Aristotle (Poetics) : 6 Elements/Principles
"Speak the speech, I pray you, as I pronounced it to you--trippingly on the tongue; but if you mouth it, as many of your players do, I had as lief the town-crier spoke my lines. Nor do not saw the air too much with your hand, thus, but use all gently; for in the very torrent, tempest, and as I may say, the whirlwind of your passion, you must acquire and beget a temperance that may give it smoothness." -- William Shakespeare (1564-1616), English dramatist, poet. Hamlet, in Hamlet, act 3, sc. 2, speaking to the players
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SummaryToo bad I have to leave literature outside of our areas, but nevertheless, I use a lot refernces to great book (What is Art? Leo Tolstoy).
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Film & Video Directing (Spring 2004): textbook Grammar of the Film Language by Daniel Arijon
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"#1. In order correctly to define art, it is necessary, first of all, to cease to consider it as a means to pleasure and to consider it as one of the conditions of human life. Viewing it in this way we cannot fail to observe that art is one of the means of intercourse between man and man." Tolstoy, Chapter 5.
Sender --> Medium --> Reciever
Basic Communication Model
The message can't be recieved without forming it one way of another (code). Both, sender and reciever must know the code to DECODE the masses.
Since the focus of this course is cinema, we are talking about film language. Aristotle considered language under texture (principle #4).
Film = Theatre + Art + Music
What is "film grammar"?
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Lesson #60 or 90 min
1. review (previous class)
3. new key terms & definitions
4. viewing film segments
5. issues & topics
6. questions, discussion, analysis
7. in class work
9. improv & games
12. online, journals