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Film as Art.docx

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Film Studies
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Film Studies 1020E
Benjamin Wright

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Film as Art: Creativity, Technology and Business - Film communicates information and ideas - They take us through experiences - Form: The overall patterning of a film, the ways its parts work together to create specific effects - Style: the film’s use of cinematic techniques Art vs. Entertainment? Art vs. Business? - Art is serious and worthy, entertainment is superficial - It is an art as it offers filmmakers a way to design experiences for viewers - Film comes from three places: o The imagination and hard work of the filmmakers who create them o A complex set of machines that capture and transform images and sounds o Companies or individuals that pay for the filmmakers and the technology Creative decisions in filmmaking - Making a film is a long process of decision making Mechanics of the Movies - Filmmaking relies on technology and financing - Major films involves elaborate cameras, lighting equipment, multi-track sound mixing studios, sophisticated laboratories, computer generated special effects - Technology and business help mold film into an art Illusion Machines - A film consists of a series of frames, or still pictures - Our eyes do not perceive the individual frames, rather we see continuous light and movement - A film is usually shot and projected at 24 still frames a second - A projector shutter breaks the light beam when a new image is slid in place and again when it is held in place – showing the image twice, making it 48 times per second - Apparent motion is the second factor in creating cinematic illusion - Apparent motion and critical flicker fusion combine help trick our eyes into seeing movement allowing ones enjoyment of film Making Films with Photographic Film - For the longest time, movies were made on different varieties of photographic film - A photographically based film is a ribbion of still images, each one slightly different from its mates - The finished movie is an other strip of film run through a projector - The camera and the projector move the film strip one frame at a time through a light source - In filming the most common shooting rate is 24 frames per second [24 fps] - Image quality increases with the width of the film because the greater picture area gives better definition and detail Films as Digital Media - Professional digital motion picture cameras function in the same essential way as a 35mm camera - Camera operator uses a viewfinder to frame a scene - There are controls to manipulate the exposure and recording speed - A lens gathers and focuses light reflected from the scene - Instead of a strip of film going through, the camera has a fixed sensor - The sensor is covered with a grid o
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