COM 3417 Lecture Notes - Lecture 1: Cinematic Techniques

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8 Feb 2017

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Communication in Film
Film as Art- creativity, technology, and business
o Varies in format
Having different formats so they can have the same film on different decives.
Change the way the film is shot
Change the format to avoid illegal downloading
Lowers the quality of sound design to be able to be shown on more devices that
only have one speaker compared to having the various speakers of a theatre.
o Communications ideas and information
Allows you to think about issues that you wouldn’t usually consider
o Stories and experiences
o A business trying to create revenue trying to cover expenses and make more
o Designed with active conscious choices
The different departments differentiate the film to create a unique experience
o We are asking questions about the creative decisions how do the creative choices
influence your experience?
o The fact that today everything is on demand it has changed the use of the theatre
compared to the 1940s where everyone would go once a week.
o The industry is constantly expanding to meet the needs of the consumers.
Definition of Aesthetics
o The philosophical study of beauty and taste. It is closely related to the philosophy of
which individual works of art are interpreted and evaluated.
o The branch of philosophy dealing with such notions as beautiful, the ugly, the sublime,
the comic, etc., as applicable to the fine arts, with a view to establishing the meaning
and validity of critical judgements concerning works of arts and the principles
underlying’s or justifying such judgements.
o The study of the mind and emotion in relation to the sense of beauty.
Form and style
o Form- the overall pattering of a film, the way parts work to create specific effects
o Style- films use of cinematic techniques- mise-en-scene (arrangement of everything in a
Where do film originate
o Imagination, hard work, and the filmmakers
o Machine capturing and transforming image and sound
o Individuals and companies that pay for filmmakers and technology
Creative decisions
o Director-
someone who asks questions about everything. Makes the people working on
the film portray their image of the film.
Manages the way their movie is made
Creative decisions shape process
o Decisions made by production team
Screen writers, producers, directors, performers, technicians
Solving problems throughout various stages
Business choices (budget, marketing, distribution, payment)
Creative choices- does light affect atmosphere in scene
o Collateral (Mann 2004)
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