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  • Film's Essence And The Narrative Element
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    Each film has a distinct purpose associated with it. Whether this purpose is as simple as teaching children a valuable lesson or as complex as criticizing a society's barriers, there are explicit goals which must be discerningly conveyed. There are specific elements to filmmaking which are designed to contribute to the goals set forth when making a film. Such elements include what would be considered "aesthetics of astonishment", or striking images, editing conflict and other techniques associat...
  • Three Films A Time To Kill
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    THEME: Vigilante Justice 1.0 HYPOTHESIS Movies involving violent crime often position the viewer to sympathise with the victim who enacts the revenge by killing, thus establishing the premise that revenge killing is justified. 2.0 SYNOPSIS 2.1 The way society views vigilante justice and the ideology that it is acceptable are the primary issues in three of the following American films, A Time To Kill, Sleepers and Eye For An Eye. These three films were tested in comparison with the hypothesis tha...
  • Viewer The Filmmaker
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    Documentaries are a form of movie media known as a non narrative formal system. Breaking the system down into smaller categories, four groups emerge (categorical, associational, rhetorical, and abstract). Focusing on the associational and rhetorical style will help to analyze the documentaries Man with a Movie Camera (Dziga Vertov), Roger and Me (Michael Moore), The Thin Blue Line (Errol Morris) and Black Is Black Ain't (Marlon Riggs). The associational formal system lends itself to the Soviet m...
  • Story Behind The Film
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    The Blair Witch Project The newly released movie The Blair Witch Project seems to have caused a commotion amongst film reviewers and the actual public. It's a very interesting film about three filmmakers who are actually making the film that you watch. The emotion in the film leads the viewers to believe that it's real. This movie can be classified as a horror film but it can also be suspense, some people refer to it as a "psychological thriller" because you never know what is going to happen ne...
  • Hero Deckard And Death
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    This film deserves a higher status than that of cult, and is much more than just an acceptable homage to Philip K Dick, author of many original science-fiction novels, often laced with philosophical perspectives on reality and human dependencies. The film is multi-layered; thrilling and unsettling, part dark science fiction and detective film noir, realistic and dream-like, intelligent, mature, artistic and powerful. Purely on the surface, it has a visual richness which is wonderfully atmospheri...
  • Viewer Into The Scene As The Camera
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    Hello, My Name Is Orson Welles Orson Welles liked to reuse certain elements throughout his films. He liked a good deep focus shot. He liked low key lighting. He liked the grotesque side of life, blocking actors in groups of three, low camera angles and especially pointy bras. He also liked to open his movies in a certain predictable way. In Citizen Kane, he used the announcer in 'News on the March " to introduce the subject and main character, Charles Foster Kane. In The Magnificent Amber sons, ...
  • Our First Shot Of Dracula
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    Horror films of today employ several film techniques to invoke responses from the viewer. However, early silent films relied more on these techniques because without a script, the viewer needs another way to interpret the film. The 1922 silent film Nosferatu directed by F.W. Murnau is one of the first of it's kind to apply what most would consider to be more modern film techniques. Montage plays a key role in this film, as does unusual camera angles, over acting, early special effects, and frami...
  • Film
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    During the first few weeks of our FY-X class, the students are required to view the movie "Dead Man Walking. Unfortunately, I was not able to make it to the showing at school, but I rented the DVD from Block Buster Video. I missed an opportunity to gain some bonding time with my classmates, but I could not get off work in the short notice that the class was told about the film viewing. When I viewed film, I had the pleasure of being in my home atmosphere, and I had the opportunity to better conc...
  • Events In The Film
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    The film, The Dead, directed by John Houston, is based on a short story that takes place in Dublin, Ireland around 1904. In Ireland at this time there is much conflict between the Catholics and the Protestants, whether Ireland should be part of Great Britain or not. This narrative is intended to show life in Ireland at this time as real as possible. The music during the story is a constant reminder of the mood of the film; the music is generally sad, but when needed it is in a happier tone. Ever...
  • Surprise Horror In The Film
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    Apocalypse Now This film, from 1979 was directed by Francis Ford Coppula and starred Martin Sheen (Capt. Willard) and Marlon Brando (Col. Kurtz). The film takes place during the 1970's in the middle of the Vietnam War. Coppula was rewarded for his hard work by winning the Academy Award for cinematography. The story is based on the novel "Hearts of Darkness", by Joseph Conrad. The book and film depicts Capt. Willard in the middle of the Vietnam searching for Col. Kurtz, who has gone mad and start...
  • Darth Vadar The Audio Codes
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    The film Star Wars by George Lucas presents the characters Luke Skywalker, Darth Vadar and Princess Leia in particular ways. This essay will give examples of the different film codes, such as audio, technical and symbolic that help the viewer to see the characters in each of these ways. The Alliance The character of Luke Skywalker becomes more real from the use of film codes. Technical codes such as close ups are used frequently on Luke to show his facial expressions. An example of this is at th...
  • Hereafter's Use Of Time
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    An Angel at my Table and The Sweet Hereafter: a Difference in Time The two movies An Angel at my Table and The Sweet Hereafter tell stories about the trials of being human. They both show the viewer a world that they with any luck do not have first hand knowledge. Though they both talk of the human condition, they do so by using stylistic differences that in their own right pull the viewer into the story. The way that time is manipulated is the most obvious way the two films differ in the way th...
  • Alteration In The Understanding Of A Viewer
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    In the increasingly entertainment based society of today filmic portrayal of historic events has become an increasingly portrayal. This re-enactment, or adaptation of past events can serve in a very positive manner as it allows issues to be brought to mass audiences. Film as a medium allows these issues to be understood from various, alternative positions allowing discussion and understanding. However the accuracy of the understanding gained by a viewer must be questioned as it would not only va...
  • Film Makers
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    Do film makers as artists have a social responsibility? Do parents have to watch what they say while in front of their children? Do singers and performers have to watch their image? Does the President of the United States have to watch his public persona? The answer to these questions and many more is yes. So then the question arises, do film makers as artists have a social responsibility? I believe that they do. As humans, we are very impressionable. Paintings, songs, music, books, the news, an...
  • Play To The Director's Perspective
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    The film Twelve Angry Men is an excellent tool to use to elaborate the original play because it provides an alternate visualization about the storyline, and it allows a different perspective from the director's viewpoint. Although the film is a useful tool, it is not as accurate as the original play. It tends to leave out some of the aspects of the play such as a part of the end scene which has juror number three handing juror number eight the knife with a high level of tension as he said dramat...
  • Viewers Throughout The Feature Film Erin Brockovich
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    'Films rely on symbolic and technical codes to encourage the viewer to identify and accept particular representations of individuals or groups of people. ' The way in which viewers are encouraged to perceive certain groups of people or individuals is predominantly influenced by the symbolic and technical codes used by the filmmakers. In the feature film Erin Brockovich viewers are positioned to identify with the major characters and accept the way in which they are represented. Erin Brockovich c...
  • Film Wag The Dog By Barry Levinson
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    Contexts help to determine the meanings we make of a text. Using examples from a feature film you have studied, show how your understanding of the film was shaped by the interaction of your own expectations, attitudes and values with those in the text. The construction of a feature film is very significant in that it aids viewers to gain an understanding of the meanings being conveyed. The film Wag the Dog by Barry Levinson is an American satire which demonstrates how easy it is to whip up patri...
  • Rick Deckard And Roy Batty
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    Bladerunner, directed by Englishmen Ridley Scott is a science fiction film, which explores the idea of humans and non-humans locked in battle, each, driven by necessity for survival in a futuristic world where life in any shape or form seems constantly under threat. Rick Deckard (acted out by Harrison Ford) and Roy Batty (acted out by Rutger Hauer) are two major characters in this feature film, Bladerunner characterised and depicted as being neither god nor bad. Harrison Ford plays Rick Deckard,...
  • 0 Hit Film
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    When it comes to golf comedies, not a very popular genre surely, I! m sure the first thought that comes to mind is the dubious pinnacle of Rodney Dangerfield's! ^0 Caddyshack! +/-. The new release, ! ^0 Happy Gilmore! +/- featuring Saturday Night Live host Adam Sandler, tries gamely to attain! ^0 Caddyshack's! +/- level. And though it may not be very inspiring to some viewers, however you can certainly expect witty confrontations! -and for it to leave you chuckling at the! -well perhaps the plai...
  • Observational Mode Observational Documentary
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    From the first documented recording of Venus passing across the sun in 1874 by a French astronomer to 'Welcome to Australia' (2000), the four modes of representation have come a long way through sets of conventions that runs historically and dia chronically. In documentary film styles or the four modes of representation, Bill Nichols (1991, p. 32) distinguishes them as expository, observational, interactive and reflexive. He states that 'these categories are partly the work of the analyst or cri...

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