Reading movies

This week we’re moving from audio to video. We’ve been looking at related aspects – photography, sound, design – all along, but now we’re going to look at cinematic camerawork, and how it all comes together.

For starters, read Roger Ebert’s How the Read a Movie to get some basics of film analysis.

The following are part of Tony Zhou’s great series, Every Frame a Painting in which he analyzes details of film making. The entire series is worth watching and highly recommended, but I’m going to point out these in particular:

Joel & Ethan Coen – Shot | Reverse Shot

Memories of Murder (2003) – Ensemble Staging

Akira Kurosawa – Composing Movement

In Praise of Chairs

Assignments:

  • View the documentary film Winnebago Man, and complete either the video essay assignment, or a written analysis of the Winnebago Man film using what we have learned from the Reading Movies activities above.
  • Begin working on the Video Documentary assignment (This one is difficult and you have two weeks to complete it).
  • Do an additional six stars of video projects.
  • Daily Creates – do 2 this week.

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