Film Terms: Chapter 1: Look at the Movies
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The accepted systems, methods, or conventions by which the movies communicate with the viewer- they are flexible, not "rules"
An unbroken span of action captured by an interrupted run of the camera
The combining of individual shots into a cinematic whole, generally completed by the film editor & film director in post-production
A direct change from one shot to another; the point in which shot A ends and shot B begins.
A shot that often shows a part of the body filling the frame- traditionally a face, hand, eye, or mouth; can also be a close-up of a symbolic object.
Fade out/Fade in
The transitional device in which a shot fades out to a black field and then fades back in out of darkness into a different shot- often to show passage of time in film
A shot that is made with the camera below the action & that typically places the observer in a position of inferiority
Cutting on action
A continuity editing technique that smoothies the transition from between shots portraying a single action from different camera angles- the editor ends the first shot in the middle of a continuing action & begins the next shot of the same action from a different camera angle.
everything that a movie presents on its surface- basic plot & actions; could answer the question what is this film about?
The underlying association, connection, or inference that a viewer makes on the film based on thematic or symbolic meaning- could answer question what is this film trying to say?
Film analysis that examines how a scene or sequence uses form elements to convey story, mood, and meaning
The means by which a subject is expressed; for poetry it is words, for drama it is speech and action; for film it is pictures and sound.
A recurring visual, sound, or narrative element that imparts meaning and significance
The film camera, mounted on a support with wheels (dolly) moves toward a subject, making the subject appear larger & more significant
When the camera moves away grin the subject, it follies out, expanding the scene and possibly adding new information to or about the subject
The time a movie takes to unfold on the screen- can be either real time (amount of minutes) or cinematic time (fictional time span of the film)
Point of View
The position from which a film presents the actions of the story- the camera's act of seeing and hearing
The fictional history behind the main story and characters of the film that occurred before the beginning of the film
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