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Film Studies
Sandra Annett

Lecture 6 1:20-2:20, oct 24, in-class covers all film city lights-star wars  Includes all readings up to sci-fi  major film terminology from readings, emphasis on the ones covered in class  important names and dates given in lecture (all directors from films watched, orsen wells films, citizen kanes, major events in film history) Format: 1) Multiple choice/fill in the blank – factual information about films, names 2) Short definition of film terms and examples (from films watched in class or in lecture) (4-6) 3) Short answer: about making connections/connections/opinion on films we’ve seen Mise-en-scene:  From the stage theatres terminology for “putting in the scene”  Refers to staging a scene through the artful arrangement of actors, scenery, lighting, and props  Everything that appears in the frame of the camera; what the camera films Setting:  real or imaginary places where the film’s action occurs  may be created through sets in studio shoots or captured through on- location shooting  Studio Shoot:  On-location Shooting:  Matte-Painting:  Settings often play a definitive role on genre (e.g. the Wild West in the western)  Example: the Great Train Robbery (Edwin Porter, 1903) Acting and Character  The actor’s dialogue and body language, used to convey a character type  The costumes the actor wears  The props the actor uses to define his/her character  The Character of the Cowboy is defined by: - Cowboy hat, boots & spurs, belt buckles - Silent type, stoic, minimal dialogue, southern drawl - Horse - Gun - Cigarettes/cigar/chewing tobacco - Unemotional, straight-faced The Two Most Common Acting Style:  Personification: when actors “play themselves” or a specific character type (e.g. John Wayne in The Shootist (1976))  Impersonation: when actors immerse themselves in the character “method acting” (Hailee Steinfield in True Grit (2010)) Putting the Actor in the Scene:  Figure Placement: how the actor’s bodies are placed in the scene to suggest character relations Composition: Space- Composition: the visual arrangement of objects, actors, and space within the frame Foreground: the front area closest to the camera Middle-ground or Mid-ground: figures that appear with other
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