Film Art: An Introduction

Film Art: An Introduction➼ [Reading] ➾ Film Art: An Introduction By David Bordwell ➱ – Jobs-in-kingston.co.uk This fourth edition is a revision of the successful introduction to film appreciation and aesthetics It begins with an overview of film production, moves on to a consideration of the formal elements a This fourth edition is a revision of the successful introduction to film appreciation and aesthetics It begins with an overview of film production, moves on to a consideration of the formal elements and techniques, covers film criticism and concludes with a brief section highlighting the key moments in film history Illustrated with overframe enlargements, many in colour, Film Art has been updated Film Art: eBook Ö to include analysis of some of the most interesting films of recent years including Raging Bull and Desperately Seeking Susan. Found this book in a pile of discarded books and picked it up because the cover was compelling, and I know nothing about the art and science of movie making I m rather glad I did because this was an excellent introduction into the field, with a nice balance of both application and theory and wide range of content covered from mainstream Hollywood to obscure experimental films, and from silent classics to modern digitally recorded cinema.Through reading this book I ve discovered why modern movie Found this book in a pile of discarded books and picked it up because the cover was compelling, and I know nothing about the art and science of movie making I m rather glad I did because this was an excellent introduction into the field, with a nice balance of both application and theory and wide range of content covered from mainstream Hollywood to obscure experimental films, and from silent classics to modern digitally recorded cinema.Through reading this book I ve discovered why modern movies leave me cold, compared to past ones something I ve never really really been able to put my finger on in a technical way Now I know it s because the pace of cutting between cameras has doubled over the past few decades, leaving everything, even non action movies, having something of a frenetic ADD sort of feel Also, modern movies are made with television and DVD releases in mind, making camera work focuson close ups and a set form of easily partitioned scenes rather than grand tableau long shots and theatrically inspired middle shots Now I know this, I have better idea of what in mind to look for when sorting out new releases to view.While I m not particularly interested in film criticism, either consuming it or producing it and this book is geared towards a pedagogical inculcation of formalist principles of film criticism, there is much that everyone who is interested in watching movies, or making movies can glean from this textbook Even if you re just making youtube videos for fun, reading this would give you a lot of technical aesthetic tools for making your videos seem a lotpolished with no extra time or money cost other than changing the way you handle your cameras and your lighting If making an small indie movie is your goal, well, the chapter on the business end of movie making and production will likely put something of a reality check on your ambitions take the time and money you think you will need and double it Even I didn t know how many specialists skills it takes to make a movie to completion and then distribute it Film Art was my first book on film studies I was not yet an avid film students by then, but this book captured my interest so deep as then it made me impatiently waiting for my future film study classes It s not a manual book of film techniques Yet it does encompass that issues from an artsy point of view This book discusses elements of films e.g., shots, lighting, color, mood, tone, narrative, plots, acts, genres, hollywood era, and many, precisely on how they constitue the overall l Film Art was my first book on film studies I was not yet an avid film students by then, but this book captured my interest so deep as then it made me impatiently waiting for my future film study classes It s not a manual book of film techniques Yet it does encompass that issues from an artsy point of view This book discusses elements of films e.g., shots, lighting, color, mood, tone, narrative, plots, acts, genres, hollywood era, and many, precisely on how they constitue the overall look as well as meaning of a film The vast explanations on every chapters are very informative for freshies in film study as they can understand film and the elements deeper than common viewers I think, after readers dwell on this book, they won t see the film as they were Their mind will questioned and analyzed the effectiveness and the appropriateness of the elements on films In short, when I was a film student I found this book helped me a lot in shaping my film s critical skills It was a great companion while I worked trough my weekly film journals Anyone with an interest in film or who likes to watch movies with an understanding of the processes that involve filmmaking, will get something from this excellent edition of a text book that has become the staple of film studies in a formal educational setting Film Art An Introduction Eighth Edition by David Bordwell and Kristin Thompson is an excellent updating of a great film resource text I was first introduced to first edition of the text way back in the late 1970s when it was smaller Anyone with an interest in film or who likes to watch movies with an understanding of the processes that involve filmmaking, will get something from this excellent edition of a text book that has become the staple of film studies in a formal educational setting Film Art An Introduction Eighth Edition by David Bordwell and Kristin Thompson is an excellent updating of a great film resource text I was first introduced to first edition of the text way back in the late 1970s when it was smaller and contained fewer color pictures The new Eighth Edition has color plates throughout, updated filmography and a CD ROM disc addition, what the book blurb touts as text specific Tutorial CD ROM with video clips , that greatly enhances the depth and applicability of the subject for the cineaste, the casual reader, and the student About letter size 11 inches by 8 and a half, but with the glossy pages containing a very generous selection of film stills, weighing in at 4 pounds this isthan some of the new laptops , it is substantial but the size makes holding papers in between the pages quite convenient Comprehensive in scope, and structured to cover the industry as well as aesthetic concerns of film and newer media developments in video, Film Art is set up in six parts with a total of 12 chapters Part One, Film Art and Filmmaking, Chapter 1 Film as Art Creativity, Technology, and Business , is a good introduction in which the authors talk about the basic activity surrounding film An overview of the major film companies and distributors as well as some perspective on the collaborative creativity involved from many diverse areas such as financing, marketing, and art direction, planning, and others, complete this section What holds the viewer interested in Comparative Literature or a Post Modernist evaluation of Film is primarily attended to in Part Two, Film Form, in which the authors discuss the principles a filmmaker uses to construct a film Chapter 2 The Significance of Film Form , covers form of a film and the significance of how it compares against the content in a film, and ultimately what those elements mean There is a breakdown of the structural properties of The Wizard of Oz, as an example, and how the elements used in the movie are designed to create meaning Chapter 3 Narrative as a Formal System , covers what narrative is, ultimately defining the concept as a cause and effect chain of events occurring over a period of time The authors talk about the films like Citizen Kane and others that manipulate time duration, and causality to create meaning My favorite section is Part Three Film Style, because it covers a number of aesthetic elements and gives good examples that exist in current films and examples as well from historical artifacts In Chapter 4 The Shot Mise en scene , the Bordwell and Thompson talk about the elusive French term and what it encompasses, covering two of my favorite films His Girl Friday, and 81 2 The section also discusses camera set ups and how the actor, and virtually everything that the camera sees is part of the mise en scene Chapter 5 Cinematography covers details of focal length, lens selection, and lab work like pushing film in development to getcontrast, and is well explicated for the photographer who used film stock and development procedures to hone his craft My interest is in putting together a complete visual picture and in Chapters 6 and 7 Bordwell and Thompson cover these elements clearly In Chapter 6 The Relation of Shot to Shot Editing , covering LA Confidential, The Birds, The Maltese Falcon and others, the authors talk about how editing shots together can create a pace and effect the viewer This section has the most primal value to the film viewer who ultimately looks to the movie itself when analyzing film I believe that the visual medium of filmmaking holds the meaning that so much theory attempts to uncover Bordwell and Thompson seem to be at their strongest when evaluating purely visual value of movies aside from the theory One of the most overlooked elements in student films is discussed in Chapter 7 Sound and the Cinema , in which the authors talk about sound bridges, how sound can add focus to scene and in particular how sound in Jackie Brown adds meaning to the film Another of my favorite sections is Chapter 8 Style as a Formal System which covers how many combined elements such as mise en scene, cinematography, editing and sound are combined by a filmmaker to develop a style The authors talk about how style is plastic to the filmmaker and what it means to the viewer Again the elusive elements are well highlighted by the authors as they draw on visual examples to make their points Part Four, Types of Films, covering Film Genres and Documentary, Experimental, and Animated Films, explicating what Genre is, and how to analyze a genre is a good section for the archivist or one who is interested in classifications The section covers the Western, Horror, Musical and talks about the ultimate social function of genre Part Five Critical Analysis of Films, Chapter 11, Film Criticism Sample Analyses , with an Appendix on page 431 which covers how to organize your thinking in terms of writing about Film, with fine sample writing I have turned to this section time and again to get a good understanding of how to think through a movie in terms of lighting, acting, art direction, camera movement, cinematography, direction and other possible discussion points such as political themes, feminist point of view, or even marketing concepts Bordwell and Thompson excel in putting forth fine ideas, and generously, for the reader Part Six Film History, Chapter 12, Film Art and Film History looks at early cinema the Hollywood Cinema, Soviet Montage, French New Wave, Italian Neorealism and others and as an overview, covers many of the historical movements of film This chapter also contains facts concerning the Asian market Every chapter concludes with Where to go From Here a selection of current places to expand one s understanding and education of film and movie making industry Page 472 at the end of the book continues this pattern with additional available texts from General through to French and Italian and up to the New Hollywood and Independent Filmmaking, and Contemporary Hong Kong Cinema The CD ROM included covers many films with sample quizzes that allow the viewer to really just dust off his understanding of certain films and get in synch with the lexicon that the authors utilize to communicate film art This is a great buy for anyone who love movies Fun to read Lots of illustrations too, and it enhanced my appreciation of movies This author is never boring and has great educational skills Thanks for teaching me so much about film history Film Art presented a struggle for me While the textbook has great organization and breaks up the concepts into thoughtful sections, I have personally not viewed many of the films that the authors focus on in their analysis portion of the text As a result, the analysis was often difficult to fully appreciate and understand due to lack of reference I imagine if the reader was familiar with the films included in the textbook, the experience of reading it would be muchbeneficial For others Film Art presented a struggle for me While the textbook has great organization and breaks up the concepts into thoughtful sections, I have personally not viewed many of the films that the authors focus on in their analysis portion of the text As a result, the analysis was often difficult to fully appreciate and understand due to lack of reference I imagine if the reader was familiar with the films included in the textbook, the experience of reading it would be muchbeneficial For others like me, the authors include many stills to emphasize their point which was invaluable.Overall, the language is accessible and provides a reasonable introduction to thinkingdeeply about film study Read for schoolGives you a nice repertoire for analysing the structure of different kinds of cinema, from the very beginning with the Lumi re s train, up through the silent era and beyond, including experimental films, animated films, and documentaries What bothers me most about the book, is that it s a textbook that happens to be about a subject I like As a result, it s a bit bland in its descriptions, especially if you know some basic things about the art before you delve in Bordwell Thomps Read for schoolGives you a nice repertoire for analysing the structure of different kinds of cinema, from the very beginning with the Lumi re s train, up through the silent era and beyond, including experimental films, animated films, and documentaries What bothers me most about the book, is that it s a textbook that happens to be about a subject I like As a result, it s a bit bland in its descriptions, especially if you know some basic things about the art before you delve in Bordwell Thompson usually go in depth about _one_ film every chapter, and use it as an example of the chapter s subject It s worth noting that if I hadn t seen the film like Hitchcock s The Birds , which was used as one point of analysis , it was practically useless, even with the in depth plot recap and pictures to follow along And it s understandable, the mediums beauty lies in the medium, which cannot be re imagined in book form Therefore, I think the authors should have removed some of the padding catering to analysis of the films and just outright state that they expect you to have seen the film to able to follow along, it would have made the pacing of the book that much better I just ended up skimming through the boring parts anyway, but I don t like it, because I become fearful that I miss something important.My favourite things about the book, was that it was open for different interpretations of film there wasn t a right or a wrong way What they did, was to help you along the way by explaining the general tools films use in regards to convey a narrative in a way the audience finds natural, and pulls in examples of directors who deliberately does the opposite It is clear that the authors holds an enormous library of film history within their minds, which makes you pick up several good film suggestions, as well as you are likely to read about some of your favourites I m a bit disappointed they dedicated so much time to golden era Hollywood films, as I m not generally a fan of them myself, but it s understandable as they laid the foundations for most of the narrative feature films you see to this day.As a textbook, it is useful, but if I were to read about film in my spare time, I think I would have searched for something a bitunique and opinionated personally Very informative, but could be better organized I learned a lot, but unless I take notes and then sort the Information it is unlikely to stick to my brain because the organization isn t intuitive.This text needsheadings and signaling of what will be discussed where paragraphs will contain two partially related Ideas separated by a string of examples you have to work harder to get the relevant information that you would have to work if the book was better organized I bought a used copy Very informative, but could be better organized I learned a lot, but unless I take notes and then sort the Information it is unlikely to stick to my brain because the organization isn t intuitive.This text needsheadings and signaling of what will be discussed where paragraphs will contain two partially related Ideas separated by a string of examples you have to work harder to get the relevant information that you would have to work if the book was better organized I bought a used copy of an old edition of this textbook because it was cheap two years later, you can probably pick up a later edition and it will likely be worth the update histories This book may be a text book but its really easy to read and I learned a lot from doing so I am an arts student at university and this semester we are studying video art, this was the first book on our reading list and I almost read it cover to cover I found it incredibly helpful to understand the basics on film art and how video is made It was also a fantastic resource to look back on when I completed my assignments If you are studying video or would like to gain a basic understanding for t This book may be a text book but its really easy to read and I learned a lot from doing so I am an arts student at university and this semester we are studying video art, this was the first book on our reading list and I almost read it cover to cover I found it incredibly helpful to understand the basics on film art and how video is made It was also a fantastic resource to look back on when I completed my assignments If you are studying video or would like to gain a basic understanding for the art I would highly recommend this book This was a CHORE To be fair, it s a textbook and it reads like one Don t look for any of the authors personality between these pages The descriptions of many films are given in excruciating detail, sometimes for no particular reason, and that made it difficult to read the book the whole way through instead of skimming certain bits Many chapters felt incredibly repetitive and frankly didn t need so many examples to illustrate the point The part about the history of the cinema was very surfa This was a CHORE To be fair, it s a textbook and it reads like one Don t look for any of the authors personality between these pages The descriptions of many films are given in excruciating detail, sometimes for no particular reason, and that made it difficult to read the book the whole way through instead of skimming certain bits Many chapters felt incredibly repetitive and frankly didn t need so many examples to illustrate the point The part about the history of the cinema was very surface level and insubstantial and the authors said as much to the point that it almost made no sense to have it in the book, especially since the same authors already have a separate book dealing with this topic.However, it gives the reader a bigger picture of the industry and the art form if they never systemised their knowledge about them Although, to be honest, I don t know who this book s target audience is, since it s too basic for anyone already interested in film and chosing it as a career, but too dry and almost academic for a laywoman like myself

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Found this book in a pile of discarded books and picked it up because the cover was compelling, and I know nothing about the art and science of movie making I m rather glad I did because this was an excellent introduction into the field, with a nice balance of both application and theory and wide range of content covered from mainstream Hollywood to obscure experimental films, and from silent classics to modern digitally recorded cinema.Through reading this book I ve discovered why modern movie Found this book in a pile of discarded books and picked it up because the cover was compelling, and I know nothing about the art and science of movie making I m rather glad I did because this was an excellent introduction into the field, with a nice balance of both application and theory and wide range of content covered from mainstream Hollywood to obscure experimental films, and from silent classics to modern digitally recorded cinema.Through reading this book I ve discovered why modern movies leave me cold, compared to past ones something I ve never really really been able to put my finger on in a technical way Now I know it s because the pace of cutting between cameras has doubled over the past few decades, leaving everything, even non action movies, having something of a frenetic ADD sort of feel Also, modern movies are made with television and DVD releases in mind, making camera work focuson close ups and a set form of easily partitioned scenes rather than grand tableau long shots and theatrically inspired middle shots Now I know this, I have better idea of what in mind to look for when sorting out new releases to view.While I m not particularly interested in film criticism, either consuming it or producing it and this book is geared towards a pedagogical inculcation of formalist principles of film criticism, there is much that everyone who is interested in watching movies, or making movies can glean from this textbook Even if you re just making youtube videos for fun, reading this would give you a lot of technical aesthetic tools for making your videos seem a lotpolished with no extra time or money cost other than changing the way you handle your cameras and your lighting If making an small indie movie is your goal, well, the chapter on the business end of movie making and production will likely put something of a reality check on your ambitions take the time and money you think you will need and double it Even I didn t know how many specialists skills it takes to make a movie to completion and then distribute it Film Art was my first book on film studies I was not yet an avid film students by then, but this book captured my interest so deep as then it made me impatiently waiting for my future film study classes It s not a manual book of film techniques Yet it does encompass that issues from an artsy point of view This book discusses elements of films e.g., shots, lighting, color, mood, tone, narrative, plots, acts, genres, hollywood era, and many, precisely on how they constitue the overall l Film Art was my first book on film studies I was not yet an avid film students by then, but this book captured my interest so deep as then it made me impatiently waiting for my future film study classes It s not a manual book of film techniques Yet it does encompass that issues from an artsy point of view This book discusses elements of films e.g., shots, lighting, color, mood, tone, narrative, plots, acts, genres, hollywood era, and many, precisely on how they constitue the overall look as well as meaning of a film The vast explanations on every chapters are very informative for freshies in film study as they can understand film and the elements deeper than common viewers I think, after readers dwell on this book, they won t see the film as they were Their mind will questioned and analyzed the effectiveness and the appropriateness of the elements on films In short, when I was a film student I found this book helped me a lot in shaping my film s critical skills It was a great companion while I worked trough my weekly film journals Anyone with an interest in film or who likes to watch movies with an understanding of the processes that involve filmmaking, will get something from this excellent edition of a text book that has become the staple of film studies in a formal educational setting Film Art An Introduction Eighth Edition by David Bordwell and Kristin Thompson is an excellent updating of a great film resource text I was first introduced to first edition of the text way back in the late 1970s when it was smaller Anyone with an interest in film or who likes to watch movies with an understanding of the processes that involve filmmaking, will get something from this excellent edition of a text book that has become the staple of film studies in a formal educational setting Film Art An Introduction Eighth Edition by David Bordwell and Kristin Thompson is an excellent updating of a great film resource text I was first introduced to first edition of the text way back in the late 1970s when it was smaller and contained fewer color pictures The new Eighth Edition has color plates throughout, updated filmography and a CD ROM disc addition, what the book blurb touts as text specific Tutorial CD ROM with video clips , that greatly enhances the depth and applicability of the subject for the cineaste, the casual reader, and the student About letter size 11 inches by 8 and a half, but with the glossy pages containing a very generous selection of film stills, weighing in at 4 pounds this isthan some of the new laptops , it is substantial but the size makes holding papers in between the pages quite convenient Comprehensive in scope, and structured to cover the industry as well as aesthetic concerns of film and newer media developments in video, Film Art is set up in six parts with a total of 12 chapters Part One, Film Art and Filmmaking, Chapter 1 Film as Art Creativity, Technology, and Business , is a good introduction in which the authors talk about the basic activity surrounding film An overview of the major film companies and distributors as well as some perspective on the collaborative creativity involved from many diverse areas such as financing, marketing, and art direction, planning, and others, complete this section What holds the viewer interested in Comparative Literature or a Post Modernist evaluation of Film is primarily attended to in Part Two, Film Form, in which the authors discuss the principles a filmmaker uses to construct a film Chapter 2 The Significance of Film Form , covers form of a film and the significance of how it compares against the content in a film, and ultimately what those elements mean There is a breakdown of the structural properties of The Wizard of Oz, as an example, and how the elements used in the movie are designed to create meaning Chapter 3 Narrative as a Formal System , covers what narrative is, ultimately defining the concept as a cause and effect chain of events occurring over a period of time The authors talk about the films like Citizen Kane and others that manipulate time duration, and causality to create meaning My favorite section is Part Three Film Style, because it covers a number of aesthetic elements and gives good examples that exist in current films and examples as well from historical artifacts In Chapter 4 The Shot Mise en scene , the Bordwell and Thompson talk about the elusive French term and what it encompasses, covering two of my favorite films His Girl Friday, and 81 2 The section also discusses camera set ups and how the actor, and virtually everything that the camera sees is part of the mise en scene Chapter 5 Cinematography covers details of focal length, lens selection, and lab work like pushing film in development to getcontrast, and is well explicated for the photographer who used film stock and development procedures to hone his craft My interest is in putting together a complete visual picture and in Chapters 6 and 7 Bordwell and Thompson cover these elements clearly In Chapter 6 The Relation of Shot to Shot Editing , covering LA Confidential, The Birds, The Maltese Falcon and others, the authors talk about how editing shots together can create a pace and effect the viewer This section has the most primal value to the film viewer who ultimately looks to the movie itself when analyzing film I believe that the visual medium of filmmaking holds the meaning that so much theory attempts to uncover Bordwell and Thompson seem to be at their strongest when evaluating purely visual value of movies aside from the theory One of the most overlooked elements in student films is discussed in Chapter 7 Sound and the Cinema , in which the authors talk about sound bridges, how sound can add focus to scene and in particular how sound in Jackie Brown adds meaning to the film Another of my favorite sections is Chapter 8 Style as a Formal System which covers how many combined elements such as mise en scene, cinematography, editing and sound are combined by a filmmaker to develop a style The authors talk about how style is plastic to the filmmaker and what it means to the viewer Again the elusive elements are well highlighted by the authors as they draw on visual examples to make their points Part Four, Types of Films, covering Film Genres and Documentary, Experimental, and Animated Films, explicating what Genre is, and how to analyze a genre is a good section for the archivist or one who is interested in classifications The section covers the Western, Horror, Musical and talks about the ultimate social function of genre Part Five Critical Analysis of Films, Chapter 11, Film Criticism Sample Analyses , with an Appendix on page 431 which covers how to organize your thinking in terms of writing about Film, with fine sample writing I have turned to this section time and again to get a good understanding of how to think through a movie in terms of lighting, acting, art direction, camera movement, cinematography, direction and other possible discussion points such as political themes, feminist point of view, or even marketing concepts Bordwell and Thompson excel in putting forth fine ideas, and generously, for the reader Part Six Film History, Chapter 12, Film Art and Film History looks at early cinema the Hollywood Cinema, Soviet Montage, French New Wave, Italian Neorealism and others and as an overview, covers many of the historical movements of film This chapter also contains facts concerning the Asian market Every chapter concludes with Where to go From Here a selection of current places to expand one s understanding and education of film and movie making industry Page 472 at the end of the book continues this pattern with additional available texts from General through to French and Italian and up to the New Hollywood and Independent Filmmaking, and Contemporary Hong Kong Cinema The CD ROM included covers many films with sample quizzes that allow the viewer to really just dust off his understanding of certain films and get in synch with the lexicon that the authors utilize to communicate film art This is a great buy for anyone who love movies Fun to read Lots of illustrations too, and it enhanced my appreciation of movies This author is never boring and has great educational skills Thanks for teaching me so much about film history Film Art presented a struggle for me While the textbook has great organization and breaks up the concepts into thoughtful sections, I have personally not viewed many of the films that the authors focus on in their analysis portion of the text As a result, the analysis was often difficult to fully appreciate and understand due to lack of reference I imagine if the reader was familiar with the films included in the textbook, the experience of reading it would be muchbeneficial For others Film Art presented a struggle for me While the textbook has great organization and breaks up the concepts into thoughtful sections, I have personally not viewed many of the films that the authors focus on in their analysis portion of the text As a result, the analysis was often difficult to fully appreciate and understand due to lack of reference I imagine if the reader was familiar with the films included in the textbook, the experience of reading it would be muchbeneficial For others like me, the authors include many stills to emphasize their point which was invaluable.Overall, the language is accessible and provides a reasonable introduction to thinkingdeeply about film study Read for schoolGives you a nice repertoire for analysing the structure of different kinds of cinema, from the very beginning with the Lumi re s train, up through the silent era and beyond, including experimental films, animated films, and documentaries What bothers me most about the book, is that it s a textbook that happens to be about a subject I like As a result, it s a bit bland in its descriptions, especially if you know some basic things about the art before you delve in Bordwell Thomps Read for schoolGives you a nice repertoire for analysing the structure of different kinds of cinema, from the very beginning with the Lumi re s train, up through the silent era and beyond, including experimental films, animated films, and documentaries What bothers me most about the book, is that it s a textbook that happens to be about a subject I like As a result, it s a bit bland in its descriptions, especially if you know some basic things about the art before you delve in Bordwell Thompson usually go in depth about _one_ film every chapter, and use it as an example of the chapter s subject It s worth noting that if I hadn t seen the film like Hitchcock s The Birds , which was used as one point of analysis , it was practically useless, even with the in depth plot recap and pictures to follow along And it s understandable, the mediums beauty lies in the medium, which cannot be re imagined in book form Therefore, I think the authors should have removed some of the padding catering to analysis of the films and just outright state that they expect you to have seen the film to able to follow along, it would have made the pacing of the book that much better I just ended up skimming through the boring parts anyway, but I don t like it, because I become fearful that I miss something important.My favourite things about the book, was that it was open for different interpretations of film there wasn t a right or a wrong way What they did, was to help you along the way by explaining the general tools films use in regards to convey a narrative in a way the audience finds natural, and pulls in examples of directors who deliberately does the opposite It is clear that the authors holds an enormous library of film history within their minds, which makes you pick up several good film suggestions, as well as you are likely to read about some of your favourites I m a bit disappointed they dedicated so much time to golden era Hollywood films, as I m not generally a fan of them myself, but it s understandable as they laid the foundations for most of the narrative feature films you see to this day.As a textbook, it is useful, but if I were to read about film in my spare time, I think I would have searched for something a bitunique and opinionated personally Very informative, but could be better organized I learned a lot, but unless I take notes and then sort the Information it is unlikely to stick to my brain because the organization isn t intuitive.This text needsheadings and signaling of what will be discussed where paragraphs will contain two partially related Ideas separated by a string of examples you have to work harder to get the relevant information that you would have to work if the book was better organized I bought a used copy Very informative, but could be better organized I learned a lot, but unless I take notes and then sort the Information it is unlikely to stick to my brain because the organization isn t intuitive.This text needsheadings and signaling of what will be discussed where paragraphs will contain two partially related Ideas separated by a string of examples you have to work harder to get the relevant information that you would have to work if the book was better organized I bought a used copy of an old edition of this textbook because it was cheap two years later, you can probably pick up a later edition and it will likely be worth the update histories This book may be a text book but its really easy to read and I learned a lot from doing so I am an arts student at university and this semester we are studying video art, this was the first book on our reading list and I almost read it cover to cover I found it incredibly helpful to understand the basics on film art and how video is made It was also a fantastic resource to look back on when I completed my assignments If you are studying video or would like to gain a basic understanding for t This book may be a text book but its really easy to read and I learned a lot from doing so I am an arts student at university and this semester we are studying video art, this was the first book on our reading list and I almost read it cover to cover I found it incredibly helpful to understand the basics on film art and how video is made It was also a fantastic resource to look back on when I completed my assignments If you are studying video or would like to gain a basic understanding for the art I would highly recommend this book This was a CHORE To be fair, it s a textbook and it reads like one Don t look for any of the authors personality between these pages The descriptions of many films are given in excruciating detail, sometimes for no particular reason, and that made it difficult to read the book the whole way through instead of skimming certain bits Many chapters felt incredibly repetitive and frankly didn t need so many examples to illustrate the point The part about the history of the cinema was very surfa This was a CHORE To be fair, it s a textbook and it reads like one Don t look for any of the authors personality between these pages The descriptions of many films are given in excruciating detail, sometimes for no particular reason, and that made it difficult to read the book the whole way through instead of skimming certain bits Many chapters felt incredibly repetitive and frankly didn t need so many examples to illustrate the point The part about the history of the cinema was very surface level and insubstantial and the authors said as much to the point that it almost made no sense to have it in the book, especially since the same authors already have a separate book dealing with this topic.However, it gives the reader a bigger picture of the industry and the art form if they never systemised their knowledge about them Although, to be honest, I don t know who this book s target audience is, since it s too basic for anyone already interested in film and chosing it as a career, but too dry and almost academic for a laywoman like myself "/>
  • Unknown Binding
  • 532 pages
  • Film Art: An Introduction
  • David Bordwell
  • English
  • 15 October 2017
  • 0072484551