How Films Communicate
Complete Part I in your first week of class. In Week Two, complete Parts II and III after viewing a film of your own selection from the How Films Communicate Film List located under your Week One materials. Submit Parts I, II, and III in Week Two.Part I: Beginning to Analyze FilmTo compete Part I, choose a movie you have viewed in the past (this does not have to be from the How Films Communicate Film List ). In the following table, enter the title of your movie and complete the entries for time and place, costume, and set design, writing in complete sentences. For the final entry describe the atmosphere created by the combination of film elements discussed in Ch. 1 of Film: An Introduction and how they contributed to your liking or disliking of the movie. Submit Part I, along with Parts II and III in Week 2.
Time and Place
Describe the atmosphere created by the combination of film elements and how they contributed to your liking or disliking of the movie.
Example MovieAlien, 1979Example Entry The movie is set in the far-off future. The movie takes place in space on board a spaceship and some action occurs on the surface of a planet.
Example EntryThe characters often appear in grubby, casual clothing and what appear to be worn-out uniforms. Also, they appear in space suits when they journey to the planet.
Example Entry The sets looks very high-tech and run-down at the same time. In some areas there are very streamlined and modern-looking set pieces, and in other areas pipes or tubing can be seen running along the walls.
Example Entry The overall atmosphere is gritty and realistic creating the sense that this is a lived-in world. The atmosphere of the planet they visit is creepy because the shapes of the set seems alive. The characters are all acting realistically, especially the character of Lambert who is terrified. The characters fit into this world well,…