Film Studies: An Introduction

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Columbia University Press, Jun 1, 2010 - Performing Arts - 232 pages
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Ed Sikov builds a step-by-step curriculum for the appreciation of all types of narrative cinema, detailing the essential elements of film form and systematically training the spectator to be an active reader and critic. Sikov primes the eye and mind in the special techniques of film analysis. His description of mise-en-scene helps readers grasp the significance of montage, which in turn reveals the importance of a director's use of camera movement. He treats a number of fundamental factors in filmmaking, including editing, composition, lighting, the use of color and sound, and narrative. Film Studies works with any screening list and can be used within courses on film history, film theory, or popular culture. Straightforward explanations of core critical concepts, practical advice, and suggested assignments on particular technical, visual, and aesthetic aspects further anchor the reader's understanding of the formal language and anatomy of film.

 

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Contents

REPRESENTATION AND REALITY
The Shot
Space and Time on Film
CAMERA MOVEMENT
Space and Movement
Super 8 to 70mm to Video
Transitions
Continuity Editing
Character Desire and Conflict
Form
STORY ANALYSIS AND SEGMENTATION
WRITING ABOUT WRITING
WRITING ABOUT DIRECTORS
TEN GENRE
ELEVEN SPECIAL EFFECTS
GLOSSARY

WRITING ABOUT EDITING
Analytical Categories of Film Sound
FROM SCENE TO SCENE
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
Copyright

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Ed Sikov has taught at Haverford College, Colorado College, and Columbia University. He is the author of seven books, including On Sunset Boulevard: The Life and Times of Billy Wilder, Dark Victory: The Life of Bette Davis, Mr. Strangelove: A Biography of Peter Sellers, and Laughing Hysterically: American Screen Comedy of the 1950s. He lives in New York City.

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