Blog post: Hyper Cinema

For this blog, I chose The Flat, from dreamingmethods.  This interactive site uses still images, text, sound, video inserts, and interactive mouse input. as you “play” through the site, you begin to piece together a narrative from what your reading. You will click on spaces in the image, interactive text, and items that will guide you through the narrative. as you progress through the images, the floating text seems a…

November 3, 2018
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Post-Continuity Editing

Some of the cinema and narrative techniques used in Run Lola Run including montage, split screens, animation, and loops. The use of montage can be seen in scenes of Lola running from place to place, and within this montage there are also montages centered on the people she runs into. This montage within a montage helps communicate the idea of the timeline changing, and these time shifts show how each person’s lives…

October 9, 2018
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Loops Blog

match on action loop, from The Shining. Frantic, quick pace, evokes feelings of anxiety. timeless, perfectly continuous loop from Dredd. Flames in the reflection, time feels slow, tense. match on action, continuous loop from one the Star Wars movies. Relatively steady pace, rhythmic, not evoking a frantic feeling. Evokes a feeling of monotony.   Loops can be useful narrative devices in cinema because it can communicate a cyclical relationship in a narrative like a loop that goes through…

October 9, 2018
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Narrative Time Blog

In McCloud’s visual essay, Time Frames, he discusses the use of sound/words as moments that can only exist in time. While the intervals in between frames and the actions within a scene can be manipulated to make time seem to move faster, the conversation itself can’t. For instance, the lunch scene we saw in class from His Girl Friday, in which the space around the table, the introduction of food and drinks, and…

October 9, 2018
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Narrative Space Blog

Inglorious Basterds – Bar Shootout Scene Long shot Medium close-up Medium Medium close-up Close-up on hand/gun Medium close-up on hand/gun Close-up on face Medium close-up Medium Medium-long Close-up Close-up almost extreme close-up Long shot   There are a variety of shots in this scene, that start with a long shot to set the scene. We see the focus in on the table in the center, we can see who the…

October 9, 2018
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Narrative Time

I think one of the most interesting aspects of Scott McCloud’s “Time Frames” is when he uses rope to represent a fragment of time. He states that each inch of rope can represent a second in time, and this rope can twist and turn throughout the panels of the comic, which essentially allots time for each panel. This metaphor helped me really understand the differences of how time could pass…

September 10, 2018
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Evolution of Cinema Language

EARLIEST FORMS Eadweard Muybridge – motion studies (1878) Thomas Edison – Kinetoscope, movement, sensational (1896)   Lumiere Brothers- outside (light), portable, travel, “documentaries” (1895)   Melies – theater, vaudeville, fantasy, special effects, illusion (1909)   HER TRUST – D.W. Griffith (1912) D.W. Griffith “A shot of a whole battlefield would be incomprehensible because looking at real things, the human vision fastens itself upon a quick succession of small comprehensible incidents…

May 9, 2016
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