Movies and Meaning : An Introduction to Film

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  • Edition: 5th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-01-28
  • Publisher: Pearson
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This comprehensive introduction to the film industry focuses on three topics: how movies express meanings, how viewers understand those meanings, and how cinema functions globally as both an art and a business. This is the only introductory film text to examine the elements of film styleandthe viewer's contribution to the cinema experience. Includes case studies of prominent films, Sidebar material extends major topics of discussion and to profiles major directors, Coverage of new technologies and their impact on filmmaking. The contemporary film industry, the major studios, and the interplay between business and aesthetics well as blockbusters, new technologies, the film industry, and current box office trends. Anyone interested in film (movie buffs); anyone who wants to go into the film industry.

Table of Contents

Film Structure
Elements of Film Structure
Structure and the Camera
Structural Design and Creative Choice
The Camera and Human Perception: Cinema's Dual Capability
Collaboration and Previsualization
The Essentials of Cinematography
Cinematography and the Digital Domain
Visual Style and Design Quotations
Production Design
Whatthe Production Designer Does
Basic Tools of Production Design
The Design Concept
Production Design and Special Effects
Acting in Film and Theater
Categories of Film Performers
Method and Technical Approaches to Performing
The Performer as an Element of Visual Design
Performance, Emotion, and the Viewerrsquo;s Response
Editing: Making the Cut
What Is Editing?
Linear and Nonlinear Systems
Functions of Editing
The Principles of Continuity Editing
Alternatives to Continuity Editing
Principles of Sound Design
Sound in Contemporary Film
Evolution of Film Sound
Types of Sound
Sound Design
The Nature of Narrative in Film
Story and Script
The Turn to Narrative in Early Film History
Elements of Narrative
The Classical Hollywood Narrative
The Viewer's Contribution to Narrative
Film Genres
Modes of Screen Reality
Fantasy and the Fantastic
Cinematic Self-Reflexivity
Hollywood International
The Global Dominance of Hollywood
Independent Film
International Influence of Hollywood Style
Film Criticism and Interpretation
Why Criticism Exists
The Task of the Critic
Modes of Criticism
Creating Criticism
Models of Film Theory
Realist Models
Auteurist Models
Psychoanalytic Models
Ideological Models
Feminist Models
Cognitive Models
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