Writing about Movies

Author: Karen Gocsik
Publisher: W. W. Norton
ISBN: 0393664902
Release Date: 2018-10-15
Genre:

The only writing guide a film student will ever need

Writing about Movies

Author: Karen Gocsik
Publisher: W. W. Norton
ISBN: 0393265234
Release Date: 2015-09-03
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

The most succinct, practical, and affordable introduction to thinking and writing about film.

Writing about Movies

Author: Karen M. Gocsik
Publisher: W. W. Norton
ISBN: 0393921654
Release Date: 2012-10-15
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

Writing About Movies offers students two books in one: a handy guide to the process of academic writing and a brief but thorough introduction to the basics of film form, film theory, and film analysis. Written by the director of the writing program at Dartmouth College and the authors of the leading introductory film-studies text, Writing About Movies is the only writing guide a student of film will need.

Looking at Movies

Author: Richard Barsam
Publisher: W. W. Norton
ISBN: 0393923088
Release Date: 2013-02-01
Genre: Cinematography

Film analysis starts here.Looking at Movies is the most effective introduction to film analysis available. From its very first chapter, Looking at Movies provides students with the tools they need to become perceptive viewers of film. The Fourth Edition is not only more comprehensive, but also more accessible and sophisticated in its integration of media.

Film

Author: William H. Phillips
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 9780312487256
Release Date: 2009-01-02
Genre: Performing Arts

This clear, well illustrated text takes the reader through the basics of film analysis, drawing on a wide range of film for discussion. Questions of genre and the contexts and meanings of film are considered.

Film Form and Culture

Author: Robert Kolker
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781317541684
Release Date: 2015-08-14
Genre: Social Science

Film, Form, and Culture (4th edition) offers a lively introduction to both the formal and cultural aspects of film. With extensive analysis of films past and present, this textbook explores film from part to whole; from the smallest unit of the shot to the way shots are edited together to create narrative. It then examines those narratives (both fiction and non-fiction) as stories and genres that speak to the culture of their time and our perceptions of them today. Composition, editing, genres (such as the gangster film, the Western, science fiction, and melodrama) are analyzed alongside numerous images to illustrate the discussion. Chapters on the individuals who make films - the production designer, cinematographer, editor, composer, producer, director, and actor - illustrate the collaborative nature of filmmaking. This new edition includes: An expanded discussion of the digital 'revolution" in filmmaking: exploring the movement from celluloid to digital recording and editing of images, as well as the use of CGI A new chapter on international cinema that covers filmmaking from Italy to Mumbai offering students a broader understanding of cinema on a worldwide scale A new chapter on film acting that uses images to create a small catalogue of gestures and expressions that are recognizable in film after film Expanded content coverage and in-depth analysis throughout, including a visual analysis of a scene from Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight An expanded chapter on the cultural contexts of film summarizes the theories of cultural and media studies, concluding with a comparative analysis of Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo and Judd Apatow’s This is 40 Over 260 images, many in color, that create a visual index to and illustration of the discussion of films and filmmaking Each chapter ends with updated suggestions for further reading and viewing, and there is an expanded glossary of terms. Additional resources for students and teachers can also be found on the companion website (www.routledge.com/cw/kolker), which includes additional case studies, discussion questions and links to useful websites. This textbook is an invaluable and exciting resource for students beginning film studies at undergraduate level.

A History of Narrative Film

Author: David A. Cook
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 9780393920093
Release Date: 2016-02-01
Genre: Performing Arts

Sophisticated in its analytical content, current in its coverage, and informed throughout by fascinating historical and cultural contexts, A History of Narrative Film is one of the most respected and widely read texts in film studies. This Fifth Edition features a new chapter on twenty-first century film, and includes refreshed coverage of contemporary digital production, distribution, and consumption of film. Now 20% shorter, with new four-color design and an updated art program, A History of Narrative Film is also the only film history text available as an ebook.

How to Read a Film

Author: James Monaco
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 019503869X
Release Date: 2000
Genre: Performing Arts

Sets movies in the contexts of their aesthetic and technological antecedents and reviews all important factors of and issues pertaining to contemporary film and television production and theory.

Elements of Style

Author: William Strunk Jr.
Publisher: Lulu.com
ISBN: 9781329199637
Release Date: 2015-06-07
Genre: Education

This book is intended for use in English courses in which the practice of composition is combined with the study of literature. It aims to give in a brief space the principal requirements of plain English style. It aims to lighten the task of instructor and student by concentrating attention (in Chapters II and III) on a few essentials, the rules of usage and principles of composition most commonly violated. The numbers of the sections may be used as references in correcting manuscript. The book covers only a small portion of the field of English style, but the experience of its writer has been that once past the essentials, students profit most by individual instruction based on the problems of their own work, and that each instructor has his own body of theory, which he prefers to that offered by any textbook.

Film Properties of Plastics and Elastomers

Author: Laurence W. McKeen
Publisher: William Andrew
ISBN: 9780128132937
Release Date: 2017-06-16
Genre: Technology & Engineering

Film Properties of Plastics and Elastomers, Fourth Edition is the only data handbook available on the engineering properties of commercial polymeric films. It details many physical, mechanical, optical, electrical and permeation properties within the context of specific test parameters, providing a ready reference for comparing materials in both the same and different families. Data is presented on the characteristics of major plastic and elastomer packaging materials, with the data in this edition updated to cover the five years since the previous edition was published. The resin chapters each contain textual summary information, including category, general description, processing methods, applications, reliability, weatherability, and regulatory approval considerations for use in food and medical packaging. Provides an essential reference tool for the workflow of engineers and scientists involved in the plastics industry Details a broad range of film properties, enabling engineers and professionals to compare and select materials Provides a life-of-product approach, with coverage ranging from properties and key concepts, through to production and applications

Writing Short Films

Author: Linda J. Cowgill
Publisher: Lone Eagle
ISBN: 9780307875143
Release Date: 2010-10-20
Genre: Performing Arts

This new edition has been completely updated and revised along with the addition of several new chapters. Currently, this title remains the best selling university text book on writing short film screenplays.

Short Guide to Writing about Film Global Edition

Author: Timothy Corrigan
Publisher: Pearson Higher Ed
ISBN: 9781292078120
Release Date: 2015-02-27
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction

For courses in Film Criticism, Film History, Writing for Film, or Film Appreciation. A succinct guide to thinking critically and writing precisely about film Both an introduction to film study and a practical writing guide, this brief text introduces students to major film theories as well as film terminology, enabling them to write more thoughtfully and critically. With numerous student and professional examples, this engaging and practical guide progresses from taking notes and writing first drafts to creating polished essays and comprehensive research projects. Moving from movie reviews to theoretical and critical essays, the text demonstrates how an analysis of a film can become more subtle and rigorous as part of a compositional process.

A Pocket Guide to Analyzing Films

Author: Robert Spadoni
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 9780520958760
Release Date: 2014-08-30
Genre: Performing Arts

The perfect concise guide to the formal analysis of film. Designed to be used by readers at many levels of knowledge, this book moves systematically through the elements that make up most films, focusing on aspects of the art of cinema that are common across history and national cinemas. From form and narrative to mise-en-scène and cinematography to editing and sound, Robert Spadoni introduces and explains the principles and conventions of film in engaging, straightforward language. In addition to illustrating film techniques with almost 200 images—most of them in color—the book explains ways to find patterns and meaning in films through such concepts as motifs, development, and motivation. Thumbnail readings of exemplary films further lay out the essentials of formal analysis. Film illustrations include frame enlargements from Stagecoach, Psycho, Jeepers Creepers, Persepolis, Groundhog Day, Take Shelter, and more. Modestly priced and packed with images, A Pocket Guide to Analyzing Films is ideal for students in a wide range of film courses who are looking for an easy-to-read guide to film analysis to accompany and enhance their course materials.

Grammar of the Shot

Author: Christopher J. Bowen
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 9781351803519
Release Date: 2017-07-20
Genre: Performing Arts

The newly-revised and updated fourth edition of Grammar of the Shot teaches readers the principles behind successful visual communication in motion media through shot composition, screen direction, depth cues, lighting, camera movement, and shooting for editing. Many general practices are suggested that should help to create rich, multi-layered visuals. Designed as an easy-to-use reference, Grammar of the Shot presents each topic succinctly with clear photographs and diagrams illustrating key concepts, practical exercises, and quiz questions, and is a staple of any filmmaker’s library. New to the fourth edition: an expanded companion website at www.routledge.com/cw/Bowen, offering downloadable scenes and editable raw footage so that students can practice the techniques described in the book, and instructional videos showcasing examples of different compositional choices; new and expanded quiz questions and practical exercises at the end of each chapter to help test readers on their knowledge using real-world scenarios; updated topic discussions, explanations, illustrations, and visual examples. Together with its companion volume, Grammar of the Edit, the core concepts discussed in these books offer concise and practical resources for both experienced and aspiring filmmakers.