FILM 1F94

Powerful Essays
Topics: Film
September 3, 2014
Lecture 1

Professor Barry Keith Grant
Terrance McDonald – Course Co-Ordinator

Cinema – Industry, a social institution, entertainment, an art form.

September 5, 2014
Lecture 2
Becoming a Film Student
An introduction to screening and viewing practices

September 10, 2014
Lecture 3

The Beginnings of Cinema

Peter Mark Roget (1769-1879)
Persistence of Vision
Thaumatrope (1824)

Animation Cel

Zoetrope
Invented in 1833 by British Mathematician William George Horner

Panorama

Etienne-Jules Marey (1830-1904)
Series Photography
Chronophotographic gun (1882)

Eadweard Muybridge (1830-1904)
Animal Locomotion series 1884-1887
The horse in motion

Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931)
Kinetoscope (1891)
Black Maria (1893) West Orange, NJ. World’s first film studio.

Modern Times

Auguste and Louis Lumiere
First public film screening
Salon Indien
Basement of Grand Café
Paris, December 28 1895

George Meliwa (1861-1938)
Magician who exploited the illusionistic potential of cinema
Fades
Dissolves
Stop action
Superimpositions
Matte shots A trip to the moon

Lumiere Brothers: Actualities (realist, documentary)
George Melies: artificially arranged scenes (expressionist, fiction)

September 12, 2014
Lecture 4

Cutting to continuity or continuity editing
 invisible editing or classical editing

Established narrative film as the dominant cinematic mode (not very often do documentaries etc. get shown in main stream cinemas)

Diegesis  the world created by a fictional text
Textual elements can be diegetic (have a source within the context of the film) or non diegetic

Edwin S. Porter 1870-1941
A cameraman for the Edison company, then became a director
Thinking more cinematically then theatrically, ie. Close ups

Silent films were always shown accompanied with music, first a piano player then an organist, then finally they had orchestras to accompany the films

David Wark Griffith (1875-1948)
From continuity editing to classical (invisible) editing
“Griffith

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