Discussion 1

Prepare

As you prepare to write this discussion, take a few moments to do the following:

  • Review the Modeled Discussion.
  • Read any required and recommended reading materials for this week, especially Chapters 3 and 10 in your text.
  • Review the grading rubric for this discussion.

Then, watch the following movie clips, paying special attention to the cinematic elements under the discussion.

Editing – visual transitions between shots that work to move the story forward

Cinematography – camera angles, types of shots, framing, and color all working to set a particular mood

Lighting – light and shadow used to affect the mood, the way we view characters, and set the overall tone of the film

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Reflect

Think about how you watch film and how the aesthetic elements of editing, cinematography, and lighting work together to create meaning for the viewing audience.

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Write (due Thurday, Day 3)

Analyze each of these aesthetic choices by following the instructions below. Your initial post should be at least 200 words in length. Support your claims with examples from the required material(s) and/or other scholarly sources, and properly cite any references.

  • Choose one of the clips from the “Editing” section and analyze the use of editing in one short paragraph. In your analysis, describe the transitions between specific shots and the overall effect this has on the scene.
  • Choose one of the clips from the “Cinematography” section and analyze the use of cinematography in one short paragraph. In your analysis, describe the way specific shots are composed, paying particular attention to the camera angles, types of shots, framing, color, and the overall effect this has on the scene.
  • Choose one of the clips from the “Lighting” section and analyze the use of lighting in one short paragraph. In your analysis, describe the way the light looks in specific shots, how it affects the mood and the way we view characters, and how it sets the overall tone of the film.

Discussion 2:

Prepare

As you prepare to write this discussion, take a few moments to do the following:

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Reflect

Our textbook sets up a distinction between story and plot, stating that story is what happens in a movie, and plot is how it happens. The distinction may seem minor; however, throughout this course, we will be scrutinizing the various aesthetic choices and cinematic techniques that work together to create meaning in any movie. With that in mind, we can see that how a film presents action can be very important.

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Write (due Thursday, Day 3)

HELPNOWlogo.png Please view the video Adding Pictures and Video to Discussions and Introductions (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. for guidance on how to integrate multimedia with your response.

In at least 200 words, describe the relationship of story to plot in your chosen film. Be sure to:

  • Identify the title, writer, director, major actors, and the year.
  • Summarize the story and plot of your chosen movie.
  • Discuss whether your film is presented chronologically or non-linearly. In your discussion, address the following:
    • How did this aesthetic choice contribute to the general effect on the audience?
    • How are elements like character development or foreshadowing impacted by the choice of storytelling methods?
  • If the film had followed a different presentation style, how would the general effect on the audience have been different?

You must use at least two outside sources, in any combination of embedded video clips, still photos, or scholarly sources. All sources should be documented in APA style as outlined by the Ashford Center (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site..

 
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