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Notes on the Beginnings of Narrative Film FTVDM-188B Prof. Deland Nuse Important aspects and contributions of Porter and Méliès: The Great Train Robbery (1903) Edwin Porter (made shorts for Edison) Realized that the shot was the fundamental unit of narrative film, not the scene. 14 shots in a 12-minute film. Dealt with spatial and temporal issues film. Crosscutting between actions in different places. Overlapping shots. Pans and tilts. Close-up at end. In-camera compositing. Frame by frame color tinting in some prints. Camera on moving train. Depth and space utilized dramatically in the exterior shots.
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Unformatted text preview: • Stage bound acting and painted sets for interiors. A Trip to the Moon (1902) Georges Méliès (an illusionist), made over 500 films only 140 survive. • Made theatrical techniques cinematic through editing, optical tricks and set design. • Utilized the concept of screen time versus real time. • 30 scenes in the film, did not make a distinction between shot and scene. • Dissolves. • Superimpositions. • Time-lapse photography. • Filmic art direction. • Lighting effects. • Stage bound acting and depended on the two-dimensional proscenium....
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