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Film Terms Glossary - Dictionary

Film Terms Glossary - Dictionary
Film Terms Glossary: Oftentimes, film-making terms are not clearly defined for the average person. In order to be knowledgeable about the movie-making art form and the techniques of cinema, one must understand the fundamental vocabulary and language of film studies. Therefore, some of the most basic and common terms are defined in this compendium for reference. Simple definitions are provided for often complex terms as a baseline for media literacy. Illustrations and examples from films are provided with many of the terms, to help describe them more fully. Tips for Critically Viewing Films is also provided by this site. This is not a complete collection of all film-making terms, because so many of them are too obscure or technical to be included. The multiple areas of film-making included within this fairly comprehensive glossary are:

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The Cinematography of 10 Great Filmmakers Captured in Cinemagraphs In recent years, graphic interchange format, once a throwback to the awkward early years of web design, has come into its own as an art form. Leading the way is the ever-popular cinemagraph, an enhancement on photography that typically adds subtle moving elements to the scene — wisps of blowing hair, blinking eyes, rising smoke, etc. Although cinemagraphs first gained popularity for their use in advertising, it seems only natural that the meme has taken hold of cinema as well, capturing memorable movie stills in infinite loops of movement. If We Don’t, Remember Me has been busy amassing quite the collection of these cinematic cinemagraphs, adding a new dimension to the way in which images can convey the aesthetic of a certain directorial style.

A HISTORY OF MOVIE TRAILERS Movie trailers are everything. They're our first real impression of a film, not just in terms of the story or the actors, but also in terms of how a film will feel. We've all ended up seeing something we never thought we would, or have skipped something we thought we'd love simply based on the trailer. It's the movie equivalent of judging a book by its cover, only more thorough and at least comprised of the works' best bits.

Glossary of Motion Picture Terms (A-G) 1D LUT: A 1-dimensional lookup table is a static color translation table that converts one input value to one output value. There is a 1-to-1 correspondence in the input and output values in a 1D LUT. 16 mm: The frame is one-fourth the size of a 35 mm frame and has a 1.33:1 television aspect ratio. The film can have perforations on both sides or on just one side. When compared to 35 mm, grain is more apparent. 2K: A digital image 2048 pixels wide. The Grammar of TV and Film Zoom. In zooming in the camera does not move; the lens is focussed down from a long-shot to a close-up whilst the picture is still being shown. The subject is magnified, and attention is concentrated on details previously invisible as the shot tightens (contrast tracking). It may be used to surprise the viewer. Zooming out reveals more of the scene (perhaps where a character is, or to whom he or she is speaking) as the shot widens.

FILM TERM GLOSSARY AERIAL SHOT: An exterior shot taken from a plane, crane, helicopter or any other very high position. Also referred to as a BIRD’S-EYE VIEW. See SHOT. ANIMATION: A form of filmmaking which consists of photographing individual drawings (cels) or inanimate objects (such as puppets or clay figures) FRAME by frame, with each frame differing slightly from the one before. When the images are projected at 24 frames per second, they appear to move (or are animated) ASPECT RATIO: The ratio of the projected image's width to its height.

Science Fiction Films and American Society in the Fifties. Chapter One: Science fiction films and the political climate WHEN the Cold War began in 1947 only two science fiction films were made in the United States that year. The fact that the genre became an effective political tool in the Fifties is illustrated in part by the fact over 200 features would be released throughout the decade. The film makers realised that the ineptness disguised the subversive. POETRY IN MOTION: MOVIE POSTERS COME TO LIFE Motion posters are all the rage these days, and the surest sign we are living in the future. Next stop, hologram marquees a la JAWS 19. But cool as they are, for my money they’re not near as cool as what video essayist whoispablo has done in his latest creation. What you got here are scores of iconic posters – ERASERHEAD, THE EXORCIST, LOST HIGHWAY, THE SHINING, DRIVE, E.T., 2001 etc. etc. – that have been animated to show you the scene the still on the poster is taken from. For example, in the classic E.T. poster, Eliot and his alien buddy ride their bike across the moon; in whoispablo’s version, we start on the moon and see the bike ride into position. It might sound simple, but it isn’t – not by a longshot – and the effect is spectacular.

Diccionario de cáncer The search textbox has an autosuggest feature. When you enter three or more characters, a list of up to 10 suggestions will popup under the textbox. Use the arrow keys to move through the suggestions. To select a suggestion, hit the enter key. 180-degree rule This schematic shows the axis between two characters and the 180° arc on which cameras may be positioned (green). When cutting from the green arc to the red arc, the characters switch places on the screen. In film making, the 180-degree rule[1] is a basic guideline regarding the on-screen spatial relationship between a character and another character or object within a scene. An imaginary line called the axis connects the characters, and by keeping the camera on one side of this axis for every shot in the scene, the first character is always frame right of the second character, who is then always frame left of the first. The camera passing over the axis is called jumping the line or crossing the line; breaking the 180-degree rule by shooting on all sides is known as shooting in the round.

32 Film and Theatre Glossaries Screenwriting, directing, lightning, audio, stage performance and much more. If your interest lies in the fields of film and theatre, these glossaries are for you. Two categories and detailed descriptions – you will definitely find what you are looking for. Film IMDB – IMDB is probably one of the most reliable Internet sources of information when it comes to movies. In their glossary, you will be able to find a large number of words used in the movie industry, as well as useful cross-references. Pontecorvo's Colonel Mathieu: the paratrooper who embodied France In so many ways Colonel Mathieu, the paratrooper commander, is the central figure of the film, the 'Battle of Algiers'. Anti-Nazi Resistance veteran, humanist, respectful of his adversaries: Mathieu ensures that the film is never one-sided. It is complex and multi-layered because his character encapsulates the French perspective. Through him we understand the logic of colonial repression.