Film

Class 25: Screenplay Preparation

Summarizing the unit so far: Introduction to film language/grammar/specific terms Introduction to editing: the continuity style Storyboarding activities : Calvin & Hobbes strips, images/cut-outs In terms of submissions you have: Paragraph on a favourite film (not graded) shot-by-shot description of parent-teacher interview (not graded) Short writing piece on a film of your choice related to … Continue reading

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Class 24: Montage, Genre

Montage Most of the editing techniques we have discussed in previous classes are associated with the continuity style of editing, best demonstrated by Hollywood films of the 1920s-1960s, a period called the Classical Hollywood Cinema. While Hollywood has been influenced since the 1960s by foreign cinema movements (the French New Wave), television, and improved technology, … Continue reading

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Class 23: Editing

By the end of today’s class you should have a familiarity with and understanding of a set of terms and concepts related to film (and video) editing. Editing includes specific techniques (e.g., the jump cut, the eye-line match), and editing styles (the continuity system, montage). The page “Why Editing Works“,  from UC Berkeley, is an … Continue reading

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Class 22: Film Language

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 … Continue reading

Film

Class 21: Film & Video Unit: Introduction

The next 20 or so classes will be dedicated to studying the principles of film and the video production process. We will investigate the following: Film language and grammar: the conventions/rules that go into stringing a group of shots into scenes/sequences/film, including: camera angle, camera distance, framing, mise-en-scene, editing Film genres: westerns, musicals, horror, sci-fi, … Continue reading