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Narrative, Magic, and Illusion

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Narrative, Magic, and Illusion


Part One:  The Great Train Robbery and A Trip to the Moon


As technology improved and the audience demanded more from filmmakers, film content began to take on a narrative structure, created from both editing and choice of shots and angles.  Viewing the following examples, comment on the following on the Film Viewing  page:


  • do you see the elements of a story?
  • what camera techniques is the filmmaker using to tell the story?
  • do you see any of the following:  panning, tracking, intercutting (parallel editing/crosscutting e.g. chase scenes), analytical editing (establishing long shot followed by a close shot), contiguity editing (e.g. character moves out of one shot and reappears in nearby locale)
  • is the colour tinting effect useful in The Great Train Robbery?  how about the musical accompaniment?
  • Are there elements in this western that are common to other western films?
  • How is the "magic" created in Melies' film?


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Part Two:  George Melies' and Film "Magic"


Reading on the beginning of cinema.





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