Last chance to get your film questions answered.
Next to last chance to ask whatever you want about film.
Do you have any follow up questions or comments about our discussion of editing style (comparing The Perez Family with The Florida Project)?
Post questions about theory here. Remember, you don't have to keep to our main points of discussion. We can talk about anything related to film.
Post film questions you would like to discuss here. Remember, these can focus on the topics that are central to our course - m-e-s, the shot, the frame - or other topics that we aren't focusing on this term, but that you are curious about. I will follow up in our class meetings.
Share any topics in film theory that you want to talk about. I will do what I can to find time in class to address your questions. Questions about our core concepts (m-e-s, the shot, the frame) or other topics that we have not been focusing on, but that you are curious about.
On M (10/28), we will be using some of our time to start a series of review sessions on film theory. So, if there is a concept, or part of a concept, like mise-en-scène, the frame and the shot, that you are confused by or want to know more about, post those here and I will address them in our discussion.
In future sessions, I will also be asking for topics that might be unrelated or adjacent to our core concepts, e.g., editing and sound. But for this week, I'd like to stay focused on our primary ideas.
The film we will be screening next, Leave No Trace, will afford us some time to also review on W.
Topics posted by noon on M 10/28 will be addressed in class. Topics posted after that deadline, may be addressed on W or at a future date.
What are your thoughts on our first three films (The Perez Family, Children of Men and Goodfellas)? Had you seen any of these films before? Which did you enjoy watching the most? Which do you think was the most interesting in terms of critical discussion of mise-en-scène? What about in regards to the theme of "On The Margins"?
This Monday, part of our discussion will be about the concept of mise-en-scène and how useful or coherent it is. You can get the conversation started in comments here.
One of the hallmarks of both this past week's film, Children of Men, and this coming week's film, Goodfellas, is the use of the "long take," or the use of a shot or shots of longer duration than the norm. Did you notice this while watching either film? What was the effect? This article provides additional examples and critical commentary on the use of this device. What do you think? How does this device affect your experience of mise-en-scène?