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Chapter 4: Production Design. Basic tools of production design: Sets Costumes Mattes Miniatures . Ken Adam. Dr. Strangelove Barry Lyndon Dr. No Goldfinger. Digital Effects. Digital components of production design Pre-visualization Digital extensions of sets and miniatures

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Basic tools of production design:
    • Sets
    • Costumes
    • Mattes
    • Miniatures
ken adam
Ken Adam
  • Dr. Strangelove
  • Barry Lyndon
  • Dr. No
  • Goldfinger
digital effects
Digital Effects
  • Digital components of production design
    • Pre-visualization
    • Digital extensions of sets and miniatures
      • The Truman Show
      • Gladiator
    • CGI environments
      • Dinosaur
acting in film vs theater

Acting in Film vs. Theater

Five unique characteristics that shape film acting

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Lack of rehearsal
    • Budgetary factors create shortage of time
    • Director attitudes
  • Shooting Out of Continuity
    • Economies of time and cost determine shooting order of scenes
    • Shooting close-ups and coverage
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Amplification of gesture and expressions
    • Camera and microphone magnify performance
    • Encourage restrained style of performance
      • Minimalist styles
        • Clint Eastwood
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Lighting, Lenses and Effects Work
    • Hitting the mark
      • Performer should know how camera reads scene
        • Depth of field
        • Lens angle of view
        • Contrast range – lighting falloff
        • Camera movement
    • Greenscreening
      • Playing to nonexistent sets and characters
      • Scene fully assembled during post-production compositing
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Lack of a live audience
    • Can’t calibrate performance according to audience response
    • Chaplin
    • Other comedy
stars
Stars
  • The Star Persona
    • Composite personality established across many films
    • Greater than the performance in any single film
  • Personality stars and Character stars
technical acting
Technical Acting
  • Dominant style of screen performance during 1930s-1950s
  • Lack of introspection
  • Creation of character from the ‘outside’
    • James Cagney and White Heat (1949)
      • Imitating the sounds rather than feeling the emotions
method
Method
  • Method Acting
    • Brought to cinema in the 1950s by new generation of actors
      • Paul Newman, Shelly Winters, Montgomery Clift
      • Marlon Brando
        • On the Waterfront (1954)
        • The Godfather (1972)
        • Last Tango in Paris (1973)
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Method
  • Internalized, richly psychological performance style
  • Formal training at New York’s Actor’s Studio
    • Emotional memory and sense recall exercises
    • Emphasis on inhabiting the character psychologically
the actor as an element of visual design
The Actor as an Element of Visual Design
  • Unique body language of the performer
  • Choreographing performance
    • Integrating it with lighting, camera position and movement
  • Typage
    • Social
    • Psychological