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Conversational Interaction

How much time one character spends hogging the floor is only one of a host of verbal variables indicating the flux of relationships between cinematic characters. Linguists have untangled the unconscious rules governing our everyday conversations and the ramifications of breaking these rules. Applying their insights to film dialogue scenes tells us whether characters are on the same wavelength, whether one is in a superior position, whether they are polite, whether they are even listening to each other. In other words, much of what we intuit about character psychology and motivation comes from our instinctive analysis of their behavior as conversational partners. Moreover, how the characters speak to one another has consequences for the third party to the conversation, the eavesdropper in the darkened theater. For communication to be successful, the participants must approach a conversation with enough shared background and assumptions to provide a workable context for the words...

D W Griffith in everett collection

Different timbre than dialogue in a restaurant or a phone booth. For instance, early on in His Girl Friday (Howard Hawks, 1940), Walter (Cary Grant) and Hildy (Rosalind Russell) walk through a busy newspaper office to meet Bruce (Ralph Bellamy). In an earlier scene the newspaper office was louder, with typewriters banging away in the background, establishing the diegetic space. But this time the sound effects are more muted, since the louder noises would distract from the conversation. Similarly, when the characters move on to a lively restaurant setting, the noises are reduced to clinking plates and glasses on their table only. When Walter is surprised by some bit of dialogue, the entire restaurant seems to go silent, ensuring that the audience notice how the normally chatty Walter is suddenly rendered speechless. The editing rhythm and shot scale reinforce the importance of this moment, as Walter has to think fast to change the course of the conversation and thus events. When he...

My First Film Portrait

The next day, Igor and I showed up at the A. V. Vishnevsky Institute of Surgery to meet its director, Vishnevsky himself. From the start, our conversation was not hopeful. Vishnevsky refused our request to film a heart transplant. He didn't consider the operation to be perfected, and he doubted it would be successful. Such an operation had to be prepared and tested before it could be made public, he said. We did our best to persuade him we begged and pleaded. He was immovable. We left, saddened and depressed, and tried to figure out what killer arguments we could have made to change his mind. We went over the conversation, recalling the surgeon's responses, his humor, liveliness, expressions, and gestures. We gradually switched our focus from the heart transplant to Vishnevsky himself. What an extraordinary man Just a few minutes of conversation had been enough to see his brilliant mind, uniqueness, and breadth of vision. We realized that his personality, which revealed his character...

An Audition is Not Workshop Time

A reminder The first audition is not a workshop time for you and the casting director. Do not think of the casting director as a director (even though many are) or an acting coach. It is true that casting directors will give notes and direction, but we are not looking to collaborate like a theatre director would. We do not have time, and more, importantly, it is not the true function of the job, especially at the first audition. As you move to the callback stage and beyond, a casting director will take on more of that role. Truthfully, a casting director will only give direction and begin to collaborate if he sees potential for you in the role. It comes back full circle to potential. Potential resonates from an actor who makes choices for himself and has a plan for the character in the audition. For your part, you must recognize that your objective is to be seen and be remembered. Part of having a plan is to know what you want to say and do when you get in the room. You will be...

Have any movies about working in the industry had any influence on you

I love a good story, I'm a loquacious person, and generally pointless and postulating in conversation, so I've always had a deep respect for those who can focus their own wild imaginations enough to tell a compelling tale. My favorite movie of all time is still Midnight Cowboy, because of its skill and grace with a gamut of emotions. In recent cinema, I always think about the opening sequence of Raising Arizona, the middle third of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, and the bulk of Amores Perros. And I wouldn't be where I am today without Pee-Wee's Big Adventure and Back to the Future, not by a long shot. Thank you, movies.

The Acoustics of the Location

Some locations can pose a real challenge to an audio engineer. A location might look just great, but it's got challenging audio problems like loud air conditioners, the buzz of fluorescent lights in the ceiling, ticking clocks, or public address systems. As the producer you might want the controlled environment of a soundstage or studio, avoiding unwanted noises. Say, for example, a scene calls for a young couple to have a romantic conversation as they dance across a crowded dance floor with a band and other dancers in the background. On a controlled set, everyone can play their part, but only the couple's dialogue is actually recorded no one else is talking and the band isn't really playing. All the other sounds, such as the dancers' conversations in the background, body movements, and the music the band is playing are added later in postproduction. Often, the couple's dialogue is also rerecorded for added clarity. This process is called automatic dialogue replacement (ADR) and it...

Evaluation And Study Aids

Providing a clear and consistent framework for noting key aspects of photographic quality and assignment fulfillment. Once again, students are far more likely to process information and criticisms which are presented in this kind of formalized structure, as opposed to casual conversation or handwritten notes. Over time, students will also be able to track their progress by looking back at the evaluations they have received.

View from the Movies

The experience of that telephone conversation also had another, totally unexpected impact on my life. It added a human dimension to an academic project about New York City and its place in American films, especially by filmmakers whose lives, like mine, have been inextricably woven into the fabric of the City. For several months I had been reading, gathering notes, and trying to organize my thoughts about them. In what way did the experience of growing up in the neighborhoods of the City influence their artistic imagination and consequently color the films they put on the screen Is their New York different from Hollywood's New York The project seemed then, and now, an interesting topic to explore through a book-length study. After September 11, the project suddenly gathered an immediacy, a personal emotional investment of the kind that rarely intrudes into academic inquiries, which, by their nature, tend to be scientific, objective, and dispassionate.

John Sayles b Schenectady New York September

John Sayles is one of the most important of contemporary independent filmmakers. Because his loyal fan base shares his politics, Sayles has consistently been able to provide an alternative to the big bang of the often politically conservative Hollywood blockbuster. Making movies that depend on meaningful conversation and tackle significant moral issues, Sayles has produced films of ideas at a time when they seem sadly lacking in mainstream cinema.

Departing from Trauma Dreaming in Motion

The presence of the past, and the necessity of return, are also structural themes in Black Talk (writer director Wayne Blair). The film takes the form of a conversation between Scott and Tim, two cousins waiting to go into church as various relatives and friends arrive for a funeral. Seated under a tree, the cousins share childhood memories and a skylarking sense of humour, as well as feelings of loss and shame. Their affectionate banter turns serious when Scott, who remained behind with his community, asks city-boy Tim where he will find his soul once his assimilated, consumer lifestyle has finished sucking it out of him. Tim's ambivalence towards home resolves itself into grief as the two cousins enter the small country church for the funeral. As Tim walks up the aisle alone to view the body in the coffin, we realise with a shock that this is Scott's funeral and that the conversation outside the church took place between the living and the dead that Tim has returned home for a final...

Directing the Camera

To explore his director's idea we begin with an examination of Stevens' work in A Place in the Sun, where camera placement and art direction operate with considerable force. The set is the Eastman mansion. The camera is placed deep inside the house. In the far background is the door through which George Eastman enters his uncle's home. Doric columns define the middle of the frame and add even greater scale to the house. Charles Eastman and his family are seated and observing George's entry. He walks toward the camera, and it seems to be a very long walk. His uncle offers George a seat. The camera is now positioned not too close to the couch occupied by Charles Eastman's wife and daughter. George sits on a chair in the middle ground. The camera is far from the Eastmans and even farther from George. In this shot, we are not close to any party. The distance between the Eastmans and George is physical but it is also social. The conversation is not an easy one. Again we are very aware of...

Parody In The Age Of Television

After Mel Brooks's breakthrough films, a number of other filmmakers began turning out popular and significant parody features in the late 1970s and early 1980s. The team of Jim Abrahams and David and Jerry Zucker wrote the cult classic Kentucky Fried Movie (1977), followed by the breakaway hit Airplane , which layered on the gags at a breakneck speed, often punctuating a pseudoserious conversation in the foreground with a ludicrous sight gag in the background. The team of Christopher Guest and Rob Reiner followed up in 1984 with the pioneering mockumentary This Is Spinal Tap, which combined realistic cinema verite film technique with the outrageous story of an aging British rock band. These devastatingly funny films together helped reinvigorate American film comedy and established new traditions that would be highly influential in the years to come.

The Percentwhy Some Actors Work And Most Others Dont

Listen to this conversation I recently had with Mardel Monet, an old buddy of mine who's a senior art director at a major L.A. agency. His main job is to create commercials and ride herd on their production. He creates miles of commercials. We were talking about his latest project and, apparently, it was a bear to cast because he said, Man, it's so hard to find good talent in this town People come in and they're just clueless He was obviously frustrated, of course, because he knows L.A. is filled with good people. Sometimes, they're just hard to find. I asked him if maybe some of them didn't understand what was going on in the commercial and he said, It's pretty obvious when people don't do their homework. We were just casting for a girl who's just supposed to give a look, you know, react for a two second shot, and nobody could do it. They don't seem to understand that good commercial acting is harder than it looks.

Executive producer and producer nonfiction and documentary

Having moved away from broadcasting to narrow casting with the advent of cable and the multichannel environment, the next stage is even more niche programming where everyone can program their own channel and personal viewing schedules. The growth of video-on-demand (VOD) is apparently the next big thing in television. This will individualize TV viewing even more and move it further away from the communal experience of its origins. Advertisers will have to rethink their strategies to reach their target audiences, and the very nature of TV advertising will change drastically.

FOCUS International Style

It is Woo's mastery of timing and tempo that makes the editing so effective. The sequence has the rhythmic architecture of a three-act play. The first breathless act culminates in the capture of Troy Pollux, the second in Castor Pollux's encounter with Archer the third is their conversation and the subsequent wounding of Pollux. This interlude prepares the way for a rapid acceleration in the tempo of the action. Within this architecture the sequence mixes slow, accelerated and normal speed action - slow motion captures the details of the action, while acceleration marks out the leading characters from those around them.

An Independent Voice Bill Moyers

In filmed and taped interviews, he extended the think-piece tradition of Edward R. Murrow. His dedication to the written word, his ability to provide historical context for central themes in American life, and his moral passion recalled Murrow at his best. In interviews with artists, scientists, politicians, and provocative thinkers of all kinds, Moyers brought to television what he called the ''conversation of democracy.''24 Just as Edward R. Murrow had found it increasingly difficult to explore controversial themes on commercial television so, too, did Moy-ers. Murrow moved into government service. Moyers had another avenue in the early 1970s, and a standing in public life that allowed him to take a more entrepreneurial approach. The foundation support and funding he elicited in the 1970s and early 1980s gave him a degree of freedom few broadcasters possessed, and he was constantly working to consolidate his position of independence from both network...

The Editing Process

Just a sense of two charismatic people, and that there might be a story. . . . When the material came in we just let it wash over us. In general it was very strange. You almost couldn't tell if you had anything until you cut it, because it was so free-flowing. Very repetitive. It didn't have a structure. There were no events. There was nothing around which a conversation was going to wheel. It was all kind of the same in a gross way, and you had to dig into it, try to find motivations, condense the material to bring out psychological tones.

Other Mean Streets in Manhattan

But again like Travis, Jake is also part of a distinct subculture. Scorsese fills in details of the closed Italian American community around Arthur Avenue in the Bronx in the 1940s. Much of the early action takes place around the neighborhood swimming pool, in the social clubs where neighborhood Mafia bosses conduct business, and on a tenement roof ( tar beach, in New York parlance) during a wedding reception, in the parish hall of the local Catholic church, and in cramped apartments where the neighbors shout insults and threats to one another across the open courtyard, which is little more than an air shaft. Success in the ring allows Jake to move his family to a relatively prosperous area along Pelham Parkway, in the Bronx, but his life still bears the marks of the tenement. Financially prosperous as a major contender, he walks around his living room dressed in his underwear eating a hero sandwich. Even in a luxury hotel room, as he waits out a rain-delayed fight and in the...

Night Falls on Manhattan

Once again, Lumet uses his two-step approach to the struggle for survival. Casey tries to preserve some shred of personal integrity, whereas the police try to preserve their own way of life, which involves loyalty to fellow officers even in the face of their criminality. In Night Falls on Manhattan, Lumet treats the topic with much greater ambiguity than he had in Q & A. In the earlier film, Al Reilly struggled to keep his moral code intact as he dealt with overt racism, drug trafficking, and murder. The issues were clear. In Night Falls on Manhattan nothing is clear. In one conversation, Casey, the newly elected district attorney, visits Morgenstern, who is confined to a wheelchair after his heart attack. Morgenstern tells him that the job consists of making deals, and to survive, he must be sure that when people get a piece of him, he must get a bigger piece of them. That's the way the system works. Casey takes this philosophy as his own. In the final scene, he addresses a new class...

Classifying the Appeal Goal Orientation and Sparse Information

On first impression, Local Hero does not seem to be a particularly fast-paced text. On closer examination, one discovers that it presents a remarkably speedy series of emotion cues. These cues are brief (Mclntyre's assistant practicing holding his breath underwater, snippets of conversation with bit players) and rarely redundant. These fragmentary cues fit the brevity of the audience's emotional experience and allow the filmmakers to string together a rapid-fire series of emotion cues. The fact that these cues are not highly marked or redundant helps us position Local Hero as a subtle film.

Production Audio Engineer

The subtleties of sound design can get lost in preproduction planning, so a strong producer hires an audio engineer who can capture the clarity of dialogue, background sounds, special on-location audio (sirens, birds, traffic, muted conversations), and other ambient audio. She knows how to use microphones (mics) like booms, wireless, small clip-on microphones (lavs), and windscreens for minimizing wind, air conditioners, fluorescent lights, and other sounds that can cause interference. She either owns audio equipment or can lease what's needed for the project.

Automatic Dialogue Replacement ADR or Dubbed Dialogue

After all the scenes have been shot, actors often need to rerecord lines of dialogue or add a line written after the shoot. In the recording studio, actors read their lines, keeping them in sync with their on-screen lip movements. Another option is to record new lines that will be mixed into the program later, either over a cutaway or in a long shot if their lips don't match the new lines. Actors might also read a script in a different language that is later dubbed over the original track. Often, a loop group of people is brought into an ADR session to create crowd sounds like background conversations, laughter, mumblings, or yelling that will be mixed into the dialogue. This area of ADR is called wallah, which is intentionally unintelligible so audible words won't intrude on the dialogue.

The Look and Feel of Your Project

The audio impressions you create are no less important. Sound is subtle, and even though viewers aren't always conscious of what they hear, they get an audio impression from it. The clarity of dialogue and the ambient background sounds, such as birds, traffic, conversations around the actors, and even the tone in the room, all combine to tell a story. The many elements of sound can be designed and enhanced in post-production. Although music can contribute to your essential story beats, it can be distracting if it's not used with descretion.

Working with an Editor

The producer's role with the editor is highly collaborative. You want to give the editor specific targets for the project, and you also want to create an environment in which the work can get done. For example, when you're in the edit room the editor needs to concentrate, so keep phone calls and distracting conversations to a minimum and discourage people from crowding into the editor's space. When you have creative leeway or enough time, encourage the editor to try new ideas. A simple thank you can be augmented with plenty of water, coffee, and food during the edit sessions. The editor is one of the most valuable players on your team.

The Doorto Door Approach

Each day from people looking for work. Some are too busy to respond to the resumes, and they'll keep the phone conversations to a minimum. There are also those receptionists and assistants who have conveniently forgotten that they could easily be the one on the other end of the phone. But whether it's a question of being busy or dismissive, they will occasionally respond more favorably to an unexpected drop-in.

Socially Situated Talk

Which a host invites a guest into his or her studio home for a visit.4 (The hospitality rituals are even more consciously enacted when the studio mimes a home, as it did on the Dinah Shore talk show in the 1970s and for children in Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.) But the subgenre of socially situated talk shows also revolves around a particular reality-based social event. Thus, weddings produce Bride and Groom, beauty pageants bring us conversations with contestants, and judicial proceedings create The People's Court and Judge Judy.

Act One Title Sequence

Having set up some basics of the game (exposition), the filmmakers then begin to introduce the players (more exposition), both through conversations with them and through brief onscreen words ANDY Car crash 10 years ago, HOGSETT Fist fight 13 years ago, ZUPAN Car accident 11 years ago. We get to know a bit more about Zupan through an interview with his parents (4 12), rugby

Chinatown A Contemporary Dialogue Sequence

When she offers him a substantial sum of money, he looks up and begins to talk about her background, about her marriage to Hollis Mullwray, who was considerably older, and about the fact that Mullwray was her father's former partner. When Gittes mentions her father's name, Noah Cross (John Huston), the shot shifts to a close-up of her reaction. The camera holds on her while Gittes mentions her father's name, then the film cuts to a close-up as she fumbles with her handbag to remove a cigarette holder and lighter. There is a close-up of Gittes as he says, Then you married your father's business partner. A quick series of close-ups follows. Gittes refers to Evelyn's smoking two cigarettes simultaneously, and this part of the sequence suggests how nervous she is about the topic of her father. The visual holds on a close-up of Evelyn while Gittes asks her about the falling out between her husband and her father. The secretary enters with a service contract for Evelyn to sign. The...

Stuart Ward Mural At Altnagelvin

What grants Hamlet's efforts at counter-surveillance a revealing local purchase is the divided social and political context within which they are situated. That is, Hamlet insistently reminds its audience of Protestant and Catholic constituencies and of the differences that have historically obtained between these religious and cultural polarities. 'The Heroes' Mound' in the cemetery of St Columb's Cathedral in Derry, for instance, which substitutes for Old Hamlet's sepulchre, is scored with Protestant associations, marking, as it does, the mass grave of around 5,000 people who lost their lives during the siege. It functions as a potent reminder of the fact that, in Ireland, as Joep Leersen states, 'monumental history . . . gravitates to the register of national triumphalism'.31 Protestant meanings are no less powerfully attached to the coat of arms, which, in addition to its other connotations, is deployed to recall the loyalist majority that, until relatively recently, dominated the...

Jo from Eternal Pyramid by Anastasia Traina

In this monologue by ty adams, the character is talking on the phone. We learn a great deal about the character in this opening sequence. The conversation opens us up to the character's world of fashion. Phone monologues can be tricky. Because the character is responding to the unseen other voice on the phone, the writer of the piece must give us basic information without telling too much in the part of the phone conversation that we are hearing. The artistry in these kinds of monologues is how you let the audience follow the story without telling the whole story. If the phone monologue is going to go on for a while, you might want to give the character activities to do, such as making a drink, cleaning up, etc. Standing there for a long period of time just talking on a phone is not always very theatrical.

Blanka from Some People by Danny Hoch

Danny Hoch writes mainly urban character monologues. The form of writing Hoch uses is conversational dialogue. He opens this particular monologue with the character Blanka engaged in a conversation with her friend Linette. We become eavesdroppers listening to Blanka speaking. We quickly learn personal information about Blanka by her choice of words and her unique manner of speaking. We learn about her sense of herself and how she feels about Manny, her boyfriend.

Hello How Are You Exercise

We give Actor 1 the action to welcome and Actor 2 the action to reject. At the same time we caution them to pursue the actions and let the words simply come along. We also remind them to start pursuing the action (not necessarily the words) immediately, without waiting for the other actor to begin. We tell Actor 1 to start the dialogue. Now he she has no difficulty with welcoming on hello how are you because those are welcoming words. But the words not so hot, which seem to dictate sadness or a shrug, will come out very differently with the action to welcome. Actor 2, instead of responding as in ordinary conversation, might actually choose to walk away from Actor 1, as his her action is to reject. Now the natural response is to react to the received impulse, which would of course change the action. If you are rejected, you might not continue to welcome. But for the purposes of this exercise and this exercise only, it is important to hold onto the action, no matter what, in order to...

Sound time and place fritz langs M

He speaks to a young girl, Elsie Beckmann. We hear the conversation he makes with her, but we see only his shadow, which is ironically shown on a reward poster for his capture. Later in the film, Lang elaborates on this use of sound to provide the unifying idea for a sequence. In one scene, the minister complains to the chief of police that they must find the killer of Elsie Beckmann. The conversation reveals the scope of the investigation. As they speak, we see visual details of the search for the killer. The visuals show a variety of activities, including the discovery of a candy wrapper at the scene of the crime and the subsequent investigation of candy shops. Geographically, the police investigation moves all around the town and takes place over an extended period of time. These time and place shifts are all coordinated through the conversation between the minister and the chief of police. In terms of screen time, the conversation is five minutes long, but it communicates an...

Providing Adequate Coverage

Finally, considerations of camera angles and camera movement dictate a different series of shots to provide continuity. With camera angles, the critical issue is the placement of the camera in relation to the character's eye level. If two characters are photographed in conversation using a very high angle, as if one character is looking down on the other, the reverse-angle shot the shot from the other character's point of view must be taken from a low angle. Without this attention to the camera angle, the sequence of shots will not appear continuous. When a film cuts from a high-angle shot to an eye-level reaction shot, viewers get the idea that there is a third person lurking somewhere, as represented by the eye-level shot. When that third person does not appear, the film is in trouble.

Torben Grodal The Psychology of Flow

Arbogast to Lila, but the approach would explore both character traits and stylistic means of establishing these allegiances. In the first scene, Marion is given a somewhat acceptable motivation for her behavior that will help ease audiences into identifying with her. The same scene is characterized by fairly standard conversational editing, except for one notable long take in which the moving camera follows Marion down to the bed and then up again as she moves through the cheap hotel room. This viscerally involving camera movement following the character moving through space is an important stylistic marker of her centrality to the narrative. After Marion steals the money, the film encourages us to worry with her by giving us repeated access to her own paranoid thought processes. While driving, she imagines an involved series of conversations in which her office

A simple introduction parallel action

So begins this story of murder, but before the offer is made, Hitchcock introduced us to the two strangers in a rather novel way. Using parallel editing, Hitchcock presented two sets of feet (we see no facial shots). One is going right to left, the other left to right, in a train station. The only distinguishing feature is that one of them wears the shoes of a dandy, the other rather ordinary looking shoes. Through parallel cutting between the movements right to left and left to right, we get the feeling that the two pairs of shoes are approaching one another. A shot of one of the men walking away from the camera toward the train dissolves to a moving shot of the track. The train is now moving. The film then returns to the intercutting of the two sets of feet, now moving toward each other on one car of the train. The two men seat themselves, still unidentified. The dandy accidentally kicks the other and finally the film cuts to the two men seated. The conversation proceeds.

Three exemplary scenes of the sliding signifier in Chinatown

Sight may also be 'behind' and out of sight. After finally being let in by the butler, Gittes finds himself on the lawn behind the residence, idly watching a Chinese gardener clearing what seem like weeds from an ornamental pond. In order to make conversation, the gardener is heard saying 'bad for the glass' while pointing at a withered patch of grass. Gittes, at first amused at the malapropism, steps closer to the pond, when his attention is caught by something gleaming just beneath the water's surface - a pair of glasses, as it turns out later. Before he has time to retrieve the object, he is interrupted by the arrival of Mrs Mulwray, who ushers him to one of the garden chairs and orders an iced tea for him and herself. Here the slippage grass glass, inverting the earlier move from glass to grass, also shifts perception from the verbal to the visual, as the earlier had done from the visual to the aural. In each case, that which is displaced remains present and significant, even as...

Mse en Scne analysis The English Patient

The English Patient is a highbrow mega-movie that combines technical virtuosity with a large-scale story. The technical credits include veterans such as cinematographer John Seale ASC, ACS, whose credits include Witness (1985), The Mosquito Coast (1986), Gorillas in the Mist (1988), Rain Man (1988), Beyond Rangoon (1995), City of Angels (1998), and The Talented Mr Ripley (1999) and editor Walter Murch, ACE, who edited The Conversation (1974), Apocalypse Now (1979), Ghost (1990), The Godfather, Part III (1990), and The Talented Mr Ripley (1999) (he also worked as sound editor on many of these films). In the following analysis we shall focus on Seale's (and, to some extent Murch's) input to the creation of a classical mise en sc ne in The English Patient, plus the applicability to his work of a number of the mise-en-sc ne heuristics listed above. What emerged as the analysis progressed was the pertinence of applying the same-frame heuristic to this film, and the need to refine it to...

Analysis A Foucault reading

More directly panoptic is the gaze relayed between the three men on the 'inside' - Dr Chilton, Crawford, Hannibal - and the(ir political masters) outside Krendler, from the Justice Department, and Senator Marshall, going live on TV. What makes it different from the male gaze of feminist film theory is not only that its 'sexual difference' import is either directly thematized (by Lecter, for instance, regarding Crawford and others 'Don't you feel eyes moving over your body, Clarice ') or not relevant (in the case of Chilton, Krendler, and Senator Marshall), but also that each of the characters is both looking and knowing him herself observed, by the internalized gaze of the respective institution or their own self-scrutinizing ambition conscience. They all, at a certain point, make a spectacle of themselves, in the knowledge that they are being watched from Senator Marshall, pleading for her daughter in front of the national TV audience, to Hannibal Lecter, fully aware, of course, that...

Realist Technique In Charles Chaplins The Adventurer

The comic success of this sequence is enhanced because we see it in one unbroken take. It is amusing to see all the kicking going on while the other guests on the veranda are engaged in polite party conversation and somehow do not seem to notice. (See figure 19.) These actions could not have been conveyed as convincingly if the action had been heavily edited. We need to see the sequence in its entirety to believe it. When the mother moves into Charlie's space, the rhythm of the previous kicks sets up the expectation that she will receive the kick that Charlie has coming, an expectation which is all the more satisfying when it occurs because it is expected. The split-second timing of the mother's movement is essential to the comic effect of the action which, again, must occur in real time (as opposed to the artificial time created through editing) in order to be as convincing and funny as it is.

Multipurpose Dialogue

Mike Nichols was very creative about the editing of his dialogue sequences in The Graduate (1967). In the first dialogue sequence, Benjamin (Dustin Hoffman) confesses to his father that he is worried about his future. The entire scene is presented in a single midshot of Benjamin. When the father joins the conversation, he enters the frame and sits out of focus in the foreground.

From Recollection to Dreams third commentary on Bergson

Bergson distinguishes two kinds of 'recognition'. Automatic or habitual recognition (the cow recognizes grass, I recognize my friend Peter) works by extension perception extends itself into the usual movements the movements extend perception so as to draw on its useful effects. It is a sensory-motor recognition that comes about above all through movements motor mechanisms which the sight of the object is enough to trigger are constituted and accumulated. In a certain sense we constantly distance ourselves from the first object we pass from one object to another one, according to a movement that is horizontal or of associations of images, but remaining on one and the same plane (the cow moves from one clump of grass to another, and, with my friend Peter, I move from one subject of conversation to another). The second mode of recognition, attentive recognition, is very different. Here, I abandon the extending of my perception, I cannot extend it. My movements which are more subtle and...

The Joy Luck Club and the Limits of the Emotion System

Wang begins his film by openly acknowledging the literary nature of his source. The movie begins with a single storytelling voice, accompanied by a lone flute, telling a fable against a solid black frame. Instantly we are attuned to the importance of words in this film. The film's introduction tells us that we should pay attention to the stories being told and to the voice of the storyteller. After the initial credit sequence, the film opens on a crowded party scene, and the camera at first frames the people at a distance down a hallway. Slowly the camera tracks past businessmen having a conversation in Chinese, and then past a crowd watching football on television. The camera roams, seemingly uncertain of who should be the center of interest, until it begins tracking with June. When it follows her through the house toward a mah-jongg game, the camera tells audiences raised on classical narration that June is the central character here. But when the Chinese-American daughters and...

The Difference between Solo Shows and Ensemble Pieces

When you're working with an actor in a solo piece, they're also the writer, the originator of the material. There's a lot of conversation as to, perhaps, the tone is off, or the structure isn't working, etc. You have to split the writer from the performer. The writer is in love with the words, and the performer is in love with the audience. My job, I've always felt, is tempering both inclinations so that they can work together. With the writer, you

The case of ang lees Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon

Ostensibly the plot revolves around the theft of a famous sword called Green Destiny. Its owner, the great warrior Li Mu Bai, has grown weary of battle as if in a mood of existential doubt, he decides to give the sword to Sir Te, a trustworthy custodian. He asks Shu Lein, a woman he has long admired, to take the sword to Sir Te. Although Li Mu Bai is trained at Wudan Mountain, a center known for creating the greatest fighters, Shu Lein is also a very capable warrior. From their conversation, we understand that only one who is worthy of carrying it can possess the Green Destiny sword. Two more narrative notations are made in this sequence that Shu Lein and Li Mu Bai yearn to be together, but something holds them back. The second point is that Li Mu Bai has one adversary, Jade Fox, a woman who killed his master.

Islamic Enlightenment versus Westernization in Turkish Cinema savas arslan

You are from Istanbul. You are a Turk. I cannot understand why one would learn somebody else's music without learning one's own. from a conversation in the movie Memleketim As in other films, Serpil's father (Murat Soydan) has a mistress, and her mother, Seval (Nilufer Aydan), loves gambling. As her anatomy class leads her into deep thoughts about death, her friends keep partying, drinking, and doing drugs. But she also has a couple of religious friends Salih (Efkan Efekan) and his headscarfed fianc e, Gulgen (Nur Incegul), who tell her about death as a reunion with the divine beyond the materialism of this world. Ser-pil's conversations with them also expose her to Gulgen's dilemma about the headscarf, which is forbidden in the school. Eventually, Serpil buys some Islamic books, despite the disapproval of her parents, who go to the parties of westernized Turkish elites and talk about the advantages of good relations with the U.S. and the E.U. In the...

Minority Report Lawnmower

In this case, my connection to Alex is derived through American art department artists who have worked with him on the projects noted, and it exemplifies the organic process of film networking, and ultimately, of how this handbook was written. An ongoing Internet conversation with Alex has produced a continuous dialogue to be shared here. How fitting that data explaining the philosophy of twenty-first century cinema process was exchanged through cyberspace.

New Hollywood Cinema Notes

See Pat Aufderheide, Pauline Kael on the New Hollywood, In These Times (7-13 May 1980) 12, 23. Reprinted in Conversations with Pauline Kael, 41-49. 55. Jean-Luc Godard and Pauline Kael, The Economics of Film Criticism A Debate, Camera Obscura 8-9-10 (1982) 174-175. Also available in Will Brantley, ed., Conversations with Pauline Kael (Jackson Univ. of Mississippi, 1995) 55-74.

Making Contacts Networking and Cold Calling

Networking needs to be an ongoing process, Joni explains. You might not have an immediate result because a relationship may not pay off until years later. You should always be networking even if it's a purely social event, but in a very casual way where it's woven into the conversation as opposed to hammering the person over the head.

Making A Scene The

The activity and physical condition must be explored and rehearsed ahead of time. While the actor should recollect the details of the telephone call before the day of the exercise, the call should not be rehearsed or planned. It should be a real phone conversation the actor had at least two or more years ago, the most difficult one he has ever had to make that he'd be willing to share with the class.

Ethics of Emotion

What is harder to see here, I think, is that these shows draw on the very same emotional structures, and romantic ideologies, that drive our desiring lives. They are not so much discomfiting because they are artificial and exploitative rather, these shows perturb because, in confronting the conditions of love in a simulated setting, they bring to light aspects of love practices that are indeed conflictual and contradictory. It is here, rather than in the more simple moral imperative of finding 'Mr. Right', that an ethics of emotion truly comes into play. The conflictual polygamy of these shows is underwritten by the medium of television itself. Narratively, the ideology of requited love prevails, but in their form these programs urge us to love (or, just as possibly, to hate) without return, since we expend a great deal of emotion on people who cannot see us back. Our affective response, in other words, is excessive, and thereby in excess of the moral imperative or normatizing...

Do you find the end to your film when you are shooting or when you are editing

I think you know you have great moments that are the conclusion . . . In Brother's Keeper, we knew generally the story was over because the boys were acquitted. However, we had invited them to come to New York. At the end of Brother's Keeper, Roscoe says, Come back up in the spring when, I forget the words, when the green leaves come out again. We see them broken down by the tractor and have this conversation with Roscoe the day after the acquittals. And a few weeks later, when we were reviewing our material, we got a call from John Teeple saying that the boys wanted to take us up on our offer to come to New York. So these guys loaded up into a rusty old van that John Teeple had, and it was amazing that they even made the trip. And they put these lawn chairs in the back because the van had no seats, and we gave them a tour of Manhattan. And we filmed it and it was just this great footage that we never used because, I think, it's not until you're in the...

The Impure Cinema New Hollywood

In a separate essay that follows I have put together some passages that focus on lesser known films and more muted undercurrents. They consist in large part of comments and statements culled from filmmakers, critics, together with excerpts from a written conversation that I conducted with Beverly Walker. Her published accounts of the era - both then and later on -were always highly stimulating. Since 1968, Walker has worked as a press agent, scriptwriter and in various production capacities on New Hollywood films - Zabriskie Point, Two-Lane Blacktop, American Graffiti among

Feminism and antinarrative editing

She focused on the banality of working in a bordello, the mundane conversation, the contrast of the owner's concerns and the employees' goals, and the artifice of selling the commodity of sex. Borden edited the film slowly, contrary to our expectations. She avoided close-ups, preferring to present the film in mid- to long shots, and she avoided camera motion whenever possible. As a result, the film works against our expectation, focusing on the ironic title and downplaying the means of their livelihood. Borden concentrated on the similarities of her characters' lives to those of other working women.

The Nature Of Film Dialogue

There may always be an element of illicit eroticism and mastery involved in sitting in the dark listening as characters enact their most intimate scenes. However, on another level of our consciousness, filmgoers always know that we haven't actually caught these people unawares. Herbert Clark and Thomas Carlson append to speech-act theory a systematic overview of the roles of different participants in conversations. One of their categories deals with overhearers, such as strangers on a bus, or children listening in on their parents Film dialogue shares with dramatic dialogue these deformations from everyday conversation, this unnatural resonance, this double-layeredness in short, this dramatic irony. The filmgoers always know more than any single character (we know that Heathcliff is hiding in the vestibule, we know that Ellen is aware that Heathcliff is eavesdropping because of the flashback structure of the film, we even know something of the characters' futures), and we put each...

Shot Reverse Shot Editing

Editing also helps to clarify situations by joining together shots from different angles to provide us with different perspectives, thereby creating a fuller understanding. This is common during conversations where a shot reverse shot edit is frequently used. The shots themselves are often 'over the shoulder shots' in which we see part of the back of one person's head and shoulders and the front of the other person talking to them. The editing provides an understanding of the spatial relationship between the characters while also giving information on movement and facial expression.

The Action Hero in Trouble or The Child is Father to the

Outward onto a hyperkinetic surface, turned into percussive sound, or exteriorised, self-voiding as in Martin's account of Fingers. Likewise, politics becomes not a question of being committed to particular goals, values or ideological positions, but of bodies subject to degrees of intensity and affect that colour their actions and give contours to gestures, irrespective of whether they lack motivation, in conventional terms, or are driven by its obverse, a paranoia which suspects plots everywhere, in a vain attempt to get at 'the inner workings of power' (Fred Jameson). Vain, perhaps, because power, if we follow Foucault and Deleuze, does not manifest itself in the form of top-down hierarchies or conspiracies, capable of being pictured as concentrically organised around an inner core (as in All the Presidents' Men, and nostalgically invoked by Oliver Stone in JFK). Instead power is dispersed, transversal, interstitial the correlative in the political realm of the affection image in...

Beachhead in Manhattan

External appearances may be a bit deceptive, however. In an early scene, shot on a quiet Manhattan side street, Alvy and his friend Rob (Tony Roberts), come in voice-over before they actually appear in frame. Alvy explains his discomfort with a perceived anti-Semitic comment from a colleague at lunch who asked Did you eat yet which he perceives as Jew eat yet. Another colleague, named significantly Tom Christie, conceivably a diminutive form of Christ, answers No. Did you which Alvy hears as No. Jew. 19 He tells about a clerk in a record store recommending Wagner, which again he takes as an indirect slur because of the composer's supposed Nazi connections. During the entire conversation, Rob continually refers to him as Max, as though his entire identity comes under assault in this environment. Outside the Jewish neighborhood in Brooklyn, one must constantly be on the alert for attacks by Manhattanites, even those who are close friends. During Alvy's infamous Easter dinner with the...

Edgar G Ulmer b Olmiitz Austria Hungary September d September

The plots of B movies were generally as thin as the film on which they were shot. As a result, many films required padding of various kinds to bulk them up to feature length. For instance, Arizona Badman, a 1935 B western, clocks in at just under an hour. It uses a song sung at a campfire and footage of cattle meandering over the hills to pad its running time, and more than a third of the film's first sixteen minutes are devoted to interminable scenes of townsfolk hoofing at a square dance. Other cost-saving measures were employed in B movie production to save both time and money, most of which are evident on the screen day-for-night shooting (daylight shooting employing filters and or underexposing the film to simulate nighttime), liberal doses of stock shots and repeated shots (e.g., the Devil Bat flying out of its lair to attack), and the use of rear-screen projection in place of location work. Shooting techniques always attempted to maximize efficiency. For example, rather than...

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Casey lights the gas and starts to prepare some popcorn. The REF code is activated as this evokes film-viewing, and it is clear from what she says during her third conversation with the mystery caller that she is a 'normal' horror-film fan this could be you Here there are also shifts involving both SEM and HER she is (implausibly ) friendly and even flirtatious with the caller, and the viewer surely wonders what her changed manner will lead to. Casey walks through from the kitchen to the living room while she discusses horror films with the caller she turns off a light as she does so the camerawork here subtly reinforces the dialogue, which is about Halloween and the Freddy films REF ,

Diegetic and Nondiegetic Sound

Sound originating from the world within the film is known as 'diegetic'. Typically this consists of dialogue and sounds emanating from action within the shot, including background or ambient noise. Non-diegetic sound has a source outside the film's narrative. Most obviously this includes incidental music but it also refers to voice-overs. Non-diegetic sound is added at the editing stage and can hold great importance for the edited images. However, diegetic sound may also be modified or added during editing, for instance, the sound of a car crash. Two films whose narratives revolve around suspect manipulation of sound are The Conversation (Coppola, 1974) and Blow Out (De Palma, 1981).

James Fenimore Coopers American History

Even Cooper's fictional protagonists are ambivalent toward the European practice of writing history. Hawkeye's assaults on the truthfulness of books and written history are most frequent. During a conversation with Chingachgook, the scout compares the European or white way of recording the past to that of the Indian My people have many ways, of which, as an honest man, I can't approve. It is one of their customs to write in books what they have done and seen, instead of telling them in their villages, where the lie can be given to the face of a cowardly boaster, and the brave soldier can call on his comrades to witness for the truth of his words. 29 Hawkeye's contrast prefigures the novel's historical form. The narrative preceding the massacre at Fort William Henry exemplifies the European practice of writing history. The novel's fictional narrative evolves from established events in the French and Indian War and British imperial history. Cooper's opening chapter begins by recounting...

Altering Meaning Away From The Literal

The editor can also choose to crosscut sequences or shots to elicit another meaning from the visuals. In Diary for Timothy (1945), Humphrey Jennings crosscut between a theatrical performance of Hamlet and a dispassionate canteen discussion about the mechanics of a V1 rocket as it is launched. On one level, this sequence connects culture and everyday life, but on another level, it allows the content of each sequence to comment on the other. The gravedigger scene in Hamlet is black humor about loss the canteen conversation about the destructive power of an enemy rocket connects to that scene with its anticipation of death. The explosion of the rocket during the sequence accentuates the imminence of death. By crosscutting the two scenes, Jennings linked past and future in a present that, although it might be momentary, embraces both high culture and the everyday pleasure of a canteen conversation.

Emil Ludwig and the Kriegsschuldfrage

Ter), Sasonow, Sir Edward Grey (Great Britain's Foreign Minister) and others. The fact that the book did not appear until the late twenties can only have benefitted its author, since at that moment, the largest international document collections pertaining to the run-up to the war had already been published.52 Part of the source material used by Ludwig had begun appearing in 1926, including the forty-volume standard work published by the Foreign Ministry.53 It had been his idea to reconstruct the main conversations and actions of the moment on the basis of the documents. Even though Ludwig was not an academically-trained historian, he tried to meet the criteria of professional historiography in his own way. Despite this, he came into conflict with several prominent German historians because of his style and methods. It was especially the historians on the political right who were not impressed with Ludwig's historical novels and biographies. The new genre that was introduced in...

Writing The Final Narration

However, I think there is a much more positive side to narration. For example, though pure action films and the verite efforts of Leacock and the Maysleses can work well with no commentary, the complex essay film almost always demands commentary if it is to have any level of seriousness. Narration can quickly and easily set up the factual background of a film, providing simple or complex information that does not arise easily or naturally from the casual conversation of the film participants. It can complement the mood of the film, and above all, it can provide focus and emphasis. It does not have to judge what is seen, but it should help the viewer understand more fully the significance of what is on the screen.

Filming the Interview

The camera catches the interviewee obliquely so that he or she seems to be having a conversation with an unseen person off-camera left or right. 3. The interviewer is seen on-camera with the interviewee so that we are quite clear who is the second person involved in the conversation.

Recognition Spectatorsh

In this tender, haunting, imaginative, and innovative work, Therese Davis broadens and deepens cultural theory, away from a 1990s focus on mass culture as pleasure, towards an engagement in the new millennium with the image's darker powers its capacity to reveal and engage with pain, illness, disease, blindness, trauma, death, mourning, loss, remembrance, melancholy. The Face on the Screen looks beyond the usual rush of the contemporary media's image-cultures which work to conceal the powers of death, to focus on moments - in medieval and baroque art, in a Proust 'scene', in photography, in film, in television - when a movement between recognition and becoming unrecognisable rehearses the experience of facing death itself, forces us to think of what lifelong we never wish to contemplate, our own death's head beneath our own faces. Davis evokes and discusses contemporary examples of images which shake us, which force upon us recognition of death's powers, images of Princess Diana's...

When People See People

Before.v The first was taken from the long running British television series Yes, Prime Minister, which made Eddington internationally recognisable as the face of Jim Hacker, Minister of Parliament. Here, Hacker explains If people saw people coming, before people saw them seeing people coming, people would see people. This instance of 'Hackeresque' logic, underscored by the laughter track, becomes uncanny when this image, serving now to stand in for Eddington, cuts to the second image, a wide shot of an unrecognisable figure. Although Eddington is seen in this second shot in conversation, his voice has been muted, replaced by the voice of the news reader who reports Of course, that's how most people remember Eddington - the bumbling MP, star of the TV comedy series 'Yes, Prime Minister'. But at the end he was almost unrecognisable - his skin blotchy and his hair falling out. The report then cuts to a final close-up shot of Eddington's silent, unrecognisable face. The reader concludes...

Conducting Interviews

Another strategy for interviewing, notes Boyd Estus, is for the person asking the questions not to look at the interviewee as a source of information but to get them involved in a conversation, which often involves playing devil's advocate. 'I really don't understand why this is better than that. Can you explain that to me ' So the person's engaged, as opposed to spouting a pat answer.

Collapsing Interviews

A person will talk to you for 10 minutes, an hour, maybe two or three hours, and you'll usually end up using only a few bites, unless the entire film is a conversation with. You must condense the interview material in a way that does not alter its initial meaning and remains true to the intent of the speaker. For example, here's the raw transcript of a witness describing your character, Sanders

Hot Set The Classic Camera Setups

Walking onto the set to begin working on a scene is like walking into a house that is in the process of being built. Invariably, there's the sound of drills and the clinking of metal on metal. A peculiar, warm smell emanates from the lights, and the hum of busy conversation prevails, interrupted by a barked order or an abrupt question. The brightest spot in the room is where you are headed. The place that is the focus of everyone's attention, where the camera lens is pointed that's the place that you will be stepping into the hot set.

Do you see parts of your style in the first films you made in college

The way I make films is so much about getting intimate with people, bonding with them, and having a good ole conversation. That is a big part. There's the verite, where I just follow the scene, but a lot of the other stuff is me in conversation with people. People who I feel intimate with, people who trust, people who I trust, people who I like, people who like me on a personal level, and talking to them, not only in an interview, but often I'll be sitting around with a character and her mother and I'll just be talking to them. And that will spark the conversation between them, which will ultimately become a scene. So yeah, there's definitely a fluency, a similarity throughout.

Are you ever tempted to try experimental documentaries again or to do fiction films

I've always been lured by fiction film, which was my earlier love. But I had the desire to have carte blanche when I made my first documentary film. I didn't want anybody telling me to make it longer, shorter, sexier, faster, to use this talent, or don't use that talent, to do that subject or not that subject. So I can, after making documentary films out of college for twenty-six years, tell you that if you don't like my film, it's all my fault. And I never ever want to be in a position where I would say anything but that, that if you don't like my film, it's all my fault. And every time I've had some connection with Hollywood, I've realized that somewhere along the line I was going to be in conversation with you, or someone else, and say, Well, you know, they really weren't too happy with the script they gave, and there wasn't enough money to do this, and they made me use this person as the star, and I would have preferred this person, and then when we had a wonderful film despite...

Are there rules that exist in documentary filmmaking that you wouldnt break

What I mean about crossing the line is the bond of the relationship that you have with people. In Paradise Lost, it wasn't unusual to have some of the mothers of the victims call me at two and three in the morning, or to call Joe. Because, like in any death situation, for a week after the death of somebody there's casseroles and coffee cake and conversation, and then it disappears. And then, they feel uncomfortable talking about it because nobody wants to talk about it anymore. But by calling us at home in New Jersey they're in Arkansas we could be a release for them. We could talk to them if they had a little too much to drink, or they were just feeling sad and they missed their child and they just didn't have anybody anymore to talk about it because everybody had talked about it too much, and they knew that we were there to listen.

Hidden Cameras And Microphones

In addition to the privacy laws listed above, filmmakers can run into problems when they use hidden cameras and microphones. Federal law prohibits using microphones and cameras to eavesdrop on a conversation, unless the filmmaker has the consent of at least one of the parties to that conversation.43 Example Polly Producer wants to catch Gus Grimes in the act of talking to his mob connection,Tony Turpentine. She hides a small video camera in a flower vase and puts it on the restaurant table of the secluded booth where the two are to meet for lunch. The camera records the conversation between the two evildoers and transmits it to Polly's laptop. Polly watches and listens to Gus and Tony's nefarious schemes while hiding in the restaurant kitchen. Some states allow the use of hidden microphones if only one of the parties to the conversation consents. Example Polly hides the microphone in the flower vase, but this time she has lunch with Tony and Gus and is part of their conversation....

The Story You Are about to See Is True

Thus the characteristic Dragnet scene is not physical action, such as a car chase, but conversation sometimes the interrogation of either witnesses or suspects, sometimes a discussion among the policemen themselves about how to proceed. It is through such dialogues that the work of investiga tion, which is more mental than physical, can be best represented these encounters are linked by stock footage of actual Los Angeles locations. If, as theorists of the medium have suggested, television drama, unlike the cinema, is characterized by the primacy of the sound track (to some degree a legacy of radio), then Dragnet's refusal to emphasize action over talk is typically televisual. This seems true enough, but we should add that Webb, who had a good visual sense, frequently animated these rather static scenes with extreme close-ups, filling the small screen with the single human face in a fashion that was quite innovative and often remarked on at the time. As he said, The close-up is the...

The Giving Part of Networking

Rally want to get to know you better. And as you get to know one another, and possibly become friends, what you're looking and hoping for will become a natural part of your conversation. And once again, let me remind you that in this business in particular, people help and hire the people they know, the people they hang out with and the people they like.

The Cultivation and Maintenance of Contacts

As you spend time establishing and cultivating your industry relationships, remember that when you get together with others, conversations don't always have to revolve around the business, especially when you're outside of a work environment. In fact, many industry professionals get tired of constantly talking about their work and the biz and are happy to be with someone who shares other common interests and can discuss their kids, books they've read, decorating, sports, cars, favorite vacation spots you get the idea. I know I've mentioned this before, but it bears repeating when you become friends with people in this industry, you don't have to tell them you're looking for work. If they like you, enjoy your company and consider you a friend, they'll instinctively want to be helpful and supportive. The best is when you can just pick up the phone and call someone you haven't seen or talked to in a while. You're not calling to ask for anything specific, and whether you're looking for a...

Its Not a Business for Sissies

Something similar happened recently while working with a particular vendor on a show I was on. The sales rep was extremely helpful and accommodating, and he ended most of our conversations with, Thanks, doll It was his way of being friendly, and while not P.C., I'd never say anything to him about it. I could have been rude and told him in no uncertain terms that I wasn't his doll, but that would have been a big waste of time, would have created hard feelings and I would have felt uncomfortable the next time I had to call him to check on an order. It doesn't affect me, insult me, or make me less than who I am, so what's the difference If anything, it makes me laugh.

Diasporic Formations In Cinema

The dislocating effects of globalization, migrating cultures, and postcoloniality form the subtext of diasporic cinema. Thus this category of film is neither linguistically nor culturally monolithic. A number of scholars have discussed diasporic and exilic films as an international genre or movement consistent with the world today. Hamid Naficy outlines vital and nuanced distinctions between diasporic, exilic, and postcolonial ethnic and identity'' filmmakers, who collectively comprise accented cinema'' and, as he suggests, are in conversation with dominant and alternative cinemas.

Dialogue And Character

Another element that pushes us to the visual in this scene is the use of overlapping dialogue. Many characters speak simultaneously, and we are aware of the discreteness of their conversations, but as their comments bleed into those of others, the effect is to undermine the dialogue. The scene moves dialogue from the informational status it usually occupies to the category of noise. Language becomes a sound effect. When we do hear the dialogue, it is the speaker who is important rather than what is being said.

Beginning The Design Process

As locations are being photographed, the designer, storyboard artists, concept illustrators, concept modelers, and physical model makers are rapidly producing sketch ideas and 3D models in order to distill a visual concept. Computer generated imagery, CGI, has accelerated this process of visualization. As newer technology tools become available to creative artists, the design process will become redefined as it has within the past decade. The following pages will demonstrate that both traditional and digital aspects of visualization grow out of different expressions of the same creative impulse. Sharing a brief section of conversation with Christa Munro provides a relevant overview of how the design process is a personal one, as unique as anyone who employs it

Foreword by Leonard Maltin

By the 1970s, telefilms began to attract top talent, on both sides of the camera, and tackled ground-breaking subject matter. Most TV movies were ephemeral, but some, like Brian's Song and The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, managed to make a lasting impression on critics and audiences alike. Other milestone films like My Sweet Charlie, Katherine, The Day After, and An Early Frost stirred conversation across America, and in some cases even effected social change.

Extreme Ambition

I have always found that the most intriguing filmmakers are those who have unusual passions and interests beyond celluloid. When I interviewed Emma Farrell of Six Foot High Films, our conversation revolved around her company history, film projects, and advice to other filmmakers. Only later did I discover that she is a freediver who placed third in the British championships. it explained a lot about her tenacity surely anyone who can hold her breath for four minutes and twenty-one seconds at frighteningly dangerous oceanic depths wouldn't blink an eye at the challenges of movie-making.


The main challenge is to keep the child interested and interesting. If the child is playing a game, encourage him or her to tell you about it. Try to talk to the child while you're shooting, even while you're behind camera. You may want a parent or another child to keep conversation going if it's hard to talk and shoot at same time.

Finding Support

When I first started MotionMasters I had a conversation with the man who was going to be our accountant, recalls Diana Sole. I said, 'I don't know anything about which column to put the money on the books, but what I do know is how to produce great work and take care of my clients and I can do that and make money at it. Now you tell me where to put the money on the books.' He laughed and said, 'Diana, this is going to work very well ' You have to find people of integrity who will be as committed to excellence in their craft as you are and just move forward. I shudder when I look back at all the things I didn't know that I should have known. I just fumbled along and made a lot of mistakes. But I did what I could with the knowledge I had and learned when to seek the advice of others.

Enemy of the State

I was fascinated by the invasion that can occur from a satellite. One of my all-time favorite movies was The Conversation, which was a Francis Coppola movie that starred Gene Hackman, and it was about the invasion of privacy but in a different time frame. Modern tech

Two Woods

So, although the book and the TV series were clearly written and devised by one and the same man - they cover much (not all) of the same material, with similar emphases - they are actually very different beasts. The scholarly underpinnings of the series, which are rarely allowed to register there, are clearly visible in the book, which also has the space to allow more material than can go on air, despite the very generous four hours allowed - an epic in TV documentary terms. This is, as I shall discuss, partly the result of the decision to include in the series elements for which there could be no print equivalent - notably snippets of performance and passages of conversation - which absorbed time entertainingly but perhaps not all that instructively. What follows is largely an account of the TV series and presenter Wood. If I am sometimes less than reverent about his screen mannerisms, please do not misinterpret this as disrespect for the project as a whole, which at its heart offers...

Schindlers List

I think Schindlers List is the best film I've ever made, and you know, I'm happy about that. I'm really happy I'm able to admit that I made a picture that's better than anything else I think I've ever made. It was a great honor that the film stimulated conversation everywhere in the world about the Holocaust and also allowed me to create the Survivors of the Shoah Foundation, where we've already achieved, I think, fifty thousand interviews of survivors on videotape. It's testimony that will be disseminated someday in schools, Holocaust museums, colleges, and high schools around the world.

Scrambling Hollywood

Make way as best one can over steep or rough ground by clambering, crawling, etc. move hastily and anxiously take part in physical or other struggle with competitors for as much as possible of something (of aircraft or pilots) take off quickly in emergency. 2. v.t. Mix together indiscriminately deal with hastily or awkwardly cook (eggs) by breaking into pan with butter, milk, etc., stirring slightly and heating . alter frequencies of transmitted speech of (telephone conversation etc.) so as to make it unintelligible except to recipient using similar process

Gerald Duchovnay

Francis Ford Coppola's distinguished career has included Apocalypse Now, Godfather, Parts I, II, and III, and The Conversation, but when he spoke to Ric Gentry in 1987, he had just completed Rip Van Winkle, an episode of Fairie Tale Theatre for Shelley Duvall and was anxious to talk about that experience and his desire to use new technology for an electronic cinema in an electronic studio. Working in television, and specifically on this production, gave Coppola the opportunity to explore differences in acting and editing not normally open to him in film and recalled high school and college experiences in the theater, and especially his dream of becoming a playwright. In 1987 his goal was to become a writer of original full-length dramatic material for an audio-visual medium that would involve live performances. In Rip Van Winkle Coppla uses stylized aspects of Japanese Kabuki theater, especially the linking of scenery and settings to the story's ideas, to help convey the fairy tale....

Medium Specificity

Videotape's detractors are concerned about the loss of information and reduced image quality of video. Poor quality tape and panned and scanned'' movies on TV are in many ways distortions of original films. Moreover, video viewing typically takes place in less controlled situations than film screenings. Whether it is located in the home or in the gallery, in public spaces such as bars, airports, or sides of buildings, video addresses its viewer very differently than does cinema. Film theorists of the 1970s understood the film spectator as a fixed point in a darkened auditorium, a paradigm that is fundamentally altered with the video and television monitor. Thus it is not only the electronic image that defines video, but the apparatus of spectatorship it entails. The video spectator is said to be more mobile, more empowered than the cinema spectator, who is glued to his or her seat and supposedly gripped by the narrative unfolding on the screen. When that same narrative is viewed on...

Keeping Up the Beat

One member is a Los Angeles police officer who is biracial, and his complexion and ancestry become an issue. Some don't welcome his presence because in their thinking, he is not really black. A young social worker reveals that while he was in the gangs, he killed other young black men, and the officer tells him that he will arrest him at the end of the journey. A father brings his reluctant teenage son. They are literally chained together by court order, and the young man despises the idea of the rally. He wants to be back home with his friends, who, he is forced to admit, prey on other black people. A gay couple has had a lovers' quarrel, and they provoke conversation about the role of gay black men. Outside Memphis they pick up a loudmouth who owns a Lexus dealership, and as they ride on toward Washington, he continually expresses contempt for other black men who have not succeeded as he has. His relentless use of the word nigger to refer to his less prosperous colleagues wears thin...

The Browning Version

Sherry said, It's not a question of will Albert Finney get an Oscar It's will he get this time or the next time We have to talk about when we release this film. I thought, this is very positive, and I agreed. I think he should have gotten an Oscar for that performance. It was a superb performance. He's a superb actor. And then she said, But the first thing we have to fix is that dreadful music. She looked at me and said, I know this is only temp score. We got to get a real composer. It quickly became clear from our conversation she had absolutely no idea that I was a musician and that I had anything to do with the score. Or, as my son pointed out later on, that perhaps one of the reasons that they were all sobbing and couldn't speak for ten minutes might have had something to do with the fact that the music was appropriate. I was promptly fired as the composer and Mark Isham was brought in to redo the score.

Say Anything

Brooks, who, from Mary Tyler Moore onwards, has created some of my favorite characters ever. To meet him was a huge privilege. We had a mutual friend, and I went in and talked to him. It turned out he liked The Wild Life. He thought it had some great character touches. We began a five-year conversation about art, love, movies, writing, everything, and out of that experience came the script for Say Anything. Jim taught me something truly, truly important, which was Nothing beats writing about that embarrassing thing that happened to you that you don't think anybody else will appreciate, but it turns out that it's so vivid to you that you've got to write it. That's the stuff people love the most. That's the stuff they remember. I would have these conversations with Jim, and I'd pitch ideas for things I was thinking about. He'd kind of listen, and then he'd say, How's your wife doing, man My wife's a musician, and I'd say, Well, there's this roadie who's in love with her,...

Film In Poland After

The recognizable comedy trend of the 1990s is represented by films such as Kolejnosc Uczuc (Sequence of Feelings, Radoslaw Piwowarski, 1993), as well as the amusingly political films Rozmowy Kontrolowane (Controlled Conversations, Sylwester Checmski, 1991), and Uprowadzenie Agaty (Hijacking of Agata, Marek Piwowski, 1993). Finally, personal films and documentaries, many of these by women filmmakers, contribute to the complexity and wealth of themes presented in the 1990s. The honest, engaging films of Andrzej Baranski (b. 1941), Jan Jakub Kolski (b. 1956), and Andrzej Kondriatuk (b. 1936), present provincial Poland in a poignant, touching manner.

Sources and Notes

In most cases, quotations in this book are drawn from interviews conducted by the author during preparation for the first and or second edition. These include conversations with Michael Ambrosino, Paula Apsell, Steven Ascher, Ronald Blumer, Liane Brandon, Victoria Bruce, Ric Burns, Gail Dolgin, Jon Else, Boyd Estus, Nick Fraser, Susan Froemke, Jim Gilmore, Karin Hayes, Muffie Meyer, Hans Otto Nicolayssen, Sam Pollard, Kenn Rabin, Per Saari, Susanne Simpson, Holly Stadtler, Melanie Wallace, and Onyekachi Wambu. Additional information about films and filmmakers was taken as noted from a range of sources, including information provided by the filmmakers themselves through their official websites and press material and in material included on their DVDs.

The Looming Mountain

Also in 1992, Bergman's son Daniel made his directorial debut with Sunday's Children, an adaptation of Bergman's autobiographic novel. In 1996, Private Conversations, the sequel to The Best Intentions aired on television, once more shown to large audiences during the Christmas season. Written by Bergman, it was directed by Liv Ullmann, one of the director's favorite actresses, who had already accepted special honors on behalf of Bergman on previous occasions. At the Cannes Film Festival of 1997, celebrating its 50th anniversary, Bergman received another Palme d'Or, when he emerged as the favorites' favorite in a poll among all the previous winners of the Palme d'Or. This time it was Linn Ullmann, Bergman's daughter by Liv, who took the ovation on the director's behalf, while Eva Bergman, another daughter of his, has completed two films and is set to direct her first full-length feature. Bergman, in other words, represents not only a one-man culture industry, but he has founded a...

Juxtaposing Emotions

Let us contrast A Day in the Country's continuity-preserving strategies with those used in The Lower Depths, which begins by introducing us to two characters from seemingly separate worlds the Baron (Louis Jouvet), a dignified aristocrat who is a calamitously unsuccessful gambler, and Pepel (Jean Gabin), an unsuccessful, small-time thief. We follow the Baron as he loses all his possessions (without losing his bemused upper-crust demeanor). We see Pepel caught up in the interactions at an impoverished flophouse. Pepel fences his stolen goods through his landlord Kostileff (Vladimir Sokolov), while his illicit relationship with Kostileff's wife Vasilissa (Suzy Prim) is turning sour. In hopes of escaping the oppressive poverty of the flophouse, Pepel tries to rob a wealthy home. Unfortunately for him, it is the Baron's home, which has been brought to ruin by gambling losses. When the bankrupt Baron, who is about to take his own life, is interrupted by Pepel, they become instant friends,...

Matching Action

Shoulder Extension

Continuous because character 1 continues speaking in the close-up. The next shot is a reverse-angle reaction shot of character 2 from her point of view. After the reverse-angle shot of character 2, we return to a midshot of character 1, and in the final shot, we have a midshot of character 2 speaking. The cuts in this sequence come at points when conversation begins, and the cutting then follows the conversation to show the speaker.

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