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
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.
Antirealism uses our perceptions of ______ as a starting point to expand upon or even purposely subvert.
Cinematic language combines various elements such as lighting, movement, sound, and camera effects into single _______________ that create meaning analogous to a sentence.
Form describes _____________, while content describes _____________.
the means of expression; the subject of a movie
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?
The Big Charade
Realism is concerned with ______________ and ______________.
representation; the actual
The three fundamental principles of film form are:
Movies depend on light, provide an illusion of movement, and manipulate space and time in unique ways.
This type of movie may use highly stylized and distinctive camera work, editing, and lighting, drawing attention to the cinematic languages in order to convey sensational stories in embellished or imaginary settings.
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.