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Three Tracks of Non-Fiction Films. Visual Track. What we SEE on screen Parts of the visual track 1) Main story being told 2) Can be interrupted by…. Cutaway Archival / found footage Stills. Visual Track. Main footage created / filmed for movie Often interview footage of a subject

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visual track
Visual Track
  • What we SEE on screen
  • Parts of the visual track

1) Main story being told

2) Can be interrupted by….

      • Cutaway
      • Archival / found footage
      • Stills
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Visual Track
  • Main footage created / filmed for movie
  • Often interview footage of a subject
  • Can be the filmmaker him or herself
archival footage
Archival Footage
  • Primary source photographs
  • Primary source film
  • Footage from ANOTHER movie
example
Example….
  • Interview with a guitar player…
  • Guitar player talking about his childhood in Chicago
  • Cutaway to pictures of Chicago (when he was growing up)
  • Back to player talking about his heroes
  • Cutaway to film of player’s heroes playing guitar
  • He says he’ll play
  • Close-up on his fingers as he plays.
consider the following
Consider the Following
  • The Fog of War
  • Atomic Cafe
audio track
Audio Track
  • What we hear!
  • Narration
    • On screen
    • Off screen
      • “Voice of God” narration
  • Soundtrack
    • Music in the background
music
Music
  • Diegetic
    • Logically heard by someone at the time of filming
  • Non-diegetic
    • Sound track
    • Sound effects!
  • What EFFECTS are created with the music choices?
examples
Examples
  • Outfoxed
  • Supersize Me
text graphics track
Text / Graphics Track
  • Overlays of the visual track
  • Charts
  • Drawings
  • Graphics
  • Subtitles
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Text
  • Identify who is talking
  • Title of the person talking
  • Location of a scene
  • Who IS identified; who is NOT?
  • HOW are they identified (Big BIAS clue!)
be careful
Be Careful
  • Just because a person on screen has a t-shirt with a word on it
    • Not the text track
    • Part of the visual track
examples1
Examples
  • Religulous
  • Where in the World…
how might the following be identified
How might the following be identified?
  • George W. Bush
  • Michael Jackson
  • Madonna
  • Barak Obama
consider
Consider
  • Image + Audio + Text = Possible Meaning
  • Consider
    • Bowling for Columbine – Irony clip
    • An Inconvenient Truth
    • Super Size Me