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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
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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

  • 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

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Genre: Functions

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  • 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.

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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