Basics Film-Making 04: The Language of Film

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AVA Publishing, Jun 4, 2010 - Art - 192 pages
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"Becoming an effective filmmaker involves being deliberately mindful of the structures and conventions that allow film to communicate meaning to a global audience. The Language of Film explores complex topics such as semiotics, narrative, intertextuality, ideology and the aesthetics of film in a clear and straightforward style, enabling you to apply these ideas and techniques to your own analysis or film-making. With full-colour film stills, in-depth case studies and a wide range of practical exercises, The Language of Film will help you to make the transition from consumer to practitioner - from someone who just responds to the language of film, to someone who actively uses it. In the second edition, a new chapter examines how sound contributes to narrative and space to tell stories, create imaginary worlds and shape the realist (and often non-realist) effect of cinema. Along with two case studies from the first edition, Seven (dir: David Fincher) and Citizen Kane (dir: Orson Welles), the second edition also includes five new case studies: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (dir: Ben Stiller), Dead Man's Shoes (dir: Shane Meadows), Hero (dir: Yimou Zhang), Berberian Sound Studio (d: Peter Strickland) and Psycho (d: Alfred Hitchcock)"--

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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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