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9/13/11 What is film? A medium that uses sight and sound to present ideas and information, usually on a screen How do we study film? Through… Pictures and sound Audiences Industry History
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9/13/11 How do we judge film? “High” art vs “low” art Entertainment vs serious art Art vs business Why do we rely on these dichotomies? Are they useful? Truffault –some directors make films for the audience some make films that reflect what they see…
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9/13/11 Key point from Film Art: Filmmakers make choices when they are making films What you see, even if it is messy or ineffective, Is never arbitrary However, what we don’t want to go after is necessarily what the directors vision is… … its more important to analyze film
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9/13/11 How do we find meaning/context Style Form – how its built … what they keep from what is filmed… Editing Sound Performances/ who made it History, geography, format, etc…
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9/13/11 So what kinds of tactics can you use to find meaning? PATTERNS!!! That occur within films That occur across films and genres That occur historically (namely war films) That occur because of the industry and/ or the audience…
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9/13/11 Film making: technology and technique How do our eyes see film? Critical flicker fusion Apparent motion (think of a ceiling fan) The camera films light and motion one frame at a time; the projector is like a (recording) camera in reverse, projecting light and motion captures on the film stock onto a screen
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9/13/11 Digital video Light and motion are captures using electronic encoding instead of a photochemical process (like photography) Digital animation is done solely with computers, so there is no actual filming process… Photochemical film stock:
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9/13/11 Sound: The soundtrack (and music) are placed on the film stock (usually on the edge) and is ‘read; by the projector and then piped into the speakers Digital sound is imprinted on the stock in the form of dots and dashes that is read like a barcode However, don’t forget about the
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9/13/11 The big takeaway Film is our dreams and consciousness showed back to us, with picture, sound and add-ons It is us It is made by us It is a means of communication between us
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9/13/11 Philosophical/structural question: Name other important forms that are as important to USA culture. Or even world cultures?
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9/13/11 The Film-making Process Film goes through 3 main processes: Production (in the US mostly comes from South America more so, China) Distribution (getting advertisements and trailers etc…) Exhibition (how its viewed… where and when…) This means for film stock as well as for a DVD
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9/13/11 Process of production Scriptwriting and funding – telling where who and what happens in the screen. . Preparation for filming – hiring
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This note was uploaded on 09/13/2011 for the course STATS 10 taught by Professor Christou during the Spring '11 term at UCSD.

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