Film

“Movement brings us volume and volume suggests life.” This apparent observation declared by Metz in reference to film theory falls short of elaborating the intricacies of movement. The product of movement is stated as a phenomenon that “suggests life” without explaining how this might be possible. In an attempt to seek the relevance of movement to…

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So for those of you who don’t know, a large group of us went to southern Indiana’s Patoka Lake this weekend for a break from school and work. I thought that some of you would be interested in seeing how the weekend turned out. Here are my favorite photos that I took:

In regards to film theory, are we saying that the opposition ‘realism vs. formalism’ mirrors the opposition ‘phenomenology vs. structuralism’? Is realism in film purely phenomenological and formalism in film purely structuralist? I came across the following entry in wikipedia under ‘Formalist Film Theory’ and ‘Ideological Formalism’: “It can be argued that, by this [formalist]…

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Theory Axis of Time [Bardzell’s Scientific Visualization Series] “Dumb as Rocks” -> Stress Level Increases -> Apex Point -> Stress Level Decreases -> Ability to Use Theory Increases Macrotheories Ex.: Marxism Massive phenomena (economy, ideology, classes, etc) that are collectively associated with culture. “top down” view or explanation Microtheories Ex.: Goffman Look at individual people.…

Read more Lecture Liveblog: 10-2-07

You’ve probably heard of or studied the Pygmalion Effect. Basically that peer expectation leads to either improvements or decline. The famous quote from the George Bernard Shaw’s play “Pygmalion” (the movie My Fair Lady): “You see, really and truly, apart from the things anyone can pick up (the dressing and the proper way of speaking…

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Marty cited the well-known quote from Marshall McLuhan: “The Medium is the message.” Although the expression elicited lots of debates and some scholars even raised a different idea, “the message is the medium”, his thinking still makes sense to me in some degree. I believe that the characters of different medium would influence how people…

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Manovich – Interaction Culture Manovich draws heavily from Russian literary theory and Marxism. A focus on modes of production and consumption. “Digital materialism … principles of computer hardware and software and the operations involved in creating cultural objects on a computer to uncover a new cultural logic at work.” (p.7) [means of production] However, he…

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When Jeff was talking about how early film was just a single uncut scene (the factory workers leaving for the day) and the revolution of film through montage, I thought about how, interestingly enough, we’ve almost come around back to the beginning. Maybe only among the super nerdy film circles, you’ll hear about how blank…

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G. Smith concludes her Forward to Designing Interactions by saying that interaction design as a field has solved one set of problems, and it now needs to move onto a new set. However, after twenty years of drawing on existing expressive languages [e.g., film, typography, icons], we now need to develop an independent language of…

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