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Looking at Movies: Chapter 3
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usually present people, places, or processes in straightforward ways meant to entertain and instruct without unduly influencing audiences
seek to educate viewers about common interests, rather than persuading them to accept particular ideas
were originally called documentary films until the term evolved to refer to all nonfiction films
when persuasive documentaries are produced by governments and carry governments' messages
which systematically disseminate deceptive or distorted information
eschewing intereviewers and even limiting the use of narrators
nonfiction fimmaking often filming events taking place
stream of consciousness
used by Maya Deren-one of the first major American experimental filmmakers
a literary style that gained prominence in the 1920s in the hands of such writers as Marcel Proust, Virginia Woolf, James Joyce, and Dorothy Richardson that attempted to capture the unedited flow of experience through the mind
is the process by which a particular genre is adapted to meet the expectations of a changing society
the flexibility of film form has made cross-pollination among experimental, documentary, and narrative approaches as inevitable and desirable aspect of cinematic evolution
movies that seek to defy categorization and convention
not commercial films
do not conform to conventional expectations of story and narrative cause and effect
exploit the possibilities of cinema and revel in instead all the tactile and mechanical qualities of motion pictures that conventional movies seek to obscure
experimental movies remind you that you are watching movie, not immerse like narrative films
critique culture and media
invite individual interpretation
refers to the categorization of narrative films by the stories they tell and the ways they tell them
deeply rooted in the concept of the American dream
footage that documents subjects in action and events as they unfold is called
with subjects or with experts on the subject matter are traditionally shot with the interviewee speaking to an off-camera interviewer, so that the subject looks off to the right or left side of the frame.
speaks directly to the viewer from outside of the events presented
explains and comments on the events we see unfolding on-screen
preexisting images and/or sound that is incorporated into the documentary
Computer Generated Imagery
texts and graphics
used to convey information in ways that would be impossible or inefficient using filmed images or the spoken world.
are filmed and presented in ways that make clear their status as fabricated representations of real events
An early documentary style that became the dominant form, where a voiceover in the form of a narrator explains the meaning of the accompanying visuals.
movies seek to immerse the viewer in the middle of the situation or story by relying entirely on b-roll and eliminating as many other signs of mediation as possible.
expressive nonfiction films that provide a subjective and often impressionistic interpretation of a subject, with an emphasis on conveying mood and generating ideas, rather than providing a realistic observational experience or communicating an information-driven explanation.
interact with the subjects and situations they are recording and thus become part of the film
deeply personal and often more emotional than participatory docs
examine more than their chosen subject; they explore -and sometimes critique - the documentary form itself
Narrative films with drawn scenes and characters.
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