Looking at Movies, Chapter 2. Chapter 2: Principles of Film Form. Form and Content. Content is the subject of an artwork, while Form is the means by which the subject is expressed. Consider the following images of humanity They offer similar content but a wide variation in form.
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Principles of Film Form
We will have witnessed content: the content of those minutes presented
within individual shots
• orders these juxtapositions into sequences, sequences into scenes, and scenes into movies
• often relies on patterns and progressions to build story and engage viewer interest
B= Second Stranger
Many films strive for an element of verisimillitude, a quality that suggests a kind of reality. It doesn’t mean a film has to be realistic, but we need to be able to buy in and believe that in the world created by the film, the events that unfold are plausible.
Once you know what happened and how you felt about it, search the scene for those formal elements that influenced your interpretation and experience.
The combination and interplay of multiple formal elements that you seek is the cinematic language that movies employ to communicate with the viewer.