Film Notes

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• Dramatic Block
      Can link to a paragraph in prose: it has within it an overriding dramatic idea, and keeping these ideas separate can give them ore force and power, and also clearer to the viewers.

• Narrative Beats
      These “beats” are shown through staging and camera, so the atmosphere, lighting, etc. effect the small actions that occur within a scene.

• The Fulcrum
      It’s when in a scene a character is about to achieve something that is very difficult to accomplish, the “turning point.”

• Staging/Main Function
The most obvious thing that staging accomplishes is the “functional and obligatory physical deeds of a scene”
Staging makes what’s internal physical
Staging can help show the nature of a relationship.
Staging can help a person be familiar with certain location/prop.
Staging can help resolve spatial separation.
Staging can direct a viewer’s attention.
Staging can punctuate actions.
Staging lastly can help form a “frame.”

• Patterns of Dramatic Movement
      Dramatic movement occurs when there is a change in a dynamic relationship between two characters.

• Changing the Stage within a Scene
      The way certain things in a scene are set up can really change the effect of the scene, for example, a character could move to an area of light to dark to show they’re evil.

• Staging as part of Film’s Design
      The placing of the actors of the film is very important for the shot and shouldn’t be done like a director for theater.   Lastly, the action that occurs on the camera will appear slower when the audience views its

• Working with a Location Plan
      The floor plan in simple terms is a “bird’s eye view” of the location, which shows where the actors are positioned and also the cameras.

• The Camera as Narrator
      Since Film is the language, the camera is the narrator, and tells us the story through film.   The camera, with angles, image size, motion, depth of field, focus, and speed, help...