Author(s): John Reich
Exploring Movie Construction & Production contains eight chapters of the major areas of film construction and production. The discussion covers theme, genre, narrative structure, character portrayal, story, plot, directing style, cinematography, and editing. Important terminology is defined and types of analysis are discussed and demonstrated. An extended example of how a movie description reflects the setting, narrative structure, or directing style is used throughout the book to illustrate building blocks of each theme. This approach to film instruction and analysis has proved beneficial to increasing students’ learning, while enhancing the creativity and critical thinking of the student.
1. What Is the Theme? Why Do We Need It?
2. What Is Genre and How Is It Determined?
3. What Are the Mechanics of Story and Plot?
4. How Are the Characters Portrayed?
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