Notting Hill & Issues of Representation

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Notting Hill & Issues of Representation

  1. 1. Notting Hill & issues of representation Linking all AS units together: -British film -Textual analysis -Coursework main task
  2. 2. 4 technical areas • Mise-en-scene • Cinematography • Editing • Sound How do these technical aspects create meaning for an audience?
  3. 3. Mise-en-scene • Production design: location, studio, set design, costume and make-up, properties • Lighting; colour design
  4. 4. 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
  5. 5. 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
  6. 6. 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
  7. 7. Issues of Representation • Age • Gender • Ethnicity • Sexuality • Class & status • Physical ability/ disability • Regional identity
  8. 8. Initial viewing • Watch once, without making notes • Watch a second time, noting your initial responses to these 3 questions: 1) What techniques are used to introduce Will (Hugh Grant)? How is the audience made to identify with him? 2) How is the setting, Notting Hill introduced? 3) What genre signifiers are present in the opening sequence?

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