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ETS 154 Week 4 Notes: Cinematography

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ETS 154 Week 4 Notes: Cinematography ETS 154 - M001

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Interpretation of Film
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These are all the notes for week 4. Cinematography and the continuation of mise-en-scene
Interpretation of Film
R. Hallas
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Date Created: 09/23/15
ETS 154 921 German Expressionism Roots in German Romanticism late 1819 century Portrays landscape as an expressive form Re ects characters selfidentity Scream painting most notable painting of German Romanticism The Cabinet of Dr Caligari Set design unrealistic Irrational and clearly a set no attempt to hide it Performance actors were highly expressive and exaggerated high key acting style Makeup very stylized Costume contrasts between women and men Externalization of internal state of mind internal and external world merge Narrative turns out to be a delusion of psychotic patient at end Madness of characters psyche is projected into the physical world Cinematography Visual qualities of shot How camera capture light Includes animation special effects frame on screen and off screen framing distance of the camera relative to the shot depth film 2D but has illusion of 3D what is in focus and what is out of focus movement how does camera movedoes it move at all static shots and moving shots film stock whether movie is produced on film or digitally film stock is chemical light is affected and visual qualities can be altered filters now produced in post production digital filters put over camera to create a feel special effects Aspect ratio Academy ratio boxy square shape 137 1 Cinemascope widescreen 235 1 created to rival television bigger screens US widescreen ratio 185 1 standard modern day Camera distance very important Extreme long shot landscapes vistas birdseyeview characters barely visible Long shot figures more noticeable but backgroung dominates Medium long shot whole body show Three quarter shot shown from knees up Medium shot waist up Medium close up chest up shows details on face more Close up face dominates screen expresses character Extreme close up isolates detail of face or object All shots not always discernable can look similar but important to note differences Depth of field Shallow focus background unfocused used to express characters focus not everything is important Deep focus every element is important Wide angle allows person to see almost 180 degrees distorts space fisheyelens expands space Telephoto lens more narrow and exact magnify and compress space Camera position where the camera lies and how it is angled to take a shot high angle low angle etc Cinematography Part 11 923 Sixth Sense Discussion One shot used to show conversation between mom and Cole Shows trust and care for on another Cole and psychiatrist uses two shot requires editing Depicts distance and lack of trust tension Neither are centered in frame Empty space signifies distance between the two as well as the lack of trust Both look just off screen to avoid a POV shot As time goes on camera closes in on faces because they physically move closer together Cole walks forward They also get closer mentally Bruce Willis reads his mind Camera moves further as Bruce Willis gets questions wrong getting further apart Nil by Mouth Establishing shot is a long shot establishes setting and mood In house shots are close ups and face shots to make the audience feel as if they are watching from within part of the conversation Medium close ups used to show wife not a part of the conversation tries but gets dismissed by the men Shown behind curtain which accentuates her distance from conversation Shallow focus used and emphasized by obstructed views Enhances the realism and illusion that audience is truly looking on Pulls focus racking focus change of focus from foreground to background and vise versa Handheld camera conveys audience s presence Widescreen type of movie production process and type of film stock depicts frame as wide rectangle Wide angle type of lens distorts space to give a fisheyeview Rebel without a Cause About deeply dysfunctional families Uses wide angle to give wide field of vision provides a deep focus Plays with all aspects of the frame Three characters constantly connected Within the frame uses depth and breadth High angle shots and breadth of Widescreen ratio Low camera position eye level on ground Low angle shot camera low pointing up Varieties of Camera Movement Tilt stays in one place moves up and down Pan stationary moves horizontally Track follows character or action Dolly camera put on a cart Crane camera put on crane used to get variety of shots high especially Handheld used to depict situation bounces around not steady Steadicam walks but does not bounce around camera stays steady


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