CMNS 130 Lecture Notes - Lecture 1: British Film Institute, Sagar Mitchell, Actuality Film

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CMNS 130
DAY 1
September 7, 2017
Course Content: What is this course about?
Course Significance: Why should you care?
Course Goals: What are the objectives of this course?
Course Format: How is the course delivered?
Questions
Mitchell and Kenyon: “See yourselves as others see you”
- Footage shown in class
o Taken by Sagar Mitchell and James Kenyon in Britian in 1900-1910
o Mitchell & Kenyon were pioneers of “actuality” film genre
o Film was a very new technology at the time
o These films were screened at fairs and town halls, and described as “local films
for local people”
o This is a clip taken by a British Film Institute release titled Electric Edwardians:
The Story of Mitchell & Kenyon Collection (2006)
I forgot my phone
- Everyone’s on their phone
o Hike
o Dinner
o Proposal
o Gone to see a show
o Bowling
o Concert
o Bday
- Normal now
Twitter Revolution
- Photos of people taking photos of/in riots
- What is the relation between media and political/economic power key
- “this revolution will be tweeted”
Communication and Social Change
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