lives in a modernistically decorated home, and how similar
these homes all are! This similarity is inexcusable because
you know from experience that no two of your friends--
even though they may be on the same financial level--have
homes as similar in decoration as are most of these settings.
Why, then, should a good director feel that he must place
against an identical background every character belonging
to a certain social class?
SUMMARY OF STANDARDSHere are the standards which the writer sets up in this
chapter for settings. If you do not agree with this set of
standards, revise them to fit your own standards for a
|1. ||In a serious picture the settings should provide enough atmosphere to give the story the appearance of reality.|
|2. ||A setting must be simple enough for the audience quickly to
grasp the whole scene and its meaning.|
|3. ||It makes no difference if a setting is artificial, as long as it
|4. ||Settings in an historical picture should be an accurate representation of the period in which the story takes place.|
|5. ||A setting should not take the attention of the audience away
from important action.|
|6. ||The costuming should contribute to the atmosphere of the play.|
QUESTIONS FOR REVIEW
Here are some questions which members of the class may
wish to ask themselves after they have seen a photoplay.
Perhaps the students in your group can find other questions
which they wish to add, or they may wish to change this
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Book title: How to Appreciate Motion Pictures:A Manual of Motion-Picture Criticism Prepared for High-School Students.
Contributors: Edgar Dale - Author.
Place of publication: New York.
Publication year: 1933.
Page number: 169.
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