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Art History for Filmmakers

Art History for Filmmakers
  • Author : Gillian McIver
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Release : 2017-03-23
  • ISBN : 1474246206
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De

Book Description :

Since cinema's earliest days, literary adaptation has provided the movies with stories; and so we use literary terms like metaphor, metonymy and synecdoche to describe visual things. But there is another way of looking at film, and that is through its relationship with the visual arts – mainly painting, the oldest of the art forms. Art History for Filmmakers is an inspiring guide to how images from art can be used by filmmakers to establish period detail, and to teach composition, color theory and lighting. The book looks at the key moments in the development of the Western painting, and how these became part of the Western visual culture from which cinema emerges, before exploring how paintings can be representative of different genres, such as horror, sex, violence, realism and fantasy, and how the images in these paintings connect with cinema. Insightful case studies explore the links between art and cinema through the work of seven high-profile filmmakers, including Peter Greenaway, Peter Webber, Jack Cardiff, Martin Scorsese, Guillermo del Toro, Quentin Tarantino and Stan Douglas. A range of practical exercises are included in the text, which can be carried out singly or in small teams. Featuring stunning full-color images, Art History for Filmmakers provides budding filmmakers with a practical guide to how images from art can help to develop their understanding of the visual language of film.

A World History of Film

A World History of Film
  • Author : Robert Sklar
  • Publisher : Prentice Hall Art History
  • Release : 2002-01
  • ISBN : 9780810906068
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De

Book Description :

'A World History of Film' presents the entire history of motion pictures, from pre-cinema to the present. Providing a complete analysis of the principal films, directors, and national cinemas, it supplies a thorough grounding in the social, economic, and political circumstances critical to an understanding of film as both art and industry. In a highly readable narrative, Robert Sklar, one of the field's most eminent scholars, covers all significant periods and styles -- not only commercial films and classical Hollywood cinema but also animation, documentaries, international art cinema, and the cinematic avant-garde. With emphasis on the international relationships among film communities, chapters are devoted to such critical nodes of film history as early cinema, Soviet silent cinema, Hollywood genres, Italian neorealism, and the French New Wave. Substantial sections are also devoted to the films of Eastern Europe, Latin America, Japan, China, Africa, the Middle East, and India. Informative sidebars complement the main text, and cross-cultural timelines introduce the book's seven main parts.

Understanding Movies

Understanding Movies
  • Author : Louis D. Giannetti
  • Publisher :
  • Release : 1999
  • ISBN : 9780136465638
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De

Book Description :

An introduction to the art of the film, emphasizing an aesthetic approach. Objective is to teach any student how to analyze any film by using the various analytical methods outlined in the book.

Film as Art

Film as Art
  • Author : Rudolf Arnheim
  • Publisher : Univ of California Press
  • Release : 1957
  • ISBN : 9780520248373
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De

Book Description :

“More than half a century since its initial publication, this deceptively compact book remains among the most incisive analyses of the formal and perceptual dynamics of cinema. No one who cares about film can afford to remain ignorant of its insights and wisdom. As digital technology fundamentally alters motion pictures, the lessons of Film as Art commend themselves as excellent insurance against reinventing the wheel in the new media landscape and hailing it as progress.”—Edward Dimendberg author of Film Noir and the Spaces of Modernity “After more than eight decades, Rudolph Arnheim's small book of film theory remains one of the essential works in defining film art, understanding film less as reproducing the world than as opening up new possibilities for formal play and unexpected imagery. Anyone serious about film, whether scholar, filmmaker or simply a lover of cinema, must take Arnheim seriously.”—Tom Gunning, author of The Films of Fritz Lang and D.W. Griffith and the Origins of American Narrative Film “An aesthetic theory based on the formal ‘limitations’ of the medium, Arnheim’s Film as Art always provokes students in an age of few limits and less formality, and they argue and engage this classic text with unparalleled passion. Written in the wake of sound’s transformation of the cinema, Arnheim’s essays are not only central to understanding a major historical moment in theoretical debates about what constitutes the ‘essence’ of film, but also are a must read for anyone seeking a lucid, detailed, and rigorous argument about how works of art emerge from expressive constraint as much as expressive freedom.”—Vivian Sobchack, author of Carnal Thoughts

The Art and Craft of Motion Pictures: 25 Movies to Make You Film Literate

The Art and Craft of Motion Pictures: 25 Movies to Make You Film Literate
  • Author : Vincent LoBrutto
  • Publisher : ABC-CLIO
  • Release : 2019-08-31
  • ISBN : 1440839190
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De

Book Description :

This volume can rightfully be called "a film school in a single book." Investigating and analyzing the elements and concepts of the creation of films, this book looks closely at 25 films that represent a wide range of styles and subjects • Examines films for both content and aesthetics, showing readers how to analyze film with a critical eye • Arms readers with an understanding of how films interact with other aspects of cinema and related disciplines and fields • Shows how filmmaking techniques are used to both tell stories and invoke reactions from viewers • Explains how great directors have revolutionized the art of filmmaking

The Japanese Film

The Japanese Film
  • Author : Joseph I. Anderson,Joseph L. Anderson,Donald Richie
  • Publisher : Princeton University Press
  • Release : 1982
  • ISBN : 9780691007922
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De

Book Description :

Tracing the development of the Japanese cinema from 1896 (when the first Kinetoscope was imported) through the golden ages of film in Japan up to today, this work reveals the once flourishing film industry and the continuing unique art of the Japanese film. Now back in print with updated sections, major revaluations, a comprehensive international bibliography, and an exceptional collection of 168 stills ranging over eight decades, this book remains the unchallenged reference for all who seek a broad understanding of the aesthetic, historical, and economic elements of motion pictures from Japan.

A Short History of Film, Third Edition

A Short History of Film, Third Edition
  • Author : Wheeler Winston Dixon,Gwendolyn Audrey Foster
  • Publisher : Rutgers University Press
  • Release : 2018-03-30
  • ISBN : 0813595169
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De

Book Description :

With more than 250 images, new information on international cinema—especially Polish, Chinese, Russian, Canadian, and Iranian filmmakers—an expanded section on African-American filmmakers, updated discussions of new works by major American directors, and a new section on the rise of comic book movies and computer generated special effects, this is the most up to date resource for film history courses in the twenty-first century.

Responding to Film

Responding to Film
  • Author : Constantine Santas
  • Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield
  • Release : 2001
  • ISBN : 9780830415809
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De

Book Description :

Responding to Film is a dynamic tool for students who seek as complete an understanding of film as is humanly possible. By focusing on film, the author looks at how it offers students an understanding of themselves, of their culture, and of art. This guide also seeks to familiarize the students with the practical methodology for studying film: how to understand film genres, techniques, and language. The book is supplemented by comprehensive lists of films for study, web sites, and model films. It also includes a model course for instructors. Teachers will find this marvelous guide valuable in a variety of courses, including film literature, film aesthetics, and film as an adaptation of literature. A Burnham Publishers book

A History of American Movies

A History of American Movies
  • Author : Paul Monaco
  • Publisher : Scarecrow Press
  • Release : 2010-05-05
  • ISBN : 0810874393
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De

Book Description :

In A History of American Movies: A Film-by-Film Look at the Art, Craft and Business of Cinema, Paul Monaco provides a survey of the narrative feature film from the 1920s to the present. The book focuses on 170 of the most highly regarded and recognized feature films selected by the Hollywood establishment: each Oscar winner for Best Picture, as well as those voted the greatest by members of the American Film Institute. By focusing on a select group of films that represent the epitome of these collaborations, Monaco provides an essential history of one of the modern world's most complex and successful cultural institutions: Hollywood. Divided into three sections, "Classic Hollywood, 1927-1948," "Hollywood In Transition, 1949-1974," and "The New Hollywood, 1975 To The Present," Monaco examines some of the most memorable works in cinematic history, including The General, Wings, Bringing Up Baby, Gone with the Wind, Citizen Kane, Casablanca, On the Waterfront, The Searchers, Psycho, West Side Story, The Godfather, Cabaret, Raging Bull, Rain Man, Toy Story, and Saving Private Ryan. This is the only book that thoroughly treats Hollywood—and the most significant movies that it has made—simultaneously as the coming together of an art, a craft, and a business. This approach provides unique insight into the workings of one of the most accomplished and successful art forms in human history: the Hollywood feature film.