Formalist film theory presentation


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  • 1. FORMALISTFILMTHEORYBy Thomas McWatters, MelissaLim, Dan Wargo, Gus Camaraza,Rocco Rygiel
  • 2. ORIGIN This theory says that Film is indeed art and not reproduction of reality. Unlike realist theorists, formalist film theorists believe that the art of cinema is possible precisely because a movie is unlike everyday life
  • 3. ORIGIN CONT. Formalist film makers shape and mold the images we see on the screen the way a sculptor shapes and molds clay. Their approach to film emphasizes their ability to create story and emotion through manipulation.
  • 5. IDEOLOGICAL FORMALISM Focus on how socio-economic pressures create particular style How it communicates ideas, emotions, themes Two Examples related to Formalism: Classical Hollywood cinema Film Noir
  • 6. CLASSICAL HOLLYWOOD CINEMA Distinct style create closed world on screen Make experience as pleasant as possible; Audience gets involved
  • 7. INSTITUTIONAL MODE OF REPRESENTATIONDominant mode of film constructionProduction, production, production!Audience imaginatively involved in film identify withwhats on camera 3D space created; Presented with clear pieces of info Characters psychologically developed and distinguished close-ups, acting Narrative driven by character psychologyContinuity editing, three-point lighting, mood music
  • 8. FILM NOIRFounded by Nino Frank in 1946Categorized as MelodramasMoved toward Crime genreShot in Urban EnvironmentsThe main character is flawed or morally questionable
  • 9. POPULAR MOVIES1941- The Maltese Falcon1944- Double Indemnity1946- The Big Sleep2000- Memento2005- Sin City
  • 10. FORMALIST THEORY/AUTEURCreated to redeem the art of film.By arguing that films had authors, films could be considered works of art like Paintings Literature Music
  • 11. FORMALIST THEORY CONTINUEDThis theory would give the Director the bulk of the credit and not the screenwriter.Directors are now at the same level of importance as novelist, composers & painters.They get recognition for their craft.Film is said to lye somewhere between theatre and literature.