Sunday, August 16, 2015

Understanding Movies by Louis Giannetti

Understanding Movies by Louis D. Giannetti (Tenth Edition), Pearson Education, 2005

I am amazed that this book is not on the essential reading list for the OCA Digital Production Course. I could not put it down and found it to be extremely useful.

It aims to help the reader understand "how TV and movies communicate and the complex network of language systems they use."  Each chapter has an overview and often a summary of questions we should ask when analysing a specific area.

It covers:

  • Photography
  • Mise-en-scene
  • Movement
  • Editing
  • Sound
  • Acting
  • Drama
  • Story
  • Writing
  • Ideology
  • Critique

and the final chapter "Synthesis: Citizen Kane" is a summary of the main ideas all applied to a single movie.

It references hundreds of films and includes fascinating information as well as wide range of ideas, theories and opinions.

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