Vertov / Leger / Manovich
Building Blocks of Film <ul><li>Frames (the actual still images recorded on film stock) </li></ul><ul><li>Shot (one uninte...
Montage Theory <ul><li>Rhythmic juxtaposing of shots (often  </li></ul><ul><li>associatively related or purposively contra...
Vertov (and Leger) as Database Cinema <ul><li>Resist conventional narrative structures  (through montage). </li></ul><ul><...
Continuing  Influence of Vertov and Leger <ul><li>Offer meta-reflection about how the medium (cinematography) shapes our u...
Key Questions <ul><li>How do these films envision the relationship between humans and technology?  </li></ul><ul><li>How h...
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9/9: Database Cinema and Montage Theory

  1. 1. Vertov / Leger / Manovich
  2. 2. Building Blocks of Film <ul><li>Frames (the actual still images recorded on film stock) </li></ul><ul><li>Shot (one uninterrupted run of the camera) </li></ul><ul><li>Cut (a change from one shot to another) </li></ul><ul><li>Mise-En-Scene (what we see and hear in the shot) </li></ul><ul><li>Cinematography (the angle, height, distance of the camera taking the shot) </li></ul><ul><li>Editing (putting shots together) </li></ul>
  3. 3. Montage Theory <ul><li>Rhythmic juxtaposing of shots (often </li></ul><ul><li>associatively related or purposively contrasting) </li></ul><ul><li>Temporal Montage (sequentially alternating </li></ul><ul><li>shots over time) </li></ul><ul><li>Spatial montage (simultaneously juxtaposing </li></ul><ul><li>images on the same screen) </li></ul>
  4. 4. Vertov (and Leger) as Database Cinema <ul><li>Resist conventional narrative structures (through montage). </li></ul><ul><li>Attempt to represent the collective experience rather than the story of an individual character. </li></ul><ul><li>Work to develop a unique language of film (distinct from fiction, theater, or painting). </li></ul>
  5. 5. Continuing Influence of Vertov and Leger <ul><li>Offer meta-reflection about how the medium (cinematography) shapes our understanding of ourselves and our world. </li></ul><ul><li>Cinematographic and editing techniques influences the development of later cinema, computer interfaces, and video games. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Key Questions <ul><li>How do these films envision the relationship between humans and technology? </li></ul><ul><li>How have Vertov and Leger’s cinematic techniques influenced subsequent media composers? </li></ul><ul><li>How do these films represent women and men differently? </li></ul><ul><li>What kind of “arguments” do these films make about the societies / places / people that they represent? </li></ul>

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