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FILM INTRO The Power & Components of Film
Last Weeks Objectives Become familiar with a variety of internet tools Become familiar with social medias usefulness Revolutions started from it Businesses use it Prospective employees use it to promote themselves Set up your blog and get your blog task Write at least 5 posts of at least 150 words each Focus should not solely be personal, but should be broad enough to interest outside audience
This Weeks Objectives Understand the power and components of film Become better at analyzing and critiquing film
Today Review some more elements of blog privacy settings, sharing, etc. Review films that have impacted us & why Analyze 1 clip in layers Understand more aspects of blogging Understand the power of film Understand some components ActivitiesObjectives
Announcements Get your blog critiques in pronto
Polls & video Activity #1: More blog features
Project Details At least 6 posts about a topic that would interest an outside audience (not solely personal) Should reflect proper grammar & mechanics Should have a voice be stylistic and interesting Span a number of days Includes at least 2 videos and 3 pictures Includes 5 links to other pages A widget/gadget
The power of film Activity #2: Think, Pair, Share
A picture is worth a thousand words Films Power
The Power of Film In what different ways does film (an intentional visual narrative) have power? To answer this question, lets look at your favorite films Think of three movies that youve seen in the course of your life. What emotions did that movie have you experience? Heres a list to help you out: happy, sad, angry, reflective, depressed, excited, scared
The Power of Film Your Favorite Films Impact on you Impact on culture
Tools of Film How did these film/visual narratives make you experience these feelings?
Practice in film analysis You have all been asked in English classes before to interpret symbols in written texts. Now Im going to ask you to interpret a visual text. There will be no words, only the moving image.
Practice in Film Analysis Your Task Describe what you see firstuse as many descriptive words as you canthink of visual elements: lighting, camera movement, camera angle, props, etc. Record the feelings the image evokes in you. Jot down some ideas of what interpretive message the moving image could communicate.
The Moving Image Gets More Layers Now well add actors, dialogue and action to the scene. What message does this altered scene communicate. Does it change your interpretation?
Film = Visual Storytelling The filmmaker and the audience negotiate a shared experience : sharing in the construction and meaning of the narrative. the filmmakers story (the story told / the plot) the audience members story (the story perceived / the total effect)
Films Intent Tell a story Kennetts story definition: Somebody / characters doing something at some place and time The story is the centerpiece Shots, dialogue, lighting, editing, sound serve the story Conflict/Action + Setting = STORY
Film = Visual Storytelling The filmmaker takes the audience by the brain and shows us a story The story is told through what we see and hear immediately Filmmaking (a.k.a. constructing visual narratives) is a highly intentional act. Nothing in a mainstream narrative is there by accident. --Jill Nelmes
The Tools of Film setting props costume performance lighting camera editing sound mise en scene
What is Film? The cinema is the greatest means of expression ever invented. But it is an illusion more powerful than any others, and it should therefore be in the hands of the magicians and wizards who can bring it to life. -- King Vidor, American director of 61 feature films between 1913 - 1959
Intro Film Activity In your brand spankin new journal, reflect on the various types of films that youve seen and jot down your response to this question In what different ways does film have power? How can it be Destructive? Constructive? Instructive? Inspirational? Think of a film example that would support your points.