Approaches to Film - Vocab Memorization (word for word)
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the support of a statement with images, data, charts, graphs or additional testimony to make it credible.
Paid actor recreates the scene which was not originally captured on the film and in details based on emotional response of those present
expert or eye witnesses testimony. filmed by a stationary camera in a calm setting
includes documents such as earlier footage, still footage, photos, letters, scripted voice-overs, delivered by a paid actor.
records the cultural practices of a foreign tribe or setting, explaining it to his/her countrymen within frameworks they can understand.
filmmaker though not present is not the subject of the film., usually does not appear on camera but may be heard asking questions and tries to interfere with the subject actions even when there is moral obligations to do so.
filmmaker sets events in motion that would not have otherwise occurred and films them
a non-fiction narrative film which audiences take on faith as a representation of truth, if its constructed from a range of practices.
filmmaker is also the subject, charts his or her journey either spiritual, literal, metaphorical, while recording daily changes.
called "catalysers". Plot point or other element which exists chiefly for the illustration of character and therefore can be moved or deleted while retaining the integrity of the story.
character, plot point, or element that cannot be deleted or moved in the script while retaining the integrity of the story
the work that remains when all transferable and transposable items have been taken from the text.
distracting the viewer with quaint historical details to make them think a text has been rendered faithfully because time or place has been illustrated painstakingly.
tallying all the "mistakes" made in adapting any text to screen
perfectly reproduces everything on the page into film - myth
emphasizes key plots and characters from the text to shape an interpretation of work the screen
uses key themes from the work but changes language time, setting period for the purpose of making a dramatically different work of art
literary of fimic work cobbled together from multiple sources
literature which blends iron with criticisms for the express purpose of ridiculing human folly
loose plotted,rambling satinic epic which mocks pretentious erudition. in it characters serve as mouthpieces for ideas.
combination of "recipe" & "epistolary" a novel in documents or letters. ex; Laura esquivels - like water for chocolate
key lighting type
lights coming from all around
big giant lights
very common for films to use warm vintage lights to convey an earlier time period
key lighting and playing of shadows, helps convey the mood of character
also a projection of character inferiority. for example montys decaying aristocracy
of a shot to exclude some info and increase focus on others
allows you to plan the framing of the shots
placement of figures in the scene
all the dances are scripted
may connect to costumes and set decor to underscore the nes
props that are inblued with the power of the character. for the example - the mactural falcon; the falcon
Investigative Structure of the Narrative
the "mystery" in the film
the interplay of dark and light. Ex: man and woman sitting in a dark room and only a street light is casting light across the face of the woman
Unstable and highly symbolic heroine
always a woman who the viewer might hate
The Femme Fatale, a disruption in Patriarchy
a woman who's sole purpose is to take down the hero
Expressionist Visual Style
The lighting, visual obstruction of characters
The detective who is also a criminal
ex: the hard boiled detective tries to bring down the Mafia
The changeable Nature of the "Truth"
the surprise/ twist where you realize that the good girl has been plotting against the trickster boyfriend...
The displaced diagetic narrator. Ex: Old Lady Rose in the Titanic... and Mary-Alice in Desperate Housewives
The 1930s and 1940s Context
Because of the specific economic conditions
Super cynical characters and manipulating people and using them
Seduction as a game of submission and Dominance
Attraction is purely a method of gaining power over the other
Formulaic Plots with Confounding Solutions
Simple plot but then shocking unstabling results
Elements of the Mise-en-scene
Lighting, costume, props, set design, makeup, choreography, blocking, framing
instead of focusing on the growth of one central protagonist, this kind of novel contains character sketches of a whole commnity
last party before lent, when catholics had a desinated time of anarchy
character is introduced, motivations and background explained
conflict introduced, pursued to its climax
conflict resolved, characters return to states
5 times of settings
utilitatriain, irrelevant, ironic, kaleidoscopic
bare minimum needed for charcaters to be set in motion
ex. 6th sense
characters do not comment upon setting, no evidence of a particular location
character inferiority is painfully or humorously at odds with setting
setting rapidly shifts form realistic exterior world to inferior fantasy of the characters without much warning
ex; sucker punch
4 plot types
entropy, quest, restitution, chaos
tragic plot, named for a term from phyics
ex. monsters ball
epic plot; the character undergos a series of trials. along the way he loses many thing and people and who cannot be replaced but in exchange receives spiritual growth and enlightenment.
ex. saving private ryan.
comedic plot; characters bgin at stasis, undergo reversals but wind up where they started
ex. as good as it gets
the plot of life as lived. advances and setbacks come with apparent pattern.
ex. christ nolans memento.
4 parts of character
chreston, harmattan, homalon, homoios
whether the character is good or bad person.
ex. snape from harry potter
aptness for the action to be perfromed
ex. jermery davis from saving private ryan
consistey of character over time
ex. hermoine granger from hary potter
always knows everything
yes she is consistent
idiosynrasy the little quirks that gvive the character dimension and depth
ex. lady macbeths guilt
the films text materials and components
the way in which those components are arranged
the "women picture"
focus on a centural (white) women, single, wealthy without a husband, saddled with a disobeident young daughter