Have you ever been aware of film form? Well these are the elements of a film that cinema studies students look at when you’re analyzing a film. While I can’t break it all down for you without giving you pages of notes, I can tell you what they are, because going forward, and review I use for CINEs will contain these elements or variations of them.
The five components of film form:
The length and amount of time you spend on each component is up to the writer. I know that it can change from film to film, as easy as it could change from writer to writer. This is only a fraction of what we do as cinema studies majors. We’re like detectives, looking at films, picking up clues, and giving our results.
I have a few films to discuss in the coming weeks. So I think we will have some enjoyment in discussing films. Furthermore, I may revise the older reviews on this page using the film forms.
As stated earlier, it’s all about world cinema, and critical concepts. I’m both excited and nervous. I did want to take the “Writing a pilot” as another class, but Cinema Studies is my priority. I can’t take three classes, as I know my stress level and ability to get work done would be compromised in a bad way. Gotta know my limits, and I sadly walk away from that class.
Been thinking of staying another year to get a degree in film & television. That’s not an easy decision. After four years of classes and work I do feel like its time to go. I have a lot to weigh on my mind. Fist I MUST finish the cinema Studies program. If I happen to take a producing, editing or more screenwriting classes along the way, I may have to settle for that.
Besides I don’t want to rename the blog, “Several Deadly FILMs.” I am Cinema Studies all the way!
There’s a new feature that allows me to post via email. Should prove to be fun.
I still got my FILM 707 (screenwriting) project to complete. Essentially I created a screenplay for class, and was hoping for the time to reclaim and complete it. It’s a comedy, which is different for me since I LOVE sci-fi and fantasy, but the change of pace was 100% worth it for me.
I do love thinking outside the box, so it was worth developing for class. Now its worth developing as my first screenplay!
Did several rewrites, but this time I got every page of the story with some changes. I’d like to explore the possibility of getting a lot of the edits I’ve done between now and Sunday.
In the fall quarter I’m taking two cinema studies classes. That’s two 15-page papers. Oh man. This is a challenge on top of another challenge. My CINEs for fall will be 710 & 725 (Critical Concepts in Cinema Studies & World Cinema). Let’s hope I can not be a big hot mess by time the quarter ends.
New Hollywood class is over! Thank goodness it didn’t end with a whimper at all. The pace of learning can be intense all the time, so I promise myself to keep up, and to keep the drive for paper completion moving forward.
We’re at the end of the break. I took time away to stop writing. Boy did my brain hurt a lot. Not to keep up the suspense I passed the New Hollywood class. My text (films) was Porky’s and American Pie. I found myself looking at the quality of the content, and addressed the use/exclusion of race in both films. Furthermore there are a lot of contrasts and similarities with characters and themes.
Needless to say, writing the paper was difficult to start. I felt rather frustrated. I made myself work some of the ideas out. I then sat down and hammered out a LOT of my ideas and read articles and books I found. By the end of this paper, I was ready to turn it in and be done with it. I was more than happy to receive a good grade on the paper! I would have settled for a ‘B” BTW. That “A” makes my efforts feel marvelous!
I have to say the writing gets a bit more challenging and complicated. As I see the weaknesses in old papers, I now see that it’s NOT going to get easier. I was more than challenged by the concept of creating a worthwhile paper. I felt I had nothing to say. The meaning lay buried beneath a lot of thoughts.