The Language of Film:
Andrew Douglas Language of Film Series
Artis—Naples Lifelong Learning
Andrew J. Douglas, Ph.D., Senior Director, Education and Administration, Bryn Mawr Film Institute
The Language of Film: “Diegesis,” “Mise-en-scène” and “Chiaroscuro” are not trendy nightspots, but rather some key terms of film analysis. These lectures introduce students to cinematic grammar, giving them the vocabulary and frames of reference to view and discuss motion pictures in a more insightful and critical manner. From an early age, we learn to observe movies with awe and delight. Now, as we’ve carried that wonder with us into adulthood, we can also approach cinema as more active and sophisticated viewers. Join us in learning to engage with the medium on its own terms and to discover some of the techniques by which we make meaning of the movies we see. Understanding the language of film allows you to get more enjoyment out of your cinematic experience — and to impress your friends in post-movie discussions!
Editing is one of those aspects of the movies that, in some cases, is only noticeable when done poorly. Yet it is absolutely essential not only to the art of cinema, but also to the viewer’s ability to comprehend a film on even the most basic level. Join us in looking at some prime examples — and instructive absences — of this critical facet of filmmaking and gain a better understanding of how the juxtaposition of shots and the assembly of scenes impacts our moviegoing experience. This lecture will feature clips from Touch of Evil (1958) and Psycho (1960), among others.
This presentation is part of Andrew Douglas' The Language of Film lecture series.