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Tamara Cooper
C LIT 301
Seattle Campus

Theory of Film: Analysis

Introduction to the analysis of film. Covers major aspects of cinematic form: mise en scene, framing and camera movement, editing, and sound and color. Considers how these elements are organized in traditional cinematic narrative and in alternative approaches.

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Like any other medium, cinema is not neutral. In Theories of Cinema Analysis we are going to demystify the 4 main categories of cinema analysis – mis-en-scene, cinematography, sound, and editing as natural elements of visual story telling by looking at their early theoretical developments. What questions were early filmmakers/ theorists asking which allowed them to arrive at these 4 central ways of assembling moving pictures? How were they used as political tools in a social context? What difference have they made in the ways we currently understand cinema, tv and new media? Are contemporary filmmakers continuing to change the way we see?

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Last Update by Tamara Cooper
Date: 06/06/2012