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How Films Communicate

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HowFilms Communicate

Instructions

Completeandsubmit PartI in your first week of class. In Week Two, complete PartsII&amp III afterviewing afilm of your choice fromthe:HowFilms CommunicateFilm List located underyour Week One materials. Submityourcompleted worksheet in Week Two.

PartI: Beginning to Analyze Film—TheSilence of the Lambs(1991)

Tocompete Part I, choose a movie you have viewed in the past (this doesnot have to be from the University of Phoenix: How Films CommunicateFilm List ). Review the following example in the table and thencomplete your information by inserting the title of your movie andcompleting the entries for time and place, costume, and set design,writing in complete sentences. For your final entry, describe theatmosphere created by the combination of film elements discussed inCh. 1 of Filmandhow they contributed to your liking or disliking of the movie. SubmitPart I in Week One.

Movie

Time and Place

Costume

Set Design

Describe the atmosphere created by the combination of film elements and how they contributed to your liking or disliking of the movie.

Title

The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

Time and Place

The movie’s setting is in the recent past, early twenty first century perhaps. This is evidenced by the modern vehicles and dressing. Much of the action takes place at the psychiatric ward as well as the FBI building.

Costume

The characters are mostly dressed in official attire especially those carrying out an investigative role.

Set Design

The set is divided into three places, the FBI offices which are well equipped. The psychiatric building looks old but maintained. Some areas were dark and dingy to give the scary feel that is present in horror movies.

Atmosphere created

The overall atmosphere created by the sound effects is a horrific one. This is further perpetrated by the dark areas where some characters are detained. The movie also has a lot of thrill and suspense. the dark shadows and the graphic nature of the gruesome murders makes the movie to be generally morbid. I liked the movie since the theme blended so well with the cinematography, making it all an exquisite masterpiece.

PartII: The Technical Language of Film–TheSilence of the Lambs(1991)

Selecta film from the : How Films CommunicateFilm Listandview itbeforecompleting Parts II &amp III. Complete the following entries in thespace provided by answering each question as it pertains to the movieyou selected from the : How FilmsCommunicate Film List. Each answer mustbe at least 50 words in length and written in complete sentences.Submit Parts I, II, &amp III in Week Two.

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Question

Your Response

Identify aspects of cinematography in your selected film. Discuss them in terms of how they affected your viewing experience in other words, did the art of cinematography add value to your experience? If so, how? If not, why not?

Occasionally, the camera would adopt one of the character’s point of view. For example, the camera would take Clarice’s point of view, so we would be staring at the person she is interviewing. This makes the viewer feel and hear the same things she was. At other times, when the camera is behind her or over her shoulder, the viewer gets to see some things that Clarice may have been aware of even though she was not quite seeing them clearly. This engages the viewer in more ways than one, so that you get to live the part that Clarice was playing. The cinematography was well done and made me more invested in the movie.

Identify aspects of sound in your selected film. Discuss them in terms of how they affected your viewing experience in other words, did the art of sound effects add value to your experience?

If so, how? If not, why not?

During Jodie Foster’s first trip to visit Lecter, the sound effects made the whole affair much more horrific. There was a kind of lunatic scream emanating from where Lecter was supposed to be. Moreover, whenever one goes to that place, there is always a low tone that rises and comes down. This made it more scary and real. After being horrified one looks back at all this and appreciates the skill that goes into producing this effect.

Identify the type of music in your selected film. Discuss them in terms of how it affected your viewing experience in other words, did the score or songs add value to your experience?

If so, how? If not, why not?

Among the songs that were playing in the movie was ‘American girl’ by Tom Petty. The lyrics make it seem as though it is talking about Clarice. According to the lyrics of this song, it appears to be speaking to Clarice. “American girl raised on promises couldn’t help thinking that there was a little more to life…alright baby take it easy” I enjoyed the selection of the songs. “Alone” by Colin Newman speaks more on the horrific theme of the movie. They all play into the movie one way or the other and improve the quality of the viewing.

Identify the types of editing in your selected film. Discuss them in terms of how it affected your viewing experience in other words, did the different types of shots and framing add value to your experience?

If so, how? If not, why not?

The framing was done such that Buffalo Bull seems seconds away from being apprehended by the FBI when in fact Clarice, who seems farther away is the one who is actually in danger. This made the movie even more thrilling as it was not predictable. Therefore, it increased the value of my viewing.

PartIII: What is the Cultural Value of Film?

Incompleting Parts I &ampII,you have engaged your critical thinking skills by becoming aware ofand assessing various elements of film. How do these exercisesconnect the study of film to real-world experience? Additionally, inwhat other ways do films have cultural value?Explain and defend your opinion. Your response should be at least 50words in length and written in complete sentences.

The movie is about psychotic and heinous deaths and a sane woman who is trying to comprehend the workings of deranged killers. The movie is not vain and challenges one’s imagination to reach new heights. The fact that the person in charge of this investigation is lady speaks volumes about how women are empowered in this society. All in all, it is an engaging film that deserves the many accolades that it received.

References

Ettedgui,P. (1998). Cinematography. London: RotoVision.

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