Basics Film-Making 04: The Language of Film

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AVA Publishing, Jun 4, 2010 - Art - 192 pages
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Basics Film-Making 04: The Language of Film explores the means by which film communicates meaning.

Most films are a mosaic of fractured images and fragmented narratives, yet we have little problem piecing them together into a complete, meaningful sequence. The average audience is capable of following the most labyrinthine plots, feeling genuine emotion for characters, and believing that their worlds continue to exist even after the film has ended.

This book discusses the stories films tell, the sign-systems they deploy, the interpretive contexts we are invited to place them in, and the range of aesthetic elements which contribute to the cinematic image.

 

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Contents

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Introduction
Semiotics
Narrative
Intertextuality
Ideology
Frames and images
Constructing meaning
Conclusion
Acknowledgements
Film language glossary
Recommended reading
Picture credits
Working with ethics
Back Cover
Copyright

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 Robert Edgar-Hunt is Head of Program for Film and TV Production at York St. John University where he is developing postgraduate provision in Screenwriting and Film Production. He practices as a screenwriter and has research interests in creative writing, postmodernism and film directing.

  John Marland is Senior Lecturer in Film and TV Production at York St. John University, where he has taught and developed both undergraduate and postgraduate courses in scriptwriting. His research interests include the relationship between film and psychoanalysis.   Steven Rawle is Lecturer in Film Studies at York St John University, where he teaches film form and the politics of global cultural production. His research interests include transnational aesthetics, cult Asian film genres, film performance and cinematic images of memory.

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