Screen Media: Analysing Film and Television

Screen Media: Analysing Film and Television

Screen Media: Analysing Film and Television

Screen Media: Analysing Film and Television

Synopsis

Presenting a manner of thinking "on both sides of the screen," this review offers screen enthusiasts the analytical and theoretical vocabulary required to articulate responses to film and television. It provides guidelines for developing the skills to understand and analyze how and why a screen text was shot, scored, and edited in a particular way, as well as for considering what impact those production choices might have on the audience. Production techniques and approaches to screen analysis are presented in a historical context. Other topics discussed include recent technological developments; the implications of increasing convergence of film and television technologies; and the aesthetics, narrative, realism, genre, celebrity, and cult media of global screen culture. Featuring extensive international examples, this is an ideal introduction to critical engagement with film and television.

Excerpt

This book is for those who like to think of slouching on the couch in front of the television as research, playing digital games and surfing the net as exercise, and going to the movies as an adventure. It speaks to screen enthusiasts keen to develop ways of articulating their responses to and ideas about film and television. While it is not a practical screen production guide, it does address the interests of those who intend to become involved in the screen media industries as directors, producers, writers, reviewers, researchers, educators, policy-makers, or any of the myriad collaborative roles that media production, distribution, circulation and regulation necessitate. Throughout, we emphasise the importance of'thinking on both sides of the screen In other words, we encourage readers to develop the skills to understand and analyse how and why a screen text was shot, scored and edited in a particular way, and then to consider what impact those production choices might have on audience members' interpretation of the text. In this way, we emphasise the integral relationship between form— or how a subject is represented (whether through decisions about audio-visual style, casting, shot choice, editing, genre or other formal elements)—and content—or what the subject of the text is. The same content can be presented in many forms. For example, the Lord of the Rings trilogy takes the form of novels, feature films and digital games. Each form invites different modes of engagement with the content:

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