In the book ?The Art of Watching Film? (Boggs & Petrie, 2008) it states that the visual element is the motion picture?s primary and most powerful means of communication, cinematography can completely dominate a film taking it over by sheer force. In this book we had to read an article on aperture framing and I can say that this was one week were I understood the lesson that was being taught. In the article, ?On Visual Design and Staging in Casablanca?, Nielsen stated the meaning of aperture framing is used as metaphor of entrapment or confinement. He stated that it could possibly be assigning different meaning to different shapes of framing. Nielsen also believed that aperture framing need not necessarily carry metaphorical significance concerning the character that is frames. The shot can be used to direct the viewer?s attention towards a particular area of the shot. I believe the filmmakers want to be able to communicate with all different types of audiences. They want to be able to shoot a shot in different angles and still have it mean the same thing. This way they will be able to show different emotions such as confinement, entrapment, safety, etc. If it wasn?t for cinematography we wouldn?t have movies like Toy Story and A Bug?s Life.
I also learned how to analyze color in a film and how it affects the movie. For example in the movie, ?Pretty Woman?, there are so many things in this movie that you can talk about because this movie is so colorful. From the clothes that she wears when she?s a hooker to the way she changed when she started to work for him and he brought her more suitable clothes to wear. In one scene when they were at the Opera and she got so emotional when the Opera performer was singing. The room was dark and the only colors were from the stage. It enhanced the emotion of Opera singer and what she was portraying in her song. He sets her up by telling her a little about the Opera by saying you either love it or learn to appreciate it. The costumes in the scenes helped show they dressed back in the day and helped with understanding the scene. The colors are light and not overly dramatic which allows you to focus more on the music than on the colors in the scene.
You also have to think about the settling of a film. The settling is the time and place in which the film?s story occurs. Although the setting mat often seem unobtrusive or be taken for granted, it is the essential ingredient in any story and makes an important contribution to the theme or total effect of a film. (Boggs & Petrie, pg 101). To show this I?m going to explain this by discussing some movies. In ?The Little Match Girl,? (1987) it was filmed with a 1920s theme in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada with Keisha Knight-Pulliam plays the character of an orphaned waif named Molly who puts the spirit of Christmas back into a New England family. In this movie the residents of Fennel Street was given 24-hours notice to vacate their apartments on Christmas Eve. Molly who is a resident of these apartments sells matches on the Fennel Street where she meets the son of the Landlord of the Apartments. Molly with a strike of a match brings the family closer together and keeps the apartments on Fennel Street from being evicted. Another example of the settling making a film is in ?Love and Basketball?. In this movie you follow the lives to two people through the set of four quarters of a basketball game. Through the movie (quarters) you see Monica and Quincy who disliked each other when they were 11-year old (first quarter), they grew up and became friends (second quarter), they develop a relationship in high school while both were pursuing basketball and end up going to the same college but end up breaking up (third quarter), and they end up playing a game of basketball to fight for each other love (fourth quarter). This movie helped you love basketball and/or appreciate the sport and let you know that you can find romance at the same time. Another example of settling making a film is in ?How Stella Got Her Groove Back? (1998) you have