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1:2 Rise of the story film

FLM100 Introduction to Film
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Guy Westwell

on 19 August 2016

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1:2 The rise of the story film
Recap: the seminar leader will take any questions and queries on topics covered in week one; you should be prepared to gloss what Tom Gunning means by the term 'cinema of attractions'.
Time permitting, the following questions might also be posed:

Authorship: who is responsible for making the film? What message were they trying to get across? Who decides what a film means?

Identity: how are gender, race, class, sexuality and nation figured in the film?

Pleasure: with whom do we identify? What do we want to happen? And what do we feel?

History, ideology, culture etc.: how might the film be read into its cultural context?


2. Make a list of the key terms; make sure you know what they mean – seek clarification if they are not clear
1. The following questions enable you to judge the reliability of your source material; try to get into the habit of posing these questions (and seeking answers to them) whenever you settle down to read:
•When was it written, by whom, and for what purpose?
•Is it factually correct?
•What are the arguments?
•Are the arguments logical and convincing?
•What other lines of inquiry, points of interest, and random thoughts does the piece of writing inspire?
•How does this piece of reading help us to: a) understand the key concept; b) understand the historical context; c) understand the screening
Study skills: the following won't be covered in your seminar but these notes are designed to help you tackle the essential reading and viewing on the module and to ensure that you attend seminars fully prepared.
3. After/while reading the article you might like to try to keep a note of the following:
a.the sentence/paragraph that you feel is most important in the article
b.the sentence/paragraph that you disagree with most, or feel has the most problems
c.the sentence/paragraph that you just cannot understand or see the significance of
d.the sentence/paragraph that you like the most
e.the sentence/paragraph that you feel has the most striking piece of data/information in it

In addition to this, when reading and taking notes it is important to include the citation and the full reference for the article. This will save you a lot of trouble later when you come to write an essay or other assignment on the subject. Try to make a note of the citation using the style suggested in the student handbook.
Screen
The Girl and Her Trust
. In small groups (or pairs) and using the handout (see next slide) choose a key concept and use it to discuss the film. Each group to report back on their reading of the film via their chosen key concept.
The film is a remake of an earlier Griffith film called The Lonedale Operator (1911)
The Girl and Her Trust (1912)
Some stills for your consideration:
The main aim of this seminar is to introduce the key concepts that will be covered on FLM4200 (provided on a handout and appearing later in this presentation) and to gain a sense of the transition from the cinema of attractions to longer storytelling films. In order to do this we will be examining DW Griffith's 1912 film,
The Girl and Her Trust
.
Key concepts (this will be given as a handout):

Genre: what kind of film are we watching?

Narrative: what kind of story is being told? And how is it being told?

Mise-en-scene: props (esp. costume), colour, space, setting

Performance/Acting: Who are the actors? What are they doing?

Editing: is there a 'system' in place?

Sound: how does the film use sound within its story world, and on its soundtrack?

Cinematography: what decisions have been taken with regard lighting, blocking, the position of the camera, framing, and camera movement?

Technology: how have technical choices shaped/limited what we see on screen?

Censorship (regulation): how have industrial commitments to censorship, ratings, and taste, shaped the film?

Industry: how do we locate the film commercially?
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