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- So Far Motion Picture Illusion of Movement/of Reality(Verisimilitude Genre Narrative Structure(Type/Story/Myth Mise-en-Scne(Composition and

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So Far Motion Picture Illusion of Movement/of Reality (Verisimilitude) Genre Narrative Structure (Type/Story/Myth) Mise-en-Scène (Composition and Design) Stage/Spectacle
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Verisimilitude A convincing appearance of truth Movies convince you that the things on screen are “really there” “Things could be just like that” The meaning of reality changes over time and culture Movies convincingly depict the imaginative or supernatural that have little to do with our actual experiences ie: gone with the wind depicts history as a soap opera and ignores the historical complexities of the time Jurasic Park makes us believe the the amusement park actually exists
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Mediation “The process by which an agent, structure, or other formal element, human or technological, transfers something from one place to another.” “it involves selection and manipulation of what is seen” “a number of expressive tools that filmmakers (and media makers) use to influence our interpretation of the world (meaning) http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/media
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Next/What is Media The Medium is the Message Marshall McLuchan (Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man 1964) Mythologies Roland Barthes (1957) The Cooked and the Raw Claude Levi Strauss (1969) Society of Spectacle Guy Debord (1967) Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema , Laura Mulvey (1975) Sigmund Freud and Jacques Lacan (male gaze: "voyeuristic" (i.e. seeing women as 'whores') and "fetishistic" (i.e. seeing women as 'madonnas').
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Understanding Media Theory abstraction (what) Vs concrete (says who?) Reality: Created by individuals or groups of individuals “to understand the state of the social constructed universe (of meaning) at any given time, or its change over time, one must understand the social organization that permits the definers to their defining…It is essential to keep pushing questions that the historically available conceptualization of reality from the abstract “what?” to the sociologically concrete “say who?” ( Quoted from The Social Construction of Reality--Berger and Luckmann in Understanding Media theory, Kevin Williams)
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Representation=Reality Genre Theory: Role of media in the construction of reality “Formulas (formats) Media industries: the media encourage formulas or formats by which products with a good chance o success in the market place can be easily manufactured…” (Williams) “Creators are provided with comfortable moulds, with which stories can be explored while the essence of characterization, setting and even patterns of action remain the same…” (Williams)
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Genre:style/kind Aristotle: Greek Plays: performance convention:Tragedy, Drama,Epic,lyric Hollywood: Easily recognizable repertoire of conventions… which enable the industry to predict audience expectation BUT flexible enough to accommodate variation (genres offer durable
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This note was uploaded on 09/15/2011 for the course COGN 21 taught by Professor Goldberg during the Spring '08 term at UCSD.

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