Survey of Film
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What does a low-angle shot usually convey when used in a narrative film?
The dominance or empowered positions of a character
Which of the following is NOT a characteristic of noncommercial alternative films on the fringes of popular culture?
They are funded by major Hollywood studios
Alternative approached to film analysis search beneath a movie's form and content in order to expose:
Implicit and hidden meanings that inform our understanding of cinema's function within popular culture
Implicit meaning is best defined as ____, while explicit meaning is best defined as ____.
A deep-level association, connection, or inference; meaning available on the surface of the movie
Beyond breaking down a movie to identify the tools and techniques that comprise it, film analysis is also primarily concerned with:
The function and potential effect of its combined tools and techniques
The essential quality that separates movies from all other two-dimensional pictorial art forms is:
What does a fade-out/fade-in usually convey when used in a narrative film?
A passage of time in between scenes
Because most movies seek to engage viewers' emotions and transport them inside the world presented onscreen, the visual vocabulary of film is designed to:
Play upon those same instincts that we use to navigate and interpret the visual and aural information of our "real life"
Analysis is defined as:
The act of taking something apart to figure out what it is made of and how it fits together
In the case of the dancing scene from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part I, the filmmakers defy the rules of continuity to:
defuse tension and trigger a feeling of giddy catharsis
Which of the following is NOT typical of a finished movie product?
It is highly experimental and "difficult" for most viewers
In order to entertain and not provoke its customers, the film industry usually favors stories and themes that:
Tap into and reinforce their most fundamental desires and beliefs
Which of the following would NOT be illuminated by a comparative analysis of a movie?
The repeated use of a color palette in a specific movie
A shot is best defined as:
An unbroken span of action captured by an uninterrupted run of a motion-picture camera
Which of the following would NOT be considered an alternative analysis of Juno?
A detailed explication of the movie's repeated use of close-ups during its most dramatic moments
For how long were motion pictures popular before they were considered worthy of serious study?
The Harry Potter movies' relationship to Christianity has been interpreted by many conservative critics as:
The "invisibility" of meaning in movies is largely due to:
Their rapidly and constantly changing images not giving the viewer time to contemplate them
The joining together of discrete shots is called:
Unlike photography and painting, films are constructed from individual:
One of the unique properties of movies that distinguishes it from any other visual medium is its capacity to:
Isolate details and juxtapose images within and between shots
As opposed to the theater, how is cinema capable of conveying an object's physical properties as well as its narrative significance and emotional meaning?
Via limited practical options
Why are movies worthy of serious study, as opposed to being merely an outlet for escape or entertainment?
Seriously studying movies allows people to understand how movies shape the way we view the world
Even as Juno seems to call into question some of contemporary America's attitudes about family, it also:
Appeals to an arguably more fundamental American value of robust individualism
One of the most common editing techniques designed to hide the instantaneous and potentially jarring shift from one camera viewpoint to another is:
Cutting on action
Anti-realism is defined as an interest in or concern for:
The abstract, speculative, or fantastic
Which of the following would be considered a film's use of form?
The use of dramatic lighting to convey a madman's tortured psyche in a slasher film
Why would movies be largely incomprehensible if we didn't automatically identify with the camera lens?
Because the startling movements of the camera through space would appear to have no connection to the way we actually see
Which of the following can NOT be evoked from the manipulation of light on film?
Why is light the essential ingredient for movies?
Movie images are made when a camera lens focuses light onto film stock