Review for Exam 3

Review for Exam 3 - Film Test 3 October 7, 2008 Evolution...

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Film Test 3 October 7, 2008 Evolution of Motion Picture Technology Still Photography o Motion experiments o Muybridge in 1878 o Bet on whether a horse’s 4 legs left the ground during full gallop o Muybridge proved that all 4 legs did leave the ground by using still photography on a track Celluloid film – Goodwin, 1887 o Celluloid was a type of plastic Continuous roll film – Eastman, 1888 o Eastman Kodak o Took Goodwin’s invention of celluloid film and created strips of film and made a consumer camera that was easy to use Kinetograph (camera) photograph Kinetoscope (viewing device) looking through a telescope=viewing Kinoscope (Know the difference between the three) o W.K.L. Dickson Edison’s sidekick, worked in his studio Image projector – Leprince, 1888 o Very close to getting his advanced film projector patented, but then he disappeared mysteriously on a train o Charles Francis Jenkins, 1896 An American Very active in the role of television as well Came up with his own version of the movie projector Edison bought him out
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o Edison’s Vitascope Early Edison Films o Content didn’t matter because you were in awe of the movement o Example: Electrocution of an Elephant o Anything that moved was worth filming o 24 frames per second in film o 30 frames per second in television The Motion Picture Patents Co. o The Trust (as in Anti-Trust) o Edison wouldn’t pay the extra money to get international protection on the patents Nickelodeons o Cheap movie theaters o Cost a nickel to see the movie o Disreputable o Period of great influx of immigrants o Often considered dangerous places Vaudeville Shows o People who didn’t live in cities didn’t have nickelodeons o Traveling vaudeville shows allowed people in rural areas to see every type of entertainment in the small town opera houses o They brought film technology with them Movies killed vaudeville however, because people were more interested in seeing videos Railroad change actually killed vaudeville because the trains didn’t stop at every whistle stop Where was the first place people saw early movies…Vaudeville Movie Narrative
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o Visual storytelling o Kuleshov Effect A Russian film analyst Shot a film of an actor and edited it together with other images Asked them to tell them about the emotion that is evoked by the actor People made their own assumptions about the relationship of the actor with the cereal, the baby and the woman o The essence of film: the artful juxtaposition of images to convey meaning or evoke an emotion o Sergei Eisenstien A Russian/Soviet Filmmaker The Battleship Potemkin, 1925 Odessa Steps Woman’s child gets killed and she caries his body up the stairs to show the army what they’ve done, army shoots her too. Army kills women and children
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This note was uploaded on 02/02/2009 for the course COMM 10103 taught by Professor Shaw during the Fall '08 term at TCU.

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Review for Exam 3 - Film Test 3 October 7, 2008 Evolution...

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