Demchar Film I Camera Angles & Movie Genres
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A visual from the perspective of a specific character. It's like seeing through that character's eyes.
A long shot used to tell the reader where the events about to be shown are taking place.
tilted camera angle
often used to have an unsettling/scary atmosphere or to make the action appear more kinetic (exciting).
One character is shown looking at another character, and then the other character is shown looking back at the first character. This is most often done when showing a conversation
A shot that depicts an entire character or object from head to foot. Not as long as an establishing shot.
Most common camera shot. shows less than a long shot, more than a close-up.
A shot that keeps only the face full in the frame.
Bird's Eye View
When the view point or "camera" is at a very high place looking directly down on what's being shown. It can be used to show action that is taking place over a larger area, or to show an aspect of the background (maybe the background is cluttered or extremely empty.
Ant's Eye View
When the view point or "camera" is at a very low place looking directly up on what's being shown. It can be used to make someone look more powerful or important, it is often used when trying to show a child's perspective and how they see their world.
The accepted systems, methods, or conventions by which the movies communicate with the viewer.
types of movies:
based on screenplays in which nearly every behavior and spoken line are predetermined.
- Primary Purpose: Entertainment
more concerned with the recording of reality, the education of viewers, or the presentation of political or social analysis
- Factual, instructional, persuasive, propaganda, and direct cinema
seeking to defy categorization and convention; pushing the boundaries of what most people think movies are—or should be; dedicated to exploring possibilities
- Not commercial
- Do not conform to conventions
- Critique culture and media
- Invite individual interpretation
exceptions to the rule: Blending narrative, documentary, and experimental approaches has led to cinematic evolution.
- This has blurred the lines between these specific types.
6 Major Genres of Film
2. Film Noir
3. Science Fiction
5. The Western
6. The Musical
the categorization of narrative films by the stories they tell and the ways they tell them
The way a movie's story is structured—its plot—also helps viewers determine what genre it belongs to.
genre films often have specific character attributes
where a movie's action is located and how that environment is portrayed
in the aspects of storytelling for genre conventions, presentation is ________
using specific tone and atmosphere
Deeply rooted in the concept of the American dream (anyone regardless of how humble his origins, can succeed)
- "crime does not pay"
- organized crime, classic gangster plots (rags-to-riches-to-destruction formula)
- provided the cinema with some of the first antiheroes
Genre: Film Noir
French for "Black Film"
Fed off the post-war disillusionment that followed prolonged exposure to this intimidating new perspective
- early 1940s
- the outlook, tone, and style of American genre films grew decidedly darker
- emphasis on corruption and despair was an unflattering portrayal of the American character
- typically shot in urban areas
Tones → Cynical
Protagonist → Antihero
The Femme Fatale emerged
Genre: Science Fiction
Focus is on humanity's relationship with science and the technology it generates.
It explores our dread of technology and change.
- Science-inspired conflict
- The "Other" plays a large role (alien or technology), which is the outgrowth of our innate fear of the machine.
- Sci-fi protagonist: literally & figuratively down-to-earth, compassionate, soulful
Born out of a cultural need to confront and vicariously conquer something frightening that we do not fully understand.
- Death and Insanity
--Death→ ghosts, zombies, or vampires
--The only thing scarier than being killed or consumed by the other is actually becoming it.
Genre: The Western
American history inspired, but the genre's enduring popularity has more to do with how Americans see and explain themselves than with any actual event.
- Offers depictions of Americans as rugged, self-sufficient individuals taming a savage wilderness with common sense and direct action
- The Wild West: land of opportunity; both dangerous & lawless in need of taming; reinvent oneself
- Civilization-vs-wilderness conflict is the framework
- The Western hero is a man of action, not words, and resistant of the trappings of civilization.
- Native Americans: Ruthless savages and noble personification of dignity and honor
- Prostitutes: Products of lawlessness but often long for marriage and family
- Schoolmarms (female teachers): Educated and cultured, yet are irresistibly drawn to the frontier and the men who roam it
- The greenhorn character: Sophisticated back East but is an inexperienced bumbler
--When the character transforms, it represents the embodiment of the Western ideal of renewal.
Genre: The Musical
Tells its story using characters that express themselves with song and/or dance.
- Backstage-musical stories typically revolved around a promising young performer searching for her big show-business break, or a talented singer/dancer protagonist pressured by a love interest or family member to leave show business, or a struggling company of singers and dancers determined to mount a big show.
the process by which a particular genre is adapted to meet the expectations of a changing society
- Genres that don't evolve will lose the audience's interest quickly and fade away.
Classified as a distinct type of motion picture.
3 types of animation:
Clear celluloid sheets to create single backgrounds that could serve for multiple exposures, needing only to draw the part of the image that was in motion, typically the character or a small part of the character.
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