Film Theory 101

Reel Deal Goes to the Movies: A Town Called Panic

November 23, 2013 No Comments

Sunday November 24 Detroit Film Theater 4:30 pm Prepare yourself for the ultimate in stop action animation! Quirky! Droll! Smart! Watch the film and let’s discuss it in the Crystal Gallery*, immediately following the 4:30 pm showing! UPDATE: DISCUSSION LOCATION MAY BE CHANGED TO RODIN. 

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Reeldealmind at TIFF: Festival Wrap

Reeldealmind at TIFF: Festival Wrap

September 9, 2013 No Comments

How to summarize an other-worldly experience? The Toronto Film Festival continues without me, leaving the images of movies premiering before cinephilic audiences as souvenirs. Newcomers and veterans are embraced by a city brimming with respect, enthusiasm and friendly assistance. Real world wake up:  the next time I go to a movie (soon, no doubt), I […]

The Reel Deal Mindcast is Here! Check out Session 1

The Reel Deal Mindcast is Here! Check out Session 1

September 5, 2013 No Comments

The Reel Deal Mind is proud to present our new podcast. Join Diane Geiger and Jolyn Wagner as we embrace the experience of the Toronto Film Festival. Session one is a (slightly nervous) launch of our first mindcast. Go to the topic marked Podcast on the menu bar, take a lesson and post a comment […]

Film Theory 101: Establishing Shot

July 12, 2011 3 Comments

How do we know where we are or are supposed to be in a movie?  New York?  Ah yes..there’s the Statue of Liberty!  Paris..oui…there’s the Eiffel Tower.  Now we know where our characters are…”An establishing shot sets up(establishes the context) for a scene by showing the relationship between its important figures and objects.  It is […]

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Film Theory 101: Aspect ratio

June 16, 2011 No Comments

The relationship of the frame’s width to its height.  In the original ratio,  the frame was 1  1/3 times as wide as it was high (1.333:1).  Later the width was normalize at 1.85 times the height.  The standardized shape of the film frame establishd by the Aademy of Motion Pictures of Arts and Sciences  is […]

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Vocabulary Term of the Week: POV (Point of View)

May 28, 2011 No Comments

The perspective that we are asked or guided to assume which will shape the experience of the film…this can be done through a variety of means… camera positioning and angles are typical ways the director can manipulate our reactions

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Vocabulary Term of the Week: “Long Take”

May 13, 2011 No Comments

Long take:  “the name given to a shot of long duration….the most common shot length in 1940’s  Hollywood films is 9 seconds.  This means that, in a Hollywood film of the 1940’s there is a change in shot every 9 seconds. What tis average can define are the deviations from the norm, such as the […]

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Vocabulary Term of the Week: mise-en-shot

May 1, 2011 No Comments

this is the way filmed events are filmed –the  camera position and movement as well as the pacing of the editing and the duration of a single shot.

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Vocabulary term of the week: mise-en-scene

May 1, 2011 No Comments

literally referring to what is “put” in front of the camera–the staging of the film event.  This includes the lighting and set design and communicates a great deal of information.

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Vocabulary Term of the Week: Montage

May 1, 2011 No Comments

Montage: “While editing simply refers to the joining together of shots, montage refers to the expressive use of editing to confer symbolic and metaphorical meanings onto the filmed events.” From “Film Studies” (2003) by Warren Buckland  

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