Reading A Movie

When I think about reading movies I think about reading the subtitles, but after reading the article and watching the videos I am thinking differently. The article How to Read a Movie pointed to the fact that you do not have to be an editor in order to visualize these points or understand these movie terms. Anyone can look at a movie scene by scene, or shot by shot and notice details like angles, lighting, and editing.

I chose to look at a scene from Little Women and discuss what editor aspects I noticed. This scene was a good choice after watching and reading our listed assignments. A few things I noticed was camera angles when people are speaking, the eye contact, facial expressions, and camera turns. The editor turned the camera to the speaker and when they didn’t the move of the camera was strategic enough that we still knew you was talking. The facial expressions of the actors and actresses expressed more emotions behind their words. The actors made eye contact with each other when they were speaking as a way to help the viewers know who was speaking when the angle of the camera wasn’t directly on their face. When the camera went into wide views I think it shows the elegance or extravagance of the house.

To complete this assignment I used iMovie and then uploaded it to Youtube. This was my first time using iMovie so it took me a little bit to get used to the formatting and figuring out how to use it. I just started adding things and playing around with buttons until it worked. I enjoyed this assignment because it allowed me to watch a movie I have seen many times through a different lens. When I watch movies I never think about angles, expression, points of view, background, etc. but now I will have that i the back of my head when I watch movies… I don’t know if thats a good thing haha.

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