Film: an Introduction

ISBN-10: 0312487258
ISBN-13: 9780312487256
Edition: 4th 2009
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Description: Film: An Introductioncovers the movies students know and the films their instructors want them to know including the silent classics of D.W. Griffith and Sergei Eisenstein, the Hong Kong cinema of John Woo, the documentaries of Errol Morris and  More...

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List price: $104.99
Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Bedford/Saint Martin's
Publication date: 1/2/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 752
Size: 7.75" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 3.278
Language: English

Film: An Introductioncovers the movies students know and the films their instructors want them to know including the silent classics of D.W. Griffith and Sergei Eisenstein, the Hong Kong cinema of John Woo, the documentaries of Errol Morris and Michael Moore, and the contemporary films of Quentin Tarantino and Peter Jackson. Through meticulous coverage, an unmatched art program with over 500 frame enlargements, accessible language, and unique study tools,Filmhelps beginning students develop the critical skills they need to analyze films and understand the medium in all its variety.

WILLIAM H. PHILLIPSreceived his B.A. from Purdue University, his M.A. from Rutgers University, and his Ph.D. (in dramatic literature and film studies) from Indiana University. He has taught introductory film courses at the University of Illinois, Urbana; Indiana University, South Bend; California State University, Stanislaus; and the University of Wisconsin -- Eau Claire. His publications include the booksAnalyzing Films(1985),Writing Short Scripts(2nd ed., 1999), andWriting Short Stories: The Most Practical Guide(2002).

The Expressiveness of Film Techniques
Mise en Scene
Settings
Subjects
Composition: The Uses of Space
Mise En Scene and The World Outside the Frame
Close-Up: Mise en Scene in Citizen Kane
Summary
Questions About Mise en Scene
Works Cited
For Further Reading
Cinematography
Film Stock
Lighting the Camera
Digital Cinematography
Close-Up, Student Essay: Camera Distances and Angles in a Scene from Reversal of Fortune
Summary
Questions about Cinematography
Works Cited
For Further Reading
Editing
Early Film Editing
Building Blocks
Continuity Editing
Image on Image and Image After Image
Pace and Time
Digital Editing
Close-Up: The Expressiveness of Editing (and Other Techniques): An Excerpt from High Noon
Summary
Questions about Editing
Works Cited
For Further Reading
Sound
Film Sound: Early and Recent
Components of the Soundtrack and Their Uses
Additional Uses of Sound
Close-Up, Student Essay: Sound in One Minute of Fatal Attraction
Close-Up: Vocals, Sound Effects, and Music in an Excerpt from Psycho (1960)
Summary
Questions About Film Sound
Works Cited
For Further Reading
Postscript to Part One: Obvious vs. Subtle Film Techniques
Fictional Films
Sources for the Fictional Film
Screenplays, Shooting Scripts, and Storyboards
Individual Sources
Multiple Sources
Close-Up, Student Essay: "The Dead": Novella to Film
Summary
Questions About Sources for The Fictional Film
Works Cited
For Further Reading
Components of Fictional Films
Narratives: Factual and Fictional
Short Fictional Films
Full-Length Fictional Films
Structure
Time
Style
Close-Up: The Plot and Fabula of Pulp Fiction (1994)
Summary
Questions About Components of The Fictional Film
Works Cited
For Further Reading
Types of Fictional Films
Classical Hollywood Cinema
Other Cinemas
Close-Up, Student Essay: Out of the Past as Film Noir
Summary
Questions About Types of Fictional Films
Works Cited
For Further Reading
Alternatives to Live-Action Fictional Films
Documentary Films
What are Documentary Films?
What Might Documentaries Do?
What are Steps That Could be Used To Construct Documentaries?
How Does Filmmaking Technology Affect the Documentary Films Made?
Close-Up: Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker���s Apocalypse as a Narrative Documentary Fil

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