The camera moves through space on a wheeled dolly
The type of film (comedy, western, fantasy, etc.)
A shot between a long shot and a close-up
Rite of Passage
Participation in a act or activity that leads to adulthood
This occurs When a character's emotional state parallels with the environment
Comedy type that deals with unruly women and the lower class men who tame them
The camera moves up or down through space
A beautiful mysterious woman who leads the protagonist down a destructive path
The placing of the scene for the act of staging or directing a film. The scene is visually symbolic and usually emphasizes the content of the individual scene or the overall theme of the film.
Commandments of behavior for the protagonist of a western film
A type of comedy that involved exaggerated physical stunts
The relationship between one frame to the next through editing. This involves two or more scenes placed together for overall effect, usually showing the passage of time.
Documentary films that record subjects as faithfully as possible
A gradual transition in which the end of one scene is superimposed over the beginning of a new one
The cinematography, sound, editing and special effects of a film
Visual images, props, etc. that appear in and are specific to individual film genres
A shot that approximates human vision
The aspects such as sets and costumes that make a film like a play
The most common type of transition in which one scene ends and a new one immediately begins
Films that recreate actual people and events utilizing all the devices of fictional film
A shift in the focal length of the camera lens to give the impression that the camera is getting closer to or farther from an object
Objects, photos, newsreels, etc. that are used in documentaries
The camera looks up at what is being photographed
The camera looks down at what is being photographed
The camera points down from a fixed base
One scene gradually goes dark and the new one gradually emerges from the darkness
Placing two scenes close together or side by side for comparison or contrast.
When a character in the film is narrating the action of the film
A repeated visual image that is symbolic in the film
Plot, characters, setting, etc. that make a film like a book
A person of high character who must face his destiny with courage and nobility of spirit
When the viewer knows or understands key information that the character in the film does not know or comprehend
Images, characters, plots, setting, etc. that seem distorted yet have an aspect of realism
The central lesson or message of the film that the protagonist learns
A character, plot, setting that is common to specific genres
An attack on a subject or person through ridicule, parody or irony
A gradual transition in which the end of one scene is superimposed over the beginning of a new one.
The hero returns home bearing some element of the treasure that has the power to transform the world as the hero has been transformed.
The hero takes possession of the treasure won by facing death. There may be a celebration, but there is also danger of losing the treasure again.
Crossing the Threshold
At the end of Act One, the hero commits to leaving the ordinary world and entering the the special world.