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The Independent
                               Study (25%)
                               Film Theory & History




Thursd...
The Logistics
                 • Produce a rationale, script and list of
                         sources for a complete ‘...
Example

                  • How has insanity been depicted
                             through the use of light and
    ...
Key Questions




Thursday, February 5, 2009
Key texts...




Thursday, February 5, 2009
Rationale




Thursday, February 5, 2009
The rationale
                                     Useful ideas for rationale writing



                                 ...
The Audience
                  • High school film students...your
                             documentary must engage thei...
Voice
                  • Your voice must be in the shape of
                             narrator, on-screen host and/or
...
Voice-Over Narration




Thursday, February 5, 2009
Stuart Hall- Centre for
                         Contemporary Cultural Studies

                  • Authors (almost always...
Decentred Response


                  • Decentered (a 4th option): the audience deliberately (actively)
                 ...
Decentred Film
                                     Interpretation
                  • Decentered interpretation on the ba...
IB Spirit...



                  • The topic and cinemas chosen should
                             not be familiar to yo...
Layout/Presentation

                  • 2 column (Treatment) format. Audio
                             & visual should b...
Clips used

                  • Describe in the visuals column, both
                             narratively (what is bei...
List of Sources

                  • Make sure to use the 4 (HL) films
                             used in this also, not ...
Useful Websites




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Useful Websites




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Useful Websites




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Useful Print Publications




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Useful Print Publications




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IB Film Independent Study

  1. 1. The Independent Study (25%) Film Theory & History Thursday, February 5, 2009
  2. 2. The Logistics • Produce a rationale, script and list of sources for a complete ‘short documentary’ exploring an aspect of film theory or film history. • Based on study of films from more than one country. • SL- 8-10 pages, minimum of 2 films; HL- 12-15 pages, minimum of 4 films • Rationale- No more than 100 words Thursday, February 5, 2009
  3. 3. Example • How has insanity been depicted through the use of light and composition? • At SL- The Cabinet of Dr Caligari & One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest • At HL- The Last Laugh & Ran/King Lear Thursday, February 5, 2009
  4. 4. Key Questions Thursday, February 5, 2009
  5. 5. Key texts... Thursday, February 5, 2009
  6. 6. Rationale Thursday, February 5, 2009
  7. 7. The rationale Useful ideas for rationale writing - some plot synopsis of documentaries provide • www.imdb.com guidance on summarizing their intentions succinctly • Continued synopsis writing for all film documentaries/programmes viewed during course • Cinema/film festival promotional written publications Thursday, February 5, 2009
  8. 8. The Audience • High school film students...your documentary must engage their interest. (Don’t make it too academic) • Don’t have to stick to expository form • Narrator of the documentary is YOU but the setting can involve real people (played by actors) in imaginary situations. • If Hitchcock needs to be interviewed on set of Psycho, this is OK but his quotes must be verifiable. Thursday, February 5, 2009
  9. 9. Voice • Your voice must be in the shape of narrator, on-screen host and/or voiceover. • Voice is everything the author uses to transmit the content of the text • Voice is what the audience perceives as being the author’s persona – the author’s intention • Voice in film can involve all the elements of film, not just spoken language. • Voice and audience together constitute communication/interpretation/engagement Thursday, February 5, 2009
  10. 10. Voice-Over Narration Thursday, February 5, 2009
  11. 11. Stuart Hall- Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies • Authors (almost always) give their texts an intended meaning/preferred reading/ dominant interpretation • Options for audience in reacting to voice; firstly, Assent to/accept the intended/desired/ dominant interpretation/reading • Resist/oppose the intended/desired/ dominant interpretation/reading • Negotiate/problematize the intended/ desired/ dominant interpretation/reading Thursday, February 5, 2009
  12. 12. Decentred Response • Decentered (a 4th option): the audience deliberately (actively) moves from the center of its own interpretation and positions itself to sample or simulate another audience’s response • Piagetian concept – modified in: Donaldson, Margaret. Children's Minds. New York: Norton, 1978) Thursday, February 5, 2009
  13. 13. Decentred Film Interpretation • Decentered interpretation on the basis of: • Age (Music Videos, Night and Fog, Teletubbies, Kes, I Never Sang for my Father) • Culture/geography (Dersu Uzala, Latcho Drom, Samurai films, Elstree Comedies, Bollywood films) • Gender/Sexuality (Orlando, This Sporting Life, Victor Victoria, Hell to Pay, Gap Toothed Women) • Ethnicity/race (Once Were Warriors, Birth of a Nation, Indiana Jones, Cowboys & Indians, Olympiad) • Power/wealth (Salt of the Earth, Terre sans pain, La règle du jeu) • Faith/Ideology (Hollywoodism: Jews, Movies, and The American Dream, The Passion of the Christ, Michael Moore, Triumph of the Will, Grierson Thursday, February 5, 2009
  14. 14. IB Spirit... • The topic and cinemas chosen should not be familiar to you! The task is designed to challenge and stretch you. Thursday, February 5, 2009
  15. 15. Layout/Presentation • 2 column (Treatment) format. Audio & visual should be synchronised • Thumbnails should only be used if they illustrate a point rather than as padding! • Timecodes can be very useful Thursday, February 5, 2009
  16. 16. Clips used • Describe in the visuals column, both narratively (what is being seen on screen) & symbolically i.e. What the clip represents e.g. In Hollywood Musicals Move to Bollywood, Gene Kelly is seen walking away down the street in Singing in the Rain, as the narrator talks about the death and disappearance of the musical. Thursday, February 5, 2009
  17. 17. List of Sources • Make sure to use the 4 (HL) films used in this also, not just on the front cover.. The list should be annotated with reasons why sources were used e.g. I chose this website to quote from because the good use of pictures helped me visualise the lighting situations in the film. Thursday, February 5, 2009
  18. 18. Useful Websites Thursday, February 5, 2009
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  21. 21. Useful Print Publications Thursday, February 5, 2009
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