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Notting Hill & Issues of Representation

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  • 1. Notting Hill & issues of representation
    Linking all AS units together:
    • British film
    • 2. Textual analysis
    • 3. Coursework main task
  • 4 technical areas
    Mise-en-scene
    Cinematography
    Editing
    Sound
    How do these technical aspects create meaning
    for an audience?
  • 4. Mise-en-scene
    Production design: location, studio, set design, costume and make-up, properties
    Lighting; colourdesign
  • 5. Cinematography
    Camera Shots, Angle, Movement and Composition
    Shots: establishing shot, master shot, close-up, mid-shot, long shot, wide shot, two-shot, aerial shot, point of view shot, over the shoulder shot, and variations of these
    Angle: high angle, low angle, tilted angle
    Movement: pan, tilt, track, dolly, crane, steadicam, hand-held, zoom, reverse zoom
    Composition: framing, rule of thirds, depth of field – deep and shallow focus, focus pulls
  • 6. Editing
    Includes transition of image and sound – continuity and non-continuity systems
    Cutting: shot/reverse shot, eyeline match, graphic match, action match, jump cut, crosscutting, parallel editing, cutaway; insert
    Other transitions, dissolve, fade-in, fade-out, wipe, superimposition, long take, short take, slow motion, ellipsis and expansion of time, post-production, visual effect, carrier waves
  • 7. Sound
    Diegetic and non-diegetic sound; synchronous/asynchronous sound; sound effects; sound bridge, dialogue, voiceover, mode of address/direct address, sound mixing, sound perspective
    Soundtrack: score, incidental music, themes and stings, ambient sound
  • 8. Issues of Representation
    Age
    Gender
    Ethnicity
    Sexuality
    Class & status
    Physical ability/ disability
    Regional identity
  • 9. Initial viewing
    Watch once, without making notes
    Watch a second time, noting your initial responses to these 3 questions:
    What techniques are used to introduce Will (Hugh Grant)? How is the audience made to identify with him?
    How is the setting, Notting Hill introduced?
    What genre signifiers are present in the opening sequence?