Movies and Meaning: An Introduction to Film

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This comprehensive introduction to film focuses on three topics: how movies express meanings, how viewers understand those meanings, and how cinema functions globally as both an art and a business. Using clear, accessible, and jargon-free writing, this is the only introductory film text to examine the elements of film style and the viewer's contribution to the cinema experience. How do viewers interpret the effects filmmakers create? How do filmmakers anticipate, and build on, the likely ways viewers will react to certain kinds of stories and audio-visual designs? The text examines both how filmmakers create images and sounds and the mechanisms and processes by which viewers make sense of images and stories on screen. This approach helps students understand not only the basic concepts but also how their own reactions and opinions impact the overall film experience.

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Key Benefit: This comprehensive book focuses on three topics: how movies express meanings, how viewers understand those meanings, and how cinema functions globally as both an art and a business. By examining all aspects of the filmmaking process, Prince provides readers with an understanding of how and why movies affect us as they do. Readers will finish this book with a wealth of knowledge about the cinema and with greater affection for it. Key Topics: Considers how viewers make sense of screen images and stories, the cinema as a global business, the film as narrative, and what filmmakers do and how they do it. Market: Anyone interested in acquiring an appreciation of how films are made and how a filmmaker's technique contributes to meaning.

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