Looking at Movies: Midterm
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Integrated techniques and concepts, connect us to the story while deliberately concealing the means of doing so
An unbroken span of action captured by an uninterrupted run of a motion-picture camera-- that allow visual elements to rearrange themselves and the viewer's perspective itself to shift within any composition
Joining together of discrete shots
Implies a sense of empowerment
Cutting on action
Designed to hide the instantaneous and potentially jarring shift from one camera viewpoint to another-- Often ends the first shot in the middle of a continuing action and starts the connecting shot at some point in the same action
The main character who pursues a goal
Meaning which lies below the surface of a movie's story and presentation, is closest to our everyday sense of the word "meaning"
Meaning available on the surface of the movie
Analytical approach primarily concerned with film form
The means by which a subject is expressed
The camera movies slowly toward the subject
Depth of Field
Can be used expressively, or to emphasize the most significant action or subject in a particular composition
Eyeline match cut
To convey or imply another person's point of view
One elemental system of film that comprises design elements such as lighting, setting, props, costumes, and makeup within individual shots
An elemental system organized into a series of dialogue, music, ambience, and effects tracks
Structured into acts that establish, develop, and resolve character conflict-- These movies are fiction film as opposed to other movie modes, such as documentary or experimental-- A cinematic structure that filmmakers have selected and arranged in a cause-and-effect sequence occurring over time
A series of shots unified by theme or purpose
`Complete units of plot action
The subject of an artwork--What the work is about
The means by which the subject is expressed and experienced
The tools and techniques that filmmakers used to convey meaning and mood to the viewer, including lighting, mise-en-scene, cinematography, performance, editing, and sound
Persistence of Vision
The process by which the human brain retains an image for a fraction of a second longer than the eye records it
Illusion of succession
One image following another without interruption
Illusion of movement
Figures and objects within the image changing position simultaneously without actually moving
The illusion of movement created by events that succeed each other rapidly, as when two adjacent lights flash on and off alternately and we seem to see a single light shifting back and forth
Critical Flicker Fusion
When a single light flickers on and off with such speed that the individual pulses of light fused together to give the illusion of continuous light-- Early movies were called Flicks because of this
The process by which an agent, structure, or other formal element, whether human or technological, transfers something from one place to another
An interest in or concern for the actual or real, a tendency to view or represent things as they really are-- Lumieres
An interest in or concern for the abstract, speculative, or fantastic-- Melies
The appearance of truth
The act of telling the story
Who or what tells the story
A character in the narrative who typically imparts information in the form of voice-over narration
When we hear a character's voice over the picture without actually seeing the character speak the words
When a character speaks directly to the audience, thus, breaking the "fourth wall" that traditionally separate the viewer and the 2D fiction on-screen
Provides info not accessible to a narrator who is also a participant in the story-- knows all and can thus provide objective context to any situation
Knows all and can tell us whatever it wants to know
Limits the info it provides the audience to things known only to a single character
Complex characters that possess numerous subtle, repressed, or even contradictory traits that can change significantly over the course of the story-- More lifelike because we associate these characters with our own personalities
Few distinct traits and do not change significantly as the story progresses
Seemingly unsympathetic protagonists that chase less than noble goals
The things that get in the way of the character reaching their main goal
The universe of the movie
The inciting incident that changes the normal world and presents the character with a goal that will drive the rest of the narrative
The person, people, creature, or force responsible for obstructing our protagonist
The narrative peak when the goal is in its greatest jeopardy and an affirmative answer to the central question seems all but impossible
When the protagonist faces their major obstacle
The third act of falling action, where the narrative wraps up loose ends and moves toward a conclusion
Consists of all the narrative elements that are explicitly presented on-screen plus all the events that are implicit or that we infer to have happened but are not explicitly presented
The total world of the story-- the events, characters, objects, settings, and sounds that form the world in which the story occurs
The elements that make up the total world of the story
Consists of the specific actions and events that the filmmakers select and the older in which they arrange those events to effectively convey the narrative to the viewer
Those things we see and hear on the screen that come from outside the world of the story, such as score music, titles and credits, and voice-over comments from a third-person, voice-over narrator
A length of time
The amount of time that the implied story takes to occur
the elapsed time of those events within the story that the film explicitly presents
The movie's running time on-screen
When the screen duration is shorter than the plot duration
Screen duration corresponds directly to plot duration
Screen duration is longer than plot duration
The number of times that a story element recurs in a plot
Any image (audio or visual) that periodically repeats in a movie to help stabilize its narrative
The time and place in which the story occurs
The overall range, in time and place, of the movie's story
Staging or putting on an action or seen--Staging
The process by which the look of the settings, props, lighting, and actors is determined
The organization, distribution, balance, and general relationship of actors and objects within the space of each shot
Works closely with the director and the director of photography-- Both an artist and an executive responsible for the overall design concept for the look of the movie-- Individual sets, locations, furnishings, props, and costumes-- Supervises the heads of many depts. in charge of creating that look
Head of the art dept.-- Receives all the awards the film receives for art direction
In charge of all the countless details that go into furnishing and decorating a set, and supervises a variety of specialists
The color and textures of the interior decoration, furniture, draperies, curtains, and properties
Objects such as paintings, vases, flowers, silver tea sets, guns, and fishing rods that help us understand the character by showing us their preferences in such things
A windowless, soundproofed, professional shooting environment that is usually several stories high and can cover an acre or more of floor space-- Will be only the minimum parts of the rooms needed to accommodate the actors and the movement of the camera
The use of deep gradations and subtle variations of lights and darks within an image
The wardrobe worn by an actor
Keeps a log of each day's shooting
Video Assist Camera
Camera mounted in the viewing system of the film camera and provides instant visual feedback so they can view a scene before sending the film to the laboratory for processing
What we see on the screen
What moves on the screen
Space outside the frame
Designed to depict a world where characters move freely within an open, recognizable environment
Designed to imply that other forces(such as fate; social, educational, or economic background; or a repressive government) have robbed characters of their ability to move and act freely-- Generally in antirealistic films
The process where the cast and camera operators are familiarized by the positions and movements of the actors
Who is the director of Casablanca?
When did Casablanca come out?
Who is the main male character of Casablanca?
Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart)
Who is Rick Blaine's love interest in Casablanca?
Ilsa Lund (Ingrid Bergman)
Who is Ilsa Lund's husband in Casablanca?
Victor Laszlo (Paul Henreid)
What is the piano player in Casablanca's name?
Sam ( Dooley Wilson)
Who arrives in Casablanca that Renault will do anything to please?
Major Heinrich Strasser (Conrad Veidt)
Who is the man trying to stop all the wrongdoing in Casablanca?
Captain Louis Renault ( Claude Rains)
What historical event is Casablanca based off of?
World War II
Where does Vertigo take place?
Who is the director of Vertigo?
What year was Vertigo released?
Who is the main male character in Vertigo?
John "Scottie" Ferguson (James Stewart)
Who is Scottie's love interest in Vertigo, who is married to Gavin Elster?
Madeline Elster (Kim Novak)
What is "Madeline's" real name?
Judy Barton (Kim Novak)
Who is Madeline's husband?
Gavin Elster (Tom Helmore)
Who does Madeline pretend to be the reincarnation of?
The Mad Carlotta
Who is the woman that secretly has feelings for Scottie?
Midge Wood ( Barbara Bel Geddes)
Who is the director of Rashomon?
When was Rashomon released?
What is the name of the criminal from Rashomon?
Who witnesses the key event in Rashomon?
What is the name of the woman from the story in Rashomon?
What is the samurai's name from Rashomon?
Who is the director of Do the Right Thing?
When was Do the Right Thing released?
Who is the main, African-American man that works at Sal's pizza shop?
Mookie (Spike Lee)
Who is the owner of the pizza shop in Do The Right Thing?
Salvatore "Sal" Fragione (Danny Aiello)
Who are the two sons of Sal?
Pino (John Turturro) and Vito (Richard Edson)
Who carries around the boom-box with the rings that read "Love" and "Hate" in Do the Right Thing?
Radio Raheem (Bill Nunn)
Who has a problem with Sal's wall of fame?
Buggin' Out (Giancarlo Esposito)
What is the name of the man that walks around town with his pictures?
Smiley (Roger Guenveur Smith)
Who is in charge of the town's radio station?
Mister Senor Love Daddy (Samuel L. Jackson)
What is the name of Mookie's sister in Do the Right Thing?
Jade (Joie Lee)
Where does Do the Right Thing take place?
The Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York
Who is the director of Citizen Kane?
When was Citizen Kane released?
Who is the main male character in Citizen Kane?
Charles Foster Kane (Orson Welles)
Who is the man that takes Kane into his custody as a child?
Walter Parks Thatcher( George Coulouris)
Who is Kane's "friend" that works for his newspaper and ultimately betrays him and gets fired?
Jedediah Leland (Joseph Cotten)
What is the name of Kane's first wife that he cheats on?
Emily Monroe Norton Kane (Ruth Warrick)
What is the name of the "Singer" that Kane marries as his second wife?
Susan "Susie" Alexander Kane (Dorothy Comingore)
Who is the man that Kane runs against in the election for governor?
James W. Gettys (Ray Collins)
Who is one of Kane's trusted friends throughout the movie that works for him?
Mr. Bernstein(Everett Sloane)
What is the name of Charles Kane's newspaper?
What is the name of the opposing newspaper of Charles Kane?
What are Kane's dying words?
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