CIN105Y1 Lecture Notes - Lecture 1: Shot Reverse Shot, Long Shot, Diegesis

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CIN 105: Narration
Quote from Alfred Hitchcock
Difference between suspense and surprise: bomb goes off without the public knowing,
scene with no consequence  surprise (15 seconds), when the public knows about the
bomb and has to wait fifteen minutes for it to go off, conversation becomes fascinating
because the public is participating in the scene, audience is warning the characters 
Same denotation: meaning/significance, different connotation: kinds of meanings in
addition to their literal meaning
- Comparing two ways of representing a certain situation. Two characters sitting at
a table when a bomb goes off in 15 minutes
- Keeps the spectator in the dark (surprise) or giving them info about the bomb and
keeping them in suspense/expecting the explosion
- Hitchcock prefers suspense rather than surprise - anticipate and dread what will
occur. Constitute different ways of telling a story, positioning the spectator in
relation of that story
-Narration is the process by which story info is made available to us via the plot
- Involves not just what the plot presents to us, but also how it does so.
- Knowledge  how much info the public has at any moment when watching a
- To study narration is to study the way a film regulates our access to a changing
field of info, asking how is it possible for us to possess knowledge we come to
possess in a narrative?
Story: entire narrative of a film, events actually depicted on screen and those which we
infer as having occurred even though we don’t see/hear them, what we construct from the
plot provided
Plot: ordering and presentation of events as they occur in the film. Actual arrangement of
narrative material that the film makes available to us.
Difference between plot and narrative:
Plot  Story events that are explicitly/directly represented in a film
Narrative  The manner in which those story events are presented to us, involves what
the plot presents and how it does so
Style: how the film tells its story, type of shots used
Long shot: loss of info, suspenseful, conveys story info of anarchists and other characters.
shot reverse shot sequence: know as much info as the people at the table, surprise, only
medium close ups, no way for us to see what is happening to the anarchist while engaged
in conversation
Different levels of knowledge  how much knowledge we have is being dictated by a
stylistic choice made by the filmmaker.
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