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Movie Lover’s Guide to Film Language, A

Synopsis
A general introduction to film language and five "lessons" covering the major elements of cinematic language: LIGHTING, CAMERA, MISE EN SCENE, SOUND and EDITING. For each of these lessons there is a short overview to introduce the lesson and its film clip, which consists of an "original clip" of a scene from a classic film. This is followed by an "instructional clip" that shows the same scene again but with synchronised voice-over commentary about the use of film language it illustrates. The movie scenes come from recognized film classics such as: Carol Reed’s The Third Man (lighting), Buster Keaton’s The General (camera), Fritz Lang’s M (mise-en-scene), Sergei Eisenstein’s Alexander Nevsky (sound), and Alfred Hitchcock’s Sabotage (editing). With interactive menus, the programme allows students to go directly from the introduction, to any of the five lessons, to supplementary information about the classic films or to the glossary of film terms used in the programme.
Language
English
Country
United States
Year of release
2005
Year of production
2003
Subjects
Media studies; FE
Keywords
cinematography; feature films; film and video production techniques; film editing; lightning; film studies; sound recording

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 2 PAL
Price
£19.99
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
45 minutes
Year
2005

Production Company

Name

First Light Video

Contact
Dawson Mays (Vice President, Sales)
Email
sales@firstlightvideo.com
Web
http://www.firstlightvideo.com External site opens in new window
Phone
+1 310 577 8581
Fax
+1 310 574 0886
Address
2321 Abbot Kinney Blvd
Venice
CA 90291
USA
Notes
An extensive range of industry-standard DVDs and CD-ROMs for teaching all aspects of media arts and mass communication including video, audio and digital media production from scriptwriting to non-linear editing. The collection also includes dance and drama-related productions covering props, make-up & costumes, stage technique and studies of advertising and mass media.

Distributor

Name

Quantum Leap

Notes
The company ceased trading in 2018. It was previously a distributor and online retailer specialising in non-fiction DVD titles on a wide variety of subjects, particularly in the areas of music instruction, music performance, sport instruction, and health. Some titles also available through retail outlets.
 

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