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1 Rhetorical Analysis of Media

2 What is the story being told here?

3 Mise-En-Scene  Pronounced “mees-ahn-sahn” - ick  Translation: “put in the scene”  Everything that goes into a shot  NOT editing/post- production

4 Let’s see another great example…  Pay close attention:  Mise-en-scene  How does this scene play out?  Why?  What elements help support the story?

5 Movement  Early cameras were fixed, but today they move.

6 Zoom  The movement of an image only through the lens  The camera doesn’t move, but the lens does.  Allows the audience to move toward and away from images.  Zoom IN & Zoom OUT

7 Pan versus Tilt  Each features movement along ONE axis  PAN: The camera pivots left or right, left to right, or right to left on a horizontal axis

8 Pan versus Tilt  Each features movement along ONE axis  TILT: The camera pivots up or down on a vertical axis

9 Boom or Crane Shot  The camera moves through the air  The camera is lifted vertically with a boom or crane

10 Shot  A single length of film produced by continuous running of the camera  Can be as short as one frame (example from The Graduate?) or as long as an entire film! Time Code

11 Tracking Shot  Also known as a “dolly” shot : each named for the mechanical devices used in filmmaking

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13 Tracking Shot  Camera follows action through space  The entire camera moves horizontally with, toward, or away from the subject  Subject = focal point (character, object, landscape, etc.)

14 Some Famous Tracking Shots  A Touch of Evil: Orson Welles, 1958  Boogie Nights: Paul Thomas Anderson, 1997

15 Two Great Tracking Shots! Alfonso Cuaron (Y tu Mama Tambien, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban)

16 Shot Size  Shots are defined by the size of the subject within the film frame.  A LOT can happen in one shot.  The size of a subject can vary within a single shot.

17 Long Shot  Shows the entire figure

18 Close Up  Part of the subject takes up much of the entire screen

19 Medium Shot  The midpoint between long and close up  It shows the body from about the waist up

20 Extreme Close Up  Part of the subject takes up all of the entire screen

21 Medium Close Up  Mid-point between Medium shot and Close up

22 Extreme Long Shot  Subject is fully seen in the distance of the shot

23 Camera Angles  Camera is usually at eye level, but can vary for particular effect  Often Objective POV (though can be Subj. or Indirect-Subj.)  Offers “normal” view of the world

24 High Angle  High angle - taken from above subject  The Shining (1980)  What effect does this image have on the audience?

25 Low Angle  Low angle - taken from below subject  Equilibrium (2002)  What effect does this image have on the audience?

26 Add the word “EXTREME”…  EXTREME HIGH ANGLE:  Pink Floyd’s The Wall (1982)

27 Add the word “EXTREME”…  EXTREME LOWANGLE:  The Shining (1980)

28 The Camera is your FRIEND! Think about how you can manipulate it to striking effect in your own movie!


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