We will continue with our viewing of John Ford’s Stagecoach. After we finish the film, we will have a brief discussion applying the homework reading (from Bordwell’s Film Art) to our understanding of the film, and how to approach all serious film criticism.
- The important things to note about Bordwell’s analysis:
- the emphasis on film form: the structures and patterns used to reinforce the storytelling and the film’s themes
- Use of editing: dissolves, cuts, etc.
- Use of film form, editing to emphasize characterization
- Use of traditional editing techniques, with exceptions
(to be completed and posted on blog by Monday evening):
Using the handout from the previous class (The Language of Film Analysis), create a minimum 20 shot scene depicting a conversation between you and a parent(s) after they have had their parent-teacher interview with me. To be accurate, you should include a brief description of what is happening, the type of shot (distance, angle, etc.), and the type of transition between each shot.
Shot 3: Close-up on my forehead, sweat beading down it.
Shot 4: Medium shot of my two parents. My mom says, “We talked to Mr. Hutton tonight. He seems awesome!”
Shot 5: Medium shot of me. I say “I really don’t think so”.
Remember to establish your scene and conclude it. Present it on your blog they way I have done here. Call the post “Parent-Teacher Interview Scene”