Film Appreciation Chapter 1 Looking at Movies
Terms in this set (33)
What does it mean to passively look at movies?
Watching movies for entertainment, not recognizing their messages
What does it meant to actively look at movies?
Recognizing tools that filmmakers employ to convey information & meaning influencing emotions & ideas
Understand movies as a narrative, artistic expression & as a reflection of cultures
What is a cinema?
Films considered as works of art
What is a film?
A motion picture that critics & scholars consider to be serious or challenging
What is a movie?
Motion picture (usually 24 images per sec)
What is a cause-effect sequence?
Employs a narrative structure
What does film derive from?
What is cinematic language?
Connects viewers to the story by concealing the means by which it does so
Conveys cultural meanings & relating them to our society today
What is implicit meaning?
Close to meaning
What is explicit meaning?
Available on surface of movie
What is formal analysis?
Dissects complex synthesis of cinematography, sound, composition, design, movement, performance & editing
What is cultural analysis?
Dissects the correlations between films & cultural influence, drugs & violence, sex & alcohol....
What are the 3 major genres of movies?
What are examples of a fictive feature?
Westerns, musicals, biography
What are examples of a nonfiction feature?
News reels, ethnographic, cinema verite
What are examples of an experimental feature?
European Avant grade underground, dairy/folk tales
What is film history?
What are 2 types of film theory?
What is a classical film theory?
Formalism & realism
What is a contemporary film theory?
What is the importance of movies?
Overwhelming experience shaping reality
What are positive cultural influences and effects from movies?
Consensus narrative & reaffirmation of social values
What are negative cultural influences and effects from movies?
Amoral behavior (violence, sex)
Poor role modeling
What is a consensus narrative?
Ambition to speak for and to the whole of its culture
Articulate central mythologies
What functions do movies fulfill?
Information abut various subjects
Understanding life & others
What a Classical Hollywood Cinema (CHC)?
Individual characters acting in cause-effect
Objective narration (present & external)
Characters motivated by desire (requires change)
Obstacles prevent change (natures, people)
Characters overcome obstacles
Strong degree of closure at end
What is the most popular film category?
Classical Hollywood Cinema (CHC)
What are the functions of film as communication?
Provide a story
Enhance mood & emotion
Provide "visual pleasure"
Inform about social/cultural ideas
Critique social/cultural ideas
Films are polysemic (multi meaning)
What is the critical evolution of film?
Scholarly of objective analysis
What are the components of populist?
Box office grosses (opening day tickets)
What are the components of quality measures?
Awards (golden globe)
Academy awards (peer based)
What are the components of scholarly or objective analysis?
Creates arguments with evidence
Based on criteria or standards
Standards vary depending on perspective
What are common standards of objective analysis?
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