MIT 1200 - Falling into Film

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Western University
Media, Information and Technoculture
Media, Information and Technoculture 3214F/G
Tim Blackmore

Sept. 17 2013 Falling Into Film & Falling Out Lecture 3/4 MIT 1200 FALLING DOWN 1: Falling Into Film 1. Reading the Signs When he goes to construction – film (it must not be real) When he watches himself on film – home movie (referring to itself) First few minutes of film you find out most info, Watch repeated signs – things get more extreme (starts off with breathing) Focus on mouths (start with dfens), flags (America, falling down), flashing signs on freeway (not free), kids on bus (wammy burger)(two children who two men lost) sweat, bumper stickers, distress, goes home. 2. Film Vocabularies Prendergast goes higher to get a better view after recognizing a sign, Location and knowledge are the same thing in this case (higher the camera angle, the viewer knows more height=power) (watching what the camera is doing in regard to the subject and where are we) He sees the nightmare America has become, people are living in poverty, 3. Sound Meanings What is the sound telling us: Jungle like sound, bells, screaming kids, drumming, Ominous sound, people waiting to die 4. Unnatural Colour Yellow colour – hot, sweaty, blue light from cooler reflected on glasses – cool Using colour to make us feel things – feeling hot/cold. Reference to nature – home (falls in water) 5. Speaking “Human” Dfens uses words from last lecture, graffiti – signs, black guys ma
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