Is this feature helpful? The Third Edition adds in-depth but jargon-free coverage of three areas: Although I had a fairly solid foundation, his book helped lay down the missing points More help with film analysis than any other text. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Good condition, exactly what my proffessor had.

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Shelves: nonfic After reading this book cover to cover I can say that overall this is not a bad text to read. Some sections are a little too extensive in their review of particular films and forms. This is a great guide to use when taking a basic college course on film and explains technical terms and theories for investigating film very well. Richard Barsam does provide a wide array of examples from nearly all genres of film which makes identifying the properties easier.

At the end of the text be sure to note After reading this book cover to cover I can say that overall this is not a bad text to read. The Appendix also provides some useful information on Hollywood production systems, studios, unions, the ratings system, and producers and directors. Chapter 2 — Principles of Film Form p. In the world of movies, form is cinematic language: the tools and techniques that filmmakers use to convey meaning and mood to the viewer, including lighting, mise-en-scene, cinematography, performance, editing, and sound.

Chapter 3 — Types of Movies p. Chapter 4 — Elements of Narrative p. The person, people, creature, or force responsible for obstructing our protagonist is known as the antagonist.

In other words, the deeper we get into the story, the greater the risk to our protagonist. The stakes are rising because the obstacles are becoming increasingly difficult for our protagonist to navigate. Over the course of the second act, narrative typically builds toward a peak, a breaking point of sorts, as the conflict intensifies and goal remains out of reach. This rising action, and the tension it provokes, enhances our engagement with the ongoing narrative.

This narrative peak is called the crisis. The goal is in its greatest jeopardy, and an affirmative answer to the central question seems all but impossible. The climax comes when the protagonist faces this major obstacle. In the process, usually the protagonist must take a great risk, make a significant sacrifice, or overcome a personal flaw. As the term implies, the climax tends to be the most impressive event in the movie.


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