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Reading Movies: No Subtitles

For learning more about video, I read “How to Read a Movie” and watched The Shining // Zooms, Tarantino // From Below and Examples of Editing Techniques.

Ebert suggest to dissect movies frame by frame.

In a group of people there is so many different ethnicities, backgrounds, languages, experiences and more that can contribute to examining the frames. I think this is a great way to examine movies because getting a collective of people together, you may gain an insight you would have never expected. A reoccurrence that I have seen especially with Ebert’s guide is the strong axis figure’s have on the screen. That is them coming in screen at an angle and while they may not take up the majority of the screen it is what catches your eye. And the protagonist of the scene being lighter. Some things I hope to incorporate to my video assignments are jump cuts, or zooming. Zooming in the Shining clip felt like it added a sound with every scene. It reminded me of having those moments when you realize there are so many lives, and different lives at that, going on outside of yours that you don’t even think about. In your mundane day of going to work someone is having their first child or buying a house. The montage of clips from Tarantino are all from a below angle and most, if not all, of the clips were from a scene of someone dying or getting hurt. While this does not apply to ALL scenes, it could be a giveaway in Tarantino’s films for someone who catches on to that. Having a theme like that could have people feel more involved in the films as well and creating more of a connection.

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