Unit 2: Cinematography, Visual Design, Lighting, Mise en Scene, and Art Direction. Read the chapter above.
TO STUDY FOR THE TESTS:
See website links on UNIT 1 for FILMART chps. 6 & 7
ART OF WATCHING FILMS chps. 4,5, and 7
Looking at Movies chps. 5 and 6.
Read the pdfs below for info on costume, cinematography, art direction and specific films.
Homework UNIT 2 (100pts):
Choose 1 film nominated for best cinematography and/or art direction and analyze the look of the film. SEE THE LIST OF ALL FILMS NOMINATED FOR ACADEMY AWARDS FOR CINEMATOGRAPHY AND ART DIRECTION-SEE QUESTIONS FOR VISUAL DESIGN (HOMEWORK UNIT 2). Discuss camera work, lighting, mise en scene, framing, film stock, shots, art direction, costumes, framing, etc. Use the handouts, outlines, questions, sites, glossary of terms, packets, YALE clips, to help with your discussion. Underline all terms you use in your discussion.
SCREENING CHECKLIST: Here's how you can discuss the elements in your homework/class assignments: "________________ lighting, camera angles, framing, depth, etc is used to evokes/conveys/mirrors _____________ or make the viewer feel/understand/experience _________."
- 1. As you watch the film or clip, be alert to the overall design plan and mise-en-scène and to your emotional response to them. Are you comforted or made anxious by them? Are your senses overwhelmed or calmed by what you see onscreen? Identify the elements of the mise-en-scène that seem to be contributing the most to your emotional response.
- 2. Does the design in the movie or clip create the correct times, spaces, and moods? Does it go beyond surfaces and relate to developing themes?
- 3. Be alert to the framing of individual shots, and make note of the composition within the frame. Where are figures placed? What is the relationship among the figures in the foreground, middle ground, and background? Is the framing of this film or clip open, or is it closed? How can you tell? What is the effect of this framing on your understanding of the narrative and characters?
- 4. Does the use of light in the movie or clip call attention to itself? If so, describe the effect that it has on the composition in any shot you analyze.
- 5. Does the film or clip employ lots of movement? Very little movement? Describe how the use of movement in the film or clip complements or detracts from the development of the narrative. Note the type of movement (movement of figures within the frame or movement of the frame itself) in important shots, and describe as accurately as possible the effect that that movement has on the relationships among the figures in the frame.
- 6. Does the movie’s design have a unified feel? Do the various elements of the design (the sets, props, costumes, makeup, hairstyles, etc.) work together, or do some elements work against others? What is the effect either way?
- 7. Was achieving verisimilitude important to the design of this film or clip? If so, have the filmmakers succeeded in making the overall mise-en-scène feel real, or verisimilar? If verisimilitude doesn’t seem to be important in this film or clip, what do you suspect the filmmakers were attempting to accomplish with their design?
- 8. How does the design and mise-en-scène in this movie or clip relate to the narrative? Is it appropriate for the story being told? Does it quietly reinforce the narrative and development of characters? Does it partly determine the development of narrative and characters? Does it render the narrative secondary or even overwhelm it?
UNIT 2 Homework-This is your chance to put it all together and to show how much you've learned in UNIT 2. See questions_for_analyzing_visual_design and Screening Checklists (sc_ch 3 and sc_ch 4) for Mise en Scene and Cinematography. For films shown in class, see visual_design_in-class_ assignment. For all discussion, assignments, worksheets, etc., use the SW2, SW3, SW4 docs, your notes, the unit outline, film clips, ppt, links, and a flim glossary to answer the questions. Highlight/Bold/Underline the terms in your homework and explain the function. See sentence frame above for help.
CLICK HERE for a list of some films from the last decade with excellent cinematography-http://thefilmstage.com/2010/06/30/the-best-cinematography-of-the-last-decade/
CLICK HERE FOR ANOTHER LIST OF FILMS FOR CINEMATOGRAPHY
MORE RECENT FILMS FOR CINEMATOGRAPHY, ART DIRECTION and PRODUCTION DESIGN:
FOR HOMEWORK-CLICK LINKS ABOVE TO SEE ALL FILMS NOMINATED OVER THE HISTORY OF THE ACADEMY AWARDS-RESEARCH MULTIPLE WINNERS FOR EXTRA CREDIT!!!
***READ CHAPTER 4 pdf on MISE EN SCENE FROM THE TEXTBOOK BELOW:
***READ CHAPTER 4 pdf on MISE EN SCENE FROM THE TEXTBOOK BELOW:
SEE LINKS ABOVE AND BELOW FOR MISE EN SCENE TERMS
SEE LINKS ABOVE AND BELOW FOR CINEMATOGRAPHY TERMS
SEE LINKS BELOW FOR MORE INFO.
Amelie assignment (50 pts): Watch Amelie. Fill out the visual design sheet and complete the pdf below. Use terms and examples in your responses. You may research Amelie's visual design, costume/art direction, camera work, lighting, and cinematography. You may find articles about the cinematographer (Bruno Delbonnel) and director (Jean-Pierre Jeunet) or other members of the cast and crew. Cite the sources you use immediately after the idea (SOURCE GOES INSIDE THE PARENTHESIS). See the link below for shots and analysis of Amelie.
HUGO Assignment (50 pts): Watch the film. Take notes using the screening checklists above and the 2 below as a guide. Read all of the articles below and use the information from the articles to discuss/explain/analyze the film's visual design/cinematography/lighting/mise en scene/art direction/etc. Please cite the article or author in your paper. Make sure to use several film terms (see Yale site and Looking at Movies site) in your answers to the sc ch3 and sc ch4 questions below.
See the shots from the film here-feel free to use these as evidence in your answers
FIGHT CLUB AND RAGING BULL ASSIGNMENT (50pts ea.=100pts). Watch the films and analyze the visual elements. Use several terms, the screening checklist, and the handouts given out for Amelie and Hugo to help you with your analysis. See articles and links to help you answer the questions on the "visual20design..."doc below. You must cite info from the articles in your answers. Hint: Some answers will come from the special features on the Raging Bull DVD shown in class. You must keep track of each fight in each movie. Is there a pattern? What is the camera doing in each? What is life like for the characters outside of the ring? Discuss lighting, mise en scene, setting, etc. Discuss the visual design in both films and compare the fight scenes in each film.
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http://evanerichards.com/2010/548-Shots from Fight Club
http://www.filmsite.org/ragi.html-RAGING BULL ANALYSIS
http://www.unc.edu/~slindsey/-MORE HELP ANALYZING RAGING BULL