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CINEMATIC TECHNIQUE COURSE OVERVIEW. Motion Picture Production, Distribution, and Exhibition Chapter 1, Film Art Genre Overview Chapter 4, Film Art Film Technique Chapter 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. Genre ( zhan-rah). CINEMATIC TECHNIQUE.

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Cinematic technique course overview

CINEMATIC TECHNIQUECOURSE OVERVIEW

  • Motion Picture Production, Distribution, and Exhibition

  • Chapter 1, Film Art

    • Genre Overview

  • Chapter 4, Film Art

    • Film Technique

  • Chapter 6, 7, 8, 9, 10


  • Cinematic technique

    Genre ( zhan-rah)

    CINEMATIC TECHNIQUE

    A way of classifying or grouping films that leads to analysis of various kinds

    The “Western”; the “Romance”; the “Epic”; the “Horror”

    “similar, familiar or instantly-recognizable patterns, syntax, filmic techniques or conventions - that include one or more of the following: settings (and props), content and subject matter, themes, period, plot, central narrative events, motifs, styles, structures, situations, recurring icons (e.g., six-guns and ten-gallon hats in Westerns), stock characters (or characterizations), and stars” (filmsite.org)


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    Genre : Examples

    CINEMATIC TECHNIQUE

    HORROR

    WESTERN

    MUSICAL


    Cinematic technique2

    Genre : Examples

    CINEMATIC TECHNIQUE

    HORROR

    • CONVENTIONS

    • Music: use of minor keys, discordant notes

    • Setting: use of large empty spaces

    • Acting: edgy, hyper-expressive, over-the-top

    • Cinematography: point-of-view, use of wide

      angle lenses to exaggerate perspective


    Cinematic technique3

    Genre: Functions

    CINEMATIC TECHNIQUE

    • Familiarity with conventions provides viewers a visual shorthand to access the meaning being communicated.

    • Industry can track genres by popularity and target certain genres more than others - some examples???

    • Ritualistic in nature, these conventions help viewers affirm cultural values.

    • Allow for “ambivalent social values” - the celebrated “Godfather” is ultimately a criminal, yet we can empathize with his character.

    • Helps filmmakers quickly channel contemporary public attitudes into established story-lines - example from current cinema???


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    Genre: Other Useful Concepts

    CINEMATIC TECHNIQUE

    • Subgenre: gross comedy, heist thriller, more examples???

    • Genre mixing: The marriage of conventions drawn from different genres - e.g. sci-fi/fantasy meets thriller in Back to the Future, or fantasy meets comedy in Big

      Discussion questions at the end of chapter, p 127.


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    Genre: Assignment!

    CINEMATIC TECHNIQUE

    Based on the author’s definition of genre and genre-conventions, write a 2-page (double-spaced) Genre Analysis of a favorite movie. You may use the questions provided at the end of the chapter as helpful guidelines in creating your mini-essay.

    Due date: Feb 15, before class starts.


    Cinematic technique course overview1

    CINEMATIC TECHNIQUECOURSE OVERVIEW

    • Motion Picture Production, Distribution, and Exhibition

  • Chapter 1, Film Art

    • Genre Overview

  • Chapter 4, Film Art

    • Film Technique

  • Chapter 6, 7, 8, 9, 10


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