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Chapter 5

FILM 1F94 Chapter Notes - Chapter 5: Aleatoricism, Camera Operator, Proxemics

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Scott Henderson

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Key Terms
Mise-en-scene: The artist or technician ho creates the mise en scene that is,
the director.
Aspect ratio: The ratio between the horizontal and vertical dimensions of the
Masking: A technique whereby a portion of the movie image is block out, thus
temporarily lettering the dimensions of the screen’s aspect ratio.
View$nder: An eyepiece on the camera that de$nes the playing area an the
framing of the action to be photographed.
Dominant: That area if the $lm image that compels the viewer’s most
immediate attention, usually because of a prominent visual contrast.
Dominant Contrast: Same as dominant.
Expressionistic: A formalist style of $lmmaking emphasizing extreme
distortion, lyricism, and artistic self-expression at the expense of objectivity.
Majors: The principal production studios of the golden age of the Hollywood
studio system-roughly the 1930s and 1940s-MGM, Warner Brothers, RKO,
Paramount Pictures, and Twentieth Century fox.
Subsidiary contrasts: A subordinated element of $lm image, complementing
or contrasting with
dominant contrast
Intrinsic interest: An unobtrusive area $lm image that nonetheless compels
our most immediate attention because of its dramatic or contextual
Art directors: The individual responsible for designing and overseeing the
construction of sets for a movie, and sometimes its interior decoration and
overall visual style.
Production values: The box-o8ce appeal of the physical mounting of a $lm,
such as sets,costume props, etc.
Setup: The positioning of the camera and lights for a speci$c shot; the
opening section of the narrative.
Tight-framing: Usually in close shots.
Loose-framming: Usually a longer shot
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