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Week 2. Tuesday, August 12: Cinematography and Citizen Kane Lecture Outline Screenings: Touch of Evil (1958, Welles, 95 min) – opening Closer (2004, Nichols, 104 min ) – opening Citizen Kane (1941, Welles, 119 min) What is the relationship between content (and the story the filmmakers aim to tell), the structural organization which orders and presents the story as a narrative, formal techniques that shape how we see this content, and the resulting meaning/message that the audience takes away? Functions of Cinematography: Aspects of Cinematography: Framing: Angle Movement: Pan Height Tilt Distance Tracking Crane Lens: Wide Angle Normal Telephoto Focus (Deep/Selective) Analyzing stylistic patterns: 1. Determine the organizational structure. What is the structure? How is the film put together as a whole? What is the meaning that this structure is working to convey?
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Unformatted text preview: 2. Identify the salient techniques used. 3. Trace out patterns of techniques 4. Propose functions for the salient techniques and the patterns they form. A Brief History of Cinematography Orson Welles and Citizen Kane (1941) Characteristics of Orson Welles and Gregg Tolands photographic approach: o deep-focus cinematography; o long takes; o avoidance of intercutting through devices such as multi-plane compositions and camera movement; o elaborate camera choreography; o lighting that produces a high contrast tonality; o low-angle camera set-ups, made possible by muslin ceilings on the sets; o an array of striking visual devices such as composite dissolves and shooting directly into lights. o motif of forward penetrating movements 8...
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This note was uploaded on 04/28/2009 for the course FILMST 46 taught by Professor Felando during the Winter '07 term at UCSB.

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