ENG 225 Week 1 DQ
Ashford 2: – Week 1 – Discussion
Your initial discussion thread is due on Day 3 (Thursday) and you have until Day 7 (Monday) to respond to your classmates. Your grade will reflect both the quality of your initial post and the depth of your responses. Reference the Discussion Forum Grading Rubric for guidance on how your discussion will be evaluated.
Effective Use of Aesthetic Choices
Think about how you watch film and how the aesthetic elements work together to create meaning for the viewer audience. Some of the important elements to consider are: editing, cinematography, and lighting. Analyze each of these aesthetic choices by following the instructions below.
Editing – visual transitions between shots that work to move the story forward
Watch the following clips. Each demonstrates the effective use of editing.
The Baptism Murders – The Godfather (8/9) Movie Clip (1972) HD
A Beautiful Mind (4/11) Movie Clip – Nash Cracks the Code (2011) HD
The Shower – Psycho (5/12) Movie Clip (1960) HD
Choose one of the clips and analyze the effective use of editing in one short paragraph. In your analysis, describe the transitions between specific shots and the overall effect this has on the scene.
Cinematography – camera angles, types of shots, framing, and color all working to set a particular mood
Watch the following clips. Each demonstrates the effective use of cinematography.
The Long Take: Goodfellas
Manhattan – The Bridge Scene
Miriam’s Last Breath – Strangers on a Train (4/10) Movie Clip (1951)
Choose one of the clips and analyze the effective use of cinematography in one short paragraph. In your analysis, describe the way specific shots are composed, paying particular attention to the camera angles, types of shots, framing, color, and the overall effect this has on the scene.
Lighting – light and shadow used to affect the mood, the way we view characters, and set the overall tone of the film
Watch the following clips. Each demonstrates the effective use of lighting.
Jurassic Park (10/10) Movie Clip – Raptors in the Kitchen (1993) HD
Lost in Translation (7/10) Movie Clip – Bob and Charlotte Meet (2003) HD
The Stuff that Dreams Are Made of – The Maltese Falcon (10/10) movie clip (1941) HD
Choose one of the clips and analyze the effective use of lighting in one short paragraph. In your analysis, describe the way the light looks in specific shots, how it affects the mood and the way we view characters, and how it sets the overall tone of the film.
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 sources, and properly cite any references. By Day 7, respond to at least two classmates who analyzed at least one different clip than you did in your initial post, focusing on the clip that you did not discuss. In your responses, reference your initial post and show how your ideas relate to those of your peers. Each response should be at least 125 words in length.
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