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INTRODUCTION TO CINEMATIC & THEATRICAL TECHNIQUES
Understanding how filmmakers achieve emotional impact is an essential skill for critical viewing. Shot design, soundtrack, music, lighting, costumes, sets, and editing -- all of these affect how audiences react to images projected on a screen and to the story being told by the film. In TWM's Introduction to Cinematic and Theatrical Technique, John Golden -- a leading expert in using film for education -- describes the craft of making a movie and the effects of various cinematic techniques.
The Introduction to Theatrical and Cinematic Technique includes: (1) an article written specially for TWM by Mr. Golden, which can be used as a student handout or as the basis for a teacher's lecture; (2) a graphic organizer to help students analyze cinematic and theatrical techniques used in an episode from a movie; (3) suggestions for presenting these materials to classes; and (4) a list of curriculum standards for the 11 most populous states requiring that students be trained to analyze and critique visual media.
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Modern day students will spend at least several hours each week watching screens. TWM's Introduction to Cinematic and Theatrical Technique, featuring material written by John Golden, will assist teachers in presenting this information to students.
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EXCERPT FROM THE INTRODUCTIONTo give you a sense of how our Introduction to Cinematic and Theatrical Technique can be used in the classroom, we have set out a paragraph from John Golden's article which is included in the materials:
Angles: Once the director has decided on the framing, the question of the angle of the shot presents itself. If the director positions the camera below a subject, looking up, the director is using a low-angle shot. This has the effect of making the subject look larger and more powerful than it normally would. Orson Welles, in Citizen Kane, used a number of low-angle shots (at one point digging a hole in the studio's floor!) to show that his main character, a wealthy politician and newspaper publisher, was much larger-than-life.
The Introduction to Cinematic and Theatrical Technique also contains suggestions about how to present these materials to classes and student worksheet created for John Golden to help teachers present these materials to students.
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