students watching film projector

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 links are part of Tony Zhou’s filmmaking series, Every Frame a Painting. 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

How Does an Editor Think and Feel?

Memories of Murder (2003) – Ensemble Staging

Akira Kurosawa – Composing Movement

In Praise of Chairs


  • Begin working on recording and editing a Mini Video Documentary. It should be 2-3 minutes in length, no more and no less. It should feature someone who is not a close friend or family member, but someone from your community who has an interesting story to tell. (This one is difficult and you have two weeks to complete it).
    • For the weekly summary this week about the mini-documentary, write about your progress made during the first week.
    • Just as with the audio assignment, reach out to the #ds106 community for suggestions on how to proceed if you have never created and published an edited video before. I highly recommend not waiting until the second week to begin this. You need to locate a subject, arrange an interview, edit the recorded footage, add in some b-roll footage, add some background music, render the finished video and publish it to YouTube. It will take some time, so don’t delay in getting started!
  • Complete the Do the Hitch Cut assignment and one other video assignment of your choice.
  • Daily Creates – do only 2 DC’s this week.
  • Submit a weekly summary of activity to Canvas.

Commenting – Keep it up! It makes the world go ’round.


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