Basics Film-Making 04: The Language of Film

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Basics Film-Making: The Language of Film explores the means by which film communicates meaning to its audience. Despite the fact that most films are a mosaic of fractured images and fragmented narratives, we have little problem piecing them together into a complete, meaningful sequence. The average audience is capable of following the most labyrinthine plots, feeling genuine emotion for the most improbable characters, and believing that their worlds continue to exist even after the film has ended.

This book examines how films communicate by considering the stories they tell, the sign systems they deploy, the interpretive contexts the viewer is invited to place them in, and the range of aesthetic elements that contribute to the cinematic image. Each chapter concludes with a case study in which key ideas are seen in context within a particular film, or a specific scene.
Basics Film-Making: The Language of Film presents complex ideas in a clear and straightforward style, enabling you to apply these ideas to your own analysis or film-making.

Other titles included in the Basics Film-Making series include: Producing, Screenwriting and Directing Fiction.

Product Details

  • Series: Basics Filmmaking (Book 4)
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: AVA Publishing (May 25, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 2940411271
  • ISBN-13: 978-2940411276
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.5 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds

Customer Reviews

THE first and only textbook for an intro to filmmaking…

1 helpful vote
 on September 29, 2010
By Juan C. Peinado
As a chair and instructor for a four-year BFA filmmaking program, it has been a long, yet worthwhile wait for this publication from AVA to come along. This book is an essential to any first year or introduction to filmmaking course and I cannot praise it more for the accessibility, readability and outright straightforward presentation contained therein. If you are in my position, then what is missing in a time when students expect a “quick fix,” a one-time class that will make them the next, great director? Of course, a book that can present them with the foundation of “reading film” and essential cinema language. This book is it, no kidding. you won’t be disappointed!

was perfectly fine. I didn’t find it insightful or inspiring in …

1 helpful vote
 on October 6, 2016
By EmmalynSullivan
A book i needed for a film class at school, was perfectly fine. I didn’t find it insightful or inspiring in any way though.

Great summary of The Language of Film

1 helpful vote
 on December 10, 2012
By El Duderino
Great publisher of this book, as well as many others. I own the Graphic Design book from this publisher. Such a great book to have in my Videography Arsenal!

Great book

1 helpful vote
 on April 6, 2014
By Pablo Rivera
I use it for school homework, to study for quizes on them, use as reference for writing for film. Excellent condition.

Great Read!

3 helpful votes
 on August 17, 2010
By Ro5ie
What a read! After reading other titles in the AVA Basics Film-making series and 

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