The Critical Eye: An Introduction to Looking at Movies
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The Critical Eye: An Introduction to Looking at Movies, Third Edition Revised, prepares students to look beneath the surface of today's most pervasive and powerful form of art, entertainment, information and persuasion. How do movies communicate? How do viewers learn to "read" a film? Developing a critical eye means becoming visually literate: capable of understanding the narrative, visual and aural elements of film.
Using classic and contemporary film references, the textbook introduces the basics of the production process, terminology, key formal elements, critical methodology and theoretical questions raised by the visual media. All chapters have been updated with current practices - ranging from digital technology to distribution and exhibition - and their impact on modes of production, film language and film business.
The slim volume does not overwhelm students with hundreds of pages and details. Designed as a basic primer, The Critical Eye can supplement a broad range of film studies and production courses.
Media Literacy Worldwide Media and Communication
Advertising, the Visual Media, and Persuasion
The Narrative Film and Communication
Levels of Meaning
Elements of Meaning
Film as Language
Point of view
The Camera Eye The Camera
The Shot and the Frame
Mise en Scene Sets and Locations
Props and Objects
Actors and Acting
Blocking and Choreography
Composition in Depth
Editing The Kuleshov Effect: An Experiment in Editing
The Odessa Steps Sequence
The Match Cut
The Shot/Reverse Shot
The Master-Shot Sequence