We watched several movie clips and discussed the ideas from the readings; also Chung-Ching made some awesome diagrams to help us with understanding and discussion of the films.

  • We watched a clip from Psycho
  • Chung-Ching made some beautiful diagrams to help us understand and talk about the ideas from the readings
  • Film vs. Language
  • [Sign] & [Syntax] & [Time]
  • Sound: music set mood
  • Water = representation of time
  • Scene
    • Black and white
  • Blood
    • Casey’s Comment: viewing as the soul, as being down the drain
  • Editing -> shots, track away from; different editing
  • Film is like language
  • In film
    • Signified almost equal to signified
    • Continued meaning (can’t be described quantitatively)
    • Icon: Identical representation
    • Symbol: things that represents something via culture;  (cultural connection)
    • Index: relationship between objects; it refers to something else; (i.e. smoke means fire) (physical representation relationship)
  • Paradigmatic (choices)
  • Codes: the code is the medium what the “message” of the film is transmitted
  • Movie Clip: About a boy
    • Use of color: HG’s place was silver and cold; blue
      • The boy: very focused on blues and oranges
      • Literally contrasting colors
    • Pets
    • How they think about their family
    • Shots in HG’s house
    • Symbol of boy’s hamster
    • Codes in voice layovers
    • Setting up HG & Boy as polar opposites
    • Boy is mature; HG is a man-child
    • Boy is poor; HG is rich
    • They both don’t fit in as norm;
    • Hg = cool; Boy != cool
  • Movie: Nicole Kidman & Dogsville
    • Rotten Apples;
    • Thom;
    • We get to see everything;
    • Opening shot
      • Schematic, top view, no walls
      • Very slow pandown to eye level
      • Trick to eye level
      • Blue print (god = great architect)
    • In town hand held camera
      • Shaky
    • Like a play
      • Blocking
      • Lighting
    • Narration
      • It’s strange
    • Thomas Edison Junior
    • Chalk outline of Dog
    • Diegetic sounds where lack of physical props
      • Unnatural openness in this town
      • Is this really a town?
  • Exercise: Looking at different products
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