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How to Analyse Movies #4: Considering The Camera

In earlier instalments of How To Analyse Movies, we discussed film language, how meaning is created in film through the use of signs, codes and conventions and most recently, we covered mise-en-scène and editing. In this chapter, we'll discuss the camera and how it too can create meaning and how important it is to know about the way the camera is used to analyse

How to Analyse Movies #4: Considering The Camera - Requiem for a Dream

In earlier instalments of How To Analyse Movies, we discussed film language, how meaning is created in film through the use of signs, codes and conventions and most recently, we covered mise-en-scène and editing.

In this chapter, we’ll discuss the camera and how it too can create meaning and how important it is to know about the way the camera is used to analyse a movie.

The way the camera has been positioned or has been used too can create meaning, and it’s very important to know how it has been positioned and to analyse a film in its whole. Positioning and use of the camera are conscious decisions made by the filmmakers involved, and so can have a significant impact on how a film is read.

To give you a quick impression of all the ways the camera can be used, we’ll quickly discuss different kinds of shot types, camera angles and finally, camera movement.


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You’re currently on part 4: Considering the Camera
Part 1: Introduction
Part 2: Signs, Codes & Conventions
Part 3: Mise-en-Scene & Editing
Part 5: Lighting, Sound & Score
Part 6: Story & Genre
Part 7: Iconography & Realisticness
Part 8: Putting it into Practice

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