Camera distance close up vs long shot what is the point director is making Camera movement Sound no sound can detract from realism Sound and no image can be confusing Contrapuntal sound effect different sound effect from what is expected guitar becomes gunshots Iris closing of lens to open or close scene Wipe cut one shot pushes next off screen Direct address speaking directly to audience Acknowledges lm ends realism Selfre exivity acknowledges own status as lm Persistence of vision lms are quotmoving picturesquot Films are an illusion series if pictures rotating quickly 24 framessec Compositional Elements of Film 1 Miseenscene the elements of a scene that are organized generally by director and are visible on screen separate from editing 2 Cinematography the art of using the camera to capture moving pictures involves frames camera angles shots lighting moving camera special effects 3 Editing the relationship between shots and cuts allows transitions from one shot to the next 4 Sound 1 Natural soundsound effects 2 Music nondidactic sound outside world of lm 3 Voicedialogue Organizational Elements of Film Modes of lm narrative documentary experimental lm Genres action comedy fantasy drama etc Larger Cultural Contexts Promotion trailers Stardom actors fame Authorship directors are authors of lm Historical moment of reception how does real world relate to theme Cultural location of audiences how does a person39s background contribute to understandingliking of lm Film technology how does technology in uence production and reception of lm


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