Acting Is the category of cinematic form that most of us know the most about . What is acting? Impersonation - pretense Embodiment (including voice) “the aspect of filmmaking over which directors have the least control” (196)
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Is the category of cinematic form that most of us
know the most about.
This shot from Forrest Gump includes John F. Kennedy, who died three decades before the movie was made.
Dr. Jadwin’s Film Rule #36: Taking off your clothes generally does not get you nominated for an Oscar™, but putting more clothes on might.
It celebrates a median point in film – between b/w silent films, the technicolor revolution/studio system, and present-day naturalistic films.
Charlie Chaplin in
“The Gold Rush”
Barsam argues that in the film Applause, (1929, dir. Rouben Mamoulian), “we can almost feel the limited-range microphone boom hovering over the actors, one step beyond the use of flowerpots” (205).Check out this 29-sec. video.Do you agree?
Casting decisions traditionally reflect culturally widespread prejudices about subordinate groups – everybody but able-bodied white men.
Non-naturalistic (expressionist) – involving the alienation effect. Think of Johnny Depp in Edward Scissorhands.Styles of acting
Note how, in this video clip, the filmmaker Carl Theodor Dreyer intercalates closeups of Joan of Arc and her interrogators (Barsamdicusses this sequence on 227).
What are the
kinds of lighting
used in this shot
Dietrich in the film Morocco?
What mood is created by the actor/lighting combination?
In this video, actors and director from Children of Men (dir. Alfonso Cuarón, 2006) discuss why the movie enlists long takes.
(The clip is from the “Making of” featurette on the DVD release of the film.)