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casual minimalism
a fiction movie need not to have a traditional goal-driven plot to be considered narrative
Content
the subject of an artwork
form
the means by which the subject is expressed
mediation
an agent, structure, or other formal structure, whether human or technological, that transfers something, such as information in the case of movies, from one place to another
parallel editing
also called crosscutting or intercutting, the intercutting of two or more lines of action that occur simultaneously, a very familiar convention in chase or rescue cue sequences
direct cinema
an approach to documentary film making that employs an obtrusive style in attempt to give viewers as truthful and direct an experience of events as possible
editing
the process by which the editor combines and coordinates individual shots into a cinematic whole, the basic creative force of cinema
fade out/fade in
transitional devices in which a shot fades in from a black field on a black and white film or from a color field in a color film, or fades out to a black field
hybrid films
films that have a mix of either two or more genres
low angle shot
also known as low shot. a shot that is made with the camera below the action, and typically places the observer in position of inferiority
narrative
a cinematic structure in which content is selected and arranged in a cause and effect sequence of events occurring over time
point of view
the position from which a film presents the actions of a story, not only the relation of the narrators the story, but also the camera's act of seeing and hearing, the two fundamental types of cinematic point are omniscient and restricted
realism
an interest or concern for the actual or real, a tendency to view or represent things how they really are
shot
one uninterrupted run of the camera. it can be as short or as long as the director wants but, it cannot exceed the length of the film stock in the camera
Computer generated imagery
the application of computer graphics to create special effects
cut
a direct change from one shot to another as a result of cutting, that is the precise point at which shot A ends and shot B begins
documentary
a film that purports to be nonfictional. they take many forms including instructional, persuasive, and propaganda
experimental film and video
also known as avant-garde film, a term implying a position in the vanguard, out in front of traditional films. they are typically about unfamiliar, unorthodox, or obscure subject matter, and ordinarily made by independent film makers, not studios, often with innovative techniques that call attention to, question, and even challenge their own artifice.
genre
the categorization of narrative films by form, content, or both. examples include musicals, comedy, biography, western, and so on
implicit meaning
an association, connection, or inference that a viewer makes based on the given meaning conveyed by the story and form of the film
explicit meaning
everything that a movie presents on its surface
mise-en-scene
also known as staging, the overall look and feel of the movie - the sum of everything that the audience sees, hears, and experiences when viewing it
narrative films
also known as fiction films. a movie that tells a story, with characters, places, and events that is conceived in the minds of the film's creator. stories in narrative films may be wholly imaginary or based on true occurrences, and may be realistic, unrealistic, or both.
protagonist
the primary character whose pursuit of the goal provides the structural foundation of a movie's story
sequence
a series of edited shots characterized by inherent unity of theme and purpose
verisimilitude
a convincing appearance of truth. movies are this when they convince you that the things you see on screen people, places, and so on, no matter how fantastic or antirealistic are really there
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