Posted: April 24th, 2016
An Evolving Industry. How are the Internet and other technologies currently affecting the ways in which movies are produced, distributed, and exhibited? Are the changes having an impact on the quality or depth of the films? Provide specific examples as you explain your point of view.
Narrative and Storytelling. Explain the difference between a film’s story and a film’s plot. Use a specific film to illustrate your point of view. In the film you chose, are the events presented chronologically or are they presented non-linearly? What might a filmmaker’s intentions be when he or she chooses to present events chronologically or in non-linear order? How are elements like character development or foreshadowing used differently between the two storytelling methods?
Actors and Acting. The text defines five types of actors: Impersonator, Personality, Star, Wild Card, and Character. Come up with examples of each type of actor (in addition to those identified in the text) and explain in detail why you think they fit each particular category.
Tools of Cinematography. Choose any film clip from Movieclips.com (preferably from a film with which you are familiar). After reviewing your chosen scene, explain how cinematography is used within that scene. How does the cinematography inform the setting? How does it inform the characters? What do the choices made by the cinematographer tell you about the mood at this point within the story? How does the cinematography contribute to symbolism and/or metaphors in the clip?
Elements of Design. During the process of envisioning and designing a film, the director, production designer, and art director (in collaboration with the cinematographer) are concerned with several major spatial and temporal elements. These design elements punctuate and underscore the movement of figures within the frame, including the following: setting, lighting, costuming, makeup, and hairstyles. Choose a scene from movieclips.com. In a three to five page paper, (excluding the cover and reference pages) analyze the mise-en-scène.
Respond to the following prompts:
§ Identify the names of the artists involved in the film’s production: the director, the production designer, and the art director. Describe in separate paragraphs each artist’s role in the overall design process. Conduct additional research if necessary, citing your book, film, and other external sources correctly in APA format.
§ Explain how the artists utilize lighting in the scene. How does the lighting affect our emotional understanding of certain characters? What sort of mood does the lighting evoke? How does lighting impact the overall story the filmmaker is attempting to tell?
§ Describe the setting, including the time period, location, and culture in which the film takes place.
§ Explain what costuming can tell us about a character. In what ways can costuming be used to reflect elements of the film’s plot?
§ Explain how hairstyle and makeup can help tell the story. What might hairstyle and makeup reveal about the characters?
§ Discuss your opinion regarding the mise-en-scène. Do the elements appear to work together in a harmonious way? Does the scene seem discordant? Do you think the design elements are congruent with the filmmaker’s vision for the scene?
The paper must be three to five pages in length and formatted according to APA style. Cite your resources in text and on the reference page. For information regarding APA samples and tutorials, visit the Ashford Writing Center, within the Learning Resources tab on the left navigation toolbar, in your online course.
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