FILM 1400 Lecture Notes - Cinematic Techniques

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Published on 17 Apr 2013
School
York University
Department
Film
Course
FILM 1400
FILM 1400 March 23, 2009
Silent Film
1890s- Cinema is ‘invented
New cinematic techniques are constantly being invented and remodeled.
Modern day cinema is quite a silent event- the audience makes little or no noise as the film plays. Early
cinema was quite different from this. There were live spectacles staged for an audience’s enjoyment.
We have this belief that early cinema is not as sophisticated as modern day cinema. Our belief is that
narrative film has reached the pinnacle of its early endeavors.
Cinematic pleasure does not always have to be derived from our limited idea of film; in early cinema,
the basics still brought a sense of enjoyment.
Visual pleasure can be reached through simple means.
Lumiere Brothers: Their work consisted mainly of moving images from scenes of everyday life. Ironically
as we look back in retrospect in comparison to what film has developed into today, the Lumiere
Brothers believed it to be a medium without a future as they suspected that people would bore of
images that they could just as easily see by walking out into the street. However, their film sequence of
a train pulling into the station reportedly had audiences screaming and ducking for cover as they
believed that the train itself was about to plow into the theater.
Melies: Trip to the Moon-
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New cinematic techniques are constantly being invented and remodeled. Modern day cinema is quite a silent event- the audience makes little or no noise as the film plays. There were live spectacles staged for an audience"s enjoyment. We have this belief that early cinema is not as sophisticated as modern day cinema. Our belief is that narrative film has reached the pinnacle of its early endeavors. Cinematic pleasure does not always have to be derived from our limited idea of film; in early cinema, the basics still brought a sense of enjoyment. Visual pleasure can be reached through simple means. Lumiere brothers: their work consisted mainly of moving images from scenes of everyday life. Ironically as we look back in retrospect in comparison to what film has developed into today, the lumiere.

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