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A Movie Lover's Guide to Film Language: Classic Scenes from Timeless Films

This program is very well done. The division into overview, clip and instruction is excellent. This will help teachers explain the technology of film in a very concrete and interesting manner. - Alvernia College, PA

The program consists of a general introduction to film language and five "lessons" covering the major elements of cinematic language: LIGHTING, CAMERA, MISE EN SCENE, SOUND and EDITING. For each of these lessons there is a short overview to introduce the lesson and its film clip, which consists of an "original clip" of a scene from a classic film. This is followed by an "instructional clip" that shows the same scene again but with synchronized voice-over commentary about the use of film language it illustrates. The movie scenes come from recognized film classics such as: Carol Reed's "The Third Man" (Lighting), Buster Keaton's "The General" (Camera), Fritz Lang's "M" (Mise en scene), Sergei Eisenstein's "Alexander Nevsky" (Sound), and Alfred Hitchcock's "Sabotage" (Editing). This program is interactive allowing students to go directly from the introduction, to any of the five lessons, to supplementary information about the classic films or to the glossary of film terms used in the program.

45 min.

F1137
$ 79.95
F1137DVD
$ 119.00
F1137CD-PC
$ 79.95

Lessons In Visual Language Series

Silver Medallion; Television Society of Australia, Penguin Award For Best Closed Circuit Television Educational Program. Special Commendation; Educare Australian Film Awards. This award-winning series, devised and narrated by Peter Thompson, deals with the fundamental language of all moving images. Thompson opens our eyes to the basics of vision that we all take forgranted. Imaginative editing, visual illusions and special effects constantly lead the viewer to redefine the meaning of the presented image. Each program is crammed with dramatic examples and startling concepts guaranteed to stimulate creativity and provoke discussion. The series as a whole, relevant to anyone involved in visual communication, can provide the framwork for an innovative course in visual language.





DVD Lessons In Visual Language Part 1

Movement And Moving The Camera, Orientation Of The Camera, Framing, Shot Sizes & Framing Faults, Lenses & Perspective.

Order The Series on DVD and Save $440! This award-winning series, devised and narrated by Peter Thompson, deals with the fundamental language of all moving images. Thompson opens our eyes to the basics of vision that we all take for granted. Imaginative editing, visual illusions and special effects constantly lead the viewer to redefine the meaning of the presented image. Each program is crammed with dramatic examples and startling concepts guaranteed to stimulate creativity and provoke discussion. The series as a whole, relevant to anyone involved in visual communication, can provide the framework for an innovative course in visual language. Silver Medallion, Television Society of Australia, Penguin Award for Best Closed Circuit Television Education Program, Educare Australian Film Awards, Special Commendation. This DVD covers Camera, Orientation, Framing, Shot Sizes, Lenses & Perspective.

This DVD covers Camera, Orientation, Framing, Shot Sizes, Lenses & Perspective. Orientation of the Camera: Thompson shows how we orient ourselves in space by a combination of what we see and other physiological cues. Moving images lack these other cues so special efforts must be made to provide the viewer with a sense of balance and equilibrium. Learn how moving images can be used to deliberately disturb the physiological equilibrium of the viewer. Framing: The positioning of a camera "puts frame around the world" and divides it into off-screen & on-screen space. See how the very choice of framing can define relationships, tell a story, create or release tension. Learn how we can convey information about off-screen space: the world in front of, behind and "all around" defined by the frame itself. Shot Sizes: This program defines the basic shot types of the film & video vocabulary from wide shot to big close-up & discusses the most effective use of each. Learn how to build up an action sequence from a combination of framings & the psychological impact of common framing errors. Lenses & Perspective: In a series of convincing demonstrations, Thompson shows that the position of the viewer or camera, is the governing factor in the perception of spatial relationships in the third dimension. He lays to rest the idea that lens focal length affects the appearance of depth.





50 min.

F1139DVD
$ 275.00

DVD Lessons In Visual Language Part 2

Editing, Rhythm, Music, Image & Screen, The Third Dimension.

Order The Series on DVD and Save $440! This award-winning series, devised and narrated by Peter Thompson, deals with the fundamental language of all moving images. Thompson opens our eyes to the basics of vision that we all take for granted. Imaginative editing, visual illusions and special effects constantly lead the viewer to redefine the meaning of the presented image. Each program is crammed with dramatic examples and startling concepts guaranteed to stimulate creativity and provoke discussion. The series as a whole, relevant to anyone involved in visual communication, can provide the framework for an innovative course in visual language. Silver Medallion, Television Society of Australia, Penguin Award for Best Closed Circuit Television Education Program, Educare Australian Film Awards, Special Commendation. This DVD covers Editing, Rhythm, Music, Image & Screen & Third Dimension.

This DVD covers Editing, Rhythm, Music, Image & Screen & Third Dimension. Editing: This program explores the ways in which editing can be used to reconstruct, rearrange or fragment physical space & sequences of events. This program uses a hallucinatory psychological drama involving an estranged couple, a child and a fiery auto wreck to show how editing is used to compress time, create imaginary spaces and pull the viewer through successive layers of dream and reality. Rhythm: This program begins by exploring the wealth of natural and mechanical rhythms in the world around us. Thompson shows that rhythm in film or video can be achieved by editing, by movement within the frame independent of editing or by the use of sound. He shows how these strategies can be combined in imaginative ways. Music: This program explores the wide-ranging forms and functions of music for the screen. A series of compelling dramatized scenes highlight the evocative and emotive power of music, as composer Bruce Smeaton discusses the structure and purpose of the score he has created for each scene. Image & Screen: Discover the sensory qualities of the filmed image, including luminosity, definition and grain. Thompson shows how it is possible to manipulate exposure, depth of field and other factors to enhance or undermine an illusion of reality. The Third Dimension: Our eyes and brains use a variety of visual cues to construct three dimensional space. Thompson shows how we can use these cues to define special relationships or to fool the eye. This program includes a number of startling optical illusions.





57 min.


F1140DVD
$ 275.00

Lessons in Visual Language: Framing



The positioning of a camera "puts frame around the world " and divides it into off-screen and on-screen space. See how the very choice of framing can define relationships, tell a story, create or release tension. Learn how we can convey information about off-screen space: the world in front of, behind and "all around the world" defined by the frame itself.

10 min.

F747
$ 99.00
F747DVD
$ 79.00

Lessons in Visual Language: Shot Sizes



This program defines the basic shot types of the film and video vocabulary from wide shot to big closeup and discusses the most effective use of each. Learn how to build up an action sequence from a combination of framings and the psychological impact of common framing errors.

9 min.

F748
$ 99.00
F748DVD
$ 79.00

Lessons in Visual Language: The Third Dimension



Our eyes and brains use a variety of visual cues to construct three dimensional space. Thompson shows how we can use these cues to define special relationships or to fool the eye. This program includes a number of startling optical illusions.

7 min.

F749
$ 99.00
F749DVD
$ 79.00

Lessons in Visual Language: Lenses and Perspective



In a series of convincing demonstrations, Thompson shows that the position of the viewer or of a camera, is the governing factor in the perception of spatial relationships in the third dimension. He lays to rest the mistake idea that lens focal length affects the appearance of depth.

9 min.

F750
$ 99.00
F750DVD
$ 79.00

Lessons in Visual Language: Movement & Moving The Camera



Thompson examines the way the human eye moves as it interacts with a visual scene and demonstrates how movements of the camera must accommodate but not duplicate the movement of the eye. Three types of movement are analyzed: movement within the frame, movement of the frame and movement of the camera itself.

11 min.

F751
$ 99.00
F751DVD
$ 79.00

Lessons in Visual Language: Orientation of The Camera



Thompson shows how we orient ourselves in space by a combination of what we see and other physiological cues. Moving images lack these other cues so special efforts must be made to provide the viewer with a sense of balance and equilibrium. Learn how moving images can be used to deliberately disturb the physiological equilibrium of the viewer.

11 min.

F752
$ 99.00
F752DVD
$ 79.00

Lessons In Visual Language: Image And Screen



Discover the sensory qualities of the filmed image, including luminosity, definition and grain. Thompson shows how it is possible to manipulate exposure, depth of field and other factors to enhance or undermine an illusion of reality.

14 min.

F753
$ 99.00
F753DVD
$ 79.00

Lessons In Visual Language: Editing



This episode explores the ways in which editing can be used to reconstruct, rearrange or fragment physical space and sequences of events. This program uses a hallucinatory psychological drama involving an estranged couple, a child and a fiery auto wreck to show how editing is used to compress time, create imaginary spaces and pull the viewer through successive layers of dream and reality.

10 min.

F754
$ 99.00
F754DVD
$ 79.00

Lessons In Visual Language: Rhythm



This program begins by exploring the wealth of natural and mechanical rhythms in the world around us. Thompson shows that rhythm in film or video can be achieved by editing, by movement within the frame independent of editing or by the use of sound. He shows how these strategies can be combined in imaginative ways.

10 min.

F755
$ 99.00
F755DVD
$ 79.00

Lessons In Visual Language: Music



This program explores the wide-ranging forms and functions of music for the screen. A series of compelling dramatized scenes highlight the evocative and emotive power of music, as composer Bruce Smeaton discusses the structure and purpose of the score he has created for each scene.

16 min.

F756
$ 99.00
F756DVD
$ 79.00


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