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Reading Movies (Week 10 Summary)

It’s Video Week!


Video Essay

This assignment tasked us to take a scene from a movie and analyze it stylistically, not by the plot. Our readings this week posed questions about why movie/video makers choose to shoot scenes the way they do. What effects do these choices create? What elements of the shot help create the desired effect? Personally, I found Roger Ebert’s approach to movie analysis most appealing because his process is to take a film shot by shot and delve deeply to discover what nuances each shot can reveal about the film. I think that breaking down the film this way helps to better focus the analysis rather than trying to glean something from the film in its entirety. Therefore, with Ebert’s article How to Read a Movie in mind, I analyzed a shot from the movie American Beauty and attempted to break it down as Ebert might. Below, I have embedded a video essay consisting of the shot I chose to look at with a voiceover analysis.


DS106 Video Assignments

Assignment #1: Period Piece Mashup

Assignment #2: Tik Tok It

The original assignment was to make a Vine video, but because Vine no longer exists I used Tik Tok.


Assignment #3: Put it in Reverse Terry


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