Film Studies: An Introduction (Film and Culture Studies) by Ed Sikov

By Ed Sikov

Ed Sikov builds a step by step curriculum for the appreciation of every kind of narrative cinema, detailing the basic components of movie shape and systematically education the spectator to be an lively reader and critic. Sikov primes the attention and brain within the precise suggestions of movie research. His description of mise-en-scene is helping readers clutch the importance of montage, which in flip unearths the significance of a director's use of digicam flow. He treats a few basic elements in filmmaking, together with modifying, composition, lighting fixtures, using colour and sound, and narrative. Film Studies works with any screening record and will be used inside of classes on movie heritage, movie thought, or pop culture. user-friendly causes of center severe innovations, functional suggestion, and urged assignments on specific technical, visible, and aesthetic points extra anchor the reader's knowing of the formal language and anatomy of film.

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In fact, if possible, get one you’ve already seen and enjoyed. Fast forward to any point you choose, and then freeze-frame the image. You are now looking at a single frame of a single shot. What do you notice about its mise-en-scene? Properly speaking, since this is a static image, a single frame, you are being asked to notice elements of its composition rather than the totality of expressive content in an entire shot. Remember what mise-en-scene means: all of the elements placed in front of the camera to be photographed: settings, props, lighting, costumes, makeup, and figure behavior (meaning actors, their gestures, and their facial expressions).

Still, we can clearly see some blue curtains in the center-left of the image, with some bright curved airplane windows on the far right in the background. The curtains match the blue of the seat; the windows, appearing white, match the headrest. The aspect ratio is that of a fairly wide rectangle. There is another man in the image—he is seated in the row behind the man in close-up—but he is the only other person in the image. The man in close-up has a bright light shining on his forehead and nose, but his eyes are notably in shadow, although we can clearly see dark circles under his eyes, indicating tiredness and a lack of sleep.

All the definitions and examples implied that characters and objects move within the frame, but the framing stays the same within each shot. In fact, this is not the case at all. The camera can move from side to side, up and down, backward and forward, all of the above, and more. Editing from shot to shot or scene to scene changes the position of the spectator from shot to shot or scene to scene, but camera movement shifts the spectator’s position within the shot. No other art form is able to accomplish this feat.

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