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FILM E-BOOK How to Read a Film by James Monaco [in chapter sections]



How to Read a Film


By James Monaco (First published 1977)


Chapter 1. Film as Art


Chapter 2. Technology: Imagine and Sound


Chapter 3. The Language of Films: Signs and Syntax


Chapter 4. The Shape of Film History


Chapter 5. Film Theory: Form and Function


Chapter 6. Media: In the Middle of Things


Chapter 7. Multimedia: The Digital Revolution



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June 19, 2011 Posted by | film music, film narratology, film production, film stock, film techniques, film theory, film [its techniques], film-maker, James Monaco | 4 Comments

FILM Seven Inspiring TED Talks About Filmmaking



Seven Inspiring TED Talks About Filmmaking


A mixture of documentary and feature film-maker, some really famous, some not quite so.


Mostly here because I haven’t watched them all. Hypothesis: the film maker might not be so good at explaining verbally as showing filmically. Let’s see. In the few I’ve watched where the film extracts used as illustrations demonstrate better than the words in the talk introducing and and explaining, even if they are interesting and important. Film-makers are not all good public speakers. It’s rather ironic that unwittingly the film-maker selling film in words often demonstrates the time talking film might have been better spent making another film.



June 12, 2011 Posted by | film directors, film [its techniques], film-maker | Leave a comment