Chapter 7: Lighting and Design

Lighting is a complex art that directly shapes the overall impressions and emotions created by recorded visual images. The expressive lighting designs fall into three categories: realist, modernist, and postmodernist. The realist approach involves creating the illusion of using a setting’s original light sources. The focus is on recreating reality using artificial lights. Modernist lighting…

Chapter 10: Editing

There are three different approaches to editing: realism, modernism, and postmodernism. Realism offers an authentic flow mimicking real life by maintaining spatial and temporal continuity from shot to shot. The directional glances must be consistent and movements must follow the 180-degree axis rule. Sounds must be synchronous with similar meanings with the featured images. Realist…

Chapter 6: Audio & Sound

The aesthetics of sound fall into three different categories: realism, modernism, and postmodernism. Realism involves using sound to replicate reality. A modernist approach uses sound to create more abstract feeling, separate from the visual images. Postmodernist audio includes the listener to evoke emotion. Mics are transducers, in that the convert one form of energy into…

Chapter 8: The Camera

When determining how a camera is placed, one must consider four key concepts: essential area, lookspace, walkspace, and headroom. Essential area includes all key information in the shot. Lookspace refers to the room that should be left in the frame to allow space for the subject’s gaze off-screen. Walkspace is the additional space allotted into…

Artley Interview

In Josh Kranzberg’s interview of Meredith Artley, editor in chief of CNN digital, the two discuss the evolution and future of digital media. Must has changed since 1995 when Artley started her first journalism job at the New York Times to help launch their digital platform. The website was a simple reproduction of their print edition.…

“Side by Side” Reflection

Side by Side chronicles the evolution of film making. Film itself is a 19th century invention. To capture an image on film, light passes through a lens and hits the film behind the lens, causing crystals to react chemically to form a photographic image on the film. The process adds texture and grain structure. Images…

Chapter 2: The Production Process

The three production stages are Preproduction, Production, and Postproduction. The goal in preproduction is to outline the broad scope of the production to determine costs and goals through the planning of project proposals, premises, synopses, treatments, scripts, script breakdowns, production schedules, budgets, and storyboards. A proposal outlines all the factors related to the marketability of…