2008 -- start with Chaplin
... Theatre UAF
visual effect history
Great Train Robbery 7 scenes
-- A Dog's Life for mini-analysis of ch.2 :
Bordwell (textbook) : Part One. Ch. 1. Film Production, Distribution, and Exhibition [Mechanics of the Movies * Bringing the Film to the Spectator * Modes of Production; Making the Movie, but Film Industry!]
... class 2 9.17.08 [ ch.2 ]
2. Theory: Semiotics
Chaplin, Godfather, Cuckoo's Nest... are the new (2005) pages with the basic info on the titles I refer in class. Plenty of information is on the web, I collect only what I should mention in class and use the webpage for notes, connected with the (older) "subject pages" (montage, shot, cut and etc.) *
... NEW: new: vertical hierharchy -- 1,2,3 subdirectories
[ from class 2007 playlist = group player ]
"Modern Times" : 1936
CHAPTER ONE [instructor's manual files 8 e.] FILM AS ART: CREATIVITY, TECHNOLOGY, AND BUSINESS Chapter Outline Film Artistry in Shadow of a Doubt Mechanics of the Movies Illusion Machines Making the Movie: Film Production The Script Writing and Funding Phase The Preparation Phase The Shooting Phase The Assembly Phase Artistic Implications of the Production Process Modes of Production Large-Scale Production Exploitation and Independent Production Small-Scale Production Artistic Implications of Different Modes of Production Bringing the Film to the Audience Distribution: The Center of Power Exhibition: Theatrical and Nontheatrical Artistic Implications of Distribution and Exhibition Summary Websites Recommended DVDs Recommended DVD Supplements Where to Go From Here Film Technology Roots Film Distribution and Exhibition Stages of Film Production Movie Makers Speak Scriptwriting and Rules Small-Scale Production Production Stills Versus Frame Enlargements
To be used in/for class:
Film, Form and Culture, 3/e
Robert Phillip Kolker, Professor Emeritus, University of Maryland R P Kolker, Adjunct Professor, Media Studies, Univ of Virginia ISBN: 0073123617 Copyright year: 2006
Film, Form, and Culture looks at film from part to whole, from the shot and the cut to the cultural, political, and economic contexts in which films are made. "Teaching Film is about getting control of the image and handing that control over to students," this has been Robert Kolker's consistent goal in teaching and writing about film. The result is the DVD-ROM and textbook, Film, Form, and Culture.
Students are introduced to the smallest elements of film--the shot, the cut, the soundtrack--and to larger issues of genre and gender; and they are encouraged to think seriously about the means by which these elements shape an audience's understanding of the narrative. On a larger scale, students are asked to consider how a film can influence its viewer even after the last reel has run out--and the way that societal changes radically alter the course of film history.
The new edition includes more detailed discussion of the shot, composition, editing, and genre; a thorough discussion of the technical and aesthetic resulting from film's digital transformation; and a revised discussion of the cultural context of film.
The accompanying interactive DVD-ROM includes segments from classic and contemporary films with explanatory text, stills, and animations illustrating film elements and strategies.
Film is a term that encompasses (1) individual motion pictures, (2) the field of film as an art form, and (3) the motion picture industry. [ Films are produced by recording images from the world with cameras, or by creating images using animation techniques or special effects. ]
Films are cultural artifacts created by specific cultures, which reflect those cultures, and, in turn, affect them. Film is considered to be an important art form, a source of popular entertainment, and a powerful method for educating -or indoctrinating- citizens. The visual elements of cinema give motion pictures a universal power of communication; some movies have become popular worldwide attractions, by using dubbing or subtitles that translate the dialogue.
Traditional films are made up of a series of individual images called frames. When these images are shown rapidly in succession, a viewer has the illusion that motion is occurring. The viewer cannot see the flickering between frames due to an effect known as persistence of vision — whereby the eye retains a visual image for a fraction of a second after the source has been removed. Viewers perceive motion due to a psychological effect called beta movement.
The origin of the name "film" comes from the fact that photographic film (also called film stock) has historically been the primary medium for recording and displaying motion pictures. Many other terms exist for an individual motion picture, including picture, picture show, photo-play, flick, and most commonly, movie. Additional terms for the field in general include the big screen, the silver screen, the cinema, and the movies.
-- industry * production * crew [ film directing pages ]
1 * 2 * 3 * 4 [ 12 chapters, Bordwell ]