Style as a Formal System

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Unformatted text preview: Style as a Formal System By Hyun-Joo Lee + Mary Minore The Concept of Style Techniques of film narrative interact to create a formal system of film, or style Style and Narrative/Non-Narrative Form systems interact within the total film Become familiar with director styles by analyzing the way in which they use techniques within whole filmic systems Example: Sound in A Man Escaped (Robert Bresson, 1957) Group Style: The consistent use of techniques across the work of several filmmakers e.g. German Expressionist Style, Soviet Montage Style Style and the Filmmaker No film uses all technical possibilities. The film’s style results from a combination of historical constraints and deliberate choice. Filmmaker must choose what techniques to employ within a concrete production situation-- typically adheres to choice throughout film. Filmmakers deliberately select techniques that will point out story parallels. Often sharp stylistic differences will reinforce films setting up strong narrative contrasts. Many filmmakers plan the overall style of the film to reflect the progression of the story. Style and the Viewer The spectator has a relation to style as well. Although we are seldom conscious of the fact, we tend to have expectations about style. Derives from both our experience of world generally + our experience of film and other media. Many films uses techniques that conform to our expectations “Classical Hollywood” Style + other specific genres If a character speaks we expect to hear diegetic sound that is faithful to its source. Keaton’s Our Hospitality accustoms us to expect deep- space manipulations of figures and objects. However, to follow films that make highly unusual technical choices the spectator must construct new stylistic expectations e.g. editing discontinuities Style and the Viewer Director directs us, our attention, and shapes our reaction as well as his cast and crew....
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This note was uploaded on 04/02/2008 for the course FILM 270WR taught by Professor Sen during the Spring '07 term at Emory.

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