Reading Movies

This is my reflection on Roger Ebert’s “How to Read a Movie” and the two other videos we were required to watch this week, Examples of Editing Techniques and Top 20 Cinematic Techniques. Roger Ebert did a great job writing this article. I feel that it contained a lot of information about movies that I would have never known or thought about before I read this article like “right is more positive, left more negative” and “left tilts to me suggest helplessness, sadness, resignation.” I already new that, with the the rule of thirds, people are more drawn to look at objects that are slightly off centered to the right than the left, but I didn’t know that movie producers try to make characters be on the right side to show dominance. I also didn’t know that there was a meaning behind what side of the screen a character was standing on when they are near the person who all of the focus is on. I feel like after reading this article I will start looking at movies in a whole new way. I will look for which side of the screen a character is standing on and why and which way the camera is tilting and why. This article made me realize that there is a lot more to movies than just acting and special effects. You should think about why they made those special effects exactly the way they did and why the character is acting how they are. Also why did they choose that camera angle or why didn’t they choose a different camera angle. In some cases though, it might be impossible for the producer to show the camera angle he wants or have the characters stand in the right place throughout the scene, so if these things are the only thing you are looking for, you might get the wrong idea of what is going on. Also, There are some producers that just purposely don’t follow the rules, so you just have to be careful when you are studying movies in this amount of detail.

I chose these two videos because when I looked at all of the titles, I thought that these two would help me the most while I was creating my assignments this week. These videos showed me many movie making and editing techniques that helped me throughout this week. I learned multiple new techniques that movie producers use everyday when they are making films. I used slow motion and fast forwarded videos to help emphasize different parts of my Another Day At Work video. I also used different transitions throughout both of my assignments this week like wipe transitions and jump cuts where they were appropriate to help my videos transitions from picture to picture or from video to video better. I feel like these two videos helped me be able to create better and more meaningful videos this week.

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