Essential Cinema: An Introduction to Film Analysis (Explore Our New Communications 1st Editions)
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Succinct, lively, and affordable, ESSENTIAL CINEMA: AN INTRODUCTION TO FILM ANALYSIS vividly illustrates principles in action as it helps you develop effective skills in close analysis. The book is packed with frame captures you can readily relate to, and it also features interviews with film practitioners throughout, giving you insight into real-world practice. In addition, unique screening questions at the end of each chapter help you apply chapter concepts to any film you watch, while the running glossary and end-of-text illustrated glossary offer easy access to full explanations of concepts.
Washington state. It’s a rainy, coastal place and the sound of the rain and the surf can be heard throughout. The sounds have no immediate narrative function; instead they add to the mysterious setting or atmosphere in which the story takes shape. Other simple sound effects— the sound of TV static and a phone ringing—are used strategically in the telling of the film’s story (figs. 6.45 and 6.46). The sound of TV static marks the start and end points of the cursed videotape; we hear it when the
start with a story idea that is then developed into a screenplay, which in turn is interpreted and given form by the director, actors, designers, editors, and other members of the film’s creative team. In other words, the practical development of a movie from idea through production and postproduction routinely begins with a story someone wants or even needs to tell. And the challenge for the filmmakers is to figure out a way to tell that story in an artful, entertaining, and/or compelling way.
questions at the end of chapters help students apply chapter concepts to any film that they watch. (These questions appear under the heading ANALYZE.) Students can photocopy these pages or print them from the CourseMate website. The questions are useful for generating notes and ideas for papers as well as for class discussion. FOCUS boxes at the end of each chapter bring the chapter concepts together and show students how to apply them. Each chapter has a running glossary to help
subsequent rights restrictions require it. 121 5-1a Shot Relationships © 2014 Cengage Learning, All Rights Reserved As cinematic techniques developed, filmmakers, film critics, and theorists began to debate what might constitute the fundamental unit—the ground zero—of meaning in cinema. Some argued that it was the shot. Evinced most clearly in the expressionist cinema of Germany at the time (the 1920s), this argument was rooted in the notion that each shot on its own bears a singular and
complex use of diegetic and nondiegetic sounds. The Social Network (David Fincher, 2010). 6-1 SO UND A ND I M AGE Copyright 2012 Cengage Learning. All Rights Reserved. May not be copied, scanned, or duplicated, in whole or in part. Due to electronic rights, some third party content may be suppressed from the eBook and/or eChapter(s). Editorial review has deemed that any suppressed content does not materially affect the overall learning experience. Cengage Learning reserves the right to remove