Lecture3 - Week 3. Cinematography How Interpretive Claims...

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Week 3. Cinematography
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How Interpretive Claims Work Content + Form = Close reading theme cinematography interpretation motif mise-en-scene subtext editing ideology sound (design) combination narrative form Thematic readings can be of content, but close readings argue for the way that formal details carry hidden or latent meanings. }{
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Cinematography in Narrative While the photographic qualities are important to the look and feel of fiction films, other cinematographic elements are imbued with special meaning for narratives: Shot distance Camera movement Depth of field Framing
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Shot Distance Camera distance tends to have an emotional effect and suggest psychological distance. However, there is not necessarily a hard- fast meaning for a given shot distance: context matters . Distance terms are defined in relation to the (standing) human figure in the shot Filmmakers and film scholars alike use abbreviations to denote shot distance.
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Shot Distance in The Third Man (1947) Close Up (CU) Frame filled by face or other body part or object Shows subtlety of facial expression Background illegible
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Shot Distance in Rebel Close Up (CU) Frame filled by face or other body part or object Background illegible
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Shot Distance in Rebel Close Up (CU) Frame filled by face or other body part or object Background illegible
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Shot Distance in The Third Man (1947) Extreme Close Up (ECU) Smaller detail: eye, finger, etc. Can signal narrative significance No background
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Shot Distance in The Third Man (1947) Medium Close Up (MCU) Shot includes face and shoulders or upper chest Background present, but reduced in significance
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Shot Distance in Rebel Medium Close Up (MCU) Shot includes face and shoulders or upper chest Background present, but reduced in significance
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Shot Distance in The Third Man (1947) Medium Shot (MS) Figure shot from waist up Balanced background information with personal expression
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Shot Distance in Rebel Medium Shot (MS) Figure shot from waist up Balanced background information with personal expression
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Shot Distance in Rebel Medium Long Shot (MLS) Figure shot from knees up Emphasizes person’s action and body
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Shot Distance in The Third Man (1947) Long Shot (LS) Frame includes whole person Emphasizes setting
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Shot Distance in Rebel Long Shot (LS) Frame includes whole person Emphasizes setting
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Shot Distance in The Third Man (1947) Extreme Long Shot (ELS) Figure is small portion of frame
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Shot Distance in Rebel Extreme Long Shot (ELS) Figure is small portion of frame
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This note was uploaded on 04/11/2011 for the course FILM FMA1172 taught by Professor Chriscagle during the Spring '10 term at Temple.

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