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Lecture 4

FILM 1000 Lecture Notes - Lecture 4: Classical Hollywood Cinema


Film Studies
Course Code
FILM 1000
Jose Sanchez

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Thursday, October 13, 2016
Week 6
Film Studies…Mise-en-Scène
-Editing and the Mise-en-scène are the two basic elements of a film
-Everything that goes inside the scene:
Physical setting and decor
Staging of the action
Composition of all those materials
framing of all those materials
-Pan & scan is bad, because you are missing part of the film (making the image bigger
so that widescreen is not a problem)
-Framing—everything that falls within or outside of the frame. Everything is important
Composition—looking at a painting or photography, with movement embedded.
Everything that appears how the frame is constructed. There is a single focus, or a
multiple focus.
Dominant contrast—the formal quality within black and white or colour. Something
that is calling our attention.
Intrinsic interest—a specific element that calls our attention immediately. What is
within the shot that immediately attracts our attention.
Movement—is there movement in the shot? Is it vertical, horizontal, diagonal? The
way the movement is combined with the lines also draws our attention and affects
our connotations and emotions.
Line—What lines are being produced
-Camera Movement
Tilt—when the camera is placed/fixed on a horizontal axis, and is tilted up and
Pan—when the camera goes from left to right or right to left, but is fixed at a certain
location. (opposite of the tilt)
Tracking/Dolly shot—when the camera moves along with the characters.
Crane shot—when the camera moves above the level ground, and is placed high
up or a crane. Usually combines with other kinds of movements.
-False Camera Movement
Zoom—when we use the lens to create a false sensation of movement.
Racking focus—when there is a shift in the image from the background to the
foreground or vice versa.
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