Monday, December 12, 2011

Blog- Advanced Editing Notes- Overview/Classical Paradigm

 A. Compare the following two short films: the "Arrival of a Train" and "Damsel in Distress"- as they relate to Realism, Classicism and Formalism

1. How would describe the difference in camera work: composition, angle, movement

Throughout the "Arrival of a Train" clip the camera work was extremely boring and was a continuous shot. There were no change in the angles nor were there any movements due to the shot being a recording of time. I feel this shot relates to realism the most. 

“Damsel in Distress” is a lot different from "Arrival of a Train" because it is more of a classical film rather than a realism. The film had a wide use of shots like Long Shots, Close Ups, and Extreme Long Shots. This definitely adds to the short film and rather than being on a continuous shot it was more interesting with the different use of shots.

2. How would describe the differences in the edit?

In "Arrival of a Train" there was no cutting and the reason for this was to show the time that was passing by. It really emphasized the long and boring time that was passing by while waiting for the train.

In "Damsel in Distress" the cutting was fast and had a lot more cuts then the other film. This helps the audience follow the man as he speeds to save the woman who is on the railroad tracks. His speed is the motivation for the cutting.

3. How would describe the characteristics of the story being told/narrative?

"Damsel in Distress" is a story about a villain who ties a woman to train tracks and after this happens she whistles at her dog who then goes to find a man to help the "damsel in distress." Both the dog and man work together and save the poor woman. The villain is arrested and the movie ends happily.

"Arrival of a Train" doesn't have a storyline, basically the story is showing the daily routines of people.

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