An Introduction to Film Analysis: Technique and Meaning in Narrative Film

An Introduction to Film Analysis: Technique and Meaning in Narrative Film

by Michael Ryan, Melissa Lenos


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An Introduction to Film Analysis: Technique and Meaning in Narrative Film by Michael Ryan, Melissa Lenos

An Introduction to Film Analysis is designed to introduce students to filmmaking techniques while also providing an invaluable guide to film interpretation. It takes readers step by step through:

-the basic technical terms
-shot-by-shot analyses of film sequences
-set design, composition, editing, camera work, post-production, art direction and more
-each chapter provides clear examples and full colour images from classic as well as contemporary films

Ryan's updated edition introduces students to the different kinds of lenses and their effects, the multiple possibilities of lighting, and the way post-production modifies images through such processes as saturation and desaturation. Students will learn to ask why the camera is placed where it is, why an edit occurs where it does, or why the set is designed in a certain way.

The second section of the book focuses on critical analysis, introducing students to the various approaches to film, from psychology to history, with new analysis on postcolonial, transnational and Affect Theory.

New to this edition is a third section featuring several in-depth analyses of films to put into practice what comes before: The Birds, The Shining, Vagabond, In the Mood for Love, Before the Devil Knows You're Dead.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780826430014
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 08/23/2012
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Michael Ryan is Professor of Film and Media Arts at Temple University, USA. His books include Camera Politica: The Politics and Ideology of Contemporary Hollywood Film, Politics and Culture,Cultural Studies: An Anthology, and American Film: A Short History (forthcoming). He is editor of Politics and Culture: An International Review of Books. He is writing a book on American film and American literature entitled Make Believe: Political Argument in American Culture.

Table of Contents

Meaning in Movies
Shot-by-Shot Analysis
Writing About Film: The Art of Active Viewing
Part 1: Technique and Meaning
1. Composition
2. Camera Work
3. Editing
4. Set Design
5. Lighting
6. Sound
7. Color
8. Narration
9. Structure, Character, Motif
10. Film Style: Realism and Expressionism
Part 2: Critical Analysis
11. Historical Criticism
12. Structuralist Criticism
13. Psychological Criticism
14. Ideological Criticism
15. Gender Criticism
16. Ethnic Criticism
17. Post-Colonial / Transnational Criticism
18. Post-Structuralist Criticism
19. Political Criticism
20. Evolutionary Theory
21. Affect & Emotion
Part 3: Sample Analyses
22. The Birds
23. The Shining
24. Vagabond
25. In the Mood for Love
26. Before the Devil Knows You're Dead
Student Assignments
Further Reading

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