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COGN 21 Notes - Lecture Different types/genres of media o...

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Lecture: 1/4/11 Different types/genres of media o Documentary: real life events and people Performance Recreation Shot – from record to stop Scene – series of shots related by some theme Sequence – series of scenes related thematically together Parallel action – simultaneous sequences from different points of view Lecture: 1/6/11 Screening – Delta Children: Future of the Blues o 2008 Zeinabu Davis o Collaborative piece “co-director” o 4 min piece to catch kids’ attention at BBKing Museum o Why do filmmakers doe what they do? For the AUDIENCE o Shot 1: Medium-wide shot Trying to be like MTV; sitting in chair o Shot 2: Extreme closeup Can only see lips, no eyes Cutting on audio cue, using sound to get to next cut o Shot 3: production design/mise en scene Balance composition between subject and guitar/amp o Shot 4: head to toe shot Introduction of an elder o Pan/tilt – shot with 2 cameras (most documentaries shot with one)
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o Production budget: $20,000 o Wipe: slide across transition o Lighting – light changes how you feel o Lighting in filmmaking never an accident o Freeze – watch one shot for extended time o Always edited on the musical beat Keep it as close to the original music Barsam Chapter One o Cinematic Language The visual vocabulary of the film Composed of myriad integrated techniques and concepts Connects the viewer to the story while deliberately o Actively looking at Movies Recognize many tools/principles that filmmakers employ to tell stories, convey info and meaning, and influence emotions and ideas Understand movies as narrative, artistic expression, reflection of the cultures that produce/consume them Juno product of 2007 Bollywood films direct to audience o What is a Movie? Pop entertainment Narrative Presentation of story affected by cultural differences Art from influenced by less conventional approaches and emerging technologies o Film Analysis Analysis – act of taking something complicated apart to figure out what it is made of and how it all fits together
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Step 1 – identify the tools and techniques within a scene, sequence, or movie Step 2 – investigate the function and potential effect of the combo Sequence – series of scenes related to a particular time o Basic Construction Shots – unbroken span of action captured by uninterrupted run of motion-picture camera Editing – the joining together of discrete shots With each transition from one shot to another, a movie is able to move viewer through time and space o Invisibility and Cinematic Language Movies rely heavily on largely invisible techniques that convey meaning intuitively Fade in/fade out – significant story time has elapsed Low angle shot – associate power with figures that must literally look up to Cutting on action – common editing technique designed to hide the instantaneous
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