- Blog entry: Imagine you're a movie director who was just given a contract to make a new film. What kind of movie would you make? Whom would you cast? How would your movie differ from others?
- We discussed various types of framing and composition that are found in films, as well as different types of shots (long, medium, close-up).
- We then watched the first 15 minutes of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty again looking at how the character of Walter is developed and enhanced through the films composition, framing, and camera shots. After viewing the film the class began working on part two of the elements of film structure.
- We looked at camera angle and camera movement, and discussed the effects these elements can have on a film and its viewer.
- Watched the first 20 minutes of the Hunger Games to look for camera position/composition/framing. How do these elements communicate emotion?
- We also re-watched the first 15 minutes of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty looking at the influence of the camera angles on the character development. Following a discussion on Walter's character we discussed camera movement in more depth and watched 20 minutes of The Hunger Games. We looked at how the director's use of camera movement, angles, focus, and other terms discussed in the first chapter of Movies and Meaning helped tell the story.
- Read pages 31-47 in Movies and Meaning and take notes on the bolded terms.