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All movies contain layers of complexity and meaning that can be studied, analyzed, and appreciated in terms of cinematic language. Which of the following describes cinematic language?
techniques and concepts filmmakers use to connect viewers to a film, which often conceal the means of storytelling
Movies are similar to stage plays since they generally provide the viewer with a single, uninterrupted, wide-angle view of on-screen action.
Which definition of editing accurately describes film editing as one of the defining characteristics that distinguish movies from other art forms?
the joining together of shots to control what the viewer sees in a movie and how the viewer sees it
In movies, meaning is often absorbed intuitively. Some techniques that contribute to a movie having this "invisible meaning" include
fade-in/fade-out, low-angle shot, and cutting on action.
Fade-out/fade-in is a filmmaking technique that indicates a passage of time. Which clip illustrates fade-out/fade-in?Click on the links below to view the clips before responding.
Cutting on action is a common editing technique that hides the shift from one shot to the next by ending the first shot in the middle of a continuing action and starting the next shot at some point further along in the same action. Which clip is an example of cutting on action?Click on the links below to view the clips before responding.
Which of the following statements best characterizes this chapter's treatment of viewer expectations?
Our experience of any given film is affected by how that film manipulates expectations.
Cultural invisibility, a consequence of shared belief systems, frequently contributes to hidden movie meaning. Which of the following statements does NOT accurately characterize cultural invisibility?
It is a way to unconsciously challenge viewers' shared belief systems.
What is implicit meaning?
meaning that lies below the surface of a movie's story and presentation
What is formal analysis?
an analytical approach concerned with the means by which a subject is expressed
In A Trip to the Moon, the ship gets to the moon by:
In, A Trip to the Moon, the spacecraft lands on the moon's:
In A Trip to the Moon, the astronauts meet aliens.
In A Trip to the Moon, when the space capsule arrives back to earth, it lands in the ocean.
In A Trip to the Moon, the astronauts come across a field of:
A movie is a coordinated synthesis of performance, composition, sound, and editing that creates meaning to tell a story. When we analyze this synthesis we are analyzing
a film's form
Form describes _____________, while content describes _____________.
the means of expression; the subject of a movie
Addressing the relationship between form and expectations, this chapter illustrates how a movie's structure is organized around
the viewer's desire to learn the answers to questions posed by story elements.
What is a MacGuffin?
It is something of vital importance to the characters in a film that turns out to be less significant to the overall narrative than first expected.
Which clip illustrates a parallel action?Click on the links below to view the clips before responding.
Death to the Tinman
Light is a key formal element that film artists and technicians carefully manipulate to create mood, reveal character, and convey meaning. Analyzing only the lighting, which clip do you think creates an ominous mood?Click on the links below to view the clips before responding.
The Big Charade
The interaction between two optical and perceptual phenomena makes moving pictures possible. The persistence of vision provides the illusion of ______________ while the phi phenomenon provides the illusion of ____________.
The scene from The Gold Rush analyzed in Chapter 2 creates the illusion that the space inside the cabin and the space outside the cabin form a complete space. Which of the following clips manipulates space to similarly create the illusion of a complete space? Click on the links below to view the clips before responding.
Death to the Tinman
Filmmakers may use various techniques to manipulate time such as slow/fast motion, freeze frame, split screen, chronology, and editing, among other techniques. Which clip is an example of manipulating time through editing?Click on the links below to view the clips before responding.
Realism is concerned with ______________ and ______________.
representation; the actual
A movie is verisimilar if it
has the appearance of truth.
Cinematic language combines various elements such as lighting, movement, sound, and camera effects into single _______________ that create meaning analogous to a sentence.
Viewers identify with _______________ as filmmakers use ____________ to make meaning.
the lens; the camera
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari is an example of:
Why is the scenery so strange and distorted in The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari?
Story told by a madman
Who commits the murders in The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari?
What character was inspired by The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari?
What was Dr. Caligari's true profession?
In charge of asylum
The director of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari is Carl Mayer.
The character of the penguin in Batman Returns is inspired by the film The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari.
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