Reflection on Reading Movies

I read the journal, “How to read a movie” by Roger Ebert and his methods on how he watches movies and then reads them. He explains in his journal that he was suggested to pause his movies at certain places to review them and study them. I thought that was such a cool aspect that football players and coaches use to look back at their footage. Sometimes, movies can be hard to interpret since a clip may last 2 seconds. When you pause the movie or clip at a part, you can analyze the whole background and characters in this particular scene. I think this is a very smart idea so you can stop a clip and really dig deeper into what is going on.

He also describes the position of characters in an image. If they are to the right, they are positive. If they are on the left side, they are more negative. This is all about the perspective of the audience and what they see on screen, too. He describes the backgrounds and foregrounds of a piece, and the brightness necessary. I thought this was all interesting because when I watch a movie, none of this usually comes to mind. He concludes the article when he says that you have to pay attention to detail. This includes lighting, history, dialogue, the overall message, and many more. I was happy to see that you basically analyze video like you analyze images.

I then watched some different videos on video techniques and what you see on the screen. The first video I watched was Editing Techniques. This showed the many different editing tools you can use with video, and then clips of video to show the tools used. My favorite edits were the slow motion and the time lapse. Both of these use the tool of time to make a video clip slow to show emphasis, in this case it was a guitar solo. Time lapse is when the camera stays still for a long period of time to display what occurs on a certain object. In the video, a beautiful clip of a flower opening showed the time lapse tool in full affect.

I then watched Kubrick’s One-Point Perspective. This was a very visual video that illustrated the view from one point. It went very fast so you could compare each clip from that perspective, and then some repeated. The clips were from movies and really were amazing to see each progression of a certain perspective. Kubrick made this video to show the watchers what they normally are looking at while watching any video. It was exceptionally captivating to watch all these perspectives put together in one video so you can compare what you see. I tried to use Ebert’s technique of pausing at a certain place to visually look at the piece. Since the video was so fast, I really was able to view this certain scene and see what was going on.

—SALTY SKINN

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  1. Great job on this reflection, it is well written, organized, and exhibits professionalism. I like how you related Ebert’s techniques of stopping a film to football film. In both cases the viewer (Ebert & coach) stop the film to break down and analyze everything about what they just saw. It is difficult to watch a movie from start to finish and then try to critique and break it down because there is too much content at one time. This is similar to a football film session or any sport. My lacrosse coach will play and pause a specific clip numerous times to relay what exactly happened, what is happening, and what may happen at that point in the game. #talkingpolack106

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