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Answer the 3 questions below and reply to each student.
Student Reply must be over 200 words.
Make sure all student replies you start it with Hello (Student Name),
Please upload each question in different word documents.
As you prepare to write this discussion, take a few moments to do the following:
- Review the .
- Read any required and recommended reading materials for this week, especially Chapter 4 from your text and the articles by Grant and Wright.
- Review the grading rubric for this discussion.
- Select a full-length film from the AFI 10 Top 10 list (Links to an external site.)
Genre, a category of artistic production characterized by similarities in composition and style, is a term used to discuss literature, music, art, and film. It is particularly useful in critical applications because it distinguishes a work within a context of similar works. In film, we are familiar with certain broad genre categories such as horror, science-fiction, romance, and drama.
Understanding genre helps provide the viewer with certain expectations about film. For instance, the film The Conjuring trailer (Version 2) (Links to an external site.) is of the horror genre and thus can be discussed in context with other horror films. More specifically, it is of the sub-genre, supernatural horror, so it can be discussed in context with, say, The Exorcist trailer (Links to an external site.). Making this distinction enables the audience to situate their reaction within a particular framework.
In this discussion
- Identify a film and classify it according to its genre (or sub-genre). Include a link(s) to a trailer or scene(s) from the film. You may choose to continue with a film you have already discussed.
- Discuss the conventions that are typical in films of that genre (or sub-genre).
- Explain how this specific film meets the expectations of its genre.
Include the name or partial name of the film you identified in the “Subject” line of your discussion. Your initial post should be at least 200 words in length. Support your claims with examples from the required material(s) and/or other scholarly resources, and properly cite any references.
Student Reply 1: Matthew Williams
The film that I have identified for my discussion post is Shrek. The genre of this move would be a Fantasy. Fantasy is any film with obviously unreal, magical, or impossible situations, characters, or settings, often overlapping with various other genres, especially science fiction, but sometimes historical dramas (Goodykoontz, Jacobs, Sec. 4.1, 2014).
There are a couple of conventions that are typical in films of this genre. Most cartoonish movies have this genre because they have lots of things that are not real. For example animals talking and magical things that are not realistic or actually possibly. They also can take place in settings that are not humanly possible to go in.
This particular film meets the expectations of normal Fantasy films because of its mystique. Shrek has a huge magical or enchanted storyline. It is filled with things that are unreal and full of imagination. Fantasy movies mostly cater more to children because of it’s unreal entertainment. All fantasy films have similarities to science fiction or historical dramas (Goodykoontz, Jacobs, 2014).
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Student Reply 2: Shannon Jackson
I choose the godfather the baptism the genre of this film is drama/crime/gangster. Films with ideal organized crime often with mob families; originally timely topical crime drama inspired by recent headlines, now almost as often nostalgic recreations of past eras. (Goodykoontz, Jacobs, sec. 4.1, 2014) Many movies like this involve lots of dramatics which makes the film convincing.
When one thinks of the mob killing and there is lots of shooting involved, even in real life. Living the life of a gangster or mobster also includes lavish lifestyles, extended large families and lots of gruesome killings which is exactly what this film included. There is no story covering the events of the mob or gangster films that won’t include the lifestyle and their operations of conducting business. If things didn’t go as the instructed or as planned it is almost a guarantee there will be bloodshed. The film God father the baptisms depicted each of these events.
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Mise en scène is a term meant to encompass the arrangement and use of a variety of design elements in creating the visual theme of a film. Please look through Chapter 5 (Mise en Scene and Actors) for more information on this term.
As you prepare to write this discussion, take a few moments to do the following:
- Read any required and recommended reading materials for this week, especially Chapter 5 (Mise en Scene and Actors).
- Review the grading rubric for this discussion.
- Select a full-length film from the AFI 10 Top 10 list (Links to an external site.).
It can be easier to grasp the importance of the term mise en scène if we break it down into its component elements. This week, we’ll look at the impact of lighting choices on the creation of meaning in a film.
In any film, the intensity and direction of lighting will influence how an image is perceived by the viewer, and it can establish or enforce particular themes. Think back over films you have watched and consider how the use of lighting in key scenes helped establish the theme or tone.
Using specific examples from your chosen film, write a post in which you
- Identify the type of lighting used in the film (traditional three-point, high-key, or low-key) and assess the impact of the lighting used to establish the theme.
- What are the benefits of the style of lighting used?
- How did this technique contribute to the theme?
- How was the lighting technique suited to the genre of the film? For example, documentary films tend to rely on natural light as a way of creating an overall tone of authenticity.
- Compare how the scene would play if different choices had been made.
You must use at least two outside sources, in any combination of embedded video clips, still photos, or scholarly sources. All sources should be documented in APA style as outlined by the Ashford Writing Center (Links to an external site.).
It is suggested that you approach this post by focusing your attention on the same film you will write about in this week’s “Genres and Genre Film” assignment.
Student Reply 1: TANA COFFEY
For this discussion, I have chosen to use the 2017 film, The Shack, directed by Stuart Hazeldine. This movie starred Sam Worthington as Mack Phillips and Octavia Spencer. It’s a fantasy drama that brought you along Mack Phillip’s journey from tragedy to finding eternal peace. This film was a brilliant use of light. Because of the fantasy of good versus evil was an overlying theme, the constant stark contrast of light and darkness was needed. Throughout most of the film, the cinematographer chose to use the natural elements in the movie to create three-point light or “careful control of shadows by using three main light sources” (Goodykoontz et al., 2014). In many of the film’s more dramatic and darker scenes, dark filler lights were used to create harsh shadows over the actor. In scenes where Mack was facing his demons alone, flat lighting used. Clinton describes this mise en scène as “use of lighting not only has an aesthetic function but also makes the expression of the actor a focal point” (p. 185, 2018) And for the more uplifting scenes, lighting was used as a spotlight to draw the character out of his inner darkness. Many times, the sun was to highlight as a spotlight since the scenes were taking in gardens or forest. As Tarvainen calls lighting a significant visual effect of a film; The Shack would be lost without this effect (p 255, 2015).
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Clinton, J. A., Briner, S. W., Sherrill, A. M., Ackerman, T., & Magliano, J. P. (2018). The role of cinematic techniques in understanding character affect. Scientific Study of Literature, 7(2), 177. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com.proxy-library.ashford…. (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
Tarvainen, J., Westman, S., & Oittinen, P. (2015). The way films feel: Aesthetic features and mood in film. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, 9(3), 254–265. https://doi-org.proxy-library.ashford.edu/10.1037/… (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
Student Reply 2: Curt Lyons
I decided to go back to my favorite series Rocky to talk about lighting. Lighting is very important when it comes to setting a mood or even making something believable. “The lighting not only reflects the time of day by the position of the shadows, but its warm colors, combined with the choice of bright reds, oranges, and yellows that decorate the setting, emphasize the heat—of both the weather and the characters’ emotions.” (Goodykoontz, Jacobs, 2014, Sec. 5.2) So when you’re talking about “Mise en scene” of a movie or set the lighting is the most important thing. It is what will allow you to see everything in the background that is important as well as make it feel real. When looking at Rocky it was filmed in primarily low-key lighting, but it also uses three point or natural. In the scene below I think it gives good examples of both. There are many benefits to different styles of lighting I think it just all depends. In Rocky a lot of it took place in the winter time or cold weather so those dark and dreary feeling helps to make that real with low-key lighting and give it that dramatic feel. Scenes where Rocky is training use three point and allow you to really focus on him and bring energy and excitement to the scene. When looking at this movie I think you could have used any kind of lighting and it still would have been just as good. I feel anyone would agree that the sound tracks, training scenes, and fight scenes are what make the movie great. You could change style of lighting and I think still pull off the same classic film. When I watch this movie and or clips of this movie and just pay attention to the lighting, I think it uses low -key and three point a lot anyway throughout but I guess if it used say just low-key it might take away from some of the training scenes and not make them feel and high energy. Good question though!
Goodykoontz, B.G. Jacobs, C.J. (2014). FILM FROM WATCHING TO SEEING (Second edition).[ebook]. Retrieved from https://content.ashford.edu/books/AUENG225.14.1/se…
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After reviewing the discussion of genre in Chapter 4 of Film: From Watching to Seeing, demonstrate your understanding of one selected genre using a feature-length film.
Note: Several films are listed in Chapter 4 as emblematic of a specific genre. You are allowed to choose a film or genre not mentioned in Chapter 4, but you are strongly encouraged to email your professor to receive approval before doing so.
In 800 to 1200 words
- Explain genre theory and, using Chapter 4 of the text as a reference, thoroughly describe the conventions and attributes of your selected genre.
- Identify a feature-length film that fits this genre and provide a basic summary of the movie. As you develop this summary, remember the differences between a film’s story and a film’s plot and how these differences can lead to the inclusion of genre elements.
- Interpret at least two genre conventions exhibited in your chosen feature-length film that help classify it in the selected genre. Be sure to provide a specific example of each convention (e.g., a particular scene or plot component).
- Provide an example of a third convention from your chosen feature-length film and explain how this convention expands the boundaries of the specified genre.
Your paper should be organized around a thesis statement that focuses on how your chosen feature-length film both aligns with and expands upon your chosen genre. Review the Week Two sample paper, which provides an example of a well-developed analysis as well as insight on composition.
The paper must be 800 to 1200 words in length (excluding title and reference pages), and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center (Links to an external site.).
You must use at least two scholarly sources other than the textbook to support your claims. Refer to the ENG225 Research Guide in the Ashford University Library for guidance and to locate your sources. Cite your sources (including the feature-length film) within the text of your paper and on the reference page. For information regarding APA, including samples and tutorials, visit the Ashford Writing Center.
Please note that if you opt to write about the same film in your Final Film Critique, applicable pieces of this assignment can be used to write that assignment. Please also note that you should reflect on and revise this assignment based on the instructor’s feedback before you incorporate it into the Final Film Critique.